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Camp Fire Inland Southern California Staff

Johnny McLaughlin

Johnny McLaughlin serves as the Executive Director of Camping Services and is primary based out of Camp Nawakwa, close to Angelus Oaks in California.  He joins Camp Fire with over twenty years of residential & day camp experience.  

Johnny has worked for the YMCA both in New Jersey and Colorado coming up through ranks from Camp Counselor to that of Director of Camping Services.  He also spent time working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco as the Camp Director for their resident camp. He left the Boys & Girls Club Camp to put together Camp Yellow Ribbon, a day & resident camp based in San Diego for children who had at least one parent deployed to an oversea war zone. Prior to coming to Camp Fire he worked for a start up nonprofit managing their campus facility in Northern California, doubling the capacity and moving the operation from seasonal to year round. Over the course of his career he has worked with a multitude of special need populations, these include Diabetics, Emotionally & Developmentally challenged, AIDs Camp programs, Burn Survivors, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Asthma Camps as well as working with wide selection of individual campers with allergies & intolerances to specific foods. 
He received an Associate Degree in Communication Studies from West of Scotland University and also graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland with a B.A. in Applied Consumer Studies.
After he graduated from the University he served a term as Student Association University President, where he had the opportunity to meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.  After leaving secondary school he served in the Royal Highland Fusiliers as an infantryman. Recently in 2012, he was honored by the Rotary Club of Portola and received the "Service Above Self" award. Johnny has also served as a regional American Camp Association board member.
He is an avid outdoors person; he camps, hikes and snow boards whenever he has the opportunity.  He loves to ride his motorcycle. When he moved to California from the East coast, he spent twenty-eight days on the road driving his motorcycle along the back roads of the country.  He also passionately follows Glasgow Celtic Football Club, a Scottish soccer club, whenever he flies back to Scotland to visit family and friends he tries to time his trip around Celtic home games.     


Sandra Rutherford

Sandra is currently Executive Director of Council Services and volunteers her time as an accreditation visitor with American Camp Association.  She is a founding member and treasurer of ExecNet, a group of local executive directors that has raised over $550,000 collectively in the past 3 years to build capacity in our organizations.  She serves on the Healthy Rancho Cucamonga steering committee that promotes healthy eating for the youth in our community.  In the past she has served as a team captain for the Police and Fire games, has volunteered at the Riverside Safe House for teens, and volunteered at Santa Claus Inc. in Ontario.

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 was first employed with Camp Fire Inland Southern California in 1999 as the Executive Director.  Her volunteer and community involvement was catalyst that brought her to the organization.  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.

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, and board member for Neighborhood Partnership of Montclair.

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.


Amy Baergen

Amy Baergen serves as the Event Coordinator for Camp Fire Inland Southern California and is excited to be joining the team this year. As a child, she was a camper at Camp Nawakwa and in enjoying the opportunity to be a part of an organization that impacted her own childhood.  She is currently working on making our 9th Annual Wine Lovers' Dinner the best that it can be!
Amy has lived in the Inland Empire her whole life and has made an effort to give back to her community by volunteering her time with various faith-based youth programs including summer camps, winter camps, day camps, tutoring, and weekly youth meetings. In addition, she also serves as a singer for the worship band in the church she grew up in. 
Beyond her local community, Amy has traveled abroad to several countries including Haiti, Philippines, Honduras, Mexico, and Zambia. These short term international projects have involved everything from the construction of homes built from earthquake rubble, to the feeding and bathing of street kids. Her love for children in need reaches across borders.

Among these passions, Amy also expresses herself through the art of Photography.  She has been fortunate enough to serve as an assistant and second shooter for the Inland Empire based company Deborah Tracey Photography where she assisted in shooting a dozen weddings and honed her camera skill. She dreams of one day owning her own photography business. 
Amy studied psychology and music at California Baptist University and plans to eventually return to school and complete her degree. She is happily married and she and her husband are expecting their first child in April. 


Carole Baldwin

Carole Baldwin has been employed at Camp Fire since 2006. She has held positions for many of the programs that Camp Fire offers; Assistant Camp Director at Camp Nawakwa, Traditional Camp Fire Club leader, managed the snack program, managed the Club program and worked as the Deputy Director and Director of Development. These experiences have given her a unique, well rounded, first-hand perspective of Camp Fire’s programs. For Carole, working at Camp Fire is more than a job, it’s a passion.

Carole attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles with a concentration in creative design and studied business at Merced College. She graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors from the University of La Verne in California and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management.

Carole is a native of Southern California, is a certified Jazzercise instructor and owner of San Diego Jazzercise and Claremont/La Verne Jazzercise.  She is married to John M. Baldwin II an officer in the United States Navy, and the proud mother of two sons, Darius and Nico.

Jeffry Calle

Jeffry is the Teen Program Coordinator at the Camp Fire Inland Southern California. In this position he is in charge of overseeing all the duties of the teen program which entails working with local high schools, doing communal projects, help and direct our teens, and build a relationship with them so that they have a sense of motivation and security. This past summer he was the Assistant Director at Camp Fire Camp Nawakwa.
 Before being employed with Camp Fire, Jeffry worked for the City of Rancho Cucamonga where he was a pre-school teacher for the past five years. He taught over thirty classes to children and enjoyed mentoring the future generation.
Jeffry is in the process of getting his degree in Linguistics, in which he closely worked with Camp Adventure, a program run by the University of Northern Iowa that sends American college students to American military bases, embassies, and British military installations throughout the world. He has directed twelve-day camps and has worked at seven Child Development Centers throughout the world. He has also worked as a certified lifeguard for the children of military personnel stationed on bases. Camp Adventure has given Jeffry the opportunity to travel to 24 different countries and see amazing historic sites throughout the world.
Jeffry was born in Brooklyn New York which makes him a true Yankee fan. He loves a challenge and is an avid Crossfitter (a program described to be constantly varied, highly intense, and deals with functional movement). He recently won a silver medal at the California State Games 2013 for powerlifting. Jeffry is the 3rd place finalist from the 1st season of the reality show Opposite Worlds on the SyFy channel.

Melissa Ettman

Melissa Ettman serves as Camp Program Director for Camp Fire’s Camp Nawakwa. She joins Camp Fire after 2 years of National Service with AmeriCorps. 
After leaving her hometown in Upstate New York, Melissa graduated from Seattle University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Photography. While there Melissa taught high school and middle school students how to use digital storytelling to confront challenges in their community in Seattle, Washington and Cape Town, South Africa for the non-profit Bridges to Understanding. 
She developed a passion for service growing up an active member of the Girl Scouts and 4-H. As a college freshmen she went to Tijuana Mexico to build houses with a non-profit community development organization, Esperanza International. Continuing to work for affordable housing, Melissa signed up to pedal her bicycle (Mr. Ed) across the country with Bike & Build. She worked to raise both money and awareness for affordable housing organizations, all from the seat of her bike.
A year of National Service with AmeriCorps NCCC brought her to Camp Nawakwa in the Summer of 2013. Camp life brings together Melissa’s love of the outdoors, high energy environments, and working with kids.


Adrian Heiss

Adrian Heiss is the Operations Manager at Camp Fire Camp Nawakwa. His key primary responsibilities are: overseeing all camp facility maintenance, foodservice, housekeeping and the support of weekend groups. He also works on, and develops new construction projects at the camp. Adrain, brings a wealth of experience to the position which include his many years as a general contractor and food service delivery. He has been employed at Camp Fire Inland Southern California since 2012.

In the 1980’s Adrian joined the operating engineers apprentice program and was employed as a heavy equipment mechanic.  While working as a heavy equipment operator, he purchased one acre of land in La Habra Heights and constructed his home during evenings and weekends. He discovered his love of building construction and obtained a general contractors license and ran a contracting business for twenty years. He has worked on everything from custom homes to outdoor kitchens, specializing in remodeling. His true passion is renovating historical homes.

In 2009, Adrian moved to Angelus Oaks in the San Bernardino National Forest. He likes living close to nature and during his time off, he enjoys hiking with his children, sailing, surfing and most water sports. He is also an avid archer, and has been involved at several competitions in the sport.

Adrian is proud father of two boys and a girl. His favorite pastime is barbequing and spending time with his family.


Sophia Meza

Sophia Meza is the Executive Assistant at Camp Fire Inland Southern California.  She has been with the council since 2004.  In this position she performs a variety of duties, as the assistant to the Executive Director, as the full charge bookkeeper, camp reservation specialist, and HR coordinator. 

Sophia was born and raised in the Bay Area. Her skills are extensive with experience in accounting, bookkeeping, and customer service.  Sophia is a graduate of Control Data Institute, and has worked for major corporations such as McKesson Corporation, Amdahl Corporation, and Chevron, in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley,

Sophia is the co-founder of New Covenant Christian Center in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, where her husband serves as Senior Pastor.  There she serves on the worship team as a worship leader along with her children PJ (drummer), and Lauren (guitar player/singer).

Her hobbies include hiking, boogie boarding, swimming and going to the gym, where she recently took up her first ever boxing lessons. In January she completed her first 5K at the Ontario Mills Run, and hopes to complete an 8K and 10K, and even a half marathon in the future. 
Sophia is the proud mother of P.J. and Lauren, and has been married to the love of her life, Peter, since 1990.


Kevin Perello

Kevin Perello began working at Camp Fire in 2012 as an intern. During his internship he learned about how essential grant writing can be for a non-profit organization. Several months later in the year of 2013 had now taken the role of managing the Wise Kids After-School Program. The program serves healthy foods to over 400 children in Southern California daily.

Kevin was born in Southern California however has spent several years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently Kevin is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management and plans to attend graduate school shortly after. Kevin knows the workings of the business world; however his true passion is helping the community. Prior to working at Camp Fire he has served in many community development projects and volunteered for other non-profit organizations.

During Kevin’s free time he enjoys breakdancing, reading biographies of great leaders, and spending time with his beloved niece and nephew.