HRD takes pride in introducing our volunteer of the month, Rollin’ Numbuzz. Rollin’ is the head of HRD’s Treasury Department where she oversees 8 assistant treasurers. This group takes care of sponsorships, bills, dues, inventory, banking, keeping our books balanced and up to date, and so much more! A keen eye may even catch Numbuzz out on the track, participating in our training camp! In addition to being the mother of the lovely and talented Redwood Roller Luna Lovebad, Numbuzz is also the chief number cruncher for Stimson Small Business Services, one of our much appreciated local sponsors!
Thank you for sharing your talent and hard work to keep HRD rollin, Rollin’!! We’re so very lucky to have you as part of our crew!
Roller derby was love at first sight for Tone as she watched the Sin City Rollers skate around her town, and for us it was too when we she decided to join our team! Tone is a very talented skater, and an overall sweetheart. Some of what she brings to the table is her athletic skills from years playing soccer, softball and volleyball. Her main position is blocker, but she enjoys being a pivot as well. She is persistent and dedicated to finding new ways to improve her skills, not to mention helping others improve theirs!
She was a Widow Maker most of her derby life, beginning in 2013, and now skates with the Redwood Rollers! Her first game was in 2013, and skated in the Spud Town Knockdown tournament in Boise, Idaho, of that year. She injured her knee in 2014, and took a break from derby to heal, returning in 2015 to skate her first game post-injury in August 2015.
Tone moved to Humboldt in 2010 from Las Vegas, where she grew up, to see what life was all about out here behind the Redwood Curtain. She spent time in Eugene, Oregon, and enjoyed a beautiful time in Montana for a summer as well. She’s worked everywhere from Italian fine dining to taco shops, and as a waitress and bartender for many years.
Tone is well on her way to becoming an RN, and will be moving back to Vegas this summer to attend a nursing program. No wonder her advice and encouragement uplift us from our doubts and worries! (We’re going to miss you, lady!!)
Her dream is to become a traveling nurse, and do emergency relief and education in third world countries. Tone has the experience, already having travelled and worked as a volunteer in Central America, Southeast Asia and Hawaii. She’s a healer at heart! In her time outside of derby, just to keep her healing chops up, she volunteers her time at St. Joe’s Hospital. She and her baby, Weechee the shiatzu hike, travel and adventure as much as possible.
Tone’s love of roller derby shows through her dedication to the team, even after recently re-injuring her knee. She’s healing quickly, and still has plans for her derby future, all the while helping others with their skills and confidence from a non-skating position. She recently organized a local concussion test for our skaters to attend in case of injury!
Tone didn’t think the skills she’s learned from roller derby were possible, and has gained more confidence, purpose and passion in life since joining. We’re so thankful to have such a talented, dedicated member of our league! Thank you Tone!!
Our volunteer of the month is the man behind the suit, Justin Nadigoo, aka Sassy Sasquatch!
Justin was introduced to the idea of mascotting for HRD at Praxis Fitness, by one of our 5 coaches, Cici. He first began sassying it up in January 2015, and soon after met his lovely (badass) girlfriend, one of our very own skaters, I’ma Slaya! He has attended every game since 2015, including many community pr events.
Besides making people happy with the entertainment of Sassy, Justin always has a smile on his face that will brighten up anyone’s day!
Justin moved to Humboldt in 2000 from San Fernando Valley to attend HSU, where he graduated with a degree in studio art. After owning his own business in the Bayshore Mall, he also helped start Humboldt Motor Sports!
As you might already be able to tell by Sassy’s saucy moves, Justin is a salsa dancer, and serves on the USA Dance board of directors. In his free time, Justin is not only a dancer, but a surfer too!
We appreciate you keeping our spirits high, and smiles on our faces even while being thrown to the ground!!
Meow began skating with us in 2014, after attending nearly every HRD game for 4 years. She joined level one training camp a week after her birthday in July of 2014. With determination and strength, she made the team in December of the very same year, making derby a 25th birthday present to herself! About six months before beginning level one, she took up skating, not having worn a pair of skates since she was a child. Her first game was was against Southern Oregon Roller Girls in March 2015.
Meow is a sweetie, which makes it even more surprising when she boulders through the pack as a jammer with such strength and persistence! Complete chaos breaks loose when trying to keep our walls solid and in tact while trying to hold her back.
Blocking is her favorite position, though she enjoys taking pivot status to challenge herself to the balance of both jamming and blocking.
Meow is a local, originally from Mckinleyville and now resides in Arcata. She attends every Humboldt Crabs game that doesn’t interfere with a bout or practice, and enjoys watching Giants baseball. She briefly lived in their hometown, while attending San Francisco State University.
Before making it back to Humboldt County, she lived in Portland, Oregon as well.
We’re so thankful she’s here and has become a part of HRD!!
Meow loves derby because being a part of a team and using the aggression that was frowned upon when she played soccer as a kid is liberating. Derby has shown her that she’s stronger mentally and physically than she thought she ever was, and loves the solidarity that HRD provides. She tore a ligament in her ankle while in training camp and had it surgically repaired this past November, along with a minor knee injury in the beginning of our 2015 season that kept her off skates for 2 weeks. She’s healing quickly and will be back on skates soon! (We’re so excited!!) Nothing can keep her away, and it’s inspiring to see such strength and determination from one person.
She does a wide variety of behind-the-scene work for HRD, and is a big part of keeping our league running smoothly.
Meow is a classy lady from head to toe! You may even see her bench coaching the North Jetty Bettys during our display games against the Widow Makers. Her mother, Sue Nami and boyfriend are also volunteers with HRD.
Outside of derby, Meow is the assistant to a nurse practitioner, and in the past was a bread shaper at an artisan bakery and a pesto/hummus maker. She loves being in the garden, running, traveling, spending her time at the beach and is a cat mom, to two lucky kitties, Junebug and Otis!
Thank you Meow for all of the work you do for HRD and being such a strong, supportive teammate!!
HRD is proud to have such a talented and strong teammate on and off the track!! Thank you Jesstroyer for all of your hard work and dedication!
This southern Cali girl is a caring, hard working, and understanding part of the HRD family. Her teammates call her legs cause she’s got an awesome set and knows how to use them to her advantage on the track. Her long and strong legs aren’t the only advantage she has though, her determination and overall strength have helped her rise to the place she is today. Legs played her first game in January of 2015, and by the end of the season she had made the roster for one of our A team games. A feat which is rare for most skaters in HRD.
Legs first strapped on a pair of plastic Playschool skates before the age of 3. She continued skating in her tweens with an oh so cool pair of rollerblades. She got back to the quads when she first joined HRDs training camp in 2013. After getting married to her awesome husband, Legs took a break from the crazy derby world, and returned to make the team in July 2014. All of her previous experience on skates is very apparent to her coaches and teammates. Legs is able to progress faster than most, and looks like having 8 wheels beneath her comes naturally.
Off the track, Legs is just as dedicated and awesome of a person as she is on. She spends most of her time being a mother, homemaker, baker, artist, and athlete. She also has a part time job making the most awesome vegan jerky. A bunny, a saint bernard, and a mastiff are all a part of her lucky family. Legs daughter, Riptide is a very talented skater in our Saplings program. Like her mother, she seems to be a natural on skates, and progresses very quickly. Legs and Riptide both skated their first games the same night in a double header hosted by HRD. It was a very proud moment for both mother and daughter.
“We work so hard physically and mentally; trying to keep ourselves agile and strong, together and doing the jobs to keep this league running and make a successful and positive impact on our community. We inspire other women and girls and we give back so much. It fills my heart with pride when I think of my sisters, that’s what I call them, of HRD. A huge group of talented, passionate, caring, women and I get to be part of that.” -Great words from Legs!
Legs is such a great sister in the HRD family, and is appreciated by all. Her nurturing spirit is valued by her teammates on and off the track. Her unwavering determination to be great is beneficial to everyone in the league. We are all lucky to have such an awesome woman in our lives and on our team. Legs, you are loved and treasured by your fellow sisters, and we look forward to many more years making memories with you on and off the track.