PiPE’s mission is to partner with houseless, street-dependent, and marginalized survivors to reduce harm, provide opportunities to heal from trauma, fight systemic oppression and build lasting connections for our community. 

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Meet Our Board

Tracey Carlos
Secretary
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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.

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Agatha Burstein
Board Member
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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.

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Lucas Miller
Board Member
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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.

Thalia Vaillancourt
Board President
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Rory Summerson
Board Vice Chair
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Affiliations: Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) Olympia 219 for the Thurston County Democrats, Board member with Mpowerment Washington, Washington Stonewall Caucus, Coalition to end Sex Trafficking, Olympia Indivisible, and the Thurston County Queer Democrats.  

Rory is very involved with local, regional, and statewide politics, he has been a queer activist since the age of 13 when he began lobbying for anti-bullying legislation for LGBTQPIA+ minors in school settings. He’s lived in Thurston County since 2007. He has worked in skilled trades fields and as management in small businesses for the last 10 years, locally. 

Rory was recruited to the board by Tracey Carlos because of his professional, volunteer, political, houseless, and survivor-lived experiences. 

Hobbies: Rory enjoys going on long hikes in our local forests with his husband, he sings and writes poetry, he enjoys gardening, but most of his time goes towards activism and working to gain representation for marginalized members of the community. 

Join Our Board

Serving on our board can be a rewarding way for you to get involved in your community and lend your skills to building a world free of violence

with houseless and street-dependent people in Olympia.

Still have questions or just want to sit in on a Board Meeting to get a feel for things? Call for meeting location and time. If you are interested in attending

please contact us at (360) 357-4472 or email info@pipeolympia.org