Meet some of our amazing volunteer facilitators!
Erin is a volunteer facilitator at Pizza Klatch and has worked in youth development for many years. She likes to read, write, cook, and be queer as heck. Erin has had many mentors growing up in the community and her goal is to widen the circle of belonging and support.
Melissa is a recent graduate from Saint Martin’s University, double majoring in Psychology and Business Administration, with a minor in Gender and Identities Studies. They have plans to pursue a career in counseling for the LGBTQA* community as well as continuing their education in pursuit of a PhD. When they are not working or studying, they enjoy reading fantasy novels (Power Surge being a current favorite), playing board games, listening to dnd podcasts (D20 Dames FTW!!!), and going to the ocean. Their music tastes are quite eclectic, ranging from Keith Urban to Lindsey Stirling to Leroy Sanchez to Fall Out Boy to Parov Stelar and beyond. The 2019-2020 school year will be their 2nd full year as a facilitator and they cannot wait to learn from this year’s youth and support them in this crazy ride we call ‘life’! P.S. Melissa believes that pineapple most *definitely* belongs on pizza. All pizza.
Kai is eccentric, queer, and spiritual. Currently a community organizer in the Olympia area, Kai has been in the Pacific Northwest for three years working at the Lutheran Church of the good shepherd. They moved here from northern Minnesota where they were a cook and wilderness guide working with high school youth
Craig grew up in the area, graduating from North Thurston High School and Washington State University. He and his partner Greg live on the NorthEast side and enjoy a large community of family and friends in the area. Craig has two grown children and loves the interactions with the klatch youth at Olympia High School once a week. He has also joined the board in the dual roll of Treasurer and Facilitator Board member.