Girls Rock Camp Alliance

MEET THE GRCA BOARD

Prosper Hedges

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is a writer, organizer and recent transplant from the Southern United States to Chicago. For the past three years they have worked with Magnolia Fund: Southerners for Reproductive Equity, first focusing on Communications and then serving as Board Chair. The past year has been full of transformation for them through joyous participation in the National Network of Abortion Funds' inaugural Movement Makers Leadership Development Cohort, as well as their work as Communications Co-Chair for GRCA. They also co-edit a zine and co-produce a podcast with their best friend, both called Spellbook. They believe that art is powerful and resistance is magic.


Celina Williams

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Celina Williams (she/her) is a librarian, writer, and organizer in Richmond, VA. When she's not planning the next Annual Richmond Zine Fest and scheming ways to support and amplify other marginalized voices, she dabbles in poetry, printmaking, and tarot reading. She spends workdays and meetings wishing she could be hiking along rivers, playing with her kitten Howl, or sleeping. Today her favorite pie is blueberry.


Samantha Bellach

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hails from Port St. Lucie, Florida and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.  She currently volunteers for Girls Rock! Phoenix as a board member, guitar instructor and band coach.  Sam was a former camper at Rock and Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon in 2005 at the age of 17; her experience as a camper inspired her to continue to make music throughout her life as a critical expressive outlet.  She currently performs as guitarist and vocalist in a two-piece, Bitter Nasty, and works in medical technology, and has deep passion for social justice through teaching, medicine, and engineering-- particularly in inspiring, encouraging, and supporting others to push the envelope in their careers when it comes to educational, leadership, and technological development opportunities.  


Jen Stevens

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is a mixed race queer living in Charleston, South Carolina. Jen first got involved with the rock camp movement in 2013 when a friend recommended she volunteer at the Carolina Youth Action Project (formerly known as Girls Rock Charleston) summer camp. After that summer, Jen spent the next four years helping organize CYAP’s annual camp. Jen was a member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance’s Nominations Committee for 2 years prior to joining the GRCA board in 2016. During her time on the board, Jen has worked with the Communications Committee, Membership Engagement Committee, and Executive Committee.

While she spends her days working at the College of Charleston, Jen is much more interested in building an international and intersectional movement of rock camps and programs worldwide. When not organizing with the dreamy folks at the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, Jen can be found reading about the Enneagram (she’s a type 1), creating documents in Google Drive, or taking photographs of doors.


Saman Saffron

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first volunteered with Girls Rock! DC in 2012, and rock camp organizing, with a focus on supporting youth leadership, is now the joy of her life. She cares about many things, but mostly racial & gender justice, community-based education, accessibility, and liberation. Saman identifies as a queer Iranian Muslim femme of color, which means she talks about matriarchy (aka her grandmothers) all the time. She is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, currently performing with her band Honey and as a solo musician, and is always ready to discuss assimilation, enneagrams, and astrology.


Ace Canessa

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is a southern, mixed race, queer living in Jacksonville, FLA. Along with organizing Girls Rock camps for over 5 years, they work full time at JASMYN, an LGBTQ youth center as the Student Support Coordinator, and are a co- founder of Girls Rock Camp Jacksonville. They have been on the GRCA board for 4 years, in that time they have served on the executive committee, program department, and are currently on the membership committee. Ace is inspired by trans and POC resistance and is dedicated to prioritizing those voices and movements. 


Emily Robinson

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is a Richmond, Virginia transplant from East Tennessee. She is a full-time Hotline Crisis Services Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, Richmond's statewide anti-violence coalition. A co-founder of Knoxville Girls Rock Camp, she now organizes with Girls Rock! RVA in addition to serving on the GRCA board. She is currently studying towards Deep Listening certification through the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded by Pauline Oliveros. She has been playing music -- mostly experimental, heavy metal, and punk music -- for over twenty years.


Casey Vendel

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is a former Iranian refugee living in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a rock throwing human rights activist and she works for a municipality as a communications assistant and a translator. In addition to serving on the GRCA board she serves on Popkollo Stockholm’s board. When she is not engaging in political activism she likes to decorate cakes, talk to plants, workout, write and read poetry and pet animals. 


Page Chilton

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 helped found and organize Girls Rock Columbia, SC in 2013. Her full-time gig is working for the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as their Community Change and Communications Coordinator. She is also an active board member for Hoechella, a southern music festival that is for and by women, POC and LGBTQ+ identified activists and artists. She is currently the board Treasurer for the GRCA. She currently lives in a small house with 3 cats, 2 beautiful humans, 1 tender pup and a jungle of plants.


Mayra Cortez

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is based in Los Angeles. She enjoys playing music and coming up with creative ideas to enable people to create music. She is a soup enthusiast and believes that Girls Rock Camps will change the world. 


Savhanna Wilson

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is a community organizer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She works a freelance project and campaign manager, plays as a bassist and/or vocalist (sometimes both), organizes as a board member of Girls Rock Saskatoon, postulates as a co-host of the only Feminist Talk Radio programme in Saskatchewan, and carouses as a (very) regular at her local karaoke bar. She's an avid gamer and believer in magic. She's also a Capricorn, but her moon is in Leo. <3


Laura Chow Reeve

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is a queer mixed-race femme living in Jacksonville, FL. She has been working with Girls Rock camps since 2012, first as a staff member at Girls Rock Philly and then as a volunteer at Chicas Rockeras Southeast Los Angeles and Girls Rock Jacksonville. Laura served as a member of the GRCA nominations committee and as a conference track coordinator before joining the board in 2016. She is currently co-chair of the Shifting Power Committee and Executive Committee. Laura loves sharing educational resources and writing stories about ghosts.