Rosalinda Noriega

Rosalinda Noriega

Executive Director (pronouns: she/her/he/him)
Rosalinda Noriega began work as Pizza Klatch’s Executive Director on August 21, 2017. Rosalinda is well known in Thurston County for her passionate community work and activism. Rosalinda uses she/her and he/him pronouns.

For eleven years, Rosalinda served as founding director for Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE). PiPE is a local non-profit dedicated to serving marginalized youth who are victims of various forms of violence including child abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. In this role, Rosalinda was responsible for creating and overseeing the implementation of all aspects of internal organization and infrastructure including program and policy development, human resources/personnel, budget and fiscal management, contract administration, managing day-to-day operations, outreach, and grant writing. In addition to her administrative duties, she continued to provide one-on-one advocacy to victims of violence; develop and provide professional development training; and provide community education on the cycles of violence, homelessness, and the impacts of trauma.

Rosalinda has been a longtime supporter and advocate for Pizza Klatches’ work. As the ED of PiPE, Rosalinda spearheaded organizational efforts to provide financial and in-kind support to Pizza Klatch by incorporating some of PK’s expenses into PiPE’s budget and statement of work in contracts awarded by the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy. As a result, PiPE contributed resources to support the printing of facilitator training materials, as well as to dedicate staff resources to contribute to annual facilitator training and to act as regular guest speakers for various PK groups. For the past twenty-three years advocating on behalf of victims/survivors of violence (LGBTQ, youth, tribal and homeless communities), Rosalinda believes in the Golden Rule.
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 economic 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.
Jay Banks

Jay Banks

Facilitator/Advocate/Replication Manager (pronouns: they/them)
New to the Olympia area from DC, Jay Banks is a 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.

El Sanchez

Facilitator/Advocate/Event Coordinator (pronouns: they/them)
El is a queer/trans/non-binary/Indigenous/Latinx, writer, community activist and stand-up comedian who just returned to the Olympia area after living in Seattle for the past decade. El grew up all over Washington state, including the farming community of Lewis County, near the Olympic Peninsula within the Quinault Tribal Nation and in various small rural communities in the South Sound area. They graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in constitutional law, tribal law and social justice. They have worked as both a performer, counselor and organizer with LGBTQ+ website Autostraddle’s annual event 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 queer focused websites on issues ranging from transphobia, gender pronouns and their experience as a queer, non-binary parent. 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.
Sophia Vasconi

Sofia Vasconi

Facilitator/Advocate (pronouns: she/her/they/them)
Sofia Vasconi is a nonbinary mixed Latinx/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, from environmental justice to queer liberation to racial justice and beyond, while exploring the liminal spaces and connections between them. 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. She is an herbal medicine maker, a botanist, a dancer, a singer, a listener, a spell weaver, a hiker, and a dreamer. Sofia’s pronouns are she/her/hers, they/them/theirs.

Eyota Wak'ishwit

Facilitator/Advocate (pronouns: she/her)
Eyota is a two-spirited, nonbinary 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 later 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.

Never Angeline North

Facilitator/Advocate (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.

Dylan C.

Administrative Assistant (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, has 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.