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Staff

Kristen Sommer- Swager

Executive Director

Kristen Sommer-Swager started volunteering with Positive Legacy in 2012 and has grown to support the organization as Event Lead and  ultimately Executive Director. She truly believes in the power of music to unite people from all different backgrounds and in utilizing music as a platform to improve the world’s environmental and humanitarian conditions. Kristen is […]

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Carrie Reppert

Organizational Development Director

Carrie has worked in the nonprofit field for over eighteen years, serving in a variety of leadership roles.  She currently serves as Director of a multi-million dollar attainable housing program in South Florida and was previously the Director of the Leadership Institute, working with over 100 boards in the South Florida community assisting with strategic […]

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Katie Fox

Marketing Director

Katie Fox joined Positive Legacy in July 2016 as their Marketing Director. Katie, owner of the marketing and branding company Blooming Footprint in Denver, is a music-loving media junkie who brings many years of experience in the music industry to Positive Legacy. Katie’s clients are touring bands, music festivals and venues and this all converges […]

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Kara Sebastian Breitung

Marketing Assistant

Kara Sebastian Breitung joined Positive Legacy as a trainee in the winter of 2014 as an auction assistant. Since then she has also joined on as our marketing coordinator. Kara has a decorated past in sales, teaching, event organizing, and raising awareness and funds in the nonprofit sector. She is also a zero-waste advocate for […]

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Tara Williams

Bookkeeper

With gratitude and excitement, Tara Williams joined Positive Legacy in June 2017 as Bookkeeper. Tara fell in love with the non-profit community in 2006 while working for the American Orchid Society. Since then she has developed a passion for charitable work.  This path has led her to work for two other non-profits and volunteer for […]

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Joel Gustafson

Director of Grant Management

Joel is the Operations Director At Symbiotic Event Services, based in Colorado. He is also is the owner of a sustainable farm, Rocky Mountain Roots Co-opperative, outside of Fort Collins, CO. His experience in the music industry and permaculture farming help him to create sustainable driven environmental and humanitarian projects with Positive Legacy.  As the Grant Project Manager at Positive Legacy he helps to […]

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Arab Ginnett

Administrative Assistant

Arab was first introduced to Positive Legacy by a friend at Burning Man in 2015; she joined the team as a trainee and gradually worked her way up to the position of Administrative Assistant. Music has always played an important role in Arab’s life, which combined with her love of event planning, and drives her […]

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Board of Directors

Bryan Birch

President

Bryan Birch is the founder of ZeroHero, Inc, a Colorado based company that specializes in installing zero-waste programs into all types of events and festivals. Bryan and his company believe sustainability is an ethos that anyone can embrace.  Bryan recently moved from Northern Colorado to the Midwest.  Previously, he taught four years of sustainability and […]

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Jess Gries

Vice President

Jess is an entertainment lawyer living in Colorado. His practice focuses on the music industry and he represents artists, production companies, talent agencies, festivals and other industry players. In addition to serving as Secretary for Positive Legacy, Jess sits on several other music-related non-profit boards. “I’m focused on helping to build things that bring others […]

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Sean Ragland

Treasurer

Sean has worked in accounting and finance for over ten years. He has worked in finance roles at fortune 200 companies and various accounting roles in the financial and retail sectors. Before perusing a career in accounting he was a food chemist and laboratory scientist for seven years. He has worked as a volunteer at […]

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Ann Kenworthy

Founder, Guardian Angel, Board Member

Back in 2003, Ann Kenworthy worked in collaboration with Cloud 9 Adventures and founded the Greening program for the maiden voyage of Jam Cruise. Through years of coordinating the Greening program for Jam Cruise, the concept of Positive Legacy was born: to integrate music and service to benefit people and the environment. Ann co-founded our 501(c)(3) in 2010 […]

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Sean McNamara

Board Of Directors Member

Sean joined the Greening Team back on Jam Cruise 4 as an environmental educator/adviser and has since served as a co-coordinator for Positive Legacy benefits in the ports that we visit.  Music has always provided an inspiration to Sean and he has been involved for many years as volunteer, technical adviser, director, and coordinator on […]

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Jeffrey Swager

Board Of Directors Member

Jeffrey is a founding board member and past President of Positive Legacy. Hailing from Fort Collins, CO, he is also the President and Founder of Symbiotic Event Services.  Symbiotic is a full service entertainment consulting company, specializing in event production and operations.  In addition to Symbiotic’s professional services, Jeffrey has vested interest in using music as […]

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Christine Campbell

Board Of Directors Member

Christine joined the PL team in 2014 for Jam Cruise 12 and has worked to cultivate the event auctions for JC, as well as for the land based events. After a year of board service she switched gears to become our new Organizational Development Director.  She brings to Positive Legacy a giant love of music, […]

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Seth Weiner

Board Of Directors Member

Seth Weiner is no stranger when it comes to music festivals. Owner and CEO of Shimon Presents, Inc as well as other music festival services the likes of the Work Exchange Team, LLC, Seth has helped thousands of eager music enthusiasts work their way not only into music festivals, but into the music business as […]

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Advisory Board

Mary Chamberlain

Advisory Board

Having seen the amazing work done by the Jam Cruise Positive Legacy program in the communities we’ve visited over the years, Mary was honored to be a founding board member of Positive Legacy and served as as Treasurer from 2010 to 2017.  She’s been using her creative talents & organizational skills to manage the bookkeeping […]

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Julie van Amerongen

Advisory Board

Julie serves as an Advisory Board Member and is a Jam Cruise repeat offender who spearheads Positive Legacy action days in port, exercising her passion for service and conviction in the healing power of music. Off ship, she is director of marketing and live events for a cause-related marketing agency where she produces events, tours, […]

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Kelly Viau

Advisory Board

Kelly is an all around go-to-girl with her hands in a lot of projects. Most notably, her role as Director of Business Development for Cloud 9 Adventures positions her nicely to be a liaison between Positive Legacy and the Event staff, as well as the cruise lines, resorts and communities that we work with. In […]

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Sebastian Africano

Advisory Board

Sebastian Africano has worked with marginalized communities in 15 countries, specializing in improving rural livelihoods and sustainable resource management. He is currently the International Director of Trees, Water & People (TWP) in Fort Collins, CO and manages all aspects of their reforestation, clean cookstove and solar lighting programs in Central America and Haiti. Sebastian has been […]

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Jeffrey Kasky

Advisory Board

Jeff Kasky is a Florida lawyer and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. Before embarking on his legal career in 1993, Jeff was a music agent in New York City, including a stint in the prestigious William Morris Agency’s Agent Training Program. In addition to his career as an attorney whose practice has been concentrated […]

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Matt Butler

Advisory Board

Matt is founder and conductor of The Everyone Orchestra, a revolving cast of steallar musicians who play nationwide festivals, concerts and special events (www.EveryoneOrchestra.com). His unique improvisational conducting technique and collaborative platform of  Everyone Orchestra are designed to span musical genres and break the boundaries of how an audience experiences music.  “My work with Positive […]

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Eddie Roberts

Advisory Board

Eddie Roberts is the band leader, guitarist and producer of UK funk group The New Mastersounds. He originally put the band together in 1999 to play The Cooker nightclub in Leeds, UK. Fast-forward 16 years and his recorded catalogue boasts 30 or more singles, 14 studio albums, 4 live albums, 1 remix album and various […]

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Bob Hollis

Advisory Board

Bob Hollis is the founder of The Mobius Network, a progressive technology services provider that applies free and open source software solutions to help organizations with a public benefit mission achieve their objectives.  His clients include numerous environmental groups, non-profits, public agencies, sustainability consultants, and performing artists. Bob has served as a board member or business and […]

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