Girls Rock Camp Alliance

MEET THE GRCA BOARD


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.  


Seyi Amosu

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(she/her) is a PHD candidate in counseling psychology from the Atlanta area. She loves therapy and zine making because they are both rooted in storytelling. As a counselor, she believes that people are not problems and works with them to notice patterns and undo systemic harm. She finds trauma work the most rewarding and primarily works with teens and emerging adults. Seyi is a board member from Girls Rock Carbondale where her primary roles have been coordinating workshops and volunteer recruitment/retention. Her greatest joy in the GRCA world (and beyond) is working with young people. In her work with Girls Rock Carbondale, she facilitates workshops on consent, power/privilege, media literacy, and zine making. Seyi is also a member of the POC Caucus and has worked throughout the last year to keep conversations from last years conference in bloom. She did the design work for the 2019 POC Caucus zine and is excited to see where the space we hold for one another will take us in the next year. She also loves teaching, most recently Psychology of Gender. Seyi was a founding member of a monthly-meeting in Athens, GA known as The Klatch. This discussion group for gender- marginalized folks rose out of a desire to connect voices from oppressed communities and in doing so create solidarity. Seyi is also the co-editor of Spellbook a collective zine and diary with a fellow GRCA organizer. In her work and writing, she pulls from her experiences as a Nigerian American and an immigrant sitting at the intersections of many identities. She loves lipstick, her hair, talking about pop culture (EXCEPT music), color-coding and organization and home decor. She makes a hobby of cultivating many hobbies as a ceramicist, small metalworker, candlemaker, seamstress and cook. She is an unapologetic Capricorn sun, stubborn Taurus moon and an extra Libra rising.


Prosper Hedges

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is a writer and organizer from Atlanta, Georgia in the US who now lives in Chicago, Illinois. They work in abortion access and in the food service industry and are passionate about cross-movement collaboration, especially in the Global South!, poetry and friendship (duh!). They served as Communications Director and later co-chair with Magnolia Fund, a then-member of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), and served as Magnolia Fund’s delegate in regional organizing with NNAF’s Southern Funds Cohort. They helped sunset Magnolia Fund and redistributed its resources to a sister fund in the Southern United States during their time as a member of the freshman cohort of NNAF’s Movement Makers Leadership Development program and remain dedicated to the interconnected work of their co-conspirators in Movement Makers and across the many communities NNAF members survive and thrive. 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.


Brooke Harris

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Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Brooke has spent most of her career as an educator: from after-school programs to teaching middle and high school English to a brief stint in student affairs at her alma mater. She now works as a Detroit Action Strategist with ioby, where she supports local leaders crowd-resource projects to make their neighborhoods better. She completed her undergraduate studies in English and secondary teacher certification at the University of Michigan and received a master’s degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College. Brooke first experienced community organizing and positive change working with grassroots education activists. With her sister, she co-founded Hollaback! Detroit, a local branch of an international organization dedicated to ending street harassment and is also a board member and volunteer for Girls Rock Detroit. When not working or volunteering, she can be found snuggling with her three large rescue dogs, reading, or binging something on Netflix.


Lana Welchman

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is one of the founders of Yukon Girls Rock Camp who brought the idea of increasing the number of girls in music through the rock camp model to the Dawson City Music Festival in 2014. Primarily a self-taught musician, Lana sings, plays guitar, drums, bass, & keyboards and can be seen playing shows around Dawson City, Yukon with WhoaBear! – a band formed with her sister in 2012. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Lana now calls Dawson City, in Tro’ndëk Hwech’in traditional territory, home. When not ‘rock campin’, Lana is an Exercise Therapist and Therapy Aid at a Seniors' Home.


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.


Sabrina Sierra

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Sabrina was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a very multicultural and musical family. Initially, she got involved with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp as an Instrument Instructor and Band Coach and then served on staff as the Program and Volunteer Coordinator for a few years. She has a BA in Community Studies with an emphasis in Politics of Culture and is currently working on an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology, approaching work in this field from decolonial & queer perspectives. Previously, Sabrina worked in community radio, was a core organizing member of the West Oakland art space LoBot Gallery, and has also worked with organizations focusing on media literacy, body image, self-esteem, and social and emotional learning for youth. In her spare time, she volunteers as a crisis line counselor, propagates succulents, and works on a handful of musical projects.


Flávia Biggs

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is a brazilian sociologist, professor, militant feminist, lecturer on social movements, women studies, gender and education. Cultural Producer and Guitarist plays and sings in the band THE BIGGS for over 20 years! Professor of Sociology, for more than 15 years now, at the State Center for Youth and Adult Education in Sorocaba. She is the idealizer of the VIVA GIRLS Project - Focused on girls between the ages of 11 and 17 promoting socio-cultural experiences empowering girls in social vulnerability situations. Which was recognized by UNICEF in the Good Practices Notebook to guarantee gender equality, as a innovative initiative on girls empowerment. Director and Founder of GIRLS ROCK CAMP BRASIL, since 2013. She volunteered at the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls - Portland (OR) for the first time in 2005 as guitar instructor and band producer, while “Girls Rock - The movie” documentary was being filmed, and came back in 2008 twice for more sessions of Portland GRC. Flavia is also the founder and coordinator of SOROCABA WOMEN ART SHOW, which since 2011 has sought to promote and give visibility to the artists of the city in their different languages. She also produces locally the International Festival of Composers - SONORA SOROCABA and coordinates the LADIES ROCK CAMP BRASIL since 2015.


Sol Bembibre

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Bio coming soon


Sofie Søndervik Sæther

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Hi, my name is Sofie, I'm 29 years old and live in Oslo, Norway. My interest in girls rock camps started when my mom gave me a book called ”Rock n roll camp for girls” when I was about 16 and playing in my first band in the basement. I was just a bit too old for the book, but it made me aware of the amazing concept, and planted the idea of helping create a similar project in Norway. Almost ten years later I met a lot of other people with the same dream, and I was able to help start Norway’s first Girls Rock Camp. Since then the project has continued to grow both in Norway and internationally, and I feel so privileged to be able to work with it almost every day. In the board of GRCA I hope to be able to contribute with my ideas, my experience with funding, project development, design and international cooperation. I would love to be able to strengthen the links and cooperation with GRCA Europe and all the camps here, and if I get elected I can’t wait to learn from the amazing team that is the board and the committees.


Jen Stevens

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Casey Vendel

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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, bowling, or taking photographs of doors.

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.


Celina Williams

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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.

Natalia Vajda Viacava

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Bio coming soon!


Savhanna Wilson

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is a community organizer based on traditional Metis and Cree territories 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.