Chris Chacko (Office Manager and Bookkeeper): Originally from Baltimore, Chris moved to Philadelphia after earning her BBA in Accounting from Loyola University in Maryland. Since then, she has achieved her CPA certification in Pennsylvania, completed her MPhil in Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin, and held senior accounting and auditing positions at Deloitte and Touche, PECO, and Five Below. When not lending her financial skills to various Philadelphia-based organizations, Chris loves to play music with her band. Chris came to GRP in 2012 as a Ladies Rock camper, and since then has loved being involved in all things Girls Rock Philly!
Diane Foglizzo (Program Director): Diane is the Program Director at Girls Rock Philly and has been active in the international Girls Rock movement for over 7 years. She is currently the President/Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an alliance of over 40 girls rock camps from all over the world. After graduating from high school outside of Philadelphia, Diane lived in Washington, DC for 9 years, where she was involved in different projects including helping to found Girls Rock! DC in 2007. She also worked as a union organizer and spent two years as a political analyst/lobbyist for the Prometheus Radio Project, working to successfully pass federal legislation expanding access to community radio. Diane is currently on break from being a student at CCP, working towards a degree in ASL/English Interpreting. She plays in a band called Trophy Wife and organizes with the statewide organization, Decarcerate PA.
Brielle Talarico (Fundraising Coordinator) first joined Girls Rock Philly during 2012’s summer camp, where she had an amazing volunteer experience and fell in love with the organization. She jumped at the chance to become GRP’s very first Fundraising Coordinator, and since starting in March 2013 has loved being able to help our participants to realize more radical realities. Brielle graduated from Rutgers University in 2006 with a BA in Communication, after which she spent time living abroad and eventually teaching English in rural France. In 2010 she found herself back in Philadelphia, where Brielle worked as the Outreach Coordinator for Philly Car Share. Brielle enjoys volunteering for community organizations like Books Through Bars and The Bicycle Coalition, playing softball with the Oregon Avenue Octopi, coaching youth soccer in Clark Park, biking around Philly, walking local dogs, and creating new sounds and jamming with her friends. She has been passionate about learning drums since she picked up a pair of sticks at LRC spring 2013, and looks forward to inviting you to her next performance soon!
Dorie Byrne, Cheshire Agusta, Shanta Bristow, Alison Altman and Candice Johnson are our after school instructors. Combining their extensive volunteer experience at GRP with their strong education and music backgrounds makes them an invaluable program staff cohort.
Cheshire Agusta has been GRP’s resident drum instructor. She comes to GRP with boundless enthusiasm and a BA from Bryn Mawr College in music history and composition, graduate work at Lowell University in the Kodaly method of teaching music to children, fifteen years experience teaching both privately and at Philadelphia community music conservatories and rock schools. She has been the set drummer for bands of various styles and her current band, Stinking Lizaveta has been writing, recording and touring US and Europe for twenty years.
Alison Altman is a guitar and bass instructor for ages 9-18 at the GRP after school program. She is thrilled to bring her own musical experiences, both past and present, into an important environment for GRP’s participants. She is also excited to see what comes next and to keep learning with this incredible crew.
Shanta Bristow is the guitar instructor at GRP. She says, “Im excited to say that I play a few instruments: Steel guitar, lead guitar, and a little of the keyboard. Overall love, learning, eating food and having fun is key to my life! The girls learn really fast and can play so good on their instruments. It’s amazing… Hands up and down, I wish there were programs like Girls Rock Philly when I was younger. They get ten stars from me.”
Dorie Byrne began volunteering at Girls Rock Philly in 2010 as an instrument instructor, and joined both the board and the staff in September 2012. She has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami. Dorie runs a dog-walking business and teaches piano and voice lessons when she’s not working at the Girls Rock after-school program. She enjoys composing live scores for theatrical performances and plays accordion in the band Upholstery.
Candice Johnson started volunteering with GRP in summer of 2013 and is now the Barracuda Club Coordinator. After graduating from Rutgers University, Candy taught English in France and worked in Student Services at the English Language Programs at Penn. In addition, Candy has been organizing shows with Permanent Wave Philly since 2012 and currently plays guitar and bass in local bands Bike Crash and Mermaid Parade.