COLLIER REEVES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.
MARY ALTA FEDDEMAN, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Mary Alta has been working with Girls Rock NC for two years, and this will be her third rock camp summer! She finished school at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015, where she studied women’s and gender studies, creative writing, and journalism. She writes essays, articles, and poetry, and she sometimes plays guitar and yells with her band Space Holder. She also teaches guitar and ukulele to young kids. Mary is always trying to figure out ways to meld making things, growing things, youth empowerment, activism, and community-building. Girls Rock NC shifted her idea of what a supportive, creative, accountable, and empowering community could look like for herself, and bringing that experience to volunteers and campers remains her favorite part working with GRNC.
CAITLIN HARAN, BOOK-KEEPER AND OFFICE MANAGER
Summer 2016 camp co-directors
Mars is joining Girls Rock NC for their first year as a camp co-director at ERUUF. They graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015 with a degree in Women's and Gender Studies and Sexuality Studies and aspire to continue their education in social work and midwifery. Currently located in Durham, they spend much of their time operating as an herbalist, street healer, and full-spectrum wombworker under their project Root Sister. They also write stories and play bass with their band Space Holder, knowing firsthand the necessity of femme punk bands! Mars believes very deeply in the healing potentials of communities creating and building together, and is excited to support campers, volunteers and other staff this summer in crafting something special.
Jen is a recent grad from UNC-CH, where they studied Women’s & Gender Studies and Anthropology, met a lot of resilient folks, and began to explore the important connections between art/creativity and liberation. Jen is excited to be working with GRNC this summer, and the amazing energy and power that m@nifest when youth make noise. Jen hopes to continue nourishing creative spirit, energy, and idealism, in their future pursuits as a DJ and as a community therapist, and to generally continue making space for radical thought, empathy, and love in their life.
Emma grew up in the cornfields of Iowa and moved to North Carolina about ten years ago. She began playing the cello at a wee age and while her cello lessons were mostly about Mozart and Beethoven, she started playing in rock bands in college. She is most excited about the metal band, GOWN, she plays in with her sister and best pals and loves coming up with songs and plugging her cello into an amplifier with distortion pedals!! She thrives on working with other people and using great office supplies. Emma is ecstatic to learn and collab with all the amazing people of Girls Rock NC! She thinks it is incredibly important to have all different kinds of voices up on stage and wants to share in the joy of creating things together!
Obi Morton is working towards a B.A in Spanish and Philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill. This is her first summer working with Girls Rock NC. She enjoys playing the piano and teaching young people about the power of music. She volunteers as an ESL teacher and advocates cultural exchange in every interaction. Obi is excited to promote and achieve empowerment through art at GRNC! Everyday, she looks forward to bringing something new to the "craft" table with the intention to broaden minds and open hearts.
Allie Mullin is a native of Durham, NC. This is her fourth year with Girls Rock NC, where she has been a band manager, band photographer, curriculum writer and volunteer with Teen AXN League. She is stoked about her new role as a camp co-director this summer. Allie's work and life are deeply rooted in empowerment and intersectionality. She makes music with her band Sassmaster and loves karaoke. She is also a professional photographer, yogini, and runs a Girl Scout troop. She is excited to create joy, healing, and support within the GRNC community.
Kae grew up in California and is a fairly recent Raleigh transplant. She is going into her second year with Girls Rock NC and could not be more thrilled to be a part of such an inspiring and important organization. Kae is an art student, musician, and tender being who loves sociology, cultivating community, and intersectionality. Kae is also a co-founder of To The Front Music Alliance, and plays guitar and electric ukulele in the band Healthypup. She is ready to spread positivity through community-building, art, and any other form of creativity she can offer to empower and uplift others!
Chanelle A. Bergeron is a recent transplant to North Carolina. She has lived all over the place, traveled far & wide, & has learned a great deal along the way. With her time, she practices many things, some of them include midwifery, herbalism, energetic medicine, tarot reading, writing poems, & teaching. She grew up surrounding herself in water & in music. She plays the harp when no one is around to hear it, & performs her electronic sound-collage project called, mille whenever she can. Chanelle believes in supporting the unveiling of the unique thread in every person she meets & is wonderfully excited to work with the campers in Raleigh this summer.
CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
Lori is the owner of a freelance graphic design business, now specializing in book design. In her 25 years as an independent contractor, she has donated design services for many local non-profit organizations, including The Women’s Center (now Compass Center for Women and Families, Triangle Heart Association, Arc of Orange County, and Caring Community Foundation). Lori served as a parent volunteer in 2009, coordinating food donations for camp volunteers and showcase while her daughter attended summer camp. Completely taken by the mission and passionate spirit of the Girls Rock NC community, she began volunteering as a band manager at the Chapel Hill and Durham camps in 2011, and continues to do so. Lori was voted onto the Board of Directors in February 2012, serving as Board Chair until October 2013. She is currently serving her second term on the board as Media Chair, providing support and increased presence on social media channels, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. An alumna of Women’s Rock Retreat Weekend, Lori took up drumming one year shy of her 50th birthday. An advocate for women’s rights and empowerment, Lori is in the process of creating an online community for women and girls to share their stories through a blog and podcast which will soon air on Netroots Radio.
Betsy Shane, Treasurer of the Board of Directors and Seasonal Operations Assistant, holds a B.A. in English and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and and M.B.A. from Kenan-Flagler Business School. After years of volunteering and directing the GRNC Chapel Hill After-School Program, she is pleased to join the board and help build Girls Rock NC's footprint and programming. In addition to Girls Rock, she runs an artist management business called Break Yr Heart and plays in punk band Pink Flag and electropop act LAM! LAM!, and will join North Highland as a senior consultant as of August 2014.
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!