Diane Foglizzo (Program Director): Diane is the Program Director at Girls Rock Philly and has been active in the international Girls Rock movement for almost 5 years. She is currently the President/Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an alliance of over 40 rock camps from all over the world. In addition, she is a student at CCP, working towards a degree in ASL/English Interpreting. 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. It is also in DC that she met and developed a deep friendship with Katy, with whom she plays in a band called ‘Trophy Wife’. She also organizes with the statewide organization, Decarcerate PA.
Laura Reeve (Program Assistant): Laura was both a workshop leader and intern at Girls Rock Philly before joining the staff this Fall to help launch GRP’s Endless (Donna) Summer campaign and run Barracuda Club. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Laura moved to Philadelphia to attend Bryn Mawr College where she is currently finishing her BA in English and Creative Writing. Laura is an avid writer and zinester; she is currently working on a zine about identity, race, and music.
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 and held senior accounting and auditing positions at Deloitte and Touche, PECO, and Five Below. Chris recently spent a year living in Ireland, and wishes she could have taken more time to traipse about the country with her acoustic guitar. Most of her time there was devoted to completing a Masters in Philosophy at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, where her dissertation explored the involvement of religious institutions and secular musicians in social justice. Chris put her guitar skills to the test when she did Ladies Rock Camp in spring 2012, and since then has loved being involved in all things Girls Rock Philly!
The Executive Board
Aimée Miller (Development Coordinator; Board Chair): Aimée is a founding Board member of Girls Rock Philly and serves as GRP’s Development Coordinator. She is Senior Vice President and a partner at Fairmount Ventures, a Philadelphia consulting firm that supports nonprofits through planning, program design and fundraising services. While her only onstage musical experience remains a brief stint as a soloist in the 4th grade choir, Aimée’s pursued her lifelong love of both music and writing through past careers as a rock critic and a public radio staffer. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she attended the Annenberg School for Communication. Aimee lives in South Philly and swears she’s going to learn to play that guitar gathering dust in her basement one of these days.
Michelle Freeman (Events Director; Board Secretary): With an ongoing love for her native Philadelphia region, Michelle has been working in marketing and events since she was in high school. Promoting concerts and handling flyer distribution projects as a teen, she eventually headed to Drexel University and received a degree in Corporate Communications while simultaneously working to establish and grow the non-profit organization, Campus Philly. She worked in various positions at Campus Philly where she produced Campus Philly College Day (formerly known as Campus Philly Kick-Off) and served as Senior Manager for Events and Media Programs. More recently, Michelle has been operating her own agency, Michelle A. Freeman Marketing & Events. Amongst other things, she implements marketing programs for the City Reps Office, co-produces Philly Swap, and serves as a board member at Young Involved Philadelphia and Spiral Q Puppet Theater. Michelle started DJing in college (under the name DJ Teriyaki). As a Girls Rock Philly board member, she helped coordinate Ladies Rock Camp in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, she also participated in camp and played keyboard/vocals in Thee Glitterbombs.
Ashley Feuer-Edwards (Treasurer): Ashley is the Director of Member Services for Delaware Valley Grantmakers, a regional member association for the philanthropic community. Prior to this, she worked with JEVS Human Services as a Business Development Specialist and spent several years as a Project and Business Development Manager at Econsult Corporation, a regional economic consulting firm. Ashley has also held positions with the School District of Philadelphia (Office of Development), Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. Ashley earned a Master of Government Administration degree from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds Bachelors Degrees in Sociology and Advertising from Penn State University (Phi Beta Kappa). She recently completed Young Involved Philadelphia’s Nonprofit Board Prep Program and in addition to her work on the Girls Rock Philly board serves on the East Falls Development Corporation’s Real Estate Committee.
Dorie Byrne (Outreach Coordinator): Dorie began volunteering at Girls Rock Philly in 2010 as an 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.
Michele Grant, Esq. (Governance Committee): Michele is an attorney in private practice in Philadelphia who focuses her practice on serving the general legal needs of authors, filmmakers, performers, and other creative artists. She also provides entrepreneurship and legal counseling for non-profit organizations. Michele played bass guitar for her high school jazz band and currently serves on the GRP board’s Governance Committee. She lives in Center City with her daughter, who loves spending a week every summer at GRP’s Girls Rock Camp.
Laura Heaphy (Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator, Governance Committee): Laura is currently pursuing an MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Laura holds a Bachelor of Commerce, First Class Honors, from Queen’s University. She has experience in finance through positions with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Goldman Sachs. In addition to her involvement with Girls Rock Philly, she consults with entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia community through the Wharton Small Business Development Center and has previously volunteered in the microfinance sector. Laura is excited to bring her passions for music and female empowerment to the Girls Rock Philly Board.
Noelle Egan (Vice-Chair, Volunteer Coordinator): Noelle began volunteering with Girls Rock Philly in 2008 as the Band Art Workshop instructor, and has been a Volunteer Coordinator for GRP since 2010. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology from Rutgers University, and a Masters of Library Science from Drexel University. Noelle is currently the Electronic Resources Librarian for Drexel University Libraries, and has previously worked as a Program Worker and Director’s Assistant for Girls, Inc. In addition to the volunteer work Noelle has done with Girls Rock Philly, she has led The 215 Festival, a literary festival held annually in Philadelphia. She was also co-creator and host of a monthly Karaoke Obscura event and is the organizer of an annual fund-raising book-themed dance party, Bibliodiscotheque.
Lane DiFlavis (Education & Empowerment Committee): Lane has been an active volunteer with Girls Rock Philly since 2008 and proudly joined the Board of Directors in 2010 as their Education and Empowerment Director—implementing strategies for empowerment through mission aligning programming. Lane earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts and their Master of Social Services from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. When not rock’n and roll’n, Lane works as a Behavioral Health Consultant, providing mental health services to people living with HIV/AIDS in North Philadelphia. Lane is dedicated to ending gender-based discrimination and believes that Girls Rock Philly provides a wonderful environment for those in the margins to take up space, find their voice, and make a lot of noise. More importantly, Lane is almost always trying to form a band– so if you know anyone…
Madeline Thomas (Ladies Rock Camp Coordinator): Madeline joined the Girls Rock Philly family in 2010 as an intern and workshop instructor. She proudly worked her way up to the Board of Directors in 2011. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Rowan University. Madeline participated in Ladies Rock Camp in April 2011, and came to realize she could conquer anything that she put her mind to. In addition to her involvement with Girls Rock Philly, she writes an independent music blog called Ladybangbeat. This blog is about providing an additional platform from which to make women in music more visible. It celebrates and supports emerging female musicians’ right through to iconic artists. Madeline is currently a Program Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The Advisory Board
Kathy O’Connell: Host of Peabody-winning Kids Corner on WXPN
Yael Lehmann: Executive Director, The Food Trust
Sara Sherr: Show Booker, Music Writer
Sophy DiPinto: Co-owner, DiPinto Guitars; Musician
Tracy Levesque: Co-Ownder, Yikes! Internet Services
Claire Kuhar: Independent Accountant
Kristin Thomson: Education Coordinator, Future of Music Coalition
Jen Sperling: Clinical Teaching Fellow, Villanova University School of Law
Andy Nelson: Booker, R5 Productions
Geeta Simons: Musician, Producer at WHYY
Sarah Everton: Musician, Bleeding Rainbow
Stacie George: Senior Talent Buyer at Live Nation
Debasri Ghosh: Education & Training Coordinator, Women In Transition
Beth Warshaw-Duncan: Co-Director (Programming), The Vera Project