Get to Know Our Team
- Staff & Interns -
Katie Baker (She/ Her)
I am honored and humbled to be serving as the first director for this much needed organization in Manhattan. I have had the privilege of fostering queer youth with my partner and the even greater privilege of some of those youth calling me Mom. My time as a foster parent and my children's stories definitely motivate me daily to do all I can for these amazing humans. I dream of the True Colors house to be a safe, affirming space where youth can come to find resources, mental health services, and ultimately a space to be their most authentic selves. Thank you ALL for your support.
Emily Verge (She/ Her)
Hey everyone! I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Social Work with a minor in Leadership Studies. When all is said and done, I’d love to become a Couple and Family Therapist—but am taking a couple years off before grad school to get more experience.
I recently finished a social work practicum with True Colors and have loved being a part of the community that the space has built. There is a sense of care that I see in the youth, staff, and volunteers that you don’t see most places.
In my free time, I love hanging out with my pets, Milo (border collie), and 2 cats, Maisy and Charlie, thrifting, and making coffee! I have been a barista here in Manhattan at 3 different coffee shops and love making connections in the Manhattan community. It really is a small world!
Jinx (She/ They)
True Colors House Cat
Hi, my name is Jinx! I am a friendly, fluffy, non-binary cat that loves to make biscuits in your lap. I prefer to spend my days loafing on my Mom while she works or keeping watch at the front door. I will also steal food right off your plate, unapologetically. The youth board voted having a cat in the house would be beneficial for everyone who visits. I'm a natural ice-breaker and research shows I reduce anxiety.
Princess Goudy (She/ Her)
Hi, my name is Princess! I am the volunteer coordinator here at True Colors. I have been with True Colors since the beginning and loved developing relationships with the youth that attend the house. I was excited to get others involved and help grow True Colors. I have two babies of my own, a 3 year old and 1 year old, who keep me busy! I also love plants and crystals- and you can frequently find me sourcing new ones to add to my collection. Also, I am an artist and like to paint in my spare time.
True Colors House Cat
Hello, everyone! I'm Obsidian. I was in need of a new home and True Colors thought, what's better than one black cat? Two! I am the resident mouser and lounger who is always up for a game of fetch. I taught my sibling to jump up on counters to keep a better lookout for squirrels and birds. If you can't find me, I am probably hiding somewhere waiting for someone to walk by so I can playfully pounce on them!