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
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.
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.