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.

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Katy Burns

Activities Coordinatior & Games Instructor

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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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Julia Takahashi

Staff Support Specialist

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Intern Coordinator & Administrative Support

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Occupational Therapist

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2022 Camper Support Team -

Marianna Whitney

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Camper Support Team

Marianna Whitney is a special education assistant for Northwest Regional ESD. She has worked for over 12 years in various mental health arenas providing individualized supports, including residential assistance, vocational training, private behavior support programs and consulting.  Since 2013 Marianna has worked 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. 

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Camper Support Team 

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Brian Haggard

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Camper Support team

Brian Haggard began at Camp as a high school volunteer over 5 years ago and has kept returning each and every year to continue working. He is passionate about supporting campers with emotional regulation and behavioral needs so that they can thrive at camp. He is excited to begin his path towards a Sociology PhD at Cornell University this Fall.

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Speech Language Pathologist

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Speech Language Pathologist

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Kathy Mincer

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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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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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Haley Anderson

Buddies Program Instructor

Haley will once again be working in our Buddies Program and we couldn't be more excited about it! Haley is a graduate in Special Education from the University of Portland. She teaches at Woodlawn Elementary School in a communication and behavior classroom serving grades 3-5 in Portland Public Schools. Haley first came to camp in 2017 as an Intern. She is an avid rollerblader and loves to hike. 

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Carla Kostek

Yak Apprentice Instructor

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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Tiffany Herndon

Yak Apprentice Instructor

Tiffany has a masters degree in Special Education from Portland State University, and taught high school for 10 years, She has worked with teens and young adults for 20 years, helping them develop the necessary skills to successfully navigate the adult world. During 2020, she took the opportunity to start her own business; Teen Life Coaching and Tutoring, allowing her to be at home and present more with her own teenage children, and an ever growing number of cats and plants. Tiffany has prior camp experience as the Assistant Teen Program Director at a summer camp in upstate New York, and graduate work at Kiwanis Camp, here at Mt. Hood. This will be Tiffany's first year at Camp Yakety Yak, and she is looking forward to being part of a memorable and fun camp experience for the Yak Apprentices.

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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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Samantha Reed

Play Instructor

Samantha has volunteered and worked at camp for eight years, throughout high school and college. She is an occupational therapy graduate student at the University of Puget Sound. She is passionate about helping campers have a fun and safe experience at camp. Samantha is excited to have fun in PLAY class with new and returning campers!

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Discovery Class Instructor

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Trish Narimatsu

Yak Academy

Trish Narimatsu has worked as a licensed substitute teacher for Northwest Regional ESD and  Beaverton School District for 4 years.. Trish holds a BA in International Relations and her post-bacc studies have included courses on speech development,speech disorders and autism.  Trish lived and taught English in Japan for 9 years. Trish lives in Beaverton with her husband, college bound son, high school daughter and beloved chiweenie, Tia. Her passions include travel and studying different cultures. Trish has enjoyed working for and leading summer camps in both Oregon and Idaho.  She is looking forward to meeting all of the campers this summer and creating new memories.

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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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