Star Palmer is the Executive Director for Our Spot KC (OSKC). She has spent over 15 years in community organizing and service for the LGBTQ+ community producing events and programming from nightlife, community festivals, panel discussions, and fundraisers just to name a few things. Star is also a Regional Director for Alpha Psi Kappa Fraternity, Inc., a National non-profit, non-collegiate, social service organization for dominant lesbian WoMen. She currently serves on the Groundworks NRG, Friends of Johnson County Mental Health, and KC PRIDE Coalition Board of Director’s.
Melissa Winter has been involved in community advocacy and outreach both personally and professionally for over five years, providing direct services, using a strengths based case management approach, writing curriculum and presenting training for providers, community partners, businesses and youth on local, state and national levels. Melissa, in collaboration with Starzette Palmer, planned, organized and implemented the programming and community building of the Passages LGBTQ youth program, Missouri’s longest-running LGBTQ Youth Drop-in Center. Melissa has experience in building and implementing policies and procedures, grant management, billing, supervision of employees, and other administrative duties. Melissa has over 10 years experience in child development from early stages through young adulthood, focusing on psychological, cognitive and emotional milestones that allow for a more holistic progressive variation catered to each individual’s needs.