Interns

Ghoncheh Azadeh (she/her/hers) is originally from Northern California and recently moved to Denver. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Philosophy with honors. She has a long work history working with kiddos and currently works as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) working with individuals to meet personalized behavioral goals who are on the autism spectrum. She plans on attending graduate school in either philosophy or psychology (or both!) to pursue a PhD and eventually teach or work in community settings with and for individuals in underrepresented communities. In her free time she loves playing soccer, hiking / backpacking, and loving her cat baby, Reza.

Jessie Read (they/them/their or he/him/his) is queer, trans, and southern-born. They are a graduate student of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Social Justice Emphasis through Prescott College. Outside of the GIC, Jessie specializes in working with kids ages two to six diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and has been doing that work for about five years. Jessie has a passion for helping folks identify, navigate, and experience healing when facing oppression. His graduate school work and role as an educator, advocate, and activist focus on gender variance, ASD, race, and anti-oppressive practices that account for all of the above and more. Jessie absolutely loves hiking, camping, and drag.

Lucas Jordan Thacker (He, Him, His) attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. While there he also worked to create the university’s first Gay-Straight Alliance and make the campus a safe place for LGBTQ people. Originally from Alabama, he developed a passion for social justice and advocacy early on and has worked as a tutor for low-income families and in refugee services. He also organizes a queer social meetup group. When he is not working, he also can be found trying craft beers, petting any dog that allows it, and enjoying various types of comic book based entertainment.

Casey Williams, (he, him, his) is originally from Arlington, Texas, moved to Colorado in 2012 after graduating from New Mexico State University with a BS in Biology. He first began volunteering with the GIC in January of 2017 and was elected to the Board of Directors in July 2017. He will be applying to Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Health dual degree programs this fall in order to continue serving the LGBT community professionally.