Meet Our Staff
Erin Honseler, Executive Director
Erin comes to us most recently from Syracuse where she was getting her Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education with Certificates in Women and Gender Studies and Disability Studies. While at Syracuse University, Erin worked at the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Diversity Education. Erin’s primary interest in research and advocacy is access to education for marginalized identities and examining policies that lead to access disparities.
Before heading up to Syracuse, Erin moved to the east coast in 2012 to work in activism through art with a spoken word artist in Brooklyn, New York. During her time as Director of Program and Event Management, Erin was closely involved with colleges and universities throughout the United States bringing Queer spoken word and slam poetry all around the country.
Before heading over to the east coast, Erin was a west coast native growing up in Florence Oregon and completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Oregon in Political Science with minors in Ethnic Studies and Music. She is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest and is looking forward to working with the Thurston county community.
Oliver Childers, Interim Special Projects Manager
Oliver hails from sunny Southern California, but has fallen in love with the gloom of the Pacific Northwest. He is completing his final year at The Evergreen State College and will graduate with a BA focused on sociology and queer studies. His studies surrounding queer and gender theory have inspired him to work with nonprofit organizations, specifically those catering to LGBTQ+ youth. He is excited to provide a support system for the youth as well as learn from them. Oliver’s devotion to the queer community fuels his passion for empowering youth, advocating resilience among teens, and facilitating safe spaces in which students can feel included.
Rachel Ballew, Youth Social Media Admin
Hi my name is Rachel. I’m a junior at Olympia high school. I have been attending Pizza Klatch for two years and it is the highlight of my week! I play volleyball and run track while also participating in Girl Scouts. I am an admin for Pizza Klatch Facebook & Twitter pages!
Meah Rey, Youth Social Media Admin
Meah is both a Social Media Admin for Pizza Klatch’s Tumblr and a Youth Board Representative. Her experience in fundraising and public speaking began in an early age through 9 years of both cheer and dance, followed by theater and journalism for Tumwater High School. Meah has worked with her mother and a team of other moms with their yearly Fund-A-Bird Charity Fundraiser, focused on raising money for homeless and low-income students at Tumwater High School to use for sports and other expensive extracurricular activities. She loves acting, improv, adding to her extensive owl collection, and would probably be a decent stand up comedian.