2018 YEAR-ROUND STAFF
MARY ALTA FEDDEMAN
Mary Alta has been working with Girls Rock NC for four years, and 2018 was her fifth rock camp summer! She studied women’s and gender studies, creative writing, and journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, and while doing so, volunteered as a band manager for the first time with GRNC. She plays guitar and yells with her band Space Holder, and she's taught guitar and ukulele lessons to elementary schoolers. Mary Alta loves to spend her time making poems and pottery. Girls Rock NC—comprised of the family of amazing people who are involved in it year-round—shifted her idea of what a supportive, creative, accountable, and inclusive community could look like for herself; sharing that experience with volunteers and campers remains her favorite part of her work with GRNC.
This is Dana’s first year with Girls Rock NC and she is very excited to join the GRNC Team! She received her BA in Dance and English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Hollins University (2010) and has since worked as an arts administrator, performance artist, and freelance web designer with various non-profit and private arts organizations in VA, WA, and NC. Although dance/performance art is her first love, she believes that all performing/visual arts are essential to building community and living wholeheartedly. Alongside her new role at GRNC she is also the Operations Coordinator for PMG Arts Management, an agency that provides booking, management, and consulting services to performing artists, companies, and organizations throughout the country.
Summer Camp 2018 Staff:
Emma Dunlap-Grube, Zenzele Barnes, Kae Diaz, Roxy, Emily Ehling, Kaanchee Gandhi, Lily James, Joanna Helms, Yvonne Chazal, & Celeste Wilkie
Board of directors:
Renée Mendoza Haran (Board Co-Chair)
Renée Mendoza Haran, Board Chair, is a Learning and Development leader in high tech who has spent the past decade of her career bringing both her creativity and technical skills to communication in the IT space. She is also a life-long musician who started performing on church and theatre stages as a young girl, and has continued to contribute to the NC music scene for over three decades—via endless bedroom and basement 4-tracking in the 90’s, electro-synth/dark-pop outfit Ashrae Fax in the early 2000’s, and southern Americana/Fieldgaze outfit, Filthybird in the mid-late 2000’s. Renee is currently performing in minimalist/ambient trio Ama Divers. Her love for music, the arts, science, and technology—and equity for girls and women working in those spaces—led her to join GRNC as BoD Chair in early 2017. At GRNC, she hopes to leverage her relationships in the STEM and Arts communities of greater North Carolina to expand GRNC’s equity in arts programming into STEM and STEAM territories where these disciplines come together to prepare the next generation of young people to solve tomorrow's problems with brilliance, confidence, and heart.
Margaret Chapman (Board Co-Chair)
Margaret Patton Chapman was a volunteer at the first GRNC camp in 2003, where she lead zine making and DIY fashion workshops and discovered her love of teaching. While in Chicago for graduate school, she became a poet-in-residence in the Chicago Public Schools, taught teens creative writing as part of the award-winning Young Chicago Authors program, and won the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Teaching for her work with The Poetry Center of Chicago. She also worked for many years as an instructor for Duke Young Writers' Camp and was an Arts Council CAPS program visiting writer at Durham School of the Arts. She's currently a faculty member in the English Department at Elon University, where she teaches undergraduate writing and contemporary experimental feminist writers. She also leads creative writing workshops for adults at So & So Book in Raleigh and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She's the author of the novella Bell and Bargain (Rose Metal Press) and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology [S O F T N E S S] from Miel Press.
Lauren Mirrielees (Secretary)
Lauren Mirrielees started volunteering with GRNC at the first Rock Roulette in 2016. Since then, she has been a music instructor, band manager, workshop leader, and event organizer. She has a background in finance and currently works in the software implementation space. She is also an amateur chef.
Erin McClain (Treasurer)
Erin McClain grew up in the world of classical music as the daughter of an operatic soprano, while sneaking out during high school to listen to the riot grrl bands who came through her south GA college town. She’s delighted to serve an organization that means so much to her daughter, a camper and after school participant since 2013. After working on civil society development and conflict transformation with displaced women in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Erin now works as Assistant Director and Research Associate for the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, where she directs a variety of public health initiatives to help improve the health of women and their children in NC and beyond.
Rebekah Miel (Fundraising)
Rebekah is that lone pair of headlights driving in the opposite direction during a hurricane evacuation. You’ll no longer find her sweating through a Tyvek suit in the lower 9th or eating curry in a refugee camp in Unawatuna, but that doesn’t mean she’s any less risk-averse. These days she’s balancing the death-defying feat of raising twins with the act of listening hard for how to be a good citizen in her adopted hometown of Durham, NC. She is the Creative Director of her own shop, Miel Design Studio where she spends most of her time trying to make beautiful sense out of a complex world. Ask her what that means, but don’t be surprised if the answer has something to do with books or girls rock.
Sibyl Kemp (Events)
Sibyl Kemp hails from Eastern North Carolina, and commuted to volunteer at her first GRNC camp in the summer of 2015, followed by participation in Rock Roulette its second year. After obtaining a degree in Women's and Gender Studies + Communication Studies from UNC-Greensboro, she moved to the Triangle and joined GRNC's Board of Directors to support events & fundraising efforts. She's most grateful to GRNC for providing the chance to work beside incredibly inspiring, thoughtful, and supportive community organizers. All of her drive stems from, and is amplified by, witnessing and engaging in the transformative power of inclusive creative spaces. She's currently the showroom manager at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC.