Staff

Administrative Staff

Erin Walker – Chief 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. “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 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.
Direct Line | (360) 255-7554

Heather Lindsay – Chief Operations Officer
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 has 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.
Direct Line | (360) 312-3882

Kathryn 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”), live in the Gatehouse at Camp Kirby. They share their home with their three kittens, Basil, Sage, and Sassafras. 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

Communication and Office Staff

Jaime Oshita – Office and HR Manager
Jaime, also known as, “Pele” (pronounced Pay-lay) moved to the PNW from Santa Barbara, CA in 2017. She has worked in various aspects of Community Involvement, Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations. The power of teamwork, dedication, and setting goals were instilled in her through her involvement with Volleyball and Basketball as a player and coach. Jaime believes that each day should involve a random act of kindness, a reminiscent thought that brings a smile to her face and a moment of taking a personal inventory on her daily actions. She hopes to provide the youth in our community with the understanding that they are each a different kind of flower and together they make this world a beautiful garden!
Direct Line | (360) 255-7440

Olea MillsBookkeeper
Olea was born and raised by artist parents in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up she was surrounded by nature, art and horses and grew into helping do the bookkeeping for the family jewelry business. That experience has led her many places from running a salon in Cary, NC, buying vintage clothes for a store in Sand Diego, to keeping the books for Camp Fire Samish! Olea believes that children can learn best through playing and having a safe ‘village’ to surround them. This gives them the spark they need to make them successful, happy people as they grow into adults. She is excited to help facilitate that kind of growth and development as she helps Camp Fire Samish.
Direct Line | (360) 714-1042

Rebecca Hummer – Marketing Specialist
Rebecca is a graduate student from Western Washington University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in both Business Administration and Communication Studies. She grew up in Olympia, Washington but is currently living abroad in Perth, Australia. After studying abroad in Australia while studying at Western, she found her love for traveling, experiencing a new environment, and getting to meet incredible people. Rebecca looks forward to all the new experiences and people she gets to meet with Camp Fire!

Amanda Ross – Finance Clerk
Amanda is from Issaquah, Washington. She is a senior at Western Washington University studying accounting. She loves learning and gaining new skills and experience. Amanda enjoys the outdoors, journaling,  puzzles, and spending time with her pet lizard named cricket. Her past experiences in Girl Scouts, nannying, and attending summer camps have inspired her to want support programs like Camp Fire which help kids to gain confidence and be themselves. 

Program Staff

Sasha PowersRegional Membership Manager
Sasha was in Camp Fire while growing up on the Oregon coast. When she became a mother, she dreamed of her daughter joining a Camp Fire Club. She has been a Camp Fire Club leader since 2017, for her daughter. In her free time, Sasha and her family love to go camping, kayaking, snowboarding, biking, and anything else outdoors. Sasha believes Camp Fire is the perfect way for kids to explore nature, find their passion, and make lifelong friends.
Direct Line | (360) 483-5062

Koralee Allen – Enrichment Manager
Koralee was raised in the beautiful Skagit Valley.  She attributes her love and respect for the wilderness to her childhood spent outdoors; riding bikes, swimming and exploring the neighboring woods.  Koralee spent 8 years living in Whatcom County where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree through the Recreation program at WWU.  She hopes to help youth develop respect and love for the wilderness and all of its living things.  She wants to provide youth ample opportunities for experiences in the outdoors to ignite the necessary spark to learn to respect themselves and the wilderness.

Marguerite HerriotYouth Program Coordinator Maggie was born and raised on a wheat farm in eastern Washington which allowed for a childhood filled with adventure, fresh air, and critters of all sizes. Her love of natural ecosystems and wildlife led her to pursue a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies at WWU in Bellingham. Maggie was lucky enough to have her mother as a public school elementary teacher, whose love of learning was contagious. She loves the opportunity to combine her passion for education and conservation through the programs offered at Camp Fire, which allow younger generations to gain the skills and confidence to steward this beautiful landscape. 

Jeri TaylorIsland Membership Administrator
Jeri, AKA Jellybean is 3rd of 4 generations in the Camp Fire family. As a youth, she was a camper at Camp Kirby. She also staffed for three years as a teenager.  As an adult, Jeri has been part of the kitchen staff since 2010, a Camp Fire Club leader since 2015, and a Regional Membership Coordinator for Island County since 2012.

Sandy QuinoresIsland Membership Administrator
Sandy was born on Whidbey Island and spent most of her life there. She graduated from Oak Harbor High in 1991 and was involved in Girl Scouts from K-12 grade. She joined Camp Fire in 2003 as an assistant leader for the Little Stars Club and was joined the staff as Regional Membership Coordinator for Island County. She has been actively involved in helping, working, and volunteering with children since 1983. She enjoys seeing the excitement and growth in children as they learn and discover the world around them.

Madeline Emerson – Enrichment Instructor
Madeline was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and grew up spending lots of time in the outdoors, appreciating all that nature has to offer. Since moving to Bellingham to attend WWU, she has developed an even further love of being outside and the way it can foster creativity and joy. As a future middle school teacher, Madeline is passionate about working with kids and encouraging them to live boldly, be true to themselves, and find what makes them excited to get up in the morning. She strongly believes that learning something new can be a fun and life-changing process, and she can’t wait to help kids find their spark.

Camp Kirby Staff

Aaron “Olaf” DeshaiesFacilities Manager is a recent transplant from Bellingham and lives in the Gatehouse at Camp Kirby with his wife, Kathryn, and their three cats. 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. 

Luke Griffin “Arctic”Maintenance Specialist This year will be his tenth summer at camp; four as a camper, two as a Counselor-in-Training, and four on staff. He is currently an undergrad at Western Washington University and is looking forward to the season at Kirby! Luke hopes to make every week as memorable and enjoyable for our campers as they were for him when he was a camper.

Anya Petroff “Maestro”Rock Wall Specialist Anya is the Rock Wall Specialist at Kirby during Resident Camp. She loves all things Kirby and is excited to help give back to it! 

Interns

Natalie StraussMarketing Intern Natalie has a love for nature and exploring the outdoors. She currently attends Western Washington University and is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She enjoys creating digital content and learning new editing skills, as well as curling up with her cat and a good book on rainy days. Natalie looks forward to learning and developing her skills at Camp Fire! 

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