Taffy is unapologetically Fa’afafine and a trans woman of color from Sāmoa. She is a queer & trans activist and community organizer. Taffy is the founder and Executive Director of United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle). She has worked in the movement for LGBTQ rights and equality for over 10 years. Taffy has been a resource, refuge and support to many Fa’afafine and PI individuals who are making the long trek to the Pacific Northwest in search of better opportunities.
Donato Fatuesi – 27, Samoan Fa’afafine, Tongan Leiti. Member Since 2014. Donato was born and raised in Tafuna, American Samoa. She feels lucky to serve her QTPI community in the Pacific Northwest. She is an avid reader, a connoisseur of boxed wine, and a favorite Aunty to many nieces and nephews. Donato joins U.T.O.P.I.A Seattle with a strong background as an Administrative Professional in the warehousing and transportation industry and is an Accounting student. Having previously served six years on the Board of Directors and having served dually as Board Treasurer and Finance Director, she is excited to use her skills to elevate the work of U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle and strengthening it’s organizational capacity.
Community Engagement Manager
Tepatasi Vaina brings over 10 years’ experience in human services. Tepatasi previously served 3 years on the Board of Directors and two consecutive terms as Board Secretary. As a graduate of Chaminade University with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, she has provided direct services for communities affected by mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness. She is excited to bring her passion forward through the work of U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle.
Tweetie Fatuesi joins us with almost 10 years of volunteer experience since moving to Washington State in July of 2011. Throughout that time, Tweetie Fatuesi has used her lived experience to serve as a resource for Queer and Transgender Pacific Islander's in Washington State to access resources to job employment, housing opportunities, and healthcare coverage. Tweetie Fatuesi has also served as member of UTOPIA Seattle's Trans Leadership Cohort where she was able to....Tweetie Fatuesi now serves her community as a Community Organizer with a focus on our civic engagement areas, cultural stewardship programs and climate justice work.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Adrianna is Sāmoan and Fa’afafine who moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2007. She takes pride in helping her community in what every way she can. Therefore, she came to a conclusion that her call in life is to Serve. Being hired on as a community engagement coordinator gives her the tools that she can continue with her passion on serving her community and those who are in need of assistance. This year she is aiming to aid her community members in meeting their short goals and long-term goals.
Pronoun friendly, lover of all things anime, cute, and furry, and a proud happy queer born in American Samoa. Fania has been a supporting member of U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle since 2014. Always having a sense of justice growing up, they believe that moving to Washington and getting involved with the QTPI community, molded and further sparked their passion for activism. As U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle's Community Organizer, they hope to build and maintain new connections as well as helping to provide and build safe spaces to strengthen the minds and bodies of our Queer and Trans Pacific Islander in the Pacific Northwest. Fania is always looking forward to meeting and helping new people because healthy and positive connections are fundamental.
Diana V. Krishna (she/her)
COVID-19 Response Coordinator
Jaron Goto joins us all the way from O’ahu, Hawai’i. Born and raised in Hawai’i, he saw the disparities that came with being Pacific Islanders, specifically with the Queer and Trans community. He is an advocate and fighter for the equal rights and representation of the LGBTQI+ BIPOC community. He comes with experience in the retail, sales and business environment and holds a Marketing degree from the University of Hawai’i. He is now U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle’s Communications Manager and is eager to support the organization and the community.
Ruby J Fuala’au (she/her)
Cultural Community Organizer
An unapologetic fa'afafine creative who dabbles in various artistic practices that express her creativity, but most importantly send a message of hope. An activist for human rights with a hunger for anything but the vernacular. Honored to join the team that she has volunteered for since 2010. She strongly encourages everyone to step out of the dimmed lights of their comfort zones and run into the bright lights of creativity and ingenuity. Just another human.
Sedona is a 3-year-old fur baby. She is originally from Arizona but prefers the gray weather of Washington. she enjoys long walks around the neighborhood and loves being around nature. Sedona is friendly and social. When she is not fulfilling her role as office fur baby at U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle, Sedona appreciates a tasty treat and a comfortable corner for her scheduled naps.
Isyss Honnen– is unapologetically Fa’afafine (Samoan gender identity translated as “in the manner of a woman”). She is a trans woman of color from Pago Pago, American Samoa. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with plans to become a CPA and start a firm run by QTPIs – Queer and Trans Pacific Islanders. She works as the Finance and Program Associate for Pride Foundation. For the last 5 years, she has served as a Board member for UTOPIA Seattle. She is a co-facilitator for [trans]ACTION, a monthly support group for former and current PI Trans & Gender Non-Conforming sex workers. She is dedicated to helping other API trans and gender non-conforming sex workers affected by inequities in access to healthcare, education, leadership development, employment, etc. She is actively supporting non-profit organizations that serve the API and LGBTQIA communities of Washington.
Travis Brown has been in the banking industry for 15+ years in a variety of roles beginning as a teller and working his way up through New accounts, loan officer, and eventually becoming the Vice President of Corporate Training for Sterling Bank. He currently works for Umpqua Bank as a Vice President and Store Manager for the Kent, WA location.
He has his Bachelors’ degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix, and has received his Master Training & Coaching Certification through ASTD. He is the Co-Founder of a non-profit youth focused organization called the YES Foundation of White Center, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for UTOPIA Kent.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling, experiencing new things, and spending time with friends and family, but prefers to spend as much time sipping a beverage on a beach in the sun.
Santino (Tino) Camacho is a multiethnic Queer CHamoru from the island of Guåhan. He has his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Washington. He plans to attain his PhD in the near future with the vision of bridging culture into the promotion of equitable health for Queer and Trans Pacific Islanders (QTPIs) and becoming a role model for Pacific Islander Scholars in higher education. Tino is currently conducting a research project investigating the health needs of Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders in WA state. He also works as a teaching assistant at the UW School of Public Health where he helps students to apply Public Health and Critical Self-Reflection praxis in Public Health Professional settings. Tino is also part of the Queer and Trans CHamoru art collective Guma Ge’la who seek to bring CHamoru culture and expression into artistic spaces. Tino is dedicated to supporting the success of QTBIPoC, QTPI, Indigenous, PoC and Pacific Islanders students in higher education and in academia.
Drea Scanlan (She/Her)
Drea Scanlan is our Queer and Samoan youth board member. She has a firm and unwavering love for both our youth and QTPI+ folk and is an active supporter/ advocate for them as well. Drea is an online college student working to attain her degree in Computer Science while also supporting today’s scholars as a Paraprofessional in the public school system. Amidst her schooling and day to day activities, she encourages all who she crosses paths with to remain true to themselves and offer love and support to those who aren’t yet comfortable doing so!
Shirley Siloi (She/Her)
Malo soifua, my name is Shirley Siloi.
I am from the Siloi and Tuialu’ulu’u families of Amouli, American Samoa and Ta’u, Manu’a and
the Tarrant and Maifea families from Utulei, American Samoa. I am the eldest daughter of
Ali’ioalataua & Diana Siloi, and the older sister to Anthony & Tarrant. I was born in Hawaii to an
Army family. I have lived in a few different places, and have spent most of my life in Lakewood,
I currently work in a community college helping students navigate all of the processes and
systems in place. I specifically serve students who identify as: a Person of Color, First-
Generation attending college, Undocumented, TLGBQIA+, previous foster youth and/or low/no
income. I am very intentional about working to remove as many barriers as possible while
helping to empower all of my students.
I have never seen servant leadership exemplified as much as it is within UTOPIA. I am so proud
and thankful to be a part of the UTOPIA community, and all of the heart work this organization
has done and continues to do.
Mane T. Tuia'ana (Pronouns: All Pronouns) is a loud and proud Queer, Fa'afafine, youth advocate and Samoan Cultural Arts Creative. Mane currently works as the Youth Program Coordinator for Asia Pacific Cultural Center, serving and advocating for Asian / Pacific Islander Youth in the greater Pierce County area. Mane has dedicated the last ten years to increasing the graduation rates of Pacific Islanders and empowering young P.I. leaders to make a difference in their lives and in their communities. Mane also co-founded Lanuola Samoan Performing Arts Academy in hopes to revitalize and sustain our Samoan heritage through cultural arts, music, and language. In his spare time Mane enjoys spending time with family, sipping his favorite glass of wine and getting lost in the art of paint!
Joseph Seia fares from the White Center community and currently serves as Director of Program Operations at New Horizons providing direct administration to programs serving youth experiencing homelessness. He graduated from the Institute of Public Service at Seattle University with a degree in Public Affairs. Prior to New Horizons, Joseph held case management and youth program management positions focused on providing culturally responsive services to youth of color, LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth and other marginalized youth involved in multiple systems. His community work includes community development for South King County, anti-racist facilitation and organizing, youth leadership and in providing cultural programming for the Pacific Islander youth community in the Pacific Northwest.
Jaynah Muao lives proudly and authentically as a fa’afafine. She also identifies as a transwoman of color with many years of volunteering and participating at U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle events. She is an active member of the Tautua Trans Leadership Cohort and credits it for empowering her to continue advocating for herself and her community in every space and time she is able to. With 4 years of navigating the fishing industry and growing in that career despite the barriers she encountered as a transwoman in a male dominated industry, Jaynah embodies the resiliency that is important to have in a leader. Today, she is excited to serve as a member of the U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle Board of Directors and hopes to be able to contribute more in this capacity to help Queer, Trans & Gender Diverse Pacific Islanders.