Founder and President
Lauren Rossi is an artist, musician and professional arts organizer. She started Seraphine Collective with hopes of educating, inspiring, and encouraging both current and future musicians. She works as Creative Industries Program Manager for a Detroit-based nonprofit called Creative Many, where she designs and implements programs to empower and inform the practices of artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, performers, creators and makers.
Dina Bankole is a musician, vocalist, booker, and music festival organizer based in Detroit, MI. She is the lead project manager of Seraphine Collective’s annual music and art festival BFF FEST (Best Fest Forever Fest) and has also booked for Mittenfest. Dina is the main booker for Seraphine Collective’s events and also helps to organize Seraphine’s zines and mixtapes (send her stuff at email@example.com).
Alycia Socia is active on the fundraising committee, co-organizing Seraphine dances and potlucks. She works for The Kresge Foundation's Detroit Program team focusing on arts and culture and small-scale neighborhood grantmaking. She believes that intentional small efforts can create a movement. She also loves her pug Harvey.
Aaron Gooch is a professional helper. Friend of humans and animals. Former small-town record store owner. Current Certified consumer credit counselor working with a non-profit financial wellness agency helping clients navigate bankruptcy. Cries easily listening to pop punk and watching television. Always chasing the high of a good live show. Loves everything a lot except patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism.
Board of Directors
Jen David is a musician, artist, organizer, and aspiring entrepreneur. Her feminist musical instrument shop, Third Wave Music, is opening soon in Detroit. She enjoys playing classical piano, experimental sax, and writing for vocal and guitar in such projects as Mountains and Rainbows and Jenny Junior & Jackie Rainsticks.
Linda Jordan is an attorney, an activist and a musician. As a legal aid attorney, she assists low-income Detroiters in civil legal matters and fosters community connections with a variety of nonprofits and neighborhood groups. As a Seraphine Board member, she applies her legal knowledge to help the organization function efficiently and grow. She also co-organizes Mittenfest, an annual music festival that benefits 826 Michigan, a creative writing nonprofit.
Tina Louise is a longtime supporter and promoter of Seraphine Collective’s mission. She holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Women’s and Gender Studies from Grand Valley State University.
Augusta Morrison is an artist, educator, and musician based in Detroit. She attended Michigan State and studied Arts and Humanities and Art Education. As the Education Associate at MOCAD she assists the Education and Public Program departments with events, tours, workshops and youth and adult orientated programs.
Rachel Thompson is a re-entry Social worker, community organizer, writer and wanna-be musician living in Southwest Detroit. She is the chair of Seraphine’s Workshop committee & co-chair of the Fundraising committee. Rachel is a firm believer in the power of people and grassroots communities to affect social change by first connecting through music appreciation and performance.
Sophia Softky is a writer, fundraiser, and former nomad putting down roots in Detroit. She also moonlights as BEIGE, a baby DJ in the House of Cyborg. Sophia joined the Seraphine Collective Board of Directors because she firmly believes in the power of social justice organizing through arts and culture.