Our Team


Jessica Oliver headshot

Executive Director + Founding Member
Jess is a 2010 graduate of Winthrop University where she majored in French and K-12 education. She’s worked with youth for as long as she can remember as a dance teacher, an arts camp counselor, and an elementary and middle school teacher. She started volunteering with Girls Rock Charleston in 2012 and has enthusiastically filled the roles of drum instructor, guitar instructor, band coach, gear manager, and assembly leader over the years. She served as a gear manager and drum teacher during Columbia’s inaugural 2013 camp. Jess happily relocated to Columbia just in time for our 2017 camp with her husband, Johnnie, and their son, Ezra. She has been a member of local bands Can’t Kids, Hauswerk, People Person and Elim Bolt, and has spent several years organizing house shows in the area which is where she learned the joy and strength that comes from belonging to an artistic community. Her #1 dream band to join is The Thermals.

Board of Directors

Alexandra Whitehill-Smith | Secretary
Betty Benns
Bri Farber | Co-Vice President
Deborah Adedokun
Desirée Richardson
Erica Thomas | President
Georgia Coleman
Jennifer Thompson
Kemi Ogunji | Treasurer
Kristin Morris | Founding Member
Mary Reaves
Mila Burgess-Conway | Co-Vice President
Nyomi Guzman | Immediate Past President