The staff of the week is...
RiverCity’s Social Media Coordinator
Tell us a how you became involved with RiverCity.
I had heard of RiverCity since they started, but I officially met Mark (co-founder) during the first Make Music Day Salem. I loved what they were doing and I felt like I had to be involved so when Mark asked me, I jumped at the opportunity!
What’s your favorite thing about RiverCity?
Such a hard question. I love everything that they do! I love that they give kids another option besides choir or band classes. Teaching kids rock n’ roll is the best thing possible. I really wish RiverCity was around when I was in school! I love the family atmosphere and how open they are to every age and skill level. The RiverCity team amazes me every day and I am lucky to be a small part of the magic they create!
What are some bands or artists you are listening to right now?
At this very moment, I can’t stop watching Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video. My favorite bands of all time are Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Beatles. I love absolutely every genre of music, even the weird stuff. Well, except country, still not the biggest fan of most country unless it’s Johnny Cash.
What are some other community projects you’re involved with?
Born and raised in Salem I consider myself a strong advocate for my beloved community. I am the chair of the Salem non-profit, The Moxie Initiative, a co-curator of TEDxSalem.us, vice chair of the Huggins Insurance Services Inc., a volunteer committee member of Make Music Day - Salem, do graphic work and guest host on the Reel Film Snobs, I co-host/produce Cool Sheets, a radio podcast on KMUZ 88.5 FM and I volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival for 15 years and counting. In 2011, I was voted as one of the top 20 under 40 in Salem and have been trying to live up to that honor ever since.
What is your ‘day job’ (besides posting cool things about RiverCity on social media)?
I work full time as a video producer at Allied Video Productions.
What is something unique about you that people might not know about?
I love plants! I have 23 of them in my small one bedroom apartment. I also make my own laundry soap, I like to cook, run and I have been car-free for over four years (I ride my bike or walk everywhere). I’ve also explored many different spiritual adventures including a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat and a journey to the Amazon jungle in Peru where I hung out with a shaman. Basically, I am just a big hippie.
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