Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls San Diego

Empowering Girls Through Music

2017 rock camp team

2018 girls rock camp team

paige miller

Rockin' Board Member

Paige is a drummer and percussionist who is also a self-professed nerd. She started playing drums and piano at age 4, and has since added guitar, bass, and numerous percussion instruments to the list over the years. After studying History at the University of Mary Washington in her home state of Virginia, Paige went on to complete her certification in drumming from Berklee College of Music. Ever the student, Paige is continuing her education in music at Berklee College of Music in their online bachelor’s program. Spending the first 10 years of her professional life as first responder, she continued to study, play, and teaching music all over the Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. Funk, Rock, and Jazz are her specialities and she loves to play for musical theater.

​After meeting the amazing Melissa Grove at one of these events, Paige flew to San Diego to take part in the first Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego in 2016 and has been involved with the camp as an instructor and mentor ever since. She has since moved to San Diego and continues to teach and play music in local bands and for many empowering local female artists. You can find her around town playing at any of San Diego’s amazing music venues with them, or just chilling at home with her cat Magic, watching sports, and reading sci-fi books. 

emma byrd

Rockin' Board Member

Emma is a board certified music therapist, singer-songwriter, and co-founder of The Courage to Create, a program which aims to empower women and girls through music.  After receiving her bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in Music Therapy, she moved to San Diego to pursue her career and dig into her music. Emma's work focuses on creating space and opportunities for every individual to explore, discover and amplify their inner voices. She has been involved in Rock N'Roll Camp for Girls SD since 2016 as a keys instructor, guitar instructor and band coach.  Emma is currently working on her Masters in Music Therapy and can be found either studying in a coffee shop or playing her original music for yoga classes around San Diego.

KIM ARNETT

Accounting

​Mom of two 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.


Sandy Haasis - Program Manager
Abby Dorsey - Community Engagement
Emma Byrd - Gear & Instruction Guru
Gina Smigel - Brand Specialist
Ginne - Grant Seeker of Goodness
Jillian Anderson - Program Development
Kinnie Dye - Program Development
Krista Neilson - Graphic Design
Lori Sokolowski - Program Development


Meghan Lowery - Volunteer Coordinator
Melissa Grove - Connector

Paige Miller - Gear Guru
Sarah Milan - Program Development
Sharisse Coulter - Photographer
Tehya Foussat - Communications & Marketing
Veronica May - Program Development
Yasmine Kasem - Program Development

2016 rock camp team

ginne meyers

Rockin' Board Member

The only thing Ginne likes more than spreadsheets, efficiency and organization is music! Ginne’s background is in program and event management.  She spent 7 years helping run jazz festivals in Cleveland and Detroit, then moved to Chicago to work in program management at Northwestern University.  At the end of 2018, after too many years in the snow, Ginne and her dog, Penny, headed west to settle down in sunny San Diego.  She is now the Director of Operations for Guitars in the Classroom and couldn’t be happier to be back in music.  When she is not working or volunteering, she loves to see live music and watch sunset at the beach with Penny.  Ginne has found all of the women and girls at Rock Camp to be so inspiring and empowering that she plans to finally overcome her stage fright and participate in the next Ladies Camp!  She considers herself very lucky to be involved with this amazing organization!

thank you to our 
​2019 Ladies rock camp team!

Sandy Haasis

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.

advisory committee

2018

Angela Cutrone - Musician, Drum Instructor
​Ben Varela - Production
Bonnie Davison - Community Outreach
Candace Mraz - Fund Development
Christina Mraz - Health & Nutrition

Christine Mathias - Musician

Gina Smigel - Elevate Printing Solutions
​Jay Sheehan, Cue One Productions
Kim Arnett - Finance and Accounting

Kinnie Dye - Musician
​​Krista Nielsen - Graphic Designer
​Leah Robbins - Clinical Psychologist
Laura Aparicio - Student Services Manager

Liz Wilson - Health & Nutrition
Miki Vale - Programming
​Nicole Walters - Legal, Community Outreach
​Paige Miller - Musician, Drum Instructor
Sharisse Coulter - Photographer/Videographer
​Tara Graviss - Community Connector
​Tehya Foussat - Community Outreach

​Tom Mason - Sound Engineer & Musician

2018 ladies rock camp team

Kinnie dye

Rockin' Board Member

Kinnie found her way to San Diego via New York City. There, she toured nationally with several Broadway productions including Beauty and the Beast and Seussical the Musical. After traveling around the country for 5 years, she retired from the world of Broadway and started singing backup vocals for a friend. She has been a professional, touring musician since 2010 and crossed the country more times than she can count. In the Spring of 2018, she finally made her way up the Pacific Coast Highway for her first West Coast tour. Traveling and singing has been a passionate way of life for Kinnie in spreading her music to new ears and new places.

In 2016, Kinnie was introduced to Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls. She had no idea what she was walking into, and couldn’t foresee the major impact it would have on her life. From coaching vocalists to leading bands to running sound for camp, Kinnie is hands on and ready to dive deeper into this program with each passing year.    

advisory committee

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

Meghan O'Brien Lowery

Rockin' Board Member

Meghan O’Brien Lowery is a Director at The Greenbaum Foundation in San Diego, California. Meghan has spent the last seven years working in the philanthropic and non-profit space. She focuses on animal and human rights and the intersectionality of where these issues often collide and create an immense amount of suffering around the globe. Meghan previously worked in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya leading a team of 250 staff to support the largest slum in Africa by providing a suite of holistic social services. She has a passion for empowering her colleagues, staff and youth around the world with finding their voice and creating a narrative. Meghan’s work  at the Borough of Manhattan Community College allowed her six years to tailor a public speaking curriculum that she now uses to help others create their two-minute elevator speech.

Meghan is a warrior for the marginalized, plant-based, a hot-yoga addict and is always laughing at the numerous blessings in her life. Her work on the non-profit and philanthropic side gives her an interesting approach to philanthropy and fundraising. Meghan holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and a MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. “The more suffering, I witness, the more my heart grows."

Alicia saake

Treasurer

Alicia Saake is a native San Diegan and Chief Operating Officer at Feeding San Diego. Alicia graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a degree in philosophy. When not working to solve hunger, Alicia spends time with her pup, Shiner, makes music with her friends, trains for Ironman races with her husband, and learns new things. Alicia started taking piano lessons in second grade and grew up singing and dancing around the house with her three siblings. She wishes she could have attended Rock and Roll Camp for Girls San Diego as a girl, but looks forward each year to camp and sharing her love of music, and the leadership and collaboration skills we build while making music with our band.

abby dorsey

Secretary

​Abby Dorsey has been a fan of both summer camp AND performing since she rocked the role of Sandy in Grease at sleep away camp at age 11! Since then, she has won four San Diego Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist and Album, hosted an open-mic geared towards lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women, and co- written songs for Grammy Award winning artists. In 2017, she joined the team of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego as a volunteer and quickly realized that she’d found a new passion project.

“It is beyond incredible to witness what these girls are capable of achieving in just one week’s time,” explains Abby. “Sure, there are challenges throughout the week, and emotions can run high, but nothing compares to seeing each girl rock the stage at our Rock Camp Showcase. The smiling faces alone have enough power to light the stage!”

Abby lives in North Park, San Diego, with her wife Kelly and daughter Skylar – who can’t wait to be old enough to attend Rock Camp herself. One, two, three...ROCK! 

Programming Team

2019

thank you to our 
​2019 girls rock camp team!

amy day

Rockin' Board Member

Amy Day works as a law professor at California Western School of Law, where she teaches legal writing, advises the Military Veterans’ Legal Society, and periodically teaches human rights courses in various study abroad programs.  Prior to joining the faculty at Cal Western, Amy practiced law in Washington, DC.  When she isn’t teaching or taking care of her three school-aged boys and adult husband, Amy sings, plays piano, writes music, dreams of composing a musical about Ireland’s Great Famine, and performs regularly with several San Diego-based bands: Shepherd Canyon, a five-piece America band, and The Spiritual Motels, an indie folk duo.  Amy taught for the first time at Rock and Roll Camp for Girls San Diego in the summer of 2019, working with piano students each morning, coaching bands each afternoon, and surviving on a steady stream of peanut butter pretzels in between.  Amy earned bachelors degrees in political science and journalism from Boston University, and earned her law degree at Georgetown University.  

advisory committee

2017

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
​Krista Nielsen - Graphic Designer
​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

Melissa grove

Founder & President


For the past 11 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!”

lori sokolowski

Rockin' Board Member

Lori has worked in arts education with students in kindergarten up through retirement all while playing drums, guitar, or bass in several San Diego bands. She believes that the arts, whether visual or performing, help empower people of all ages to communicate better, have more compassion, confidence, and creativity. While studying nonprofit management, Lori began researching Girls Rock Camp Alliance and knew that she would become involved one day. Currently a full-time high school photography teacher, she volunteered over her summer break with Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego and can’t wait for next year!