Odyssey Youth Movement promotes equity for LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Northwest through youth-driven programs and community education.
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.
Thriving LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Northwest.
Ian Sullivan︱Executive Director︱He/Him
Ian Sullivan 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.
Maggie Bolden︱Programs Manager︱She/Her
Maggie has been doing programming and student development work for nearly 5 years for both youth and young adults. Her experience includes time as a Residence Director at Gonzaga University as well as holding a Master's degree in Student Development. She has experience programming a wide variety of events, managing crisis response, and identity development for students of all ages. Maggie's passions lie in connecting with youth, LGBTQ+ identity work and education, and community engagement.
Chandler Wheeler︱Communications Coordinator︱They/He
Chandler Wheeler has worked with LGBTQ media representation and youth advocacy for nearly four years. They were the president of the Pride Club at Whitworth University and the director of their annual Pride Week for three years, during which they gained experience in media management, marketing, and advocating for LGBTQ young adults. They have volunteered with several diversity-focused community organizations, including Spokane Pride and University of Washington's Community Advisory Committee on LGBT healthcare accessibility. Their passion lies in creating media content that is accessible, mindful, and represents a variety of diverse experiences.
AmeriCorps VISTA Position︱Coming Soon!
Are you looking for an opportunity to work for LGBTQ+ student inclusion and equity in local schools? Consider applying for the Community Outreach & Curriculum Development position with the AmeriCorps VISTA program! Supervised by Odyssey Youth Movement, the VISTA member will conduct community outreach and needs assessment to identify existing resources and unmet needs of LGBTQ+ students in Spokane area schools. For more information, click on the link below to visit the AmeriCorps page!
Board Of Directors
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︱She/Her
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 works with the Spectrum Center’s Education Team hosting queer and intersecting identities training sessions across Spokane. Vanessa loves living in Spokane with her wife and their fat, lazy, adorable English bulldog, Pibb (IG: @pibb_the_bulldog).
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 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 , and visit the theater at .
Erik Maas︱He/Him or They/Them
Erik Maas is a Puerto Rican, queer, transgender artist and graphic designer who uplifts diverse voices through LGBTQ+ education and exploring themes of authenticity, self-discovery, and mental health in his work. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, GA and has spent the last ten years designing for healthcare, real estate, online privacy, and social causes. His advocacy work is centered around radically increasing access to healthcare for the trans community. In 2011 he became one of the founding members of JustUsATL, an Atlanta-based organization providing a youth-run, affirming safe space for Atlanta's LGBTQ+ youth. In 2017, he and his husband created a YouTube channel centered around trans healthcare, social transition, and life as a married trans couple. And in 2018, he founded the first gynecological health support group for transmasculine folx as well as a global support network exclusively for parents of trans youth. His other passions include sculpture, triking on the Centennial Trail, rockhounding, and buying too many plants. Find his work at https://erikmaasdesign.com or @erikmaasart.
Abbie Speer has a diverse background working in the nonprofit, private sector and small business worlds. She earned a B.S. from Slippery Rock University in Parks and Resource Management. Abbie worked at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania as a camp director for the summer of 2008. After moving to Spokane, she worked at the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center as an AmeriCorps volunteer and as an educator, where she continued working with youth in the wilderness. She left the nonprofit sector to start her own small business in the craft beer industry in 2013. She forged many relationships with other small businesses in the region through this venture. After selling her business in 2019, Abbie entered the world of construction, where she now serves as the Construction Lead for a small general contracting company. Abbie enjoys spending time with her wife, two dogs and cat, starting on many home projects and hiking in the woods.