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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.

 

General Contact

[email protected]
206- 659-5471

Staff

Natalie Walker, Executive Director
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Reese Tanimura, Program Director
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Michelle O’Connor, Director of Community Engagement
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Kate Hall, Volunteer Coordinator
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Mailing Address:

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

Volunteer Staff

Jenn Johnson, Technology Director

Dani Chang, Summer Camp Director

Carissa Wagner, Gear Intern

Lisa Mendez, Festival Research Intern

Board of Directors

Shirley Roberson, President

Deb Salls, Treasurer

 

Patsy Burgess, Secretary

Michelle Yang

Edica Esqueda

Len Adams

Kira Shea

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Founders

Natalie Walker

Holly Houser

Bios

Staff

Natalie Walker

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.

Reese Tanimura

Reese (Marissa) Tanimura is passionate about music. She began her study of music on the ukulele, at the age of 3; at 10, she joined the league of eternal band geeks wielding her F horn and eventually, a drum major’s mace; and since the age of 19 she has taught music in some form or other. At 25, her world got rocked inside-out upon listening to her favorite folksters, the Indigo Girls, electrify their album, ‘Come On Now Social’ and then, at 35, Reese got her socks rocked, again, when she volunteered at Ladies Rock Camp – she has been hooked ever since. In the rare moments she is not devoting her time to plotting a RCRC Revolution to take over the world, Reese teaches music at Totem Middle School in Federal Way.  She also directs the MoodSwings, an all-female jazz ‘big’ band, teaches private lessons and is a founding member of the queer, urban bluegrass band, Lavender Lucy.  Reese is also extremely passionate about equity in education.  For the past four years, she managed education and work-training programs serving unstably housed and court-involved youth in Seattle and South King County. She is ecstatic to have all her worlds collide in next incarnation of growth and development for RCRC and is dedicated to providing MOAR programming opportunities for our ever-expanding community. Reese graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Music Education.  More recently, she earned a certificate in Non-profit Management through the University of Washington.

Michelle O’Connor

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.

Kate Hall

Kate was raised a feminist.  She held the title with pride as she attended The George Washington University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health, focusing specifically on women’s health and access to global reproductive health services.  During her time in Washington DC, she taught workshops on healthy sexual decision-making to local high school students through the Peer Health Exchange and realized the magic that comes from working with youth.  After graduating, she headed south to Peru, where she worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for an alternative after-school education program and led creative group activities for kids.  Back on US soil, Kate bid adieu to her East Coast roots and landed in Seattle with the hope of finding a way to satisfy her dedication to feminism, female empowerment, writing, music, and working with youth.  She is thrilled to bring this passion to RCRC!

Volunteer Staff

Jenn Johnson

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.

Dani Chang

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!”

Lisa Mendez

Lisa is a photographer and mixed media artist who was lucky enough to experience the magic of being a camp counselor at RCRC at least once, before moving from Seattle to sunny San Diego, CA. She spends her free time watching 80’s slasher flicks, indulging her sweet tooth and scavenging thrift stores. She believes girls can do anything boys can do- but better!

Carissa Wagner

Bio coming soon!

Board of Directors

Shirley Roberson

Bio coming soon!

Deb Salls

Bio coming soon!

Patsy Burgess

Patsy Burgess in 100 words:

  •  Born to Kenichi and Kikuyo Furugori, Vancouver, B.C., 1959
  •  Middle of 5 children
  • Love to read, garden, sit at firepit
  • Have had many jobs – nanny, Dairy Queen, clothing sales, fly-in salmon fishing resort, fraternity cook, adult care home, kindergarten teacher
  • Graduated WWU at 51
  • Married John in 1981 in Montana then lived on Orcas Island, Seattle, Japan, then back to Seattle
  •  My kids – Jack and Aya, amazing people with equally amazing partners.
  • First concert – Neil Diamond (1969?) Last concert attended – Sleater Kinney (2015)

Michelle Yang

I’m ethnic Chinese, born in Korea, and immigrated to the US with my family when I was 9 years old. Though very proud of my heritage, I found East Asian culture to be not one that is very empowering to girls. And though my parents are loving, their life philosophy for “what a girl should be and can be” left much to be desired. Therefore, like so many others, I struggled severely growing up, to find my own way, my own voice and power, and to fight against what I’ve been conditioned. I decided in middle school that I needed a scholarship to pay for college, so my parents could not dictate my major. (I did not know it at the time, but turns out I was a rebel!) I earned the top scholarship in my home state of Arizona, which opened so many doors, including studying abroad and it opened my eyes to the world. I am proud to have chosen my own career and made my own decisions. My journey and struggles have always connected me to that of other girls and women, which is why I became involved with mentoring Asian adoptees in college. Later, I worked for Girl Scouts, whose primary mission is also to empower girls. Youth advocacy is a passion of mine that will always play a significant role in my life.

Edica Esqueda

Bio coming soon!

Len Adams

Bio coming soon!

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Bio coming soon!

 Kira Shea

Bio coming soon!

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