The Pride Center stands poised for expanded, enriched service to the community. To fulfill this goal, the Center recently appointed Kristofer Fegenbush, MSW as Deputy Director.
An established local HIV programming manager, Kristofer will oversee programs, operations, marketing, facilities and various administrative functions at the Center. By providing quality leadership internally, the new Deputy Director role will allow Executive Director Paul Hyman and the Board of Directors to capitalize on opportunities for continued revenue and community development.
“We can do more. And we can do it better,” states Fegenbush. “Through program development and quality improvement, our staff and volunteers will deepen our impact in the community. Every day we evaluate how we can better support and assist our friends and neighbors in an inclusive manner. How can we better serve youth? How can we better serve women? How can we creatively, richly expand our advocacy and commitment for seniors, peoples of color, peoples of ethnic and linguistic diversity, transgender persons or our straight allies? Trust me: we’re just getting started.”
Kristofer has served as PALS Project Manager at the Center for the past five years. The PALS Project offers health education, wellness empowerment, risk-reduction counseling, service linkage and emotional and practical support to GBT men living with HIV in South Florida. PALS helps people lead safer, richer lives.
“We must do a better job of telling the stories of the lives changed here every day,” says Fegenbush. “I’m excited to help spread the word about the people who our staff and volunteers impact with their passionate work and service. Good work happens daily. Our community needs to know.”
Assuming the PALS Project Manager role will be Frank Gurucharri. Frank enters his third year with the Center, as PALS Project Behavioral Health Specialist. He has a long history of effectively managing various programs and initiatives and is well-regarded by PALS Project clients, graduates, volunteers, staff and Health Department officials.
“Volunteers, members, staff, the Board and I are strong admirers of Kristofer’s commitment to high quality, solid management and down-to-earth warmth. He is a gifted contributor and a valued partner. As Deputy Director, Kristofer will expand his legacy of effective community service” states Paul Hyman, Executive Director.
Fegenbush completed his Masters of Social Work at Florida International University in 2007. Before leading the PALS Project, Kristofer Fegenbush worked for three-and-a-half years at CenterOne/AIDS Project Florida. He served both as Assistant to the Executive Director and as a well-known, active Case Manager.
Kristofer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, with degrees in Politics and Mass Communications. Uninspired by a future in politics, Kristofer spent three-and-a-half years in Mexico, working for a local, faith-based grassroots organization. His work alongside local leaders with street kids, churches, gang members and foreign nationals provided him with a deep love and respect for Latin culture and the Spanish language. This nonprofit work eventually led Kristofer to Miami, where he worked as Director of Recruiting for the Latin America Mission, an international nonprofit specializing in community development work.
A proud Kentucky native, Kristofer has lived in Florida for over a decade. He currently shares a home in Fort Lauderdale with his partner of 9 years, local realtor Robert Eldredge.
The Pride Center provides a welcoming, safe space—an inclusive home that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida.