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Program Director, Graphic Designer
Rain City Rock Camp
117 East Louisa Street
Seattle, WA 98102
Lead Youth Program Facilitator, Summer Camp
Lead Youth Program Facilitator, Amplified Teen Voices & South Sound Rocks!
Lead Youth Program Facilitator, Amplified Teen Voices
Lead Adult Program Facilitator, Ladies Rock Camp
Stephanie Anne Johnson
Lead Adult Program Facilitator, South Sound Ladies Rock Camp
Kris Sigloh, Bookkeeper
Anomie Belle Campbell, Grantwriting
Jenn Johnson, Technology Director
Board of Directors
Shirley Roberson, President
aNdi pUzl, Vice President
Deb Salls, Treasurer
Libby Wood, Secretary
Natalie Walker, Executive Director
Natalie’s first experience with the Rock Camp phenomenon was as a participant in Ladies Rock Camp in Portland, OR. Her experience at LRC illuminated to her not only her own musical potential, but also the potential for immense social change via music education and personal empowerment. She has worked as a musician and gender equity advocate her entire career: through RCRC since 2008, and as an active participant in the Seattle music community as the bassist and vocalist for rock band Another Perfect Crime, and as the bassist for Grace Love and the Dirty Church. Natalie is a proud University of Washington grad with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Music. She also holds a Professional Bass Certificate from Berklee College of Music. Natalie has served on the Board for the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance as well as local collaboratives and collaborations, emphasizing personal and professional dedication to movement building on a local, regional, and international level.
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
Dani Crivello-Chang, Lead Youth Program Facilitator, ATV & 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, Lead Adult Program Facilitator, 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, Lead Adult Program Facilitator, 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!
Morena Newton, Board Member
Morena Newton is a Seattle native who has left a couple of times to try other parts of the country but found that there’s no other place like Seattle. She grew up listening to her mom play the organ and then her older sister play flute before beginning cello lessons as a kindergartener. Music has always been a love and, though Morena stopped taking cello lessons in high school to make more room for sports, Morena resumed lessons while in undergrad and continued to play until graduation. Morena shares her love of music with her spouse, Scott, who is a drummer and has played in a number of bands, DJed at KEXP back when it was KCMU, wrote for the Flavor and the Rocket, and had a music studio in the basement of his house. Morena and Scott constantly have music playing and have encouraged their girls to grow their own love of music (Adela takes guitar lessons and Elise, drum lessons. Both have teachers who were recommended by RCRC). In addition to loving her family and music, Morena also loves teaching, mathematics, bicycling, and is working toward loving running again.
Camille Hardeman, Board Member
Camille has been volunteering as a camp counselor at RCRC since the summer of 2014. She generally works with the Cassettes (8-10 year olds) because, in her words, “I think they’re a lot of fun even when they’re bouncing off the walls.” The rest of the year, Camille is a manager at Central Co-op on Capitol Hill, leading a team of twenty customer service professionals who serve about 14,000 people a week at a community-owned natural foods grocery store. She notes that she’s comfortable talking to strangers: in the 2018 election cycle, she knocked about a thousand doors of registered voters during get out the vote efforts with the Washington State Democrats. Smart, dependable, energetic and optimistic, Camille is excited to bring her talents and experience to the RCRC board.
Beth O’Connor, Board Member
In my heart, I’m a coach/mentor/teacher and one of my favorite experiences in life is to witness someone’s “aha” moment, particularly with kids. As they are practicing, there is a moment when they get it and are able to execute a new skill. I’ve mostly watched this on the lacrosse field as a coach and I’m filled with joy, watching their success. As a coach last spring, one of the biggest compliments received was another coach commenting on the sportsmanship and friendliness of our players. I’ve experienced and witness these “aha” moments and growth at RCRC – Rock Camp Miracles.
As a musician, which is not how I identified prior to RCRC, I’ve grown in so many ways through my interactions with RCRC. LRC is where I conquered my fear of singing for a crowd, met Rebeqa and Reese to help hone my vocal and guitar skills, to meeting other lady rockers who performed with me at C&P Coffee and being a member of Self Storage. I’ve learned how to refine my music, the challenges of running and/or being in a band, and found a wonderful support system within my friends (personal and the ones I met through RCRC).
I love to sail, hike, and snow shoe. I played NCAA Division I lacrosse and soccer and my freshman year we went to the lacrosse NCAA final four. The summer after my senior year, I made the US Lacrosse Team, and later worked as an NCAA Division III assistant lacrosse coach and liked the coaching, but not necessarily the rest. I started working in the pharmaceutical industry ~ 25 years ago and I’m still there today. Initially as a chemist in a QC lab, now I’m a global regulatory CMC lead for a CAR T product. I’ll not attempt to explain, or risk boring you, with the details but glad to discuss more about the pharmaceutical industry, drug development and my role in regulatory affairs, just ask!
Jason Shao, Board Member
I am a full-time statistical scientist working in vaccine development research, as well as an active member of the Seattle music scene. I play bass in Temple Canyon, drums in Spinster and Escape Train, and have been helping friends record and mix albums in various makeshift studios. In my daily endeavors both professional and creative, I emphasize above all else inclusivity, equity, and helping fellow collaborators reach their full potential. I have been volunteering with Rain City Rock Camp since 2015 and cannot wait to help take the organization to new heights.
Adela Parra, Board Member
Adela Parra Garrison was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico, where the Seattle music scene was like a siren call for her. She made friends in bands and was mostly roadieing for them all through high school, always wondering how she could be in a band herself. She studied Industrial Engineering and followed a sales career all the way to Seattle. She enrolled into Ladies Rock Camp to fulfill her dream of being in a band and has been a member of Hotel Stella and The People’s Otter since. When she is not rocking out, she is a Director at Xenon Arc, disrupting the traditional chemical distribution paradigm. She enjoys martial arts and crafts, traveling, puppies and alpacas.