All staff facilitate weekly klatches in our participating schools

Jay Banks

Executive Director
Pronouns: they/them
New to the Olympia area from DC, Jay Banks is an AfroLatinx Nonbinary Queer Educator. They started TQMason a trans support and education group during their time at George Mason University and was influential in the University adopting their gender-neutral housing policy. They also have their Masters in Early Childhood Education and worked to implement a Black Lives Matter curriculum in their classroom while focusing on being trans and queer affirming. After teaching in Elementary schools in Southeast DC Jay decided to use their life experiences and formal education to help support LGBTQ+ Youth with Pizza Klatch. Jay is passionate about intersectionality and being a source of positive representation for queer youth of color. They also love traveling to new places, binge-watching reality tv shows, and spending time with their french lop rabbit Bun.
Phone: (360) 339-7574 X 104
E-mail: Jay@pizzaklatch.org

El Sanchez

Director of Philanthropy
Pronouns: they/them
El is a queer/trans/non-binary/Indigenous/Latinx, writer, community activist and stand-up comedian who returned to the Olympia area in 2017 after living in Seattle for 10 years. El grew up all over Washington state, from a small farming community in Lewis County to the Quinault Tribal Nation on the Olympic Peninsula. They graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in constitutional law, tribal law and social justice. They worked as both a performer and staff at Autostraddle. com's annual camp for queer adults, A-Camp, from 2014-2017 and have been a featured performer and speaker at queer comedy shows, Pride events and LGBTQ+ focused panels and discussions throughout the country. They have written articles for several LGBTQ+ websites on issues ranging from transphobia, gender pronouns, and their experience as a queer, non-binary parent who is raising their child gender-neutral. They are excited to utilize both their lived experience and their background in LGBTQ+ community organizing and outreach to benefit queer and trans youth, especially those in smaller communities like the ones they came from.
Phone: (360) 339-7574 X 105
E-mail: El@pizzaklatch.org
Sophia Vasconi

Sofia Vasconi

Volunteer and Training Director
Pronouns: she/her/they/them
Sofia Vasconi is a nonbinary mixed Latinx/white Italian femme first shaped by the Alaskan mountains, then by the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Sofia’s passions lie both in the magic of the natural world and the magic of intersectional movement building, collective healing, and community resiliency. She looks to the wisdom of mycelial networks and ferns and ecosystems’ response to wildfires to inform her own work towards liberation. They have been involved with facilitation, organization, and solidarity work across movements since they were a teenager. They have been facilitating with Pizza Klatch since January 2018 and is excited and grateful to deepen their work as an ally to LGBTQ youth. Sofia’s pronouns are she/her/hers, they/them/theirs.
Phone: (360) 339-7574 X 103
E-mail: Sofia@pizzaklatch.org

Eyota Wak'ishwit

Youth Development Director
Pronouns: she/her
Eyota is a non-binary trans woman of Yakama descent. The past decade she spent growing up in Shelton, WA, with her sister and mom. It wasn't until she attended the Evergreen State College in the 2017/18 year that she moved to Olympia. However, her introduction to the world of social justice, intersectionality, and community resilience began in late 2014 and bloomed in the latter half of 2015 once she found the language to describe the experience and nature of her gender, sexuality, and indigenous background. Recovering from recent mental health woes as well as learning to dance gracefully with long-term depression, she aims to move forward in stride, doing her part to contribute to the cultivation of healthy communities and a brighter future, not only for herself but for LGBTQ+ and indigenous youth. Life events and experiences in the last couple of years alone have helped shape her approach to topics of intersectionality and community building/resilience in constructive and solid ways. When she's not lost in extensive, contemplative and methodical thought, she loves to draw, write, sing, compose, and take long walks.
Phone: (360) 339-7574 ext. 108
E-mail: Eyota@pizzaklatch.org

Never Angeline North

Data Management Director
Pronouns: she/they
Never is a bisexual/transfeminine/agender artist, author and former librarian who moved to Olympia in 2018. They grew up in southern Indiana, and received a BA in English and a Master's Degree in Library Science, both from Indiana University, in 2010. She spent five years working at libraries in the greater Chicago area until, in 2014 she left her job to move to Portland, Oregon to transition. She has also lived in Toronto, ON and Nashville, TN, and has traveled extensively playing music and doing readings of poetry and fiction. She has published many books and zines, has been involved in editing various literary magazines and reading series, and has been featured on websites such as Autostraddle, The Poetry Foundation, Verse Daily and The Mary Sue. In addition to their creative work for adults, they are the author of Identifying as Transgender (Rosen Publishing, 2017), an informational text about being trans target toward grades 7-12. They are currently in the process of converting to Judaism, and plan to have their beit din and mikvah in 2020. They are passionate about books, comics, activism, progressive Judaism and transgender media.
Phone: (360) 339-7574 ext. 107
E-mail: Never@pizzaklatch.org

dylan C.

Director of Operations
Pronouns: d/d's
dylan identifies as a white, disabled, queer & trans person who seeks to be accountable as a multi-generational settler. dylan was born in Olympia and has made d's way back after decades of living in Seattle, California, the Midwest, and the South. dylan has a bachelor’s degree in Transformative Leadership and Human Services from Antioch University and trained with Generative Somatics from 2012-2015. d has worked with LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness for nearly a decade and also has experience with racial justice community organizing and survivor-led transformative justice work. These experiences, along with a deep connection to nature, have shaped dylan's understanding of politicized healing, self-acceptance, and the power of collective support and access. In dylan’s spare time, you can find d frolicking among the trees, drawing, napping with cats, nurturing d’s several nephews in the art of healthy masculinity, and conspiring to heal embodied white supremacy for the sake of our collective liberation. d is humbled and excited to become a part of the Pizza Klatch team.
Phone: (360) 339-7574 ext. 106
E-mail: dylan@pizzaklatch.org
Brett Rader

Brett Rader

Program Manager
Pronouns: he/him
Brett Rader joined the Pizza Klatch staff as our new Program Manager in December of 2017. Brett has volunteered as a P.K. Facilitator since 2014 at Capital High School and plans to use his experience as a volunteer facilitator to inform his role. Brett was born and raised in Tumwater and has worked for several local nonprofits. He was the shelter manager at Out of the Woods Family Shelter and more recently, worked for Habitat for Humanity as the Housing Program Coordinator. He attended the Friends World Program of Long Island University from 1995-1999 with a concentration in global economics where he worked with street children’s organizations in Latin America, East Africa and India. Brett finished his degree at Evergreen State College in 2007. He enjoys traveling, gardening and canning in his spare time.
Phone: (360) 339-7574 X 102
E-mail: Brett@pizzaklatch.org