Staff ‘n’ Board of Directors
Kristi Balzer – Executive Director
Kristi Balzer is an award winning non-profit executive, whose been known to run half marathons, coordinate weddings, sing karaoke, figure model, herd cattle, and snorkel in Bali. In addition to these adventures, Kristi holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from San Diego State University and spent 10 years working in politics as a campaign manager, lobbyist, and elected official. Most recently she has been the Executive Director for the Point San Luis Lighthouse, a non-profit historic park on the central Coast of CA, where she developed a year round tour and events program which brings over 10,000 people annually to the historic site.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest she moved to California with her family in 1990, making her way from Los Angeles to San Diego, and north again to the Central Coast. Coming back to her home turf in the fall of 2015 she joined Rock Camp the following spring and feels super lucky to be a part of the magic of the original Rock Camp!
Caley Murray – Program Manager
Caley Murray is a local musician and activist with years of experience volunteering and working with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls as a drum instructor, band manager, and now a program manager for the organization. She played trumpet throughout secondary school and is a self-taught drummer and closet diva that has been playing in various bands and projects since high school. From 2009-2012 she played drums in an all-female indie rock band in Portland called The Crossettes. In 2014 she debuted her vocal stylings as Sprocket in the locally written and produced production of Homomentum The Musical. Her current projects include playing drums in your mom’s favorite Heart cover band, Hearton, and she is also the drummer for the local indie band Breakup Flowers. She has also made a few appearances as “Ukulele Caley” at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls summer camp where she is credited for writing the new Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls PDX theme song “Girls Rock” in 2014.
Board of Directors
Joseph Callahan – Board Chair
Joseph Callahan is a programmer and consultant working in the optical manufacturing industry. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, he studied music theory and composition at Haverford College and moved to Portland in 2001, the year Rock Camp was founded. He’s a commuter cyclist and an amateur musician playing various instruments in several local bands. He joined the Camp’s board in April 2017, galvanized by the urgency of the fight against pervasive societal misogyny. He believes that the Camp and similar organizations are vitally important as transformers and creators of a culture in which young women are free to imagine and create the lives they want.
Jenny is an activist, lawyer, musician, teacher, and founding president of XRAY.fm. She once played a show on a boat in Rotterdam. Music is her one true love and she joined the Rock Camp board to help support the next generation of musicians.
Karmen Olson – Board President
Karmen Olson is a Food & Beverage strategist with a passion for music. Though not a musician herself, Karmen is the self-described #1 Fan of Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls and is most proud of Rock Camp’s work to encourage campers to speak up and create positive social change. Karmen first volunteered at Rock Camp in 2013 and joined the Board of Directors in 2016. Now Board President, Karmen’s leadership helped the organization launch a new brand identity, formalize a strategic plan, and initiated the Rock Camp Advisory Board.
Jennifer Stefanik – Volunteer Liaison
Jen Stefanick has been the drummer in many bands here in Portland and a co-founding member and the first female in The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers. Jen has volunteered with Rock Camp for several years and is excited to serve on the board as Volunteer Liaison. Like many women today she wished there had been a music camp for girls that provided a fun, fearless and supportive environment like Rock Camp when she was young. Jen is now grateful to be able to contribute to Rock Camps mission to fully support self-expression and building self-confidence through art, music and creativity. We can do it all at Rock Camp!!!