Adair, Utah Organizer
Adair believes in community, sentientism, and healing processes. They’ve been active at various times in grassroots mental health education, animal rights and vegan advocacy, disability rights, LGBT community, sexual consent education, and resistance to police brutality and racism–though they’re a software developer at their day job. Their current perspective on systemic issues involves an understanding of the current ecocidal, life-crushing dominant paradigm’s origins in colonization, capitalism, and an atomistic understanding of humans and things. They hope to live in such a way as to promote compassionate connection to self, other, and earth, and to push back against the destructive system.
Their other organization commitment these days is serving on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) committee of PANDOS.
Aimee Lewis-Reau, CoFounder & Creative Director
Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Aimee is a certified Scholè Yoga Instructor and RYT 200. She DJs under the name eXis10shAL and takes delight in making crowds dance, because Alice Walker said it best: “Hard times require furious dancing.”
Aimee received her Bachelor’s degree in English, Poetry, and Religion from Central Michigan University before obtaining her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Georgia College & State University.
LaUra Schmidt, CoFounder & Director Of Operations
Grief chose me. From a very early age, I’ve been surrounded by– and embedded in– grief. My parents were alcoholics/addicts and I experienced significant trauma and many deaths along the way.
With such a tumultuous upbringing, I was given a choice: give up & give in or figure out why the hell I am here and bring meaning to my own existence. I chose the latter. I choose to be a force of good in the world.
I am skilled at holding space and sitting with uncertainty and discomfort. I have worked with a Rites of Passage guide, a shamanic practitioner, many therapists, and in Adult Children of Alcoholics to clear my trauma and practice becoming the best version of myself.
I am trained in nonviolent civil disobedience, and am a Climate Reality Leadership Corps member & mentor. I am in the process of earning certificates in Mindfulness Practice and Life Coaching.
While a bit of a nomad, I hail from Michigan, and graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Religious Studies. My MS in Environmental Humanities was earned from the University of Utah.
I grew to understand the importance of place through spending some time living and playing in North Carolina & the bayous of Louisiana (directly after the BP oil spill). Inspiration finds me in natural landscapes and honest, open-hearted dialogue.