Marion E. Coleman, President

Marion E. Coleman owned and operated Kindred Spirits, "a nightclub for women and their friends" from 1980 to 1990. She now serves as president of the KSF board. A revered long-time leader of Houston's gay and lesbian community, Marion and her partner reside in Montrose.

Trudy Denny

Trudy Denny is one of the original creators of KSF's signature event, the annual dance party, benefiting KSF's beneficiaries. She is a retired accountant and serves on the Endowment Committee. She resides in Montrose.

Jessica L. Frinsco, Vice President

Representing KSF’s "next generation," Jessica has been a board member since 2006 and coordinates volunteers for the KSF events. She is also an educator and resides in Houston with her handsome cat named Jules.

Betty Tonnessen, Treasurer

Betty has held the office of Treasurer of KSF since 2005. Prior to joining the KSF board, Betty held the position of Treasurer of A Christmas Songfest, and she served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Assistance Fund. Other affiliations include EPAH, Log Cabin Republicans, and Four Seasons Club. Betty is retired from Shell Oil Company after a 23 year career as a Computer Software Consultant in accounting and finance. Betty’s hobbies are traveling and musical theatre.

Sallie Woodell, Secretary

Sallie Woodell is a native Houstonian who believes in the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community to make her corner of the world a better place. Her work with Kindred Spirits enables her to help raise funds to help deserving LGBT non-profit organizations continue their individual missions. Sallie works as a paralegal at a business litigation boutique Houston law firm that specializes in handling complex civil litigation. She is happily married to Carol Wyatt and loves spending time with her and their four animals.

Marshella Abrams

Marshella is currently active in several organizations such as the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Houston, The Montrose Center, and several LGBT organizations and she continues to be an advocate for people in the community. Her constant commitment and passion for learning, helping others, and personal growth have enabled her to greatly connect with people in order to continue to be involved in her community of Houston.

Renee Tappe

Renee has a long history of volunteerism within our community, having been a "founding mother" of AssistHers and an original member of the Kindred Spirits Foundation. Renee worked in the field of special education for 35 years and is now enjoying retirement.

Margaret Morrow Thibodeaux

Margaret is a retired school administrator as well as a disabilities specialist and advocate. And apparently, she is a woman of few words…

Judy M Woods

Judy is a retired teacher who taught students from Kindergarten through high school. While photography and videography were once a vocation, they are now an avocation. Currently, she is working part-time at Montrose Center as an Outreach Worker and at Acadian Bakers. When Kindred Spirits opened in 1980 on Buffalo Speedway, she was one of the first staff members. Currently she proudly serves as an officer on the boards of Kindred Spirits and L.O.A.F.

Cindy Wilson

Cindy is Retired business and real estate owner. Worked for BP for 15 years - living La Vida Loca!