Our Team

Staff


Sam Edwards | Director of Operations

Sam Edwards
Director of Operations
she/they
sam@girlsrockcolumbia.org

Sylvia Feghali
Volunteer Coordinator
she/they
sylvia@girlsrockcolumbia.org

Kaye Hayes | Communications Director

Kaye Hayes
Communications Coordinator
he/she/they
kaye@girlsrockcolumbia.org

Brielle Hayes Howard
Gear Coordinator
she/they
brielle@girlsrockcolumbia.org

Board of Directors


2021 Board Officers:

Alison Salisbury, co-president
she/her
Psychometrician, Comprehensive Psychological Services

Ali is a dancer and occasional jogger who loves noodles, naps, and nature. She has worked in sexual violence prevention and survivor advocacy, mental healthcare, and education. She lives with her roommate and their four fur-children and is probably watching Buffy right now. 

Board term: January 2020-December 2022
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Musician who rocks: Ohmme

Logan Cocklin, co-president
they/them
Project Archivist, SC GLBTQ Collection

Logan graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2018 and an MLIS in 2020 with the support of their two wild and wonderful kids, amazing partner, and family and friends. They like fiber arts, zine-making, and they think manatees are a perfect creation. Their Capricorn moon is more telling about who they are than their sun sign.

Board term: January 2020-December 2022
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Musician who rocks: Mal Blum

Meredith M. Talford, treasurer
she/her

Meredith’s favorite line in a song is “Every missing piece of me I can find in a melody.”  Philanthropy and service are at the core of her life’s work. That paired with her love for music is why she is honored to serve on the BOD for Girls Rock Columbia. 

Board term: January 2020-December 2022
Sun Sign: Leo
Musicians who rocks: Lira. Alice Smith. Allen Stone. Vivan Green. Whitney Houston. Emily King. Emeli Sande. Ledisi.  Anita Baker. Jill Scott. Sade. Michael Jackson. Gentleman. 

Laura Ybarra-Kane, secretary
she/her/ella
Education Manager, South Carolina State Museum

Laura has been in informal education for over 15 years and loves it! From robotics to physics, chemistry, and engineering, she loves making mistakes and getting messy. Laura’s goal is to inspire wonder and curiosity. 

Board term: January 2021-December 2023
Sun Sign: Pisces
Musician who rocks: Gloria Estefan


Alycia Guevara
she/her
Second Grade Teacher, Community Academies of New Orleans

Alycia is a dual national of the United States and El Salvador, providing interpreting and translation services remotely for her charter school in New Orleans. Alycia is passionate about providing an excellent, equitable education for all children and raising awareness about the long-term effects of childhood traumatization in the classroom.

Board term: January 2021-December 2023
Sun Sign: Pisces
Musician who rocks: Laura Jane Grace & Trent Reznor

Elyn Blackman
she/her
Instructor, University of South Carolina

Maker of lists, baker of cookies, and consumate host.

Board term: January 2021-December 2023
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Musician who rocks: Regina Spektor

Harrison Sheely
she/her
JD Candidate at University of South Carolina Law School

Harrison is a law student with an interest in family law. She loves experimenting with watercolor paintings and reading fantasy novels. You can usually find her curled up with her cat, Ernest.

Board term: January 2021-December 2023
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Musician who rocks: MARINA

Kara Anderson
she/her
Communications Specialist

Kara received her first drum kit for her 10th birthday.  Percussion woke her up to her own power, and she has met some of her best friends through music. She’s also a mother and comms specialist passionate about building white antiracist community.

Board term: January 2021-December 2023
Sun Sign: Gemini
Musicians who rocks: Stevie Wonder, Bobbye Hall and Lianne La Havas

Kayla Cahill Machado
she/her
Branded Content Creator, 6AM City

Kayla Cahill Machado moved to Columbia from the Jersey Shore in 2008 to attend UofSC.  A former public school educator, she is now a content strategist and writer with 6AMCity (parent company of COLAtoday) by day and part of The Mothers Comedy Group, a company member at Trustus Theatre, cat mom, and aspiring Karate Adult by night.

Board term: January 2021-December 2023
Sun Sign: Virgo
Musician who rocks: Mitski

Lizzie Cuthbertson
she/her

Lizzie recently moved back to Columbia after spending years away. She is excited to jump back into the Columbia community that she so greatly missed. 

Board term: January 2021-December 2023
Sun Sign: Virgo
Musician who rocks: Beat Happening

Solara Winters
she/they

Solara graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in 2013, in Media Arts and an M.A in the same subject in 2016. Her disabilities worsened while enrolled in her MA. program and lead to her current focus on disability activism and accessibility. When she’s not working for GRC she’s blogging, reading, or doing tarot.

Board term: January 2021-December 2023
Sun Sign: Libra
Musicians who rock: The Cranberries, Garbage, and anything the Anderson-Lopez’s touch.

Tori Evans
she/her
Doula student

Tori is a doula, student of abolition, and she prioritizes Black liberation. She gets joy from music, baking, and reading. 

Board term: January 2020-December 2022
Sun Sign: Taurus
Musician who rocks: VanJess

Tristan Evans Richardson
she/her

Entrepreneur. Education equity advocate. Toddler personal assistant.

Board term: January 2020-December 2022
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Musician who rocks: J. Cole