Josh Cline is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Spectrum Arts Society, the parent organization of Lynchburg’s first GALA Chorus and Hill City Pride. Josh has spent nearly a decade involved with the GALA chorus movement since 2009 serving in vocal and leadership positions and upon relocation to Lynchburg in 2015 saw an opportunity to bring the message of the GALA choral movement to the city. He has a palpable passion for creating a world where all voices are free and for cultivating a community that values and respects its LGBT members.
In addition to experience in leadership of nonprofits, Josh holds a LLM from Gardner-Webb University and is employed as a Purchasing Manager for a manufacturer in the automotive industry.
Marc Propst is a Senior at the University of Lynchburg, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. Marc works for the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance as their Program Management Intern and works as the Deputy Executive Director of Spectrum Arts Society. As one of the co-founders of the Office of Equity & Inclusion at the University of Lynchburg, Marc works to advocate for everyone no matter who they are, both on campus and off-campus in the Greater Lynchburg community. A quote that consistently drives Marc to do what he does is “Solution-Oriented, People-Driven”. In Marc’s free time, he enjoys spending time at Harry’s Bakery & Catering in Downtown Lynchburg, playing video games and enjoying spending time with people.
Michael Kittinger relocated to Lynchburg in the fall of 2009 from Richmond, VA. Since relocating, he has seen members of the LGBTQ+ community become more involved in the Lynchburg community. He is excited to work with Hill City Pride to continue this community outreach. In the fall of 2014, Michael helped found the Lynchburg LGBT Employee forum at his employer, where he has been employed for over 15 years, and continues to serve as the Forum’s leader. Michael also serves as an at large member of the Leadership Lynchburg Council and is an alumnus of the 40th class of this program offered through the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. In addition to his leadership experience, Michael holds a BS in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate from Virginia Commonwealth University and is employed as a Business Analyst for a life insurance company.
Michael Lee Smith (Mr. Microphone) is and entertainer, activist, community leader, and Emcee extraordinaire. As CEO of grapevine Productions, Michael produces charity Drag Brunch and other events throughout the Commonwealth, to date with the help from the community, raising over $6,000 for regional non-profits. Recently, Michael has been instrumental in fundraising for Spectrum Arts Society and its sister organization Hill City Pride. Catch him at Pride Kick off Brunch April 7th and at Hill City Pride April 13th and look for more Drag Brunches throughout the year.
Sumner Jenkins currently serves as Organist & Choirmaster for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg. He moved to Lynchburg in 2016 from western Connecticut and has served churches and boarding schools in Connecticut, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia. Mr. Jenkins earned the BMus (Church Music, Organ) and MMus, Organ Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA. Choral Training is his focus and he works with all his choirs to “tell the story.” He is also a Scottish Country Dancer and has dabbled in some IT stuff.