Administration & Professionals - "Red Shirt Staff"

Camp Directors

Angela Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP

Angela Arterberry Sullivan is a speech-language pathologist with 19 years of experience working with children in public school settings. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Portland State University in the Speech & Hearing Department. She began Camp Yakety Yak in 2010 in response to the lack of accommodating activities for her child with ADHD. Angela received her Masters in Speech Pathology & Audiology from University of Nevada, Reno, and a Reading Specialist endorsement from George Fox University. She has served on the Executive Board of the Oregon Speech-Language & Hearing Association and works for local school districts during the academic year as a special education teacher for children with ASD in an inclusion program. "Miss A" lives in West Linn with her family and neurotic lapdog.

Founder/Director & Speech-Language Pathologist

Elise Renning, M.Ed-Special Education

Elise has served at Camp Yakety Yak for the past 4 years as Special Education Consultant, Curriculum Coordinator, Buddies Instructor, and most recently Special Programs Director, overseeing programs such as Buddies, JCC’s and Yak Apprentices. She also serves as an advisory member on the Board. She is a Social Communication Center teacher specializing in Autism at a local school district and has worked in the field for 10 years. In addition to her time in the classroom, Elise has supported those impacted with Autism from early education to adulthood, through both in-home services and in the nonprofit sector. Elise is extremely passionate about mindful inclusion, equitable practices, and trauma-informed care for all humans. Elise is an Arizona transplant who moved to Oregon 8 years ago. She is married with one amazing 11-year-old son who loves attending camp as a neurotypical peer.

Special Programs Director & Special Education Teacher

Heather Eason, MS, CCC-SLP

Heather started at camp as a volunteer, then served as a Clinical Supervisor, and now holds the position of Clinical Director and is an advisory member on the Board. Heather is a school-based speech-language pathologist in a rural, bilingual school district and has worked in the field for 5 years. In addition to her state licensure, she holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the National Governing Board, ASHA, and has completed two graduate-level certificate courses of study in Autism and High-Functioning Autism. Heather is a New Jersey native who has loved living in Oregon for the past 25 years. In addition to her Masters in Speech-language Pathology, she holds degrees in Anthropology and Graphic Design and finds that they both come in handy as an SLP.  Heather has two high-school aged daughters, who keep her busy when she isn’t at work or camp.

Clinical Director & Speech-Language Pathologist

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Administrative Staff

Erin Ellis

Development Director

Erin came to Camp Yakety Yak with more than 26 years of government and nonprofit-based experience in building innovative efforts that support strong and healthy communities. The last 16 years, operating as the executive director of a Crisis Support Center, she focused on ensuring equal and meaningful access to recovery services for survivors impacted by interpersonal violence. She strongly believes that an individual’s ability to thrive is directly linked to the services available to them. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education with graduate studies focused on nonprofit management. Erin has spent her adult life here in Portland and currently lives with her husband, teenage daughter, and family dog. Their free time is spent exploring Oregon in their trusty Volkswagen Vanagon named Endeavour.

Don Kunstel, MAT

Office Admin

Don has 28 years of educational leadership as both teacher and administrator at a local Portland area school district.  He has an MAT in Curriculum & Instruction at Lewis & Clark College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona.  Don lives in West Linn with his wife Diane, and together have an incredible daughter, a graduate of the University of Oregon and an awesome son who graduated from Oregon State!

Emily Brant, M.S. CF-SLP


Emily is a recent graduate from Portland State University's Masters of Speech-Language graduate program. She is excited to begin her first job as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist this fall. Emily spent time last year at Camp Yakety Yak as a clinical practicum student and is excited to return as a member of the administrative team! She will be moving to Wilsonville with her fiancé and two cats and is looking forward to another great year at camp! 

Emily Strand

Staff & Volunteer Coordinator

Emily just completed her Junior year at Oberlin College as an undergraduate, and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. She is from Wilsonville, Oregon and is excited to make 2019 her 6th summer at CYY. Emily is thrilled and honored to join us as Staff Coordinator again this year, after volunteering and interning in previous years.


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Kaeleigh James

Media Coordinator/Camp Communications

Kaeleigh is a first year advertising student at the University of Oregon and is beginning her third year of camp. She started at CYY as a counselor but this year, you'll find her behind the camera taking all the photos around camp. Kaeleigh is originally from Portland, Oregon where she grew up playing lots of soccer and reading lots of books. She can't wait to meet all of this year's amazing new campers!

Jamie Kading

Activities Coordinator

Jamie graduated from George Fox University with a Master of Arts in Teaching with an endorsement in special education. She has been teaching in the Woodburn School District for two years as a case manager for the Learning Resource Center at Washington Elementary School and will be moving up to one of the middle schools this next year. Jamie currently lives in Wilsonville and outside of work, enjoys playing soccer, basketball, doing art projects, and spending time with family. 

Alicia Riddle

Camp Operations, Supplies & Logistics

Alicia is returning for her 4th year at camp! She has many years of experience working as an educational assistant for special education programs in public schools and a school/home liaison. Her specialty is supporting children with more significant delays. She is the mom of two adorable boys, both with special needs who attend the camp and lives in the Portland Area.

George Padilla

Technology Coordinator

Our new tech coordinator, George Padilla has a passion for teaching, photography, and film making and is a student in Special Education and Math at Portland Community College. George is married and has two dogs! He also works as an Instructional Assistant in a local district, working with Autism and elementary students. 

Samantha Reed

Sensory Support Aide

Samantha just completed her second year at the University of Puget Sound as an undergraduate, with the goal of becoming an Occupational Therapist. She is from West Linn, Oregon, and is looking forward to her 7th year working at camp. Samantha is excited to see all of the new and old friendships that continue and develop at CYY. In her spare time, she likes to read books and spend time with friends. 

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Clinical Supervisors