Haley’s passion for female representation and empowerment in music began in college, where her love of Sleater-Kinney spurred her to host Odd Man Out on WUOG 90.5FM at the University of Georgia. She began volunteering for Girls Rock Camp ATL in the summer of 2012, handling photography and social media duties. Haley later taught several workshops on the history of women in music, and joined the board in 2014. When she’s not at rock camp, she is a lawyer-turned-copywriter and spends most of her time on the quest for the perfect taco and buying more books she doesn’t need.
Tristin’s dedication to furthering the mission of Girls Rock Camp is a result of various intersections in her life. She spent a lot of time behind the scenes in music as a tour manager for artists such as The Tragically Hip, Beck, Prince, and the Indigo Girls and as a local event producer in Toronto, Canada. Tristin gave up life on the road when she and her partner welcomed a future camper in 2012, and she completed graduate school with her Master of Social Work and certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2017. Tristin believes in the power of music and creativity when it comes to self expression and encourages everyone to question anyone that tells them to turn their music down.
Kristin directs Emory’s Office of Foundation relations, a role she began in August 2015. She has worked in the field of higher education, non-profit, research, and foundation relations for over fifteen years. Kristin holds a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis in Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton and pursued graduate work at San Francisco State University, prior to beginning her career in development. Kristin was first introduced to the Girls Rock organization in Durham, North Carolina where her oldest daughter participated in both Girls Rock NC’s After School programs and summer camps for five years. When her family relocated to Atlanta, she was thrilled to find out that the Girls Rock Atlanta Camp was a thriving organization. Kristin joined the GRCATL Board of Directors in Fall of 2016. Kristin considered it a privilege to be invited to join such an empowering community and to surround herself with such an amazing group of women and campers who ROCK!
Ruby Velle is a multi-passionate singer/songwriter with a focus on empowering minorities. As a front woman of Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, she channels messages for all humanity through writing and performing soul music, an interpretation of emotions that is deeply connected to her roots and diverse family history growing up in the south. Her cultural background as East Indian American woman born in Canada and now living in Atlanta has helped her to excel in leadership roles that represent minority groups, especially in this current movement to empower women to become their best selves. Ruby has been a camp guest artist, vocal coach, producer and Girls Rock Camp enthusiast since meeting Stacey Singer over 5 years ago. She continues to advocate for women musicians through her recent board of directors role with GRCATL. She wildly exclaims to every camper “DON’T BE SORRY... YOU ROCK!!!”
Emily teaches music at Montgomery Elementary School in DeKalb County. When not creating soundscapes with tiny rockstars, she sings and strums as one half of Total Babe and The Skipperdees. She tries to live each day as Dolly Parton would wish.
Ree De la Vega
Ree de la Vega started as a music and nightlife lover and became a sought-after party-starter and promoter. Over time, Ree became the unofficial nightlife concierge to the developing Atlanta music and nightlife scenes. She would effortlessly transitioned into DJ and is now one of the most sought after DJs in Atlanta. With her residencies at W Hotels, Mary's, STK, and MJQ Ree shares her love for all forms of dance music. She is a classic vinyl collector and loves crunk, funk, and disco
Jenn Downs was a band coach at the very first Girls Rock Camp ATL in 2008. She returned in 2018 as a band coach for Ladies Rock Camp and volunteered with the notorious band of Lunch Ladies (kitchen staff!) for GRCATL 2018. In 2019 she joined the GRCATL board and taught her first drum class at LRC 2019 - the beginnings of fulfilling her life mission of helping girls and women ROCK! By day, Jenn is a UX Professional working in civic tech, working on making government services better for all people. By night she plays bass, guitar, and sings in Atlanta bands The Sunset District, The Downs, and Superpill. In 2018 she participated in the Errin J. Vuley Fellowship, a leadership development program in racial, gender, and reproductive justice with Atlanta's Feminist Women's Health Center. She hopes that her training will help continue to make GRCATL a place where all cis & trans girls/women, non-binary & gender non-conforming humans, and trans boys/men feel welcome and empowered.
Elena de Soto
Elena de Soto books concerts and puts together events at the venue The Masquerade. What started as a venue internship during her time in college, quickly turned into doing what she loves full time. In an effort to diversify and give a platform to a larger array of artists, Elena started booking the festival The Wrecking Ball ATL in 2015 with her best friend and her coworker and also starting a small record label (Deep Rest Records). Despite not playing any instruments, Elena strives to empower women in music by booking them, promoting them, managing them, helping them release music, and shining the light on them that they deserve. When she isn’t doing that, she is probably at home with her instagram dog Punk Rock Milo or using her college degree and taking pictures at concerts.
Harmony McGill is a Licensed Massage Therapist and muscian. Her love of music and people inspired her lifelong commitment to sharing the joy of music through performance and education. She was born in London and grew up in Germany, the Pacific Islands and throughout the United States. Her multicultural upbriging has influenced her diverse musical projects, which range from latin jazz, southern rock, and an all-girl drum troupe. Harmony began volunteering with Girls Rock Camp ATL in 2014 as Instrument Instructor and Band Coach. She pioneered the GRC afterschool guitar club and joined the Board of Directors in 2019. She has rocked with the Girls Rock Camp foundation in cities throughout the US since 2005. Music is not just a passion, it's a way of life!