The RCRC staff is a small and collaborative team working under the guidance of 10 diverse, committed board members. Our year-round staff includes an executive director, administrative and volunteer coordinator, development and communications manager, program manager, Summer Camp director and Ladies Rock Camp director. We also have an incredibly dedicated part-time program staff of workshop instructors, band coaches, camp directors, guest performers, and instrument instructors.

Approximately 250 volunteers take part in our programming annually. RCRC recently won BECU’s Member Volunteer of the Year Award, and we are proud of our loyal and engaged community of volunteers! We couldn’t do it without them!

Staff

Natalie Walker (she/her), Executive Director and Cofounder

Natalie has worked as a musician and gender equity advocate her entire career. She has served as the executive director of RCRC since co-founding the organization in 2008 and is an active participant in the Seattle music community as the bassist and vocalist for rock band Another Perfect Crime and 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 is personally and professionally dedicated to movement building on a local, regional and international level and has served on the board for the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance as well as local collaboratives and collaborations.

Mandy Goldberg (she/her), Program Manager

Mandy is a midwestern transplant to Seattle. A lifelong musician, she’s been working in youth development for a number of years, including managing operations at Seattle Pro Musica and serving as the Program Director of Seattle Music Partners. Mandy’s main instruments are piano, guitar, and voice. Some of her music projects include leading Tot Shabbat on Mercer Island and harmonizing with her band Aester. She’s never happier than when she’s biking, playing music, throwing dirt around or hanging out with her chickens.

Alice Pettway (she/her), Development and Communications Manager

Alice Pettway brings 15 years of communications and marketing experience to Rain City Rock Camp. Her career began in the advertising arena, but she’s spent the last decade working with a broad range of nonprofits to meet their editorial, development, marketing and outreach needs. Alice’s writing has appeared in numerous respected print and online publications—including The Progressive, Teaching Tolerance, The Threepenny Review and The Southern Review—and she is the author of three books of poetry. Alice has called five different continents home, is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and hopes to rekindle her love of making music now that she’s with RCRC.

Iris Pavitt (she/her), Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator

Iris first attended Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, OR as a camper when she was 11 years old. Her first band was called Neon Dumpster and she wore a shirt decorated in colored Sharpie to the showcase. Continuing to be involved with rock camp as an intern and volunteer was a formative experience that changed her life in magical and mysterious ways. Iris has been a radio DJ at Mount Holyoke College, a zine librarian for the Flywheel Arts Collective in Massachusetts, and a facilitator for teen programs in Seattle. She is an enthusiastic amateur gardener, crafter and sometimes pen pal. You can often catch her borrowing too many books at the library or holding up sidewalk traffic to pet cute dogs.

Adra Boo (she/her), Ladies Rock Camp Director

Seattle soul singer, emcee, teacher, Ladies Rock Camp Director, “Westminster Daddy” and auntie, Adra Boo, walks through walls. While some in the age look to construct boxes for others, Boo flouts these efforts, working to inspire through interconnectivity, sacrifice and—of course—a touch of sweetness. Adra performs as part of new wave noir band Hotels, the newly assembled SimonePin Productions and Dark Diamonds Burlesque, indie-soul duo Fly Moon Royalty, and as a solo artist, sharing stages with internationally known musicians and burlesque performers across the country. A veteran performer on myriad stages, Boo has been compared to timeless musicians like Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, unafraid to ruffle feathers or rouse would-be audiences. And while all of these efforts cause her to stand out in the city, it’s her work as an artistic liaison that has made her a local legend.

Dani Crivello-Chang (she/her), ATV Advisor and South Sound Rocks! Camp Director

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 an A.A. from Green River Community College, a certificate degree in Scandinavian Politics from Mitthögskolan (Sweden), and a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, where she studied international studies and communications. She also holds a masters in education from the University of Washington. For over 15 years, Danielle has been working at Green River Community College as the director of student life and, more recently, the dean of campus life, fulfilling her passion to work with students and help them build lifelong skills in and outside the classroom in an educational environment. Danielle has also spent time during the last 17 summers as a counselor and mentor at a camp for high-risk youth in California and has previously volunteered at the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. Having been involved with RCRC from the very beginning, she is deeply dedicated to the mission, vision and awesomeness that is all things Rain City Rock Camp.

Carly Toyer (she/her), Summer Camp Director

Carly Toyer spends her Seattle days teaching vocals, ukulele, keys and guitar to students of all ages. She even works with babies and their families, leading rollicking renditions of Wheels on the Bus and The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Carly spent her college years balancing live gigs and activism. She majored in gender studies, hoping the future would hold some sort of unicorn of an opportunity that would combine her two passions: gender justice and music. Well the stars truly aligned because HERE SHE IS, FOLKS—Summer Camp director at RCRC. Carly also plays in three or more bands, including KaraoShe, sings show tunes loudly when her housemates aren’t home (sorry neighbors), and starts dance parties wherever and whenever she feels like it. Carly is always available to pet your nice dog.

Jenn Johnson (she/her), Technology Advisor

Jenn Johnson has worn a number of hats for Rain City Rock Camp for Girls. She was a founding board member, spent three years as volunteer coordinator, and is now RCRC’s technology advisor. Most of her work life has been in nonprofits, education and technology, and she is now a project manager and strategist at a digital agency that focuses on those sectors. Jenn has played bass for 25 years, been in bunches of 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 Karaoshe, a live band karaoke band that she started with other RCRCers.

Sue Spang (she/her), Graphic Designer

Sue is a career musician, graphic artist and arts educator and has spent the last ten years in Seattle schools and nonprofits helping kids build confidence and discover new passions through creative work. A classically-trained upright bassist, she studied jazz and improvisational music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and has played with groups ranging from heavy metal bands to symphony orchestras. Sue is active in the Seattle jazz scene and currently plays bass in the Cascadia Big Band and with numerous small groups.

Board Members

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Beth O’Connor (she/her)

In her heart, Beth says she’s a coach/mentor/teacher. Professionally, she was first a private school teacher, then an NCAA Division III assistant lacrosse coach before settling into the pharmaceutical industry. She’s now worked in the field for 25 years, initially as a chemist in a QC lab currently as a global regulatory CMC lead for a CAR T product. Working with RCRC has helped Beth identify as a musician and conquer her fear of singing for a crowd, and one of her favorite experiences is to witness young people’s aha-moments—what she calls Rock Camp Miracles.

Camille Hardeman (she/her)

Camille has been volunteering as a camp counselor since the summer of 2014. She generally works with the Cassettes (8 to 10 year olds) because she thinks 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. She leads a team of 20 customer service professionals who serve about 14,000 people a week at the community-owned natural foods grocery store. 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.

Morena Newton (she/her)

Morena 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. She began cello lessons as a kindergartener and continued to play through university. 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. In addition to loving her family and music, Morena also loves teaching, mathematics, bicycling and is working toward loving running again.

Adela Parra Garrison (she/her)

Adela 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, travelling, puppies and alpacas.

Rochelle Vinson (she/her)

Rachelle is executive assistant to the CEO and licensing manager at Curtis Management and a board member representative at the Global Citizen/Curtis Scholars Program.

Nicole Walters (she/her)

Nicole has been in the legal field for 10 years and is currently a paralegal for the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle in the civil litigation section. She grew up loving music and has played everything from trumpet to electric guitar. Family is Nicole’s rock, and she says she can’t wait to sign her girls up for RCRC’s Summer Camp and see how far music lets them soar. Nicole hopes to teach her daughters philanthropy and altruism through caring for others in their community. Seeing girls and women accomplish the so-called impossible is something she will never EVER get tired of bearing witness to!

Eva Marie-Dones Piccininni (she/her)

Eva was born in Chicago, Illinois, but 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 nonprofit 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!

Tiara Jewel (she/her)

Tiara currently works as a senior marketing manager, managing web strategy and optimization for Microsoft’s cloud marketing business. She has 15 years of experience working in marketing across the fashion, beauty, interiors and tech industries for brands such as Ann Taylor, Elizabeth Arden and Bliss. Tiara is a leader of Out at MCB, an employee resource group for LGBTQ+ employees and allies in the Marketing and Consumer Business group at Microsoft. She is a former Co-president of the Board of Directors for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a music and mentoring non-profit in Brooklyn, NY. Tiara has a bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism and Women’s Studies from Syracuse University. She lives in Seattle with her wife, Athea Vichas, and their four-year-old son, Keenan.

Edica Esqueda (she/her)

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 traveling, seeing and experiencing new places, reading sci-fi books, watching movies, finding new restaurants, and spending quality time with her friends and familia—and volunteering for RCRC!