Diana OEE Staff Page

Diana Edelblute

Diana is entering her fourth year at Camp Seymour and her first year in her new role as Assistant OEE director.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she has served as a Team Leader in AmeriCorps NCCC in Sacramento and a Habitat Restoration/Volunteer Management intern with the Golden Gate National Parks in San Francisco before escaping sunny, dry California in favor of the Washington rain.

Taylor

Taylor Woolsey

Hi there, I'm Taylor! I grew up all around California, but fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while attending University of Oregon, graduating in 2014 with a degree in International Studies. Besides the outdoors and working with youth, some of my other passions include writing, dancing, and any kind of cultural exchange. Oh, and I also sometimes like to embarrass myself singing classic rock songs at karaoke! I am incredibly excited to meet everyone and begin this new journey at Camp Seymour.

Emily

Emily Kototan

Hey! My name is Emily! I am a one of the returners at Camp Seymour. I absolutely loved working there last year and can’t wait to get started with another full busy year! I spent the summer as a zip-line guide in Skagway, Alaska. Outdoor adventure, animals, and food are my three favorite things. If I could spend every night watching sunset canoeing on The Sound with the harbor seals, I would. I look forward to meeting all of you and continuing to grow my knowledge of all things PNW.

Jill

Jill Sundolf

My name is Jill and I come all the way from sunny San Diego. I have a degree in general biology from San Diego State University, but I have spent most of my professional life working as a water sports instructor for people of all ages and abilities. My favorite sports to teach are sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding but I have taught everything from sailing to snorkel tours! I love being outside rain or shine. My hobbies include bird watching (seriously, ask me what that bird is!), camping, exploring new parks, and anything on or near the water. I also love to sing and play guitar. This is my second year working as an OEE Naturalist at Camp Seymour! My favorite classes to teach at camp are canoeing, reptiles, and ornithology. I'm so excited to spend another year working at one of the coolest jobs ever!

Alexa

Alexa Brandt

I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, living in Renton and Kent before moving to Bellingham for college. Each year growing up, my family and I would backpack out to Ozette on the Washington Coast. I spent these days scrambling on rocks, exploring tide pools, and searching for agates. This is where I first fell in love with nature and it is still one of my favorite places to this day. When choosing a college, I couldn't get myself to leave this beautiful state. I graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 with a B.S. degree in environmental science. Over the last year I have been gaining habitat monitoring and environmental education experience working with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and Wild Whatcom. I am stoked for this opportunity to help foster and empower youth to explore self-growth, stewardship, curiosity, and respect for the ecosystems in our local community. In my free time you can find me hiking, spending time by the water, and playing choice board games such as Settlers of Catan.

Rita

Rita McCreesh

Greetings! My name is Rita, I call Santa Cruz, California and Tacoma, Washington home. I moved to Tacoma four years ago to attend the University of Puget Sound where I just finished with degrees in Geology and Environmental Policy and Decision Making. I’m super stoked to share my love for Washington and the Puget Sound with students and staff friends alike this year! I’m a lover of water and the outdoors where I try to get out and kayak, hike and just look at rocks as often as I can. Other things I like to occupy time with include cooking, art, and trying to teach myself how to dance.

Kyle

Kyle Salz

I grew up on a farm in central Illinois where we raise corn, soybeans, and a few pigs each year. I am a student at Western Illinois University (WIU) my major is Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. For the minor in Outdoor Leadership I traveled to Canada 28 days canoeing, western United States, and into Mexico sea kayaking for 10 days in the fall of 2015 part of a group called Environmental, Conservation and Outdoor Educational Expedition. At WIU I was also the president of Horn Environmental Learning Project where we helped take care of the environment in the local community. While doing my undergraduate degree I worked at Horn Field Campus being a facilitator at a team building, high ropes and low ropes course. I am did my internship at North Star in order to finish up my undergraduate degree. Where I was a cabin counselor for the past two summers and also have led a few trips as well. I also taught canoeing, outdoor living skills, climbing, and softball. In my free time you can find me either canoeing, kayaking, hiking, or playing sports.

Sean

Sean Dunn

Sean Dunn comes to Camp Seymour with an incredible amount of experience with kids in the outdoors. Originally from upstate NY, Sean grew up with a love of adventure, traveling everywhere from Costa Rica and Great Britain, to Holland and Germany – he even spent 4 months in Berlin as part of a semester away during his time as a student at Trinity College. At Trinity, Sean majored in English and was a Teacher’s Assistant and First-Year mentor for an English class and poetry seminar, but started off each school year leading outdoor hiking trips for freshmen, backpacking 25+ miles along the Appalachian Trail. This role is nothing new for Sean, who served as a camp counselor for a day camp in his hometown, tutored high school students and organized weekly literary skill development groups, and even spent last fall as an Outdoor Education Leader for a camp in New Hampshire where he facilitated team-building activities, led day hikes, canoe trips, and oversaw the high and low ropes courses.

Tilly

Tilly Schoonhoven

"I'm Tilly. I am from the San Francisco Bay, California, and I love spending my weekends in Yosemite finding swimming holes. Rock Climbing is my true love, but yoga takes a close second. I also dabble in renaissance reenactment, astronomy, and creative cooking. I'm excited to meet all our amazing students!"

Lucas

Lucas Lemmer

My name is Lucas Lemmer, and I’m 22 years old. I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I recently graduated from Winona State University with a B.S. in Recreation and Tourism, Community and Non-Profit Recreation. I aspire to be a National Park Ranger and educate the world the world about environmental stewardship! My favorite activities include backcountry camping, rock climbing, canoeing, and snowboarding. When I am not in the wilderness I love to brew an amazing cup of coffee as well as baking and cooking.

Erin

Erin Vick

My name is Erin Vick and I am originally from Lakeville, MN. I studied elementary education at Cornell College in Iowa and it was during that time that I found my love of camp. I worked as a counselor during my summers in college at a camp in Northern MN, working mostly with high ropes, climbing, and trips. After graduating college I worked at an environmental learning center in Minnesota for a year and then with a community and school program at a camp in New Hampshire.

Ben

Ben Williams

My name is Benjamin Williams and I am returning for a second year at Camp Seymour. I hail from the land of Port Angeles Washington. I am a Western Washington University graduate who studied environmental education. I specialize in ecology and turtles.

Katie

Katie Eskridge

I grew up in San Diego, CA and have had a love for the ocean since a young age. By third grade I knew I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. I also grew up going to Girl Scout Camp and family camping trips every summer which instilled in me a love for camp and adventuring in the outdoors. While going to college at Oregon State University, I always looked forward to my summers working at camp and decided I didn't want to stop working at camp once I graduated so I looked into outdoor education. I have been passionate about sharing my love and knowledge of the natural world with others and OEE has been a great way to do so. I look forward to continuing my adventure with Camp Seymour.

Laura

Laura Svancarek

I'm so pumped to be at Seymour for a third year! I graduated from Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment with a degree in Environmental Education in 2015, and have been hanging out at Camp Seymour ever since. During the summers, I work as a naturalist at Point Reyes Summer Camp in California, chilling by the ocean, teaching nature science camp, and leading backpacking trips.

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