Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls San Diego
Empowering Girls Through Music
Abby Dorsey - Song-writer, Community Outreach
Allison Reed - 2015 - 2017 Board Secretary
Angela Cutrone - Musician, Drum Instructor
Ben Varela - Production
Bonnie Davison - Community Outreach
Candace Mraz - Fund Development
Christine Foussat - Community Outreach
Christine Mathias - Musician
Emma Bryd - Music Therapist, Musician
Jessica Bell - Musician, High School Teacher
Kim Arnett - Finance and Accounting
Kinnie Dye - Musician
Leah Robbins - Clinical Psychologist
Nicole Walters - Legal, Community Outreach
Sarah Carano - Finance and Accounting
Sharisse Coulter - Photographer/Videographer
Tara Graviss - Community Connector
Taylor Carlston - Community Outreach
Tehya Foussat - Community Outreach
Tom Mason - Sound Engineer & Musician
Founder & President
For the past 8 years, Melissa has been involved in a community that uses music as the foundation for improving lives and contributing to others. While watching the success of rock camps and seeing the positive results, she created a team of musicians and non-profit professionals to bring the mission of empowering girls through music to San Diego. Melissa’s background in child development allowed her to work as a youth activities coordinator on cruise ships and a Disney event coordinator and host. Her true passion for music and the performing arts inspires her to work with non-profits that encourage children to experience performance and complete self-expression.
Being a proud auntie to seven nieces and eight great nieces, Melissa feels passionate about providing young females the tools to help overcome the challenges girls face regularly.
“I believe in building a community that supports a strong identity and encourages collaboration. At Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego we encourage the girls to embrace their uniqueness and become advocates for themselves and others. We use music as the catalyst to empowerment…it’s fun and educational!”
Rockin' Board Member
Veronica May has worn many hats. She is a guitarist, pianist, drummer, choral arranger and was a Music Therapist for over a decade. Through her education as a Music Therapist, she came to realize the power of music and its ability to make a positive difference in all different populations. From Parkinson’s, to homeless, to people with special needs, to all of the girls in the world that need to feel empowered in their own right. Music is a precious resource, and she feels pride in the fact that she gets to share it.
Veronica sees the importance of this camp. As a first year mentor Veronica taught the Image and Identity workshop that was focused on being your authentic self. This workshop was the most requested workshop from the campers for future camps. Go V! Coming into it, she knew it was a camp centered around the idea of giving girls a strong voice. What she didn’t expect was to feel empowered by the girls and women on staff. She looks forward to coming up with new ways to educate and empower girls in future camps
Rockin' Board Member, Interim Secretary
Sarah is a Senior at Arizona State University online, studying Psychology with a minor in Child Development and has been working as a leader at Starbucks for 17 years. She's been in many bands playing keyboards, guitar, accordion (concertina), and most recently with a song writing group she helped create with two friends. The idea...for female musicians to get together and follow a monthly lyrical prompt and continue writing, regardless of being in a band. They have since opened the group to anyone that would like to join!
"I first heard of the Rock Camp when donating my guitar to the Portland Camp for girls in early 2000. I love the mission of creating and building a community for girls to have positive role models and empowerment through music. I truly believe that we can empower girls to recognize, understand, and respond to discrimination, along with teaching an outlet of creativity and self-respect through music."
"Music has always taught me that there is an unlimited amount of power and creativity inside yourself. The best part about having a tool to help empower yourself is that you can share it with others and have the opportunity to empower others as well. I can't imagine life without music. It connects young people in so many ways other than creativity. It creates integrity, self-worth and opens a world of diversity like no other activity can in my experience. Plus it's fun!"
2015 - 2016
Tehya Foussat - Marketing
Taylor Carlston - Fund Development
Jessica Bell - Musician, High School Teacher
Kennady Tracy - Musician, Student
Angela Cutrone - Musician, Drum Teacher
Megan Combs – Musician, Production
Veronica May - Musician, Music Therapist
Chief Financial Officer
Mom of two soon-to-be Rock n’ Roll campers, Kim has worked with nonprofits for over 15 years. She was an Executive Director, then a Fundraising Consultant, then a Grants Manager before taking on her latest challenge as Finance Manager for the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Before her nonprofit career, she worked in fixed income derivatives for Merrill Lynch PLC in London and as a management consultant for Bain & Company in Atlanta and San Francisco. Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego is grateful and honored to have Kim as a part of the team.
Vice President & Program Director
Sandy Haasis has a passion for supporting powerful programs for youth in her community. Her background includes twenty years of experience in arts education, art program development and administration. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Northern Arizona University. Sandy first experienced the power of Rock Camp as a participant in Ladies Rock LA. At Rock Camp she found a brave, safe place to try, fail, try again, and find her inner rock star. Not just on stage…in life. Now it is her turn to empower young girls and she could not be more excited to be a part of the team that created Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls to San Diego.