Originally from Central Jersey, Kim aims to expand the collaboration of Music and Politics in the greater Los Angeles area. She first learned about HeadCount through her friends on the East Coast and joined the West Side team shortly after moving to LA. She constantly works to expand participation in our democracy and tries to get people politically involved with enthusiasm and excitement!
Kim has joined the forces of her HC Squad and friends from UWSF in a beautiful and necessary union of Politics, Music, and the Arts. She hopes to gain more recognition for the HeadCount family in So Cal and build a strong foundation for political endeavors.
Ryan Abramow worked with HeadCount as an editor of food and farm policy. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he majored in political science and minored in music industry, making him a perfect fit with Headount. Ryan is an avid concert goer and lover of food, politics, photography, and writing. He works full-time as a commercial real estate broker in New York City, specializing in restaurant leasing.
His goal is to make food and farm policy a more prominent concern for people around the globe. Farming is a major industry and its importance is vital to both the global economy and our survival. Ryan is excited to help raise awareness of the food people consume and the laws behind farming by using different avenues to make people interested in the topic, be it by interviewing musicians, celebrities, or chefs.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College who graduated with a degree in creative writing. She joined HeadCount to combine her love of live music with her love of getting people involved in making change. Elizabeth spends her free time playing music, traveling, and writing.
Angie Ahlstrom grew up in California but moved to Arizona during high school. She is very close with her family and they love to do most outdoor activities. Angie is currently a veterinary technician at an emergency animal clinic. When not volunteering with HeadCount, she volunteers with Hospice of the Valley and has previously worked with the Phoenix Zoo. Angie loves working with animals and also loves her own! She has a great dog named Lucy and two cats. Angie looks forward to meeting more great people and going to more awesome shows. She believes that voting is an extremely important part of living in the United States and that no person should forget to do their part and get involved.
Augustine joined HeadCount as a new semester intern. While he wasn’t sure what to expect, he came in excited to be a part of the team and work into the flow of things. ‘Augie’ attended Seton Hall University, where he studied Diplomacy and International Affairs with a second major in Economics.
His hobbies include enjoying long walks on the beach, gazing at a soft starry sky, and (of course) listening to good music! One of the things that Augie loves about music is its intangible qualities; from the simply joy from listening to a song to the inspiration it can build in people. That’s why when he heard of HeadCount, and how they empower people to vote through the awesomeness of music; he knew he was at the right place.
Augie is an energetic, passionate, and over all completely awesome guy. He believes in the strength of our great nation, and hopes that through harvesting the power of music to better our democracy we can make a better difference with our vote!
Allison Altschiller attended the State University of New York at Geneseo. She studied communication with a focus in journalism and media, and a minor in sociology. Allison was raised listening to jam bands, and has been an avid concert-goer since she was three-years-old. Previously, Allison worked as a photography intern, a production intern for an ad agency, a marketing and media coordinator for an amusement park, and loves playing music at clubs and coffee houses whenever she can.
Allison spent a summer in Nashville taking classes at Belmont University, writing music, and learning about the music business. This sparked her desire to use music to make a difference and drew her to HeadCount. She hopes she can continue to combine her love of music and passion about the world and politics in an effective and creative way.
Liv Andersen first learned about HeadCount while working for Relix Magazine. She joined the artist relations team and managed The Black Crowes, Music Builds Tour, and Kings of Leon. She embraces the new perspective HeadCount has offered her and looks forward to challenges that lie ahead. She is an avid fan of live music, travel, and skiing. Liv is a 2007 Music Industry BA graduate of SUNY College at Oneonta.
Jamil Apostol joined the Headcount team as a touring representative. Jamil expressed interest in HeadCount after working the music festival circuit last year with Clean Vibes LLC. Using music as a tool to evoke awareness, Jamil is happy to get others involved in the political process.
Austen began volunteering with HeadCount after his good buddy and fellow rager, Chris Mocharla, came back from his internship at HQ in New York with rave reviews. He currently lives in Austin, TX and is deeply involved in the local grassroots music scene.
Austen graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Government and a focus on Politics, Law and Social Justice. He is also a staff writer for the jam and electronic music blog, Headstash. When not seeing or organizing live music events, Austen can be found kayaking, tossing the Frisbee, swimming at Barton Springs or camping-basically anything to keep out of the concrete jungle required by his 9 to 5.
Originally, from the middle of cornfields in middle America, Jennifer soon headed off to travel the world. After spending six years abroad, Jennifer decided to settle in the World Capital of Live Music-Austin, TX.
A dancer, she has taught dance in 7 countries and works to bring dancers and live music together. She is a volunteer board member at the Austin Swing Syndicate-one of the largest weekly swing dance organizations in the world. Jennifer loves many genres of music, but Blues is her favorite.
Brian Bavosa joined HeadCount as a writer for website content and as an active volunteer in the field. He managed artist relations for Particle, Mickey Hart, P-Groove, Lyrics Born, and Steve Kimock. Prior to joining HeadCount, Brian was best known for his contributions as the Northeast’s main correspondent for Jambase.com, as well as working for such publications as Rolling Stone, The Inside Connection, Jambands.com, Surrender to the Flow, and many others. In addition to his volunteer work for HeadCount, Brian worked as an Account Executive at MaxIT Staffing, Inc., a recruiting firm in NYC. Brian managed to fit a little school into his touring schedule, graduating from Fairfield University and earning an M.A. in English at SUNY New Paltz. He can usually be found in NYC, but is also rumored to have had at least one P.O. Box somewhere on Page Side at Phish shows.
Shortly after Rommel joined HeadCount, he became a Team Leader.
Originally from Barbados, Rommel first moved to the US to live in Brooklyn, NY. He then moved to Florida for college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he earned his BS in Aeronautics. He then began to travel all over the West Coast for work. Later, he moved to Atlanta where fell in love with the EDM scene. His first love being Soca and Reggae.
A former DJ in college and lots of volunteer experience, he looks forward to continued growth and experiences with HeadCount.
Laura Bedrick graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Psychology (emphasis in Human Rights) and a Non-Profit Management Certificate. While living in Arizona, Laura spent most of her time leading and building a student movement that worked towards student, Latino, and worker rights.
She soon found herself recruiting people from more and more shows to join the movement. She realized the music community was already dancing to the universal beat of unity, love, and funk. The perfect combinations for civic action! Laura is now living in Brooklyn where she wakes up each day looking forward to working with and expanding the HeadCount community.
Olivia loves to travel, and after visiting countries where democracy is in jeopardy, she now feels determined to get involved with elections and voters here in the U.S. Olivia is originally from New York City. When she’s not completely overwhelmed with school, Olivia likes to play a tune on her guitar, watch TV with her dogs and go to shows with her dad. One of Olivia’s favorite bands is the Grateful Dead, and she’s been surrounded by deadheads since she was two years old. As a music (mainly rock n’ roll) enthusiast who’s interested in political and social change, finding HeadCount was a dream come true.
Meghan has been active in the music business she attended her first festival. She got her first taste of political activism in college at Ohio University where she volunteered for Campaign for Change. After school, she moved to San Francisco where she worked for JamBase.com, iTunes, and LiveNation. She has worked with HeadCount artists including Papadosio, Greensky Bluegrass, the Dixie Chicks.
When she’s not getting out the vote, you can find her at the Fillmore or Independent, playing with her Australian Shepherd Luna, or biking around town. She also volunteers at the San Francisco SPCA!
Eytan first became aware of Headcount when he drove down from Boston to B.B. Kings in NYC to record one of the first Headcount Benefit concerts at which his favorite band, moe., was going to play. A passionate music lover, taper, and activist since his days in college, he has been trying to combine his two passions of music and political action ever since.
After moving to Seattle, he signed up to volunteer then and there. Volunteering for many concerts, Eytan was a frequent resource and earned many accolades including Volunteer of the Month, Volunteer of the Year and a spot on Jam Cruise.
After years of “Sitting on the Sidelines” he decided to become a co-team leader for Seattle nearly 10 years after he first became aware of Headcount!
In his day job Eytan is a computer programmer with specialization in educational and entertainment software.
With a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington, Shira has spent her career working at nonprofits at all stages of their organizational development.
She is thrilled to be involved with HeadCount at an exciting time in its growth. She brings to HeadCount a passion for renewing the natural link between music and activism, as well as expertise in nonprofit management. Prior to coming to HeadCount, Shira developed and ran an after-school program for at-risk youth in East Harlem, and worked as a program director at Generation Schools.
A certified yoga instructor, Shira also teaches yoga at several studios in Brooklyn and to private clients in the area. Her passion for the transformative power of yoga is matched only by her passion for music, and her strong belief that the incredible energy at live shows should be harnessed and utilized as a force for social change. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Charlie first started volunteering with HeadCount at the Virgin Mobile Free Fest, and was asked to be a co team-leader in Baltimore, MD a few years later. Charlie has always supported HeadCount and advocated what they stand for after registering to vote with the organization at the Gathering of the Vibes long before he was a volunteer.
Charlie grew up in northern New Jersey, spent a few years in Vermont, and finally settled on Baltimore in the winter of 2009. He has a B.S. in chemistry at Towson University, and an M.A.T. in secondary education.
When not working, you can find Charlie feeding his live music addiction, playing videogames, or messing around with his guitars and synthesizers. Some of Charlie’s favorite HeadCount bands are: Phish, Furthur, the Disco Biscuits, moe., and Umphrey’s McGee.
A graduate from University of Central Florida, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management. He has worked on commercial sets as well as in libraries, and has been involved with different aspects of the music, hospitality, and events industry.
His free time is made up of playing music, making art, going to experience live music, or playing with his camera. He always makes time for outdoor activities/yoga, and it isn’t in his nature to pass up a chance to try a new craft beer.
It’s his belief that guests aren’t just getting a service, they are getting an experience.
Holly is passionate about local food, urban gardening, environmental issues, and ending the two-party system (c’mon ranked choice voting!!!). She would really like to see more people paying attention and less money in politics. Holly is a music teacher and runs her own piano studio in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband Jeffery and awesome dog Soren. She loves seeing live music (especially PHISH!) and loves combining the energy and sense of community at shows and festivals with working to help people take an active voice in their government.
Jeffery has a BA in Philosophy & Religion as well as a MA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University. He is also a senior manager at Touchstone Climbing which has five indoor rock climbing gyms in Northern California. If he is not working the HeadCount table at a Bay Area show, he’s more than likely on Phish tour.
Abby is a Philly native. As an 8th grade History and Civics teacher, Abby sees her work with HeadCount as the perfect way to extend the ideas of civic responsibility stressed in her classroom to the real world.
HeadCount has given Abby the opportunity to combine her love for live music and community activism, while working with an amazing group of people who share those same passions. When she’s not teaching, registering voters or catching a show, Abby can be found chasing her dog, Iggy Pup, around around the city.
Amanda began working with HeadCount after meeting HeadCount’s team at the Rothbury Music Festival. She wants to get people in MI out to vote! A native of Michigan, Amanda now lives in Lansing and graduated from MSU.
She spent five years involved with Impact 89 FM, her college’s radio station, promoting local music on her show, The Basement. She is currently working as the member services coordinator for the MSU Student Housing Co-op and working on music licensing and research at a production house in Lansing. She loves to support the local music scene and planning upcoming shows. She hopes to see you out on the dance floor.
Jonathan has a deep passion for music and politics, and HeadCount provides a perfect avenue to indulge in these interests. Growing up in New Orleans, Jonathan has been able to experience and enjoy his passions for music as well as Cajun cuisine. He graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a degree in Psychology. He hopes one day to open a practice to treat young children and adolescents. Jonathan enjoys attending concerts and sporting events, reading, spending time with his family and friends, and long-distance running.
Alexis attended Marymount Manhattan College with a major in communications paired with a minor in photography. She feels strongly about HeadCount’s goal of spreading awareness and empowerment through the channel of music. A few of Alexis’ joys in life are photography, Netflix,and her cats (aka her children), Stella & Pearl. In the evenings you will find her curled up on the futon with a glass of wine while re-watching seasons of The Office.
Esterah is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but is now attending Columbia University in the City of New York. At Columbia, Esterah is pursuing a major in political science; specifically, she’s studying American politics and international relations.
Outside of her busy school life, Esterah enjoys trying new foods around the city, catching up on the latest news, and of course, listening to music. Esterah’s love of music started when she was young, and since then, she’s picked up numerous instruments, including the piano and the ukulele. Esterah’s favorite music genres are hip hop, R&B, and alternative, and some of her favorite artists are Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, The Lumineers, and Young the Giant, to name a few.
Brittany was born and raised in the hilly, rural area of northern Florida, or better known as lower Georgia. She brings diverse experiences and a marketing degree to the HeadCount team, and like everyone else, loves giving back to her community. For years she was very active in Florida politics–attending committee meetings, writing minutes, and giving tours of the Florida capitol. After graduating, she traveled to Europe to do volunteer work on farms. Since returning to the states, she has relocated to Cheyenne, WY to start a family with her college romance.
When she’s not vacuuming dog hair or wiping up baby vomit, Brittany is either taking pictures or doing some sort of outdoor activity. She enjoys paddle boarding, concerts and taking her eight-month-old backpacking. A former college majorette, Brittany is a big fan of FSU’s Marching Chiefs (go Noles!). She likes good beer, strong coffee and Internet memes. Oh, and puppies.
With a B.B.A. in Hospitality Administration, Crystal fulfills her passion for people, music and involvement through registering voters and educating people about the importance of voting!
Crystal eats, sleeps, breathes and lives the music and hospitality industry! She works as a Volunteer Coordinator for several large events in Atlanta; as well as managing volunteers for Clean Vibes at music festivals across the country. In the off season, Crystal helps manage events for the Captain Planet Foundation, Georgia Dome and Frazer Center.
She is also a volunteer with the American Red Cross and loves to lend a helping hand to other organizations and non-profits whenever available! Crystal is enthusiastic and passionate about music, events and is actively involved with helping to maintain a clean environment in her home, community and anywhere she goes!
Megan first heard of HeadCount when she registered to vote at a moe. show at Orpheum Theater in Boston and later became a field volunteer in the region. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Megan moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University where she studied mechanical engineering.
After graduating she spent the summer as an intern for Shimon Presents which gave her the opportunity to tour across the country working at music festivals along the way. She then settled into an engineering job in Texas. When not engineering or taking vacation days to work at music festivals, Megan enjoys playing outside, exploring new places, and sipping local adult beverages.
Brian is a lover of live music and promoting the public good. His first HeadCount experience was at the age of 18 when he was recruited to join the ranks of the voting at the Gathering of the Vibes music festival. After several “change your voting address” interactions with the organization, Brian began volunteering with HeadCount at the Lockn’ festival.
He graduated from Vermont Law School where he specialized in energy law and policy. He loves live music, energy policy, BBQ, motorcycles, and IPAs. He currently spends his days advocating for high-performance schools and public buildings with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), or hiking/frisbeeing with his best bud, a doggy named Mingus.
Outside his involvement with HeadCount, Mitchell is involved with the glass art world. With Olympic Color Rods, he coordinates closely with artists around North America to ensure they have supplies to complete upcoming projects. In addition to OCR, he is part of the Denny Park Fine Arts team, which provides maintenance and cleaning of Chihuly artwork around the world. Born and raised in western North Carolina, Mitchell attended The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He graduated in 2004 with a major in sculpture, as well as a minor in German. His free time is consumed by concerts (duh), disc golf, skiing the great NW, and grillin-n-chillin.
Originally from just outside Chicago in Oak Park, IL, Devin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and because he apparently couldn’t get enough cold weather, kept moving north to Minnesota. Before joining HeadCount, he spent two years as Midwest Regional Coordinator for Calling All Crows, another music-related organization focusing on hands-on volunteering and activism. He first encountered HeadCount while doing outreach for CAC at Bonnaroo and Dispatch shows, and thought both the idea and the people were pretty cool.
Devin’s a big fan of volunteerism, having spent 2009-10 as a Corps Member in AmeriCorps*NCCC out of Sacramento, and 2012-13 with Habitat for Humanity through AmeriCorps Minnesota. In his free time, he likes to have bonfires, go on adventures, and play any number of instruments…badly. He’s also an advocate for jumping in lakes in the summer and eating mac and cheese.
Lindsey Burke worked with HeadCount as the Human Rights issue editor. She is an avid jam band music fan, dog lover, homebrewer and wanderlust. Originally from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Lindsey has a constant yearning to return to the beach, especially since she currently calls Phoenix, Ariz., home. She is a writer by day, but enjoys gardening, cooking and dancing like nobody’s watching. Lindsey has never met a music festival she didn’t like, and is always looking for opportunities to involve others in the political process. She holds a BA in Journalism and minor in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Tina Burke is a native southern Californian, growing up in Redondo Beach. She spent her childhood at the beach – surfing, playing volleyball and riding her beach cruiser. The beach is in Tina’s heart and my soul.
She moved to Long Beach to attend Cal State Long Beach, many moons ago, and stayed due to Long Beach’s diversity and small town community feel.
Her day job consists of everything real estate. Tina is a Realtor and state certified appraiser, so she has her head into homes most of the time. When not working, Tina is at the beach, playing with her dogs – Astro and Rosy, going to listen to any type of music, and hanging with her partner, Jenny. I am passionate about making our world better in any way she can. Love and peace is what Tina is all about.
Stephanie began volunteering for HeadCount due to a friend that shared the same love for music. HeadCount allowed her to combine her two loves of enjoying live music and giving back to the community. Since then, she has completed her bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Physiology. She may not be a Tucson native, but the opportunity that HeadCount has given her has allowed her to further branch out and become a part of the Tucson community.
Aside from being an avid show-goer, she is best known for being consumed by wanderlust. In order to combine some these interests, her traveling adventures are almost always coordinated with catching her favorite bands on tour.
Jesse first became aware of HeadCount after registering to vote at the HeadCount table during a 2008 music festival in Ohio. He immediately became interested in the organization after viewing the HeadCount documentary “A Call to Action” and hearing Bob Weir say, “If every Deadhead in the state of Florida would have voted on Election Day in 2000, we would be living in a very different world…Think about it.” Jesse did think about it and immediately began volunteering at local shows to help drive voter registration, including serving as a team captain on the fan-to-fan phone campaign. Jesse currently resides in Ohio where he earned his B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University. His interests include reading, traveling, nature, playing guitar and listening to the music of the Grateful Dead. Jesse would love to know “What’s Your Issue?”
Jay Carbon hass been a part of HeadCount since its founding and served as Director of Information Technology and Design until 2011. He managed, designed, and developed HeadCount’s public facing website, email and volunteer lists, online promotions, and HeadCount’s Intranet.
The HeadCount Intranet was a system built by Jay from scratch which tracked HeadCount events, volunteers, and other data important to the organization. He also contributed to HeadCount print designs. Jay moved on to focus on his company Atomic6 (www.Atomic6Design.com). He continues to work with bands, promoters and non-profits in the music scene as well as government clients. Jay is an Auburn graduate, and loves his SEC football. He hails from Washington, DC, and now lives in Denver, CO.
Lamont Carolina joined HeadCount after serving as a Regional Field Director on the Elizabeth Colbert Busch for Congress Campaign in Charleston, SC and the Director of Voter Registration for the state of North Carolina for Organizing for America. As the Director of Voter Registration for OFA, Lamont created, facilitated and organized programs that were instrumental in registering over 340,000 new voters and increasing the vote among targeted groups in North Carolina.
Lamont’s dedication and passion for social advocacy and politics began during his tenure at Keystone College, where he served in a number of service oriented organizations and was even given the honor of speaking about the value of serving others during Keystone’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration in 2013. Lamont has also participated in a number of outreach oriented trips, including a trip to Haiti, after the earthquake, where he helped organize educational programs designed to assist children in recovering from emotional stress and trauma.
Currently, Lamont serves as a member of community board 16. In addition, Lamont continues to participate in community and political organizing.
Trip Carpenter is from a small town in Kentucky and is currently a grad student in Columbia University’s Human Rights Studies Program. His research interests include housing discrimination, housing as a human right, and social justice movements in general. With a strong belief in the power of music to both reform and hold the political process accountable, Trip is excited to serve HeadCount as the music and politics intern.
Jordan has always been a passionate supporter for a person’s right to vote. Jordan believes that no matter what your opinions or viewpoints are, every individual should be given the right to vote and she is excited to spread that liberty throughout the Austin area!
Jordan is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Austin to study History at the University of Texas. In her free time, Jordan dances with Redefined Dance Company, a non-profit dance company operating out of UT. She also loves being outdoors, traveling, hiking, camping, going to music festivals and practicing yoga.
Dave joined Headcount way back in 2004 as the Traveling Team Hotel Coordinator. As the Hotelmaster for Dark Star Orchestra it was obvious where his skills should be applied. He grew up in NYC and has seen the Grateful Dead over 150 times in 6 different countries. His concert-going career started in 1981 at Central Park with Simon & Garfunkel. He lives in Eldorado Springs, CO with his wife and 3 children about 25 minutes from Red Rocks.
Megan began volunteering with HeadCount at her first Soulive gig at Brooklyn Bowl. From there, she was inspired to get more involved due to her excellent role model Team Leader. She worked a few more shows, including the Benefit with Ratdog, and before she knew it, she was a Team Leader! She hopes to use her leadership and organizational skills for years to come with the organization, all while enjoying the company of other awesome volunteers and jamming to great tunes!
Born and bred in the Dirty South, Brad has lived in Atlanta his entire life. He attended Georgia State University where he studied Biology. His passions are biotechnology, bacteriophages, and Live Music. His favorite band to see live is Widespread Panic. Brad also loves Argentinean dream-pop and some of his favorite bands are Las Kellies, Mandiboola, and Betty Confetti & The Tropical Assembly. He hopes to help grow the thriving Atlanta Music scene and to spread love and awareness in the community.
Ashley Codianni joined HeadCount as Northeast Regional Coordinator. After interning at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival with Superfly Productions, and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, she found HeadCount to be the most effective way to integrate politics and live music. An avid fan of music festivals, she spends her spare time going to shows, seeing friends and exploring. Ashley currently resides in New York City and attends law school at Pace University. She received her B.A in Political Science from Holy Cross.
Leah Collier was born and raised in Connecticut. She holds a degree in Communications from Pace University. In her free time, Leah loves going to concerts, exploring NYC, and eating food.
Dan Conroe started out with HeadCount as Boston’s team leader. He also worked on HeadCount’s marketing team, led teams at Bonnaroo and Wakarusa, and served as the regional coordinator for the Upper Midwest. Dan has an MBA from the University of Illinois and remains interested in marketing and not-for-profit organizations.
Previously, Mr. Conroe worked as a stock options trader in Chicago and Boston. Dan currently lives in Chicago.
Jessica Cortese joined Headcount to manage artist relations for Nine Inch Nails. An avid music and heavy metal fan, Jessica spends most of her time going to shows and spending time with friends and family. Prior to joining headcount Jessica moved back to NY after obtaining a B.A. from Keene State College in Keene, NH, for Communication Studies. Jessica resides on Long Island in NY.
Katie received a degree in computer science from Columbia University, but really prefers music to coding! She also appreciates that, in addition to involving music, HeadCount is actually doing something that matters. In her limited free time, Katie enjoys going to concerts (her favorite band to see is Grace Potter and the Nocturnals), playing rugby, and having solo dance parties in her room.
Sean Crossland first encountered HeadCount at SummerCamp Music Festival. He obtained his Masters in Community Leadership from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Sean works as the Community Partnerships Coordinator at Salt Lake Community College.
He has also worked as a wilderness counselor for at-risk youth and managed a day service for people with disabilities. Sean recognizes that voting is a social responsibility and sees HeadCount as a way to give people a push toward that responsibility. Sean appreciates HeadCount’s nonpartisan position, because everyone has a right to their own opinion. Sean loves music and enjoys all things outdoors.
Pat Daley arrived on HeadCount’s doorstep on a cold-blustery day, and Pat was on the verge of frostbite, but everyone in the office was so nice he decided to stick around. Soon enough, he found himself right at home and began his menial intern duties with questionable enthusiasm. To date, there is still doubt as to whether Pat was here for the music, or if he was just chasing after the golden goose of a non-profit payroll check.
Kim’s trying to get your attention every day in 280 characters or less. Originally from sunny Honolulu, she moved to New York in 2005 and has been complaining about the weather ever since. She studied History and Anthropology at Columbia, and she’s worked for a start up music venue in the West Village, an outdoor orientation program for college freshmen, and the Empire State Building audio tour. She currently works for Idealist.org as Community Manager and leads a not-so-secret double life as a professional hula dancer. She likes the Internet, scallops, and probably you.
Maevyn Davis-Rackerby studies International Relations at New York University, with a longtime passion for both domestic politics and music. Maevyn has been playing her own music for years and believes strongly in its ability to drive people and create social change, and loves that HeadCount is the perfect realization of this passion. She was involved with a music-based nonprofit for years in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, and is excited to continue the trend on the opposite coast!
Outside of HeadCount, you can find her continuing to encourage student participation in democracy and public policy through school organizations, playing the guitar, arguing about international affairs in the Model UN, and continuing her search for the best mac and cheese in New York City.
Emma, a Long Island native, studied Communications at Marymount Manhattan College. She has experience as a volunteer for Firefly Music Festival, as well as jobs that involved hospitality and all around customer service.
In her free time, Emma enjoys writing, doing yoga, and, of course, going to shows and festivals. She believes that music is able to leave an incredible impact on people. Being able to incorporate that with something as important as voting seems like a perfect combination and a great environment to be surrounded by.
Emilia Donovan grew up in Holmdel, New Jersey, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Her degree is in Professional Music, focusing in Songwriting and Social Change, and minor in History. While at school, Emilia founded a voter registration initiative with the help of her close friends and colleagues. Emilia loves running around in the great outdoors, driving to the beach, hanging out with cats, and listening to Bruce Springsteen.
Whitney became involved with HeadCount in order to combine her passions in art, music, law, politics and New Orleans and to reach out to other interested people. Whitney attended undergraduate school at the University of Miami, Florida, with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in Art History. While in Florida, Whitney gained lots of exposure to the pleasures of the Gulf Coast region.
Whitney graduated from law school in San Diego, CA. She now represents artists, musicians, museums and galleries as a transactional and intellectual property attorney. For fun and enjoyment, Whitney enjoys traveling, attending live music and art shows, playing tennis, and all professional sports.
After participating in a voter registration campaign, John signed up to try his hand at team leading with his partner in crime, Meryl. They have been team leading together. They’ve enjoyed registering voters from small community events to large music festivals. When they are not registering voters, Meryl is a high school education teacher, and John works as an attorney. Go U.S.A.!
Billy Eisenberg is originally from New Jersey. After being a music enthusiast his entire life, Billy attended Syracuse University with a major in the Bandier Program for the Music and Entertainment Industries. During his time as a college student he interned all over the industry in cities like London, Los Angeles, and New York and in fields across the board such as publishing, synch/licensing, live music, record industry and non-profits. Later, Billy worked as a Production Assistant at Central Park SummerStage and became familiar with HeadCount who would have voter registration tables during the shows at the venue. As a music fan, Billy loves attending concerts in a variety of genres and reading and commenting on various music blogs. Billy’s favorite band is Radiohead. When he’s not obsessing over music, some of his other hobbies include being a student of politics and American history and also staying in good shape running and snowboarding.
Born and raised in western KY. Now pursuing the American dream In Louisville, KY. Andrew first found out about HeadCount at a concert and, wanting to find his niche in civic responsibility, he became the Louisville, KY Team Leader shortly thereafter.
He believes it is crucial for generation “x” and “y” to speak up and be heard, because it is our future that depends on it. Health Care Reform, Food and Farm Policy, and Human Rights are some of the issues in society that are of most importance to his political views. Andrew works in the interior design business. “Green” flooring products is something that Andrew and his company, Sam Kinnaird’s Flooring, proudly specializes in. Known to his friends as “Brubble,” in his spare time he enjoys: UK Basketball, Steelers Football, music, friends, family and fantasy sports.
Chelsea Farrell began volunteering with a team of HeadCount All-Stars at All Good back in the day. That winter she began as the coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic region. Originally from Albany, NY, Chelsea is currently practicing law in Jacksonville, FL. Chelsea is a vegetarian and an avid road cyclist, and she loves to engage in observable actions that curb environmental degradation.
Carol completed her MA at New York University in Media, Culture, and Communication. The idea of using the subtle but undeniably powerful influence of music as a tool to provide tangible agency to new voters and effect social change is what mainly motivated her to join the team and contribute to our media presence.
A classically trained pianist from an early age, Carol has always been passionate about music – so it comes as no surprise that she spends most of her free time going to concerts! She also enjoys traveling, relaxing outdoors, and checking out foreign films, music & artists.
Kelley Ferguson started with HeadCount as a field volunteer and served many leadership roles including Nashville Team Leader, Eugene Team Leader, and Issue Editor Director. She received her Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon and works in Volunteer Management in the Portland, Oregon area.
When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find Kelley outside hiking, listening to music, doing something crafty and cooking. She has been vegetarian for almost 20 years and is always looking for the next great vegetarian/vegan recipe to try out.
Brian joined HeadCount with the Made in America Festival as his first show. After two long, hot days of registering voters, Brian knew he wanted to be more involved with HeadCount. Being a part of something that adds to a positive social change, while being around live music, is what drives Brian to be a Team Leader.
Brian earned his B.S. in Neuroscience from Temple University and is currently working on his B.S.N. at Drexel. He resides just outside of Philadelphia with his wife Meghan. When he is not at a show or in school, he can be found in his veggie garden.
John Flynn earned a degree in Arts Management with a minor in Music, Media, and Enterprise from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. John grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, where he developed an early affinity for Jack White, Eminem, and Detroit techno at Movement Festival. After attending Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and a number of other music festivals, John was turned onto a world of music he never even knew existed. John became obsessed with the ins and outs of large scale festival organization throughout his early teenage years and has since involved himself in the music industry by forming a local publicity firm in Columbus, promoting local shows, and writing about music through various online publications.
John’s largest feat in the music industry thus far has been being in the top one percent of Tame Impala listeners on Spotify – that’s quite a lot of streams; despite this, John was too nervous to talk to Kevin Parker in person when he spotted him at Coachella. John likes killing pictures with filters, eating great foods, and going on hikes while blaring Innerspeaker.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Phil started at HeadCount as an artist relations intern. Phil graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Marketing degree, and a Masters in Music Business from New York University.
Phil spent time volunteering with Phi Kappa Tau, spending 2 years on the Undergraduate Advisory Board and served as the Upstate Domain Director. In his free time, Phil can be found cheering on his beloved Buffalo Bills and Sabres, struggling with a guitar (and wishing it was a drum set), and always with music playing in the background.
Sarah Frankel is a New Jersey native and graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Marketing and International Business. Her love for music began after attending a Britney Spears concert at the young age of 4. She shamelessly loves all things boy-band, as well as artists such as Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Coldplay, and Thomas Rhett.
Emily graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in business and theatre. Having worked in Rhode Island politics, and having a severe fondness for music and theatre, she is excited to combine her passions to make sure that everyone gets their vote to count!
Lizzy Garcia has occupied her natural habitat (tour) for the better part of the last 20 years, so working for HeadCount was a natural fit. When Lizzy Lightnin’ heads out from her hometown of Chicago (an origin that means she doesn’t know what good pizza is or how to properly dress a hotdog), she spends much of her time representing HeadCount and working on our organization’s core mission: registering voters.
Stopping by the HeadCount booth at a show typically means that you will be greeted with a smile and the question of whether she can help you register to vote, update your voter registration, or sign up to volunteer. Since Lizzy joined HeadCount, she has worked as a traveling tour team leader for RatDog, The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, Furthur, and Dead & Co. When she is not out on the road, Lizzy lives outside of Chicago.
Jason likes to think of himself as a living balance of contrasts. A strong-willed New Yorker by birth, Jason has found his niche in the laid back Pacific Northwest. By day he’s a responsible teacher and role model to high school students, but by night he’s a live music fanatic who loves to dance full throttle. He’s a devoted political junkie who’s spent countless hours reading anything and everything with a political angle, but is also a complete nerd when it comes to movies like “The Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars.” If you see him out at a show, dance on up next to him and ask him to demonstrate his impressive Wookie yell. Jason believes that if variety is indeed the spice of life, he’s living a well-seasoned existence.
Mike Glassman grew up in Edgemont, New York, in Westchester county. He attended Union College and majored in Political Science. On campus he was involved in a student-run group called Democracy Matters, encouraging the student body to register and vote. In his free time he listens to music (jam bands and classic rock) and gets into political debates with friends.
Drew Granchelli coordinated media relations for HeadCount and served as its in-house press contact. He also coordinated involvement from partner bands: Medeski, Martin and Wood, State Radio, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) and The Disco Biscuits. After graduating from Washington, DC’s American University, Drew found his way back to the Boston area – where he enjoyed growing up. Working with HeadCount opened many doors for Drew in the music industry and he is excited to find what’s next.
Heather Gregoire heard about HeadCount at Summercamp Music Festival while waiting for an acoustic moe. set to start. Heather had been looking for an opportunity to engage more in her passion for music and also being highly interested in social activism, it seemed like the perfect match.
Upon hearing that a team leader was needed in Madison, she was willing to take on the challenge. Originally from Massachusetts, Heather moved to Madison and graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS in Psychology. She currently works in Healthcare IT, leading a software implementation team. Her interests include live music, travelling, reading, sewing, good food, farmers markets, craft beer and cheering for her favorite sports teams.
Pamela attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Before returning to school, Pamela worked with living artists and collectors to form their own private foundations as part of ongoing estate planning processes, including filing the necessary tax-exempt paperwork and advising executors and boards of directors on changes in corporate structure, board composition, and governance issues. Previously she completed her Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University, after completing her fellowship at a Washington, D.C.-area nonprofit, where she researched, created, and lead programs on public policy issues, such as democracy, poverty, housing, and human rights. Pamela is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.
Arianna joined HeadCount thanks to Melanie Marcou’s well applied peer pressure. After completing her degree in Earth Science at UC Santa Cruz, she said what the heck, and followed her boyfriend into the wilds of West Virginia. Drawn to HeadCount by her love of live music and democracy, she signed up as Morgantown’s team leader with a desire to get involved in her new community.
A self-described volunteering junkie, Arianna has lots of experience working for free. She lived in New Hampshire’s backcountry for 4 months building trails with the Student Conservation Association, served as an Americorps VISTA for a year in Philadelphia, and founded her own volunteer-based tutoring program. Arianna currently works for West Virginia University.
Jane E. Henderson is a born and raised New Yorker who has tried to leave on more than one occasion, but always finds herself coming back for the bacon, egg, and cheeses. She attended George Washington University where she studied Political Science and Columbia University .
In her spare time she’s watching UFC, exploring NYC’s good eats and catching as much live music as humanly possible.
Deanne (aka SuperDee) is best known for being the backbone and part owner of the popular online music information portal, JamBase.com, since 2000. Through the years, her JamBase “hats” have included Webmaster and Editor-in-Chief. Now as Creative Director, she is primarily focused on the company’s email marketing and design initiatives. Deanne has been on the Board of Directors for the music-inspired environmental non-profit Rock the Earth and continues to participate on their public relations committee. Other philanthropic interests include helping underprivileged kids obtain music and arts education through organizations such as the New Orleans-based KidsmART. Deanne, a true music fanatic at heart, enjoys working closely with artists in a variety of ways including publicity, management, marketing. Originally from Long Island, Deanne traveled to the Midwest for her undergraduate degree at Indiana University. After a stint in Durango, CO, and seven years living in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Kelly was born and raised on Long Island, NY, and spent her collegiate years in North Carolina where she earned a degree in political science from Pfeiffer University. While living in North Carolina she volunteered with Organizing for America and her team was responsible for creating the highest voter turn-out ever in the history of the district that they served. Currently Kelly is working within the Pet Pharmaceutical industry and bartending on the side while she explores what her next step in continuing her education will be.
Kelly’s dad introduced her to The Grateful Dead at young age and she has been hooked ever since. Her taste in music ranges from classic rock to hip hop and covers just about everything in between. She is passionate about social justice issues and the importance of civic participation. Kelly spends her free time yelling at the TV due to the NY Jets and NY Rangers, reading, writing, going to shows and hanging out with friends.
Eric joined HeadCount as a Boston Team Leader, a dream role that combines his passions for live music and political action. He would love to register you to vote, and please, don’t stop dancing. Eric has worked on several political campaigns, interned for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and served on the board of directors of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, VT. Besides going to as many shows and festivals as possible, Eric enjoys cooking, traveling, and crossword puzzling. He is also on a quest to discover the most delicious beer in the world and will just have to keep on tasting them until he does. Eric holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
Tim graduated from Colorado State University after studying Horticultural Science, Viticulture and Enology (the study of grapes and wine tasting). His hobbies include music, fishing, hiking, camping, and anything outdoors. He also makes jewelry, conducts wine tastings, and works as a plant scientist. When not at a concert, you will find Luke on the water and catchin’ fish.
In addition to volunteering with HeadCount, Acacia is an adjunct faculty member at Brevard Community College (BCC) in the Communications department. She also teaches English at Palm Bay High School.
Acacia is originally from Ohio and received her B.A. in English from Ohio State in 2002. Go Bucks! Acacia received a Master of Arts in Teaching Language Arts from Miami University. She now resides in Melbourne, and is happy to be a newlywed.
Originally from Massachusetts, Tim graduated from Umass Amherst in with a B.S. in Environmental Science. He has passions for music, food, and the great outdoors. He also likes to reduce green emissions by riding his bike to as many events as possible. When not at a concert you can usually find Tim running up a mountain.
Scott served as team leader in both Carbondale and Chicago, IL during his time with HeadCount. His greatest passions are people, music and making a difference in larger macro-systems. He has high energy and a pension to canvas the lot for unregistered voters and people looking to make their voice heard. Recently, Scott got his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University and landed a job as a staff therapist at the Southern Illinois University counseling center in Carbondale, IL. From the east coast originally, he used to call himself a displaced city boy but is now getting used to the joys of country culture.
Nathan is an aspiring musician, amateur politico, and graduating senior from New York University where he is pursuing degrees in recorded music and political science. He is from Rockville, Maryland and enjoys hiking, rock and roll, and the sweet satisfaction of voting for that perfect candidate.
Sam Katz joined HeadCount and helped the Boston team register more voters than any other city in the U.S. that first summer. After taking a few years off, Sam joined the team again as Northeast Field Director and as a member of the HC Artist Relations team.
Sam has experience in many different facets of the music industry. He has worked as a Boston venue box office manager, a U.S. national college concert agent for a major booking agency, has done production for many companies/events, and currently owns and operates Almost 30 Productions, a small booking and management firm based out of Boston, MA. Being a huge hip hop fan himself, currently one of the major projects in Sam’s life is working with Boston based hip hop tandem, E.B.B. and F.L.O.W. Sam enjoys creating music of his own and the ever-rare activity of just sitting around and relaxing. He graduated Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, with a degree in Communications. Originally from Boston, MA, Sam is now crisscrossing the country working as a Tour Manager for the Jamie McLean Band, Laura Reed and Deep Pocket.
Shari Beth formerly served as our Chief Financial Officer in New York before moving to Miami, FL. A Columbia University graduate, Shari is an anti-money laundering specialist and serves as Compliance Officer for a money transmission service.
Dave Kessler joined the HeadCount team to help spearhead the ‘Music For Action’ project and coordinate all the licensing and for the participating bands on the Bonnaroo compilation.
He resides in Boston, MA. Dave graduated from Rollins College with a bachelor in psychology and got his masters in Music Business from the Berklee School of Music. Early in his career, he was a co-founder of the live concert recording division of Clear Channel, known as Instant Live. Following this he helped develop the company Platinum Blue Music Intelligence that pioneered the ‘Music X-ray’ technology. Dave’s passion is working with and seeing live music. When he is not working he is seeing as many live acts as possible, discovering new music, and helping unsigned bands. He is also an avid collector of live soundboards of many genres.
Lizzy served as the Personal Liberty Issue Editor. She loves everything in the musical realm from huge electronic music festivals to small folk fests. There’s nothing more enjoyable than dancing with her friends and family at an STS9 show.
Lizzy is a graduate of New York University. Originally from a small town in CT, she couldn’t resist the fast paced life of Manhattan. She is extremely involved in political activism, specifically in drug policy reform. She dreams of living in California or Europe one day.
Becca, who received her B.S. in Communications from Appalachian State University, began with HeadCount as a field volunteer in Charlotte, NC. Later she moved to Atlanta and currently works full time as Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Development Director working to maintain and grow UCR’s financial base and enable the organization to continue their mission of advocating for and securing protection and enhancement of the Chattahoochee River. One thing’s for sure, she’s not a stranger to working in the non-profit sector. Prior to moving to Atlanta to work with UCR, Becca worked as Development Director for the Catawba Riverkeeper in Charlotte, NC; the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she served as a Major Gifts Officer; the National Organization for Women Boone Chapter; Linville-Central Search and Rescue Squad; and Grandfather Home for Children. Before that, she worked as a reporter and news editor for High Country Media.
In her spare time Becca also volunteers with the Human Rights Campaign, and is a member of the Georgia Aquarium’s New Wave Society and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
After seeing HeadCount at various music festivals along the east coast Rachel jumped into the DC HeadCount family. HeadCount soon became a way to combine her politically charged school life (just 5 blocks away from the White House) with the enormous energy of DC’s music scene. During her time at school, she also began tutoring inmates at a local women’s prison where she developed a passion for criminal justice and prison reform. With this experience, political empowerment became especially relevant to her goals. She now works for the Women’s Prison Association as a Development Associate.
Monika Kulma is a financial and operations management expert with significant experience in strategic planning, organizational management, technology implementation, and stakeholder engagement. Monika holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in Political Science, Psychology, and Philosophy. She emigrated from Poland as a young child and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She has also lived in London, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. She lives in Washington, DC, and has an adorable pup named Spicy.
Alexandra began her journey with HeadCount after seeing the organization at a few music festivals. Eventually Alexandra walked up to talk to them to see what they’re about – and it turns out they’re about everything she’s about! She loved the idea of combining music and a grassroots civic engagement campaign. (She was already the annoying girl telling everyone to vote anyway!) Her hobbies include anything involving good food, outdoor activities and music. Alexandra hopes to one day travel the world and get it all on camera and paper through journaling so she can continuously relive her trips.
Wendy is a native to Orlando, FL. She earned her MA in Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida. She currently teaches at a University where she encourages students to speak their mind and use their passion to help stimulate positive change (and growth). Working with HeadCount gives her the opportunity to combine both her passion for live music and the importance of always staying involved to better the community. Wendy is a firm believer in working and playing hard. When she isn’t working, she is usually traveling, going to concerts or listening to her vinyl collection while hula hooping and dancing around the house!
Taylor was born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia where she obtained a degree in Communications with emphasis in Public Relations from Valdosta State University. She heard about Headcount at Dead & Co. in Atlanta and it was all uphill from there. In her free time you can find her with her dog/fur child Gypsy, exploring the city, going to shows, and finding good eats.
Dylan Landay, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, joined Headcount fresh off a month-long stint in Africa working with vulnerable youth. After years of passion for volunteering and music, he become the new Music and Politics Intern. Working with music based non-profits is not a new thing for Dylan, and he is excited for this opportunity. In the past Dylan has paired with other non-profits, and has traveled the world with bands like Dispatch and State Radio promoting gender rights and legislation reform.
To call Dylan a music junkie may be an understatement. Music and social change were instilled in him at a very young age. Any chance he gets to go to a show or a service project, odds are he’ll be there. Along with Dylan’s enthusiasm to help others he has worked at prominent music venues such as House of Blues Boston and Stage American Eagle in Pittsburgh for over five years.
Stephanie joined HeadCount in August 2013 after graduating from Ithaca College where she studied Environmental Studies and Economics. She turned to HeadCount to combine her love of live music and interest in politics to add some excitement to the moderately depressing post-grad life. After working with other music non-profits such as Reverb and Calling All Crows, she fell in love with using the music scene to stimulate positive social change. Stephanie has previously interned with the Sierra Club in Washington, DC and NJPIRG. She loves beings outdoors, is addicted to spicy food, and will one day save the world from climate change.
Katie volunteered with HeadCount for several years. Thanks to Katie’s love of music and civic engagement she has found HeadCount to be an amazing, fun filled adventure at every turn!
Anton joined HeadCount, motivated to channel his growing interest in creating social good with his long-held fondness for music into tangible change. He is a strong believer in the power of music to take personal and social messages and present them in ways that really stick. His musical interests have shifted dramatically over the years, but his love for music has remained constant, and he is always looking to broaden his knowledge on this front. Anton is unsure of what his future holds. Whatever it is, though, he intends to make it an exciting one.
Mayra Licera studied Communications at Baruch College. Born in Lima, Peru, and raised in New York City, she has always been aware of the array of cultures around her. This strongly influencing her eclectic taste of music ranging from Jazz to Rock. It’s this love of music that led her to HeadCount. She hopes that by educating others, they will also want to make a difference too.
Angela Linneman came to HeadCount after a career spent on both sides of the coin: music and politics. Prior to HeadCount, Angela was a part of MoveOn.org’s Creative Team, which produced award-winning media and events around the 2012 election. Working on campaigns that reached millions of voters, she helped to tell the stories of the organization’s movements and amplify the voices of Americans affected by key legislative issues.
Madison is a Long Island native currently studying Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has an incredible love and passion for music, and has been attending concerts and other music events since before she could walk. She holds a strong belief that music has the power to draw people together and connect us in a powerful way. In her spare time, Madison enjoys listening to and playing music, hiking, running, hula hooping, and spending time with her friends and family.
Maxx is a graduate of the State University of New York in Oneonta where he studied Music Industry. Growing up just outside of New York City afforded him the opportunity to be exposed to every and all types of music. This constant exposure to live music is what propelled him into the desire to produce his own events so others could enjoy the experience as much as he does. He was first introduced to HeadCount as a volunteer for Phish Ball and was enthralled with what HeadCount was all about as well as how they conducted themselves. Their ability to intertwine politics and live music together so nonchalantly and effectively in an environment where there is a lot of apathy was what really attracted Maxx to HeadCount. Before Maxx started working for HeadCount, he interned at liveLIVE! Productions based out of Oneonta, NY where he helped produce liveLIVE! Music & Arts Festival as well as booking local events. Maxx currently resides in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Lucas comes from a long past of family forced camping vacations, festivals, and political rallies. Somewhere down the line the interests stuck. Lucas studued at Marymount Manhattan College majoring in Business Management with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Lucas joined HeadCount because of a deep love of music and its effects on those who listen. You can often find Lucas going for a run or purposefully listen to incredible obscure music just on principle.
Sarah hails from Hastings-on-Hudson, a small town just outside of NYC. She studied English at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she also played squash and the violin. A fan of music since a young age, Sarah was drawn to HeadCount’s involvement with various artists and how music inspires and incites social action. Favorite artists of hers include The National, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, and Imagine Dragons. Sarah can often be found spending time with family, running, reading, and watching anything with Jimmy Fallon in it.
Margo Maier lives in Richmond, VA. She studied at VCU and majored in Mass Communications. Margo spends her free time biking fast all over town and supporting the community by shopping at local independently owned stores, and farmers markets.
Born and raised on Orange County, CA, Tori headed south and earned a degree in Political Science from San Diego State University (class of 2013). Tori is a self-described music addict with an affinity for reggae, punk, bluegrass, country, classical, electronic, funk, rock…you get the picture. When she’s not at shows, she enjoys snowboarding, camping, wakeboarding, and long road trips. Tori is looking forward to getting out, meeting people, and making a difference in our political system!
Devin McGarry graduated from Dublin City University with a degree in International Relations. Devin is passionate about all types of music, particularly hip hop and alternative rock. After moving from Ireland to Seattle for a summer, Devin got a taste for the world of American politics and was instantly hooked. Other interests include his diehard support of Arsenal Football Club.
Although hailing from Ireland where the political system is a little different, Rebecca finds the politics of different countries fascinating and is keen to discover more about the nature of democracy and government here in the United States. Rebecca believes in the mission of HeadCount to enable people to make their voice heard. She is a fan of the organization for the strong belief in democracy behind it, and how this is realized in a practical way by actually getting out there and getting people to vote through registering. She loves music both old and new – getting up pre-6am to see the Beach Boys perform for Good Morning America remains a stand-out memory!
Ashton Meadows was born and bred in Kentucky. After keeping up with the blog for years, Ashton joined HeadCount. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated fan of the Dave Matthews Band.
Dennis is from Long Island New York and graduated from SUNY Oneonta. There he studied history and political science. After graduating he worked for several local political campaigns by knocking on doors and making phone calls to voters. He enjoys going to shows and festivals whenever his meager budget will allow.
Lorcan Miller’s first taste of HeadCount came at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan. Although DMB didn’t play “Rapunzel,” Lorcan had a blast talking to cool people about politics in a fun setting.
Lorcan is a loyal son of the Midwest, having grown up in South Bend, IN, and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. Right now he is obsessed with his rescue dog Kylie, tennis, Notre Dame football, the internet in general, and movies. His current favorite bands are Snarky Puppy, Boards of Canada and Chon, and historically comes from a Phish/Umphrey’s (South Bend represent!)/DMB background.
Cleveland Native, Nichole began her involvement with HeadCount while volunteering during the Jack Johnson, All at Once Tour. Nichole came to HeadCount as a Team Leader from Reverb, where she spent many summers as an All-Star Volunteer, reaching out to other like-minded folks to speak out about the environment, as well as the importance of becoming a registered voter and having our voices heard!
Nichole grew up with a music-obsessed father who took her to her first live concert at the age of 12, and has carried the obsession with her through the years attending over 200+ concerts. She is very passionate about music, the environment, and freedom of speech. During her “off” time from her day job in Customer Relations at a Data/Com company, Nichole is a huge Dave Matthews Band fan, and attends every show she can, where you may have met this social butterfly!
Anthony grew up in a musical family and has been surrounded by music his whole life. He plays bass and saxophone and has been fortunate enough to be able to freelance with different bands. He loves the vibe at live shows and spreading the word about HeadCount with other music lovers. He’s also a huge Foo Fighters fan.
Chris began his work with HeadCount as an intern. Splitting his time between the office, fed ex and music festivals he quickly realized this was an organization doing great things with more on the horizon. After the summer he went on to be the Austin team leader then came back to New York to be the Festival Coordinator.
He traveled the country training volunteers and learning the ins and outs of life on the road. Since the summer he has settled down as one of the New York team leaders. With a passion for both live music and politics HeadCount is the best place to put his B.A. in government from The University of Texas at Austin to positive use. If you see him at a HeadCount table be sure to ask him for a story from the road, he has collected quite a few.
Michael joined the HeadCount team as a volunteer Nocturnal Music Festival in Texas. Originally from Houston, Michael attended the University of Texas at Austin as a business student.
Since the 7th grade, Andrew has been in a band called Frisbitar. The band plays gigs in the Lancaster and Philadelphia area and can be found on Facebook and Myspace. With long time ties to music and the music industry as well as formal education in business management, Andrew hopes to pursue a career that will allow him to continue playing music and seeing a lot of live shows. Andrew is a graduate of Millersville University and maintains a home base in Lancaster, PA.
Jess is the Director of Programming and Outreach at a small non profit multi arts center. She attended the College at Brockport for Dance. An avid concert goer, she believes music is one of the most powerful tools for social change!
Brian Mundy was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, home of Thomas Jefferson, America’s 3rd president and author of the Declaration of Independence. He is an electrician interested in renewable energy and a sustainable future for all.
Brian and his wife Tammy enjoy the vibrant live music scene in Charlottesville and, when the music is over, can be found homesteading or relaxing by their creek in an Eno hammock! They also enjoy grilling out, darts, making and enjoying homebrew, art in many forms, woodworking, learning new things, riding their motorcycle, and meeting new friends! Favorite bands include DMB, DBT, Lucero, Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires.
Emily Munroe first volunteered for HeadCount in Atlanta before moving to Asheville. She attended UNC Asheville where she got a degree in mathematics education with a minor in political science.
Emily has always held live music and the importance of political activism dear to her heart. She enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, rock climbing and traveling on her own time.
Arielle joined HeadCount to link her strong support of political involvement with her love of music. She was raised believing in the importance of voting. She attended Barnard College at Columbia University. In her free time she likes to play rugby and watch Parks and Rec.
Elliot Nathan is from sunny upstate New York and attended Hamilton College in the American Studies Program. He is passionate about live music and in a healthy democracy all citizens should have a voice. In his free time Elliot likes to read, collect records, fall asleep in movie theaters, and go to as many shows as possible.
Maggie is a seasoned HeadCount veteran. She began volunteering at shows and festivals, spent a semester interning in the Manhattan office and served as a team leader in New Jersey. She has since graduated from Rutgers University.
She hopes to continue to spread HeadCount’s success over the garden state and remain active working with non-profit organizations. She will serve with AmeriCorps at her alma mater as the Campus Organizer for the PIRG campaign Energy Service Corps.
Macy joined HeadCount as a summer intern and worked her way up to Director of Artist Relations. She went to school at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied Marketing and Political Science. Macy loved living in the live music capital of the world and she is a festival/concert junkie.
Sara came to HeadCount in New York to be a field intern. Sara loves HeadCount because she loves concerts and concert goers and she especially loves social activism and aware, informed individuals. Fun and activism combined into one gig, what’s better than that?
Sara sometimes attended school at Hamilton College in the middle of no where New York. She loves travel. And concerts. And lobster rolls!
Ian first heard of HeadCount at a Dead & Co concert in Boulder, Colorado. After witnessing the magnetic and awe-inspiring power of music at multiple concerts, it sounded like a good idea to combine that with political grassroots movement. He then watched a Noam Chomsky documentary, which really freaked him out, and he decided it was necessary to get involved with the increase of democratization. HeadCount is a dream come true, combining his passion of political action and sweet, sweet music.
Ian loves to travel, listen to good tunes, and is known to occasionally make dumb movies with friends.
Allie joined HeadCount as a Public Relations Intern. She hails from Boston, Massachusetts, where she grew up loving the changing seasons, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Tom Brady. Allie attended Pace University as Communication Studies major.
Aside from music and politics, Allie loves traveling, Netflix, The Bachelor, and chocolate ice cream.
Liz O’Donnell began volunteering with HeadCount in Boston. She studied Communications at Boston University. She works for Patagonia. Liz enjoys reading about environmental law; her favorite band is Railroad Earth; her favorite politician is Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy; and her favorite pastimes are ice hockey and horseback riding. She is a firm believer in the philosophy of “If you don’t vote, don’t complain.”
Heidi grew up in a small town in central Minnesota. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, Minnesota, with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. After graduation, not really knowing how she wanted to help people, she set out on an adventure to the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, WY. Living in new environment changed her life and she fully embraced the mountains and the West.
She coincidentally stumbled upon HeadCount’s web page while searching for ways to combine her love for activism and music. While the closest place to volunteer for a show is 5 hours away, she scooped up the opportunity to get involved via the net. She cares passionately about the food industry, local food, healthy living, and the environment so it only seemed logical to get in contact with HeadCount. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, attending music shows (and dancing), traveling, learning and making her contribution to saving the planet.
Megan studied at Baruch College, majoring in Business Communications and minoring in Marketing. In her spare time she runs a management business and hopes to one day start a career in Public Relations.
Will first encountered HeadCount at moe.down where he registered to vote with the organization. He joined the United States Air Force that same year. He traveled around the world and over time his love for music has only grown. Along with his family, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and 4 children.
He is natural born leader, but his love for music and America is the real reason he dove head first in HeadCount.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Caitlin started going to concerts and protests before she could walk. She spends her time volunteering on campaigns, listening to anything from trip hop to synthpop to musicals soundtracks, and leading chants at political rallies.
Prior to joining HeadCount, Caitlin worked as a bartender, a nanny, a preschool teacher, a production assistant, a boom mic operator, an actress, an intern for a NYC nonprofit, an intern for a U.S. senator, an intern for an international women’s rights organization, and, for one very weird night, a tambourine player.
Nicholas Osley was born and raised in Connecticut. Nick joined HeadCount as both a Team Leader and Intern. He loves loves music and has a passion for raising awareness about social issues. In his free time Nick enjoys hiking, theater, electronic music, and traveling. Nick plans to change the world one day at a time.
Silvana is originally from Long Island and now, living the life of a Brooklyn transplant. She attended Brooklyn College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Silvana spends her free time longboarding, catching shows, reading, drinking bourbon, and enjoying fun times with some solid friends.
Born and raised in the Nasty ‘Nati, she is proud to be a Midwest gal. She decided to chase her dreams back back to Cali Cali. San Diego is now her forever home where she lives with the three loves of her life: her two dogs Ringo, Zilla and her husband, Andrew.
She received a Bachelors of Communication from the University of Phoenix, an Associates of Veterinary Technology from Columbus State and plans to open a hula-hoop fitness studio for women of all ages in the future in San Diego! She loves traveling anywhere, no matter where or when to experience the culture of different cities, states and countries. If she ever became stranded on a desert island and could only take one album and one material possession, it would be The Flaming Lip’s Soft Bulletin album and her LED hula hoop.
Jon first became involved with HeadCount as a volunteer contributor to the blog and couldn’t turn down the invitation to serve as Personal Liberty Issues Editor for the organization. Jon went to school at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where he earned his B.A. in Psychology and became active in campus organizing and lobbying, specifically around drug policy issues.
For Jon, HeadCount combines his two favorite things: grassroots activism and live music. Currently living in San Francisco, Jon works full time with Change.org. You’re likely to find him getting down at any STS9 show under 100 miles from wherever he may be.
Jordan arrived at HeadCount fresh off a New Jersey transit train hailing from the greatest state on earth, as well as the state he calls home. Having seen our work in the field, Jordan was inspired to join the team and channel his love for all things music into real political action. He believes it is our right and social duty to participate in all facets of politics, and as an enthusiastic concert-goer, sees working with HeadCount to be the perfect way to give a voice to many who otherwise would go unheard. In his spare time he is usually writing music, enjoying all things sports-related, and doing other generally cool stuff.
Morgan Pierpont went to school at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. She was raised listening to a constant-stream of Dave Matthews Band and The Grateful Dead in the car with her parents, which kick-started her love for classic rock music, and music in general. The love for music that long car rides with her parents inspired has helped her develop her own wide-ranging taste in music, including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, SZA, and The Black Keys to name a few favorites.
Jacqueline was born and raised in Bellerose, Queens. She has a degree in Media Studies and Political Science from Queens College.
Leah Pranschke, from Westwood, New Jersey, studied at Hamilton College. She has previously worked in retail and summer camp settings. She is a musician and even bigger music fan. She is a firm believer in music’s ability to inspire listeners and create change. In her spare time, she enjoys playing acoustic guitar covers of every song she hears, reading, doing yoga, and attempting crossword puzzles.
Logan joined HeadCount while looking for some way to become involved with his community in Phoenix. He became hooked after volunteering for just one show and then became the Flagstaff Team Leader after moving to Flagstaff for school. After graduation, he moved to Portland.
Logan was born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska. He is always looking for another adventure to go on. Whether it’s snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, seeing family and friends in Alaska, exploring a cathedral in Florence or sitting back and enjoying an Arizonan sunset, you can bet he’s got some music on. He is constantly looking for the next great artist and is extremely receptive to listening to new tunes.
Alex is a Philadelphian (Cheltenham, PA, to be exact) by birth, and a New Yorker by circumstance. After completing a degree in Entrepreneurship (and a quasi-minor in Music) at Syracuse University, he began his exciting and short-lived career as a performer. However he was quickly drawn out of his hometown and up to NYC.
Without forgetting his roots, Alex has immersed himself in all that is NYC, and music. He still plays (in-studio and live) from time to time, though he spends his days (and late, late nights) working as a music agent at small but prominent music agency in Chelsea. In addition, he does a bit of management work, some PR/promoting stuff, and consulting on a myriad of music-related items.
When not working his butt off in and out of the office, you can find Alex in various city parks strumming away, frequenting the finest of watering holes the NY Boroughs have to offer, and vehemently arguing that Philadelphia sports are far superior to their New York counterparts.
Erika registered to vote with HeadCount at a Disco Biscuits show. Ever since then, she was very impressed by their presence at nearly every show she attended.
Erika has been involved in the non-profit world for a few years through her work with the Jewish organization Aish Connections. She has a passion for music and traveling. She believes that people in the live music scene are some of the most creative and innovative people out there. She loves being able to go to shows, and at the same time, help give these people a voice in the political world.
Angel Riddle attended Wesleyan University where she studied both Social Studies and Music. Angel is from Oberlin Ohio, where ties to the Oberlin Conservatory inspired a deep admiration for music at a young age. Due to her mother’s affinity for classic rock, she grew up listening to a range of artists like Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Bon Jovi, and Madonna, along with the Bach and Chopin enjoyed often by her first viola teacher.
Angel currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, and spends the majority of time practicing bass, listening to Isaiah Rashad, Mac Demarco, Destiny’s Child, and watching too much Saturday Night Live.
Ellen Rocco has extensive experience in the music industry with Korg USA and Putumayo World Music. As a Human Resources professional, Ellen helped spearhead HR initiatives within Headcount as it evolved from an all volunteer organization in the 2008 election year. Ellen also managed artist relations for the bands Ratdog, Santana, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Ellen holds a B.S. from Cornell University and lives on Long Island, NY. She has been to over 250 Grateful Dead (and family) shows, her touring days first dating back to 1978.
Ariel graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English and minors in Communications and Spanish. He then pursued a Masters in Marketing at the University of Denver. Ariel joined the HeadCount family because he has a love for live music and eagerness to allow folks to utilize their right to vote.
Daliah joined HeadCount as a NYC Team Leader after being inspired by her brother, SE Regional Coordinator Ariel Rosemberg, to get involved with such an awesome organization. HeadCount is the perfect blend of Daliah’s two favorite things: social/political activism and live music, and she finds that every HeadCount experience is different than the last and always brings on new excitement. Daliah completed her Masters in Social Work at NYU and is now currently working as a social worker at a non-profit law firm. She thoroughly enjoys PHISH, adventures in the city, and her dog Benny.
A Georgia native, Dave resides in Nashville, where he spends much of his time managing websites and databases for a range of musicians, nonprofits, universities, and small businesses. In addition, he works as a political consultant to various local and statewide elected officials and on behalf of pro-public education groups.
Dave lives in the Bellevue community–where he is active with civic events and local nonprofits–alongside his wife Allison (whom he met at a RatDog show), their two kids, and their two dogs. He has a passion for music and deep interest in public policy.
Tania was born and raised in White Plains, NY, a northern suburb the perfect distance from NYC to easily hop on a train and experience live music. Her concert-going roots began with her older brother who took her to her first show up at SPAC. With his baby sister in tow, they went to countless shows all over the tri-state area including the summers of 1989 and 1990 when they pretty much saw the entire Jones Beach line-up. Tania was a frequent under-age patron at the Wetlands Preserve and saw her first Dead show in 1990 – that’s when she began to understand the power of community and experienced music that could change lives.
When she’s not lost in sweet songs that rock her soul Tania is mom to a teenage daughter who is also civic minded, knows how to fight for what she believes in, and has started her very own musical adventure – with mom by her side.
James received his BA from New York University in Political Science and Theory. He is addicted to all facets of music and politics. James has previously interned in political campaigns, municipal government and has taught at Drake Bennett Summer Schools teaching English to children in San Francisco and New York City.
Adam Scharfberg joined HeadCount through his internship with Consider It Dan. He assisted with a special Headcount benefit concert featuring Bob Weir & Warren Haynes. After graduating from Syracuse University, Adam became a member of the HC Artist Relations team and helped co-facilitate Headcount’s partnership with Live Nation venues throughout the country. Adam’s artists included Andrew Bird, North Mississippi Allstars, and Dr. Dog.
At Syracuse, Adam was the President of the largest student group on campus, University Union, overseeing five hundred members of a budget of over $750,000. Through his four years as part of the organization, University Union produced events including Kanye West, Fergie, Guster, O.A.R., Vice President Al Gore, Bill Cosby, and many more. Originally from Abington, PA (outside of Philadelphia), Adam currently resides in New York City. He likes music, friends, dirt biking, and Second Ave Deli.
With a deep-rooted love for music, community, and political activism, Lauren found her perfect fit in Athens when adopted into the HeadCount family. She studied Mass Communications and Spanish at the University of Georgia
Lauren is actively involved in Athens’s vivacious music scene. DJing at the local radio station, organizing and booking benefit shows for various non-profits, and teaching guitar classes at the local Latino center, she continues to dip her toes in any opportunity she can to surround herself with new folks that share her passions.
Adam was born and raised in Kingston, NY, not far from the original site of Woodstock. He is now living in Brooklyn and loving life. He graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from SUNY New Paltz. Growing up near Woodstock, NY exposed Adam to lots of different types music at a young age, which developed into a strong passion that continues to this day. Adam spends most of his free time managing a blog about music, art and politics. He enjoys attending concerts and traveling the world.
Chelsea’s love for music, concerts, people, and political awareness and participation made Headcount a perfect fit for a cause she could support. Chelsea graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with her Bachelors of Science in Architecture. She followed that with a Masters in Architecture with a Certificate in Urban Design which was completed through a practicum program based in Houston, Texas, also with Texas Tech University. Originally from Montana, Chelsea strives for a life mostly spent outdoors with rounds of down time inside with her cat, Lilith.
Talia was raised by deadheads and 80s techno listeners, inspiring her early drum career. Her drum career ended quickly after her childhood stardom peak. After that the passion for music didn’t stop but Hilary Duff and Jonas Brothers concerts became SZA and Homeshake concerts. Talia’s taste in music ranges from KAYTRANADA to Alvvays to Bon Jovi. She spends most of her time listening to this music, painting, drawing, and being covered in various art supplies. She is passionate about travel, photography, and community building.
Michael held many roles in HeadCount including team leading in Cincinnati, OH, and Chicago, IL, and serving as regional coordinator for the Upper Midwest.
Michael graduated from Indiana University and is currently figuring out how to launch the rap career of his alter-ego “Miguel Simone” into super-stardom.
Jeff Simonds is a teacher, writer, music-lover, bad dancer, and all-around spectacularly handsome individual from upstate New York. With HeadCount, he’s registered over 1,000 people all over New England. He’s also published two books (one of which is not too bad). He lives in Albany with two ill-mannered kittens (not HeadCount volunteers).
Moriah studied Entertainment Event Management at Johnson & Wales University. She hopes to one day get involved in coordinating music festivals. Going to concerts/festivals is a priority for her. Moriah has past work experience at Photo Finish Records and Atlantic Records.
Sara attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she was thrown into the live music culture at an early age. She works at the local concert venue in Baton Rouge, The Varsity. Her favorite bands are The String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic. She enjoys attending festivals and live shows along with her avid practice of hot yoga.
Andy moved to Hawaii for 6 months shortly after joining HeadCount. Missing out on the music scene that the mainland had to offer, he knew he had to get more involved when he got back. Over the years, he worked in multiple music venues, worked on a television crew for the local public access station, MCTV-15, and even spent time cooking in a restaurant to make some extra cash.
Andy grew up in Bel Air, MD, right outside Baltimore. He attended Ithaca College in NY and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Daniella Smith is a Bay Area native currently in public accounting. She attended Mills College and UC Davis, earning her BA in Economics and Master of Professional Accountancy. Her activities in college included Model United Nations and student government. In addition to music, Daniella enjoys reading, hiking, and playing tennis. She recently rescued three kittens and now spends most of her free time taking selfies with Coco, Cleo, and Pepper.
Daniella has been volunteering with various organizations for several years and joined HeadCount to continue to give back to her community and the causes important to Daniella. When not working or listening to music you’ll mostly likely find Daniella swimming or dancing.
Hannah is a Brazilian from New York/Miami. She attended Boston University studying Advertising with a minor in Marketing and a concentration in Music. As a music enthusiast, Hannah’s entire life revolves around music. While her talents do not extend themselves in the area of musical performance, she aspires to change the music industry at large and become the next Cameron Crowe (her favorite movie is “Almost Famous”). She was a previous ‘Stache Media Lifestyle Representative in Boston for RED Distribution, a label under Sony.
Lauren attended school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned a bachelors degree in both Communications and Public Relations. While at school she studied abroad at the University of Florence of the Arts, in Florence, Italy. Lauren had marketing internships with Greater Hudson Bank and Accedemia Europea di Firenze where she learned various marketing techniques while she also learned to utilize her education and use it in an effective way. Listening to music and attending concerts is Lauren’s favorite way to invest her free time.
Anastasia first discovered the organization when she registered to vote at Newport Folk Festival in 2010. Some of Anastasia’s passions include traveling, going to shows (especially Biscuits shows!) and photography.
Anastasia feels strongly about using music to empower fans to make a difference. She believes that fusing something as awesome as live music with something as important as voting is the perfect fit; what could be better than being involved in democracy and doing it through music!
Jory was born and raised in Minnesota (despite hating the cold) and has lived overseas a few times in his career. He has been involved in International business and Sales management for the past 20+ years and has traveled to 88 Countries throughout the world. This includes dictatorships, communist, socialistic, tribal leaders and other forms of governments.
Jory has three daughters. He is an avid disc golf player, collector of wines and enjoys traveling for festivals and concerts around the country. He only really started listening to music once his girls flew the coup and he had a lot of free time. It started with Widespread Panic and moved on from there.
Lindsey first volunteered with HeadCount in her hometown of Nashville but soon after moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee. She graduated as a Journalism and Electronic Media major with American Studies and Political Science minors. She has a passion for music, community involvement, and social change.
Ian has a strong background in sales, business development, and marketing. A huge music fan, Ian’s been recording shows since the mid 1990’s and has always unconditionally shared his recordings with other fans on the web.
Ian graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Photographic Marketing Management and works in sales and marketing in the photography industry. In addition to going to festivals and recording them, Ian enjoys camping in his 1987 Westfalia as well as mountain biking, sailing, and skiing.
Katie graduated from New York University in Music Business and spent a summer working as an Artist Liaison at the Aspen Music Festival & School. Katie’s roots are planted in St. Louis, Missouri, but she finds her real home in Estes Park, Colorado, where her family often vacations. She spends her free time running and playing violin.
Meghan discovered HeadCount while registering to vote at a moe. show and instantly became an avid fan of HC’s mission. Originally from Rhode Island, this small state chic moved herself crosscountry to San Francisco, CA, to be with her soul mate, Jon Perri.
Meghan often volunteers her spare time to numerous non-profits throughout the area to strengthen civic participation and further the progressive movement. She is an active member of the Thoreau Center’s Green Team, and plays a vital role in raising awareness of green business practices. When she’s not volunteering with HeadCount or other organizations, you can probably find her dancing at the nearest funk show, or eating chocolate cake and watching Woody Allen movies.
Jennifer Suh (@makeemsaysuh) worked as the Managing Director. Jennifer has been involved with youth participation in electoral politics for many years, working with a variety of groups including The League of Young Voters, Young People For and Music for America.
Jennifer also has experience working in socially conscious media such as The Village Voice and Air America. Jennifer is a Brooklyn resident. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Megan attended Manhattan College and studied French and International Studies. She loves going to shows (especially Mumford & Sons one) and thinks music and democracy go together like peanut butter & jelly.
Sarah attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She majored in philosophy and psychology with a minor in political theory. She aspires to eventually attend law school and use the degree to engage in non-profit work with a political focus. She firmly believes in the power of music to instigate widespread social change. Aside from her affinity for music, Sarah also enjoys reading and travelling.
Bridgid is a of Fordham University with a BA in English Literature. She was born in California but grew up in New Jersey and will be the first person to defend the reputation of the garden state. Her mom introduced her to The Beatles and her dad, The Grateful Dead, molding her particular taste in music from an early age.
Headcount’s dedication to social responsibility and its deep connection with the music industry was what first drew Bridgid in; but it was the amazing people who she met along the way forged her long-lasting relationship with the organization. A music-loving canvasser by day, and a self-proclaimed writer by night, one day she hopes to become the (a) voice of her generation. She says this with confidence because she believes that everyone should be confident about what they’re passionate about. This, she believes, is the most important thing.
Tyler originally discovered HeadCount in the back of Rolling Stone. He later saw an add pop up on the internet, an image of Dave Matthews with HeadCount volunteers at Bonnaroo. Being a huge fan, Tyler immediately looked up the organization and the rest is history.
From then on, Tyler’s love for the fight for democracy and, coincidentally, his love for music has done nothing but grow. In recent years, Tyler has floated around working jobs and positions that can get him as close to music as possible. Working as a rigger, a stage hand, a brand ambassador, and pretty much anything that makes it possible to make it to festivals and concerts around the south.
Ethan is a native New Orleanian. A political science graduate, he was naturally upset with the political apathy of his peers and way too broke to attend any shows when he had his first experience in volunteering for HeadCount at Moe. Down. It was love-at-first-volunteer. For his whole life, Ethan had figured that his love of music and his love of political activism would have to lead separate-but-equal existences and was ecstatic to find an organization like HeadCount that would tie them together.
You can usually find Ethan geeking- out over every headline on Google News, arguing politics with his roommates or random people on the subway, or getting down at shows. If you see him at a show and it looks like he’s going through an epileptic seizure – don’t worry, that’s him “getting down.”
Samantha studied Music Business at Full Sail University. Her passion for live music,wanting be more involved in her community, and helping a cause that she believes in is what drew her most to HeadCount. Her favorite band is Umphrey’s Mcgee and she enjoys crocheting, music festivals, delicious beers, jokes,and good company.
Mati is from Big Sky, MT, and earned a degree in Organizational Communication, a minor in Nonprofit Administration and a certificate in Entertainment Management at the University of Montana. Mati has immersed herself in the music industry since the beginning of her college career, and has gained experience in marketing, promotion, merchandise and production. Mati is a concert and festival junkie.
Keli has always loved music. Her parents started taking her to concerts when she was in the third grade and even though her taste in music changed, her concert attendance only increased! She graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Political Science, and loved the west coast from Grateful Dead tour so ended up living in Oregon for several years. She has a wonderful daughter, who is the love of her life, and has returned to Alabama to be with her. She has always been politically active and recently decided she wanted to do more than work in hospitality and attend concerts and festivals. So, she is trying to combine the things she loves most and make a difference in the world. She believes music heals the soul and people using their rights and voting will heal our country.
Shane finished his M.A. degree in Political Science at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His research was centered on the provision of a “democratic education” to today’s youth in order to empower them with the civic knowledge to function effectively as tomorrow’s citizens. Shane’s passion for political education led him to earn a Ph.D. in Political Science, specializing in Political Theory and Public Policy Issues.
Annie Utley studied photography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has a passion for music, grassroots organizations and above all social consciousness.
Sonia attended American University in Washington, DC. She grew up in South Jersey. Living in DC gave her an awesome opportunity to work within many different aspects of our government including the Senate, DOJ, DOL, FERC, Aspen Inst., and various other jobs.
Elyse Gabrielle was a Music Industry major at University of New Haven in Connecticut. She started her own PR business when she was 16 years old. From going to as many shows as she could, she landed an internship with a local record label/promotion company called Danimal Records/Jersey Shows. She has learned so much from her incredible experience and knew she wanted to pursue it as a career. She got the chance to meet and become friends with many bands and solo artists from around the world, spreading the word about their music to others.
In her spare time she loves going to shows and meeting new people, find new music and spread the word out and photography. An interesting fact, when she was a little baby she was adopted from South Korea.
After graduating from NC State, Julie Whelan volunteered with HeadCount at Bonnaroo and was hooked. She is the Executive Director of SoleMates Foundation, a local non-profit in Raleigh that collects new and gently used shoes to give to people in need. When she is not busy with the foundation, she is working on PR for Feelgoodz, an eco-friendly flip flop company, and working as a personal assistant to Uvo Luxury’s fashion designer. Julie believes live music is a powerful vehicle for promoting social change.
Lisa joined HeadCount as the Team Leader in Kentucky and quickly found HeadCount was the perfect mix of activism and good times. In addition to being an outlet for civic engagement, it serves as a fix for her live music addiction. Lisa’s day job is in Employer Relations for the public pension system in Kentucky. Kentucky born and raised, Lisa earned her BA in English at Georgetown College.
Henry White attended UNC Chapel Hill and studied political science and psychology. He holds the title of longest tenured busboy at Top of the Hill and likes to spend his free time making sick beats on his Reason Essentials demo software, because who has the extra $400 to drop on the full package? He enjoys any rapper whose name doesn’t begin with “lil.”
When he is not busy registering voters at concerts and festivals, you will find Kevin playing mandolin in local bluegrass and jam bands, or enjoying the outdoors with his family.