2019 Board of Directors:
Tracey Carlos, Secretary
Affiliations: Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) Olympia 246 for the Thurston County Democrats, Member of WFSE 443
Tracey Carlos is a political activist/photographer. She is a pragmatic progressive lesbian interested in working toward a more equitable future. She joined the PiPE board in August of 2017 and has served as secretary since January 2018.
She moved to Olympia in 2010 and was excited to see the level of activism in the community. Soon after moving here she got a job working for the state where she felt could do the most good on a daily basis with her customer service background. Since then she has become politically active through the Democratic party. Currently she is the Vice Chair of the 22nd Legislative District Democrats.
Getting involved in local politics opened her eyes to the growing houseless issues and through searching for ways to help the community Tracey got to know Renata Rollins and was recruited to help on the PiPE Board. Her hobbies, outside her activism, including reading and photography.
Agatha Burstein, Board Member
Renata Rollins, Vice President
Affiliations: Capital Recovery Center, Outreach Workers League, Just Housing Olympia, Olympia City Council
Renata is a writer/poet, community advocate, and member of the Olympia City Council. She’s the oldest of 5 siblings, Scorpio, queer, and lives with invisible disabilities. She joined the PiPE board in January 2015 and has served as the chair for much of that time.
Renata has worked in a variety of fields, including journalism, public relations, team management, in-home caregiving, street outreach and peer support counseling. In 2013 she became one of the first Olympia Downtown Ambassadors, and went on to co-found numerous grassroots groups and projects, including the Outreach Workers League, Well Wishers, and Just Housing, where she helped develop the #LegalizeSurvival campaign.
Renata is concerned with community transformation: personal, relational, and institutional. She credits PiPE with helping her see and understand the violent power structures that affect daily life, and giving her space to imagine and practice non-violent alternatives with others. In centering the voices and experiences of marginalized people—particularly, survivors who are young, queer, trans, and/or homeless—Renata sees PiPE as a catalyst for the transition between the world we live in now, and the world that needs to be.
Lucas Miller, Board Member
Affiliations: Capital City Pride, Pizza Klatch, Mpowerment Washington, Trans Advocacy Group, Trans Discussion Group, PFLAG Olympia, New Bois
Lucas Scott Miller has been a Queer/Trans activist in the Olympia area for the last 15 years. He is active in several LGBTQ+ organizations including PFLAG, Pizza Klatch and Mpowerment. He hosts a show on Thurston Community Media on Queer/Trans issues. He is originally from Massachusetts and loves dogs and seafood.
Thalia Vaillancourt, Board President
Thalia Vaillancourt is a French-Canadian transplant, retired yoga instructor, and massage therapist. She began her yoga studies in 1995 and quickly learned that the tools she gained from her practice were essential to her survival as a street involved survivor of sexual violence. In 2002 she completed her first teacher training while completing her college diploma in languages and literature and thereafter committed herself to teaching others the same essential life and wellness skills that saved her life. She continued her studies and grew her business in Montreal, Quebec, Canada until 2012 when she moved to the USA seeking change. She has lived in Olympia, WA for four years and is a recent graduate of the Evergreen State College. Through a recent internship with P.I.P.E, she developed a drive to work in the organizational side of advocacy. Thalia is committed to social service, and is continually growing her skills and knowledge. She was honored to be asked to join the board of P.I.P.E, and looks forward to engaging the Olympia community and growing P.I.P.E’s network.
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