Nina Borders is a 32-year-old Firefighter/Paramedic who
moved from Orlando to New Port Richey three years ago with her fiancé of six
She is a Veteran having served with the Army National Guard. She has a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.
The Pulse Nightclub attack was an event that changed her. Pulse was a place she
had attended several hundred times; she knew those injured and killed, she had
birthdays there and celebrated holidays with friends. After that event, she decided
to get involved in LGBTQ issues and engage the community to stop the hate.
Nina grew up in an area where the LGBTQ community was heavily represented and
respected. “Coming out for me as a child was taken with open arms and I strive to
bring that sort of acceptance and love to Pasco County. I want to help mentor the
youth, provide health information and teach the public about our issues and
needs. I want the LGBTQ community to know you're not alone and we are here
for you. I’m very excited to be a part of Pasco Pride, even more so in this
Anthony (Ant) Avila
VP of Events and Fundraising
Anthony is a proud townie dedicated to the positive and sustainable growth of his community. A resident of West Pasco for the past two decades Anthony was born and spent some of his formative years on the west coast in Bremerton WA and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Anthony has deep and meaningful ties to the academic, small business, sociopolitical, non-profit, and governmental realms of central Florida and aims to bring those relationships to bear in a synergistic way.
Anthony studied Political Science, Sociology, and Organizational leadership, with a concentration in; state and local government, and post-modern sociological thought.
Anthony is excited to bring every resource, skill, and insight at his disposal to Pasco Pride. Anthony strives to serve with integrity, lead with humility, and follow with loyalty.
Director of Marketing and Social Media
Diana Shanks is a Pasco native with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Community Leadership.
She is passionate about grassroots activism, intersectional feminism, and public speaking.
You can find her frequenting local businesses, organizing in a myriad of activist and advocacy groups, and camping out in public libraries for hours on end.
Entertainer, Entrepreneur, currently studying for a masters degree in psychology, hoping to open a practice counseling LGBT youth, Trans identity issues as well as basic life counselor.
In addition, my goal is to open a safe house for LGBT at-risk youth.
Secretary & Fundraising
Liz Saltigerald is an LGBT+ ally who has been a Florida resident since April of 2014 and a resident of Pasco County Since December 2016. She is an Air Force reservist of more than 15 years as a police officer, weapons instructor and currently as a medic.
Her full-time career is as a Spinal Cord Injury nurse and member of an LGBT+ committee where she also is involved with LGBT patient-centered programs and initiatives.
Liz and Denise (our president) met during a Metro and VA event in 2017. It was the very first ever Trans Fashion Expo were 80 transgender men & women were clothed at absolutely no cost to them. Liz is honored and proud to serve our Pasco County community, as an advocate and an ally in honor of her daughter who is a member of the Veteran & LGBT+ community.
Heather St. Amand
Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
Outspoken LGBTQ Ally and advocate, and proud parent of a transgender teenage daughter.
Works in Tampa Bay and specifically Pasco county as a Community Organizer and activist. Her goal is to start a non-profit to help at-risk LGBTQ youth in the Pasco County area and beyond.