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Camp Fire Inland Southern California Staff

Sandra Rutherford
Executive Director

Sandra Rutherford is the Executive Director and began her career with Camp Fire in 1999.  Though the years she has developed her career by fundraising, grant writing, developing new program, increasing the capacity of existing programs and board and volunteer development.  

She has her associate’s degree from Chaffey College in Liberal Arts and her bachelors from University of La Verne in Organizational Management.  She was on the dean’s list and graduated with departmental honors.

Over the years, her community involvement has included several board of director positions, including Vice President of the Montclair Chamber of Commerce, Charter President of the Venture Club of the Inland Valley, Pacific Region Secretary for Venture Club of the Americas, board member for Neighborhood Partnership of Montclair, Vice President of the Barton Flats Camp Association, Treasurer of ExecNet, Vice President of Alvarado Intermediate School PTA, and an accreditation visitor with American Camp Association.

She was honored the Venturist of the year from her Venture Club peers and in 2007 she was nominated Woman of the Year for the National Association of Women Business Owners Inland Empire Chapter.

 Sandra has lived her entire life in the Inland Empire and is also an alumnus of Camp Fire Inland Southern California.  She participated in the council’s Blue Bird program back in the early 70’s.

Damari Calderon

Damari Calderon is the bookkeeper for Camp Fire Inland Southern California.  Damari’s career highlights include serving as an accounting clerk and financial controller. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and eventually wants to become a CPA.  Damari has always enjoyed working with numbers.   In fact, by the time she was 12 years old it became clear that she has passion for numbers and she knew then her path is in the accounting field.

When Damari is not working, she enjoys going to Disneyland, watching scary movies, hiking, trying new restaurants, traveling and spending time with her Chihuahua (Passion).
Damari thinks of herself as an outgoing person, although she has also been known to be shy when she is around a large group of new people.  She says the kind of people she likes to meet are those who are outgoing and positive. “That’s important to me because it gives me happiness.”

Faith Shipp
Camp Nurse
Faith Shipp is Camp Nawakwa's nurse during the summer months.  She joins Campfire with over 25 years of teaching experience and also 30 years of being a Registered Nurse. Her nursing work experience includes school nursing, VA Hospital Charge Nurse, Home Health Care and Nursing Plan Consultant.

Faith received her Registered Nurse training, with a Bachelors of Science, at Pacific Union College.  She also completed her California Teacher training at University of Redlands.  Her latest training is from the American Red Cross.  She is a qualified CPR and First Aid instructor for local teachers, students and, yes,  our staff at Camp Nawakwa. 

During the school year, when she is not at camp, she teaches workshops to parents & teachers.  She is on the Redlands Day Nursery Board and produces their regular Newsletter.   She is also an Educational Consultant for the Redlands District.  She also has written over 100 childrens' books...many can be found on Amazon Kindle. She taught Drama for fifteen years, and wrote numerous original plays which were produced by students.  She was also a choir co-director and yearbook coordinator.

She has developed over 50 different characters which she uses to teach children important concepts.  A few of these are:  Betsy Bathroom who teaches kids to flush, wash hands and all needed toiletry skills,  Dr. Science who teaches valuable science facts, Singing Lady who sings directions....and  lots more. 

During the summer Faith conducts a health check for each camper at the beginning of the camp week.  She is available at all times for everyone at Camp Nawakwa.  Faith sleeps in the infirmary each night...and hopes for the best but is prepared for the mishaps along the way.  Soooooo.....this summer if you see an energetic lady with a weird's Mama Opo (Faith's camp name) making sure all her kids are happy, safe and healthy!

Jim Shipp
Jim Shipp is Camp Nawakwa’s Lead Instructor.  He has twenty-five years of experience as a Credentialed Teacher in local schools. 
Jim taught primary grades in the San Bernardino City Unified School District for twelve years, teaching in four city schools.  He continued his public school career in the Redlands School District, teaching thirteen years at Bryn Mawr Elementary School, while also serving as the site coordinator for their Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.  While teaching full-time, he also taught classes in music, computer science, gardening and video production.  He taught after-school classes and produced a student variety show and numerous student dramatic productions for twelve years.  His teaching of local history led him to involvement in historic preservation and conservation.  He has been honored as Outstanding Teacher for the Redlands Unified School District, and as “Teacher of the Year” twice by the Loma Linda Chamber of Commerce. 
He currently chairs the Loma Linda Historical Commission and is president of the Loma Linda Parks and Historical Society.  Prior to his career in teaching, he was pastor of three churches in North Dakota and two in Southern California.
Jim’s academic credits include a Bachelor’s Degree from Pacific Union College, a Master’s Degree from Loma Linda University, and a graduate teaching certificate program from the University of Redlands.
Jim’s work experiences include a construction internship during college, work as a mechanic and welder, member of the folk group Shippwrecked, sound and lighting director for numerous school and community programs.  He has restored old cars, motorcycles and houses.  He and his sons moved and restored a Victorian farmhouse in 2007.  He authored the book Loma Linda, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2005, and has conducted local history tours and lectures since 1999.  He was a radio DJ in the 1980s, and co-hosted a weekly radio program during his college years.
Jim went to summer camp several times as a child, hiked and camped in the local mountains as a young adult, and served as an Assistant Director at Northern Lights Camp at Lake Metigoshe in North Dakota.  His passion for outdoor learning includes developing science hikes in the South Hills Preserve in Loma Linda. He leads hikes for school children and community members.  He has been part of Camp Nawakwa’s staff since 2012, teaching Drama and supporting the other camp instructors.
Jim is married to Faith Shipp, Nawakwa’s camp nurse.  Jim and Faith have three grown sons who all love nature and the outdoors.
Laura Lieras Laura Lieras serves as the GRIP Program Coordinator and the Out of School Program FaCT for Camp Fire.

Laura joins Camp Fire bringing with her over 20 years of experience in working with children and families in the U.S and abroad. Laura’s years as a Social Service Provider have been dedicated to the mental health and all around care of high risk and underserved families.

Laura’s past experience as an educator, mental health counselor, parenting instructor and family advocate help her better understand the needs of those she so passionately serves. She enjoys the collaborative work that takes place in the Family Resource Centers and other agencies, as well as community outreach.

Laura is thankful for the enriching experience of working with dually diagnosed individuals on the East Coast as well as serving at risk orphans in Costa Rica and Panama. She is fully bilingual (English / Spanish), as she spent several years working in Costa Rica, where she resided for a number of years.
George Gutierrez 
After School Site Coordinator
George Gutierrez is the Program Supervisor at Yorba Middle School in the city of Orange located in Orange County. George has been with Camp Fire for 6 years and is going into his 7th year. He started as an instructor and worked his way up to Supervisor in his first year being with Camp Fire. He previously had worked with other school districts and non-profits where he acquired many skills and knowledge of working with youth. George graduated from Estancia HS in Costa Mesa. George has an AA Degree in Social Science and is pursuing on completing his BA in Early Childhood Education. George is very involved with his program and runs some of the Enrichment programs himself do to his knowledge. He teaches dance and shows students how to use the DJ equipment. George is passionate about helping the Youth of Orange County be involved both at their school and in the community. George received two awards in 2016: The “Chapter Excellence Award” thru OCDE California Friday Night Live Partnership and the “Empowering Youth Through Education Award” thru Camp Fire. A quote that would best describe him would be:” Love the Life you Live, Live the Life you Love” Bob Marley
Jennifer Limon is new to Camp Fire this Year as an instructor and focuses mainly on the 6th graders. Jennifer graduated from Estancia HS, received her AA Degree for Orange Coast College and now is currently attending Cal State Fullerton to pursue her career to become a Child Life Counselor. She comes to Camp Fire with 3 years experience working with after school programs.  She loves to play tennis and when she is not at work she loves being with her friends and boyfriend.  She also loves spending time with her family. 
Monica Vera is in her 2nd year with Camp Fire at Yorba MS as an instructor. She is attending her last year at Cal State Fullerton and majoring in Child & Adolescents Development. Her hobbies include collecting old pictures and old dance shoes. She enjoys dancing and spending time with family and friends. She teaches dance and color guard at the afterschool program. A quote that would best describe her would be: “I combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen.” Sophia G
Emmanuel De Lira is in his first year with Camp Fire at Yorba MS as an instructor. He attends Cal State Fullerton and he is in his 3rd year as a Psychology Major. On his spare time he likes to go to the park, library and shop around at the thrift stores. His hobbies are collecting cds, cards, marbles and video games. He enjoys working with the youth because he knows he can make impact in their lives. A quote that would best describe him would be: : “The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma” Patrick Star
Josh Sojo is in his first year with Camp Fire as a sub-Instructor at Yorba MS. He attends Santa Ana College and his focus is to become a Fire Tech. When he was a middle school student he attended Yorba MS and was in the Camp Fire program. He is so honored to be able to work for Camp Fire and help shape the minds of today’s Youth. His hobbies include hiking, working out, and drawing. A quote that would best describe him would be: “ You get what you give” Fred Wilson
Alicia Jimenez is in her first year with Camp Fire as an instructor at Yorba MS. Alicia attends Fullerton College and is a Sociology Major. She comes with a couple of years of experience working with youth. Alicia enjoys working with youth as she knows it makes a huge impact in their lives. Her hobbies include collecting movie/concert tickets, cds, and birthday cards. She can’t live without her family, friends, music and art. A quote that would best describe her would be: “Superman won’t save me no more” Jon Bellion
David Gudino is in his first year with Camp Fire at Yorba MS as an Instructor. He attends Cal State Fullerton and is in his 2nd year as a Business Major. He enjoys working with youth especially when it comes to sports. His favorite sports are basketball and baseball. He collects bobble heads. David’s hobbies include sports, sleeping and eating. A quote that would best describe him would be: “I want people to be afraid of how much they love me” Michael Scott.
Ana Ceja
Snack Program Coordinator
Ana is the Snack Program Coordinator at Camp Fire. She is a mother of two beautiful children a son, 13, and a daughter who’s  10.  Ana has served in her children’s PTA for 6 years taking on the roles of President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian. She is currently attending Mt. San Antonio College to become a Registered Nurse.

Ana and her family, including her husband of 10 years, love to be in the outdoors camping, hiking, and especially rock climbing.

Ana also volunteers at her church, Life Worship Center, in El Monte as a teacher, greeter, and som
etimes as part of the worship team.
Kat Lee Shull
Family Life Educator

Kat Lee Shull is a Family Life Educator with the S.H.A.P.E. program (Sharing Healthy Adolescent & Parent Experiences). She has taught S.H.A.P.E.  classes since 2006, revising and updating the program to bring the most current information about puberty, sex, and healthy relationships to  parents and pre-teens in a safe, comfortable environment. Kat graduated from New York University with a degree in English, and continued studies in Anatomy and Kinesiology at Orange Coast College. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, teaching for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and several studios throughout Orange County. She has been a Girl Scout Leader, camp counselor, and homeschool teacher. Kat enjoys reading - especially science and science fiction - camping, and going to the beach with her three children and four dogs.