2017 YEAR-ROUND STAFF
KATE SUMNER, CO-DIRECTOR, PROGRAM DIRECTOR & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Kate Sumner joined Girls Rock NC in February 2017, after spending a couple of years working in a women's history archive in Massachusetts. Learning drums at the age of 10 (thanks, Mom and Dad) taught her to bust apart gendered expectations in pursuit of noise, messiness, and creativity. She finds it an incredible privilege to be in a position to facilitate similar discoveries for young people today. A native North Carolinian, Kate is elated to be revitalizing her Southern roots.
Faves include: dismantling systems of oppression, learning new things, tinkering with rusty junk, raccoons, being in the woods, Kierkegaard, intersectional feminism/s, supporting her friends, woodworking with hand tools, and building community.
MARY ALTA FEDDEMAN, CO-DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT
Mary Alta has been working with Girls Rock NC for three years, and 2017 will be her fourth rock camp summer! She got her degree in women’s and gender studies, creative writing, and journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. She writes essays, articles, and poems, and she plays guitar and yells with her band Space Holder. (Her bandmates are two other awesome GRNC organizers!) She has also taught guitar and ukulele to young people. Mary is always trying to figure out ways of melding making things, growing things, youth engagement, activism, and community-building. Girls Rock NC—and the amazing folks who are involved in it year-round—shifted her idea of what a supportive, creative, accountable, and powerful community could look like for herself; bringing that experience to volunteers and campers remains her favorite part of working with GRNC.
CAITLIN HARAN, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
This is Caitlin’s second year with Girls Rock NC. She’s worked as an office manager, logistics coordinator, bookkeeper, and accountant with several youth-oriented organizations, and she is so glad to be using her strengths to fuel Team GRNC! She enjoys her analog synthesizer, screen printing, otters, playing bass, making space for young people's voices, and finding power through creativity with folks of any age. Caitlin’s most used phrase in the office is, “We can’t afford that,” and she is loved for it. Rock camp changed her life.
Summer Camp 2016 Staff
Collier Reeves has been working with and organizing with Girls Rock NC for 5 years. They came to Girls Rock NC after spending many years in farming, back country trail work, and wilderness therapy. Collier currently lives in Durham, NC, where they are involved in many musical and non-musical projects. Besides working for GRNC, they play regularly with Bad Friends, moonlight as a side man in many other musical projects, and run a small urban farm with a collective of amazing people. Collier is excited about exploring the intersection of art and action and how that can inspire communities and movements.
Beth Turner is a co-founder of Girls Rock NC and has been involved with the organization for 10 years. She has served as the Program Director, Interim Executive Director, and now serves as secretary of the Board of Directors. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and was elected to the Pittsboro town board of commissioners in 2011. She lives in downtown Pittsboro with her partner, his son, and three cats.
Amelia V.B. Shull, current Girls Rock NC co-chair of the board, has held many roles since founding GRNC in 2004 -- director, volunteer, board member and for the first time in 2014: parent! She is also in her 11th year as the Upper School Art and Girls Adolescent Health teacher at Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC.
Monica Bintz is a teacher with 12 years of experience working in public education. She has worked as a middle school teacher, after-school program director, program manager for an organization promoting college enrollment among low-income high school students, and an anti-racist trainer and facilitator. She has a Master of Education degree from Hunter College and currently is obtaining a Master of School Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. She intends to work as a public school administrator in Durham, where she resides. Since the age of three, she has been playing music of all kinds and is excited to spread GRNC to more and more girls!