Staff & Board

Alie

Program Manager she/her

Alie is the Program Manager at Inside Out. She has worked in education in K-12 public schools, higher education, and non-profits over the past 10+ years and is currently working on her PhD centering LGBTQIA2+ pedagogies in K-12 public schools. As a queer person living in Colorado Springs since 2008, she sees her role as an educator and activist to empower young people in our community to collaboratively shape our futures. When she’s not at Inside Out, you can usually find her enjoying all the outdoors have to offer with her wife and pets. 

Alina

Outreach Coordinator she/they

Alina is the Outreach Coordinator at Inside Out Youth Services. In this role, Alina helps with organizing and executing IOYS-branded training programs for community members and organizations. Additionally, they manage incoming requests for tabling and events, ensuring the presence of an IOYS representative at these gatherings. Beyond their responsibilities at IOYS, Alina holds the position of Director of Communications on the executive boards of both Pikes Peak Pride and Colorado Springs Rising Professionals. In their spare time, Alina volunteers with Sue’s Gift and the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership. Alina firmly believes in the importance of giving back to the community and is a dedicated advocate for the LGBTQIA2+ community and suicide prevention.

Cathy

Executive Assistant she/her

In her role as Executive Assistant, Cathy supports the Executive Director with scheduling, administrative duties, and other tasks. Raised in Alaska, she and her family relocated to Colorado in 2019, where she enjoys the blue sky, temperate climate, and natural beauty in the Rocky Mountain West. Cathy is a mother, fiber artist, and advocate. She has a passion for LGBTQIA2+ equity, personal experience with transgender/transitioning families, and a creative outlook on problem solving informed by her artistic endeavors.

Charlie

Volunteer Manager they/them

Charlie is the Volunteer Manager at Inside Out Youth Services. They are responsible for onboarding volunteers, empowering them while in the space and out in the community, and ensuring they have all the tools necessary to engage with the young people we serve. Charlie is a parent of two beautiful beings, and enjoys reading, hiking, and learning new ways to take care of themself as they show up for others.

Chris/Beas

Program Coordinator he/they/zir

Chris is a Programs Coordinator at Inside Out Youth Services. He is a queer poet and crafter that enjoys building community through art and self-expression. Chris enjoys building spaces with youth to be their most authentic selves and supporting them in finding their voices to feel empowered to create change for themselves and with their peers.

Chris

Clinician they/them

Chris is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Through a collaboration between YouthSeen and Inside Out Youth Services, Chris provides mental health counseling services to LGBTQ+ youth. They offer individual, family, and group sessions as well as crisis-based services. Chris is passionate about social justice. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing video games, practicing foreign languages, and spending time with their 3 kids and spouse of 11 years.

Courtney

Business Manager she/her

Courtney is the Business Manager at IOYS. With over a decade of expertise in the realms of finance, Human Resources, and operations, Courtney brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. Beyond the professional sphere, she embraces the delightful chaos of raising her tiny humans and finds joy in capturing life’s moments through her passion for photography. Courtney is also proud to born and raised in Colorado Springs. 

Danette

Volunteer Facilitator of TransParenting she/her

Danette is the Volunteer Facilitator of IOYS TransParenting program, a monthly support group for parents and caregivers of trans and nonbinary children. She serves on the El Paso County Youth Suicide Prevention Workgroup, participates in Pikes Peak Safe at Schools Coalition, and is a member of the Board of Directors of PFLAG Colorado Springs. Danette also co-facilitates a monthly support group for parents of adult trans and nonbinary children through Stand with Trans.

Em

Program Coordinator they/he

Em is a Programs Coordinator at Inside Out Youth Services. They are a nonbinary/transgender human who loves to be of service to their community. They are passionate about connecting to our true selves, practicing mindful techniques, and using our voice to promote change, growth, and power. They find it inspiring to be able to work with our LGBTQIA2+ youth and young adults each day.  

Jaxon

Outreach Fellow he/him

Jaxon is the Outreach Fellow Intern at Inside Out Youth Services. He is a rising senior at Colorado College where he studies Political Science and Philosophy. During the school year, he works at CC’s Collaborative for Community Engagement, where for the past 2 years he has worked as the Gender and Sexuality Coalition Organizer, and where next year he will be an office wide Communications Intern. In his free time, he loves to listen to audiobooks, play video games, and go on walks. 

Jessie

Executive Director she/her

Jessie is a queer activist, poet, and community organizer committed to the liberation of LGBTIA2+ young people. She is charged with mobilizing resources, people, community, policy, and strategy to build access, equity, and power with LGBTQIA2+ young people. She is also responsible for making sure there are ample opportunities to dance. 

Keeley

Digital and Community Educator she/ella

As Digital and Community Educator, Keeley is responsible for assisting in the creation and implementation of IOYS’ communications plan, managing IOYS social media platforms, promoting awareness of programs, and creating and distributing materials that foster LGBTQIA2+ education within our community. In her spare time, Keeley enjoys reading, learning Spanish, practicing yoga,  hiking, and spending time with her wife Danni, their two cats and dog.

Krystlynn

Licensed Clinical Social Worker she/her

Krystlynn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing therapy to LGBTQ+ individuals for over 10 years. Krystlynn provides therapy services here at InsideOut through a partnership with Peak Vista Community Health Centers. In her work with youth, she focuses on self-awareness, self-discovery, and empowerment. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her wife and dogs.

Liss

Communications and Advocacy Director they/them

Liss is the Communications and Advocacy Director at Inside Out Youth Services. As such, they oversee social media, press relations, public relations, communication strategy, and IOYS branding. Their goal is to ensure every young person in the Pikes Peak region knows Inside Out is here for them. Liss is a former journalist and longtime resident of Colorado Springs, with a passion for the queer community. They are a romance and sci-fi writer, a proud nerd, and a married parent of three beautiful cats.

Misbah

Creating Protective Environments Intern they/them

Misbah is a senior at Colorado College and a Feminist and Gender Studies major. They are from Houston, Texas, but born, raised, and indigenous to Pakistan. Outside of IOYS, Misbah works as a co-founder of two local mutual aids, as Vice President of student government, and a Bonner Fellow and Health and Accessibility Co-op intern with the Collaborative for Community Engagement at CC. For fun, they love curling up with a book, some tea, and a comfy blanket to spend the hours in peace with some background music. 

Moe

Program Assistant she/her

Moe Or Morgan moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 to pursue opportunities in theatre and education. Since then, she has been an education coordinator and assistant stage manager for the Fine Arts Center for 9 years. Moe is passionate about working with young adults and helping them find their passions. While at the Fine Arts Center she helped run the Youth Rep program. Youth rep is for high school-age students who want to develop their skills in theatre. Moe also helped develop a partnership with the School for the Deaf and Blind. One of Moe’s biggest passions is creating access points for people who didn’t know the opportunity existed or were not open to them previously. Moe is excited to start her journey with Inside Out Youth Services and assist the programs team in all future projects. 

Nico

Development Director they/he

Nico Wilkinson is the Development Director at Inside Out Youth Services. They work one-on-one with donors who want to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQIA2+ young people. They also plan events for and with the team and young people to bring in necessary resources for IOYS. Nico started as an award-winning community organizer and spoken word poet in Colorado Springs who founded the Keep Colorado Springs Queer open mic in 2016. They live on a small farm with their goats, chickens, cats, and dog. 

Noelle

School Advocate they/she

Noelle grew up in Colorado Springs and has worked with young folx in various capacities for over 10 years. Noelle was a 2023 Rising Star Award recipient for their work in their current role as the School Advocate. Their hope is that every student in Colorado Springs will have access to at least one supportive, trusted adult. When not working, Noelle can often be found crafting or cuddling their fur babies.

Ryan

Events Manager he/him

Ryan was born and raised in Colorado Springs. He is proud to be a member of the LGBTQIA2+ Community and the IOYS Team! He spent the better part of a decade in high-end and luxury event production in New York City at David Stark Design and in Denver as the Production Manager for Pink Monkey Solutions. When not managing events, he can be found  acting in regional theatre productions and singing wherever there is a microphone.

Skylar/Thorn/Himeros

Peer Program Assistant they/he

Skylar is an integral part of Inside Out’s programs team, supporting the creation and implementation of weekly programs, and offering resources to youth both online and in-person. IOYS youth call Skylar the “Inside Out Dad” because of the amount of security, acceptance, and love he brings to the space. Skylar is a veteran youth-turned-staff-member of Inside Out Youth Services, an adult cartoonist, and a devoted animal parent.

Tracey

Volunteer Acclimation Specialist she/her

Tracey started her journey with Inside Out in 2008. She is part of this organization because she is a lesbian and she believes that we all need a safe place. Her mother doesn’t fully accept her due to her mothers fundamentalist beliefs and she knows that she is not the only person experiencing rejection therefore a safe place is needed. Tracey started her journey with Inside Out in 2008. She is part of this organization because she is a lesbian and she believes that we all need a safe place. Her mother doesn’t fully accept her due to her mothers fundamentalist beliefs and she knows that she is not the only person experiencing rejection therefore a safe place is needed.

Board of Directors

Alana Lipscomb

Vice Chair she/they

Chelsea Gondeck

Chair she/her

Danielle Redmond

Board Member she/her

Dom Angiollo

Board Member he/him

Edina Hanes

Secretary she/her

Joanna Rendón

Governance Chair she/her

Kathy Edwards

Treasurer she/her

Michelle Skarr

Board Member she/her

Dr. Tre Wentling

Alumni and Board Member he/him

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