Staff and Advisory Board

Program Director

agustinaheadshotAgustina Vidal is a versatile thinker and organizer who thrives at the intersection of theory and action. Originally from Argentina, she was five years old when democracy returned to her country and grew up active in the human rights movement which flourished there following the demise of dictatorship. Agustina has been part of The Icarus Project since 2006, and is currently a member of the national collective focused on the development of new tools and resources for both the U.S. and Latin American Icarus communities. She currently lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. You can reach her at agustina (at) theicarusproject (dot) net.

 Development Director

Kifu Faruq is a 3rd generation community herbalist who believes that healing justice and solidarity economics should be at the center of social justice movement work. She comes to us with 15 years of experience in clinical and community health. Kifu is also a trained facilitator in dismantling and internalized oppression. She leverages her training, experiences, and relationships to highlight the underfunding of organizations focused on healing justice work. Her focus is to increase the capacity and scope of grass roots organizations, non-profits, and collective organizations. Kifu holds a BS in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University.

Operations Director

Natalie Byul Yoon is an organizer coming out of the student labor movement. At The Icarus Project, she supports strategic development and operations. While working as an organizer with different labor and student organizations, Natalie found herself struggling with severe anxiety and depression and recognized that this is a common struggle for movement leaders who often don’t have access to the support they need. She is now pivoting to dedicate her work to supporting the spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being of organizers and activists. Natalie currently lives in Chicago, but has great love for her homes in Columbus, Ohio and Seoul, South Korea.

 Development & Partnerships Director (outgoing)

marysesbigMaryse Mitchell-Brody is a radical social worker striving for healing justice and community wellness. They use their organizational development and grassroots fundraising skills to ensure that Icarus is sustained, well-resourced, and well-advised. A lifelong New Yorker, Maryse has spent the past 15+ years doing healing and harm reduction work with groups like the Rock Dove Collective and the Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC. Maryse now divides their time between New York City, where many of their loved ones and their facilitation and psychotherapy practices are located, and North Carolina, where they live with their partner Jeff, their dog Smoky, and too many houseplants. You can reach them at maryse@theicarusproject.net.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Icarus Project consists of individuals whose work is informed by experiences of mental health-based issues and oppression. This wonderful group of healers, cultural workers, community organizers, and rabble rousers advises The Icarus Project collective on our strategic and programmatic direction. Currently the Advisory Board is closed to new members, but we may open it to new members in the near future. Do you have interest in learning more about our Advisory Board? Email Agustina Vidal, Resource Development Coordinator, at agustina(at)theicarusproject.net.

Anthony Meza-Wilson

anthonyAnthony is an educator, rabble rouser, and weirdo artist whose work has focused on facilitating member-run organizations such as democratic schools, youth-run centres, and cooperatives. He has organized with radical mad folks such as the Icarus Project and the Bay Area Radical Mental Health Collective going back to 2005, and currently is entering his fourth year as the Volunteer and Facility Coordinator at Gallery Gachet, an artist-run centre run by a collective of artists who self-identify as being marginalized by their mental health, trauma, and/or abuse experience. Anthony has lived on the Unceded land of the Musqeuam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish since 2009, and has lived and organized in South-East Michigan, 1836-ceded Odawa & Huron territory and the Bay Area of California, Ohlone territory. He greatly enjoys eating wild berries, has a tendency toward long wanders, and is a cat person.

Elliott Fukui

elliottElliott is a queer trans mixed race Nikkei person hailing from Minnesota who is currently settling into his new home in Philadelphia. He has been fighting the good fight for about 13 years as an organizer, trainer and facilitator in all kinds of spaces and places across the United States. Most recently he worked as the Program Coordinator of TransJustice at the Audre Lorde Project. Elliott is also a survivor of the wards, having spent a good chunk of his youth in and out of psychiatric facilities in the Midwest, and has a particular desire and passion to talk about how community accountability, anti-oppression work, safety and wellness planning, and building with ourselves and each other can change our experiences as gifted/crazy/mad folks.

Lee Williams Boudakian

leelee williams boudakian (uses they, them, theirs pronouns) is a queer, trans, sober, survivor, and Armenian-Liverpudlian mixie with familial ties to Lebanon, Syria, what is current-day Turkey, and Liverpool, England. lee is a survivor of sexualized violence and has been living with/healing from trauma, mental health diversities and substance use experiences, turning to art as a means for survival, expression and action. Born in Scarborough, Ontario, and having moved many times, lee currently works as an interdisciplinary artist, writer, producer and facilitator based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish lands. Current love projects include: KalikShapeShift ArtsDear Armen, and The Hye-Phen Magazine.

 

Jacks McNamara

jacksJacks McNamara is a queer writer, artist, activist, and healer based in Santa Fe, NM. Co-founder of The Icarus Project and co-author of Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, Jacks has facilitated workshops and performed poetry across North America and Europe. A painter and designer, their creations have been shown across the US and Canada. Jacks was a 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow and has authored five zines, most recently, So Many Ways to Be Beautiful. Their first book of poetry and painting, Inbetweenland, was released in 2013 by Deviant Type Press. Jacks’ life and art are the subject of the documentary film Crooked Beauty. Find out more at http://jacksmcnamara.net.

Leah Harris

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Leah Harris is a mother, storyteller, poet, and social justice activist. She writes and speaks about the need for “trauma-informed” approaches to health care, intersectional analyses of “mental health,” and creative and holistic strategies for healing from the effects of trauma and stress. A suicide attempt survivor, Leah also works to help revolutionize the way we understand and respond to suicide. As a storyteller, she has performed her true stories live in with Story District, Better Said than Done, Sparkle, and La Ti Do. She is a featured poet in Alix Olson’s anthology Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. Her autobiographical solo performance show is entitled Aliens, Nazis, and Angels and was rated “Best of the Capital Fringe 2016” by DC Metro Theatre Arts. She resides in the Washington, DC area with an awesome 10 year old kid. www.leahidaharris.com