Meet Our Social Change Agents

Meet our wonderful staff! Their tireless efforts and energy drive our success.

Kelly Miller

Executive Director

By widening our circle of compassion, we can open our hearts and end violence against women and girls, men and boys. We need to pivot together in a new direction towards a future without violence. Beyond stirring up a revolution, she likes her family, Mary Oliver, Katniss Everdeen, Homeland, Yo La Tengo, Smartwool socks and the outdoors.

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Mercedes Muñoz

Director of Social Change

Mercedes is an immigrant, daughter of migrant farmworkers, and mother of two amazing children who remind her to always lead with love and joy. Mercedes has over nineteen years of experience in the pursuit of social equity for women and girls. She has spent her entire career striving to achieve transformational changes in the communities where she has worked. In her opinion working alongside those who are oppressed is paramount to promoting permanent and sustainable change in any community.

Annie Pelletier Hightower

Director of Law & Policy

Annie is passionate about discovering methods to enhance formal and informal supports to increase healing for those exposed to gender violence. After 4 years investigating sexual assault reports on a college campus, she feels ready to hear almost anything you are willing to share. Annie loves post-apocalyptic fiction, zombies, the mountains, her partner, and her two young boys who she is raising to be men who can express their emotions.

Marney Ellis

Finance Director

Marney is a multi-faceted professional with over 20 years of experience in finance, management, fundraising, grants management and relationship stewardship. She is passionate about community engagement and social impact, and is known for delivering impactful outcomes with expertise, creativity and integrity.

Micaela Ríos Anguiano

Director of Social Change & Resilience

Micaela is a social justice advocate and activist who works across issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. She commits to uplifting the voices and histories of those impacted by generational trauma, violence and oppression. Micaela takes pride in her Mexican roots, history, culture and ancestral healing wisdom. She’s on a journey toward grounding her own truth and power and serves as a vessel in others’ healing and liberation.

Bryan Lyda

Senior Program Specialist

We are all connected to one another, our communities, and our society. In realizing and strengthening our connection, we discover our collective power to end all forms of violence, creating a world where every gender and culture will thrive. Bryan thrives with good food, great people, a lazy basset hound, and an occasional morning rain.

Estefania Mondragon

Bilingual Social Change Associate

I change myself, I change the world.” -Gloria Anzaldua. Estefania is a daughter of immigrant parents from Tarandacuao, Guanajuato, Mexico. She brings awareness, both of her languages, heart, and imagination to her work. She wholeheartedly believes that changes starts from the inside out and is passionate about building power within the intersections. She hopes to raise community consciousness, shift culture, and bringing an anti-oppression lens to the conversation. She imagines a world where everyone is honored and every living being thrives. Estefania is also a community organizer at PODER of Idaho.

Jennifer Martinez

Social Change Associate/Organizer

Jennifer is passionate about increasing services for adolescents from historically marginalized communities in rural communities who are abused or sexually assaulted. She is also part of a cross movement collaborative in Idaho – a Community of Purpose – to build relationships and leverage power for an emergent world. She is a first-generation Idahoan who is active in the political arena and is deeply committed to creating social change. She brings an intersectional lens into all of the spaces she engages. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with her partner and fur babies in the Idaho wilderness.

Jeff Matsushita

Program Specialist

Changing times require changing minds. The progress of our community requires new ideas, thoughts and direction. The gift of triumphs from our ancestors provides us a platform to reach new heights, building upon their accomplishments. In their honor, we move forward together, toward a society free of oppression. For Jeff change is constant. He can be found out in the community with his partner chasing two young kids, bouncing a basketball or trying out a new restaurant.

Moné Miller

Social Change Legal Advocate

Moné is passionate about creating systemic change in communities and her life’s work is grounded in learning and truth. Her background is in law and social work, so she strives to expand policy and advocacy in the Boise community. She believes that both a collective effort and self-reflection are required for a better and safer world. In her free time, Moné enjoys hiking, riding her bike, baking bread, and being a social butterfly!

Lacey Sinn

Program Specialist

When women, girls, men and boys are equally free to live without fear, to live a life free of violence, we will have achieved our mission. Lacey believes by working together we will create the change essential to building a future without violence. She loves her dog Ruger, spending time in the outdoors, with family and friends.

Laura Diaz

Social Change Coordinator

Laura is an adventurous, active Latina who loves animals. She enjoys the thrill of life by trying new things, and is at peace when outdoors, especially when she finds herself at the beach. She is passionate about social justice in all forms and has a strong sense of calling when it comes to uplifting marginalized voices that are impacted by gender/intimate partner violence. She thrives in her writing skills, and aspires to continue towards shifting and creating positive social change in the state.

Stella Okech

Social Change Coordinator

“Revolution is about change, and the first place the change begins is in yourself” – Assata Shakur. Stella is a first-generation refugee student from Uganda. She’s passionate about ending human rights abuse towards all individuals. After graduating as a sociology major, she hopes to work for the United Nations as a Humanitarian, advocating for the inhumane treatment of women and girls, men and boys across the globe.

Tai Simpson

Social Change Associate

Tai Simpson is “The Storyteller” in the indigenous language of the Nimiipuu nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho). She believes indigenous “old ways” are the principles on which many communities build their social and political narratives. As an antiracism activism and community leader, she uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to depict the lens of “old ways” and how it is used to protect the sacred, build strength in the community, and keep nature in balance. She is a direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe. Tai’s academic background is in Political Philosophy & Public Law at Boise State University. Tai is supported by her amber-eyed staffy “Gunner” who is in turn supported by his grey-eyed staffy “Lola.” Tai loves wine, wilderness, and sunshine.

Yara Slaton

Program Specialist

In the words of Maya Angelou: “When you know better, you do better.” Knowledge and awareness are a critical step in our journey to a world free of violence. Yara enjoys spending time with her daughter, adores all things pink (and chocolate!), and just completed her bachelor’s at Boise State University in International Business. She is passionate about ending poverty and addressing the structural oppressions of capitalism.

Charlotte

Youth Activist

In the words of Angela Davis, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” Charlotte became involved in her community when she realized that she didn’t have to just sit and accept all the choices adults make. She started a club at her school that educated students and faculty about the changes that queer youth of color want. Charlotte loves poetry and jazz music, one of their favorite artists is Nina Simone.

Jessica

Youth Activist

Jessica is a student, leader, and organizer. As a student, Jessica is constantly learning more about herself, her community, and how she can improve the lack of youth engagement in her community. As an organizer, she strives to recognize, educate, and empower youth and increase their access to resources. As a leader, she is committed to volunteering and teaching youth in low-income communities about healthy lifestyle choices. As a Mexican-American, Jessica stands strong, loud, and firm for herself and her people.

Layla

Youth Activist

As a young woman of color, Layla believes the root of all liberation is melanin and compassion. Layla is an avid consumer of the arts and finds her message to be best conveyed through poetry. She enjoys R&B music, using social media as a means to further her activism, astrology, and being a Pisces. For Layla, to be soft is to be powerful and she practices that in every setting.