Support team

These impassioned loyalists are the vital links between Steve and Kate’s vision and the vivid reality campers experience.


MikeSaperstein

Mike Saperstein, partner

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? The Proposal, I mean come on, how cute was that?
What is / was your favorite cartoon or kids’ book? Garfield. I like anyone who likes to indulge in food.
What is something that you want to do? Get yelled at by Gordon Ramsay.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437


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Jennifer Gastrich, people ops

Hometown: New Richmond, OH
What is / was your favorite cartoon or kids’ book? I loved Green Eggs & Ham when I was little. When I was a little bigger, Where the Red Fern Grows was my favorite book.
What is something about you that would surprise people? One of my favorite movies is Monty Python & the Holy Grail.
What is something that you want to do? Travel, travel travel! So many more places to go…
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.524.7212

ValerieWillis

Valerie Willis, program design & research

Hometown: Stillwater, OK
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? I love glitter. I really do.
What is something about you that would surprise people? I can weld!
What is something that you have taught yourself? I taught myself how to sew in high school so that I could make a flying squirrel costume. I really stepped it up in college when I made a fuzzy pink llama costume.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437

CallieRae

Callie Rae McCarthy, family experience

Hometown: Orlando, FL
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? Boxed mac-n-cheese and books about vampires
What is something about you that would surprise people? In 9th grade, I regularly performed with Mandy Moore (who was even younger) in a singing/dancing troupe.
What’s your mantra? I firmly believe that life would be better if we all acted like we were in a musical and regularly broke out in song and dance.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.692.6321


BarryWallace

Barry Wallace, technology

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
What is something about you that would surprise people? I can negotiate with a taxi driver in Luganda.
What is something that you have taught yourself? How to pronounce my name in such a way that people in the California don’t think my name is Byron.
What is something that you want to do? Heli-ski (not just to get chucked out of a helicopter onto some snow, but to land smoothly and nail the rest of the run too)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437


JessicaDotter

Jessica Dotter, family experience

Hometown: Hermosa Beach, CA
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? My favorite movie of all time is Oliver! and I loved it so much I wrote my own adaption of the script when I was 13.
What is something about you that would surprise people? I was unschooled. I didn’t attend formal school until 10th grade.
What is something that you want to do? Learn how to drive a manual transmission.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.524.7184

David White

David White, videographer

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? Eating burritos in bed.
What is something about you that would surprise people? I had a brief modeling career at the age of 7! (for life insurance…)
What is something that you have taught yourself? How to play guitar while moonwalking.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437
PieraVonGlahn

Piera von Glahn, program design & research

Hometown: Portland, OR
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? I love sports, but my understanding of collegiate and professional leagues is slightly lacking. One of the year’s that UCONN was in the finals for March Madness I thought it was the Yukon Territory and, very sincerely, asked a crew of people how the Yukon was even in the league/How they became such a powerhouse and were able to recruit given their location…
What is something that you have taught yourself? How to build houses for backyard critters
What is something that you want to do? Write a book about the wild circus squirrels of Minnesota
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith, food program designer

Hometown: San Jose, CA
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? Snickers bar with peanut butter, cheddar cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla. Don’t judge!! *Disclaimer-only to be eaten while backpacking in the woods
What is / was your favorite cartoon or kids’ book? Hands down, it would have to be The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Cowabunga dude!!
What is something that you want to do? Change the way we eat and think about food in America.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437


Sean Kramar - Steve & Kate's Camp

Sean Kramar, program design & research

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? Pie charts. Also, the word, “quadrant.”
What is / was your favorite cartoon or kids’ book? James and the Giant Peach
What is something that you want to do? Build a log cabin in the woods and stock it with a lifetime supply of hot chocolate.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437

Jim Reynolds - Steve & Kate's Camp

Jim Reynolds, engineer

Hometown: Los Altos, CA
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? Juice. Not the fancy kind with kale – the kind from a jug. I really love juice.
What is something that you have taught yourself? Classical guitar.
What is something about you that would surprise people? My friends and I used to co-own a 1977 limousine. We let the MythBusters borrow it and powerslide into a parking spot. They returned it with a new set of tires.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437

Kasima Tharnpipitchai - Steve & Kate's Camp

Kasima Tharnpipitchai, engineer

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
What is something about you that would surprise people? I moved to Chicago to study improv comedy.
What is / was your favorite cartoon or kids’ book? Nate the Great Detective. I’m pretty sure I read every copy my library had many times over.
What is something that you have taught yourself? Snowboarding. I have pictures of bruises to prove it.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437

Kasha Speno - Steve & Kate's Camp

Kasha Speno, front end developer

Hometown: Durango, CO
What is / was your favorite cartoon or kids’ book? Miss Rumphius written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney because Miss Rumphius “traveled to faraway places where she climbed tall mountains where the snow never melted. She went through jungles and across deserts. She saw lions playing and kangaroos jumping.” And then, Miss Rumphius found a home by the sea, got called crazy, and finally found a way to make the world more beautiful.
What is something that you have taught yourself? To dress like a city girl when circumstances require.
What is something that you want to do? Gracefully get a big ol’ barrel at Ocean Beach with the sun shining.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.389.5437

Emily Foell - Steve & Kate's Camp

Emily Foell, family experience

Hometown: Fairfax, CA
What is something about you that would surprise people? I’ve had the theme song from “Space Jam” stuck in my head for 20 years.
What is / was your favorite cartoon or kids’ book? The Story of Ferdinand.
What is something you like that you are embarrassed about? Really bad coffee, and LOTS of it.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.524.7187

Graham North - Steve & Kate's Camp

Graham North, brand

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia
What is / was your favorite cartoon or kids’ book? The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales
What is something about you that would surprise people? I corresponded for BBC World News during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
What is something that you have taught yourself? To speak Swahili.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 669.600.9313