LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay is a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization. After many years as an informal group working within the impulse of Open Door Community Church, Spectrum was founded in 2010 by those who shared the same common goals to build an inclusive network for the LGBTQ+ community in Findlay, Ohio. Since receiving our non-profit status, we have been building on the momentum that has propelled us into new avenues of service to our community.  This has included the forming of support groups, monthly social events, developing an Ally Directory, and expanding Pride month celebrations.


Our mission is to empower our diverse community to lead healthy, successful lives through focused resources, inclusive activities, and a vibrant supportive network serving Findlay and the surrounding communities.


Our vision is to achieve an equitable community for LGBTQ+ people and our allies.


We value excellence, diversity, collaboration, integrity, visibility, inclusivity, advocacy, and community.

Meet Our Staff

Nickie Decker

Executive Director

Nickie Decker (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director at LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Findlay majoring in Design and then earning her MBA in 2010. Nickie is passionate about serving her community and constantly striving to be the best authentic version of herself. Educating, communicating, and overcoming division barriers are among her priorities in life. She has two children, who love doing anything adventurous outdoors and will forever put a smile on her face.

Vy Allen

Program Manager

Vy (they/them/any) is the Program Manager and a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who graduated from the University of Findlay in 2020 with a Bachelor's in Social Work. They are currently pursuing a Master's in Social Work through the Ohio State University. Vy is passionate about deconstructing gender stereotypes and destigmatizing talk about sex & sexuality. In their free time, Vy enjoys spending time with their cats (Frank, Beans, and Tofu) and playing games with their housemates.

Jessi Smith

OhioKAN Navigator

Jessi (she/her/hers) is the OhioKAN Navigator at Spectrum. She graduated with an Associate's in Social Work from Marion Technical College in 2021 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Social Work at Ursuline College. She is committed to working towards changing the systems that marginalize and oppress people and communities. Jessi lives in rural Wyandot County where she spends her time chasing after her three children, four bonus children, and two bonus grandchildren.

Courtney Hughes-Ksenich

Groups Facilitator

Courtney (she/her/hers) is the Group Coordinator and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who facilitates the Youth Group at The Loft. Courtney graduated from the University of Heidelberg in 2017 with a Bachelor's in Psychology, then in 2020 her Master's in Clinical Counseling. She currently works at the University of Findlay as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Courtney's passions include advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and serving the community in any way possible. In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her cats (Penelope and Pumpkin), hiking, and binging a good true crime podcast.

Abigail Starcher


Abigail (she/her/hers) is a fifth-year senior at The University of Findlay studying theatre, social work, and gender studies. Upon graduation, she intends to attend graduate school for a master's degree in social work, specializing in community and social justice. Abigail is serving as an intern at LGBTQ Spectrum of Findlay for her senior field placement.

Board Members

William Grose


Barry Ratzlaff

Vice President

Elizabeth Aldridge


Sean Diebley

Executive Committee At-Large

Abby Kalkstein

Board Member At-Large

Rebecca Mira

Board Member At-Large

Candice McQueen

Board Member At-Large

Jenna Book

Board Member At-Large

Lisa Miller

Board Member At-Large