Jessica Carroll – Director of Programs
Jessica (she/her) grew up in the Roseland community of Santa Rosa. After graduating from UC Davis she started her career in non-profits working with youth and young adults in the foster care system, suicide prevention programs, and mental health treatment. After 12 years away, Jessica returned to Sonoma County and immediately reached out to Positive Images knowing that she had the skills, knowledge, and experience to serve the unique needs of the local LGBTQIA+ community. With positivity, warmth, and excitement Jessica hopes to create space at Positive Images (and the greater Sonoma County) where all LGBTQIA+ folks are accepted, respected, valued, and loved. Outside of PI, you can usually find Jessica (and Puppy Frank) on the rugby field!
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Drew Crawford – Program Coordinator
Drew Crawford (he/they) is originally from West Virginia, where he spent his childhood exploring the Appalachian Mountains with his family. They studied sociology at West Virginia University, then moved to northern California and began working in outdoor education and environmental stewardship. They first came to Positive Images as a volunteer shortly after moving to Santa Rosa in 2013 when seeking local community, and was amazed at the support that was available. Drew realized he wanted to have an impact on the lives of young people, so he earned his elementary teaching credential and taught 5th and 6th grade for three years in local schools. Joining the Positive Images team as a Program Coordinator seemed to align well with Drew’s passion for mentoring, uplifting, and advocating for LGBTQIA+ youth, as well as providing education for allyship. When he is not at PI, Drew can be found playing guitar, hiking, or running with his partner Bobbi and their rescue dogs, Tucker and Bozz.
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Marian Mejia – Operations Coordinator
Marian (she/they) is a queer Filipino person who has grown up in the South and East Bay Area, before moving to Sonoma County for school in 2017. Their passions grew in their time in college, primarily focused on intersectionality in the climate and environmental justice space.
In 2019, she began canvassing in Santa Rosa to advocate for the rights and justice of immigrants, housing justice, and environmental justice; an experience that deepened their understanding and perspective on community, access and equity, and the environment in the city.
Guided by their love for earth, community, creativity, and addressing the intersections of the issues that unite us, Marian is excited to offer and expand their skills with Positive Images. Since beginning to work with PI in 2021, they’re hoping to use their passions related to identity and culture to foster more belonging and community for all of Sonoma County’s LGBTQIA+ people. Marian is also on a continuous journey to embody the authenticity and mentorship they wished they had when they were young. Ultimately, their goal is to help uplift Black, Indigenous, and non-white voices while bridging seemingly disparate issues together in order to cultivate stronger equity and solidarity.
When not at Positive Images, Marian is working as Global Crew Director for Earth Guardians, dancing in heels, spending time outside, making art, or watching anime.
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Joy Anderson – Executive Consultant
Joy Anderson (they/them) has lived in Santa Rosa their whole life. Joy first learned about Positive Images in high school and began attending as a member in 2017. They quickly became passionate about PI’s work and joined the Youth Leadership Development Program. In their time on the volunteer youth leadership team, they served in roles such as historian, greeter, and co-facilitator. When the position for Outreach Coordinator became available in 2019, they jumped at the chance to serve their community at a professional level. Joy is proud to have mentored many young people in their time with PI, supporting and guiding other queer and trans youth through the mental health challenges the LGBTQIA+ community so often faces. They strive to be the leader and advocate they wish they had when they were young. Their goal is to leave the world a safer and more equitable place for their community, and all other marginalized people, to exist in. They are currently studying Social Justice at Santa Rosa Junior College and hope to transfer to UC Santa Cruz in the fall of 2021. In their free time, Joy enjoys watching their favorite tv show, Supernatural, and snuggling with their kitty, Esther. Joy has found so much joy and love in the Positive Images community, and they hope you can, too!
Laura Lynn DelRoss – Operations Consultant
Chelsea Rose Kurnick – Chair
Chelsea Rose Kurnick (she/her) is a queer bisexual woman from southern California and has lived in Sonoma County since October 2017. She joined the board of Positive Images in 2018 after volunteering with the organization for about a year. With Jessica Carroll, she co-founded and facilitates the weekly Friday evening 20s/30s LGBTQ+ peer support group. Chelsea knew Sonoma County well before moving, as she has worked in the wine industry for nearly 12 years. She spent more than three years doing public relations and digital marketing for a variety of Sonoma County tourism businesses and organizations. Chelsea is a freelance journalist and programmer for the Alexander Valley Film Society. She has produced and hosted several events in Sonoma County centering queer and trans Bay Area artists.
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Christian Sullberg – Vice Chair
A long time resident of Sonoma County, born in Healdsburg, California, Christian opened his first pastry cafe Moustache Baked Goods at the age of twenty two in the historic Healdsburg, Plaza. Christian is Chief of Operations for Noble Folk Inc. & Co Founder Owner of Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie. Selected as one of the Bay Area’s Top 25 LGBTQ Businesses to work for in the Bay Area. Fellow of the Victory Institute’s Next Gen Initiative with Coca Cola 2017.
Christian’s passions and skill sets include: youth leadership development, mentorship, community advocacy, fundraising, organizational planning, community partnerships.
He is deeply passionate about creating space & advocacy for those most vulnerable in our LGBTQ+ population specifically, those in our trans community of Sonoma County, California.
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Javier Cabrera-Rosales – Treasurer
Javier is a native San Franciscan, born and raised in the Mission. They have over 8 years of experience working within the non-profit sector. Previously the Director of Positive Images. In 2015 they graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in psychology. A few of Javi’s skills are program development, community/event organizing, and using love to balance the hate in our communities. Some of their passions are: social justice through dance and spoken word, connecting with and nurturing mother nature, and providing space for others to be who they truly are.
Sal Andropoulos – Secretary
Sal is a transgender individual and LGBTQIA+ community advocate in Sonoma County. They are dedicated to supporting and uplifting queer, trans, and gender expansive youth and families, and building connections within our LGBTQIA+ community. Sal is active in local efforts to create equitable, safe, and affirming school environments and communities for all through intersectional advocacy as part of the North Bay LGBTQI Families parent leadership group, and as a founding member of Petaluma TIDE. Sal has been involved with Positive Images since 2016, when they became a volunteer mentor. Their professional background includes law practice, legal editing, and working as a Congressional staffer.
Kevin Viljoen – Board Member
Kevin Viljoen, LMFT, is the owner of Thrive Therapeutics, a private psychotherapy practice in Sonoma County that specializes in Queer Couples and Teens. He is also a licensed spiritual coach through the Center for Spiritual Living, a local spiritual community and supporter of Positive Images.
Kevin is a strong advocate for Sonoma County’s Queer community, offering his clinical expertise to Positive Images while PI supports the mental health of those they serve.
With his husband Edward, Kevin has completed the AIDS/Lifecycle multiple time, a 545-mile bike ride from San Fransisco to LA raising millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS services to California residents. Kevin can often be found enjoying Sonoma County’s natural beauty with his dogs by his side.
Katie Swan – Board Member
Katie (they/them) is a non-binary individual who lives in Sonoma County with their partner and 3 children. Katie brings over 18 years of experience working within the metal health field ranging from providing direct services to building and expanding programs to better serve the community. Katie is dedicated to building equity within our community by bringing their lived mental health experience to the for front of their work to reduce mental health stigma while holding space for others to share their voice and experience. Katie enjoys hiking throughout Sonoma County, kickboxing, creating art, and spending time with their family and friends.