Smiling School Break Camp staff in Berkeley

Staff- Working at Upcoming Camps



Our summer staff team is almost complete.  We are adding updates as we have them!

ADMIN and OPERATIONS TEAM

KIRA DULANEY (she/her)
Registrar  and Administrator and Special Guest Art Teacher

I have been working with Monkey Business Camp since 2010, mostly in the office handling communications and registrations. I also teach craft projects like felting and embroidery at camp, and it’s wonderful to spend some time with the campers! My passion is fiber art (knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving, felting, spinning, embroidery . . . ), and I have a business designing knitting and crochet patterns. I teach fiber arts in the after-school program at MLK Middle School in Berkeley, and at yarn stores around the Bay Area, and learned how to do many of them virtually during Covid! I also love to cook, and my wife and I love to have friends over for dinner parties!

 

SAMANTHA SWOR (she/her)
Operations Director, Staff Coach and Curriculum Guru-Works on Site Most Days


Hello! I’ve been working at Monkey Business Camp since 2011. During this time my kids have gone from campers, to youth leaders, and my older child is a counselor. Wow! Amazing to be in the MBC family all these years. Couldn’t have asked for better summers (and break camps!) for my family… outside, with friends, making up games, living and learning with the best counselors anywhere, it’s the best. I’ll be working on operations and curriculum, coming up to camp each day to help get things set up and be part of a team for a couple hours each day. My background is in early childhood education and I have been working with kids most of my life. I first met Heather and Stacy, the Founding Directors, while we both were teaching at Step One preschool in 1994. Time flies! I hope camp is as colorful, interesting, messy, silly, and delicious as usual. See you there!

 

BRAD OLSON (he/him)
Operations Assistant & Works on Site All Camps

Hi! I grew up in Alaska and spent many years living (and skiiing!) in Winter Park, Colorado, and Houston, Texas, being a cook and stone-mason, before moving to the Bay Area to live with my wife, Heather, the Founding Director of this camp. It is a family business!  She suggested I help her teach in 2013 and I loved it, and am now I am on the year-round team, working in Operations, with Samantha. You might find me leading the kids in a game of medic or BINGO, a bubble dance party,  or just generally supporting them. I also make sure things are in good working order. When not at camp, I enjoy work with general handyperson projects, as well as specific ones in stonemasonry and tile. I love mountain biking, roller-blading, disc golf, cooking, playing my sax, seeing and dancing to live music, and hockey.

“I had the best time feeling free and joyful working at camp. Monkey Business is structured so well for youth (as well as staff) to explore and connect with community. I cannot wait until next time. Bring on the fun!!”

ON SITE STAFF-listed alphabetically by first name

ABE ROKHSAR (he/him)

Summer 2022 Counselor July 25-August 12

I’ve been part of the Monkey Business community for a long time, and I am thrilled to be able to give kids the great experience I have had at MBC! I love playing games of all sorts with the campers, from board games to card games, and even games of dodgeball. I am very excited to see you all at camp!

 

AUDREY DOWLING (she/her)

Summer 2022 Site Director July 5-August 12

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be a part of the Monkey Business staff team! I have attended Monkey Business since I was 4 years old, since 2006, beginning the summer before kindergarten. In the years since then I have come to camp every year going from a Strawberry-Banana, to a Mango-Coconut, to a CIT, then JC, Counselor and now a Group Leader. I love playing with my two dogs, photography and baking, and I can’t wait for camp!

 

 

BRITTANY JENKINS (she/her)

Sub – Summer 2022

Hello MBC Family! It’s Brittany here. I’ve been with MBC since 2018, starting as a Group Leader, and here I am now serving as a Site Director! I am an educator at heart! I’ve worked with every school age group, including adults. I come from the beautiful city of Compton, CA, and left to attend UC Davis. Since graduating, I relocated to the Bay Area where I have  become bountifully involved in youth development and post grade school matriculation. Camp is a place where I let my hair down and just have fun. I love to laugh, salsa dance, and most importantly, create a safe environment for your children to come to! I’m happy to be a part of the budding lives. Thanks for trusting us!

 

 

CHRISTINE TURBITT (she/her)

Summer 2022 Site Director/Staff Breaks June 13-July 22

Hello to everyone in the Monkey Business Family! I have been working with children for the past 25 years and have a teaching degree in elementary education. I LOVE being outdoors, especially hiking and exploring in the forest. I spent my youth climbing trees, catching frogs, building forts, and enjoying the wonders and beauty the woods had to offer, and I like sharing that same passion for nature with children. Some of my other interests are organic gardening, cooking, disc golf, singing, listening to music, camping, and being with friends.

 

 

DEVON O’ROURKE (they/them or she/her)

Summer 2022 Site Director/Staff Breaks June 13-July 1

Hi everyone! My name is Devon and I am a naturalist, storyteller and musician and there’s nothing I love more than playing outside. My passions are exploring and nurturing connections with nature, noticing and following the plants and animals through the seasons, and singing together with kids and friends. I have worked with youth in nature both through weekly school programs in the Bay Area, and through the National Park Service all up and down the West Coast. I am totally in love with the East Bay Regional Parks and I am very happy to be adventuring close to home, in Tilden park. I speak beginning Spanish and intermediate French and Russian. I also happen to be a math teacher. I am super excited for camp, and I can’t wait to meet everyone. See you soon!

 

FREESIA HUTH (she/her)

Strawberry Banana Site Director-All School Break Camps 2022-2023, Summer Camp 2022 (June 13-August 12, Site Director and/or Staff Breaks/Sub)

I was born here in the Bay Area and love it here. I’ve been dancing and performing since the age of three and teach dance to kids and adults. I have two sons that are taller than me and two dogs that I hike with and love being in Mother Nature with… she is a wonderful teacher. I was a competitive ice skater and dancer in my youth and learned that FUN is the most important factor to any physical activity. So I’ve spent the last 30 years teaching dance to kids and adults with the belief that FUN is the key to healthy living and … I believe that everyone can dance.  I currently teach kids, ages 3.5-8, during the year at Danspace in Oakland, so please join me there too!  I also teach dance at the Stanford Neurology Center to students that have Parkinson’s Disease.  We have a fun time as well. I am so excited to have been in the Monkey Business family since 2015 and look forward to more playing and dancing with y’all.

GEMMA SHABEL

Summer 2022 Counselor July 5-August 12

Hi everyone! My name is Gemma and I have been spending my summers at Monkey business since I was four years old. Since then, I have come to camp almost every summer, first as a camper, then a CIT, a JC, and now a counselor! I love spending my time outside hiking, camping, and going to the beach. I also love playing with my pets, cooking, and playing games. I am super excited to have the opportunity to spend my summer at camp with all of you, see you there!

 

JACK WILAN 

Summer 2022 Counselor June 13-July 1

This is my first summer at Monkey Business and I’m so excited to see what the hype’s all about!!! I love musical theater, playing board games, dodgeball, pet rats, and tennis.  I’m a (very) recent graduate of Berkeley High and my favorite class I took this year was creative writing. My favorite places in Berkeley are Indian Rock, the Live Oak Park tennis courts, and Saul’s deli (they make a delicious corned beef).

 

 

KISA IACONA (she/her)

Summer 2022 Group Leader June 13-July 22

Hi all, I’m Kisa! I’m very excited to be joining the Monkey Business team again. I’m looking forward to meeting all the campers this year and the many crafts, games, and activities we will do together. For fun, I usually do sports (lacrosse, tennis, and swimming), play with my dog, and go on fun adventures with friends. I love the outdoors and am an avid hiker and beach-goer. I have been taking Spanish for about 5 years now.

 

 

NAIMA ECKHARDT de CAMARGO (she/her)

Summer 2022 Sub (June 13-July 1) and Special Guest/Teach Art (July 25-Aug 12)

Hello! My name is Naima and I grew up in Berkeley. My dad is from Germany and my mom is from Brazil, so I was raised speaking both languages and visiting my family outside of the United States. I graduated from Berkeley High in 2018 and now attend UCLA where I study art. I love drawing, listening to music, singing, and dancing. I worked at an art camp for a couple of years before starting at Monkey Business and really enjoy spending time with children of all ages. Monkey Business is such an amazing camp and community and I look forward to getting to spend time together!

 

NEKHI FOSTER

Summer 2022 (June 13-August 12)
I attended MBC as a camper/youth leader for 15 years, and then joined the staff. I’ve always loved hanging out with the campers and finding creative ways to entertain them. In my free time I enjoy theater, dance, and music.

 

 

 

NERUDA DIAZ

Summer 2022 Counselor (June 13-July 1)

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Berkeley at the age of 2. I have a dog named Chancho. I go to Berkeley high school, and one of my favorite classes is graphic design where I enjoy designing posters and rebranding different logos. I ride for the Berkeley high mountain bike team, and I played soccer for a long time. One of my earliest memories at Monkey business camp was playing Monkey Ball at Lake Anza with all the counselors and campers and after that, we had fruit and popsicles I will never forget that day. I remember going to Monkey Business at a very young age. I will never forget the amazing and fun memories I shared with my fellow campers. I was a junior counselor at Boys on the Go and I am so excited to be back at Monkey Business. I can’t wait to see you there!

 

OLIVIA BECKETTI (she/her)

Summer 2022 Group Leader July 25-August 12, Sub June 13-17

Hi there! I’ve been at Monkey Business Camp for 10 years. First as a camper, then a youth leader, and on the staff team since 2019. You’ll usually find me helping kids with art or luna sticks, singing songs, being silly, and having lots of fun with campers! Also, I am a beginner in German language. I can’t wait to see you all at camp!

 

 

OLIVIA WALSH (she/her)

Summer 2022 Site Director June 13-August 12

I’m so excited to be returning to camp! I have been working at Monkey Business since 2016 and I love coming back every year and seeing new and returning campers. I’ve worked with all ages and love all the unique stories, jokes and energy each group brings to camp. I love spending time outdoors, whether biking, rowing, or hiking with my dog. In 2020, I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Global Disease Biology, and will start graduate school in nursing at Johns Hopkins in the fall. I grew up in Oakland, and was a camper at Monkey Business and Girls on the Go myself!

 

SADIE AURORA (she/her)

Summer 2022 Group Leader July 5-August 12

Hi everyone! Monkey Business camp is one of my favorite communities.  I have been part of camp as a camper, a youth leader, and now a counselor since 2019. When I’m at camp, I love greeting new campers at drop off, hiking in Tilden, and helping kids with art projects. When I’m not at camp, I row on the Berkeley High team, and am a student at Smith College.

 

 

ZACK BIGELOW (he/him)

Summer 2022 Site Director July 5-August 12

Hey hey! My name is Zachary Bigelow, but I usually go by Zack. In the past, I was a CIT and JC at Monkey Business for a total of 4 years before becoming a fully-fledged staff member in 2017.  I look forward to enjoying the diverse games, activities, songs, and stories at Monkey Business. I’m always up for a good time and I like to spend time with my friends. I’m a natural leader yet I keep the ability to remain humble. Overall I look forward to having a great time with the whole camp!

 

ZARA MANN (she/her)

Summer 2022 Site Director June 13-July 22

MBC is a special place which fosters love, advocates for creativity, and promotes self-expression. I have been attending camp since I was 6 years old and can’t seem to get enough of it! I recently completed a masters in Biology then worked as an EMT in the East Bay for the past year. I have always loved the outdoors, triggering my passions of animal activism and environmentalism. My desire to get more women involved in STEM has led me to volunteer at The Exploratorium, Adventure Playground, and Scientific Adventures for Girls. I also love playing the ukulele, dancing, painting, photography, yoga, and building odd things such as forts, costumes, terrariums, doll houses, galaxy projector lamps, and treasure hunts. I am so excited for this upcoming session of camp!

 

 

“As a camper I learned so much about the area I live in and the people who live here; as well as a lot about myself, my own capabilities, and my likes and dislikes. As a counselor the camp provided me with a wonderful first-time work experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. This camp is a beautiful melding of fun and education, of independence and cooperation.”