SFF Staff

Sisters Folk Festival has a very dedicated group of individuals who work year-round on programming for music and arts education in the schools and the yearly festival.

Brad Tisdel  Creative Director

Brad Tisdel is a creative spirit, musician and educator, and has lived in Sisters since 1995. He co-founded and helped create the Americana Project, the Americana Song Academy, and the annual fundraiser My Own Two Hands. Brad believes in community integration and connection and has helped steer the non-profit Sisters Folk Festival Inc into being a year-round cultural arts organization. Brad, a native Oregonian, loves the beauty and solitude of Sisters Country and enjoys sharing it with his wife, Tiffany, and their son, Spencer.

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Ann Richardson  Managing Director

Ann has a passion for the community of Sisters and the arts and culture scene that makes our town so unique.  As the former Executive Director for Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Ann has event and non-profit management expertise, along with a business and finance background.  She is the Past President of the Board of Directors of the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce and the Treasurer for Sisters Trails Alliance, a non-profit organization that builds and maintains a fabulous hiking, biking and equestrian trail system in Sisters.  In playtime, you’ll often find her with super-volunteer husband Clyde and corgis Rio and Tippet rafting a wild river, hiking a trail, or blasting around town on a bright orange bike.

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Steven Remington  Development Director 

Steven comes to Sisters Folk Festival after serving stints at Minnesota’s St. Paul Winter Carnival, Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and several of Oregon’s iconic festivals including da Vinci Days, Waterfront Blues Festival, Eugene Celebration, and the Oregon Truffle Festival. He has taught event management as an adjunct faculty member for Arizona State University’s Hospitality and Tourism program, the University of Oregon’s Arts and Administration graduate program, and in the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. He and his wife Kat, a Eugene native, have lived in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Ashland and moved to Sisters in 2017.

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Pete Rathbun  Operations & IT Director

Pete first experienced the Sisters Folk Festival in 2005 and was blown away by the event, the people, and the community. After moving here in 2006, he got involved as a volunteer, and then as a part-time staff member. He tries to keep the technology working behind the scenes and to make sure all the parts are connected the right way ’round for all our events.

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Kate Donovan Events Manager

Kate enjoys uncovering opportunities for community engagement and integration. She comes to the Sisters Folk Festival from Bend Park and Recreation District where she delivered programming for participants in the Therapeutic Recreation department. Much of her work has been in the recreation and leisure field. Her current interests include traveling with her partner Ben, trail running with Sunny dog, learning to watercolor, and practicing yoga.

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Kelley Moen Education Program Manager

Kelley’s upbeat commitment to Sisters runs deep.  A resident for 10 years, she values the profound impact SFF programs have on Sisters’ community, especially kids K-12 in music and arts education in partnership with Sisters School District.  Kelley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Montana State University and the University of Montana, respectively.  She brings business management skills and 8 years of volunteer work in Sisters schools to the job as program manager. Kelley spends free time outside in Central Oregon, running trails or floating waters with her husband and two kids.

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