Odyssey Youth Movement Staff
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.
Director of Advocacy and Education
Sevan Bussell has worked with youth in varying capacity for more than 6 years. Sevan has a passion for LGBT* population and was a leader for many years with Spokane Trans* People, a local support and social organization in Spokane. Sevan has also created TALL a trans* advocacy and leadership project to help trans* people and allies speak up about gender issues. Sevan's passion is to support young people to grow, thrive and reach their full potential. Sevan has been involved in Youth Program quality initiatives since 2013 as a way to effect change and create sustainable, quality programs for Odyssey Youth Movement.
Odyssey Youth Movement Board of Directors
Cindy Nover – Chair
Cindy Nover (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of social work at Eastern Washington University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has worked in medical and psychiatric settings during her career in Northern California and Washington, D.C. She also has a private practice providing clinical supervision for people seeking clinical licensure in counseling and social work. She has served two terms as an Americorps Volunteer in the U.S. and has served internationally as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and as a researcher in Mongolia. She is also on the Board of Directors of Center For Justice, an organization promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Her previous board membership includes serving on the advisory board for the Senior Companion/Respite Aid program to assist older adults with daily activities and companionship through the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. Her interests include health and economic disparities among historically marginalized and oppressed populations, such as people with mental illness, LGBTQ+ individuals, formerly incarcerated people, and older adults.
Amanda Mead– Vice Chair
Amanda V. Mead (she/her or they/them) is a queer writer and teacher in Spokane. She currently works at East Valley Middle School, where she teaches language arts, drama, and film studies to seventh- and eighth-graders. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature and teaching from Montana State University, and an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University. She has served as a therapeutic aide for vulnerable teens, worked in sexual assault and domestic violence programs, organized and campaigned for gay rights, and most recently helped organize the Women's March on Spokane. Amanda and her wife are licensed foster parents, and they own their own business in the craft beer industry. When she isn't teaching or protesting, Amanda is writing. Her poetry has appeared in Calyx, Drunken Boat, and others, and most recently she was a contributor to Greetings from Janeland: Women Write More About Leaving Men for Women. She is currently working on a young adult novel. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys running, hiking, and watching Netflix.
Vanessa Delgado– Secretary
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).
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.
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.