Staff

Erin WalkerChief Executive Officer
After growing up as a Camp Fire Samish club member and attending Camp Kirby, Erin made the decision to commit her career to serving youth.  She grew up in Burlington, received her Bachelor’s degree from WWU, and then attended graduate school at NYU. “MamaKat” became our Executive Director at the close of 2007 after many years working for Girl Scouts and serving as a volunteer leader for her own two daughters, Kathryn and Krista. Erin lives with her husband Jack and two cats. Though she spends most of her time enjoying work, Erin does find time to travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Heather LindsayProgram Director
Heather, also known as “River,” joined Camp Fire Samish in the Fall of 2016. Born and raised in Southeast Idaho, she, along with her husband and five kids, have made the Pacific Northwest their home. She brings over 18 years of experience working with youth organizations. Heather believes that every youth deserves to have that perfect moment of happiness. Through imagination, leadership, and exploring talents, youth can find that moment. Camp Fire Samish and Camp Kirby provide the perfect place for a child’s heart to smile.

Teresa Brescia CFO
Teresa has been with Camp Fire since 2012. A Virginia transplant in 1998, she now considers herself a local. She brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit finance, development, and marketing to Camp Fire Samish. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Teresa believes that Camp Fire’s commitment to helping youth find their own interests and abilities is why it is such a great organization to be a part of.

 

Kathryn LueraCamp Registrar and Resident Camp Director
Kathryn, otherwise known as “KitKat”, has more than ten years of experience working at Camp Kirby. She attended as a 2nd generation camper and as a counselor before taking on the role of Camp Director in 2014. Kathryn enjoys spending as much time at Kirby as possible, but in her free time she loves to travel and play board games. Kathryn has a BAE in Exceptionality and Disability from Western Washington University, and loves working for an inclusive organization. Kathryn loves that “every moment spent at Camp Kirby is a treasured memory; a chance for campers and staff alike to build a new friendship, learn a new skill, challenge their limits, or witness a miracle.”

Maura McKoleProgram Facilitator
Maura started working for Camp Fire Samish after a very exciting summer as an intern where she fell in love with the Camp Fire way of life. Growing up on Whidbey Island, Maura always dreamed of spending her summers at Camp Kirby. Now, as an adult, she gets to live her dream by working for Camp Fire Samish. Maura graduated from Western Washington University in August 2017 with a degree in Environmental Education, Spanish, and a minor in Environmental Policy. Her favorite part of working for Camp Fire Samish is spending time with kids outdoors and watching them connect with nature. Maura strives to help kids find their spark and, just as important, find part of themselves in the outdoor world.

The  Adair Family – Camp Kirby Site ManagersLove of the Puget Sound and a desire to teach their sons the value of strong work ethic and community service, Erin and Amanda Adair brought sons Ashton age 14 and Layne age 13 to Camp Kirby in March 2014 from the Vancouver, Washington area. Erin and Amanda were married at Camp Kirby at “Chapel” that summer, and have been living their dream ever since. Ashton and Layne have enjoyed summer resident camp for the past four summers and have been attending Edison Elementary. In addition to their many duties as Site Managers for Camp Kirby, Erin also works for Allweather Wood as Material Coordinator and Amanda is a whole food Nutrition Coach. The Adair’s live on site at camp with their dog Dexter and two cats.

Jenny FunderburgWhatcom Membership Administrator
Jenny has been with Camp Fire Samish since 2017.  She brings over ten years’ experience working with non-profits and community outreach education.  She shares her love of education with her family by homeschooling her three kids.  Jenny loves the educational base built into Camp Fires Clubs and After School Curriculum. Her favorite thing to do at Camp Kirby is to stand at the end of the point where the water meets, and watch the waves dance across the ocean.

 

Jeri TaylorIsland Membership Administrator
Jeri, AKA Jellybean is a 3rd of a 4th generation Camp Fire family. In her youth, she was a camper at Camp Kirby and then staffed for three years as a teenager.  As an adult, Jeri has been kitchen staff for over eight years, a club leader for over 13 years, and a Regional Membership Coordinator for Island County for the last six years.

 

Sandy Quinores Island Membership Administrator
Sandy was born and spent most of her life on Whidbey Island. Her dad was in the military so she did move around some. She graduated from Oak Harbor High in 1991 and was involved in Girl Scouts from K-12 grade. She joined Camp Fire 15 years ago as an assistant leader for the Little Stars Club and later was offered a job as Regional Membership Coordinator for Island County. She has been actively involved in helping, working, and volunteering with children for the last 35 years. She enjoys seeing the excitement and growth in children as they learn and discover the world around them.

Braydon BippleyProgram Assistant
Brady “Bear” joined Camp Fire Samish in 2017 as a Program Assistant but has been attending Camp Kirby since he was 11 years old! He went through Camp Kirby’s CIT program and worked on Residential Camp staff. He believes that Camp Fire gives kids the opportunity to learn, grow, and be a part of an accepting, inclusive community. Brady is currently studying at Western Washington University to become an Elementary School Teacher and found his passion for kids through Camp Kirby. At Camp Fire Samish, Brady assists our Camp Director with social media, registration, and other projects.

Jasmine EmeryProgram Assistant
Jasmine “Simba” joined the Camp Fire Samish office in 2017. She has been part of Camp Kirby for a total of six summers first as a camper, then completing the Counselor In Training (CIT) Program, and finally, as a Cabin Counselor. She strongly believes in Camp Fire’s camp and after-school enrichment classes which benefit kids through establishing life-long friends and sparking their passions. She is attending Western Washington University and plans to enroll in the Woodring College of Education to become a kindergarten teacher. In the office, Jasmine helps with enrichment classes and membership.

Taylor MalanProgram Assistant
Taylor “Lightning” Malan is a Program Assistant. He first went to Camp Kirby in 8th grade as a MuaMi and continued each year until completing the CIT program. Last summer he was a Unit Resource at Camp Kirby. He enjoys working with kids so much that he applied to work for Camp Fire Samish during the school year. His favorite part of being a Program Assistant is teaching After School Enrichment classes because he loves helping kids develop their unique qualities, skills, passions, and interests.

 

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