Engaging young people in advocacy, education & prevention
Creating social change around alcohol, drugs, and more

Our Team

Katherine Kasmir (Founder/Director)

Katherine Kasmir is the Founder and Director of our nonprofit organization, Reality Improv Connection, Inc. and our BRITE program. It all started with her love of the arts and vision for making connection and meaning through social change theatre and applied improvisation.  She has been creating educational entertainment since her teen years, and teaching improv for 25 years. She is a member of the Applied Improvisation Network, was privileged to learn Theatre of the Oppressed from Augusto Boal and has been facilitating social change theatre since 2001. As a mother of 6, Katherine is passionate about empowering youth and supporting families.

Roland Roberts (Youth Development Specialist)

Looks like a pirate, talks like a pirate, but his two eyes and respect for women give him away. Roland can be found around the county working with youth and young adult volunteers to create arrr-some prevention projects.

Vanessa Alva (Mental Health and Prevention Specialist)

Vanessa is a Mental Health and Prevention Specialist with BRITE.  Their hobbies include spending time with their family, playing women’s tackle football and DJing. 

Jace Meadows (Video Editor/Operations Support Specialist)

Jace is the tech support, videographer, sound engineer, and anything else that is needed for BRITE. In his spare time, he likes to make music, play games, and brainstorm his next big creative idea!

Allison Newlee (Youth Development Specialist)

Allison is a Youth Development Specialist at BRITE and is passionate about teenagers, anti-racism, intersectional feminism, outer space, and cats! She is looking forward to working with teens in Ventura County, especially those in the LGBT+ community!

Mitchell Boring (Video Editor/Workshop Facilitator)

Mitchell is an editor and animator who likes to spend his time doing digital art projects or being outside and exploring nature. He prides himself in his ability to jump over his own leg. He once got stuck on a rock in the middle of a rushing river rapid and he saved himself by tossing 28 chairs in to the dangerous water below him which is just one of his many strange accomplishments. Whether it’s editing a video about drunk driving to the beat of funky music or climbing a mountain, Mitchell will approach the challenge with full force and enthusiasm. 

Ashley Heatherly (Volunteer Coordinator/Social Media Manager)

Ashley is the Volunteer Coordinator and Social Media Manager for BRITE and is passionate about mental health advocacy, LGBTQIA+ advocacy, snacks, and social justice. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, making music, collecting stuffed animals and making resin jewelry. If she is ever late, it is because of her cats.

Yosduan Ramos (Youth Development Specialist)

Yosduan Ramos is a bilingual Mental Health and Youth Development Specialist with BRITE. He graduated college in Spring of 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Psychology as well as a Medical Interpretation and Translation Certificate. His hobbies include playing instruments and soccer in addition to hiking and going to the beach. He is always delighted to work and connect with teenagers as he aspires to become a school counselor.

Yosduan Ramos es un especialista bilingüe en salud mental y desarrollo juvenil con BRITE. Se graduó de la universidad en la primavera del 2019 con una licenciatura en español y psicología, además obtuvo un certificado en interpretación médica y traducción. Sus pasatiempos incluyen tocar instrumentos y jugar fútbol, al igual que ir a caminatas e ir a la playa. Él siempre está entusiasmado de trabajar y conectarse con adolescentes ya que aspira convertirse en un consejero escolar.