Sisters Folk Festival is powered by people who are passionate about our mission: to provide world-class entertainment and educational opportunties in our community and beyond.
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.
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.
Katy Yoder – Development Director
Katy Yoder joined Sisters Folk Festival as Events Director in 2007. Her position evolved to Development Director as her skills as a communicator and fundraiser came to the forefront. “Raising money for Sisters Folk Festival is such a pleasure! The programs and events we produce are well-received by businesses and individuals who see the value they hold for Central Oregon.” Yoder is a freelance writer, accomplished equestrian and proud parent of a Sisters High School graduate.
Steven Remington — Development
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.
Pete Rathbun – Operations & IT Director
Pete first experienced the Sisters Folk Festival in 2005 and was blown away by the 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.
Kerani Mitchell — Volunteer & Program Manager
With a passion for the arts, community-building and holistic education, Kerani is thrilled to join the Sisters Folk Festival team. As both a Sisters High School and Americana Project alumna, she is honored for the opportunity to give back to her hometown. Recently relocating from Seattle where she graduated from Seattle University and worked to coordinate programs for adults and children in schools and non-profit settings, she is excited to collaborate with new and veteran volunteers and friends of the Sisters Folk Festival to develop meaningful community engagement opportunities for everyone. Please stop by to introduce yourself and share your ideas over tea. She looks forward to meeting you!