2017 Board of Directors
Haley Zapal, Chair
Haley’s passion for female representation and empowerment in music began in college, where her love of Sleater-Kinney spurred her to host Odd Man Out on WUOG 90.5FM at the University of Georgia. She began volunteering for Girls Rock Camp ATL in the summer of 2012, handling photography and social media duties. Haley later taught several workshops on the history of women in music, and joined the board in 2014. When she’s not at rock camp, she is a lawyer-turned-copywriter and spends most of her time on the quest for the perfect taco and buying more books she doesn’t need.
Tristin Chipman, Secretary
Tristin began working in the music business in Canada during her last year of university and ultimately spent 12 years on the road as a Tour Manager with artists such as The Tragically Hip, Beck, Prince, and the Indigo Girls. She moved to Atlanta when she married a local musician, and they welcomed a daughter named Cleo in 2012. Tristin will graduate from UGA with an MSW degree in May 2017 and is interested in working in adolescent and family mental health.
Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Treasurer
Sita directs the Institute for Developing Nations, a collaboration between Emory University and The Carter Center. She is dedicated to helping women and girls find their voices in support of human rights and social justice around the world. Becoming part of the GRC community inspired Sita to begin playing guitar.
Kristin directs Emory’s Office of Foundation relations, a role she began in August 2015. She has worked in the field of higher education, non-profit, research, and foundation relations for over fifteen years. Kristin holds a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis in Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton and pursued graduate work at San Francisco State University, prior to beginning her career in development. Kristin was first introduced to the Girls Rock organization in Durham, North Carolina where her oldest daughter participated in both Girls Rock NC’s After School programs and summer camps for five years. When her family relocated to Atlanta, she was thrilled to find out that the Girls Rock Atlanta Camp was a thriving organization. Kristin joined the GRCATL Board of Directors in Fall of 2016. Kristin considered it a privilege to be invited to join such an empowering community and to surround herself with such an amazing group of women and campers who ROCK!
Ruby Velle is a multi-passionate singer/songwriter with a focus on empowering minorities. As a front woman of Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, she channels messages for all humanity through writing and performing soul music, an interpretation of emotions that is deeply connected to her roots and diverse family history growing up in the south. Her cultural background as East Indian American woman born in Canada and now living in Atlanta has helped her to excel in leadership roles that represent minority groups, especially in this current movement to empower women to become their best selves. Ruby has been a camp guest artist, vocal coach, producer and Girls Rock Camp enthusiast since meeting Stacey Singer over 5 years ago. She continues to advocate for women musicians through her recent board of directors role with GRCATL. She wildly exclaims to every camper “DON’T BE SORRY… YOU ROCK!!!”