Meet the Camp Fire Columbia Staff
|René Léger, President & CEO
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|Jill Weir, Vice President of Operations
Jill has two master’s degrees, Recreation Administration and Experiential Education, and has been working within the nonprofit community since 1999. Prior to joining the Camp Fire team in 2006, Jill served as Executive Director for Adventures Without Limits. Jill loves the outdoors and most four-legged creatures. If she could hop on a plane tomorrow, she’d travel to South Africa for adventure and a cultural experience.
|Terry Rahm, Vice President of Finance & Human Resources
Terry was born and raised in the Buckeye State and moved to Portland in 1978. Since then, she has lived in San Diego, the US Virgin Islands, Los Angeles, and Saipan prior to returning to Portland. She also has traveled extensively, visiting Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, as well as most of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean islands. Terry has over 35 years of experience in business management, accounting, finance, and human resources, and has owned her own businesses. She has worked in various industries in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, as well as several years spent performing audit fieldwork for a public accounting firm. Terry eagerly joined the staff at Camp Fire in 2007. She loves her three dogs, trees, water, and the Great Pacific Northwest.
|Kristin Trainor, Vice President of Development & Communications
Kristin Trainor hails from the Great Lakes State of Michigan and spent the first portion of her career working in media relations for Indiana University and as an Account Executive at Finelight Strategic Marketing Communications. During this time, Kristin worked with creative teams to develop and execute comprehensive Marketing Plans including TV, radio, print and web interfaces. Inspired by a handful of pro-bono clients, she packed up, moved west and transitioned to the non-profit world in 2006. Kristin served as Development Director for Human Solutions for two and a half years before beginning with Camp Fire in the spring of 2008. When not raising money or fine-tuning the Camp Fire brand, Kristin relaxes by getting out on the trails, traveling and doing just about anything involving water.
|Picture coming soon||Aiyana Cunningham, Evaluation Assistant
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|Picture coming soon||April Brown, Classic Club Program Coordinator
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|Armin Tolentino, Middle School Director
Originally from New Jersey, Armin earned his B.S. in chemistry from The College of New Jersey and, after several years away, returned to the Garden State to earn his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Rutgers University. He has worked with youth in a variety of capacities since 2003, including high school special education, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention, and three years of AmeriCorps service. His interests include biking uncomfortably long distances, playing 90’s punk songs on ukulele, and (hopefully) earning a world record for loudest clap.
|Brenda Townsend, Club Director
Brenda is a native Oregonian, spending nine years as a Camp Fire Girl and several summers at Camp Namanu as a youth. She earned her B.S in Business Management from the University of Oregon in 1979. When not in the office supporting the volunteer Club Leaders, she can be found leading her own classic clubs, spending time with her family or enjoying their family getaway in Central Oregon.
|Julie Petrokubi, Director of Evaluation
Julie has over a dozen years experience developing, managing and evaluating community-based programs. Julie earned a master’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Youth, Organization & Community Development. After spending the past few years researching youth-adult partnerships around the country, Julie looks forward to sharing what she has learned about creating effective organizations and meaningful opportunities for youth voice. Julie is very excited to be living back in Oregon, where she spends lots of time in the woods and by the sea.
|Picture coming soon||Karin Malbrough, Director of School Year Programs
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|Kate Larsen, Camp Director, Camp Namanu
Kate has been an active member of the Camp Namanu and Camp Fire community since 2006. She earned her BA in History in 2009 from George Fox University where she also studied Camp Administration, Experiential Education, and Psychology before joining the Namanu team full time. Originally intending to become a high school teacher, she found that camp was an ideal place to blend her interests in education, the outdoors, and empowering young people. She spends her free time enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer with her friends and family, and is dedicated to ensuring that the magic of Namanu is something that every camper can experience and enjoy.
|Kim Summers, Director of Facilities & Programs, Camp Namanu
Kim, otherwise known as “Cascade”, is a native Oregonian and has over 20 years experience working at camps across the Northwest. She received her degree in International Business from Linfield College in 1994 and then went on to pursue a career in camp. Kim has worked with many different non-profit agency camps but most recently was directing YWCA Camp Westwind for the last eight years. Kim is very active in the American Camp Association and has been President of the local Oregon Trail area for the last four years. She is also a trainer for ACA Camp Standards as well as an accreditation visitor. Her free time is spent chasing after her two young children Bradley aka “Fire Truck” and Carly aka “Froggy”.
|Kristin Bacon-Brenes, Program Registrar
Kristin has been at Camp Fire since February of 2008. She came to work for Camp Fire with a wide variety of work and life experience. She enjoys the excitement of knowing in-depth all about Camp Fire’s varied programs and working to serve and support Camp Fire families and Program Staff. When not working Kristin loves working in her large garden, cooking and eating healthy beautiful food, writing a bit of poetry and staying active outside. She would love to say that she has explored most of Oregon’s beautiful nooks and crannies.
|Mae Wilson, High School Program Director
Mae has her Masters in Social Work and has been working with youth for the last seven years. She is passionate about youth leadership and hearing new jokes. Prior to coming to Camp Fire, Mae worked as a Wilderness Therapist and in youth activism. She tends to feel most at home when she is on her bike, traveling to somewhere new, or existing in the middle of nowhere.
|Maureen Redshaw, Assistant Program Registrar
Maureen has actively supported a variety of youth sports and education programs in schools for over 10 years. She has been with Camp Fire since 2010. It is a joy for her to be able to share the Camp Namanu experience that her kids have had with new Camp Fire families and provide support for Camp Fire’s dedicated program staff. Maureen keeps pretty busy with two high school daughters and enjoys exploring new camping spots and hiking to hidden waterfalls.
|Meredith Cohen, Site Supervisor, Mill Park Elementary
Meredith Cohen has been working in schools since graduating from Oberlin College in 2005. She moved to New Orleans as a Teach for America corps member just before Hurricane Katrina; she then spent the next three years teaching Language Arts to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders affected by the storm and helping to found 3 new KIPP Charter Schools in Houston and New Orleans. Meredith moved to Portland in 2008, and has been working at Camp Fire ever since. She couldn’t be more excited about being a part of the very special community at Mill Park Elementary.
|Renee Ewan, Middle School Program Manager
Renee Ewan has her Masters in Education with an emphasis in English Language Arts and Teaching English as a Second Language. She is dedicated to serving Portland’s at risk youth and is happy to have found a place like Camp Fire to help her execute her passion for teaching and for hanging out with awesome kids. When she is not in the office or out in the field engaging with youth, you can find her reading a book on her front porch or dancing to a band at one of the many wonderful music venues in Portland.
|Sandi Blackwood, Community School Program Director
Sandi has been working for Camp Fire since 2006. She began her career in youth development during her undergraduate program at UTSA with a Community Health Education degree and then received her Master’s degree in Education from Portland State University in 2008. Sandi is excited to be working with youth and families at Gilbert Heights Elementary and loves expanding the program to serve students and families in creative, fun ways. Sandi enjoys spending time with her family, cooking delicious food and loves to run outdoors whenever possible.
|Steven Joinson, Site Supervisor, Menlo Park Elementary
Steven grew up in the northwest of England and moved to Portland in 2004. Steven started his American adventure by working as a Camp Counselor in upstate New York for six summers. He has been working in after-school programs in the David Douglas School District for over six years. When at programming, he can usually be found in character, whether it be a C.F.B.I. agent, a ‘Kangeroo Court’ judge or even wearing an extravagant mustache. If it sounds like fun, Steven is there! Outside of Camp Fire, Steven loves to play soccer, both with his son, Jamie, and also with his soccer team, you might even be able to hear him at Portland Timbers games. Steven also enjoys writing and filming short movies in his spare time.
|Tony Profitt, Property Manager, Camp Namanu
Tony (AKA “Yosemite Sam” or “Yosam”) is a proud native Oregonian who has worked in the camping/environmental education world in various roles since beginning as a Junior Counselor with Outdoor School in 1979. His experience in camps include work at Multnomah Outdoor School, YMCA Camp Collins, The Mittleman Jewish Community Center, The Oregon Zoo Camp and and OMSI Spaceflight Academy. His other work experiences include cabinet maker/installer and communications lineman. Tony has worked in many fields and found the place to practice all those trades when his wife Gina encouraged him to apply for and he got the position of Caretaker at Camp Namanu where he has been happily since 2003. He loves Camp Namanu for its rich history, natural beauty, the Namanu family of campers and staff past and present and as an ideal place to raise his family. His passions and pastimes include raising his two children, fishing, hunting and playing music with his classic rock cover band “The Water Buffaloes.”
Administration & Finance Staff
|Arda Jones, Office Manager
A native Oregonian, Arda is married to a wonderful man, has two lovely daughters, and one delightful grandson. She is very creative and enjoys making jewelry and learning new crafts. Arda has a non-profit heart; she is dedicated to Camp Fire’s mission of empowering youth and giving them voice and choice.
|Colette Katzen, Executive Assistant and HR Generalist
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|Elizabeth Loo, Administrative Assistant/Accounts Payable
Elizabeth was born in Hong Kong and came to the United States in 1977. She has not been back to Hong Kong since, but hopes to return one day and travel throughout Asia. Also, sightseeing in China would be a dream come true for her. She has lived in Portland for 34 years and considers herself a true Oregonian. Spring is her favorite time of the year and she enjoys pretty much anything involving the outdoors, especially all the beautiful trees.
Development & Communications Staff
|Brendon Wood, Graphic Designer & Web Coordinator
Brendon graduated in 2004 from the Art Institute of Portland with a degree in multimedia/web design. His passion and expertise is in print design/branding/marketing and all areas in between. He has over eight years in the professional and freelance world as a graphic designer. When he’s not pointing out what the type font is on random collateral, he enjoys wrenching on his car, riding around country backroads on his motorcycle, being a goalie, catching a local rock show, and getting anywhere near a big body of water.
|Mark Baylis, Grants & Communications Manager
A native of the mighty Boring, Oregon area, Mark earned his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon. He has been involved in Communications and Development for several years, including time as a journalist as well as a grant writer for Self Enhancement, Inc. and Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County. When not at work, Mark is a lifelong Blazermaniac who pries himself away from games to hike new trails, travel, and generally incite lactic acid production.
|Picture coming soon||Mary Kate Narcisi, Development Coordinator
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|Picture coming soon||Oceah Clark-Kasperzyk, Director of Business Development
A Seattle native, Oceah earned his B.A. from the University of Oregon, studying Multimedia Design, Business Administration and Spanish. He then ventured afield, spending several years each in Massachusetts, Buenos Aires and Vancouver, B.C. working in marketing, networking and exploring. He completed a Graduate Diploma in International Management from Capilano University in Canada and his MBA from the Institut des hautes études économiques et commerciales (INSEEC) in Paris before returning home to his beloved northwest. When not enjoying the strategic challenges of expanding the visibility and accessibility of Camp Fire Columbia’s awesome programs, Oceah loves exploring the beautiful northwest, exercise, yoga, cooking and art.
|Patricia Iron, Associate Director of Development
A native Oregonian, Patricia’s career has centered around private and public non-profit organizations. She holds a degree in Theatre Administration from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and, as a result of her upbringing in Oregon, has a deep love and respect for conservation of the environment. As Executive Director of non-profits, she led environmental groups to success and renovated two old movie theatres into performing arts centers (Tower Theatre in Bend, OR and Fox Theatre Spokane in WA). She loves to travel and has grown in understanding diversity after visiting such countries as Russia, Finland, Estonia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Peru, among others. At the end of the day, she is warmly welcomed home by her two big dogs.