Staff and Board
Carey Fay-Horowitz, Founder & Executive Director, is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she earned a B.A. in writing and community activism while playing drums for several independent bands. Throughout high school and college, she spent summers working at the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, where she developed an understanding of the power of camp to create community. After volunteering at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon in 2006, she returned to Oakland to establish a local version of the camp, which debuted in 2008. She spent 7 years drumming for and touring with her all-female band Songs For Moms, and, in May 2014, became a mom herself to future rock camper, River.
Voula O’Grady, Development Coordinator, is a graduate of Wesleyan University’s College of Letters and is the founder of the Creative Action Project (CAP), a program for teen girls focusing on creative expression and leadership development. Voula brings a wide range of skills and experience to BAGRC, including a background in arts education, curriculum development, community outreach, and volunteer coordination. She has completed over 200 hours of youth worker training and has coordinated fundraising projects for organizations including Community United Against Violence and Spontaneous Celebrations Art Center. She is passionate about the power of the arts to create change, and sells her art, craft and design work via her Gold Dust Studio line.
Shawna Scroggins is our new Program & Outeach Coordinator. Bio coming soon!
Board of Directors
Melissa Connelly, President, is a BAGRC camper parent whose daughter gained so much from the camp that Melissa joined the board to help the camp grow and thrive. Melissa is a social worker currently working for UC Berkeley's California Social Work Education Center, planning and revising curricula for training child welfare social workers in California.
Susan Donaldson, Secretary, is a rocker and mother of a future BAGRC camper. She sings in San Francisco's The Gun & Doll Show and has toured the globe as a performer in Gogol Bordello. She proudly holds an undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Mills College and an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School, and is currently the Director of Merchandise for eco-retailer, VivaTerra.
kiran nigam is an educator, facilitator, and artist with roots in California, Michigan, Iowa and Uttar Pradesh. Politicized through the Riot Grrrl movement in the mid-90s, kiran coordinated women's empowerment festivals and organized district- and county-wide for the right to high school gay straight alliances.
After living in the Berkeley Student Co-ops, kiran worked as the Director of Education and Training for NASCO, where she facilitated workshops for housing cooperatives across the US and Canada. kiran spent three years teaching at a democratically run school, and has served on the Boards of NASCO and the US Solidarity Economy Network. She was a participant in the Cooperation Works! week-long training on the Art and Science of Cooperative Business Development. In 2010, kiran was inducted into the NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame for her contribution and commitment to cooperative education and training.
Passionate about building healthy and sustainable organizations, kiran loves facilitating organizational retreats, strategic planning sessions and longer camps and trainings that allow for deeper growth, strategizing, and skills development.
Ingrid Hu Dahl directs all Next Generation (youth) programs at Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). Formerly a program officer of youth media and editor-in-chief of Youth Media Reporter at the Academy for Educational Development, Ingrid has extensive knowledge of the youth media field as an intermediary, leading a National Youth Media Summit in 2009 and the GFEM Investing in Youth Media funder briefing. She also has a history of working with youth on the ground, launching a middle grade "Youth Create Media Project" throughout the boroughs in New York City and Newark, NJ; and, she is a founding member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (Brooklyn, NY) where she teaches girls expression/empowerment through music and collaboration. Dahl lectures nationally and internationally on youth media, gender and music, and social change. She has also taught courses at Rutgers University on imagery and culture, media and pop culture, as well as created her own course on Riot Grrrl and public speaking at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. A musician over 12 years, Dahl has toured the nation, examining the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. She is currently in the bi-coastal band RAD PONY. Dahl is a board member of Women, Action and the Media and affiliated with The Op-Ed Project.
Essence Harden is a current graduate student in the department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. Her work explores post Black Power articulations of Black masculinity through the lens of aesthetics. Along with serving on the advisory board of Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Essence is an interviewer for the literary company RADAR Productions, and volunteers throughout Berkeley and Oakland public schools.
Jillian Sandell is an associate professor of women and gender studies at San Francisco State University. Jillian's area of interest include feminist cultural studies, popular cultures of the United States (including film, visual culture, music, literature, and activism); globalization and transnationalism; and anthology studies. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled "Transnational Ways of Seeing", which analyzes the proliferation of representations of globalization in contemporary U.S. popular culture and the forms of identification and disidentification they elicit. She is working on a second project that discusses feminist anthologies, exhibitions, and other cultural forms and genres whose central organizing principle is juxtaposition.
Maisha Davis is currently a UCSF medical student completing a dual degree program in public health at UC Berkeley. Originally from Los Angeles, she spent the bulk of her formative years in the Bay area, graduating from Stanford University in 2007 with a B.A. in Human Biology. Soon after, Maisha completed her pre-medical studies at Mills College and became enamored by the East Bay; its people, its sunshine, and Oakland most of all. Before matriculating to the UCSF , she spent much of her time entrenched in policy advocacy and community engagement efforts for California Black Women’s Health Project, a not-for-profit whose mission revolves around the health promotion for Black women and girls throughout the state. It was there she was introduced to the concept of reproductive justice and its conceptualization in urban, underserved communities of color. Since that time she has been involved in academic and extracurricular endeavors that center around “urban” youth, reproductive health, and community violence. Her current interests lie in developing novel interventions which call upon elements of traditional medicine/healing practices such as drumming, mindfulness meditation, and ethnobotany in such a way as to make them more accessible to today’s urban communities. Next year, she intends to apply to residency programs in Family Medicine and hopes to be able to stay in the area for both training and practice.
Shreya D. Shah, MPH, has been providing facilitation and education experiences for more than 9 years around the States. She is the co-founder of Rhizome Consulting Project, providing social justice-based facilitation, consulting, coaching, and mediation services. Shreya is passionate about creating healing and transformative conversations and spaces with/for LGBTQ and POC communities. She graduated from Columbia University with a Masters Degree in Public Health where her work focused on the built environment & health inequities. She is the TFC Judith C. Jones Fellowship Program Co-Coordinator, helping build the leadership of trainers of color as well as part of the 2013-14 cohort of the SiOP Institute, an intergenerational, national network of women of color. Shreya has been inspired by Process Work in shaping group & individual transformations. Shreya makes heart-filled visual art and sings and dances as much as possible.
Gabby Miller, is a graduate of Berkeley High School and Reed College, where she wrote a thesis in anthropology about experimental artists in Hanoi. Working with teens at The Oxbow School in Napa, as a co-organizer at Nha San Studio, the first experimental arts space in Vietnam, and at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, she is wholly dedicated to the transformative power of the imagination wherever she goes. She served as the Program and Outreach Coordinator at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp from 2012-2014, and is excited to stay connected to BAGRC through the advisory board.
Bios coming soon
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and collaboration.