Meet our Staff Collective & Board of Directors!
Masa Fox Volta Kawamura
Half Japanese, transman, born in Weisbaden, Germany, raised in Tacoma, now living in Olympia where he supplements his living with his art. Masa studied art formally at the college level for approximately 4 years before moving on to Evergreen to finish a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He was the co-coordinator for the Trans* Resources and Education Xtravaganza student organization at Evergreen for a year. He has been on many transgender panels and is very active in the transgender community. His passion is to fight for transgender rights anytime and anywhere possible as well as being an education point for people so that others do not have to. He is dedicated to intersectionality and tries to constantly recognize it in everyday life. After more than a year of internships and volunteer work at Stonewall Youth, Masa became a staff collective member in January, 2016 and is happy to be continuing here for as long as he is able. He enjoys getting lost on YouTube, creating art of pretty much any kind, existential conversations that may give you a headache, tea, and T, (and puns).
Lili is a student at The Evergreen State College where they are currently studying Political Economy. Originally, she was attending South Puget Sound Community College, where she was involved with the Diversity and Equity Center. Since, they’ve been working at Stonewall Youth while balancing other community involvement opportunities. She identifies as fat, femme, queer, latinx and mixed. In her free time, Lili likes to watch too much Netflix, pet dogs, and spend more money than they should.
Program Co-Director (youth)
Originally from New York, Ruby moved to Olympia in 2013 to attend the Evergreen State College. There, they studied a multitude of subjects, from philosophy and religion to history, political economy, and social justice. Ruby is driven in their education and in their life to understand the systems they exist in, how these affect them as an individual and in their ways of behaving and interacting with what is around them, and dedicating themself to taking action towards goodness and justice. Ruby is passionate about playing and listening to music, and they have loved the opportunity to apply this love to their work at Stonewall by starting music programming there. Ruby loves playing guitar, reading, learning, writing, cuddling with friends, walking in the woods and climbing trees, and cats!!!!!
Interim Co-Director & Board Member
Bryn has volunteered periodically for Stonewall Youth for more than a decade. They are an activist and community organizer who has organized with many social justice organizations over the last 25 years, including Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights, the Thurston County Tenants Union, and the Coalition for Low Income Power. Bryn was the founder of Laughing Crow Productions (a social justice arts organization) and served as the executive director for 5 years. Prior to working at Stonewall, Bryn served for 12 years as the Chief of Staff for Washington State Senator Adam Kline, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. They are the co-editor, along with the Belize Rural Women’s Association, of Rising Up: Life Stories of Belizean Women (1993, Sister Vision Press). Bryn enjoys playing the accordion, making mosaics, walking in big cities and deep forests, reading, writing, playing with dogs and humans, and creating revolution.
Board of Directors
Amira is our former Program Co-Director and is currently the Trans and Queer Center Coordinator at the Evergreen State College. She has an MSW from the University of Michigan. She believes that all youth have a right to safe spaces to grow and learn in, and has a personal commitment invest to create and maintain conditions that promote positive development in safe and sober settings LGBTQ youth. “I see my work with LGBTQ youth as something bigger than me, and one that benefits all communities. My experiences working with LGBTQ youth started at SMYRC in Portland, Oregon as an intern. SMYRC’s core values are similar to Stonewall — youth-led and adults in partnership with youth. During graduate school I branched out and worked on youth issues at the policy level, using school district data to highlight the disparities in education for school-age children and youth. I’ve also work with youth to lobby for their cause, as well as Queer Justice workshops that I developed and presented during my time as a student organizer at Portland State University. On a personal and political level, it is an honor to bear witness to youth developing their voices.”
Robert is a recent high school graduate and an army brat. He has lived in Washington state since 2009 and has fallen in love with the place. He wanted to be on The Stonewall Youth Board of Directors was because Stonewall has empowered him and helped him be a better person. Since this nonprofit means so much to him and he wanted to help with the leadership. Besides being on the board of stonewall he has been a speakers bureau member for almost all of 2013, did the drag show in 2012, and has attended Queer Rock Camp 2 years in a row. Outside of Stonewall he is the Vice President of PFLAG-Olympia, on the Lacey City Parks Board of Commissioners, and has recently started a group for LGBTQQIA youth of military families on Fort Lewis. Robert loves his community and is driven by the passion to make his home an even more amazing place!
Board member and staff member (intern)
Lex is a student and activist based in the Pacific Northwest. They are a former Stonewall Youth and are very excited to be back with the organization as a Board member and Intern. They are passionate about social justice work and honed their organizing skills as a member of Speaker’s Bureau. They also work at Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE). When they aren’t working towards collective liberation (when aren’t they working towards collective liberation?) they like to write ~emotional~ music, make all kinds of arts and crafts, and cook Iranian recipes passed down from their family.
Andrea is an activist, registered nurse, nerd, dancer, bicyclist, dog-companion, scholar, and dress-up enthusiast who is thrilled to contribute her skills and energy to the rad work of Stonewall and is the current Secretary of the board of directors. She previously volunteered with Bread and Roses, EGYHOP, and the Thurston County Syringe Exchange and brings passions for social justice, harm reduction, and the queering of health systems.
Parker has been involved with Stonewall since the fall of 2013 and has previously been a member of the Speakers’ Bureau Collective. They are a trans queer activist, student, and cat-lover dedicated to anti-oppression work and youth empowerment! Parker recently graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA with an emphasis in queer studies. They enjoy spending their free time reading feminist sci-fi and queer theory, exploring the woods, camping, cuddling their cat, playing board games, meeting new people and cooking with friends.
Pocket is a poet, artist, cat parent, gloomy punk, and Stonewall Youth participant. They are a member of the Speakers Bureau Collective as well as the Board of Directors. In addition to teaching anti-oppression and allyship workshops through Speakers Bureau, Pocket has taught poetry workshops and staffs the Family Support Center of South Sound’s cold weather shelter.
Dusty Weber LaMay
Dusty worked as Stonewall’s Executive Director until December of 2015. Dusty joined Stonewall after many years in California as a activist, law student, law clerk and community organizer. In the past he has worked as a queer youth services provider, a social worker for at risk families,as a trainer for the National Resource Center for Youth Services, and as the law clerk for a nonprofit rural legal aid. He is particularly interested queer and trans liberation, youth empowerment, self-determination, and rural activism. Dusty spends his free time writing, drawing, daydreaming, walking around looking at trees,the moon and stars, and hanging out with his dog.
Board member and staff member (intern)
Emily is a queerdo hailing from the small town of Long Beach, Washington. She got involved with Stonewall Youth her first year in Olympia, after landing a work-study job here through The Evergreen State College where she studies. Since then, Emily hasn’t been able to leave Stonewall, recognizing how amazing an organization it is. After being apart of the Speakers’ Bureau Collective and and intern, Emily is trying her hand at being a board member. Along with being passionate about the fight for a queer liberation that encompasses intersecting identities and social standings, Emily is also passionate about the salty-n-sweet food combo, making throwback playlists for every mood, and becoming friends with every cat she meets.
MORE BOARD BIOS COMING SOON!!!