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 the past 5 years.  He brings more than 30 years experience directing camps across the country.  Rick & his wife have three grown children and live at Camp Sealth with their dog, Dobby.  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, Marketing & Development Director
(206) 826-8931, kristenc@campfireseattle.org

Kristen has been with Camp Fire since 2013.  A New York State transplant, she brings more than 14 years in fund development and marketing experience.  She received a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University at Buffalo where she also played tennis for the Bulls. She shares a home with her husband and two temperamental felines.  She enjoys yoga, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Kristen applauds Camp Fire’s commitment to incorporating kids with special needs into each of their programs.

Nicole Collin Headshot Nicole Collin, Marketing & Development Associate 
(206) 826-8945, nicolec@campfireseattle.org

Nicole joined the Camp Fire team in 2016 after graduating from Eastern Washington University (Go Eags!) where she earned her bachelor’s degree in communications while also studying public relations, journalism, and leadership. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading comic books, sipping on coffee, and cheering on the Seattle Sounders. Nicole values Camp Fire most for empowering youth of all backgrounds and connecting them to nature.

Program Staff

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

Carrie, otherwise known as “Carebear”, has more than ten years experience working at Camp Sealth and attended camp as a child and counselor. She lives at camp with her husband, son and cat Aine.  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. Everyday, I’m amazed that I get to be a part of that transformation.”

Josh Cunningham, Outdoor Education & Retreats Program Manager
(206) 463-3174, ext. 34, joshc@campfireseattle.org

Josh joins the Camp Sealth team with over nine years of experience working in the outdoor industry.  A native of Central Ohio, Josh has spent time working for several outdoor focused youth serving non profits including the Boy Scouts, an independent camp in southern Ohio, and the YMCA. In his down time, Josh enjoys spending time in the outdoors, visiting the many climbing gyms and facilities around the Seattle area spending time hiking with his dog Fitz, and watching sports including his beloved Cleveland Browns.  Josh looks forward to delivering Camp Fire’s commitment to environmental stewardship to our partners, as well as sharing his love for experiential        learning with the guests at Camp Sealth.

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Kerrie Sampelayo, Day Camp Manager & Data Specialist
(206) 826-8941, kerries@campfireseattle.org

A 3rd generation Camp Fire member, Kerrie has served as our day camp manager since 2012. Also known as “Bob” she enjoys hiking, geocaching and traveling in her spare time. She also serves as a volunteer Co-Leader of a Horizon Camp Fire group.


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, also known as “Groot”,  joined the Camp Fire Seattle office after having spent the past 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 down time, 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.

Ali Fuller, Program Coordinator
(206) 826-8980, alif@campfireseattle.org

Ali joined the Camp Fire Seattle office in March of 2019. A Minnesota native, Ali studied Government and Environmental Studies one state over at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After graduating, she held positions at several nonprofits throughout the country which focused on youth and the outdoors. Most recently, she instructed at an outdoor school in Southern California. In her free time, she can be found running, hiking, doing arts and crafts, and adventuring around the Pacific Northwest. Ali values that Camp Fire provides youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to better themselves, the environment, and their communities by connecting them to the outdoors, completing service projects, and developing leadership skills.

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Megan Muma, Assistant Camp Director
(206) 463-3174 ext. 32, meganm@campfireseattle.org

Megan joined the Camp Fire team in 2018 after graduating from Central Michigan University, where she studied Outdoor and Environmental Recreation.  A west Michigan native, Megan has spent time working for various YMCA camps across the state. Megan enjoys spending her free time exploring the Pacific Northwest, taking pictures, crafting, boating, and taking care of her two fish, puppy Charlie and countless succulents.

 

Administration & Finance Staff

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

Gloria has been sharing her talents with Camp Fire since 2005.  Born in Jalisco, Mexico and raised in the San Diego area, she has made her home here in Seattle along with her husband Earl and their three children. An avid quilter and sports fan, she also volunteers for Seattle Works and Camp Korey.  Gloria adds, “I love the variety throughout the year, I enjoy & truly admire my co-workers and as someone who has experienced discrimination in the past, Camp Fire’s commitment to inclusivity is key to me.”

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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 apart of and contribute to.” Michael enjoys live music, HIIT fitness, and films.

Maintenance & Facilities Staff

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Steve Lomax, Facilities Manager
(206) 463-3174, ext. 27, stevel@campfireseattle.org

Steve has been with us since December of 2007 and previously spent 30 years working in EMS/Medical Transportation. He resides on Vashon Island with his wife of 35 years and daughter and a three legged cat.  He adds that “I enjoy solving problems and coming up with creative ways to improve camp. I work for Camp Fire because I want to make a difference in the lives of the young people we serve.”

Chad Lawson

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

Chad has more than 20 years experience, with more than 10  working at Camp Sealth. Also know 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 cat Aine.  His favorite part of working for Camp Fire is problem-solving and creating new opportunities for experiential education.

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Mary Roden, Food Service Manager
(206) 463-3174, ext. 25, maryr@campfireseattle.org

Also known as “Ratatouille”, Mary has been involved with Camp Sealth since attending camp as a child. Since 1998, she has been responsible for cooking countless meals for Camp Sealth campers; a huge undertaking.  Her hobbies include painting, drawing and gardening.  The most fulfilling part of her job is “hearing how the kids enjoyed the food and seeing staff who started with little or no kitchen experience become confident and empowered employees.”