Russell Howard, President

Russell C. Howard


Founding Board Member


Russell Howard is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he attended Shelton State Community College and The University of Alabama. Mr. Howard enjoys being an advocate for his community. Currently he serves as a founding board member and President of Druid City Pride, University Relations Co-Chair of The University of Alabama LGBTQ Alumni Association, and as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church - Tuscaloosa. In 2019, Russell was named one of Tuscaloosa’s 40 under Forty Business Professionals by The Tuscaloosa News and was the recipient of Druid City Pride's 2019 Bambi Kira Spirit of Pride Award. Professionally, he is the Office Manager of RealtySouth - Tuscaloosa.

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Ed Taylor-White



Ed Taylor-White is the Events Coordinator for The College of Engineering at The University of Alabama. He has a passion for hospitality, event planning, and fundraising. He has been an advocate for the LGBT community of West Alabama through various organizations since graduating from The University of Alabama in 2010 with a Bachelors in Human Nutrition. Ed lives in Tuscaloosa with his husband.


Margaret Ila Christian



Originally from Tuscaloosa, Margaret Ila Christian serves as an ally for the LGBTQ+ community and enjoys spending time with her dog, Jelly Bean.


Davis "DJ" Jackson


DJ Jackson grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He works professionally as the Undergraduate Scholarship Manager at The University of Alabama. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American History and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from UA. He currently serves as the Ambassador for Capstone Alliance, UA’s LBGTQ+ faculty, staff, and graduate student association. He is also a founding member of The University of Alabama LGBTQ Alumni Association Chapter.

Tina Jones


Tina is a native of Huntsville, AL and has lived in Tuscaloosa since 2008. She has long been an advocate for human rights and the LGBTQ+ community; and took up that mantle even more actively when her daughter came out as transgender. Tina is the Director of Sales and Catering for Hotel Indigo in downtown Tuscaloosa. She has worked in the Hospitality & Tourism industry since 1983 and has a passion for promoting Tuscaloosa, her hotel, and creating memorable experiences for visitors & clients. Cooking family meals and spending time with her kids (and her two cats Bootsy and Georgie) are her favorite things to be doing when she has downtime. Tina’s love of the Tuscaloosa community has led her to be a part of several projects and boards locally where she felt her personal experiences could be shared and she could learn how to work alongside others to benefit her city.

Evita McClinton


Evita is a native of Birmingham and relocated to Tuscaloosa to attend The University of Alabama. She later moved back to Birmingham where she attended law school and obtained her Juris Doctor degree. She is currently a licensed attorney for the State of Alabama and works for Canopy Title LLC.

Daylon Miller


Bio Coming Soon!

Kyle Richardson

Founding Board Member


Kyle Richardson is the Owner of Icon, Tuscaloosa's only LGBT bar. He has Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from The University of Alabama. Kyle has lived in Tuscaloosa since 2004.

We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of our past Druid City Pride Board Members:
Armantha Washington - 2019-2020
Jonathan Payne - 2018-2020
Kim Colburn * - 2015-2019 (Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2019)
Brandy Hyche - 2018
Meredith Bagley * - 2015-2018 (Vice President 2017-2018)
Shompa Datta * - 2015-2017
Rev. Fred L Hammond * - 2015-2017
Alice Parker * - 2015-2017
Former Officers are listed in bold.
* Denotes Founding Board Members.