Administration & Professionals - "Red Shirt Staff"

Join our "Red Shirt" Professional Staff as an:

  • SLP Supervisor

    • No CFY positions

    • AAC experience preferred

  • "Buddies Bridge" SLP

    • No CFY positions

    • AAC experience required

  • OT Supervisor

    • for Fieldwork I Graduate Students

  • General Camp Class Instructor

    • Masters Level Teachers and SLPs Preferred

    • CFY ok

  • Junior Camp Counselor (JCC) Program Instructor

    • Masters Level Teachers Preferred

    • Middle School teaching experience preferred

    • Special Education experience required

  • Yak Apprentice Program Instructor/Supervisor

    • Masters Level Teachers and SLPs Preferred

    • High School Teaching/Intervention experience preferred

    • Special Education experience required

*** We prefer to hire for the full 5-weeks of camp but often have "substitute" positions open for 1-2 weeks to fill in where needed. 

Our Professional "Red Shirt" Staff

2020 Camp Directors

Erin Ellis

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.

Executive Director

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.

Camp Director

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

Don Kunstel, MAT

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!

Director of Operations

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2019 Administrative Staff - 2020 Coming Soon!

Kylee Peterson, BA


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Emily Stout

Staff & Volunteer Coordinator

My name is Emily! I am in my second year of college at the University of Oregon, and I am from Happy Valley. I am studying to be a speech pathologist, and I hope to work with kids for the rest of my life! In my free time, you can find me riding horses, playing with my dogs, or spending time with my twin brother.

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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