The RCRC staff is a small, collaborative team working under the guidance of a diverse, committed board. Our year-round staff includes an executive director and two co-program managers. We also have a dedicated part-time tech advisor and bookkeeper.

Approximately 100 volunteers take part in our programming annually. We are so proud of our loyal and engaged community of volunteers! We couldn’t do it without them!

Staff

Archie Sugiyama (he/xie)

Administrative Assistant

Archie  is a Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist working in fashion design, digital illustration, and music. Punk and "scemo" subculture run deep with  Archie , as his inspirations and band fixations from early on include Bad Brains, Against Me!, My Chemical Romance, System of a Down, Paramore and so many more. While building up his platform as the drummer and founding member of local "blood and guts" punk band Gender Envy, he also produces live music events with the goal of uplifting local DIY and QTBIPOC artists and creating a bridge between traditional Queer cultural artforms and the Seattle music scene.  Archie  is very passionate about uplifting marginalized youth through resources, education and breaking down access barriers to the arts. Protect Trans kids!

Carly Toyer (they/them)

Co-Program Manager

As a young San Diegan, Carly practiced vocal scales while boogie boarding, spent summers being a musical theatre camp counselor, and brought home plastic clamshell CD discographies from their job at the city library. After their college days investigating Gender Studies and touring in a DIY band, Carly settled into Seattle to spend nearly 10 years as an all-ages music educator and a youth summer camp director. A passionate advocate for self-love, community-care, and self-expression, Carly is proud to co-manage the many programs at Rain City Rock Camp that bridge the gap between making music and liberating your heart. You can catch them shredding guitar and keys in KaraoShe, or in their kitchen listening to comedy podcasts and making onigiri.

Catherine Nueva España (she/ siya)

Interim Executive Director

Catherine played piano and sang in the choir when she was younger and today continues to enjoy playing for herself and hearing live music of all kinds! She enjoys working with creative, joyful teams who are passionate about collaborating with community. She is very pleased to be invited to work with Rain City Rock Camp to bridge a key leadership transition and to support Carly and Gracie’s amazing work with rockers of all stripes. She was formerly the Interim Executive Director at On The Boards and EarthCorps and Executive Director at Velocity Dance Center. She currently serves as a board member on the WA State Arts Commission and 4Culture.

Gracie Bucklew (they/ them)

Co-Program Manager

Born and raised in South Seattle, Gracie attended the first ever Rain City Rock Camp as a camper in 2009. After several years at Summer Camp and AMP, they volunteered as an Intern and were a member of Amplified Teen Voices as a teenager. Gracie then served as one of Summer Camp’s Roadie Co-Managers for five summers. In Olympia, they earned their Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Teaching from The Evergreen State College. Their education, time with RCRC and lived experience instilled in Gracie a commitment to abolitionist education, transformative justice work, and living in right relations within community and with the world. Their passions also include eating ice cream, getting a good night’s sleep, and reading magical realism and science fiction.

Jenn Johnson (she/ her)

Technology Advisor

Jenn Johnson has worn a number of hats for Rain City Rock Camp. She was a founding board member, worked on numerous board committees such as community outreach and strategic planning, spent three years as a volunteer coordinator, and is now RCRC’s technology advisor, working primarily to support the website, CRM, and digital donation tools. Most of her work life has been in nonprofits, education, and technology, and she is now a Managing Director for a digital consulting agency that focuses on those sectors. Jenn has played bass since high school, been in bunches of bands, toured the country with one of them, and now plays with Karaoshe, a live band karaoke band that she started with other RCRCers.

Reid Thomas (she/ her)

Development and Communications Manager

Perhaps the morning car rides listening to mom’s Dead Kennedy’s CD collection explain Reid’s early love of punk. Inspired by Kim Gordon and Tina Weymouth, Reid took up bass and delved into the DIY scene. She established the first ever feminist club at her conservative high school, proudly named “Girl Spit”– later the title of her college radio hour at KXSU here in Seattle, where she continued to pursue a love of music. Since 2015, Reid has been working in radio, non-profit arts and education, and continuing her radicalization. She believes in the healing power of community, food as medicine, and analog supremacy.

Board

Co-Chair

In her heart, Beth says she’s coach/teacher/mentor. After 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily in Regulatory Affairs, she followed her passion and became a certified professional coach. She founded Wholebeing Athlete to support professional women and female student athletes make sustainable change to achieve professional, personal, and/or athletic success. 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.

Secretary

Coral was born and raised in Seattle. She fell in love with camp when she attended Camp Waskowitz’s outdoor education program as a 5th grader with Adams Elementary. She started volunteering as a camp counselor in high school and never stopped. She felt right at home when she was introduced to RCRC in 2016, where she has since volunteered, attended Adult Rock Camp, and formed a band that has been writing songs about a surf fox and an adventure pony. Coral loves fall for boots and soup, winter for crafting and warm beverages, spring for flowers and birds and summer for Book Bingo (from Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts and Lectures) and RCRC summer camp. In her professional life she is a designer.

Faith Eakin is an educator, writer, and program manager with 11+ years of experience facilitating programs in schools and community-based nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. Faith, a long-time RCR fan, believes storytelling is magic, laughter is healing, and that community is essential to creating a happy life. She is committed to sharing the nourishing and healing power of mindfulness, self-compassion, and social-emotional learning (SEL) in educational and healthcare spaces to promote community well-being, support mental health, and transform how we show up for ourselves and our community.

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Ileana (she/her) started her music journey at the Juan Jose Landaeta Music Conservatory, focusing on piano and music theory from a young age. In 2014, Ileana relocated to Seattle, where she has thrived ever since, raising three children with whom she shares the love for music. On the professional front, Ileana currently leads program management for Google Devices New Product Introduction, steering cross-functional efforts to bring innovative smart home technology to the market. While her professional background lies in engineering, her passion for music remains strong.

Wetter has been in love with RCRC and its mission since 2010. She has been involved in many ways over the years- camp counselor, instrument instructor, band coach, food crew, support crew, procurement work, office support, etc., and of course, as an adult camper! She believes in the power of music and community to help people feel their best and to be willing to try new and creative forms of self-expression. She has witnessed this power transform lives, both on and off the stage, and believes that the encouragement and sense of community and accomplishment experienced at camp can carry over positively into other aspects of life. Wetter hopes to continue supporting learning, inclusivity, equity, growth, self-expression, community, positive social change and connection through music and RCRC by serving on the Board. And she hopes you'll come to camp and/or a jam sometime soon! : )

Kennady was introduced to Rain City Rock Camp in 2011, attending summer camp and learning how to play guitar and write songs in a band for the first time ever. And she hasn't left since! She spent many summers attending camp, then graduating to become an intern, Amplified Teen Voices member, co-roadie manager, and now volunteer and board member. She first learned to play bass many moons ago at rock camp and now plays bass and sings in a local punk band called Mold Mom. Through participating in the ATV program, Kennady discovered a love for radio when her intern band played live on air at KEXP for International Women’s Day in 2018. She got involved in KEXP’s youth DJ program, 90.teen, and now hosts KEXP’s long-running Pacific Northwest local music show, Audioasis. Kennady is super passionate about building community, support and amplifying important voices, and connecting with people through music. She runs a Riot Grrrl zine, Ra-Ra Rebel, that spotlights femme and queer musicians and art submissions from all around the world. In her spare time, you’ll find her digging through record stores, dancing at local shows, thrifting her next favorite vintage dress and talking to anyone who will listen about music in the PNW!

Ex-officio Board Member, Chair of Gala Committee

Born and raised in Longview, WA, Le-Vy didn’t have much to do outside of skateboarding and playing music. With 10 years of experience as both a band member and events extraordinaire, Le-Vy has harnessed her passion for music, arts, and social justice as an events coordinator with a focus on uplifting AANHPI, BIPOC, and young artists, currently as the Events Coordinator for The Wing Luke Museum. Le-Vy has served as RCRC band coach, volunteer, donor, and Adult Rock Camp participant, and is honored to help provide opportunities that uplift the next generation of young musicians that she didn’t have growing up. In her spare time, you can find Le-Vy enjoying karaoke, paddleboarding, or ogling cats.

Marcy grew up in Hawaii and moved to Seattle on Halloween of 2007 to gain access to a broader music scene and more opportunities to see her favorite bands and artists in concert. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a high school English teacher and has been working with teens for over 20 years in a career that helps pay for her concert tickets. In her pre-RCRC life, Marcy's rock star moment was performing a cover of Barenaked Ladies' "Break Your Heart" with some of her students at a homecoming assembly. She was first introduced to RCRC in 2008 when it started as Girls Rock! Seattle and while she fell out of touch for a while, she reconnected in 2022 and fell in love with the organization again when volunteering as a camp counselor for its summer camp program. The combination of two of her passions--music and working with youth--made her realize that RCRC was her happy place. When Marcy isn't at school, she's usually at home giving hugs, kisses, and most of her attention to her dog, Nalu; giving the rest of her attention to her husband, Mike; and trying to figure out what's for dinner.

Treasurer

Miche Morado (they/she) was born in California, but has lived in the PNW since 2011. They grew up listening to gospel and classics from country & western’s golden age. Miche received their first guitar as a gift from their grandfather at the age of thirteen and they fell in love. Miche understands how music and creative expression can be a lifeline through the tumult of adolescence which led them to seek out RCRC. Miche joined RCRC as a camper in Adult Rock Camp in 2019 and they’ve been involved ever since. RCRC has cultivated tremendous appreciation for the process of nurturing and claiming one’s creative voice. Miche grew up in a skipped-generation grandfamily comprised of social kin. Miche is currently writing their dissertation to complete their PhD in Feminist Studies from the University of Washington.

Rachel McDonald grew up playing classical piano and flute in a tiny town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For more than 20 years, she’s worked at the intersection of libraries and youth development, creating programs and services for and with teens and tweens. She started her first band at the age of 40 and is learning to play guitar. She began volunteering for RCRC in 2022 and immediately loved the energy and creativity shown by both campers and staff. She’s passionate about music as an agent of political expression. Punk, folk, rap, any genre – she’ll listen if she’s excited about the message. Outside of work, playing music, and volunteering, you might find Rachel skating at the roller rink, biking up and down Seattle’s hills, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

Sieglinde Levery-Nicholas (she/her) is in her 11th year at Puget Sound Community School (PSCS), where she works with their fully collaborative staff as Director of Community Engagement. She grew up in the Central District, attended Franklin High School (and then Cornish College for a bit), before heading to New England, where she lived for almost a decade. She taught theater, worked in restaurants and spent several years moonlighting as a music promoter and band manager in the north shore of Boston. She co-founded an independent music agency and even co-wrote some songs. She lives in Rainier Beach with her spouse, Drew, and her 5-year old kid, Oliver. She is passionate about equity, accountability, and tearing down the patriarchy. She keeps finding new passions and interests but is always excited about great books, graphic design, painting, and band names.