Executive Officers

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 20 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 & Camp Kirby provides 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”), and son, Keith, 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

Program Staff

Marguerite HerriotProgram Manager
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. 

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, 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. 


Anthony AlvarezMarketing Intern

Anthony was born and raised in the busy city of Bellevue, Washington, where he lived for most of his life before moving up north to Bellingham. His love for the outdoors brought him to Bellingham. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Marketing and a minor in International Business at WWU. Outside of work, Anthony enjoys hiking, watching sports, listening to podcasts, and chasing sunsets! More recently, Anthony joined Camp Fire as a marketing intern while continuing his final quarter at Western. The opportunities Camp Fire provides for youth to explore nature, discover their passions, and more importantly, create lifelong memories are his favorite attributes of Camp Fire. Anthony is very excited to be apart of Camp Fire and strives to make a positive impact on the youth in our local communities.  

Erik PatonPublic Relations Intern

Erik is currently a senior at Western Washington University working towards a Communication Major and Psychology minor. He grew up on Lopez Island, a small community of about 2000 people. Although unsure about his post-college path, Erik has joined Camp Fire to find his spark. Erik enjoys riding motorcycles, going on road trips, playing volleyball and frisbee, and spending time with his family. He is excited to work with and get to know the Camp Fire Staff over the next 10 weeks!

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