This will be Denise’s fifth school year serving the Cedaroak Park Community in West Linn. She is proud of the community that she and the Camp Fire staff have built, and feels very at home with the Cedaroak Camp Fire kids. Denise grew up in the Midwest and attended Iowa State University, where she majored in Fine Art and Art History.
During college, she had the opportunity to connect her love of traveling with her passion for youth development. Denise provided youth programming in Japan and England with Camp Adventure, an organization focused on providing summer camps for children of military families. Denise has worked with youth as a swim coach for the Special Olympics and as a counselor in Namibia with thePeace Corps. During her time spent in Namibia she provided youth counseling and programming for teens in her village. After college, she worked at Camp Namanu as the Waterfront Director in 2011 and 2012.
In her free time Denise enjoys gardening, hiking and being an animal foster Mom for the Oregon Humane Society.