Nik, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor from upstate New York, prefers No Pronouns or They/Them/Theirs. Since 2014, Nik has worked in Massachusetts, focusing on community-based mental health services for youth, families, and adults. Specializing in aiding individuals after crises and trauma, Nik actively engages in conversations about institutional trauma and discrimination and contributes to Wayside’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative, serving as a Courageous Conversations Champions member, facilitating staff training on the Validate, Challenge, Request (VCR) model. Additionally, Nik co-leads Wayside’s Rainbow Champions, providing LGBTQIA+ training within the organization. Nik is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds a role as a Program Director at Wayside. Nik can often be found with loved ones out in the woods, the ocean, or in a dojo practicing martial arts.