Crista Munro is a co-founder and former executive director of FolkWest, a cultural nonprofit that produced the Four Corners Folk Festival and Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She brings 24-years of music event production, marketing and nonprofit administrative experience to the job — as well as a vast network of connections in the folk, bluegrass, Americana and roots music industry. She loves living in the beautiful community of Sisters and returning to the small town mountain lifestyle she enjoyed for 20 years in Pagosa Springs, before relocating to Eugene in 2011 with her late husband, Dan Appenzeller.
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. A native Oregonian, Brad loves the beauty and solitude of Sisters Country and enjoys sharing it with his wife, Tiffany, and their son, Spencer.
Kaela grew up in a family of musicians and river guides, attending her first folk festival while in her mother’s belly. From those roots she grew into an event producer, forming a gourmet food and music event company (Serenade), co-founding and producing her own micro music festival (Folk & Forage), and leading white water rafting trips in Oregon and California. Kaela is a mother, a preparer of extravagant meals, a garden putterer, and an appreciator of the art of a well organized spreadsheet. In joining the SFF team, Kaela is excited to put her energy and care into the music, the community, and a cause she truly believes in!
Logistics and Facilities Manager
Dedicated to curating spaces that inspire, Ty joins Sisters Folk Festival after honing his skills for nearly two decades in the entertainment industry. Born and raised in Central Oregon, he brings a wide base of experience to this realm and a deep love for implementing creative ideas through innovation. His skillset includes bringing new life to corporate audio visual work, coordinating festival and tour logistics, and crafting venue workflows that succeed. His knowledge of the PNW brings insight, and Ty is passionate that the quality of his work matches or exceeds the expectations of our unique region. Music and production have woven their way into the fabric of his whole life.