Meghan has been active in the music business since 2009 when 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 in 2008. After school, she moved to San Francisco where she has worked for JamBase.com, iTunes, and is currently working at LiveNation. She has worked with HeadCount artists including Papadosio, Greensky Bluegrass, the Dixie Chicks and more and is excited to bring her experiences full circle as a team leader for HeadCount.
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 in June of 2004, 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 in 2005, he met Laura Scalet at a show in 2006 and signed up to volunteer then and there. Volunteering for many concerts starting in the 2006 election cycle, Eytan was a frequent resource and earned volunteer of the month in January of 2010 and then Volunteer of The Year in 2012, winning him a spot on Jam Cruise.
After years of “Sitting on the Sidelines” he decided to become a co-team leader for Seattle in March of 2014, nearly 10 years after he 1st became aware of Headcount!
In his day job Eytan is a computer programmer with specialization in educational and entertainment software.
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.
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 2012. 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 2010 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.
Chelsea Farrell began volunteering with a team of HeadCount All-Stars at All Good ’07. That winter she began, and currently continues, as the coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic region. Originally from Albany, NY, Chelsea is currently living and attending
law school in Jacksonville, FL. Chelsea graduated in 2006 from American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in political science and anthropology. As an undergrad, she studied in Egypt and Jamaica, and hopes to study abroad again in the near future. Chelsea is a vegetarian and an avid road cyclist, and she loves to engage in observable actions that curb environmental degradation.
Arianna joined HeadCount’s team in 2015 thanks to Melanie Marcou’s well applied peer pressure. After completing her degree in Earth Science at UC Santa Cruz last year, 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, and is planning to return to life as a student as soon as humanly possible.
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. She discovered HeadCount at the Participation Row at Dead and Company’s MSG show and is very excited to be joining HeadCount as a TL. 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. Kelly is excited to inspire people to get out to polls this November and every November after that.
Tim joined HeadCount as a Team Leader for Boulder Colorado in the summer of 2010. He has volunteered for other voter registration organizations for years but got turned onto HeadCount after meeting Executive Director Andy Bernstein during the Bisco Inferno run. Originally from Massachusetts Tim graduated from Umass Amherst in 2004 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.
Monika Kulma is a financial and operations management expert with significant experience in strategic planning, organizational management, technology implementation, and stakeholder engagement.
Most recently, Monika served as the Senior Budget Analyst on the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign in Brooklyn since its launch. Previously, she worked at the White House for over three years as a financial manager, ultimately serving as the Director of White House Finance and managed a staff responsible for all White House expenditures, contracts, and business support. Monika’s previous experience includes working as a communications assistant at US Environmental Protection Agency during the organization’s 40th Anniversary and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; serving as a teaching assistant at Georgetown University in economics and analytics; and consulting for an international development nonprofit on program evaluation. Monika worked on the 2008 Obama Campaign in Las Vegas, NV, where she coordinated voter outreach in over twenty urban and rural precincts.
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.
Monika 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 has lived in Washington, DC since 2009 and has an adorable pup named Spicy.
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.
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. In late 2014 he began the process of restarting the Jefferson Area NORML chapter of VA NORML, and was the director for 2015. Lobbying for cannabis law reform on state and federal levels inspired Brian’s belief in how important each person’s voice/vote is. After looking over petitions signed at tabling events, he noticed how many people were not registered to vote. He then remembered HeadCount volunteers from the 2014 Lockn’ Festival and realized how important their mission is. He is now happy to be involved in the endeavor of ending voter apathy.
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.
Will first encountered HeadCount in 2006 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, which is what has driven him to become a Team Leader; but his love for music and America is the real reason he dove head first in HeadCount.
Lisa and Jeff heard about HeadCount while eating snow cones at the Newport Folk Festival in 2010. They immediately registered to vote and signed up to volunteer (once their snacks were eaten, of course) and, in 2012, became team leaders for Albany, NY. They are excited to get involved in the upstate New York political and musical community, and to have some more fun at HeadCount booths.
When they aren’t enjoying political activism, frozen snacks, or great live music, Lisa is an artist and art teacher working towards her Masters in the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Jeff is a fiction writer working towards his Masters in Goddard College. They have seen Dave Matthews Band live a combined total of 31 times… and, thus, are very cool people.
Sara is a full time student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Originally from Atlanta, GA she was thrown into the live music culture at an early age. She joined HeadCount as a team leader in 2014 combining her love for politics and live music. When she is not working with HeadCount she works at the local concert venue in Baton Rouge, The Varsity. She is currently studying Political Science, Sociology, and Spanish with the hopes of traveling after she graduates in December. 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.
Hannah is a Brazilian from New York/Miami entering her junior year at Boston University studying Advertising with a minor in Marketing and a concentration in Music. She was introduced to the wonders of HeadCount through a simple game of Jewish-Geography; a friend she grew up with was a former intern at HeadCount and raved about his experience. 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 and in addition to working at HeadCount, is the current social media coordinator of a local music blog “Sound of Boston”. As a fellow dead-head, Hannah is ecstatic to begin and create her story at HeadCount.
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 found the first concert he could volunteer for, it was Jason Mraz and Christina Perri, he had the best time and soon realized he would really like to do this more often. 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 anything possible to be able to make it to festivals and concerts around the south. Currently his day job takes me down the path of activism, working for Grass Roots Campaign inc. as a field manager raising funds for non-profit organizations, leaving availability for other positions with Insomniac Ground Control and most importantly HeadCount.
Mati is from Big Sky, MT, and is currently pursuing 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, and HeadCount allows her to combine her passion for music with her love of nonprofits and excitement about the upcoming election! Find Mati working as Team Leader at concerts in Missoula, MT.
Annie Utley burst through HeadCount’s doors as a new intern at the start of this new year. She is currently studying photography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts – so prepare to have an influx of images to devour! HeadCount harmoniously combines Annie’s passion for music, grassroot organizations and above all social consciousness.
James joined HeadCount in the summer of 2013. He received his BA from New York University in Political Science and Theory. James 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 for three years teaching English to children in San Francisco and New York City.
Macy joined HeadCount as a summer intern for 2013. She just finished up her senior year at the University of Texas at Austin, studying Marketing and Political Science. Macy loves living in the live music capital of the world and she is a festival/concert junkie. With past experience interning for political campaigns and various state representatives, she is excited to get started as HeadCount’s Director of Artist Relations, increasing voter activism through live music events (which she considers her “happy place”).
Laura Bedrick is one of the new interns joining the HeadCount family! A recent college graduate from Arizona State University, Laura earned her Bachelors in Psychology (with an emphasis in Human Rights) and her 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… and stuffing her face with Jane Henderson.
Kelley Ferguson started with HeadCount in 2004 as a field volunteer and has since taken on various roles including Nashville Team Leader, Eugene Team Leader, and Issue Editor Director. She recently 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.
Silvana is originally from Long Island and now, living the life of a Brooklyn transplant. She is currently attending Brooklyn College and will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Silvana was first introduced to HeadCount by a current volunteer and team leader, Evan Rose, who she now owes her life to for introducing her to such an awesome organization and group of folks. Silvana spends her free time longboarding, catching shows, reading, drinking bourbon, and enjoying fun times with some solid friends. She is super stoked to be interning with HeadCount and cannot wait to make a difference on this floating rock we’re all sharing!
Dave Kessler joined the HeadCount team in the Summer of 2009 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 while being aware of HeadCount since its inception just actively started to participate. Dave graduated from Rollins College in 2000 with a bachelor in psychology and got his masters in Music Business from the Berklee School of Music. In 2002 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.
Kim’s trying to get your attention every day in 140 characters or less at @HeadCountOrg. 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.
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 event industry for about 5 years.
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. He is hoping to help HeadCount continue to be the triumph that they are.
Drew Granchelli coordinates media relations for HeadCount and serves as its in-house press contact. He also coordinates 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 in 2005, Drew found his way back to the Boston area – where he enjoyed growing up. Drew began working with HeadCount in 2007, and hasn’t looked back since.Working with HeadCount has opened many doors for Drew in the music industry, and he is excited to find what’s next – for himself and the organization.
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.
Jane joined the HeadCount team as an intern in 2010 – immediately drawn in by the mix of music and activism, her two passions. She worked her way up to Director of Artist Relations in 2011 and has been working to expand HeadCount’s reach ever since.
Jane spearheads HeadCount’s relationships with musicians (both at shows and online), manages all HeadCount auctions (offering unique musical experiences) and helps plan and produce HeadCount events and campaigns.
In her spare time she’s watching UFC, exploring NYC’s good eats and catching as much live music as humanly possible.
Dave Rosenberg has acted as administrator of HeadCount’s website since 2013, joining an organization that speaks to his passion for music and deep interest in public policy.
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.
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.
Jennifer Suh (@makeemsaysuh) joined HeadCount in early 2010 as the Managing Director. Jennifer has been involved with youth participation in electoral politics since 2004, working with a variety of groups including The League of Young Voters, Young People For and Music for America.
Jennifer also comes with experience working in socially conscious media such as The Village Voice and Air America. Jennifer is a Brooklyn resident. She is a 2011 New Leaders Council Fellow and one of the organizers for the Downtown Brooklyn chapter of Drinking Liberally. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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 manages 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.
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 for the 2008 election, including serving as a team captain on the fan-to-fan phone campaign. In 2009, he became the Team Leader for Columbus, OH. 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?”
Born and raised in western KY. Now pursuing the American dream In Louisville, KY. Andrew first found out about HeadCount at a concert in the summer of 2009. Wanting to find his niche in civic responsibility, he became the Louisville, KY Team Leader in March of 2010.
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.
Megan is one of the newest members of HeadCount, joining as an Intern in January 2013. She is currently a senior at Manhattan College studying French and International Studies. Since this past election was the first one she could vote in, Megan is super excited to work with HeadCount to get others registered for their first vote too! She loves going to shows (especially the upcoming Mumford & Sons one) and thinks music and democracy go together like peanut butter & jelly.
Acacia Huddle joined HeadCount in March 2008 as the Team Leader for the Central Florida area. 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! In 2004, 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.
Shari Beth has been clipboarding for HeadCount since 2004 and formerly served as our Chief Financial Officer in New York. She moved to Miami in 2008 and is now excited to help let South Florida’s voice be heard. A Columbia University graduate,
Shari is an anti-money laundering specialist and serves as Compliance Officer for a money transmission service.
Dylan Landay, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, joined Headcount in October of 2016 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.
Pamela is a second year law student at the 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.
Emily Munroe first volunteered for HeadCount in Atlanta during the summer of 2009. Soon after, Emily moved to Asheville and began volunteering and acting as an alternate TL at local HeadCount shows. In May of 2010 she officially became Asheville’s HeadCount Team Leader. She is currently a full time student pursuing an education major in mathematics
and a minor in political science (focus in international studies) at UNC, Asheville. Emily has always held live music and the importance of political activism dear to her heart, making HeadCount a perfect avenue in which to experience music while making a difference in her community. She enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, rock climbing and traveling on her own time. Emily Munroe is thrilled to be leading Asheville’s effort to encourage fellow music lovers to be aware of the political state of our nation and influence our future with their right to vote.
Starting early in January of 2013, 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’ is in his third year at Seton Hall University, where he studies Diplomacy and International Affairs and is looking into 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!
Billy Eisenberg, originally from New Jersey, joined HeadCount in October 2016. 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. During the summer of 2016, Billy worked in 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. Billy is really excited to combine his two interests of music and politics with the Headcount organization.
Larkin Raynor recently graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where she studied Political Science and History. In August 2017, Larkin will begin law school at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where she will concentrate on entertainment and music business law.
Larkin joined the HeadCount family as an intern in the summer of 2016. Through HeadCount, she had the opportunity to see some awesome shows and meet some of her best friends so coming back for another summer was an easy choice. She is excited to spend the summer seeing Dead and Company, spreading democracy, and exploring the country along the way!
Liz O’Donnell began volunteering with HeadCount in 2008 when she took over as the Team Leader for Boston. She is a Communications undergrad at Boston University and works at Patagonia part-time when she is not doing HeadCount. She 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. Her fondest HeadCount memories so far are of Farm Aid in 2008 and the Ben Harper Campus Consciousness Tour in 2010. She is a firm believer in the philosophy of “If you don’t vote, don’t complain,” which is what inspired her to join HeadCount’s cause.
Maggie is a seasoned HeadCount veteran. She began volunteering at shows and festivals in 2007, and spent a semester interning in the Manhattan office. She has since graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey and is now committed to take on the role of Team Leader.
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 starting in Fall 2010.
Sasha caught the HeadCount addiction in 2009 as the Phoenix, AZ Team Leader. After catching the HeadCount fever, she recruited local friends and helped start teams in Tucson and Flagstaff and became the Mountain West Regional Coordinator in 2011. She loves traveling anywhere, no matter where or when to experience the culture of different cities, states and countries.
Born and raised in the Nasty ‘Nati, she is proud be a Midwest gal. She decided to chase her dreams back back to Cali Cali in 2014. San Diego is now her forever home where she lives with the three loves of her life: her two dogs Ringo, Zilla and her fiance Andrew.
She received a Bachelors of Communication from the University of Phoenix, an Associates of Veterinary Technology from Columbus State in 2005 and plans to open a hula-hoop fitness studio for women of all ages in the future in San Diego! 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.
Olivia Belluck started as an intern at HeadCount in October of 2016. As a music (mainly rock n’ roll) enthusiast who’s interested in political and social change, finding HeadCount was a dream come true. 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, and is a senior at Fieldston High School. 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.
Mike Glassman grew up in Edgemont, New York in Westchester county. He is a rising Junior at Union College majoring in Political Science. On campus he is involved in a student-run group called Democracy Matters, encouraging the student body to register and vote. Last winter he studied in New Hampshire prior to the primaries. Next fall he is going to spend a semester in Shanghai, China. In his free time he listens to music (jam bands and classic rock) and gets into political debates with friends.
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.
Daliah joined HeadCount as a NYC Team Leader in 2009 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 even after working dozens of shows, she finds that every HeadCount experience is different than the last and always brings on new excitement. Daliah recently 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.
Jacqueline was born and raised in Bellerose, Queens. She is currently persuing a degree in Media Studies and Political Science at Queens College. She joined HeadCount in the Spring of 2016 and is excited to begin this new journey with the team!
Michael has been working with HeadCount since the summer of 2007 when he led the Cincinnati, OH team. Since then he has worked with Headcount at Rothbury, Summercamp, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, North Coast, and tons of shows around the nation. Michael is currently a HC team leader in Chicago, and believes strongly that chi-city has the greatest music scene in the nation (and he would love to debate this belief with you)! Michael graduated from Indiana University in 2006, and is currently figuring out how to launch the rap career of his alter-ego “Miguel Simone” into super-stardom.
Kevin began volunteering for HeadCount during the 2008 election. He is very excited to be the new HeadCount Team Leader in Minnesota where he can continue to channel his passion for live music and political action. When he is not busy registering voters at concerts and festivals, you will find him playing mandolin in local bluegrass and jam bands, or enjoying the outdoors with his family.
Rebecca is one of HeadCount’s Spring 2013 interns. 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!
Sonia is a Senior attending American University in Washington DC. Originally she grew up in South Jersey but is now studying Political Science – specializing in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Spanish Language. Living in DC has given 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.
She started with HeadCount in August of 2010 at the Galactic show at 9:30 club. She is loving getting people involved and getting the disenchanted DC residents excited again!
Lisa joined HeadCount in 2008 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.
I joined Headcount in the Summer of 10′ and worked my first 2 weeks before leaving to live in Hawaii for 6 months. Missing out on the music scene that the mainland offers I decided to become heavy involved in Headcount and got started training to be a team leader. After working several shows during the summer of 11′, the former Baltimore Team Leader [Salie Abraham] informed me that she might be relocating for work and that the position was available and that I was on the top of the list to take over. Salie ended up getting a new job about a month sooner than she had expect and had to move away from Baltimore right away to start her new job, and I was more than ready and willing to take over the position. When I’m not doing Headcount related activities I am most of the time working at The Avalon Theatre in Easton MD, as part of the television crew for the local public access know as MCTV-15, and I also assist with marketing and promotional work for shows at the theatre. Also I love to cook and I cook at a restaurant about twice a week for some extra cash and because I always love to cook. I attended Ithaca College in NY and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. I currently live in Easton, Maryland right on the other side of the bay but I grew up in Bel Air, Maryland right outside of Baltimore, and it is the city I most commonly associate myself with and have the most experience in.
Charlie first started volunteering with HeadCount in the summer of 2010 at Virgin Mobile Free Fest, and was asked to be a co team-leader in Baltimore, MD in the spring of 2012. Although only being recently involved, Charlie has always supported HeadCount and advocated what they stand for since 2006 after registering to vote with the organization at the Gathering of the Vibes.
Charlie grew up in northern New Jersey, spent a few years in Vermont, and finally settled on Baltimore in the winter of 2009. He is currently working towards a B.S. in chemistry at Towson University, and hopes to start the process to earn an M.A.T. in secondary education almost immediately after. When not studying, 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.
Shannon’s first HeadCount show was Dead & Co’s Halloween show at MSG and she fell in love with everything about HeadCount. Registering voters fits perfectly with Shannon’s passion for making the world a happier and better place for everyone. She believes in the power of music to bring people together, and she can’t think of a better way to engage with people than encouraging participation in their government by helping them to register to vote at festivals and venues across the country. This year, Shannon began her festival season registering voters at Okeechobee Fest. She’ll spend her summer on tour with Dave Matthews Band and Phish registering voters; but will of course squeeze in a week with Clean Vibes at Bonnaroo. She’ll then end her festival season as Volunteer Coordinator at Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, TN.
After graduating from NC State in May, Julie Whelan volunteered with HeadCount in the summer of 2011 at Bonnaroo and is now the Team Leader in Raleigh, NC. 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, a 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 and is thrilled to be a part of the HeadCount movement.
Moriah joined the HeadCount team in the Summer 2013. Moriah recently finished her third year at Johnson & Wales University. Currently, Moriah is studying Entertainment Event Management. With her degree she would like to get involved with the coordination of music festivals. Going to concerts/festivals is a priority to Moriah. Moriah has had past internships with Photo Finish Records, as well as Atlantic Records. She is very excited to be working with HeadCount to combine her passion for music with her strong interest in politics.
Jamil Apostol joined the Headcount team in the summer of 2016. 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 in 2010 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 in May 2011 with a B.A. in Government with 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.
Michael joined the HeadCount team in the fall of 2010 as a volunteer Nocturnal Music Festival in Texas. Originally from Houston, Michael now attends the University of Texas at Austin as a business student. Now a co team leader, Michael looks forward to expanding HeadCount in Austin’s thriving music scene and hopes to draw in more music-loving volunteers along the way.
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 his wife (also a HeadCount volunteer) and two ill-mannered kittens (not HeadCount volunteers).
Logan joined HeadCount in 2010 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 in September of 2011 after moving to Flagstaff for school.
Currently he is attending Northern Arizona University for an English degree with a creative writing emphasis. He plans to teach English as a Second Language all over the world as soon as he graduates. Born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska he has lived in Arizona for several years while still maintaining the title of youngest Snowbird around. Between attending classes and going to HeadCount shows, 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. So send a suggestion his way and he might just be able to show you something new too.
Allie joined HeadCount in October 2016 as a Public Relations Intern. She hails from Boston, Massachusetts where she grew up loving the changing seasons, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Tom Brady. Allie currently attends Pace University as a sophomore Communication Studies major.
Aside from music and politics, Allie loves traveling, Netflix, The Bachelor, and chocolate ice cream. In the spring of 2017, Allie will be studying at Regents University in London. Although unsure of what her future holds, Allie is thrilled to combine her love for music and her love for politics with this incredible organization.
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.
Megan first heard of HeadCount in 2007 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 opportunity to tour across the country working at music festivals along the way. In 2011 she settled into an engineering job in Texas where she is very excited to step up her involvement with HeadCount by starting up the new team for the Houston region. When not engineering or taking vacation days to work at music festivals, Megan enjoys playing outside, exploring new places, and sipping local adult beverages.
Lauren is thrilled to be joining the HeadCount team this summer. She just finished her junior year of college at the University of Florence of the Arts, in Florence, Italy. Next semester Lauren will return to her home university at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she will continue to work towards a bachelors degree in both Communications and Public Relations. Previously, Lauren has 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. Thus, Lauren is psyched to be working with HeadCount because it brings her one step closer to pursuing a career in PR and marketing within the music industry.
Sean Crossland first encountered HeadCount at SummerCamp Music Festival in 2010. He recently obtained his Masters in Community Leadership from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Sean currently 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.
Anthony started with HeadCount as a volunteer in October of 2010 and just recently became a Team Leader in October 2011. He is ecstatic to be a Boston Team Leader. He is currently a student at The New England Institute of Art and is majoring in Audio Production.
Anthony grew up in a musical family so he was 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.
Samantha Torres showed an interest in becoming more involved in HeadCount through the Team Leader in New Jersey,Chelsea Germer. Chelsea hooked Samantha up with the right people and she is now a Co-Team Leader in Orlando, FL. She is very passionate and dedicated to helping HeadCount make a difference.
Samantha is a full time student studying 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.
Lindsey first volunteered with HeadCount in her hometown of Nashville in the fall of 2008 but soon after moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee. She ran into HeadCount again at Bonnaroo 2010 and the hope to establish a HeadCount presence in Knoxville again was planted. She volunteered at Bonnaroo 2011 and started as Team Leader for Knoxville shortly after.
Lindsey will graduate in May of 2012 as a Journalism and Electronic Media major with American Studies and Political Science minors. She is excited to have a role that can combine her passions of music, community involvement, and social change and thrilled to have a chance to spread the word about HeadCount to the Knoxville area.
Jonathan joined HeadCount this past summer working with the Digital Media Committee. Jonathan learned about HeadCount the previous summer and decided he wanted to become more involved in the organization. He learned that there was an open position for Team Leader in New Orleans and jumped on the opportunity.
Jonathan will also introduce the city of Baton Rouge to HeadCount this year. 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 is currently attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and majoring 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.
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. She is eager to engage music fans and get them excited about the political process.
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.
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. After volunteering with HeadCount in NYC in 2011, he could not be more ecstatic to take on his role as Team Leader at the start of an election year.
Adam spends most of free time managing a blog about music, art and politics. He enjoys attending concerts and traveling the world. He is most excited for the endless possibilities in NYC to combine his passion for music and raising political consciousness.
Henry White is a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill studying political science and psychology. He is officially the longest tenured busboy at Top of the Hill (4 years!) 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” and still hasn’t lost the high from the Tar Heels winning the NCAA Championship. Most importantly, he’s pumped to spend the summer reaching new voters!
With a deep-rooted love for music, community, and political activism, Lauren found her perfect fit in Athens when adopted into the HeadCount family in 2012. As a third year Mass Communications and Spanish student at the University of Georgia, when not juggling school, 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 around campus, 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.
As the new HeadCount co-team leader for the Athens area, Lauren is entirely jazzed to get a UGA HeadCount university chapter up and in efforts to further our campus and community outreach, inform and empower our community, and provide a safe and non-partisan outlet for political discussion and student involvement.
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.
Lucas comes from a long past of family forced camping vacations, festivals, and political rallies. Somewhere down the line the interests stuck. Lucas is now a sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College majoring in Business Management with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Lucas joins HeadCount because of a deep love of music and its effects on those who listen. As someone who has been politically active years before he could vote he is excited to start influencing young voters and start making a change. You can often find Lucas going for a run or purposefully listen to incredible obscure music just on principle.
Mayra Licera, recently joined HeadCount as an intern in the New York Office. She is currently going into her senior year at Baruch College, where she studies Communications, with a minor in Arts Administration.
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 to make a difference in the world and has volunteered in her schools feed the needy campaign and recently for UNICEF. By being part of HeadCount she gets to be a involved with the two things that she loves, politics and the music community. She hopes that by educating others, they will also want to make a difference too.
Katie Stookesberry joined HeadCount in January 2012 as an intern and continues to help out in every way that she can, particularly with voter registration processing. She graduated from New York University last May in Music Business and spent her 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. Katie’s passion for music and non-profit organizations make HeadCount Organization a great place to work, play, and make a difference.
Pat Daley arrived on HeadCount’s doorstep in January of 2012. It was 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 is here for the music, or if he’s just chasing after the golden goose of a non-profit payroll check.
John Flynn is working towards a major in Arts Management and a minor in Music, Media, and Enterprise at 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.
Angela Linneman comes to HeadCount after a career spent on both sides of the HeadCount coin: music and politics. Most recently, 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.
Before heading to MoveOn, Angela worked at Universal Music Group on the Global Digital Business team, supporting groundbreaking initiatives in technology, distribution, operations, and global partnerships. Before coming to UMG, Angela held roles that combined creativity and operations, worked as a freelance cultural journalist, hit every major music festival in France on her year abroad, and was deeply involved in campus organizing, activism, and fighting hunger and homelessness while a student at UCLA.
Liv Andersen first learned about HeadCount while working for Relix Magazine in 2007. In 2008 she joined the artist relations team, managing 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 in 2009. She is an avid fan of live music, travel, and skiing. Liv is a 2007 Music Industry BA graduate of SUNY College at Oneonta and proud to be a part of HeadCount.
Maxx is a student at the State University of New York in Oneonta where he studies Music Industry with a specialization in event management and a minor in audio production. Growing up just 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 IX in 2011 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.
Brian Bavosa joined HeadCount in 2006 for the “Midterms Matter Tour”, as a writer for website content and as an active volunteer in the field. He currently manages 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 works 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 in 2002, and earning an M.A. in English at SUNY New Paltz in late 2004. 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.
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.
Ashley Codianni joined HeadCount in 2008 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 in 2007.
Jessica Cortese joined Headcount in the Spring of 2008. She currently manages 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, N.H. for Communication Studies. Jessica started at Relix as an intern and currently works for them as the Advertising Production Manager. She resides on Long Island in NY.
Rommel joined HeadCount in July 2014 as a volunteer. Shortly after, he became a Team Leader.
Originally from Barbados, Rommel moved the US to live in Brooklyn, NY in 2005. He then moved to Florida for College at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he earned his BS in Aeronautics in 2011 then began to travel all over the West Coast for work after graduating. He later then moved to Atlanta in 2013 where fell in love with the EDM ccene. 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.
After seeing HeadCount at various music festivals along the east coast Rachel jumped into the DC HeadCount scene as a volunteer. HeadCount soon became a way to combine her politically charged school (just 5 blocks away from the White House) with the enormous energy of DC’s music scene.
Rachel is now a Campus Field Intern while still at school, The George Washington University, where she studies International Affairs and Anthropology. With her internship, she hopes to become a familiar face at the 9:30 Club (DC’s top venue) and is crossing her fingers that Landmark Music Festival will return to the National Mall. Her interests include traveling, visual art, service, and of course music & politics.
During her time at school, she 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. Standing behind an organization that she truly believed in was necessary for her – and she found that with HeadCount.
Deanne Herman joined HeadCount in the summer of 2007 and manages artist relations for the bands, Umphrey’s Mcgee, moe., O.A.R., Maroon 5, and A.L.O. 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, and now with HeadCount projects. . 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.
Sam Katz joined HeadCount in their inaugural year, 2004, and helped the Boston team register more voters than any other city in the U.S. that summer. After taking a few years off, Sam joined the team again in 2007, 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, in 2000 with a degree in Communications. Originally from Boston, MA, Sam is now criscrossing the country working as a Tour Manager for the Jamie McLean Band and Laura Reed and Deep Pocket.
Allison Altschiller is a rising senior at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She is studying 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’s been about three-years-old. Previously, Allison has 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 this past 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.
Ethan is a native New Orleanian, currently residing in beautiful Brooklyn, NY. A poltical 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 2011. 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. After a year of voluteering at as many shows as possible, Ethan became an office intern in the Summer of 2012 and has now graduated to become a Program Associate.
When he isn’t working in the HeadCount office, you can usually find him 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.”
Adam Scharfberg joined HeadCount in 2007, 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 include 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 a 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. Adam currently works for Charity Folks, the leading online auction venue for non-profits. Adam has helped manage several auctions for Headcount, raising over $75,000 in 2009. Originally from Abington, PA (outside of Philadelphia), Adam currently resides in New York City. He likes music, friends, dirt biking, and Second Ave Deli.
Jay Carbon hass been a part of HeadCount since its founding in 2004 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.
Anton joined HeadCount in the early wintry days of 2014, motivated to channel his growing interest in creating social good with his long-held fondness for music into tangible change. HeadCount seemed like the perfect place to start this quest. Anton 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 currently studying Philosophy and Econ at NYU, unsure of what his future holds. Whatever it is, he intends to make it an exciting one.
Alexis is the newest HeadCount intern to join the New York City crew and is extremely excited to be able to work with such a great team of people. She is currently a junior attending 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 rewatching seasons of The Office.
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 in early 2014, 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.
Emily started as a volunteer for Headcount in May of 2014 in Rhode Island. She is currently a junior at Bridgewater State University, working on 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!
Lindsey Burke recently joined 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.
Whitney began working with HeadCount in early 2010 as Editor of the Gulf Coast Recovery Issue Page. She became involved 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 in the spring of 2010. She is preparing to start a career representing 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.
Jordan first began volunteering with HeadCount in February 2014, working as a Team Leader for the Austin area. Although she only recently got involved with the organization, she 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 three years ago to be a student at the University of Texas. She is currently in her last semester of her studies, majoring in History with a minor in Latin American Studies. 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.
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. Soon after graduation she picked up and moved a thousand miles away to spend the summer in New York. In her free time you can find her with her dog/ fur child Gypsy, exploring the city, going to shows, and finding good eats.
Grace Mann is a rising senior at Berklee College of Music studying songwriting and electronic production. She grew up in Boston, MA listening to a range of artists from Norah Jones to Bruce Springsteen to Maroon 5. She spends most of her time writing bangers, drinking coffee, and watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Grace discovered HeadCount during her search for an internship that would combine her passion for both music and politics. She hopes that HeadCount will bring her closer to her dream: meeting Chance the Rapper.
Scott is currently serving as the Carbondale team leader. He started serving HeadCount as a volunteer during the 2004 election and became Iowa team leader after moving to Ames, IA for graduate school. In 2008, he served as team leader in his hometown of Chicago. 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.
Larkin Raynor grew up in Dunn, North Carolina. She now attends East Carolina University where she is a senior studying Political Science and History. She spends her free time pulling for ECU sports teams.
Larkin‘s first experience with HeadCount was at Bonnaroo 2015 where she saw HeadCount volunteers registering voters and thought, “what a cool idea.” Larkin loves all types of music, but her favorite is the Dave Matthews Band. Larkin is excited to spend the summer promoting political participation and exploring the city!
Nicole started with HeadCount by traveling with the Jack Johnson tour to oversee HeadCount’s presence in the tour’s Village Green. Nicole previously served as a Washington, D.C. Team Leader, while working for Senator Barbara Boxer and the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. A graduate of Lehigh University and Pace Law School’s Environmental Law Program, Nicole enjoys utilizing her educational and professional background to help non-traditional activists make a difference. She is also the the Artist Rep for Brett Dennen and acts as HeadCount’s non profit partnership coordinator. A San Francisco resident, Nicole enjoys jogging barefoot on the beach with her dog, listening to Michael Franti and Spearhead, and attending ALO shows.
Dan joined HeadCount in the summer of 2010 as an intern to help with the updating, maintenance, and development of the website. He’s helped with several campaigns, and currently maintains the Who’s Who page.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Brooklyn. She is a recent graduate of Brooklyn College who graduated with a degree in creative writing. She joined HeadCount in the fall of 2015 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. She is excited to get involved with HeadCount.
Emilia Donovan grew up in Holmdel, New Jersey, and now attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She is pursuing a degree in Professional Music, focusing in Songwriting and Social Change, and minoring in History. In Fall 2015, Emilia founded a voter registration initiative at Berklee with the help of her close friends and colleagues, so she is very excited to learn even more about the process and get field experience as a HeadCount intern for Summer 2016! Outside of school and work, Emilia loves running around in the great outdoors, driving to the beach, hanging out with cats, and listening to Bruce Springsteen.
Ian joined headcount in April of 2008 with 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.
After one of his recordings garnered over 100,000 downloads from archive.org he knew it was time to put these pieces of history to work for a greater good, and decided that HeadCount was the way to do it. Ian helped create HeadCount’s download page with much of his own captured content. 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 joined HeadCount as an intern in January 2013. She’s a junior at Columbia University studying computer science, but really prefers music to coding so is super excited to be working at HeadCount! 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.
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 is one of HeadCount’s Spring 2013 interns. She is currently a senior at Baruch College majoring in Business Communications and has a minor in Marketing. On her spare time she runs a management business and hopes to start a career in Public Relations. “Headcount is the perfect environment to be in as a senior in college because it is the perfect combination of music and social consciousness.” While working at Headcount Megan plans to help with voters’ registration, assist with marketing and teach her stellar dance moves.
Ryan Abramow recently joined 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 fulltime 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. He looks forward to be a driving force here at HeadCount.
Lizzy is currently serving as the Personal Liberty Issue Editor. She first became involved with HeadCount in the summer of 2011 after Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. 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.
A sophomore and global studies major at New York University, Lizzy ultimately plans to combine law, human rights, and foreign languages in her career. Originally from a small town in CT, she couldn’t resist the fast paced life of Manhattan. She has become extremely involved in political activism, specifically in drug policy reform. She is a co-president of NYU’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter, as well as event intern at Drug Policy Alliance. She hopes to live in California or Europe later in her life.
Jess is new to Headcount in 2012 and thrilled to take on the role of Team Leader. Currently 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!
I was born and raised in Minnesota (I really don’t like the cold) and have lived overseas a few times in my career. I have been involved in International business and Sales management for the past 20+ years and have traveled to 88 Countries throughout the world. This includes dictatorships, communist, socialistic, tribal leaders and other forms of governments.
I have three daughters. I am an avid disc golf player, collector of wines and enjoys traveling for festivals and concerts around the country. I only really started listening to music once my girls flew the coup and I had a lot of free time. It started with Widespread Panic and moved on from there. I volunteer at Habitat For Humanity, paint houses for the needy and other volunteer positions.
Angel Riddle is a rising junior at Wesleyan University where she majors in both the College of Social Studies and Music in Middletown, Connecticut. 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. At Wesleyan, Angel has served as a member of the student government, a political activist, web-designer, concert and event coordinator, and a barista/curator of the best café playlists in central Connecticut. Angel looks forward to being able to combine her passions for promoting mass politics and music, learning more about the music industry, grassroots movements and the ways in which they can intersect to create change on a broader scale. 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.
Becca, who received her B.S. in Communications from Appalachian State University, begin with HeadCount as a field volunteer during the summer of 2007 in Charlotte, NC. When she’s not helping Team Lead at local Atlanta venues, Becca 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 in 2009 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.
Becca is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her work with HeadCount in a leadership position. “It is so important that Atlanta’s residents make voting a priority no matter whether it’s a local or national election,” she said. “So many people these days can’t even be bothered. But, whether republican, democrat, independent, or whatever – we really need to bother. And the work that HeadCount does across the US gives citizens this opportunity. I’m proud to be a part of it all.”
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.
Sam D’Arcangelo recently joined HeadCount as an intern in the New York office. He is currently a senior at the New School in New York City where he studies History and Political Science. Before transferring to NYC Sam was a student at Louisiana State University, where he founded that school’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Growing up in and around New Orleans gave him a good understanding of the positive effect that music can have on society and he works with HeadCount because they help to bring a social conscience to the music community. Sam is a big fan of spirited political debate and music festivals, so naturally he considers HeadCount to be pretty awesome.
Chris began his work with HeadCount as an intern in 2010. 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 in 2011.
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.
Cleveland Native, Nichole began her involvement with HeadCount in 2008, while volunteering during the Jack Johnson, All at Once Tour. Nichole comes to HeadCount as a Team Leader from Reverb, where he has 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 participated in HeadCount’s Fan to Fan phone campaign in 2008, and donated her time with her local election team, canvassing her neighborhoods! Her husband, daughter & sisters are also involved with HeadCount and other organizations! She believes “Families who volunteer together, inspire together, dance together and stay together”.
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, freedom of speech and everything she sets her mind to.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!
Carol recently joined HeadCount as an Editorial Intern. She will be completing her MA at New York University in Media, Culture, and Communication this spring, and is excited to further HeadCount’s initiatives through a culturally sensitive approach.
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.
Ashton Meadows was born and bred in Kentucky and is now a student at the University of Cincinnati. After keeping up with the blog for years, Ashton joined the HeadCount in 2011. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated fan of the Dave Matthews Band, as well as many other HeadCount affiliated bands.
Erika registered to vote with HeadCount at a Disco Biscuits show back in 2008. Ever since then, she was very impressed by their presence at nearly every show she attended. She joined the HeadCount team in August 2012 as an Intern, right after graduating from the University at Albany with a degree in Psychology.
Erika has been involved in the non-profit world for a few years through her work with the Jewish organization Aish Connections. She loves working for HeadCount because of her passion for music, traveling and the awesome people she gets to chill with in the office everyday! Erika has recently become a Team Leader in New York and is super excited about it. 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.
Anastasia joined HeadCount as an Intern in the New York City office in September 2012. She 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, so working with HeadCount is a dream job. 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!
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. When she’s not singing loudly in public, Caitlin is in the final throes of her BS in Public Affairs at Baruch College which she hopes to use to effect social change through activism and policy analytics.
Prior to joining HeadCount as a Music and Politics Intern, 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, one very weird night, a tambourine player.
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!) Alexandra is currently a student studying public health and political science. 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.
Ian first heard of HeadCount at a Summer of ’16 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 Noam Chomsky’s latest documentary, which really freaked him out, and he decided it was necessary to get involved with the increase of democratization. He’s super psyched to work with all the cool dudes and dudettes at HeadCount. It’s a dream come true to combine the passions of political action and sweet, sweet music.
Ian is a Sophomore at New York University. He spent his first year in London, now he’s based out of Manhattan. He loves to travel, listen to good tunes, and is known to occasionally make dumb movies with friends. He plans to pursue a degree in Political Philosophy and Filmmaking, and is excited to see where this semester takes him and HeadCount.
Leah Collier was born and raised in Connecticut. She is currently pursuing a degree in Communications at Pace University. Leah joined HeadCount as an intern in 2016, and is excited about this new adventure in her life. In her free time, Leah loves going to concerts, exploring NYC, and eating food.
Lorcan Miller’s first taste of HeadCount came at the 2011 Dave Matthews Band Caravan. Although DMB didn’t play “Rapunzel,” Lorcan had a blast talking to cool people about politics in a fun setting. In speaking with legendary Asheville TL Drew Hackney years later, he discovered there was not a HeadCount presence yet in Charleston, SC. Distraught, he answered the call to begin building a team in Charleston and became a TL.
Lorcan is a loyal son of the Midwest, having grown up in South Bend, IN and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. He moved from Chicago to Charleston in 2012 for a “change of scene” and “better weather.” During the day, Lorcan does Digital Media, Marketing and Communications for a community development non-profit in North Charleston, SC. 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.
Luke volunteered for HeadCount his first time in 2011, and began as a Team Leader for Fort Collins, Colorado in the summer of 2012. He has volunteered for other voter registration organizations, but got started with HeadCount following volunteering with Tim McCormick and Tim Johnson in 2011. He is currently at Colorado State University studying Horticultural Science and 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.
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. Nathan joined HeadCount in early 2016 and is looking forward to bringing people into a political system that can use as much help as it can get.
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 in 2008, 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 with her husband and their dog.
Dennis is from Long Island New York and graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2013. 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. At his first music festival he registered his friend to vote at a HeadCount booth not knowing he would intern there 3 years later.
Dan Conroe started out with HeadCount as Boston’s team leader in 2004. He has since worked on HeadCount’s marketing team and has led teams of volunteers at the Bonnaroo and Wakarusa festivals. Dan recently received 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 is currently living in Chicago and looks forward to seeing you at the HeadCount table.
Emma, a Long Island native, is currently a Communications major at Marymount Manhattan College and one of HeadCount’s newest Interns. She previously worked 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.
Evan arrived at HeadCount in August of 2013 and like a naive melody, he knew that it must’ve been the place. He was first handed the keys to democracy in 2012 at the All Good Music Festival when a wonderful team of volunteers registered him to vote quicker than you can say “Gotta Jiboo”. At 2013’s All Good, he worked as a HeadCount volunteer with the same great folks that registered him just one year prior. A firm believer that people who attend concerts and festivals have much to be said, and should be heard by those calling the shots, Evan was honored to be welcomed aboard S.S. Democracy.
Evan is a New York native who attended SUNY Fredonia, graduated Westchester Community College with a communications degree, and he’s currently enrolled at Brooklyn College in pursuit of a second communications degree. Music is power, and there’s power in numbers and getting the numbers of fans who go see live music to be more involved in deciding America’s actions is a dream come true for him.
Andrew Molloy had his first field experience with HeadCount at All Good in 2007. Training with some of HeadCount’s finest members allowed for Andrew to look to the future with determination of helping to further HeadCount’s success. Andrew has been the Regional Coordinator in the Northeast since Spring 2008. Andrew currently works for a recycling company in Lancaster, PA.
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 was a 2007 graduate of Millersville University and maintains a home base in Lancaster, PA.
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.
Ariel has been Southeast Regional Coordinator since 2009. He graduated from Florida State University in 2006 with a degree in English and minors in Communications and Spanish. Ariel is currently working on his Masters in Marketing at the University of Denver but remains an active part of the Southeast team.
His first encounter with Headcount was during moe. at Bonnaroo in 2004. The idea behind the Headcount concept must have been great considering the reaction the band received from everyone gathered at the main stage. Ariel brings to his role a love for live music and eagerness to allow folks to utilize their right to vote.
Shane joined HeadCount’s National leadership in 2008, taking on the role as the Midwest Regional Coordinator after volunteering for the organization in the summer of 2007. 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 begin work on a Ph.D. in Political Science in August 2008, specializing in Political Theory and Public Policy Issues.
Elliot Nathan is from sunny upstate New York and is currently a junior at 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. He is thrilled to join Headcount as the Music and Politics Intern.
Arielle joins HeadCount this summer to link her strong support of political involvement with her love of music. She is currently a rising senior studying sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Arielle was raised believing in the importance of voting, and she looks forward to spreading that message through her work with HeadCount. In her free time she likes to play rugby and watch Parks and Rec.
Chelsea lived with a Headcount Hippie named Megan. Megan’s charm and Chelsea’s “down for anything” attitude landed her a regular spot on Megan’s headcount team and, being the over-achiever that she is, decided to become deputized herself and eventually the Team Leader for Houston. 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. She now works for an architecture firm headquartered in Houston.
Originally from Montana, Chelsea strives for a life mostly spent outdoors with rounds of down time inside with her cat, Lilith. Some of her travels and activities this year include the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Seattle, Steamboat Springs in Colorado, and an MS150 bicycle ride from Houston to Austin with much, MUCH more to come. See you at the Headcount table!
Leah Pranschke, from Westwood, New Jersey, is a junior psychology major at Hamilton College. She has previously worked in retail and summer camp settings. However, as a musician and even bigger music fan, she is excited to serve as an editorial intern at HeadCount. 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.
Sarah hails from Hastings-on-Hudson, a small town just outside of NYC. She is a rising junior majoring in English at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she also plays squash and the violin. Sarah joined HeadCount as an intern for the summer of 2014. A fan of music since a young age, Sarah is drawn to HeadCount’s involvement with various artists and excited to see how music inspires and incites social action. Favorite artists of hers include The National, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, and Imagine Dragons. Besides interning at HeadCount and constantly listening to fantastic music, Sarah can be found spending time with family, running, reading, and watching anything with Jimmy Fallon in it.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Phil recently joined the HeadCount staff as an artist relations intern. Phil graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011 with a Marketing degree, and is currently a graduate student at New York University in the Music Business Masters program. Having spent a year working in corporate America, Phil realized the music industry is where it’s at, and contacted the organization that registered him to vote 4 years earlier at a Dave Matthews Band concert.
Phil has spent time volunteering with Phi Kappa Tau, spending 2 years on the Undergraduate Advisory Board and currently serving 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.
Elyse Gabrielle is a newly added HeadCount intern and she is super excited to start her exciting journey in New York City. She is currently a Music Industry major at University of New Haven in Connecticut and couldn’t be happier with her choice. She has been involved in the music scene since 2007. She started her own PR business when she was 16 years old in 2008. 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.
Holly began volunteering with HeadCount during the summer of 2008 and has been a Team Leader since 2009. She 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 (also a team leader in San Francisco) 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.
Sarah is entering her senior year at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is majoring 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. Sarah joined the HeadCount team due to her avid interest in politics and love of music. 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.
Jeffery first volunteered with HeadCount at the Outside Lands festival in 2008. After being heavily involved with the 2008 presidential election, Jeffery is excited to be taking a more active role in political issues by serving as a team leader for the Bay Area.
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.
Mitchell started volunteering with HeadCount in 2008, and stepped up his involvement in 2009 as the co-TL for the Seattle/Puget Sound area. 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.
Jordan arrived at HeadCount in the early days of summer of 2014, fresh off an 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.
Jordan currently attends New York University where he is studying Music and Spanish. In his spare time he is usually writing music, enjoying all things sports-related, and doing other generally cool stuff.
Esterah Brown first joined the HeadCount team as a Music and Politics Intern in 2018. She 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. Esterah is excited to be working at HeadCount and looks forward to promoting democracy with the help of music.
Sara came to HeadCount in New York in the summer of 2014 to be a field intern. Sara loves HeadCount because she loves concerts and concert go-ers and she especially loves social activism and aware informed individuals. Fun and activism combined into one gig, what’s better than that.
Outside summer, Sara sometimes goes to school at Hamilton College in the middle of no where New York. She travels more. When she does graduate (fingers crossed soon), it will probably be from Hamilton with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Sociology. Graduate school for Anthropology may come in the future, perhaps even law school, and definitely some more traveling. And concerts. And lobster rolls!
Amanda began working with HeadCount as the Michigan Team Leader in summer 2008 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 in May of 2008.
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 Houseing 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 dancefloor.
Sarah Frankel is a New Jersey native and recent 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. She is looking forward to discovering new artists and bands and expanding her taste in music Sarah is excited to intern for HeadCount and to combine her love of music and interest in politics.
Crystal started with HeadCount as a field volunteer at a STS9 show in the summer of 2008, and has been the Atlanta Team Leader since April 2009. 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!
In the meantime, 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!
Margo Maier is the brand new Team Leader in Richmond, VA. She is really excited about all of the possibilities for HeadCount outreach in Richmond, especially at all of the summer festivals the River City has in store. With a little more than a year left at VCU majoring in Mass Communications, Margo spends free time biking fast all over town and supporting the community by shopping at local independently owned stores, and farmers markets. She is most looking forward to building her volunteer team and working her first show at The National.
Morgan Pierpont is a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. She is a Journalism major with a double minor in Spanish and Digital Technology and Emerging Media. She was raised listening to a constant-stream of Dave Matthews Band and The Grateful Dead in the car with her parents, which kickstarted 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. Morgan is excited to be working at HeadCount where she has the chance to combine her love for music and her interest in a political career in the future. She is excited to learn more about the music industry and get the chance to see some awesome musicians perform.