Chattanooga Girls Rock is restructuring in an effort to become more sustainable and effective as an organization and to better engage the community.  Four positions will open on our Board of Directors at the beginning of August, and we're accepting applications to fill them until August 20.  We are also creating six committees. Each committee will have a board-elected leader who serves a 1 year term and is responsible for creating and assigning positions within the committee. They will also design an annual plan to be presented to the board of directors.

Please consider joining our leadership by applying today!

Application for the Board of Directors of Chattanooga Girls Rock

Application for CGR Committee Heads

CGR runs on the energy, talent, and enthusiasm of a large team made up of our board members, 40+ camp week volunteer staff (click here for the volunteer application!), and a big handful of committed folks who help us to organize camp, plan events, and raise money throughout the year!  If you’re interested in joining the team as a volunteer, whether you can commit 1 hour per year or 5 hours per month, or can volunteer the entire week of camp or just for one afternoon, we’d love to have you!  Click HERE to register to volunteer!

Read on to meet the members of the current board and advisory folks.


Amelia RoDgers-Jones

Amelia is one of the founders of Chattanooga Girls Rock, helping to bring the concept to her hometown after seeing the positive effects of similar programs in other cities.  Her time spent in wildly varying industries (from work in social justice based non-profits, to a stint sourcing/buying yellowfin tuna for export in Mexico and everything in between) has prepared her for this adventure about as much as she could have hoped! By day she's the Lead Cheesemaker at Sequatchie Cover Creamery, and she typically spends the majority of her evenings learning to be a patient new puppy mom, and mostly failing.

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Kristin Stanford

Kristin has been with Chattanooga Girls Rock since its inception the first year. Professionally she works as the Executive Director of the Pet Placement Center in Red Bank, and clearly can’t get enough of the nonprofit world, as her spare time is spent working with CGR. Helping animals and children are her passion and she raises several of each at home as well.  In her spare spare time she enjoys lots of coffee, paddle boarding, music, reading, and working with animals that need a little extra help. 


Amy Nelson

Amy has worked for many local non profits (most recently, the Speech and Hearing Center) serving in outreach, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. 

She has played in bands in Chattanooga since 1998.  

Breast cancer survivor.


Animal lover.

Enjoys working with and inspiring girls to be themselves.


Heather lacy

Heather spends most of her free time playing music, and occasionally creating some art. She went to her first punk rock show when she was 13, where her life long devotion to music began. Even so, it took more than a decade before Heather dared to try playing an instrument and being in bands herself. Now she hopes to share that passion and sense of community with other young girls. She also has the most wonderfully annoying dog named Mavis, who she would take everywhere if she could.


rachaEl durnin

Rachael fell in love with rock camp when she attended the Southern Girls Rock Camp in Murfreesboro as a camper at age 15. Since then, she has volunteered as a drum teacher at a variety of rock camps, and she is excited for the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes. She also plays in a punk band, goes to school for psychology, and makes art.  

Advisory Board


eric young

Eric loves all things music, particularly involving bands, whether composing, playing live, or recording in the studio.  He started volunteering for CGR camp just last year, helping with keyboard instruction and whatever else needed.  Outside of camp activities, he works on web updates and various organizational undertakings.

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matt eslinger

Matt is a Chattanooga native and is a strong supporter of community, equality and empowering people to discover their voices through music and the arts.

Classically trained, having played music in Chattanooga for over 20 years, Matt has played in a wide varitey of musical genres around Chattanooga ranging from Bluegrass, Classical, Jazz and good ol' fashioned Rock n Roll.

Some of his interests include the arts, technology and gardening.

He is employed as a professional geek and currently lives in Chattanooga with his dogs Shosty and Belle.