Terri Winston - Founder and 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 25 years as a songwriter, composer, recording engineer, and producer. Winston was signed as a recording artist, engineer and producer by Polygram and BMG subsidiaries, 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 for various films that have shown on BRAVO's Independent Film Channel, French Television's Cine Cinemas and major festivals all over the world. She is a founding member of the seminal San Francisco band Her Majesty the Baby, has received numerous awards including 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. She has most recently produced/engineered Kronos Quartet, the SHE's and master world musicians from around the world. Winston has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Lopa Pal - Development Director
Lopa comes to Women's Audio Mission after 15 years as a fundraising professional in both the arts and the environment. Most recently she was Donor Relations Officer for Greenbelt Alliance in San Francisco. Lopa holds a MA in Art History from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to building relationships for Women's Audio Mission, Lopa raises two children in San Francisco, is an active member of the PTA, and performs with the comedy band the Bad Mommies.
Noelle Duncan - Development & Communications Associate
Originally from rural Vermont, Noelle has found a nice home in the music and arts community in the Bay Area. Noelle is a recording artist, songwriter, and performer. She has also worked as a marketing professional and copywriter for over four years for various start-ups and nonprofit organizations such as Women Impacting Public Policy and Aorta Magazine. Noelle earned her B.A. at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
When not at WAM, Noelle writes copious amounts of music for her Bay Area-based electro-funk band, Elle Niño, and her numerous solo projects under the moniker Sapphic Lasers. She has a particular affinity for sound design, vintage synthesizers, unusual drum sounds, manipulating vocal tracks, and recording vocals in odd positions and potentially dangerous settings (underwater in a bathtub, etc.).
Kelley Coyne - Girls on the Mic Coordinator
Kelley was born in Upstate NY, in a place known for great Italian food and unemployment. She traveled to DC to earn her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies - Vocal Performance, International Studies and Women Studies at American University in 2009. After graduation, she taught Primary Special Education for DC Public Schools during the day, and catered for the famed 9:30 Club at night. Her time at 9:30 developed her passion for the sound world and, after a year of after-school teaching in Oakland, she began taking classes in sound at SF State. Kelley is thrilled to work with WAM Studio, where she gets to pursue her passions in both audio and women's empowerment. Aside from great times at WAM, Kelley keeps herself busy with two other wonderful internships at Rickshaw Stop and Tiny Telephone. She enjoys singing, rock climbing, and exploring!
Laura Dean - WAM Staff Engineer
Dean is a veteran recording engineer, based in San Francisco. She has worked at Tiny Telephone and Hyde Street and now graces the WAM studio with her presence. Clients include Kronos Quartet, Salman Rushdie, the SHE'S, Sean Dorsey, Necessary Monsters, John Vanderslice, Tiny Television, Dolorata, Shawna Virago, Katastrophe, Amanda Palmer and the Dead Kennedy's. There is a reason we call her "the wizard".
Jenny Thornburg - WAM Staff Engineer
Jenny was born and raised in the Bay Area. She received her B.A. from San Francisco State University and has worked at many studios around the Bay Area including Fantasy Studios, Broken Radio, Laughing Tiger, and Spliggityfidge Studios. Some of the artists she has worked with are George Winston, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Weather Pending, Tropicali, Pete Devines Jug Band and Pamela Rose.