About Us

Mission

Odyssey Youth Movement promotes equity for LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Northwest through youth-driven programs and community education. 

Vision

 

Thriving LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Northwest.

Values

  • Dignity: All people have inherent worth.  

  • Community: Human connectedness fosters a greater understanding of self, others, and the world around us.  

  • Social Justice: Inland Northwest youth deserve equitable access to resources and opportunities.  

 

Contact Us

Odyssey Youth Movement

509.325.3637

oym@odysseyyouth.org

1121 South Perry Street

Spokane, WA 99202

Thank you for contacting Odyssey!

Odyssey Youth Movement Staff

Ian Sullivan
Executive Director

 

Ian Sullivan (He/Him/His) has more than ten years of experience in youth work and peer mentoring. His experience includes work as the Education Manager at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho where he oversaw the implementation of evidence-based and peer education programs throughout central, Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Odyssey is excited to have Ian in the position of Executive Director after his years of service on the board of directors and as program staff here at OYM. With his passion for community, Ian continues to stay active in the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association, the same neighborhood that Odyssey is lucky enough to call home as well as with the Spokane Spectrum Singers.

Ian@OdysseyYouth.org

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Programs Manager
Coming Soon!

 

Are you passionate about promoting equity for LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Northwest? Odyssey Youth Movement is hiring a Programs Manager! Responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations of Odyssey’s drop-in center and facilitation of programs. Position open until filled; review of applications will begin on May 12th. For more information or to apply, visit our employment page below!

Chandler Wheeler

Communications Coordinator

Chandler Wheeler (He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs) has worked with LGBTQ media representation and youth advocacy for nearly four years. He was the president of the Pride Club at Whitworth University and the director of their annual Pride Week for three years, during which he gained experience in media management, marketing, and advocating for LGBTQ young adults. He has volunteered with several diversity-focused community organizations, including Spokane Pride and University of Washington's Community Advisory Committee on LGBT healthcare accessibility. His passion lies in creating media content that is accessible, mindful, and represents a variety of diverse experiences. 

Chandler@OdysseyYouth.org

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Board of Directors

Kathryn Depaolis

Chair

Dr. Kathryn Depaolis (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Eastern Washington University (EWU). She received her BSW from KU, MSW from The University of Illinois at Chicago, and her doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas (KU). Her interests include bullying and peer victimization, with a specific interest in cyberbullying, among children and adolescents; anti-bullying prevention and intervention strategies; social policy; and social justice. Her professional experience includes 16 years of direct practice as well as management and consultation in the areas of child welfare, senior supportive housing, employee assistance programs, and disability management. She has been a part of several projects concerning bullying among children and adolescents, including an anti-bullying policy development and training initiative which developed and conducted anti-bullying policy development workshops to educators and administrators across Kansas, and a bullying assessment and intervention development project in seven elementary schools in the Kansas City area. Kathryn is new to the Northwest and is enjoying exploring this beautiful part of the country. 

Vanessa Delgado

Vice Chair

Vanessa E. Delgado (she/her/hers) has been serving as the inaugural Director of the Multicultural Center at Eastern Washington University, since March 2018. Vanessa was born and raised in the border city of El Paso, TX and holds a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Northern Arizona University. Prior to Eastern Washington University, Vanessa was an Assistant Director at the University of Kansas, overseeing the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. Vanessa was the LGBT Program Director at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs from 2012-2015, during which she has brought LGBTQ+ training to the United States Air Force Academy and Peterson Air Force Base.  Vanessa with the Spectrum Center’s Education Team hosting queer and intersecting identifies training sessions across Spokane. Vanessa loves living in Spokane with her wife and their fat, lazy, adorable English bulldog, Pibb (IG: @pibb_the_bulldog). 

Dainan Beard

Secretary

(Coming Soon)

Jared Schatz

Treasurer 

Jared Schatz (he/him/his) is currently the Accounting Supervisor at Spokane Public Schools but has 30 years of experience working as a professional accountant. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University and went on to pass the CPA exam.  He was on the board of directors as Treasurer for Lutherhaven Ministries for seven years as well as serving on the board of directors for two different church congregations.  He has also volunteered with some area Gay Straight Alliance groups in local high schools.  Jared is passionate about supporting LGBTQ+ youth to help ensure that are able to achieve their full potential in life.​

Jeremy Whittington

 

Jeremy Whittington (he/him/his) is the Managing and Artistic Director of Stage Left Theater, the Inland Northwest’s premiere progressive non-profit theater. He is also a published illustrator and prolific graphic designer, having illustrated numerous children’s books and designed countless logos, brochures, backdrops, and packaging. Jeremy studied Theatre Production at Ohio University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Sanford-Brown in 2014. He has been the Resident Designer for multiple theaters over the past decade, including The Public Theater of San Antonio, The Modern Theaters of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, and Lake City Playhouse. An accomplished actor, he has performed across the country in numerous plays, musicals and fundraising events. Jeremy has often taught workshops on graphic design, scenic design, and drawing at high schools, and he is also active in the recovery community. Find his work at www.JeremyCreates.com, and visit the theater at www.StageLeftTheater.org.