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Rain City Rock Camp for Girls is mostly a volunteer organization. You can typically expect a detailed reply in around 1 week, unless you indicate your message is extremely urgent. It could take a little longer if we are, you know, on tour or something. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first notified about camper applications, volunteer opportunities, and events.

Year-Round Staff

Natalie Walker,
Executive Director
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Sue Spang,
Program Director
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Michelle O’Connor,
Director of Community Engagement
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Jordani Sarreal,
Administrative Coordinator
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General Contact

[email protected]
206-659-5471

Mailing Address

Rain City Rock Camp
117 East Louisa Street
#445
Seattle, WA 98102

 

 

Program Staff

Danielle Crivello-Chang
Camp Director, Summer Camp & South Sound Rocks!
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Adra Boo
Camp Director, Ladies Rock Camp
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Stephanie Anne Johnson
Camp Director, South Sound Ladies Rock Camp
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Jeanne Mitchell
Amplified Teen Voices Advisor
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Additional Staff

Kris Sigloh, Bookkeeper

Kim Danke, Grant Writer

Jenn Johnson, Technology Director

Board of Directors

Shirley Roberson, President

aNdi pUzl, Vice President

Deb Salls, Treasurer

Libby Wood, Secretary

Edica Esqueda

Len Adams

Kira Shea

Eva Piccininni

Rebecca Kurek

Founders

Natalie Walker

Holly Houser

Bios

Staff

Natalie Walker, Executive Director

Natalie graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Music. She spent many summers during college as a forklift driver, dreaming up big ideas about joining a rock band and starting a women’s movement. She then worked as an intern for acclaimed music journalists who she helped with interviews, transcription, and took copious notes on how to become a rock star. Her first experience with the Rock Camp phenomenon was as a participant in Ladies Rock Camp, a fundraiser for Portland’s RnRC4Gs which provides a Rock Camp experience for women ages 19 and up. Her experience at Ladies Rock Camp illuminated to her not only her own musical potential, but also the potential of social change via music education and personal empowerment. She volunteered at the Girls Camp in Portland in 2008 as a bass instructor and band manager, and became convinced that Seattle could not go on another year without having a Girls Rock Camp. She is also active in the Seattle music community as the bassist and vocalist for the all-female band, Another Perfect Crime, and as the bassist and guitarist in the all-female Radiohead cover band, Pablo Honeys.

Sue Spang, Program Director

Sue holds a degree in Classical Languages & Literature from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, where she also played bass or euphonium in nearly every ensemble at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. An upright bassist since early high school, Sue has played with groups ranging from heavy metal bands to symphony orchestras. A seasoned teacher and non-profit program curriculum creator, Sue started her career at Rain City Rock Camp as a bass instructor, band coach, roadie manager, and photographer (and two years as the RCRC Graphic Designer), before stepping in to the role of Program Director.  She previously worked as a full-time as a graphic designer, and spent years as the Programs and Publications Manager at 826 Seattle (now The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas) creating and teaching creative writing programs for students ages 6-17 all over the Puget Sound region. As a performing and teaching bassist, building on that curriculum and program development experience musically, especially at RCRC, is a dream opportunity. Sue currently plays bass in the Cascadia Big Band and as a sideman with numerous other bands.

Michelle O’Connor, Director of Community Engagement

Michelle graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, with a research focus on the state of women in music. She has been singing professionally in the Seattle rock scene for over 15 years (Grace Love, The Staxx Brothers and Jam on White Bread). Her combination of real world musical experience and education in Women Studies has armed her with a unique perspective on the importance of empowering girls with the self-confidence to explore a career in music or in anything they choose to do. Her true love is leading the Media Literacy and Body Image workshop, and she dedicates herself to cheering on folks at any age to become strong in themselves and in our community.

Jordani Sarreal, Administrative Coordinator

Jordani has been a professional musician and songwriter for almost half her life.  A self-taught vocalist, keyboardist, audio engineer and producer, her musical work spans multiple genres and roles – all which share her love for melody and groove.  In addition to her musical career, Jordani has started, run, and consulted for businesses around the US, combining her creative intuition with her love for spreadsheets to help make businesses and organizations become their best selves.  Still a touring musician and front woman (Jordani & The Sun Kings, Ethan Tucker, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Jake Hemming), Jordani brings her passion for empowering the next generation of womxn to Rain City Rock Camp.

Dani Crivello-Chang, Camp Director of Summer Camp & South Sound Rocks!

Danielle was born and raised on the island of O’ahu and moved to Washington when her parents decided to move off of ‘da rock.’ She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, where she studied International Studies and Communications and holds a Masters in Education from the University of Washington. For nearly 10 years, Danielle has been working at Green River Community College as the Director of Student Life, fulfilling her passion to work with students and help them build lifelong skills in and outside the classroom in an educational environment. She has also spent time during the last 12 summers as a counselor and mentor at a camp for high-risk youth in California and has volunteered at the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. The most exciting period of her life was her early teen years where she competed in the World Junior Frisbee Competition, earning the title of Jr. World Frisbee Champion for two consecutive years. Her life, in album form, would be called “You have GOT to be kidding me!”

Stephanie Anne Johnson, Camp Director of South Sound Ladies Rock Camp

Music means the world to me. Music is a place where I find personal freedom. I can exist outside of my body when I practice music. I can connect with people who don’t look like me or talk like me or come from the same country as me or speak my language. I also have a passion for community service and giving back. In Ladies Rock Camp and Rain City Rock Camp I have found a real synergy. It is an incredible honor to be of service to budding performers, to galvanize people toward performative creative pursuits, to encourage women and gender non-conforming folks to use their voices, to take up space and to find a supportive community in which to grow. I look forward to continuing to be of service to this vital community and learning more new things everyday!

Adra Boo, Camp Director of Ladies Rock Camp (Seattle)

I cannot wait to be in the thick with all of you who are interested not only in moving Rain City Rock Camp for Girls (and gender non-binary folks) forward, but also, I am super pumped to witness more grown women and gender non-binary folks living their best rockstar lives, even if only for the weekend. I have had amazing experiences as a camper and volunteer, and I look forward to being at the helm in Seattle and making magic with each one of you. I’m looking forward to the diversity of campers, the sharing, the breaking down of walls, stereotypes, and the stomping down of that voice that says “You CAN’T do that”- ain’t nobody got time for that! I am looking forward to seeing that practice and progress change lives in all the possible ways. See y’all at camp!

Jenn Johnson, Technology Director

Jenn Johnson has worn a number of volunteer hats for Rain City Rock Camp for Girls. She was a founding board member, spent 3 years as Volunteer Coordinator, and is now Technology Director. Most of her work life has been in non-profits, education, and technology and she is now a project manager and strategist at a digital agency that focuses on those sectors. She’s played bass for 20 years, been in 7 bands, once quit a job to move across the country to LA with a band, booked a national tour covering 22 cities, and now plays with Pablo Honeys, a Radiohead tribute band that she started with other RCRC’ers.

Shirley Roberson, President – Board of Directors

Shirley Roberson is Senior Associate at Hughes Media Law Group PC, where she focuses on corporate transactions – including mergers & acquisitions, business financing, software licensing and distribution management, and business asset management. Before trekking North to Seattle, Shirley enjoyed the L.A. sun and serving as a clerk, paralegal and, after passing the California bar exam, associate at a local firm representing some of the largest retail and commercial development projects in the Los Angeles area. Before attending law school, she put her MBA to work as a communications manager for DIRECTV®.  She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Long Beach and her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She serves Seattle’s local community in many ways, including as a member of the Book-It Repertory Theatre Board of Directors, President of the Rain City Rock Camp Board of Directors; and as an Arts Fund Associate from 2009 to 2013.

aNdi pUzL, Vice-President – Board of Directors

aNdi was born in Southern California, but was raised in Texas where zer family is from. Zie has been an employee of the City of Seattle for the last 20+ years and lived in the PNW for the last 25. Zie started zer city career as a data entry operator for the Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and the next couple of summers as an eligibility and payroll specialist. Zie helped get young people from lower-income housing, or those from racial, social and economic disparities get qualified for job readiness and career development preparing them for real world jobs. Since then zie has worked in the Human Resources office as a business partner for the Human Services Department. aNdi has volunteered for RCRC since it’s beginning and has worn many RCRC hats, from band coach and drum instructor, to the gala planning committee, community outreach and most recently as a board member. Currently in a handful of local bands zie keeps busy in the music community. Zer life is full of rewarding enriching experiences working for the city, being a year-round RCRC volunteer and being a member of the local music scene. It’s an inspiration to be part of an organization that empowers young people to simply be themselves.

Deb Salls, Treasurer – Board of Directors

Deb grew up in Minnesota in the Twin Cities.  She was a youth worker and Program Director in the Minneapolis YMCA after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BA in SocioCultural Anthropology.  She later earned a M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership at the same university.  In her early 30’s she left to live in St Louis to be an Executive Director of the Campus YMCA at Washington University in St Louis and earned a M.A in Nonprofit Management from that institution.  She went on to live in Chicago and work for the YMCA of USA national office overseeing  programs and initiatives in youth and young adult leadership. In Chicago she discovered Girls Rock Chicago and was a volunteer. She moved to Seattle in 2011 for the Executive Director position at Bike Works in SE Seattle.  She immediately looked for the Seattle version of Rock Camp, got involved in Ladies Rock Camp,  and was hooked on the community, the music, the power of making noise, and the magic of it all. She serves on several local non-profit boards including currently serving as treasurer of RCRC.  She is a vocalist in the band Hotel Stella. She is an avid traveler. She also teaches Youth Development and Leadership courses at Highline College and does training and facilitation for fundraising professionals and non-profit leaders.  Empowering young people ( and people of all ages) to become better leaders, explore their communities and expand their worldview has been a theme in her life and career.

Libby Wood, Secretary – Board of Directors

Libby has been a huge fan of Rain City Rock Camp since she signed up her daughter for the very first camp session in 2009. So much so that she has been to six Ladies Rock Camps herself and looks forward to attending again in the spring. She has seen firsthand how RCRC has empowered kids to be their authentic selves, and volunteering at camp is her favorite week of the year. In her professional life, she is a marketing writer for TCS World Travel, a luxury tour operator who takes guests on adventures of a lifetime all across the globe.

Edica Esqueda, Board Member

Edica was born and raised in the lower Yakima Valley, and moved to Olympia in 2012. She works for the Washington Traffic Safety Commission as the state Impaired Driving Program Manager. She has dedicated her career to behavioral traffic safety and worked in municipal and state government for over 16 years. Edica was introduced to music at a young age by her older siblings and cousins, and enjoys live shows, and playing drums on occasion. Edica loves to travel, see and experience new places, sci-fi books and movies, finding new restaurants, spending quality time with her friends and familia, and volunteering for RCRC!

Len Adams, Board Member

When I was a little kid we used to go to the thrift stores, my mom went to look for clothes, but I found that boring, so I’d wander off. One day found the records. They were 10 cents each, something we could afford, and my mom would let me pick out a couple each time we went. I found Steppenwolf, The Box Tops, Iron Butterfly, Tommy James and the Shondells, and more. These bands and others helped me see that while my parents were fine people, the world was much larger than they could show me. The bands helped me see the wider world through rock and roll. Passion, heartbreak, and exhilaration were all part of the best of rock music. But the most important part was that I could see a wide range of people making this music. Otis Redding to Roy Orbison, Tammy Wynette to Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan to Little Richard, and I felt certain there was a place for me in there, somewhere. Rock and roll was a railroad train to the experiences of life, there was room for everyone, everyone was welcome, and all you had to do was climb on board. Rain City Rock Camp connects the richness of Rock and Roll past to the vitality of Rock and Roll future.

Kira Shea, Board Member

Kira Shea is a graphic designer, singer and nurse. She grew up in Green Lake and has lived in Seattle most of her life. Kira has volunteered at every RCRC program in various roles from food crew to vocals instructor. She is Chair of the LRC Hype Committee that strives to close the loop between LRC participants/volunteers and RCRC volunteers. She loves kids, dogs, sending organizational emails, and the magic of empowerment that RCRC delivers.

Eva Marie-Dones Piccininni, Board Member

Eva Marie-Dones Piccininni was born in Chicago, Illinois, grew up in Portland, Oregon, and has lived in Seattle since 2000. She is passionate about animal rights, feminism, racial justice, the environment, and LGBTQ liberation. Eva works as a SQL database developer for the University of Washington and is committed to exploring the use of technology in the public, nonprofit, and education sectors. She holds an MSE in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MLIS from the University of Washington. She serves as one of the Washington Chapter Co-Coordinators for Food Empowerment Project, a grassroots vegan food justice non-profit organization. In her free time, she enjoys reading, long distance running, live music and dance, thinking about cats, and volunteering for Rain City Rock Camp!

Rebecca Kurek, Board Member

Rebecca is an operations professional utilizing new and established methodologies and strategies to increase revenue, reduce costs, improve retention, and streamline processes to provide a competitive advantage. Specializing in process improvement, organizational leadership, change management, and team optimization with a passion for development, relationships, and customer service. She has extensive experience managing and coordinating business operations in the retail, services, and technology industries.  She has gained in-depth knowledge on how to build cohesive teams and effective team management, focus on customer-centric procedures, and hire, organize and restructure Human Resource operations to find ideal candidates and reduce team turnover.  Rebecca comes from a strong music background. Along with her business partner, she created 2 Doors Management; a music consulting firm that partners with tech start ups to broker licensing deals with the major music labels. She also manages bands. She takes her operational excellence to apply organizational leadership to developing artists in order for them to achieve their goals. Her commitment to a project is absolute. Maintaining relationships from those she called clients but now calls friends; it’s clear Rebecca has a business style designed to cultivate true connections both personal and professional.  In her spare time, Rebecca is a talented amateur chef and enjoys fine dining, reading, and has ridiculously great parking karma.

Summer Camp Job Specific Volunteer Training

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