Jessica Weissbuch, Executive Director of Support Services
In 2002, Jessica moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in order to pursue her dream of working in television production. As time passed, she realized her longing to work with people in a more meaningful way, and was compelled to work with youth in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) community. In March 2010, Jessica earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a specialization in LGBT psychology and became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2016. She has worked with LGBTQ youth for over a decade starting her career at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Jessica is honored to be one of the co-founders of Brave Trails and continues to work with youth, building their leadership skills with programs that support LGBTQ youth to take a stand in their communities and be the leaders of tomorrow. Jessica lives to see queer youth become empowered individuals who work together to change the world.
Kayla Ryan Weissbuch, Executive Director of Direct Services
Kayla is a self described teen advocate and an LGBTQ social justice entrepreneur. For over 10 years, Kayla has dedicated herself to LGBTQ youth leadership, education, and empowerment in and around Los Angeles county. Growing up, Kayla attended and worked at a summer camp from the time she was 8 until 18 years old. Camp gave her some of the most formative and impactful experiences, which she would later use as inspiration to create Camp Brave Trails.
Alongside running Camp Brave Trails, Kayla is pursuing a bachelors degree in Non Profit Management at Antioch University Los Angeles. It is her goal to give young LGBTQ people the tools, mentors, and supportive peers to be change makers and confident leaders in their communities.
Coby Pfaff, Operations Director
As a child, Coby attended camp each summer and loved every minute of it. Camp was a powerful force in shaping his self-confidence, social skills, and love of nature. As a young man, he was a counselor for underserved youth at Camp Max Strauss in Los Angeles. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Psychology and went on to become an Afterschool Care and Summer Program Director for the YMCA. He started an ecommerce website in 1999 where he learned the skills needed to run a successful business organization. He also volunteered for three years as a helpline counselor for the Trevor Project, a LGBTQ Suicide helpline. He is very much looking forward to helping create an incredible camp experience for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans youth.
Jake Young, Assistant Director
Jake Young was born and raised in sunny San Diego, CA. After coming out in high school, Jake made it his personal mission to always be himself and help others understand that being different isn’t a bad thing, it’s actually a really magical thing. Jake carried this message with him throughout college as he became more active in the San Diego LGBTQ+ community. He volunteered for local youth empowerment summits and joined a queer fraternity. In 2014, he graduated from SDSU with a BA in Communication, and during this time, he cultivated and mastered his ability to communicate and effectively lead groups of people. Jake has been fortunate enough to be part of Brave Trails since its first camp session in 2015. Since then, he has been a critical part of the staff by running the Unicorn Justice League program, preparing seasoned campers to be future leaders at Brave Trails and much more. Jake is ecstatic to be a part of the BT family and continue his mission of spreading awareness that we all can be unicorns if we just allow ourselves to embrace that we are all different and unique!