These passionate individuals work tirelessly to ensure the organization provides top-notch resources and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Get to know the people behind the scenes, who bring our mission to life and make a meaningful impact on countless lives every day.
BEHIND THE ORGANIZATION
Welcome to the heart of Publicly Private:
Our dedicated team!
Welcome to the heart of Publicly Private:
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Our dedicated team!
Individually, we are champions of change; together, we are a powerful force for the betterment of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Our Board
These passionate individuals work tirelessly to ensure the organization provides top-notch resources and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Get to know the people behind the scenes, who bring our mission to life and make a meaningful impact on countless lives every day.
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Kollyn Conrad
CEO / Founder
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Kollyn Conrad is the dynamic and compassionate founder and CEO of Publicly Private, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and support to the LGBTQIA+ community. Born and raised in Knoxville, TN, Kollyn's early life was marred by bullying and isolation due to his identity. The lack of support and resources for people like him in Tennessee led him to make a bold move after high school graduation. He packed his belongings into his Honda Civic and embarked on a cross-country journey to start anew in Los Angeles.

In LA, Kollyn found not just his personal identity but also his mission in life. He realized that many others in the LGBTQIA+ community faced similar struggles, grappling with their physical safety, mental health, and self-acceptance. His own experiences and challenges fueled his desire to help those with no outlet or resources.

Today, Kollyn is more than just an entrepreneur; he is a beacon of hope for many in the LGBTQIA+ community. His commitment to raising awareness and providing much-needed resources stems from his personal journey, making him an empathetic and understanding leader. His vision for Publicly Private is rooted in his belief that no one should have to struggle alone or feel invalidated because of their identity. Through his leadership, Kollyn aims to bring validation, support, and resources to a community that desperately needs it.

Kollyn Conrad
CEO / Founder
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Kelsey Kindel
Treasurer
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Kelsey Kindel is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the dedicated Treasurer for Publicly Private. She is not just an ally but also a fervent advocate, driven by her personal connection to the community through her sibling's experiences.

Witnessing her brother’s struggles first-hand instilled in Kelsey a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. It also imbued her with a profound compassion and a commitment to making a difference. Her empathy, coupled with her financial acumen, makes her a vital part of Publicly Private's mission.

Professionally, Kelsey is a Healthcare Consulting Manager for PYA, where she applies her financial expertise to navigate the complexities of healthcare finance. Her role involves helping healthcare organizations manage their finances more effectively, a skill she brings to her role at Publicly Private.

In addition, Kelsey is a proud member of Tennessee's Society of CPAs. This professional affiliation not only validates her competence and integrity as a CPA but also expands her network, allowing her to tap into a wealth of resources and knowledge.

In every aspect of her life, Kelsey exemplifies the qualities of an effective advocate and ally: understanding, compassion, and action. As Treasurer for Publicly Private, she channels these qualities into ensuring the financial health of the organization, thereby enabling it to better serve the LGBTQIA+ community.

Kelsey Kindel
Treasurer
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The Role of the Board
Active Participation
Actively advocate for Publicly Private and our cause, using your diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives to contribute meaningfully to our mission.
Strategic Planning
They collaboratively set the organization's direction, developed our pilot program in Knoxville, Tennessee, and work towards expanding our reach.
Overseeing Private Side
The board manages our secure online platform, ensuring the programs "Explore," "Venture," and "Strengthen" remain effective, relevant, and accessible.
Financial Stewardship
They oversee financial planning and resource allocation, ensuring responsible and effective use of funds.
Promoting Inclusivity
The board fosters an inclusive and empowering environment, leading by example to promote respect, mutual understanding, and equality.
Diversity Statement
At Publicly Private, we believe that our strength lies in our diversity. We are committed to creating an inclusive and empowering environment where everyone is valued, respected, and given equal opportunities to contribute. Our Board Initiative Program is a testament to this commitment.

We recognize that each board member brings unique insights, experiences, and perspectives that enrich our organization and enhance our ability to serve the LGBTQIA+ community. We strive to ensure that our board reflects the diverse community we serve, and we actively seek out individuals from a variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences.
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In line with our mission of providing support and empowerment to the LGBTQIA+ community, we have designed our Board Initiative Program to foster active participation from all board members. We acknowledge that everyone has something valuable to offer, regardless of their financial means.

Our board members are not just representatives, but active contributors to our mission. They are advocates, allies, and champions who help us drive our vision forward: β€œ+No Matter Your Identification, You Have a Home."
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Kollyn Conrad
CEO / Founder
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Want to Join the Board?
At Publicly Private, we welcome individuals who share our commitment to supporting and empowering the LGBTQIA+ community. If you're passionate about fostering inclusivity and equality, we invite you to join our board. Check out our open roles further down the page, or just shoot a general application.

Here are the steps to submit your application:
01: Brush up on Board Member Expectations
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02: Understand the Benefits of Board Membership
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03: Include the following in your application
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Open Roles
Don't see one that sounds like you? Feel free to send a general board application, we love to garner a diverse team and understand that many people offer unique backgrounds and skills that might not be encapsulated in one role.
Check out our open roles ↓
General Application
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Licensed Clinician
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Lawyer
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Volunteer Coordinator
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Social Media Marketer
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