Girls Rock MKE is an all volunteer-run organization.
These are the folks who dedicate their time and efforts year-round!
Valeri Lucks, Co-Founder/Executive Director
Valeri has loved music since she was a little girl secretly spinning country records on her dad’s record player. When she discovered garage bands and punk rock in her formative years, she fell for music even harder. She took formal piano lessons throughout childhood and is about to start learning to play the fiddle in the hopes that someday she can be in a honky tonk band. Growing up in Chicago, her parents always told her she could be anything she wanted to be. She was raised to believe women were strong, smart and could change the world! When she’s not organizing Girls Rock Milwaukee, Valeri runs her restaurants, makes really good pie, rides her horse JJ and goes on long road trips with her dog Jess. Valeri decided to start Girls Rock Milwaukee because she believes music is one of the best ways for a girl to find out who she is and to share it with the world.
Ashley Smith, Co-Founder/Creative Director
Ashley grew up in a musical family. Her mother was always writing and singing original songs on the piano. With a little persuasion her father will croon like the best of 'em. Her brother was always playing the drums and now makes original beats while dreaming of being a producer. It's in the blood. When Ashley found the underground music scene in high school, everything changed. Music became her whole life. She sings in local bands and enjoys supporting Milwaukee's local music scene. When she isn't organizing Girls Rock Milwaukee, Ashley is involved with organizing both Hover Craft and Maker Market. She also enjoys buying and selling vintage clothing, watching horror movies with her husband, and eating pizza. Ashley wanted to help organize Girls Rock Milwaukee because there is nothing more powerful than music and nothing more inspiring than girls playing it!
Chris Luccas, Gear Director
Girls Rock Camp is an intense week of rock-n-roll fun, and it takes quite a few hands to pull it off!
THANK YOU to our 2018 Camp Volunteers - we could not have done this without you:
Addie Skillman, Amanda Huff, Amber Rae Halama, Amelie Licht, Anna Kraco, Anna Newton, Arielle Mayer, Ashlee Whitty, Ashley Smith, Ava Antonie, Ava Gessner, Bayden Fraley, Beth Felch Starke, Bethany Vannest, Betty Allen, Billie Grant, Caroline Jaecks, Caterina Vogel, Chris Luccas, Dennise Lurtsema-Chapman, Dustin Amos, Emily Buckner, Emily Kolcu, Frankie Roth, Hanna Schuricht, Hannah Pardee, Jen Janviere, Kristina Rolander, Lesley Grider, Lisa O’Neil, Lola Flores, Lorinda Flores, Lu8ci Flores, Maggie Iken, Mallory Bree, Naomi Shersty, Natalie Ray, Nayeli Portillo, Nyanna Krajewski, Olivia Dobbs, Olivia Eis, Penelope Bowles, Sarah Jean Hughes, Sasha Moin, Sophie Maniaci, Stephanie Jane Panos, Susan Kerns, Tammy Schleicher, Tanya Karnick, Tattiana Bility, Tess Minette, Tracey Gessner, Tracy Grundy, Troy Wahl
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