Co-founder and Executive Director of The Angel Band Project and lifelong lover of music, Rachel has been breathing fire into the organization since its inception back in 2009. When her lifelong best friend Teresa Butz was murdered in a horrific act of sexual violence, Rachel was called to action to fight against the epidemic of sexual violence in the U.S. Rachel is responsible for day-to-day operations of the organization with a focus on growing The Angel Band Project into a meaningful force for healing and social change. Rachel draws on her background in project management, marketing and the media in her role as executive director. She is committed to The Angel Band Project’s mission of “using the power of music to provide healing, raise awareness, and create positive social change for survivors of sexual violence.” Through hard work and vision, Rachel has led the organization to house programming in three cities – St. Louis, MO; Seattle, WA; and New York City, NY. Rachel received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992, and was given an award for her music therapy advocacy in 2018 by the Women of Achievement organization in St. Louis, MO. She has spoken at sexual assault conferences and universities across the country. She and her family live in St. Louis.
What do you love most about Your City?
I love Forest Park, home of the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis History Museum, our award-winning zoo, The St. Louis Muny Opera. All of them my favorite places to visit and watch the seasons change in the trees and the landscape.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I love a freshly baked biscuit lathered with butter and raspberry jam, fresh fruit and a steaming cup of coffee.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Hitting snooze until 6:25.
10:00 AM - Meeting with local anti-violence agency partners or working on initiatives of The Angel Band Project.
12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
Frida’s Deli – their falafel is out of this world.
7:00 PM - Sitting at my kitchen island laughing with my family or dancing in the kitchen to our favorite playlists. I love to dance it out after a busy day!
11:00 PM - I am fast asleep.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I drink coffee in the morning, sparkling water during the day, a glass of wine at night.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
What should everyone try at least once?
Jumping out of a plane.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In my husband’s eyes.