Youth Camp Staff

Meredith Zanardi

 

 

 

Title: Outdoor Adventures Manager
Education/Qualifications:
Masters in Recreation Administration from Sac State. Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Why do you love the outdoors? Being able to challenge myself physically and mentally, though sometimes just relaxing is nice too!
Three Favorite Hobbies: Rock climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Backpacking

Sari Smart

 

 

 

Title: Programs Specialist
Education/Qualifications: Masters in Recreation and Leisure Services Management from Texas State University. Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
Why do you love the outdoors? I've always felt comfortable being outside. Throughout my life it has always been there to challenge me, comfort me, and entertain me in many ways.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, Skiing, and Cycling

 

Valerie Regner

 

 

 

 

Title: Challenge Center Manager
Education/Qualifications: I have a Bachelor's in Recreation Administration from Sacramento State University and 15 years of Challenge Course experience. I am also a certified Level 2 ACCT Facilitator.
Why do you love the outdoors? It just smells better out there.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Karaoke, Dancing, and Staying away from social media

 

Ross Garner

 

 

 

 

Title: Challenge Center Program Assistant
Education/Qualifications: I currently have a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus in entrepreneurship and I am a master of martial arts. I have two years of experience working for peak adventures as an outdoor trip leader, ropes course facilitator, raft guide, and youth camp counselor for both Adventure and Expedition camps. I have also been taking underprivileged youth white water rafting through the Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) for three seasons. I am certified in CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it allows people to become more than they ever thought possible. It could be through climbing, rafting, hiking, whatever outdoor activity; it brings people to the realization that the world is full of opportunities and challenges that can inspire, motivate, be life changing and most importantly bring people closer together.
Three Favorite Hobbies: My three favorite hobbies are rock climbing, white water rafting, and martial arts.


Michael Muñiz Jr.

 

 

 

 

Title: Camp Counselor
Education/Qualifications: I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Administration and hold a Wilderness First Responder certification.
Why do you love the outdoors? I am passionate about outdoor recreation because it empowers everyone to mentally and physically challenge themselves. Plus, people can use the outdoors to form connections with fellow adventurers who come from different backgrounds and cultures; social constructs cease to exist out there.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, Swimming, and Volunteering!

 

Veronica Espinosa

 

 

 

Title: Camp Counselor
Education/Qualifications: I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration with a concentration in Recreation Therapy. Wilderness First Aid Certified, CPR, AED, and First Aid.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it allows me to escape from my everyday life responsibilities. There is no better feeling than waking up in the morning with the smell of fresh air with a hint of pine trees or an amazing view that you only see on the internet. It allows me to disconnect from the real world and remember to appreciate what I have while experiencing the great outdoors. Also, there is nothing better than making s’mores over a campfire and enjoying the company of others while sharing stories and exchanging jokes.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Kayaking, Camping, & Video Games/Board Games

 

Michael Doermann

 

 

 

Title: Camp Counselor
Education/Qualifications: Wilderness First Aid, CPR Certification
Why do you love the outdoors? Because spending time in the outdoors brings simplicity, beauty, and fun experiences with wonderful people into my life.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Archery, rock climbing, and swimming

 

Franchesca Burgos

 

 

 

Title: Camp Counselor
Education/Qualifications: I am currently a Sac State student majoring in Social Work with a minor in Child Development. I am CPR/AED and WFA certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because the stars in the back country is nothing compared to the stars in the city. I also love the outdoors because the view will never disappoint you.
Three Favorite Hobbies: I like to play the guitar, go indoor rock climbing/ bouldering and try new milkshakes with my boyfriend.

 

Jazmine Ramirez

 

 

 

Title: Camp Counselor
Education/Qualifications: I am persuing a degree in Child Development and a Minor in Counseling. I have my child development permit and am CPR/First Aid Certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because I love being surrounded by nature and animals, its very relaxing.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Running, reading, hiking

 

JinBae Jung

 

 

 

Title: Camp Counselor
Education/Qualifications: I am currently pursuing M.S. in School Counseling, and I have a B.A. in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies from Sacramento State University.
Why do you love the outdoors? Outdoor allows me to feel the nature and be part of it! Where else could I experience that?
Three Favorite Hobbies: Improv, biking, and watching movies.

 

Justin Norris

 

 

 

Title: Camp Counselor
Education/Qualifications: Six years of various camp staff experience. Wilderness First Aid, CPR Certification.
Why do you love the outdoors? Its a place where I can find many different things and be at peace while also being a place I can push myself to my limits.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Reading, running, exploring