sins invalid staff

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Patty Berne, Executive Director/Artistic Director

PATRICIA BERNE co-founded Sins Invalid with Leroy Moore in 2006, and has been the driving force and creative vision behind our project for the past 12 years. The caliber of Sins Invalid’s work is largely attributable to Patty’s artistry and analysis. Her professional background includes offering mental health support to survivors of violence and advocating for LGBTQI and disability perspectives within the field of reproductive genetic technologies. Her training in clinical psychology focused on trauma and healing for survivors of interpersonal and state violence. Patty’s experiences as a Japanese-Haitian queer disabled woman provides grounding for her work creating “liberated zones” for marginalized voices. She is widely recognized for her work to establish the framework and practice of disability justice.

pattyberne@sinsinvalid.org

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Nomy Lamm, Creative Director

NOMY LAMM began performing with Sins Invalid in 2008, and since then has been on the Artistic Core (2008-2010), Directed the Artists in Residence Program (2010), and has worked as staff since 2013. Nomy is a multi-media artist, musician, writer and performer who teaches voice lessons and offers creative coaching focused on helping students move through fear and self-judgement to take up space and find equilibrium in radical authenticity (nomyteaches.com). She is an ordained Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess), holds a BA in Multimedia Art and Political Economy from The Evergreen State College, and has an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University. She lives on occupied Squaxin/Nisqually/Chehalis land in Olympia, WA with her partner Lisa, their dogs Dandelion and Momma, and their cat Calendula. 

nomylamm@sinsinvalid.org

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Andraéa LaVant, Program Manager

ANDRAEA LAVANT joined Sins Invalid in November 2018, and we are so excited to have her here! Andraéa has spent over 10 years focusing on issues of specific relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. Her professional roles and personal advocacy have presented her with many opportunities to prompt change for people with disabilities across the globe. Andraéa’s work for both nonprofit and private sector organizations has included managing initiatives that increase and support engagement of people with disabilities in mainstream programs, and coordinating and overseeing multiple disability-focused federally funded technical assistance and training centers. As Sins Invalid’s Program Manager, Andraéa is thrilled to merge her personal convictions as an advocate with the organization’s Disability Justice Movement Building, Cultural, and Performance/Visual Art work. Andraéa considers herself semi-Southern (born in Iowa and raised in Kentucky), and has sincere love for sweet tea, cornbread, and the word, “y’all.”

andraealavant@sinsinvalid.org

 
 

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G Gomez, Program Assistant

G GOMEZ joined Sins Invalid’s team in November 2018, and we are so excited to have him here! G is a Chicanx Butch (he/him) born and raised in California. He has spent the last 20 years in service to his multiple communities (Latinx, Queer, poor, and kink) through behind-the-scenes administrative support, event production and management, and resource sharing and (re)distribution. He has moved between corporate environments, non-profit organizations, community organizing spaces, and entrepreneurship. He has a truck and tools and provides sliding scale and barter access to his moving, hauling and handy work services. He also provides support to his partner Bianca in growing her business and is launching his own consulting business to support Queer and Non-binary folks with body-mod undergarments. He finds and (re)distributes resources for houseless community members in Oakland. He helps organize inclusive, accessible play parties wherever he travels. And one of the most satisfying ways he spends his time is supporting local youth Hip Hop events. Bringing his passion for justice and his desire for an equitable world for us all, G hopes to help Sins Invalid build its capacity and sustainability!

ggomez@sinsinvalid.org

 

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Sofia Webster, Social Media Specialist

SOFIA WEBSTER began working with Sins Invalid as an intern in 2018. She is a multi-ethnic woman of color with Lyme disease and mold illness. She misses her father’s country of Ecuador very much. Sofia recently graduated from the University of Oregon, a place where she experienced a painful amount of ableism. In college, she was very involved in student activism, having leadership roles in the AccessABILITY Student Union, the Multicultural Center, and the Multi-Ethnic Student Alliance. She currently facilitates the Sacramento Lyme Disease Support Group. Sofia’s favorite place in the world is Death Valley, California and loves observing wildflowers and birds wherever she is.

sofiawebster@sinsinvalid.org

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