Meet Our Staff

 

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Rick Taylor, Executive Director
(206) 826-8926, rickt@campfireseattle.org

Rick joined Camp Fire in 2007 as our Director of Camping & Outdoor Education and has served as Executive Director for 10 years.  He brings more than 30 years of experience directing camps across the country.  Rick & his wife have three grown children and live at Camp Sealth with their dog, Pippin.  Rick believes that Camp Fire’s commitment to inclusivity and empowering youth in small group settings is what makes it such a great organization to be a part of.

kristen cookKristen Cook, Director of Donor Relations 
(206) 826-8931, kristenc@campfireseattle.org

Kristen has been with Camp Fire since 2013.  A New York State transplant, she brings more than 16 years of experience in fund development and nonprofit management.  She shares a home with her husband, a temperamental Tabby cat, and numerous plants.  On most days you can find her exploring the many incredible trails around the Pacific Northwest.   Kristen applauds Camp Fire’s commitment to incorporating kids with special needs into each of their programs.

Program Staff

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Carrie Kishline, Director of Camping
(206) 463-3174, ext. 35, carriek@campfireseattle.org

Carrie, otherwise known as “Carebear”, has more than ten years of experience working at Camp Sealth and attended camp as a child and counselor. She lives at camp with her husband, son, and pets: Peanut & Apple.  She enjoys spending time at camp with her younger brother Peter who has special needs. Carrie “loves seeing kids grow and watching them become stronger, more compassionate, and more capable versions of themselves. Every day, I’m amazed that I get to be a part of that transformation.”

Meaghan Baumgartner, Summer Camp Director (she|her)
(206) 463-3174 ext 44,

Meaghan, camp name “Burro”,  has her B.S. in Recreation Management from Oregon State University and worked previously with both our Outdoor Education & Summer programs. Her other roles include wife, dog mom, average runner, road trip enthusiast, and voracious reader. Meaghan feels passionate about Camp Fire’s commitment to inclusive programs and continuously strives to “build a community where staff and campers can find belonging as their most authentic self.”

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Chantel Jackson, Food Service Director
(206) 463-3174 ext 25, chantelj@campfireseattle.org

Chef Chantel  “The Lunch Lady” Jackson is a Hilltop, Tacoma  Washington Native. Her culinary journey started way back in private elementary school where on her way to recess she passed by the kitchen and saw the lunch lady preparing the meal for the day. A sprinkle of this, a touch of this it was like magic! She asked to volunteer in the kitchen and hasn’t left sense and to this day she still is great friends with her lunch lady.  Chantel shares, “I stand by Camp Fire’s mission to help all youth  discover their spark, and it’s my mission to FEED their flames.”

Robin Dein, Outdoor Education & Retreats Director (he|him)
(206) 463-3174 ext 34, robind@campfireseattle.org

Originally from Madison, WI, Robin has been an environmental educator in Washington since 2015. He initially came to Washington as an outdoor environmental educator for Camp Killoqua and liked it so much that he kept finding reasons to stay. He has worked locally with Islandwood, Seattle Aquarium, Pacific Science Center, and the UW Botanic Gardens. He completed his Master of Education degree at the University of Washington in June 2018. Before coming to Washington, He worked as an outdoor environmental educator in several other locations such as Tampa Bay, Chincoteague Island, and coastal North Carolina. One of his most interesting facts is that he was a part of a maritime search and rescue team during his undergraduate career at Eckerd College in Florida. He enjoys pretty much anything you can do outside especially hiking with his 3-year-old puppy, nature photography, and kayaking.

Avari Tawater-Tiedmann, Program Director (she|her)
(she|her) (206) 461-8550 avarit@campfireseattle.org 

Avari, also known as Honeybee, grew up in Atlanta, GA but has moved all over before finding a home in the Pacific Northwest. After attending Georgia State University, she held positions in a variety of roles throughout public education, higher education, camp, and outdoor education. When she is not playing at camp, she is most likely swimming, hiking, enjoying tea, or trying to befriend animals. Avari values the environment Camp Fire creates for people the be their authentic selves and still feel safe while doing it. Avari feels blessed to be a part of such a strong team dedicated to connecting all children and adults to the magic and power of the outdoors and community

Rebecca Bobko, Director of Community Programs
(206) 826-8934, rebeccab@campfireseattle.org

After growing up as a Camp Sealth camper, Rebecca has held a variety of positions for Camp Fire. She is currently serving as the Director of Community Programs working with our School Year Youth Program, Teen Leadership programs, and our various community outreach projects. Also known as “Plaid”, she enjoys DIY crafting and spending time with her wife Claire. She adds, “I find it incredibly rewarding to help our youth realize their full potential and build upon their leadership skills year after year. Camp Fire puts the interests and passions of its youth in the center and helps them grow through hands-on leadership, trial and error, relationship-building, and fun! Much of this work is done through the help of our talented volunteers who we greatly appreciate!”

Alex Kirschner, Community Programs Manager
(206) 826-8919, alexk@campfireseattle.org

Alex joined the Camp Fire Seattle office in 2018 after having spent a summer working as an Assistant Camp Director at Camp Sealth. Before joining Camp Fire, Alex worked at an Outdoor Education Institute in California for a year as a Senior Instructor. A southeast Indiana native, Alex graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis with a B.S. in Secondary Education and Biology. In his downtime, Alex can be found exploring parks and hikes around the Seattle area, listening to podcasts, and watching sporting events, especially those involving Cincinnati sports teams.

Administration & Finance Staff

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Gloria Cross, Accounting Supervisor
(206) 826-8956, gloriac@campfireseattle.org

Gloria has been with Camp Fire since 2005.  Born in Jalisco, Mexico and raised in California, she has made her home here in Seattle along with her husband Earl and their three children. Gloria adds, “I enjoy the variety in accounting work throughout the year and truly value and admire my co-workers.  Camp Fire’s commitment to inclusivity makes me proud to be part of this organization.”

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Dana Aoyama, Human Resources & Accounting Specialist
(206) 826-8938, danaa@campfireseattle.org

Dana has worked for Camp Fire in a variety of positions for many years.  A WoHeLo awardee, she also attended Camp Sealth as a child and volunteered at our Day Camps. She adds, “Camp Fire is very close to my heart. I have always appreciated their commitment to inclusion and emphasis on leadership skills.”

Michael M Headshot Michael McGrath, Member Services Manager
(206) 826-8937, michaelm@campfireseattle.org

Michael has worked with the Council in some capacity since the Summer of 2012, when he started as a summer camp staff member. Serving as Member Services Manager since October 2017, Michael, A.K.A “Chip,”  is dedicated to helping families get the most out of their Camp Fire experience. With a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Michael is passionate about cultural studies and social theory, and adds “Camp Fire’s determination to include all youth, from all cultural backgrounds, is a keystone value that makes it such a great organization to be a part of and contribute to.” Michael enjoys live music, HIIT fitness, and films.

Corey Gerberdolan, Seattle Office Manager
(206) 384-5362, coreyg@campfireseattle.org

Corey joined the Camp Fire office in January of 2022! She’s worked in a variety of outdoor recreation settings for over 10 years and is graduating with a Masters in Business Administration in December of 2022! Corey, A.K.A “TreeTop,” is dedicated to the easy accessibility of nature for everyone. She adds, “I’m thrilled to be a part of a community with strong business skills, as well as a clear love and focus for youth.” Corey enjoys triathlons, disc golf, and anything to do with friendship string.

Steve Baumgartner, Manager of Individual Giving
(206) 826-8945, steveb@campfireseattle.org

Steve rejoined Camp Fire in 2022 after 5+ years working at the YMCA as Aquatics Director and Senior Membership Director. Originally from the UK, Steve a.k.a. Crash, first worked for Camp Fire as an international staff in 2010 when he was a Horizon counselor, continuing to work in various seasonal roles until 2016. Steve lives at Camp Sealth with his wife Meaghan, his chocolate lab Oakley, and two tuxedo cats Mini and Tige. “Coming back to Camp Fire feels like returning home. I am excited to work with our donors and help make Camp Fire even more inclusive and available to all who need its amazing programs.”

Maintenance & Facilities

Chad Lawson

Chad Lawson, Facilities Manager
(206) 463-3174, ext. 24, chadl@campfireseattle.org

Chad has more than 20 years of experience, with more than 10  working at Camp Sealth. Also known as “Pipeline”, he enjoys playing golf and watching sports in his spare time.  He resides at camp with his wife Carrie, son T. Frazier and pets.  His favorite part of working for Camp Fire is problem-solving and creating new opportunities for experiential education.

 

Casey Westphal, Maintenance

Casey joined Camp Fire in February 2022. His long and varied background in Facilities Management and Construction, along with his creative thinking, has provided him with the tools to tackle any task. A native of KS, reared in GA, a graduate of Appalachian State University and a long time resident of Vashon Island, his interests are many and eclectic; from music, literature and art to science, history, geology and athletics. He is pleased to be a part of the Camp Fire community.