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Terri Winston

Founder & Executive Director
Terri founded WAM in 2003 while she was a tenured Professor and Director of the Sound Recording Arts Program at City College of San Francisco from 2001-2011. Her love of music and the recording arts spans 30 years as a songwriter, composer, recording engineer, and producer. Winston was signed as a recording artist, engineer and producer by Polygram and BMG, and has shared the stage with such acts as P.J. Harvey, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Flaming Lips, Fugazi, Cake, and Third Eye Blind. She has collaborated with Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group and Greg Hawkes of The Cars and worked as a recording artist and producer for MainMan whose roster also included David Bowie, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, & Iggy Pop. Winston has composed and produced theme music for KRON-TV's "First Cut" series, Banana Republic and films that have shown on BRAVO's Independent Film Channel, French Television's Cine Cinemas and major festivals all over the world. She has received an ASCAP songwriting award, Boston Music Award and Bay Area Music Award, is a voting member of the Recording Academy (The GRAMMY's) and is active in the Producers and Engineers wing. Winston has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

She is currently serving on the Recording Academy's (Grammy's) National Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and The Academy of Country Music's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

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Christina Cerza

Executive Assistant
Christina is a music industry professional, event producer, and concert booker. She has produced live shows and mini festivals in LA and the Bay Area and has worked in music venues in booking, operations, and marketing. A community activist, outspoken feminist, and certified sexual assault counselor, Christina has organized demonstrations and outreach events in support of housing justice, tenants' rights, and women and queer empowerment. Christina has previously held roles at Pandora Media, Live Nation, and House of Blues Entertainment, and is excited to join the nonprofit space and serve WAM's community-based mission.

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Carol Varney

Interim Director of Strategy and Development
Carol joins WAM after having served in executive director roles in several organizations, including Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco and Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Carol's work has always been centered around the creation of community through education and the arts, and the creation of healthy communities through local and international health education and policy. Carol was a community DJ while growing up in Central Maine, and was a member of the Hampshire College choir as well as the San Francisco Community Choir. Carol played trombone for many years, as well as cello.

Carol serves on the board of trustees for Hampshire College, from which she graduated with with a BA in Cultural and Feminist Studies. Carol also serves on the Advisory Board of SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine.

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Mary Ann Zahorsky

Studio Director & Lead Engineer
Mary Ann is an engineer/producer with over 25 years experience in the recording industry. She has worked on projects ranging from Howard Wiley’s 2nd Line, Afro-Cuban jazz, Whitney Houston, and MC Hammer, to soundtracks for independent films and TV post work on ad campaigns such as Levi’s and Taco Bell. Within the Recording Academy leadership, Mary Ann served on the National Board of Trustees and led the San Francisco Board as Chapter President. As an educator, Mary Ann has taught studio recording, production, entertainment business and audio post production at Expression College and at San Francisco State University. She especially enjoys working with emerging artists and engineers and the energy they bring to the evolving field of music.

Mary Ann also grew up playing classical violin and for many years has participated in Traditional Mexican Son and classical African music ensembles. She holds a BA Music from University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Education from University of San Francisco.

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Celia Bolgatz

Studio Facilities Coordinator
Celia Bolgatz is a musician, engineer, and producer from Oakland. Her love of community and connection has drawn her to live audio engineering and performance projects, from the Boston Ballet to punk shows around the Bay Area. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music’s Music Production and Engineering program, where she managed operations and supervised engineering on performances and recording projects throughout Boston. She has also been involved in food justice programs and continues to bring people together through food and music.

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Elena Botkin-Levy

Interim Director of Education
Elena has worked at the intersection of youth development and media-making for over a decade. Elena joined WAM in 2019 and previously served as Director of Media Education at YR Media (formerly Youth Radio) where she led the design and implementation of multimedia training programs for Bay Area high schools students. She managed outLoud Radio, a queer youth media-making program and ran the radio station and training program for young people at ZUMIX in East Boston. Producing radio as a teenager propelled Elena into the media world where she’s produced freelance pieces and supported the work of Prometheus Radio Project, the National Radio Project and Free Speech Radio News. Elena is an alumni of Temple University, a collector of oral histories, and an aspiring drummer.

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Chanelle Ignant

Intern Program Manager
Chanelle Ignant is a media educator and musician from Los Angeles whose work in youth development has focused on centering and elevating marginalized voices. Most recently she led youth media initiatives at KQED, collaborating with local high school classes to produce radio stories and helping to create pathways for youth voice in public media programming. An avid guitar player, she usually spends her free time performing in bands around the Bay Area or creating loops in her bedroom. Chanelle is a graduate of the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department at SF State.

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Molly Woodbury

Grants Manager/Writer
Molly is a grant writer and nonprofit professional with a deep love for San Francisco and relentless passion for advancing gender and racial justice. She received her masters and undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University in US History, focusing on racial and cultural history and women/gender studies. She has worked at nonprofits ranging from museums to legal aid providers for low-income communities and volunteers for local queer organizations. In 2021, she won an award for a winning grant proposal in the government sector from Grantstation. Her profound love of music means that much of her spare time has been spent making countless dance playlists and attending Bay Area concerts. She is excited and determined to change the gender background of sound with the rest of the incredible WAM team.

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Kelsey Acuña

Digital Marketing Associate
Kelsey is a marketing professional, experienced educator and classical singer from the Central Valley. She received her B.A. in Humanities with a focus in musicology at SF State and is currently working towards a MBA at UC Davis. Kelsey has also worked in the non-profit world advocating for educational development opportunities for youth of color in agriculture. In her spare time, she practices voice and is the author of Pop Prospects, a music and culture blog. Kelsey is delighted to be representing WAM in the digital realm and is looking forward to changing the face of sound.

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Joyous Bey

Lead Girls on the Mic Instructor
Joyous is a singer-songwriter, community circle facilitator, and youth educator. In their solo music projects, Joyous creates music that is a balm for the heart & spirit. A founding member of Thrive Choir in Oakland, CA, Joyous delights in vocal harmonies that uplift spirits, bridge communities, and ignite social movements. Joyous completed a B.A. in American Studies with an emphasis on Race and Ethnic Studies from Wesleyan University in 2012, and since then went on to work in the fields of youth development, education, and restorative justice in schools in the Bay Area. Joyous is thrilled to bridge two of their greatest joys -- music, and working with youth, as a Girls on the Mic instructor at WAM!

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Daniela Rodriguez

Education Coordinator and Youth Program Instructor
Daniela is a passionate storyteller, videographer, and audio enthusiast. Daniela graduated from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she received her Associate's degree in Sound Design for Visual Media. She is passionate about storytelling, whether that is through sound, video or writing. Daniela is honored to be able to teach upcoming generations about the importance of audio and is excited to be part of such an amazing community like WAM. She looks forward to the strong foundation of learning, creativeness and expression that is built daily at Women's Audio Mission.

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Marta Alvarez

Youth Program Instructor
Marta is a musician and audio engineer from the Bay Area. She’s been involved as both participant and instructor at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and GirlVentures, and joined the Girls on the Mic team after interning at WAM. Marta holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and became interested in audio production while trying to learn how to engineer her own music. She ended up on a wild ride of experiential learning and now loves to talk about microphones as much as about plants. Catch her jumping around on a stage with her band Pure Hex and booking local shows for Bay Area community radio station, Psyched! Radio SF.

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Nancy Ferranti

Youth Program Instructor
Nancy is a Bay Area comedian, researcher, radio/ podcast producer, beatmaker, D.J., and educator. She has always been inspired by art, science, and above all else – a ridiculous love for music. Nancy studied Cognitive Science at McGill University, where she graduated with a unique interdisciplinary B.A. & Sc. degree. Her work since has been motivated by a passion for knowledge translation, storytelling, and audio. Nancy’s experimental radio pieces have been featured across international airwaves and her podcast work has garnered notable awards, including a Mixcloud Listeners’ Choice Award for Best Science/ Technology Podcast. She deeply believes that audio has the power to share knowledge, facilitate personal expression, and provide a platform to voices typically ignored by mainstream media. Most importantly though, Nancy appreciates audio for the joy and fun it brings to life! Whether she’s making beats in bed or recording the noises of BART, Nancy has always been able to seek solace in sound. She could not be more excited to share the power of audio and music (specifically sick beats!) as a Girls on the Mic instructor at WAM!