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Staff & Bios

Point Reyes Summer Camp is staffed by a remarkable group of people who share a love for the natural world, great enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, and dedication to fostering confidence and creating experiences that evoke awe and connection. Our programs promote inclusion, change lives, and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Julia’s fondest childhood memories are of attending camp every summer, especially on Catalina Island in Santa Monica Bay. She understands from personal experience that going to camp is a formative part of a child’s development, supporting them in cultivating independence, self-confidence, and a love for outdoor adventures and activities. Julia began directing Point Reyes Summer Camp in 2008 after 11 years spent directing environmental education and land stewardship programs at a university field station. Back in the 90’s, Julia spent many summers working her all-time favorite job as a Point Reyes Summer Camp naturalist, though being camp director runs a close second!

Program Coordinator

Bay Area native Fiona “Firefly” O’Kelly spent her childhood summers going to an Armenian cultural camp in the Angeles National Forest, where she learned about her mother’s culture, songs, and stories. After graduating from Sonoma State University with B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology, Fiona worked at several Northern California outdoor and farm education programs and spent her summers at Point Reyes Summer Camp as a Counselor and Naturalist before becoming Program Coordinator in 2003. Fiona has recently fallen in love with the East Side of the Sierra Nevada but knows that wherever she roams, she is always happy to return home to the salty sea air and the mossy ridgetops of Point Reyes.

Assistant Director

From camper to counselor to naturalist to assistant director, Claire has been a part of our summer camp community for more than twenty years. She has always had a passion for environmental education and for being outdoors, and has spent her professional life working with children in beautiful places. After earning her B.S. in Botany from Humboldt State University, she worked as a naturalist instructor at several California outdoor schools until joining a nonprofit that provides overnight environmental programs for underserved youth where she now works as grants manager. Claire loves to play her banjo, find herself in wild places, be near the ocean, and African dance as if no one is watching.