Girls Rock STAFF
Amplify staff are extraordinary people from all over the world. They are diverse, vibrant, fun and relatable. They are unique because they must not only meet the needs of our campers and make sure each child is having an amazing time, but must also possess advanced skills or professional expertise in one of our specialty program areas. They are the people your child will come home talking about - perhaps with the English or Australian accents your child will come home impersonating. They are your child’s new role models, heroes, confidants and friends.
Who are the directors? Jen Baron is the Executive Director. Sierra Reeves and Devin Davis are our summer camp Co-Directors.
Jen Baron - Executive Director It's been said that I came into this world singing. Having grown up in the California foothills, miles from the nearest town it isn't surprising that I filled my days with make believe, attentiveness to my surroundings, and a deep desire to connect artistically. My childhood home was ripe with music and storytelling was central to our everyday interactions as a family. I began writing music when I was 8 years old and haven't stopped since. I feel beyond fortunate to get to work professionally as a songwriter. I have written upwards of 500 songs, and I have had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the top songwriters and producers in pop music. I am both a writer and producer. My songs "Vespertine" and " Gypsy Heart" were featured in Sharon Stones feature length film Femme. "Push Pull" was picked up by DJ Duo team Sam F and Kap Slap to be released in 2017. Also featured articles in Kaboom Magazine, EARS, Soundfly, Alfitude, SOM Magazine, Jammerzine, Bee Hive Candy, and Medium .
Kelsey Maloney - Grant Writer is an independent grant writer working with various nonprofit organizations. Experience in Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Special Events. She is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese ,and is an avid lover of hiking, surfing, soccer, snowboarding, camping, pottery, cooking, and spending a day at the beach.
Kendall Klein - Graphic Designer Bio coming soon.
Diana O'Connell - Contract CFO Diana O’Connell is a non-profit executive and entrepreneur creating and leading programs that connect people with meaningful, life changing experiences and influence them toward a healthy lifestyle. Diana draws upon her extensive experience providing financial and strategic leadership and creating solutions for complex program needs, in both large corporations and non-profit organizations. With an entrepreneurial mindset, Diana focuses efforts to generate quick results in order to advance, lead and impact the mission-driven organizations and teams she serves. For Executive Directors and Boards of small non-profits, Diana is a resource that can add strategic thinking, financial leadership and non-profit executive experience on an as needed basis. With a focus on financial systems, transparency and reporting on key metrics, Diana helps non-profit leaders achieve their strategic and financial goals through accurate, consistent, clear and regular reporting. A Santa Barbara native and a UCSB graduate, Diana returned home in 2012 after a successful career in Corporate Finance and Management in Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas and quickly became immersed in the biking, paddling, and triathlon communities as both an active participant and an organizational leader. With a passion for creating opportunities that open people's lives and make their world bigger through experiences and connection to communities, Diana is drawn toward programs that provide access, equity and encouragement. An avid cyclist and social athlete, Diana is passionate about sharing the amazing outdoor experiences that have shaped her life, and driven by a strong desire to have a direct impact and make a difference. Diana is known for her ability to see opportunities, enroll others in a vision, and then move quickly into strategic and results-orientated implementation.
- Devin Davis- Summer Camp Director has studied contemporary songwriting and independent music production for over a decade. She plays a multitude of instruments, but guitar and voice are what she loves the most. After teaching for many years, Devin moved to Los Angeles to focus on being a career musician. She currently fronts the alternative rock band Ramonda Hammer, and as a huge advocate of the DIY musician life, Devin manages her band, produces their videos and marketing content, and books their tours all over the North America. Devin still loves to teach and when she's not on the road, she's at GRSB!
- Sierra Reeves -Summer Camp Director loves writing music, playing guitar, bass, and piano. However, singing is her most favorite. As a young girl, she found much power in creating music, it helped her grow strong and sure of herself. Now, she is so excited to be passing along the magic to the girls at camp, so they too can grow strong.
- Zoe Zelkind, a second year staff member is a singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. She studied contemporary music at Eugene Lang college and is now working in film scoring, music contracting, and songwriting. Zoe has a passion for film and also works at a local independent cinema part time where she is continually inspired. She is very grateful to have had a rich music education and is focused on giving back that experience to the community of young folks whenever possible.
Jamey Geston is an emerging singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist (vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, & bass). Her music has a natural throwback to the sixties with a mix of new acoustic and electric sounds ranging from dreamy surf to folk pop. A seasoned performer, she has opened for Award-winning folksinger, Judy Collins, legendary musician, Peter Frampton, Grammy-winning guitarist, Albert Lee, ‘First Lady of Woodstock’-Melanie Safka, American Idol Runner Up-Crystal Bowersox, She was invited to play the Winter NAMM Show 2016 in Anaheim for the four straight year and has toured throughout California, Colorado, Arizona & Louisiana. She has been performing and singing on stage since she was three, started playing guitar around ten, then self taught herself piano, ukulele, bass, at eleven she started songwriting. "What inspires me to make music is my ongoing enjoyment for music. I like listening to other artists and being inspired by little aspects of a song and creating and thinking of new things I can do with it. Also, seeing female musicians who are pushing the boundaries and doing so much for themselves is awesome to see. It motivates me so much. I love girl power.” Jamey has been involved with Girls Rock SB as a volunteer and a performer since 2011
Amy Doley is a vocalist, writer, and producer who began her formal musical training at the BRIT School for performing Arts & Technology in London, UK. Following this, she studied Commercial Music (BA Hons.) at The University Of Westminster; this degree was the first in the UK to offer the opportunity to learn, practice and experiment with the artistic and business strategies in today’s music industry. She now works within various musical settings, which include; offering educational, creative writing and confidence building workshops, experimenting on personal projects with live musicians and collectives as well as working in a solo capacity, where she manages herself under the name Amy Fitz Doyley.
Aileen Wallace is a musician/composer/interdisciplinary artist, born in Limerick city, Ireland in 1983. She currently lives and works in Cork, where she has recently received a (1:1) Honours degree in Music from UCC (University College Cork). Wallace runs a small but vital studio which serves as an educational space in the heart of Cork City where she delivers her unique and diverse approach to music tuition. In 2017 she joined the Dublin(Ireland) chapter of the international Girls* Rock movement as Drum Coach/Sound Engineer and will return again in 2018. She will also feature on the Girls Rock School NI team as Drum Coach/Live Sound. Wallace has an extensive background in performance, live sound, music production, video, radio, music tuition, and multi-media. Upon receiving a qualification in Sound Engineering from the City & Guilds London Institute in 2004, she embarked on a journey of experimental field recording, and production. As a working musician she has curated and performed both solo, and ensemble performances as part of a number of groups including: Lōwli, If You Discover a Fire, C.A.V.E (Cork Audio Visual Ensemble), The Racklers, and The Farmhouse Sessions, to name but a few. The latter of which provided a platform for musicians to experience the art of collective improvisation and recording.
Allison Onard. Have you ever met someone whose goal in life is to challenge what people are taught to expect? That is how this young lady ended up fully enthralled with music and the industry it exists in. With strong memories of being told that rock music wasn't for dainty young ladies, I began my challenge to change that concept at a young age. Working my first concert at age fourteen excitedly scrapping gum off of the bottom of theater seats is how I knew I wanted to be apart of this form of creation for the rest of my life. That only picked up speed when a guitar was placed into my hands at age 16 and I joined my first group a few weeks later. Fast forward to present day where you'll most likely find me amidst a stack of emails and forms or running through the barricade during a concert, balancing cables, towels or even puppies. Being the Production Coordinator of a Live Nation Venue keeps me on my toes, my focus lays on everything backstage regarding the incoming tours. When I'm not working a show I am most likely playing one or practicing for an upcoming gig with my band Frankie & Myrrh. I started off thinking that I had to prove myself, that only men could play music and produce shows but I have grown to realize that anyone and everyone is more than welcome to do those things, we just need to help spread the acceptance and knowledge of doing such.
Deirdre Lynds- Guitar, Drums, Mandolin, Bass Instruction is a Santa Barbara native who has been playing in rock bands since the age of 15 after taking up the guitar at age 10. After completing her undergraduate degree in guitar and composition at UCSB, she relocated to San Francisco where she got her Master’s in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Despite some success in the classical world (her flute and guitar piece John Doe’s Running was published and won the National Flute Association’s award for Best New Work of the Year), Deirdre could not resist her need to rock. She co-formed the instrumental rock/fusion group Headshear with writing partner guitarist Gwynn Adams and performed around the Bay Area for 10 years. The group was signed to Seattle indie label Big Balloon Records and put out the self-titled CD Headshear in 2007. During this time she also played mandolin in several old-timey/Celtic groups, mainly playing for Contra dances all over California, and continues to play drums in a B-52’s tribute band, Private Idaho. Deirdre moved back south in 2012, where she has been working with Girls Rock SB since their very first summer.
Ony is a writer, musician, and music instructor living in Columbia, SC. She plays guitar and bass in a couple bands and teaches private guitar lessons at a local music school. She's been involved with her local and regional Girls Rock camps since 2012 and is excited to expand her Girls Rock family.
- Savannah Hughes was born and raised in Santa Barbara California. She has had a passion for music and specifically rhythm since a very young age. She originally discovered her love for drums and percussion while sitting under the grand Piano drumming and shaking along, while her piano teacher played beautiful melodies. As Savannah became older, she started to study privately at Mike's Drum Shop. This led her to many study opportunities, as well as performing and touring. She has studied with world class studio musicians, played and performed in various world ensembles, studied at drum retreats, and performed in a vast variety of bands. Savannah has had the opportunity to be a part of the all lady's band 'Rainbow Girls' where they toured the Western portion of the United States, as well as Europe for over the course of 5 years. Some of her musical highlights include performing with 'Rainbow Girls', for thousands of people at 'The Farrera Busker's Festival', in Italy, as well as Headlining the first All Lady's Show at the Fillmore in San Fransisco. Savannah has professional studio experience, and has recorded multiple albums. Savannah feels that drumming is a powerful way to connect to one's inner heart beat and authentic creativity. She has a passion of sharing her knowledge and helping young women discover that they too can be empowered by the drums, and it's many avenues of self expression.
- Emily Myren hails from a little town on the east side of Indianapolis. She grew up singing, finding inspiration from local musicians and performers in the area, fascinated by their grand beautiful displays of self expression and confidence. Self-taught guitarist from the age of 14, Emily was in several bands throughout highschool and her years at Ball State University but she always felt her most at home behind an acoustic on stage. Releasing her third solo album this month, she performs in the Indiana, Chicago, and Ohio area mostly but has aspirations of traveling with her acoustic making music around the world. In her free time Emily loves taking care of animals, reading books, and listening to social science podcasts. Emily started with Girls Rock Indianapolis in 2016 and hopes for a long future spent with Girls Rock!
- Rita Groetz is a mechanical engineer from Buffalo, NY. A self-taught guitarist, she has been playing since she was 14. Two years ago, she finally started her first band and has since played in several Buffalo punk and hardcore bands. She loves writing and performing music, and encouraging other women to do the same. In her free time, she loves to rock climb, and is an instructor at a local climbing gym. Rita likes to stay busy, and is currently playing in Tina Panic Noise, Removers, Nicky Reynolds & His Pushers, and a KISS cover band.
- Jena Douglas- Piano and Guitar Instruction has been a singer/songwriter for over 30 years. She has a BA from University California Santa Barbara in music. She wrote the how-to/self-help book called, Change The World-Write Your Song! fundamentals and beyond for the aspiring singer/songwriter book I. She teaches voice, songwriting, guitar, piano, bass, drums, performance and uses her many skills as a seasoned musician and parent to teach girls from 6 to 17 for a non-profit after school program called, Girls Rock SB. Jena Douglas also performs with a couple of bands, one that features original songs written by Jena Douglas called, Jmuse and the other is a Linda Ronstadt Tribute band called, Linda Nonstadt and The Stone Phoney.
- Caroline Hambright - Guitar Instruction grew up here in Santa Barbara. She got her Bachelor's in Fine Art from San Francisco State, and her teaching credential from Cal State Northridge. She teaches art and science at Brandon Elementary. She in involved in many artistic endeavors in the community, including building a float for the Summer Solstice Parade and painting a mural for the On The Verge Summer Repertory Theatre Company. She sings and plays guitar for a local band, Babetown Classic.
- Natalia Bio coming soon
- Maddie Marcin - Piano and Vocals Instruction is a composer, pianist, and singer who recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Music Composition. She has been playing piano for over a decade and has been singing since 16 years old. Maddie has been in several bands and ensembles throughout high school and college, but her dream is to write music for film & TV, with her music being featured in student short films during her time at UCSB. Although she dabbles in classical music, gospel, jazz, etc, her love of rock and of empowering girls has led her to Girls Rock SB. When not playing music, she is probably either cooking, reading, exploring nature, or napping.
- Elle Naef is a a content manager, nanny, and music curator who has been involved with Girls Rock for 3 years. She grew up in a small mountain town in Colorado, and by her teen years fell in love with the city. With city life came the Denver music scene, and once she discovered her passion for production she hasn't looked back.. Elle has been booking shows, helping bands with promotions, and helping create other community connections in the industry for ten years, and enjoys encouraging the pursuit of passion for others.
- Mary Krans- In truth, I consider myself to be honest and brave. The decisions I've made, the things that I've done, are a reflection of that. That being said...The things that are awesome about me:
- I grew up in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. So small in fact, that we had to share a zip code with the next town.
It allowed for me to be a dreamer, and dream of places, that one day I would see. Me, Mary Louise Krans, a world traveler and post-it note adventurer.
- As the story has been related to me: when I was a toddler, I couldn't keep my hands off my grandmother's piano. I was so drawn to music at an early age: I really understood it's worth. I began playing the piano at the age of five; studying music most of my life.
It brings me great satisfaction to play and even more so to teach. To me, music equals joy and to share that is joyous.
Adriana Roda-Stuart is a photographer, musician, and human Swiss army knife. She loves learning new things, like how to make her own Indian food, screen print, and play any instrument she can get her hands on. Originally from San Diego, Adriana earned her B.A in Music Industry Studies at Cal Poly Pomona last year and has made her new home in the greater Los Angeles area. She plays bass and sings in her band, Headbed, as well as books shows and manages local artists
Alejandra “Alex” Valencia- Drum Instructor was born and raised in the city Oxnard, the city she calls home. Her passion for music stems from waking up to her father records on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Growing up in a bilingual household her musical palate was always been something she cherishes and embraces since day one. She considers music to be the universal language that bridges gaps, destroy barriers and creates relationships that last lifetimes. She has been playing drums since the age of 13. Known for not being afraid to play loud, Alejandra loves teaching young girls the magic of music, and the power rhythm.
Chloe Housh has been playing music for the past five years and began teaching at Girls Rock as an intern a year and a half ago, after having attended as a student. She plays guitar and ukulele but focuses mainly on bass and vocals, which she plays with her band "The Chaperones."
Adrian Lindsey recently graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Child Development and Women’s & Gender studies. Her dream career is to be a child and family therapist. She has interned at Cal Poly’s Children’s Center and worked in after school programs for Parks and Recreation. She learned to play ukulele in third grade and has played guitar since fourth grade. At 13 she attended Rock and Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon. Seven years later she volunteered for Girls Rock Camp in her hometown, Santa Barbara. This summer she looks forward to returning to Girls Rock Camp SB as an instructor.
Briana Marvel I've been playing bass for 5 years and I began playing to join my current band, Bloodlines. I first became involved in Girls Rock's Indianapolis chapter as a Marketing intern and have continued to love volunteering as a band manager and bass instructor every summer since. Working with women and children is a joy that I continue through Girls Rock involvement and my post-college PR career.
Emily Backus is a music educator and singer-songwriter from Atlanta, GA. She has received complete certification from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in elementary music pedagogy. Emily serves on the board of Girls Rock Camp ATL and is co-chair of the DeKalb Elementary School Honor Chorus. She currently performs with folk duo Total Babe and feminist punk trio Gabbie Rotts. She tries to live each day as Dolly Parton would wish.
Gesine Lohr I've played keyboard all my life, added drums in 7th grade, mallet percussion later. In 1981 I met a Hammond B3 organ and fell in love; she taught me a lot. I've played B3 and synth in a number of psychedelic rock blues groups. Played in an all female oldies band The Cherry Cokes. An all female cover band I was in, Nancy Drew And The Clues, was one of the first rock bands at the West Coast Womens’ Music Festival (we played day stage in 1988, night stage in 1989). I love synths too, DX7, play a friend's Nord, etc. Playing renaissance dance music, running a renaissance dance quartet (playing renaissance recorder), showed me how that music is just like rock and roll! (seriously -- lots of improvisation). I also play harpsichord, which was the rock keyboard of her day! and portativ organ, a small renaissance organ. I love helping girls find the power of keyboards, all the weird synth lines one can make, the growls and roars!
Grace Babbs Lead guitarist and vocalist for indie-folk band Annie Oakley, Grace Babb hails from Oklahoma City. For the past four years she has studied journalism and film, fitting gigs in between school and work. Working at Girls Rock Camp in Oklahoma City has been the highlight of her summer for the past three years.
Jacqueline (Jackie) was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto majoring in Communications with minors in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies. She has worked at various summer camps and educational institutions since she graduated from university. She is a self-taught guitarist who found herself playing in a band professionally, performing live on a major Canadian TV morning show, as well as a major music festival in Toronto. Her instrument of choice these days is the bass guitar; she loves everything about it and continues to learn as much as she possibly can from other musicians. When she is not playing in hobby bands, she loves going to the gym, traveling, going for walks on the beach, and cuddling with her two cats, Jean-Luc and Leo. Jackie was a volunteer at Girls Rock Camp Toronto and she is very excited to be volunteering with the GRSB team this summer
Kate Anderson is an officer in the Army and flies Blackhawk helicopters. She's a singer-songwriter and fronts the band Winter Grain. She taught self defense at Salt Lake's first rock camp and has helped at Los Angeles rock camp as well.
Lynzi Stringer, from Indianapolis, Indiana, is a singer, songwriter, journalist, music producer and dabbles in photography.She loves to travel, stargaze, and eat vegan food. She taught voice at Girls Rock! Indy in 2017, and is very excited to be in SB this summer!
Marley Ferguson is a multi-instrumentalist and producer of electronic music who has been recording and writing songs since she was 11. She plays bass, synths, drum machines and guitar. Her most recent music project, PARTS, is a two piece electronic girl band signed to Indiana based label Winspear. PARTS toured the West coast last spring and was featured on music blogs such as Gorilla vs. Bear and The Le Sigh. She has been working as a guitar teacher for 6 years and is graduating from Berkelee College of Music this year with a bachelors degree in Music Production!
Meg Harnum- Bio coming soon
Megan McLaughlin is a musician from Newfoundland, Canada. She's been playing guitar for over fifteen years and playing in bands for over ten. Megan's been instructing electric guitar and band coaching at Girls Rock NL since their debut in 2016, and is so excited to be joining Girls Rock SB this summer!
Moe Laverty is a Toronto based photographer and drummer who loves da blues. She loves travelling and being on her bike. Oh and don’t forget food, she LOVES food. She has been a drum instructor, band mentor and photographer at RC4G Peterborough for at least 7 years and recently at Girls Rock Camp Toronto. She has played in several bands including 2 all female bands. Happiest behind a drum kit, she loves connecting
with people through music.
Rosella Hi, I'm the founder of Girls Rock Dublin and also a live sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist with a soft spot for building pedal effects. Throughout my 15+ year career in music, kicked off with a MA in Music Management, Marketing and Promotion completed in Italy (my home country), I've worked internationally in music event production, tour booking and management (with a small booking agency that I started myself), and music journalism (I've interviewed 200+ bands for top Italian music magazines). I moved to Ireland eleven years ago and here I worked in Google up until last year, while keeping my music projects going in my spare time. I've led Sofar Sounds Dublin for a couple of years (Sofar Sounds is a global community that puts on secret gigs in unusual locations like apartments or shops). My biggest inspiration is kick-ass guitar player and feminist Ani DiFranco, and when I was still active as a journalist/writer, I wrote her Italian biography. Currently I play bass in feminist queer trio Fierce Mild and guitar in the 18 piece electric guitar orchestra accompanying The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock.
Sarah Green Bio Coming Soon
Secily Anderson was a co-founder of Salt Lake Rock n Roll Camp for Girls. She is starting up Provo's first camp for 2019. From Portland to LA she's now been involved in five camps (six by the time she's in Ojai). As a guitarist she loves pop and folk which shows in her two most recent projects, Sonnei and Winter Grain.
Liliana Johnston - 16 is a sophomore at Santa Barbara High School. She enjoys playing guitar and ukulele, acting, singing, dancing, baking, and social justice. She has been learning/playing guitar for three years and enjoys it as much as ever. She just finished her fifth production with SBHS Theatre Company, Bullets Over Broadway, which closed on May 7th. Liliana has been singing since she was a todler, whether it be for musical theatre, or with her community’s group, The Chumash Coastal Family Singers. She is currently attempting to turn her Instagram into a social justice blog. She enjoys listening to music of all genres (except country), riding her bike, playing with her cat, Fiona, and spending time with her friends.
Noa Sperber is a 17 year old who studies at Pierce College in LA, when not writing books, recording podcasts, playing keys, finishing an EP, running a media analysis blog, trying to act cool, and working at Girls Rock.
I'm Valerie Mendoza, I'm 18 years old and I'm from a super small town that you've probably never heard of. I absolutely love Girls Rock. I've experienced camp on both sides, first being an "Adult-Type Figure", than being a camper and both were amazing experiences. I've been playing Ukulele since late 2016, and have been into Photography and Multimedia Art/Graphic Design for since 2014. I also have been a volunteer Cheer coach for middle schoolers since I was 15 because I was a Cheerleader for six years, and I love working with kids