Vero Pride

Our Mission

The mission of Vero Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, families, and allies in celebration and support of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community right here in Vero Beach.

Amendment One Activists are organizing this safe, spirited, and all-inclusive event with the help of community volunteers, and could not do it without the support of our local professional partners and sponsors. As of 2019, Amendment One Activists/Vero Pride is a 501(c)(4) Non Profit Organization.

Previous A1A Events
VeroPride, Thank-A-Uniform at Walking Tree Brewery, SantaCon benefitting The Healthy Start Coalition, March for Science & Lagoon Education Seminar/Poster Making, Commissioner’s Office Rally for Under Privileged Children’s Fund of IRC, Numerous Write-In’s coinciding with The Women’s March, Parkland Massacre, and more.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorships are now being considered for the 2020 Vero Pride Festival, held this coming June 2020. If you would like to sponsor VeroPride, please contact us.


Amendment One Activists are organizing this safe, spirited, and all-inclusive event with the help of community volunteers, and could not do it without the support of our local professional partners and sponsors. As of 2019, Amendment One Activists/Vero Pride is a 501(c)(4) Non Profit Organization.

Vero Pride Team

 

Vero Pride is organized and produced by A1A (Amendment One Activists,) a 501(c)(4) Organization.  A1A is comprised of three co-founding board members, as well as a collective of local volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to bringing an annual Gay Pride Celebration to Vero Beach.

 

 

 

 

Stephanie LeBlanc | Co-Founder | Director 

Stephanie is Vero Pride’s financial and legal director. She resides in Vero Beach with her wife, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, and their two cats: Chunky and Cobra.

Professionally, Stephanie is a partner at the law firm of Lawn and LeBlanc, PLLC. Stephanie’s practice areas include estate and lifetime planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning, and business law including not-for-profit organizations. Stephanie graduated from Florida International University’s Accounting Program and was able to also achieve her Masters of Law in Taxation during the course of her third year of law school through the University of Miami School of Law’s Dual Degree Program.

Through Vero Pride, Stephanie is able to contribute towards a recognition event where love and identity in its various forms is openly and joyously celebrated.

 

 

 

 

 

Mikayla Petroski  |  Director  |  She/Her

Mikayla is a musician, motorcyclist, and a passionate inline skater. As a transgender woman, she is a voice within the inline skating community, striving to create space for others to be comfortable with their queerness, and to promote LGBTQIA+ acceptance and inclusivity in general. 

 Mikayla works as a research machinist at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, FL. She has over 15 years experience in manufacturing. That experience allowed her to take on an as-needed  instructor position at IRSC teaching related material to new hires, and aspiring candidates.

 Mikayla is extremely honored to be a board member of Vero Pride, and is excited to be a helping hand in planning this years festivities, and to provide a voice for, and an open ear to, the local LGBTQIA+ community.

 

 

 

 

 

Maude LeBlanc | Director

Maude-Aimee LeBlanc is a professional golfer and excited to be a new Vero Pride board member. She moved to Vero Beach just over a year ago with her wife, Stephanie LeBlanc, and sees a lot of potential in the growth of diversity and individuality in this beautiful city she now calls home.

Maude was born and raised in Canada. She joined the Purdue University golf team on a full scholarship in 2008 and studied psychology. In 2010, she helped her Purdue golf team win the NCAA National Championship which was a first in the history for a northern school. In 2012, she became a professional golfer and has been competing at the highest level since. She also loves paddle boarding, hiking, skiing, wine tasting, and she’s an animal lover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Gastley | Co-Founder | Marketing 

Katie Gastley is an artist, designer, and business owner, proud to lend her talents to making the inaugural and continued endeavor of Vero Pride a staple in the diverse Vero Beach community. Originally from Pennsylvania, Katie moved to New York City to obtain her BFA at Pratt Institute. There, Katie honed her craft as a designer and visual communicator working for clients such as NYLON Magazine, Penguin Publishing Group, Hugo Boss, and Martha Stewart Living, before launching her own boutique gift product company, Idlewild Co., in 2012. Since then, her company has grown into a brand distributed worldwide, including over 1000 stores in the United States, as well as a collection designed exclusively for Target Stores. In 2018, Katie launched her second company, Botanica, a candle and apothecary products with a substantial charitable component built into the business model. 

In her spare time, Katie enjoys learning about and cultivating exotic, tropical plants, working on any of the 100 projects she’s currently juggling, imbibing in a good Aperol Spritz, and planning the next Vero Pride Celebration.  

 

 

Shelley Adelle | Co-Founder 

Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Enthusiast, Experimental Human: 

Shelley has a passion for yoga, energy management, comparative philosophy and self expression. Professional highlights include NYC Studio Management, Studio Ownership, Teacher Trainings and Retreats. 
Raised a military brat, she’s farmed in the Texas Hill Country, Managed an Israeli Soap Company, spent ten years in New York pursuing acting, and other adventures that have demanded curiosity and have fostered her Inclusive spirit.  You can follow her @shelleyadelle and @yogaoagodaconcierge #86bs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You may make donations to Vero Pride 2018 (or our Scholarship fund specifically) via Paypal.

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