Board of Directors

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Darcey Pancoast, Executive Director – [email protected]

Darcey Pancoast graduated Stanford University in June 2015 with a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering. Joining BAYS in their freshman year as Chief of Staff introduced Darcey to LGBT activism, and they have since continued to seek other ways to pursue social justice. Outside of BAYS, they currently live and work in Oakland as a tutor, and are enjoying getting to know the vibrant community in the East Bay.

Ruby Spies, President – [email protected]

Ruby Spies is in her sophomore year at Berkeley High School, in a small learning community focused on teaching social justice and media literacy. She began her involvement with BAYS as a middle schooler, and is thrilled to continue to be on the Board for the 2015-16 year. BAYS was the first place she was able to feel comfortable and confident in her queer identity, and she has loved watching BAYS persevere, evolve, and thrive. Outside of BAYS, she is a co-president of her school’s GSA, and enjoys hiking, cooking, writing poetry, and dancing Bharatanatyam.

BAYS Board member Kiana Schmitt

Kiana Schmitt – [email protected]

Kiana is a third year at UC Berkeley majoring in Rhetoric and double minoring in Journalism and LGBTQ Studies.  She has been passionate about QTPOC liberation and community building since high school and is elated to serve on the 2015-16 BAYS Board of Directors. Outside of BAYS, Kiana currently works as the Theme Coordinator for Oscar Wilde House, the nation’s first queer-themed student cooperative, a sexual violence prevention and consent education facilitator, and is the Editor-in-Chief of an independent queer magazine. In her spare time, you’re likely to find her writing, debating, performing slam poetry, baking, and/or petting dogs.


John Oberholzer – [email protected]

John R. Oberholzer is a freshman at Stanford University majoring in Chemistry and African & African American Studies. He is new to BAYS Board this year and brings his experience with community organizing in his hometown of Oakland. At Stanford, John is part of the First Generation and/or Low-Income Partnership, Stanford Gospel Choir, Stanford Jazz Orchestra, and the Haas Center for Public Service. He enjoys swimming, dancing, and many adventures in the outdoors.

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