Nicole Lagace, Treasurer
Juanita Montes de Oca
Roz Raskin, Secretary
Darlene Reina, Co-Chair
Jen Walker, Co-Chair
Hilary Jones, Executive Director
Hilary Jones (she/her) has been the Executive Director of Girls Rock! Rhode Island since 2009. Hilary has taught Psychology & Gender Studies courses at the University of Rhode Island, where she received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Science Psychology in 2008. She also spent time as Research & Education Specialist at Day One and as Violence Prevention Coordinator at the Rhode Island Department of Health, where she focused on sexual violence prevention. Hilary is a feminist and musician who values education and social justice. She has played guitar and bass in bands since 1996, including in Providence bands Wet Paint, Arcing, and Sweetthieves.
Rikki Davis, Program + Operations Co-Coordinator
Rikki Davis (they/them or she/her) was a vocal instructor and band coach with Girls Rock! RI for two years before joining the administrative team. They have made use of their bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Art History and Gender Studies working for music festivals, campaigns, art galleries, and museums in Boston and Maine before their most recent position as program director at Slater Mill. Rikki trained in classical voice for 10 years before leaving the opera world in favor of Rock, Jazz, and Pop. They are currently the vocalist and bassist in the band Top Sugar. As a professional, Rikki is passionate about collaborative leadership, and approaching administration and programming through an anti-oppression lens. In their free time, Rikki is a skater with Providence Roller Derby under the alter ego, RetroRocket.
Denise Mathews-Reidpath, Program + Operations Co-Coordinator
Denise (she/her) is a bilingual educator who fiercely advocates for youth. She has a strong administrative background and experience as a Spanish interpreter/translator and has used her skills in roles within schools in Providence and Central Falls, the RI Disability Law Center, and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. Denise is also a community yoga instructor who has volunteered teaching yoga and participating in body image workshops at Girls Rock Camps and Ladies Rock Camps with a focus on intersectionality, body positivity and restorative healing practices. Denise is a Latinx feminista who loves tacos and flan. She is a self-taught vocalist who dabbles in the harmonica and ukulele with her band Tall and has diverse musical influences from Selena and Buffy Sainte Marie to the Grateful Dead.
Courtney Brown, (she/her) Professional Development Coordinator / Bonner Fellow
Aileen Feliz, (they/them) Youth Outreach Coordinator / Met Intern
Rosie Gripton: Ukulele, Youth and Adult Guitar
Rosie (she/her) is a Canadian musician and artist currently residing in Providence, Rhode Island. Her creative pursuits lie at the intersections of punk-rock feminism, D.I.Y, social justice and living everyday with joie de vivre. As an instructor she seeks help her students develop a great breadth of tools to use to express their musical selves. She instructs music in an inclusive, friendly, and comfortable atmosphere to students from all walks of life, focusing on each student’s individual goals and creative visions.
Lucy (she/her) has been involved with GirlsRock! RI for over 4 years. Since beginning, she has been a camper, GRIT, VIT and drum instructor at camp! She began drumming the very first time she participated in Girls Rock Camp. She believes that drumming opens up new pathways to understanding music, and acts as a gateway to learning other instruments as well. She hopes to aid her students in developing their skills, and guiding them with her personal experience to become fully-fledged drummers.
Jacqueline James: Youth and Adult Keyboard
Jacqui (she/her) is a musician from Rhode Island with a background in multiple genres and styles of music. Whether she is writing in a classical style or for her punk band, it is always through a feminist lens with a focus towards LGBTQIA+ issues. As a trans woman who has the energy and privilege to be out spoken, she uses her creative platform to try and challenge cis-centric society views. She teaches using accessible language and takes the approach that anyone can learn how to play an instrument.
Ash Russell: Youth and Adult Bass
Ash (she/her) is multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator living and working in Providence since 2016. She is involved in several local projects including the What Cheer? Brigade, Martha Martha Martha and Wolf’s Milk. She began volunteering with Girls Rock! at the first drop-in sessions in 2016, then at the camps, and finally began teaching group bass guitar lessons. She is excited to have the opportunity to help people express themselves. As an instructor, she tries to make the most positive and non-judgemental environment possible.
Reba Mitchell (she/her) is a musician, emcee, audiobook narrator and Providence personality who has been working with Girls Rock RI! Since it was founded nearly ten years ago. She has taught at countless Girls Rock and Ladies Rock Camps, and is a returning instructor for Group Lessons this year. Reba has wide array of experience, having studied music, literature and gender studies at Rhode Island College. She is a master with pedals, an empowering mentor, a beloved instructor, and a force to be reckoned with.
Rachel Blumberg: Adult Drums
Rachel Blumberg loves to let people know that she’s been volunteering for Girls Rock! since 2001, teaching drums at that very first camp that ran in Portland, Oregon (called Rock n’ Roll Camp For Girls), which led to the proliferation of Girls Rock camps all over the country and the world. She was so very psyched to find Girls Rock! Rhode Island when she moved here six years ago and she has been teaching and volunteering for this amazing organization since then. Rachel loves teaching and has a deep belief in the power of music to lead people towards self-expression, exploration of self, a deep sense of community, and social change. Rachel‘s been teaching drums and music for 25 years, both privately and in schools and non-profits. As a professional musician she has played, recorded and toured all over the world with many widely acclaimed artists including The Decemberists, M.Ward, Bright Eyes, Califone, Laura Gibson, Mirah, Tara Jane O’Neil, Michael Hurley, Sam Beam (Iron and Wine), The Huntress and Holder of Hands, and Death Vessel, as well as composing music for and working on many of her own projects and recordings. Rachel is also an accomplished visual artist and animator/filmmaker. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she now resides in coastal Rhode Island.