Meet our Staff Collective & Board of Directors!
Isabelle is one of the newest members of Stonewall Youth’s staff collective. They are an enrolled Skokomish tribal member and they were born and raised on the Skokomish Indian Reservation. Isabelle is very passionate about their culture revitalization. Prior to joining our staff collective, Isabelle served as a member of our Speakers Bureau Collective. They are currently finishing up their transfer AA at South Puget Sound Community College. During their time at SPSCC, they have been an active leader through the Diversity and Equity Center as a Peer Mentor. That’s where they really started to engage and learn more about their own identities and how they intersect. Isabelle is looking forward to transferring to Evergreen in the fall. Isabelle loves halloween along with all things strange and creepy, they also love hanging out with their cat Q, making art, hanging out with their best friend Hailey, laughing, taking naps and reading.
Jackson Authier Mercogliano
Jax is also one of the newest members of Stonewall Youth’s Staff Collective. They identify as a queer, non-binary, disabled person who uses they/them pronouns. They were born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, just an hour and a half north of Olympia in Seabeck, WA. They are currently a Junior at The Evergreen State College where they study political economy, decoloniality studies, and institutional oppression. Jax hopes to go on and get their Master’s in Social Work so they can be a counselor for queer and trans teens and young adults. If you are at Stonewall you will most likely see Jax finding something to organize or rearrange. Outside of Stonewall, Jax is a trained abortion doula, has 2 cats, and spends most of their time crafting, eating, or napping.
Rhian is a Southern, genderfluid, queer black woman who is currently in their senior year at The Evergreen State College. Her emphasis is Creative Writing and Black American Studies. If you ask Rhian, she says that she studies “Genre Form Breaking.” Before becoming a Co-Director, they served on our Speakers Bureau Collective. She is interested in local organizing, the Olympia poetry scene, and community-building far away from home. When Rhian isn’t working they are often: searching for Bigfoot, writing short stories on the Notes app, making disco playlists, playing video games or re-watching shows from their childhood
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).
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. They have an MSW from the University of Michigan. They believe that all youth have a right to safe spaces to grow and learn in, and they have a personal commitment to create and maintain conditions that promote positive development in safe and sober settings for 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.”
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.
Jesse Aurelia Maichelli
Jesse has 15+ years of youth-centered work and social services career background. She’s volunteered for Stonewall in different capacities throughout the years. They hold a BA from Evergreen, a cosmetology license and a deck of cards. They identify as Queer, Femme, White, Non-Binary, Big, Disabled, Neurodivergent and Magical. They work towards centering youth and all oppressed communities by constantly working at: being an accomplice, knowing and practicing that you know yourself best, and keeping close the understanding that listening/decentering can unfold many gifts of powerful intergenerational community. Decolonization, anti-oppression, herbal/animal alchemy for survivors/thrivers and trauma tenderness are areas she feels particularly called for. They are honored to be collaborating with such powerful and unique humans!
Ignacio (Nacho) Alarcón
Ignacio currently works at the Evergreen State College while serving on Stonewall Youth’s Board of Directors. They were raised primarily in Pennsylvania and studied philosophy, psychology, and political science as an undergraduate student. Nacho then completed a Master of Arts degree in Ohio while working with living-learning communities at Oberlin College, student conflict resolution at the University of Michigan, and student success at The Leadership Center outside of Los Valles, Honduras. They are passionate about advocating for and cultivating kinship with college students least represented spaces of social power and privilege. Outside of work, you’ll find Ignacio working in the community, exploring the outdoors, and doing all things food and music across the region.
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