Our Leadership

Rick Taylor (He/Him)

Executive Director
(206) 826-8926

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.

Dana Aoyama (She/Her)

Director of Finance
(206) 826-8938

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.”

Kristen Cook (She/Her)

Director of Donor Relations
(206) 826-8931

Kristen joined the Camp Fire team in 2013 and has held several roles throughout her tenure. She currently leads our fundraising and communication efforts and has a passion for connecting donors to Camp Fire’s youth and families. She resides in Seattle with her husband, one very feisty feline and numerous plants.

Josie Kies (She/Her)

Director of Community Partnerships
(206) 826-8945

After growing up in the Camp Fire program, Josie joined the Camp Fire team in January 2023, returning to her roots. She, overseas our community program activities and staff, including group programs, day camps, and the annual candy sale, and community outreach and engagement. She works closely with our adult volunteers and leaders, and brings a passion for events and growth to our team. Josie adds “I am so excited to work with leaders and youths in the area for new (and returning) adventures, and being a part of creating moments that not only shaped my life, but the lives of those around me.” Josie lives in the Seattle-area with her sister and a house full of pets and enjoys community fairs and festivals, DIY projects, and any book nearby she can get her hands on.

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Carrie Kishline (She/Her)

Director of Strategic Initiatives
(206) 463-3174, ext. 35 carriek@campfireseattle.org

Carrie, otherwise known as “Carebear”, has more than twenty years of experience working at Camp Sealth and attended camp as a child and counselor. She lives at camp with her husband, son, and cat “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.”

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Michael McGrath (He/Him)

Human Resources & Accounting Specialist
(206) 826-8937

Michael is thrilled to serve the staff and volunteers of Camp Fire in his role as HR & Accounting Specialist. After starting as a Kitchen Assistant, he has spent time in departments all across the organization and now works to support our staff and advocate for their needs, in addition to his work on the administrative team to keep Camp Fire operations running smoothly on a daily basis. When not at Camp Fire, he boldly takes on trail runs and loves to travel the world.

Robin Dein (He/Him)

Outdoor Education & Retreats Director
(206) 463-3174 ext. 34

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.

Berti (She/They)

Co-Director of Summer Camp
Community Programs Coordinator
(206) 826-8919

After completing her Bachelors in Recreation Management & Leadership at WWU, we welcome Berti back to Camp Fire as our Community and Camp Program Coordinator. Growing up in Camp Fire and earning their 15-year plaque at Camp Sealth, Berti has a long history with our organization. You may also know her as Shazam! When not coordinating programs, Berti can be found beach combing, amateur bird watching, thrifting, and collaging. They find joy in exploring shorelines, learning new bird facts, collecting tchotchkes, and expressing themselves through creative compositions. With a passion for designing engaging experiences and fostering connections, Berti hopes to bring the Camp Fire community together in all facets, creating unforgettable experiences for all ages.

Avari Tawater-Tiedmann (She/Her)

Co-Director of Summer Camp
Program Director
(206) 461-8550

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

Corey Gerberdolan (She/Her)

Seattle Day Camp Director
(206) 384-5362

Corey joined the Camp Fire team in January of 2022! She’s worked in a variety of outdoor recreation settings for over 10 years and spent her first year with us as the Office Manager. 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.

Mulch Morwell (They/Them)

Community Programs Coordinator
(206) 461-8550

Mulch joined the Camp Fire team in 2022 as a Day Camp counselor and science guy. In 2023 they moved on to assistant site director and then site director, working with a fantastic team to bring the magic of Day Camp to life. In the fall of 2023 they joined the Seattle team full-time to help expand their teen programming offerings. Mulch loves cats, art, and teaching kids, teens, and adults everything they know.

Steve Baumgartner (He/Him)

Manager of Individual Giving
(253) 237-4865


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.”

Kim (Bizzy) Roeser (She/Her)

Camp Sealth Office Manager
(206) 463.3174 ext. 21

Kim joins the Camp Fire team with a background in social work (group home management) and small business management and ownership. She continues to cultivate strong ties to her Vashon Island community and an excitement for the camp community as a whole. She pulls from her customer service background to provide a touch point for families to connect with and is available at camp year-round! Kim AKA “Bizzy” is a diehard Packers Fan, a bonus parent to a very cool teen and proudly a member of the LGBTQIA+ family. Her and her partner spend their time baking, gardening, crafting. “I am profoundly appreciative of the opportunity to work for a company that has a forefront emphasis on creating a space for everyone. Camp Fire creates the ability to just be you and it is celebrated, I absolutely love that”.

Emma R. P. Sadinsky (She/Her)

Seattle Office Manager
(206) 475.5116


Emma joined the Camp Fire team in 2023 and has a passion for ensuring youth have consistent, positive, and accessible access to the local natural environment. She brings her non-profit and customer service experience to support our families throughout the registration process. You can find her in the West Seattle Office or occasionally out at camp where she goes by “Pallet.”

Chad Lawson

Chad Lawson (He/Him)

Facilities Manager
(206) 463-3174, ext. 24

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 (He/Him)

Camp Sealth 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.