Corporate Board of Directors

President – Joan Harris
Vice President – Vanessa Veit
Treasurer – Kayla Hemmingson
Secretary – Shaun Wesen

Members at Large:
Spencer Roozen
Alice Sigurdson
Jonathan Yousling
Tracy Osborn

About Our Board:

Joan Harris – President
Joan spent her early years in Seattle and was a Camp Fire member from 2nd to 8th grade. She attended day camp at Carkeek Park and spent time at summer camps bicycling the San Juan and Gulf Islands. She attended high school in Skagit County and then went to Shoreline Community College in North Seattle and received an RN degree. She married and returned to Skagit County to raise her family. She now has two adult children and three grandchildren living locally. She has been in nursing for over 39 years with most of those serving Skagit County.
Joan has volunteered in many capacities such as sports team, dance teams, church, schools, and now Camp Fire. She values Camp Kirby and Camp Fire programs which encourage our youth to become good leaders, environmentally aware, productive, responsible, and able to contribute to our ever-changing world.

Vanessa Veit – Vice-President
Vanessa grew up in Missouri and moved to Whatcom County in 2006 where she has been a critical care nurse in Bellingham. She lives the values of Camp Fire as exemplified by her volunteer work with Amor Ministries where she helped to build homes in border towns in Mexico for 27 years. Vanessa is a deacon in the Presbyterian Church and a proud single mom of a 19-year-old. She is a mother as well to Wander, a St. Bernard puppy and four cats who moderately tolerate the St. Bernard. Vanessa became involved with Camp Fire as a club leader for two years and then began serving on the Board. Recognizing her leadership abilities and commitment to the mission of Camp Fire Samish, Vanessa was elected to the office of Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Kayla Hemmingson – Treasurer
Kayla graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Accounting and is currently testing for the CPA exam. She is a staff accountant at Archer Halliday, PS in Bellingham and a member of both the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Association of Accounting & Tax Professionals. Kayla grew up in the Pacific northwest with enthusiasm for all outdoor recreational activities. You can find her camping, fishing, kayaking and riding motorcycles in her free time. She loves being involved in the community and spends time coaching & managing adult league recreational sports such as softball and volleyball. Kayla is honored and excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Camp Fire Samish family!

Shaun Wesen – Secretary
Shaun became a Camp Fire member as a Bluebird in 1962. She continued with Camp Fire clubs for ten years. She grew up in Seattle, working as camp staff for CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) summer camps for six years. She moved to Skagit County in 1978. Shaun is an occupational therapist, and has worked with Skagit Preschool and Resource Center (SPARC) for more than 35 years. She became involved with Camp Fire Samish when her daughter was a member and volunteered as Camp Kirby day camp staff for two years. She joined the Camp Fire Samish board in 2015 and is happy to share her Camp Fire club, youth camping, and experience working with children with special needs with the Camp Fire family.

Spencer Roozen
Spencer grew up in Mount Vernon and spent most of his youth exploring Skagit Valley. He has a deep love and appreciation for everything that has made this amazing place into what it is today. He has lived on a farm most of his life, which has given him a strong work ethic combined with a “can do” attitude. He loves living in the Pacific Northwest, and there is no place he would rather call home. He is an avid outdoorsman and goes out on the water or hiking and skiing up in the mountains. He is a real estate agent with Windermere Real Estate/Skagit Valley, and he is also involved as a Rotarian with Skagit Rotary.

Alice J. Sigurdson
Dr. Sigurdson retired to Bellingham, WA in 2015 from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD after a research career as a radiation epidemiologist. She has a doctoral degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She was raised on a Whatcom County crop and beef farm and graduated from Ferndale High School in 1974. She was a member of Camp Fire in the 1960’s. In college, she became a resident summer camp counselor, which introduced her to the wonder of camp life. Subsequently she supervised summer forest work in the Youth Conservation Corps. She believes that both these early experiences shaped her future life in positive ways. She is honored to be a member of the Board of Camp Fire Samish. It is her goal to help continue and facilitate Camp Fire Samish’s important work with youth. She readily volunteers her time, energy, resources, and training in any capacity that furthers the mission of Camp Fire Samish.

Jonathan Yousling
Jonathan always strives to get his clients the best outcome and has successfully represented hundreds of individuals who have suffered personal injuries. Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2011. Jonathan has also been an active member of the larger community. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Association for Justice, and Skagit County Bar Association. Jonathan has also worked for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington and Superior Court for Snohomish County. Jonathan, has a passion for the greater Skagit and Whatcom communities. Jonathan was born and raised in Skagit County and met his wife in Whatcom County when he was attending college. Jonathan also has passion for giving back to children. In fact, Jonathan and his wife raise four kids and support many family oriented non-profit organizations.

Tracy Osborn
Tracy started Camp Fire in Kindergarten, in 1985, when she became member of Sparks. Her Mom was her group leader and Tracy loved making new friends, being outdoors, and doing all of the arts and crafts that were included in the meetings. Her group then moved up to Bluebirds and Tracy was in her Camp Fire group until she was in the 7th grade (around 7 years). She grew up in Bothell WA and moved to the Bellingham area to attend Western Washington University. There, she received a Communication Degree with a minor in History. Tracy now works as a Senior Training Specialist for Peoples Bank and enjoys training and teaching her fellow employees different aspects of Banking. When she and her husband had their daughter, Taylor, Tracy could not wait to join another Camp Fire group so that her daughter could have the same fun experiences herself! Going to Camp Kirby is now one of the highlights of their year! She joined the Camp Fire Samish board in 2020 and is excited to share her Camp Fire experiences with the Camp Fire family as a whole.