Smiling School Break Camp staff in Berkeley

Staff- Working at Upcoming Camps



We are adding updates as we have them about staffing for our upcoming school break camps!

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, Kira K Designs, 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, and mentoring staff and youth leaders. 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

 

AUDREY DOWLING (she/her)

Winter Camp (both weeks) Site Director

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, Group Leader and now a Site Director. I love playing with my two dogs, photography and baking, and I can’t wait for camp!

 

DANIEL BEYDA (he/him)

February Camp Counselor

Hi! I have been part of Monkey Business for several years, first as a camper before starting as a CIT in 2019, then a JC, and I am thrilled to continue my work as a staff member. At camp, I love playing field games and other sports with the campers, playing board games and cards, and going on walks and engaging in nature activities. Working as a youth leader with Monkey Business was such a wonderful experience, and I am excited to continue to meet new people and have fun at camp.

 

DEVON O’ROURKE (they/them or she/her)

Mango Coconut Thanksgiving, Winter, Feb and Spring 2022-2023 Site Director (part-time)

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 see familiar faces and meet some new kids and families. See you soon!

“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.”

FREESIA HUTH (she/her)

Strawberry Banana Site Director-All School Break Camps 2022-2023; Site Director and/or Staff Breaks/Sub Summer Camp 2023 (June 5-August 11)

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 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

Winter Camp Counselor (December 26-30)

Hi everyone! My name is Gemma and I have been spending my summers at Monkey Business Camp 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 time at camp with all of you, see you there!

 

ISAAC SATZMAN (he/him)

Spring Camp Counselor

Hello! I’ve been attending Monkey Business for over 10 years as a camper, a Counselor in Training, a Junior Counselor, and now a Counselor. I love this camp and the community centered around it. My favorite activity at camp is passing down all the stories I first heard as a young camper. I have memories of eating lunch while counselors told stories from the magical worlds at the end of bowling lanes, to the wonderful creatures of Little Farm. I also love playing games like dodgeball, and banana tag with campers as well as hiking and other nature activities. Music is a big part of my life and I’ve spent time touring Europe playing at jazz festivals. I look forward to working at Monkey Business Camp and connecting with all the campers!

LAILA ALI-DIAZ

Winter Camp Staff (Dec 26-30)

Hi all! I’ve been coming to camp since 2010 with my younger brother, and I’ve found great joy in being a youth leader which I started as soon as I could, to now becoming a counselor! I enjoy reading, writing, spending time with my dog, and working with young children! Looking forward to a great session!

 

 

LILY MATTHEWS (she/her)

Winter Camp Group Leader (both weeks)

Hi! I am started at Monkey Business as camper, then became a youth leader at a variety of programs, including Girls on the Go and Tilden and school breaks at Berkwood Hedge. I am very excited to be returning as a counselor at Monkey Business Camp this year.  I enjoy the outdoors and find it very calming to be near a lake or in the woods.  I am super excited for camp, and I can’t wait to meet the kids, so we can share some new adventures together.

 

MEGAN NOBLE

Winter Camp Site Director (both weeks)

Hi! One of my favorite memories of Monkey Business Camp is coming back from a day of cheese-tasting only to tell my mom: “I can’t live without Brie!” Now, I’m dairy-free, but still support all the wonders MBC offers. I grew up on the trailhead to Wildcat Canyon and went camping every summer in Point Reyes. Natural spaces have always been a refuge for me, and I hope to share that love with y’all. For 8 years, I taught and managed swim lessons at the El Cerrito pool. I adore the Bay, graduated from Cal, and am now getting my Masters in Creative Writing. I can’t wait to explore and create memories with you!

MYARI ADAMS (she/her)

Thanksgiving Week Camp Counselor

Heya! I’ve always enjoyed my time at Monkey Business. Going as a youth leader, alongside my sister Zakiyah, and eventually working my way up towards a staff member. I’ve loved and lived in the Bay Area since I was little and I can’t imagine my life without it. I’ve been learning Spanish since I entered school and can speak it at a relatively fluent level. When not at camp, you can always find me making friendship bracelets, playing a board game, or just reading. Creating memories at MBC over the years has been one of the most worthwhile experiences of my life and I can’t wait to make more!

 

NAIMA ECKHARDT de CAMARGO (she/her)

Winter Camp Group Leader/Special Guest/Art Teacher (Dec 19-23 week)

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

Thanksgiving Week, Winter Camp (both weeks), February Camp Site Director

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.

 

 

 

OLIVIA BECKETTI (she/her)

Winter Camp Group Leader (both weeks)

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!

 

 

 

PATRICK BECKETTI
Winter Camp Counselor

Hello everyone! I’ve been a part of the Monkey Business community for 11 years. I started out as a camper, then a youth leader, and now a counselor. In my free time, I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, playing with my cats, or hanging out with friends. I’ve made so many memories at camp over the years, and I’m so excited to make some more! I can’t wait to see everyone at camp!

 

 

SARAH RHODES (she/her)
Thanksgiving Week Camp Counselor

Hi! I have been going to Monkey Businesses every summer since I was 5, became a youth leader at 10, and am now a staff member. At camp, I love dancing, reading, and playing games, but my favorite things are teaching crafts and being silly. I am passionate about working with kids and trying new things. Some of my happiest memories come from my time at Monkey Business, and I look forward to making more this year!

 

 

ZACK BIGELOW (he/him)

Winter Camp Site Director (December 19-23)

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!

 

Zakiyah Adams (she/her)     

Thanksgiving Week Camp Counselor 

Hello!!! I started volunteering at MBC after my sister Myari, who had been a youth leader, told me about camp.  I’ve since worked my way from a CIT (counselor-in-training), to a JC (junior-counselor) to now being a staff member. I live full time in the sunny state of Florida but on my breaks I come to visit my family here in the Bay Area. I have a passion for music and have always loved working with kids!

 

ZARA MANN (she/her)

February Camp Site Director

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 season of camp!