Joy Armstrong joined the amazing staff of Inside Out Youth Services with 15 years of experience in the museum world, most recently after a decade as an award-winning curator of art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In her professional life and beyond, she has dedicated herself to creative, community, and personal development, applying this passion to her work with artists as well as non-profit organizations. Since returning to Colorado Springs in 2008, she has spent her time nurturing and enabling new bodies of artwork, planning and facilitating community events, and breaking down barriers to active cultural participation with the fervent belief that we all belong and have the power make a difference.
Armstrong is honored to have been part of not only the FAC team, but also Imagination Celebration, Harley’s Hope Foundation, Art on the Streets, and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. She is enthusiastic about exploring authentic community engagement through Inside Out and to support this tremendous organization by increasing donor awareness, sustainable support, and build robust collaborations. Love and healing for all living beings is possible through unabashed self-expression and embrace of difference!
Armstrong holds a B.A. from the University of Denver, an M.A. from Kent State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She lives in her hometown of Colorado Springs with her husband Mike, rescue dogs Mika and Ralph, and kitties Bert and Opal. In her free time, she loves to cook (and eat!), explore the world, play the piano, sing, practice yoga, dance, and spend time with her beloved family and friends.
Amplifier of Health Advocacy
Safe at Schools Coordinator
Darolyn has worked and volunteered with nonprofits for the last 10 years. Prior to joining Inside Out, Darolyn was an assistant supervisor at a domestic violence shelter, a youth residential group home supervisor and recently worked as a social emotional generalist at a high school. Her personal passions often intertwine with the work that she pursues, with specific interests in teaching social justice pedagogy and eradicating sexual violence.
Darolyn is eager to join the Inside Out organization and looks forward to collaborating with staff, youth, and community members. She hopes to help unite the community through education, systems of support and policy changes that best support LGBTQ+ youth and allies.
Darolyn graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Sociology at UCCS. In her free time, Darolyn enjoys hiking, traveling, yoga and spending time with loved ones.
Alissa Smith is a longtime resident of Colorado Springs with a passion for the LGBTQ+ community. A graduate of the University of Montana, Alissa has been advocating for equality and equity throughout her life, volunteering with political campaigns and social justice organizations until shifting gears into news media in 2015. Alissa was most recently associate editor at the Colorado Springs Independent, where she founded, edited and contributed to the paper’s bi-monthly LGBTQ+ news and perspectives column, Queer & There. A married parent of three cats (Pearl, Miss Kitty and Lord Byron Fitzwhiskers) and an unrepentant nerd, Alissa enjoys writing, reading, playing video games, and talking to anyone who will listen about Star Trek.
Chris “Beas J” Beasley has lived in Colorado Springs since 1999. They are a nationally recognized poet, community organizer, and workshop facilitator. Chris is the Co-Director of Poetry 719, a local poetry group that aims to uplift the voices of marginalized communities and people of color. In 2018 they received awards from the Pikes Peak Art Council for best recurring event for Colorado Black Voices Matter and Literary Arts Leadership.
Chris was instrumental in building the foundation of Hear Here Poetry. Once they shifted to a non-profit, he became a board member and community liaison for 3 years. Chris has helped coach multiple youth teams in gearing up for national poetry competitions and has also provided various workshops ranging from middle school to high school students. They believe “The Youth in Colorado Springs have something to say and deserve to be heard.” The spoken word community has been a passion dear to their heart for over 10 years. Their poetry speaks on social injustice, systemic issues, joy, the questioning of masculinity and self-love. They are a lover of pizza, Mountain Dew, Sprite, Dr.Pepper, snickerdoodles, brownies, cherry and vanilla ice cream, as well as their dog Brooklyn.
Young Adult Specialist
Celia joins the Inside Out staff after serving as a volunteer for a year, helping to facilitate sexuality and relationship education programs. She earned BA in Sociology from Colorado College and has worked in multiple capacities to educate young people around mental health, sexuality, communication and creativity. At Inside Out, she is a member of the programs team and facilitates life skills and sexuality education programs for young adults ages 19-24.
Celia is so excited to be part of an organization of gloriously queer and allied staff and young people, and to continue doing the work of building communities where everyone can love and grow and be their true selves. In her spare time she rides her bike and makes hot sauce, bread, and quilts, among other things.
Priscilla has been involved with Inside Out Youth Services since July 2017. She recently re-joined the IOYS team as the Administrative Assistance. Priscilla has worked with young people for over 5 years and is utilizing her background in administration and organization to venture in a new direction with Inside Out Youth Services. She enjoys the mountain views, spending time with family, and being a part of the LGBTIQA community. “I have learned so much about the nonprofit sector but have gained so much more knowledge and respect for the group of individuals we serve.” I am delighted to once again have found my place at Inside Out Youth services.
Marve was born and raised in San Diego, California. They recently graduated Colorado College with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies. Outside of classes and Inside Out they are an avid fan of American animation, romantic comedies, and stand-up comedy. They plan on pursuing a Master’s in Social Work with a focus on serving LGBTQ+ and POC communities.
Lisa Schoenstein (aka Lisa Show) is a Springs-born rock cellist and master’s counseling student, among numerous other things. She loves coffee, cats, gardening, books, writing, and rain.
In 2015, during Lisa’s undergraduate degree in philosophy, she joined Inside Out as a volunteer. This led to an internship, then Administrative Assistant position, then full-time gig as Program Manager. Her experiences working with LGBTIQ+ youth directly informed her decision to pursue a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UCDenver, where she will begin her practicum and internships this summer.
Lisa absolutely loves working with young folks, and feels fierce and reverent about ensuring that queer youth can access a strong community and trustworthy adults. She’s deeply committed to transformation, returning the “care” to trauma-informed care, and community collaboration to build empowering structures that will replace those that cannot be reformed. She loves a good conversation, and has undying curiosity and delight in people.
Ryan joined the Inside Out team Summer 2020 from the Public Interest Fellowship Program at Colorado College. Ryan received his degree there in Tourism and Development Studies, and independently designed major designed to research the tourism industry. He is passionate about social and sustainable business and enjoys working with nonprofits in the Pikes Peak Region.
With IOYS, Ryan is focusing on marketing, communications, and development. He is interested in growing Inside Out’s mission in El Paso county, enabling youth to feel safe, empowered, and proud in their city. In his free time, Ryan enjoys ceramics, oil painting, and public art.
Daniel joined the Inside Out team through the Public Interest Fellowship Program at Colorado College starting in May 2021. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in research methods and data analysis. Prior to joining IOYS, he was a Public Achievement Coach at Mitchell High School, Residential Advisor and Career Center Intern at Colorado College.
At IOYS, Daniel is working closely with our development and communications teams to research potential corporate sponsors and develop fundraising strategies. He is passionate about social justice and making the community a safer and a more just place for everyone. In his free time, Daniel enjoys watching baseball and coffee, and chatting with friends and family.
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. She was raised in a home where even though they did not talk about “it”, she fully knew she should not talk about “it”. Inside Out is a place that is talking about it and she wants to be a part of normalizing talking about it.