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 / 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

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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

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Heather Eason, MS, CCC-SLP

Camp Director

Heather started at camp as a volunteer, then served as a Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, and now holds the position of Camp Director. Heather is a school-based speech-language pathologist in a rural, bilingual school district.  In addition to her state licensure, she holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the National Governing Board, ASHA, and in addition to her master's degree has completed two additional 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. 

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Suzanne Kay, PT

Assistant Director

Suzanne graduated from the Mayo Clinic's school of Health Related Sciences and has a plethora of experience working in hospitals, school districts, and private practice.  Born into the special needs world of family members with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and now Autism Spectrum Disorder, Suzy's passion and advocacy for individuals with disabilities has been at the heart of all her work over the past 30 years. She is currently serving rural Clackamas County school districts and enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her friends, two dogs, three kids, and her grandaughter.  Suzanne strongly believes that the power of play and relationships can be life changing for both children and the adults lucky enough to be a part of their lives.

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Don Kunstel, MAT

Director of Operations

Don has more than 28 years of education experience as a teacher and administrator in the North Clackamas School District.  He has an MAT in Curriculum & Instruction at Lewis & Clark College and a BA from the University of Arizona.  Don lives in West Linn with his wife Diane and are proud parents of an incredible daughter who graduated from the University of Oregon and an awesome son and daughter-in-law who have recently welcomed a new edition to the family - a new grandbaby girl!

 

This is Don's third year at Camp Yakety Yak after retiring from public education in 2018.

2022 Administrative Staff
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Katy Burns

Activities Coordinatior & Games Instructor

Coming Soon!

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George Padilla

Technology Coordinator

George 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 n Instructional Assistant in a local school district working with children with Special Needs.

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Jazmin Barker

Staff/Volunteer Coordinator

Coming Soon!

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Jamie Eck

Camp Nurse

Jamie has been an RN since 1983, 30 years Neonatal ICU, 9 years school nursing 

Camp Nurse for church youth group many summers

I love kids and believe they all have something to teach me

2021 Clinical Supervisors -
 
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Kathy Mincer

Speech Language Pathologist

Kathy Mincer has been a school speech language pathologist for 21 years working with students in K-8 for 18 years, and for the past 3 years has been working with students from grades 6-12 and post-high school. Kathy’s goal is to support students in being as independent as possible, and ready to live life as an adult in the community. In her spare time, Kathy performs improv at Curious Comedy Theater with house team LoveJoy. “I love bringing improv into teaching to support students in exploring the possibilities!” We’re going to have a great time in the Yak Apprentice program!

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Riplie Sugden

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Camper Support Team

Coming soon

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Cassi Moore

Yak Apprentice Instructor

Cassi graduated from Portland State University with a teaching license in Special Education. She has been working in the Hillsboro School District as a Structure Learning Center teacher. This will be her seventh year with the camp. Cassi has had many roles at camp and is looking forward to being the cooking class instructor again this year. She can't wait to teach campers some great kid friendly recipes, how to describe food textures, kitchen safety, and teamwork skills.

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Skylar Johnson

JCC Instructor

Sky has over 18 years experience in various mental health professions and has extensive experience in case management and administration.  She is in her 5th year of working with Beaverton School Districts K-8th grades as a Para Educator II. Her focus has been in Social Communication Centers (SCC), Independent Skills Centers (ISC), Emotional Growth Centers (EGC), and Academic Learning Centers (ALC) where she performs mental health support as well as a variety of physical assistance to students with disabilities.  Sky supports students with severe emotional regulation, communication, sensory and behavioral needs, and specializes in students on the ASD spectrum and ADD/ADHD.

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Vicki Barnes

JCC Instructor

Vicki completed her Special Education teaching endorsement at George Fox University and has 2 classes to go to complete her Master’s in Education.  With almost 20 years in education, she finds the last 3 years in special education to be so incredibly rewarding.  She loves the outdoors, working in her garden, family time, Friday night movie nights, and cuddling with our family’s pets – 2 dogs and 2 bunnies.  She’s worked several years at camps while earning her BA and is super excited for this camp experience!  

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Maggie Jennings

Buddies Program Instructor

Coming Soon

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Ally Puga

Buddies Classroom Assistant

Carla lives in Portland and is a licensed Special Education teacher. She has worked in education for close to ten years in and around the Portland area. She brings her experience in teaching in both the middle and high school levels and is really excited to be part of the Yak Apprentice program this summer.

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Liliana Morales Rodriquez

Friendship Instructor

Liliana, is looking forward to starting her first year at CYY as a class instructor. She recently earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language-Pathology from Pacific University. She has completed her practicum experiences in the school settings serving linguistically-culturally diverse students with a wide range of communication needs in both English and Spanish. Prior to graduate school, Liliana worked at a pediatric outpatient clinic as a billing assistant for SLP/OT/PTs, she also worked as a Personal Support Worker for children with disabilities providing support for families and individuals in activities of daily living and/or relief care.

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Darla Morgan

Play Instructor

Darla is in her final year of studies at Pacific University pursuing a doctorate degree in occupational therapy with an expected graduation of August, 2022. She is passionate in serving all ages of the pediatric population from birth through adolescence. One of her most meaningful and fulfilling jobs to date was working as a summer day camp counselor for children in grades 1-6 during six summers of her teen years. During her time at camp she was nicknamed “The camper whisperer” by camp staff because she was skilled at mentoring children and helping them work through their emotions and peer conflicts to help them have positive experiences at camp. Darla is ecstatic to join the CYY team and looks forward to providing engaging opportunities for campers to explore the childhood occupation of PLAY.

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Discovery Class Instructor

Coming Soon!

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What does our "Red Shirt Staff" do?

Besides coordinate and communicate with families and staff, Red Shirts design curriculum, supervise "Blue Shirt" student volunteers, model best practice instruction, counsel campers, act as cheerleaders and play!

Going to graduate soon with your Masters in Speech Pathology?

We would love to have you at camp!

 

Here are the steps to securing your Conditional License from the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology before working with children at our camp.

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