Staff & Board



Volunteer Staff are the dedicated and passionate individuals who make Freedom Project’s mission possible. Volunteer Staff contribute countless hours in bringing our programs into prisons and the community at large. Their creativity, resourcefulness, warmth, and eagerness to learn is an instrumental piece that gives life to the Freedom Project community.



Joanie Joanie Fuller, Prison Programs Director
Pronouns: she / her
Joanie coordinates Freedom Project’s prison programs through the Department of Corrections and in collaboration with our dedicated team of volunteers and mentors. She aims to support the variety of needs of the community members integral to Freedom Project’s work – including class participants, inside mentors/facilitators, folks returning to the community from incarceration, and those who volunteer their time on the inside/outside. Joanie has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.
kc246x383 KC Young, OP, Executive Director
Pronouns: she / her
KC has been privileged to work with marginalized people for nearly 30 years on Indian reservations as well as in hospitals, prisons and inner-city neighborhoods. A skilled networker, she has extensive experience providing leadership for many nonprofit organizations, ranging from drug addiction treatment centers to transitional housing for homeless women and children, and has lobbied for justice and peace on the local, national and international levels.
kirsten246x383 Kirsten Elfendahl, Chief Operating Officer
Pronouns: she / her
Kirsten manages day-to-day operations and works to build a strong foundation of clarity and collaborative systems upon which Freedom Project can grow further into it mission. She brings over 20 years experience in business management, organizational development and personal growth, as well as a rich meditation practice of over 15 years.
Omar Omar Cuevas Vega, Marketing and Community Engagement Director
Pronouns: he / him
Omar coordinates Freedom Project’s marketing, communications, community engagement, and grant writing. He co-facilitates the Anti-Oppression Mass incarceration workshops and coordinates with a board member the Racial Equity and Social Justice Circle board committee.  He brings a breadth of knowledge from the nonprofit world. Omar has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. In his spare time he loves to hike, knit, and read science fiction.
rusty246x383 Rusty Thomas, Volunteer Training Coordinator 
Pronouns: he / him
Rusty supports volunteer orientations and trains volunteers for both inside prison programs and office volunteers. Rusty is also the Community Circle/Seattle Facilitator and is passionate about providing Nonviolent Communication and mindfulness training to Freedom Project Volunteers. Rusty’s biggest life resource is his regular meditation and living Nonviolent Communication. Rusty holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in psychology, spirituality from Antioch University, Seattle. Along with Lucy Leu, Rusty is the co-founder of Freedom Project.


Daniel McInally, President

Gailen Baber – Treasurer

Priscilla Dean LaCour – Secretary and Chair of Race Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Committee

Erin Sperger – Chair of Programming Committee

Janice Eng – Board Member

Freedom Project Board Members:

* Are committed to the Freedom Project Mission and Values.
* Contribute energy and creativity to governance of Freedom Project.
* Represent Freedom Project to the larger community.
* Cultivate supportive relationships for Freedom Project.
* Assist in acquiring resources needed to sustain and grow Freedom Project.