New friends!

Team on three!

GOOD NEWS- you have friends. Well, duh, of course you have friends, but you also have friends you didn’t know you had. What’s this you say? You think this smacks of some sort of Rumsfeldian illogical-but-still-kinda-makes-sense coinage of terms that produce cognitive dissonance? You think I’m showing off my collection of five dollar words? Well, you’re not wrong about any of that necessarily, but you do have friends you didn’t know about. And they work in politics- for you. I bet you’re dying to meet them, right? You have friends in the diamond politics business!

Well, good thing this post is about meeting (some of) your friends you didn’t know you had- the Washington Bus 2010 Summer Fellows! You’ve met some of them here and there with Vote Bot, but this weekend you’ll get your chance to meet all of them in one place. Stop by and dine on succulent popsicles. Oh yes… there will be popsicles. And dancing robots.

Hit it, you young fresh Fellows you:


Stacy Buell just graduated from Skyline high school on the ‘plat out in Issaquah and is flying away to D.C. to attend The George Washington University this fall. She overly excited to dive head first into Washington Politics over the summer and promises to sport her witty political button collection throughout her time with the bus. Stacy drinks too much coffee, bakes cookies for her friends (but keeps some of that glorious cookie dough for herself), doesn’t ever clean her room, and aims to get a laugh out of or put a smile on the face of every Summer Fellow and Bus Staff member. She has lived in the suburbs of Seattle, San Fran, and D.C. as well as braved her way through a few years in a cow town near Sacramento.


Genna Watson traces her interest in politics back to her childhood in south Seattle, where she listened to NPR and watched The West Wing from a disturbingly young age. She has interned with the League of Education Voters and Congressman Jim McDermott’s office, but was disappointed by the lack of dancing robots in her previous work. Thankfully, the Washington Bus has finally filled that void. Genna is also an organizer for the Queer Youth Space movement and an avid Ultimate Frisbee player.


Paula Kieko is a recent graduate of University of Washington where she completed degrees in both Public Health and Anthropology. Her studies focused on food sovereignty, urban agriculture plus community development and empowerment. Basically that means she loves to collectively grow and cook food and then share the meals with her friends. Being at the bus is equipping her with the skills she needs to make change in our global food system and help end world hunger (big dreams!).


Halei Watkins is a newly devoted Seattleite. After going to UW, graduating with a BA in political science, and spending the last year in Spokane, she is back and loving every minute of it. Her favorite thing about Seattle is all the events, such as the Fremont Solstice Parade or Pride at Seattle Center. When not busy on the Bus, she spends her time checking out her new neighborhood (Wallingford), grabbing either a bite to eat or a cup of coffee, and spending time with friends. Social justice causes such as labor and immigration rights are the name of her game, and she is looking forward to getting other young people thinking about those issues through her work with the Bus.


Kirk Bigger hails from the lands of Lake Stevens. He is a recent graduate of Cascadia Community College where he specialized in pestering and annoying other students by encouraging them to become involved in campaigns and political action. Kirk is no stranger to the Bus because in 2008 he was already knocking down doors for Liz Loomis in the 44th LD. Between classes and campaigns Kirk is listening to music, watching 30 Rock, cooking, or making some zzzs.


Heidi Hunt hails from Bellingham, Washington but has since migrated to Salem, Oregon where she attends Willamette University as a political science major. Heidi also dabbles in environmental science, American ethnic studies, and rowing boats. She is constantly on the lookout for a good time and great restaurants, which she believes often go hand-in-hand. When she’s not hiking, traveling, hanging out with friends, or reading, Heidi applies for internships; a hobby that landed her at the Bus as one of the 16 wonderful 2010 summer fellows.


Bethany Kirk is a small-town girl living large in the big city of Seattle. A senior at Seattle University, she is a political science major who is willing to debate about pretty much anything.She likes dancing, reading, learning catch phrases in other languages and eating lots of popcorn (the non-healthy variety). She has been interested in politics for ages, but recently became determined to get off the sidelines and play the game after being inspired by the feminist movement in Morocco and volunteering for local campaigns. Running on sunshine (stupid rain), laughter and large doses of the Daily Show, Bethany is super excited to be working with the Summer Fellows in order to conquer the world, or at least the young electorate.


Thania Lomeli was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico. She came to the United States when she was 6 years old, starting out in Burien and later moving to Seattle, WA. She went to Lawton Elementary, Whitman Middle School and Ballard High School and will go to Shoreline Community College in the Fall of 2010. She wants to be a teacher in the future and expand the program Proyecto Saber in High Schools. She is very excited to be a part of the Washington Bus and to be working with people her own age.


Stephen Bronskill grew up in Toronto, Canada with a number of moose, polar bears, and other woodland creatures. After leaving his family’s igloo for Seattle, he fell in love with the beautiful non-tundra filled wonders of Washington State. A soon to be sophomore at American University in Washington D.C., Stephen is studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. When not busy consuming copious amounts of Canadian bacon and maple syrup or compulsively hitting refresh on Politico, he enjoys biking, hiking and the great oudoors. Stephen is super stoked to be a Summer Fellow with the Washington Bus and can’t wait to help empower young people to stand for change in 2010 and beyond.


Al’Dianna was born and raised In Oakland, California but is fresh off the high school scene after moving to SeaTac, Washington in 2005. Her inclination to learn and debate about what is right and wrong (especially with her principal Mr. Harwood) pushed her to get active in politics, speak up about controversial issues, and ultimately led to her involvement with the Washington Bus. Al’Dianna is super excited to begin connecting with the young community, and even more excited to look back and clearly see the change her team made in revolutionizing the youth vote.

Sera Day

Seferiana (or Sera Day) moved to Seattle from Nashville in 2005 on an adventurous whim. She graduated from Seattle University in 2008 with degrees in Sociology and Women Studies, and is now a graduate student at the UW School of Social Work, concentrating in community and policy practice. Sera’s passions are yoga, baking, biking, youth empowerment work, feminist theorizing, and exploring new places- particularly those by the ocean.


Tunny Vann is a beast. All of his life, Tunny has been known as “that guy”. He’s that guy that seems to be involved in everything and that guy who seems to be in every school club. You can likely find him at his home turf of the University of Washington, where he is a Junior studying Political Science. The population of Tunny’s hometown of Tenio Washington could fit in a UW lecture hall, so moving to Seattle and getting overly involved in the UW student government (ASUW) was a big step for him. Tunny enjoys discovering new music, kickin’ it with his bros at his fraternity, and working on his fitness. Tunny heard about the Bus when it showed up on his Facebook Feed and always has some form of social media in his hands. Send him a Friend Request!


Alex comes to the bus from Walla Walla, WA where just graduated from Whitman College studying politics, film and a whole lot in between. He loves public media of all sorts and those moments when politics and art merge into utter awesomeness. When left to his own devices, Alex is usually putting his mediocre guitar skills to use, exploring the deep, dark wilderness, telling people they should read Shogun, or scheming about his next international adventure.


Morgan Pualani was born in the beautiful city of Seattle only to be tragically whisked away to Yakima a short two months later. After passing the time for 19 years by folding paper cranes and crocheting scarves, Morgan has finally made her triumphant return to the Emerald City! She is so excited to be working with the Bus and empowering the youth of this beautiful city.


To be read with the theme song of Fresh Prince of BelAir in your head: West Philadelphia born and Uptown raised. On a playground is where I spent most of my days, chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool, playing some double dutch outside the school. When a couple of guys they were up some good started making changes in my neighborhood. I graduated
college and my mind said “Now your moving with homies and friends to the west”. I whistled for a plane and when it came near, I cried goodbye to my fam, cause there was children to rear. If anything I could say that this job was rare, but I thought chick forget it, yo kids lets read! I … signed… up for Ameri Corps in September, and yelled to my city “Yo Philly smell ya later”. I looked at Seattle, I was finally there, to sit on my throne and the princess that cares!


Chelsea is a proud graduate of Washington State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a second major in Women’s Studies. While there, her activism focused on reproductive rights, queer issues, labor/immigration, and fundraisers for humanitarian causes. She did that in addition to all that paper-writing, coffee-drinking college student activity. An Alaskan transplant, Chelsea has had a wonderful time getting involved in the Washington political scene. Social justice is her passion in life, and believes that political participation is an integral part of creating a better world. When she’s not trying to save the planet, Chelsea likes to meet new people and see what this big-city-life is all about.

And here’s some more Fellows who didn’t submit bios prefer to remain mysterious and thus more alluring:


Maly O


6 Responses to “New friends!”

  1. 1 Tunny
    July 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

    What a great looking group of people!

  2. 2 wenzilla
    July 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

    holler to a fellow whitman middle school alum Thania, and I love the fresh prince of bel air bio!

  3. 3 sonnyismyhero
    July 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I adore Summer Fellows!!

  4. 4 mo voters no problems
    July 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Awesome looking group of fellows! Can’t wait to hear about the great things they do this summer!

  5. July 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Fellows are the goodness!

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