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Our Team

Stoney Roberts

Site Director

Stoney (they/he) is deeply committed to community engagement and social progress. Originally from Shreveport, LA, Stoney relocated to Colorado Springs in 1996 and has since become an integral part of the local fabric. They graduated from Widefield High School and have dedicated their adult life to living and working in Colorado Springs. Stoney comes to us from One Colorado, where they worked to promote LGBTQ+ rights, equality, and inclusivity as the Southern Colorado Field Organizer. Prior to their role at One Colorado, Stoney served as a technical specialist at the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), where they worked to develop fair and equitable enforcement of regulations.

As a musician, Stoney uses this platform to advocate for the well-being of the queer community, specifically Black, Indigenous and other people of color. They also volunteer as a radio host with the outsources collective on KGNU.

John Arcediano

Program & Outreach Manager

John (he/him) joined Prism Community Collective with over 15 years of operations and managerial experience with The Melting Pot Restaurants. During his tenure with The Melting Pot brand, John traveled to multiple locations across the United States to address operational issues and implement strategies to improve operations, cultivate culture, and create a strong foundation for future success. He has built lasting relationships through ongoing marketing efforts, helping to increase brand awareness. As Vice Chair of the Melting Pot’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, he dedicated his time to promoting a more diverse and inclusive workplace environment through workplace training.

Having lost loved ones and witnessing the devastating impact of the Club Q tragedy on our community, he’s shifting his career to advocacy and support. Originally from New York, John lived in Michigan and Missouri before settling in Colorado Springs. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, working out, cooking, and spending time with close friends and family.

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Sarah Banta

Community Resource Specialist

Sarah (she/her) has roots in Colorado Springs, having lived here all her life. She has a particular passion for serving and engaging LGBTQIA2+ and marginalized communities. In her previous role as Peer Programs Coordinator at NAMI in Colorado Springs, she was integral in developing LGBTQIA2+ and youth specific programming while working to reduce stigma associated with those affected by mental health conditions through storytelling, peer support, advocacy, and education. Sarah has enjoyed speaking on behalf of NAMI for several panel discussions, community conversations, and public presentations. She is practiced in suicide prevention, crisis intervention and management, and group facilitation. She values authentic, honest communication and compassionate care.

Sarah is a certified yoga instructor who continues to expand her studies of yogic text, history, and philosophy; she is interested in and believes in the infinite power of the mind-body connection. Sarah is dedicated to lifelong learning and strengthening her beloved community through advocacy work and community organizing.

Carter Cadena

Community Resource Specialist

Carter (he/she/they), a Texas native, graduated from high school in 2015 and pursued higher education in New York City at The American Musical & Dramatic Academy. With almost a decade as a Drag entertainer, they’ve graced global stages and have been featured in a book and numerous documentaries illuminating the intricacies of Queer life. For Carter, Drag transcends mere performance – it is a political rebellion, a social protest, and, above all, a profound means of self-expression.

Since the attack on Club Q in 2022, Carter has been at the forefront of advocating for victims, families, and survivors to ensure that their voices are heard. They’ve had critical conversations with elected leaders, collaborated with non-profits and grassroots organizations, attended national conferences, and actively participated in on-the-ground initiatives. Their approach is rooted in genuine passion, empathy and authenticity. Now, as part of the Prism team, Carter is dedicated to continuing this essential work and fostering tangible change for the community.