Sean Brune

Secretary

Integrity – We believe in doing what is appropriate for the community. We conduct our business in accordance with the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics. We are transparent and authentic in all our interactions. We manage our program with the utmost attentiveness and recognize the responsibility we have in making our community stronger by helping students succeed.
 
Responsible stewardship – We are committed to careful stewardship of all human and financial resources. We carefully use the time and talents of those working with Proud Scholars and we wisely spend the funds invested in us. We provide needed services and stand up for the underrepresented LGBT students in the community and pioneer solutions to major social problems. We maintain a strong balance between year-to-year payouts and long-term investments that will help sustain students into the future.
 
Community – We believe more can be accomplished by complementing existing programs available in the community. We accept responsibility for helping to create a culture of acceptance that promotes diversity. We challenge the status quo by setting high expectations and continually evaluating how to improve our services to meet the needs of LGBT students and their families.

Board Officers

Alison Keller

Finance Director

Finance Understudy: Open

Our vision is to endorse a culture that embraces diversity and that illustrates the depth of our nation’s population. We are committed to working with our partners to help students become sustainable community members that contribute to society, complete a higher education program, find applicable employment, and become the leaders that we will need tomorrow.

Open

Corporate Sponsorship Director

Corporate Sponsorship Understudy: Open

Andrea Muhlhauser

Main Events Director

Main Events Understudy: Travis Green

Local Chapters

John Bell

Interfaith Services Director

Interfaith Understudy: Open

Sarah Egbers

Chief Compliance Officer

Toledo

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Tamara Price Arment

Scholarship Administration Director

Scholarship Administration Understudy: Open

Alison Keller

Chief Financial Officer

John Bell

Officer

Sean Brune

Operations Director

Operations Understudy: Susan  Geiger

Value Statement

Open

Communications Director

Communications Understudy: Open

Open

Public Relations Director

Public Relations Understudy: Ryan Goellner

Open

Educational Services Director

Tom Grogan

Scholarship Reviewer

Lexington

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Vision

Evansville

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Open

Volunteer Director

Volunteer Understudy: Open

Proud Scholars will adhere to the highest ethical standards in supporting a minority that is increasingly sensitive to social injustice. We recognize that public trust in our performance is critical to our student success. We will strive to find community members that can contribute and demonstrate their ongoing commitment to our core values of integrity, responsible stewardship, and community.


The Diversity of the United States should make us stronger as a whole but is increasingly difficult to maintain that strength. The LGBT youth are often the target of unethical treatment, social injustice, and bias that they do not deserve. To support their ever-changing needs we have redefined for ourselves how a transparent, ethical, and diverse organization should function. It is no longer acceptable to deliver the minimum to build trust in the community. We will deliver the maximum in each area of our organization to help us connect with students, donors, businesses, organizations, and the community at large.


All staff, board members, and volunteers of the organization act with honesty, integrity, and openness as representatives of the organization.


The organization promotes a working environment that values respect, fairness, and integrity.


We have a policy of promoting inclusiveness and our board and volunteers reflect diversity in order to enrich its programmatic effectiveness. We take meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in hiring, retention, promotion, board recruitment, and constituencies served.


Dayton

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Ryan Goellner

History & Education Director

History & Education Understudy: Open

Open

Scholarship Reviewer

Proud Scholars Values

Open

Scholarship Reviewer

Open

Technology Director

Technology Understudy: Open

Open

Local Events Director

Local Events Understudy: Open

Executive Director

Officer

Open

Executive Director

David Combs

Marketing Director

Marketing Understudy: Open

Columbus

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Open

Educational Outreach Director

Educational Outreach Understudy: Open

Louisville

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Cleveland

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Noah Kling

Chief Executive Officer

Founder

Educational Services Understudy: Brandon Ulm

Akron

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Mission

Fort Wayne

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Board of Directors

Everyone on staff are community volunteers that believe in strengthening the community through advocacy and education.

Open

Scholarship Reviewer

Indianapolis

Chapter Lead - Open

Fund Raising Chair - Open

Small Business Chair - Open

Educational Outreach Chair - Open

Scholarship Review Board

Our mission is to support a diverse community by providing educational services to students and their families within the LGBT community. We provide students with volunteering opportunities, mentoring & social services, corporate internship possibilities, and scholarships throughout their college experience to help them build a sustainable future and create stability in their lives.