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

All Staff, Interns, Graduate Students, & Volunteers

Must Be Fully Vaccinated By the Start of Camp.

*** We prefer to hire for the full 4-weeks of camp but often have "substitute" positions open for 1-2 weeks to fill in where needed. 

Our Professional "Red Shirt" Staff

2021 Camp Directors

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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2020 Administrative Staff - 2021 Coming Soon!

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

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 -
2021 Coming Soon!

Sara Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist & AAC Specialist

Sara is beginning her fifth year working with students experiencing complex communication needs and her tenth year as an SLP. Having her undergraduate degree in Social Work and masters degree in Speech & Language Pathology allows her to bridge her two passions - working with students who require some level of Alternative and/or Augmentative Communication (AAC) support and also working with families to implement AAC strategies within the home to better allow the student to be an active participant of his/her family unit. Currently, she is working for Clackamas Education Services District within the Life Enrichment Education Program.  She is thrilled to be able to provide AAC support at Campy Yakety Yak so that all who attend are able to "yak" it up!  

Kaelyn Straub, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kaelyn has been a  speech-language pathologist at Cherry Park Elementary since 2008, and this is her second summer with Camp Yakety Yak. She plans on using her  experience and enthusiasm to help the campers be successful! She is  aware that kids think and learn differently, and it’s her job to help them grow and make progress. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and Washington State University. Outside of work, She enjoys CrossFit, running (and other sports), spending time with her husband and friends, and exploring all things Portland with her dog.

Maggie Jennings, CCC-SLP

AAC Specialist / Buddies SLP

Maggie is beginning her third year working with students experiencing complex communication needs. She previously worked as an educational assistant with a focus on creating inclusive environments throughout the school day. Currently, she is working for the Clackamas Education Service District within the Life Enrichment Education Program. Maggie is excited to provide AAC support at Camp Yakety Yak to ensure everyone is “yaking” it up all summer long!

Lisa Boehnlein, MS, CCC-SLP

Yak Apprentice Co-Instructor/SLP

Lisa is looking forward to her first year at Camp Yakety Yak. She has 11 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and is currently working in a school setting. Her previous work experience is in early intervention. Lisa was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, IL and received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Illinois State University. She enjoys camping, hiking, and living in Portland with her husband and two squirrel-chasing dogs!

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Camper Support Team -
2021 Coming Soon!

Marianna Whitney

Camper Support Team

Marianna Whitney is an educational assistant in a special education behavior program for Northwest Regional ESD. For the last 10 years she has worked in various mental health arenas providing individualized supports, including residential assistance, vocational training, private behavior support programs and consulting. In 2013, she began working with elementary aged students in a self-contained classroom and continues to support students with severe emotional regulation, communication, sensory and behavioral needs; specializing in students on the ASD spectrum. Marianna uses a holistic approach to understanding the function of behavior, in an attempt to identify all of the nuances and influences contributing to an individual’s whole presentation. "When we can take a step back and observe the environment and all its moving parts, we can better understand how these elements impact the child," she says.  "It is an honor to be able to work with and support individuals with diverse strengths and needs and I believe this is my true calling."

Riplie Sugden

Camper Support Team - School Psychologist

Riplie Sugden graduated from George Fox University with an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. He is excited to be joining the amazing staff at Camp Yakety Yak! In his spare time, Riplie enjoys performing, Improv comedy, singing, biking, hiking and whitewater rafting. 

Angie Matteri, M.Ed, Gen Ed/Reading Specialist

Camper Support Team

Angie Matteri has been a classroom teacher for 10 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, her Masters degree from Seattle University, and her Reading Specialist endorsement from Portland State. Angie teaches 4th grade at Lake Grove Elementary School. She and her husband live in Lake Oswego with their daughter who will be a sophomore in college and twin son and daughter who are going to be seniors in high school this fall. Angie is excited to be part of the CYY Team.

Chelsea Mondary, RN

Camp Nurse

Chelsea was recently awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Concordia University where she gained clinical experience working at Randall Children's Hospital and Legacy Meridian Park. She served on the Oregon Student Nurses Association and has volunteered for Concordia's Respite Day, Christian Life Ministries and Able Trip to build houses and medical care for individuals in countries experiencing crisis. She loves children and is excited to be a part of the Camper Support Team for her second year in a row. 

Morgan Triperinas, BS

Camp Nurse

Morgan studied for her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Concordia University in Portland and now works in a neurosurgery unit at Providence Portland Medical Center. This is her second year at CYY and she is looking forward to catching up with returning campers, meeting all the new smiling faces, and of course, participating in our daily dance parties!

Kerri Schweiger

Physical Therapist

Kerri graduated from Pacific University in Physical Therapy and has worked her whole career in Pediatrics, mostly within the Beaverton School District. She is a Portland native who loves hiking and adventuring in the Pacific Northwest. This is Kerri's first year with Camp Yakety Yak and she's looking forward to teaming with enthusiastic people to help children have a fun and enriching camp experience. 

Hannah Thies, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hannah graduated with a doctorate degree from Pacific University in August of last year. She is currently working as an occupational therapist in the Lake Oswego School District. She grew up in Hillsboro and is now living in Forest Grove. Although it's a drive, she loves coming home to the farm fields and sunshine! Hannah is looking forward to working this year at Camp Yakety Yak, meeting new kids and families, and hopefully seeing some familiar ones. 

Clara Altemus

Occupational Therapist

Clara is returning for her fourth summer at camp! Clara is a graduate of Duquesne University with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She will be at camp to support Pacific University OT students in their learning and supporting campers success. Clara works in both inpatient and outpatient pediatrics from birth through adolescence. In her free time, she loves baking, spending time with family, and exploring new places.