Staff

Executive Staff

Terra Rose “High Altitude” Ganem – Executive Director

Terra immediately fell in love with the Camp Fire promise the moment she read it. She grew up in sunny Arizona playing in the outdoors, received her Bachelors in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University and built her first nonprofit during college. Since then, she has founded and led two other nonprofits, Grow Organic Kids and Brilliant Planet. Her career has been multifaceted and includes a background in leadership development, experiential education, entrepreneurship, youth development, private executive coaching, trauma informed therapy and organizational growth and development. She comes to Washington infused with passion to support Camp Fire Samish and the mission to help youth discover their spark. Outside of work, she loves backpacking, making raw chocolate, and discovering new, glorious places with her fiance and mini-husky, Cairee.

Direct Line | (360) 312-3882
Email | terra@campfiresamish.org


Erin ” MamaKat” Walker – Development Director
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. “Mama Kat” 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. Though she spends most of her time enjoying work, Erin does find time to travel and spend time with family and friends.
Direct Line | (360) 255-7554
Email | erin@campfiresamish.org

Kathryn “KitKat” Deshaies – 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 and her husband, Aaron (“Olaf”), and son, Keith (“Wiggles”), live in the Gatehouse at Camp Kirby. They share their home with their three kittens, Basil, Sage, and Sassafras, and dog, Leroy. 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.”
Direct Line | (360) 255-7765
Email |kathryn@campfiresamish.org

Communication and Office Staff

Amy “11” Finkbonner – Data Entry
Amy was born and raised in Bellingham; she taught high school English & Leadership & coached soccer at Nooksack Valley high school. She then got her Masters in Educational Administration at WWU. After graduation, she returned to her tribe and as director of Lummi Nation Children’s Services where she managed a staff of 11 and a caseload of 200+ children, working to help keep kids safe & families together. Amy also worked at Cispus Learning Center for five summers as a camp secretary and as a counselor for Mount Olympus high school leadership camp. She understands the millions of details and behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating a magical camp experience & is excited to join the Campfire Samish team in continuing to provide a safe place for kids to learn, explore & find their spark.
Email | amy@campfiresamish.org

Jasmine “Jewel” Long – Office and Marketing Manager
Jasmine is originally from Woodinville, Washington, and attended Oregon State University for psychology where she focused on childhood development and trauma. She has a passion for making people feel understood and seen. She feels that anything you give your energy to, you give power to, which is why she enjoys working at such an organization like Camp Fire. Jasmine is the Office Assistant and Marketing Coordinator and is the smiling face you see when you walk into the office. When she is not in the office she enjoys spending lots of time in nature with her husband and dog Dusty, especially hunting for agates and other crystals on the beach, or camping in the summers. 
Email | jasminelong@campfiresamish.org

Camp Kirby Staff

Aaron “Olaf” DeshaiesFacilities Manager
Aaron is a recent transplant from Bellingham and lives in the Gatehouse at Camp Kirby with his wife, Kathryn, son Keith, their three cats, and dog. He attended Camp Kirby as a camper and returned in 2012 as a staff member. He has filled many roles at camp since then, from Archery Specialist to Head Cook to Director of Operations. He still fills in the occasional crack during the summer as well as tending to the maintenance log. His values are strongly rooted in integrity, self-worth, and being as ridiculous as possible. 

Ian “Shipwreck” Shipley Maintenance Assistant
Ian was born in England and raised on a small dairy farm in Devon. In 1980, after a five year spell as a professional soldier in the British Army, he emigrated to Canada. His journey took him north, where he was employed as a smokejumper, fighting wildfires in the Yukon and Northern Territories. During Ian’s time off, he sailed tall ships and ended up emigrating again. This time to the United States! He has resided in this country since 1994, and worked as an able seaman in the merchant marines for twenty years. He likes to think of himself as “semi-retired“. Ian, an avid outdoorsman, and his wife Julie now live in Anacortes. He is a USCG recognized survival instructor and his wife, “Unruly Julie” works as a deckhand on the Guemes Ferry. Their hobbies include canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and camping

Interested in becoming a part of Camp Fire? Go to our Employment page to see Employment Opportunities we have available.