Meet our Team

Camp is a place of endless possibilities, and our staff works hard to make it that way! Meet the people who come together to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children with life-altering medical conditions and their families. 

Our leadership team.

2024 Dan Worra-Website

Chief Executive Officer

Dan Worra

Bio

2024 Dan Worra-Website

Dan Worra

Chief Executive Officer

Hi!  I’m Dan Worra, and I could not be more excited to be Camp Korey’s new CEO.  When I first heard about Camp Korey, I knew I wanted to be a part of the team, and as I learned more, I knew this was the place for me. I love being with kids; how could you not be thrilled to be a part of the team creating empowering, adaptive year-round programs for children dealing with life-altering medical conditions and their families, completely free of charge?

I appreciate what Camp Korey and Skagit County have to offer, and I work hard to promote a positive workplace environment.  My mantra is “mission, family, work hard, have fun.”  I believe in strength through diversity – workplace diversity, community diversity, and national diversity.  Quite simply, “we all have different strengths, and through communication and understanding, we can accomplish great things.”

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and taking advantage of many of the great opportunities the Northwest has to offer, including boating in the San Juan Islands, skiing in the Cascades, hiking throughout our community forestlands, and the occasional round of golf.

I look forward to meeting you!

send me an email

connect on linkedin

2024 Carly

Director of Development

Carly Cooper-West

Bio

2024 Carly

Carly Cooper-West

Director of Development

Hello! I’m Carly Cooper-West, the new Director of Development at Camp Korey! My role is dedicated to overseeing fundraising efforts, ensuring that every child and family can experience the joy of camp completely free of charge.

I am passionate about cultivating meaningful relationships, serving others, and expressing our heartfelt gratitude to those who make the magic of camp possible. I am thrilled to continue moving the mission of camp forward alongside an incredible team to serve even more kids and families!

In my free time, I love hiking, exploring all things outdoors, trying new recipes, and spending time with family!

send me an email

2024 Chas Edwards - website

Facilities Manager

Chas Edwards
2024 Chas Edwards - website

Chas Edwards

Facilities Manager

2024 Nichol-website

Community Engagement Manager

Nichol Ellis

Bio

2024 Nichol-website

Nichol Ellis

Community Engagement Manager

Hello, friends of Camp Korey!

My name is Nichol Ellis, and I am proud to be the Community Engagement Manager for camp! I am over the moon excited to be part of this amazing community and be a small part of the magic of camp. I come from many many (no need to put a number on it) years of camp and volunteer experiences, and I so strongly believe in the incredibly transformative experience that camp has for all!

In my role as the Community Engagement Manager, I have the privilege of going out into the community and sharing a small sliver of the incredible things that happen here at Camp Korey. I speak to service clubs, share with various groups, network, go to events, plan and implement large corporate volunteer groups, and in general get to be a cheerleader and storyteller of the beauty that camp experiences offer to campers, families, staff, and volunteers! You are all officially invited to come out to Camp Korey and tour the site and learn more! Also, I would love to be invited to your next event to present to your team or group, or of course, to sit with you at the next Seahawks game!

Have a great day!

-Nichol

send me an email

 

Top 10 List of Nichol’s favorite things!

10. Daisies! They are my favorite flower. I love the bright cheerfulness of daisies. And fun fact…it is my “camp name” and I will answer to it!

9. I think that puppet shows might be some of the funniest things in the history of the world!

8. I love mascots! Dinger, the Bellinghamster for the Bells holds a very special place in my heart!

7. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the power of live music. A group of strangers coming together to hear the story of a song they are all individually experiencing together.

6. I love themes and costumes and believe there is magic in a tutu!

5. I love to travel and truly experience people and cultures! I even lived in Papua New Guinea for 5 months!

4. I volunteer for another camp called Camp Phoenix where we serve kids who are burn survivors!

3. I am a huge Seahawks fan! I love being a 12 and cheering for my favorite team!

2. I am in fact the Seagull Calling Champion of Kitsap County 2013!

1. Camp holds a very special place in my heart. I have had the privilege of working at 4 different summer camps. I started as a counselor in 1997 and… the rest is history. That summer was the first summer I really understood who I was and what I was meant to do in this world. I have been striving to do that ever since. Camp is a place where we truly get to be ourselves. It is a safe place to fail, learn, grow, love, and explore. It is a place to welcome our insecurities and embrace our need for community. It is a place where the hours are long, showers are few and far between, our hair smells like campfire, camp songs are sung on repeat, the first stars at twilight shine brighter as the conversations go deeper, and it is a place where lifelong friendships are solidified over the endless inside jokes and moments that can never be repeated. Camp is a place where we all belong.

2024 elicia giffin - website

Director of Camp Experience

Elicia Giffin

Bio

2024 elicia giffin - website

Elicia Giffin

Director of Camp Experience

Hello! I’m Elicia Giffin, the new Director of Camp Experience for Camp Korey! Growing up, summer camp was my highlight and place where I felt most myself, and in 3rd grade, I told my dad I wanted to go to college so that I could work at camp and here I am achieving that dream! As Director of Camp Experience, my days at camp are spent supporting our Culinary, Facilities, Medical, and Program Teams to deliver kids and families a fantastic experience at Camp Korey.

In my free time, you can find me exploring with my family in the woods🌲, reading a book 📖, or on the phone with friends or family far away 📞.

send me an email

2024 Sarah Leavitt- website

Human Resources Director

Sarah Leavitt

Bio

2024 Sarah Leavitt- website

Sarah Leavitt

Human Resources Director

Greetings! I am Sarah Leavitt, Camp Korey’s Human Resources Director.

I have worked in HR for the past thirty years. My job encompasses anything employee-related and I am most proud of the fabulous team we have built since moving to the current property!

I am mom to three young adult humans, one fabulous grey cat, and a recently-rescued and very poorly-behaved Dalmatian! I enjoy the local beaches and outdoor festivals in my spare time. I firmly believe laughter IS the best medicine and I love to recharge by just listening to our camper’s zeals of laughter!

send me an email

2024 Christy

Director of Communications

Christy Lyman

Bio

2024 Christy

Christy Lyman

Director of Communications

I’m dedicated to serving and collaborating with our community, effecting positive change, and helping people – these are the passions that fuel me as a human.

Hey there, I’m Christy Lyman, the Director of Communications for Camp Korey.

My days at camp are a colorful mix of weaving compelling stories, generating innovative content, and designing materials that foster the connection between camp and our community. My mission? To make sure every family with the potential to benefit from camp knows about all the resources and experiences we offer.

My two best friends are the Oxford comma and a good play on words. You might say I’m pun-stoppable. After all, why use plain language when you can sprinkle a bit of pun-shine on it?

Send me an email

connect on LinkedIn

2024 Shannon Staples - Website

Medical Director

Shannon Staples, MD
2024 Shannon Staples - Website

Shannon Staples, MD

Medical Director

Our year-round staff.

2024 Dan Worra-Website

Chief Executive Officer

Dan Worra

Bio

2024 Dan Worra-Website

Dan Worra

Chief Executive Officer

Hi!  I’m Dan Worra, and I could not be more excited to be Camp Korey’s new CEO.  When I first heard about Camp Korey, I knew I wanted to be a part of the team, and as I learned more, I knew this was the place for me. I love being with kids; how could you not be thrilled to be a part of the team creating empowering, adaptive year-round programs for children dealing with life-altering medical conditions and their families, completely free of charge?

I appreciate what Camp Korey and Skagit County have to offer, and I work hard to promote a positive workplace environment.  My mantra is “mission, family, work hard, have fun.”  I believe in strength through diversity – workplace diversity, community diversity, and national diversity.  Quite simply, “we all have different strengths, and through communication and understanding, we can accomplish great things.”

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and taking advantage of many of the great opportunities the Northwest has to offer, including boating in the San Juan Islands, skiing in the Cascades, hiking throughout our community forestlands, and the occasional round of golf.

I look forward to meeting you!

send me an email

connect on linkedin

2024 Kathleen - website

Associate Director of Development

Kathleen Banks

Bio

2024 Kathleen - website

Kathleen Banks

Associate Director of Development

send me an email

2024 Asha-website

Admissions Coordinator

Asha Broetje Bairstow

Bio

2024 Asha-website

Asha Broetje Bairstow

Admissions Coordinator

Hi! I’m Asha Broetje Bairstow, the Admissions Coordinator at Camp Korey.

In my role, I have the privilege of working very closely with families and campers, being one of the first people they interact with in the process of them joining our camp family. I walk with them through the entire application process and try my best to make it as smooth and stress-free as possible, despite the seemingly endless forms I may ask of them! 😊

As Admissions Coordinator, I hope to help the formalities that are the application process feel as smooth as possible, so families can move on to enjoy our camp magic! I’ve had the privilege of developing connections with dozens of new families and helping them start their camp journeys, and I hope to continue doing so for quite some time!

In my spare time, my puppy Wally and I enjoy adventuring on hiking trails, as well as curling up on the couch together while I read a good book!

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Ashley

Culinary Director

Ashley Chandler

Bio

Ashley

Ashley Chandler

Culinary Director

Hello! My name is Ashley, and I am the Culinary Director at Camp Korey, responsible for aspects of meal service at camp.

I started working with Camp Korey in the summer of 2021 as a part-time kitchen staffer and transitioned into my full-time role in January of 2023. As a child, I attended summer camp for 6 summers and fell in love with the camp culture and the “free to be me” spirit of camp. As an adult, I am a camp staffer through and through, spending time at 4 different camps trying out various roles before landing at Camp St. Albans, a Washington state Girl Scout camp; where I served as Culinary Director for 9 summers.

I have always had a passion for cooking and love how food can bring everyone together no matter how different they seem to be. I love the hustle and bustle of a busy camp kitchen and the reward of spending time with happy full-bellied campers. Some of my favorite meals to prepare at camp are pizza, pasta, chocolate chip cookies, and of course classic grilled cheese with homemade chunky tomato soup.

send me an email

2024 Tim-website

Groundskeeper

Timothy Chandonnet

Bio

2024 Tim-website

Timothy Chandonnet

Groundskeeper

Hello, I am Tim Chandonnet the Groundskeeper for Camp Korey.

My typical days at camp are spent working closely with Mother Nature to maintain and improve upon the beautiful natural setting of camp for the benefit and enjoyment of the campers and staff. I hope to assist in making camp aesthetically pleasing, fully accessible, and visually appealing for maximum enjoyment for all that visit us here at camp.

2024 Carly

Director of Development

Carly Cooper-West

Bio

2024 Carly

Carly Cooper-West

Director of Development

Hello! I’m Carly Cooper-West, the new Director of Development at Camp Korey! My role is dedicated to overseeing fundraising efforts, ensuring that every child and family can experience the joy of camp completely free of charge.

I am passionate about cultivating meaningful relationships, serving others, and expressing our heartfelt gratitude to those who make the magic of camp possible. I am thrilled to continue moving the mission of camp forward alongside an incredible team to serve even more kids and families!

In my free time, I love hiking, exploring all things outdoors, trying new recipes, and spending time with family!

send me an email

2024 Chas Edwards - website

Facilities Manager

Chas Edwards
2024 Chas Edwards - website

Chas Edwards

Facilities Manager

2024 Nichol-website

Community Engagement Manager

Nichol Ellis

Bio

2024 Nichol-website

Nichol Ellis

Community Engagement Manager

Hello, friends of Camp Korey!

My name is Nichol Ellis, and I am proud to be the Community Engagement Manager for camp! I am over the moon excited to be part of this amazing community and be a small part of the magic of camp. I come from many many (no need to put a number on it) years of camp and volunteer experiences, and I so strongly believe in the incredibly transformative experience that camp has for all!

In my role as the Community Engagement Manager, I have the privilege of going out into the community and sharing a small sliver of the incredible things that happen here at Camp Korey. I speak to service clubs, share with various groups, network, go to events, plan and implement large corporate volunteer groups, and in general get to be a cheerleader and storyteller of the beauty that camp experiences offer to campers, families, staff, and volunteers! You are all officially invited to come out to Camp Korey and tour the site and learn more! Also, I would love to be invited to your next event to present to your team or group, or of course, to sit with you at the next Seahawks game!

Have a great day!

-Nichol

send me an email

 

Top 10 List of Nichol’s favorite things!

10. Daisies! They are my favorite flower. I love the bright cheerfulness of daisies. And fun fact…it is my “camp name” and I will answer to it!

9. I think that puppet shows might be some of the funniest things in the history of the world!

8. I love mascots! Dinger, the Bellinghamster for the Bells holds a very special place in my heart!

7. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the power of live music. A group of strangers coming together to hear the story of a song they are all individually experiencing together.

6. I love themes and costumes and believe there is magic in a tutu!

5. I love to travel and truly experience people and cultures! I even lived in Papua New Guinea for 5 months!

4. I volunteer for another camp called Camp Phoenix where we serve kids who are burn survivors!

3. I am a huge Seahawks fan! I love being a 12 and cheering for my favorite team!

2. I am in fact the Seagull Calling Champion of Kitsap County 2013!

1. Camp holds a very special place in my heart. I have had the privilege of working at 4 different summer camps. I started as a counselor in 1997 and… the rest is history. That summer was the first summer I really understood who I was and what I was meant to do in this world. I have been striving to do that ever since. Camp is a place where we truly get to be ourselves. It is a safe place to fail, learn, grow, love, and explore. It is a place to welcome our insecurities and embrace our need for community. It is a place where the hours are long, showers are few and far between, our hair smells like campfire, camp songs are sung on repeat, the first stars at twilight shine brighter as the conversations go deeper, and it is a place where lifelong friendships are solidified over the endless inside jokes and moments that can never be repeated. Camp is a place where we all belong.

Shayna Ely 01 small

Housekeeper

Shayna Ely
Shayna Ely 01 small

Shayna Ely

Housekeeper

2024 elicia giffin - website

Director of Camp Experience

Elicia Giffin

Bio

2024 elicia giffin - website

Elicia Giffin

Director of Camp Experience

Hello! I’m Elicia Giffin, the new Director of Camp Experience for Camp Korey! Growing up, summer camp was my highlight and place where I felt most myself, and in 3rd grade, I told my dad I wanted to go to college so that I could work at camp and here I am achieving that dream! As Director of Camp Experience, my days at camp are spent supporting our Culinary, Facilities, Medical, and Program Teams to deliver kids and families a fantastic experience at Camp Korey.

In my free time, you can find me exploring with my family in the woods🌲, reading a book 📖, or on the phone with friends or family far away 📞.

send me an email

2024 Polly

Major Gifts Officer

Polly Hopkins

Bio

2024 Polly

Polly Hopkins

Major Gifts Officer

Hello! I’m Polly Hopkins and I’m delighted to be Camp Korey’s Major Gifts Officer. My role is to connect philanthropically minded people with the opportunity to help camp grow and thrive, increasing the number of children and families we can welcome.

As a child, attending summer camp in the redwoods of northern California was a life-changing experience for me. It was a place that modeled independence, self-esteem, teamwork, and love of nature. Camp Korey provides these lessons for our campers and families completely free of charge. For those who can’t attend in person, our Camp to You program offers children individualized experiences focused on having fun and taking a moment to step outside of their daily concerns.

In my spare time, you will find me snuggling my rescue kitty, gardening, reading, walking, and swimming in the Salish Sea.

Send me an email

Connect on linkedin

2024 Ben Jones - website

Maintenance Technician

Ben Jones
2024 Ben Jones - website

Ben Jones

Maintenance Technician

2024 Sarah Leavitt- website

Human Resources Director

Sarah Leavitt

Bio

2024 Sarah Leavitt- website

Sarah Leavitt

Human Resources Director

Greetings! I am Sarah Leavitt, Camp Korey’s Human Resources Director.

I have worked in HR for the past thirty years. My job encompasses anything employee-related and I am most proud of the fabulous team we have built since moving to the current property!

I am mom to three young adult humans, one fabulous grey cat, and a recently-rescued and very poorly-behaved Dalmatian! I enjoy the local beaches and outdoor festivals in my spare time. I firmly believe laughter IS the best medicine and I love to recharge by just listening to our camper’s zeals of laughter!

send me an email

Katie LeRoux

Camp to You Facilitator

Katie LeRoux
Katie LeRoux

Katie LeRoux

Camp to You Facilitator

2024 Christy

Director of Communications

Christy Lyman

Bio

2024 Christy

Christy Lyman

Director of Communications

I’m dedicated to serving and collaborating with our community, effecting positive change, and helping people – these are the passions that fuel me as a human.

Hey there, I’m Christy Lyman, the Director of Communications for Camp Korey.

My days at camp are a colorful mix of weaving compelling stories, generating innovative content, and designing materials that foster the connection between camp and our community. My mission? To make sure every family with the potential to benefit from camp knows about all the resources and experiences we offer.

My two best friends are the Oxford comma and a good play on words. You might say I’m pun-stoppable. After all, why use plain language when you can sprinkle a bit of pun-shine on it?

Send me an email

connect on LinkedIn

2024 Paige-website

Volunteer Manager

Paige Mackintosh

Bio

2024 Paige-website

Paige Mackintosh

Volunteer Manager

Hello!

I’m Paige, and I am the Volunteer Manager at Camp Korey!

I started my involvement with Camp Korey back in 2008 (when I was 17 years old). I have been a Volunteer, Summer Staffer, and intern to now a full-time Volunteer Manager. It is truly a full circle moment in starting out as a volunteer, and now being able to recruit and support so many amazing volunteers, and see camp change their lives! Along with recruiting and supporting volunteers, I do a lot of administrative work, like making sure I have all paperwork I need from volunteers, as well as collecting all the volunteer numbers and hours for data purposes. 😊

I have lived in Washington State my whole life. I graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Therapeutic Recreation and a Minor in Psychology. I love playing/watching sports (especially soccer), dancing, doing puzzles and word/number games, trying new restaurants, and spending as much time with my friends and family as possible!

send me an email

2024 Abby-website

Camp to You Coordinator

Abby Miranda

Bio

2024 Abby-website

Abby Miranda

Camp to You Coordinator

Hi, I’m Abby and I’m the Camp to You Coordinator!

I’m so excited to bring a piece of Camp Korey into our local hospitals. It’s my goal to honor the courage, creativity, and resiliency of all of our campers. I was lucky enough to spend two amazing summers on our seasonal staff team before coming aboard full-time.

I’m my free time I like to do anything outdoors including skiing, hiking, swimming, and kayaking. I also love all kinds of arts and crafts projects, especially knitting, scrapbooking, and painting.

send me an email

2024 Brandon-website

Cabin Life Coordinator

Brandon Mock

Bio

2024 Brandon-website

Brandon Mock

Cabin Life Coordinator

Hello, I’m Brandon Mock, the Cabin Life Coordinator at Camp Korey.

My job at camp is to help support our seasonal cabin life team in providing the best care and support to our campers as possible. My goal at camp is to provide an environment where every camper, volunteer, and staff member feels safe and cared for so that they can best experience the magic of camp.

Outside of camp, I am working on writing my dissertation for a Ph.D. in Health Communication and studying how we make sense of health through language, and how our understanding of health influences how we build health systems and health policy.

send me an email

2024 Christa Pugh - website

Corporate Partnership Liaison

Christa Pugh

Bio

2024 Christa Pugh - website

Christa Pugh

Corporate Partnership Liaison

Christa grew up in Snohomish County, lived in Seattle and in New York City, then made her way back to the PNW to be closer to family, (especially her sister’s kiddos, who she ADORES!). She joined Camp Korey staff in April 2020 and her joy and enthusiasm drives our corporate partners to be inspired to support the wonderful impact on campers and their families. In summertime, if she’s not a camp you can find Christa helping out at the family blueberry farm, or somewhere by the water.

Nikki Rossiter

Grants Manager

Nikki Rossiter

Bio

Nikki Rossiter

Nikki Rossiter

Grants Manager

We all have something to give to others to lighten hearts and bring encouragement.

Hi, I’m Nikki Rossiter, and I’m the Grants Manager for Camp Korey. I absolutely love getting to tell foundations and other funders the story of why Camp Korey is such a special place and how they can help us with our amazing mission. I also really love systems, data, and technical stuff. I enjoy finding ways to help our team work better together using the software tools we already have available to us.

After work, you can usually find me enjoying time at home with my wonderful husband and my not-so-lap-sized three-legged dog Amber.  Amber’s favorite things are snuggling in my lap wrapped in my big, soft blanket, and barking her head off at the FedEx driver. 💗😂💗

send me an email

2024 Scott-website

Guest Services

Scott Rossiter

Bio

2024 Scott-website

Scott Rossiter

Guest Services

Hi, my name is Scott, and I love hosting guest groups, recruiting and connecting with camp operations volunteers, and sharing our Camp Korey stories in the community.

Working collaboratively behind the scenes to connect people with transformational spaces and service experiences is my jam!

I live just 20 minutes away in Arlington with my wife Nikki. When we’re not at camp we enjoy day trips to explore the many small historic seaside towns, antique stores, and roadside stands found across our state.

send me an email

2024 Matt - website

Custodian

Matthew Sanglier
2024 Matt - website

Matthew Sanglier

Custodian

2024 Jen - website

Nursing Director

Jen Shaw

Bio

2024 Jen - website

Jen Shaw

Nursing Director

Hi, I’m Jen Shaw, Nursing Director at Camp Korey.

I have been a pediatric nurse for 17 years and before coming to Camp Korey fulltime I was an ICU nurse and the RISK Nurse at Seattle Children’s. I still work per diem at Seattle Children’s in the Urgent Care department and love to see campers when they have to visit the hospital. I am also a Nursing Instructor and teach PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).

My husband and I share 6 children and one grandchild and one of our daughters is also a camper. My two dogs Leo and Shadow live at camp with me all summer and many of the campers are excited to come back and see the dogs while they are at camp.

In my spare time my family and I like to hike, snowshoe, camp, ride bikes, play games together, and travel.

send me an email

Kortney Smith

Program Coordinator

Kortney Smith
Kortney Smith

Kortney Smith

Program Coordinator

2024 Shannon Staples - Website

Medical Director

Shannon Staples, MD
2024 Shannon Staples - Website

Shannon Staples, MD

Medical Director

Larkin

Maintenance Lead

Larkin Starkovich
Larkin

Larkin Starkovich

Maintenance Lead

Our summer staff.

 

2024 staff information is coming soon!

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