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)

Roland Roberts is a Prevention and Youth Engagement Specialist.  Through his work with BRITE Roland facilitates classroom workshops on vaping, alcohol and other drugs as well as presentations for parents.  Through his work he has been able to talk with and listen to the concerns of thousands of youth and hundreds of parents in Ventura County about these important subjects.

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!

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 (Engagement Coordinator/Social Media Manager/Admin Specialist)

Ashley is the Engagement 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, and making resin jewelry. If she is ever late, it is because of her cats.

Yosduan Ramos (Youth Development Specialist, Bilingual Team)

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.

Victoria Sayeg-Carr (Director of Performing Arts)

Victoria spent her youth in the performing arts and now, as an adult, she works to administer music, theatre and dance for non-profit organizations. She is an award-winning published playwright, a spoken word artist, and an improv teacher. Recently, Victoria converted from not a cat person to totally a cat person. 

Lauren Gonzalez (Youth Engagement Specialist)

Lauren is a Los Angeles native with a background in medicine and hospice care. He is a huge advocate for mental health, LGBTQ rights, and support. His passions include cooking, long distance biking and hanging out with his cat, Prizmo.

Jessica Mendoza (Youth Engagement Specialist, Bilingual Team)

Jessica is a recent graduate from CSUN with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and Minor in Human Lactation. She enjoys spending her free time crafting with her two-year-old and painting with her family on the weekends. She is happy to be a part of the BRITE team because they always motivate her to do better. Most importantly, she is passionate about working with youth around prevention. The youth are the future and by sharing our knowledge, we will have more people developing healthy habits in life.

Jessica es una graduada recientemente de CSUN con una licenciatura en ciencias de salud pública y una asignatura secundaria en lactancia humana. Disfruta pasar su tiempo libre hacer artesanías con su hijo de dos años y pintar con su familia los fines de semana. Ella está feliz ser parte del equipo de BRITE porque siempre se motiva a hacer mejor. Lo más importante, ella está apasionada acerca de trabajar con los jóvenes en la prevención. La juventud es el futuro y si compartimos nuestro conocimiento tendremos más personas desarrollando hábitos saludables en la vida.