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Meet the Camp Directors

Camp Maripai

Evelyn "Sparkie" Torrez-Martinez

Favorite Camp Song: Fi, Fai, Fu

Favorite Camp Memory: Rappelling down waterfalls in Colombia. Also exploring caverns, hiking, and kayaking.

Fun Fact: I love survival skills, and I practiced those skills during a three-day backpacking adventure in Bogota, Colombia.

What would you do if you could spend a day with Chepi—the magical bird that lives at Maripai? I would love to go flying with her around Camp Maripai, so I could see what she sees when girls arrive at summer camp.


Favorite Camp Song: Caribbean Amphibian

Favorite Camp Memory: Making new friends to add to my ever-growing camp family.

Fun Fact: In my spare time, I like to play the ukulele.

What would you do if you could spend a day with Charlie Chuckwalla—the magical lizard that lives at Parsons? Charlie would be my guide to all things desert survival. I’m sure he has lots to share, such as which rocks are warmest for sunbathing in the morning, the best places to keep cool midday, and how to get along with javelina-neighbors.

Shadow Rim Ranch

Chris "Roadrunner" Newell

Favorite Camp Song: On the Loose

Favorite Camp Memory: I always love to hear campers’ laughter and shrieks of joy as they try new things!

Fun Fact: I walked the Camino de Santiago–500 miles across Spain–by myself! It took me five weeks.

What would you do if you could spend a day with Mogi—the friendly creature that lives at Shadow Rim? I would hike with Mogi to the top of the Mogollon Rim and look down into camp at all the fun and listen for the campers to call us back to the campfire with the Shadow Rim Ranch song!

Willow Springs Program Center

Michelle "Juniper" Balfe-Keefer

Favorite Camp Song: Super California Surfer

Favorite Camp Memory: Inventing games to play with campers and staff, and anytime I hear another person’s personal story.

Fun Fact: I am a certified Forest Therapy Guide.

What would you do if you could spend a day with Willowmina—the Blue Chicken that lives at Willow? I would walk with her, find out what she eats and if she can fly, and listen to her past adventures.