Meet our Staff of 2015!
Melissa Cunningham: I am a Santa Fe, NM resident looking forward to joining the Mountain Friends Camp this year as your Medic and kitchen assistant. I have a background in Holistic Health Counseling, and have worked with kids in a number of roles for over 15 years. I enjoy healthy food, being in nature, identifying native plants and sharing in community.
Olivia Mucha: I am a new friend from Denver, CO. I am very excited about being apart of Mountain Friends community and meeting new people. I love backpacking, yoga, and traveling, really anything that keeps me outdoors. This fall I plan to go for my EMT.
Lydia Bateman: I am a first year cabin counselor and a friend from Mesa, Arizona. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and learning. As a counselor-in-training, I have been known to sing incessantly. I am very excited to meet/reconnect with all of the campers and staff before attending Soka University in the fall.
Tynan Gacy: Hey! I’m a young Friend from the Boulder area. I’ve been a part of MFC as a camper, but this will be my first year sharing the full responsibilities of being a full-staff member! I’m ecstatic to participate in the community and share any wisdom through my experiences as presiding co-clerk of the Senior Young Friends group of InterMountain Yearly Meeting and recent semester at the John Woolman School. After finishing my B.S., I plan on pursuing a career in teen psychology and social work. I love hiking, reading, frisbeeing, guitaring, and singing. I can’t wait to enjoy our community!
Adriana Puente Reinhardt: I’m a young Friend from Tempe, Arizona. I’ve been a part of the Mountain Friends Camp family since the first year, and I’m very excited to come back for my second year as a counselor! My hobbies include hiking, painting, drawing, and active games, so I look forward to leading various activities with campers this year. I’ll be attending Soka University in the fall, making these camp sessions my final chances to spend time in the sun before my nose is put to the grindstone. I look forward to getting to know everyone this year!
Conor MicMilton: I am a second year counselor from San Francisco, California. I am looking forward to becoming a part of what sounds like an amazing community. I know that I will do whatever I can to contribute to Mountain Friends Camp in a positive way. I’ve spent much of the past ten years living throughout the United States and abroad, participating in different programs and serving various communities. I enjoy the outdoors, music, anthropology, and sports.
Isahbo Hawley: I am a returning camp counselor from Taos, New Mexico. I attend the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I plan on entering the Peace Corps upon completion of my BA at UNM. I’m excited for my second summer at Mountain Friends Camp. I love being outside, reading, hiking, singing and laughing.
Lucy Bauer: I was born and raised in England, but have now spent half of my life in Colorado. I live in the mountains in a small log cabin outside Bailey with Dave and the younger three of our six kids, where we homeschool, raise chickens and play lots of music. I trained as an ecologist at college and enjoy gardening and planting 300 trees each year on our 43 acres each year. I also love to play my doublebass, Hugo, in the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. I was raised a Quaker, and attend Mountain View Friends Meeting whenever I can get down there.
Eric Wright: I’m a member of Mountain View Friends Meeting in Denver, and have been a Quaker all my life. I think my favorite job was working as a counselor and program director at Camp Dark Waters in New Jersey, when I was in high school and college. More recently I’ve helped run a Family Resource Center in Denver. My wife Judy and I have two grown daughters, Maya and Jenny and two grandsons, William and Thomas. I’m sixty-seven this year, retired but pretty busy. I like being outdoors, cooking, playing guitar and singing, and getting to know people in a group.
Beverley Weiler: I have been part of summer camps for 50+ years,
starting with Girl Scouts, ‘way back when’! During the rest of the year I sew, make quilts and work with pre-schoolers to adults doing art therapy and re-evaluation co-counseling. Although I was raised Catholic, and still go to mass each week, I also have been attending the Santa Fe, N.M. meeting for about 30 years! I have been cooking for crowds since childhood and I’m looking forward to year #4 at MFC; sharing my energies and skills in the kitchen and during arts and crafts times.
Heather Bertram: I was born in Washington State, but I have lived in NM for a long time with my aunt Beverley. I like music, traveling, pen pals, collections, embroidery and I have a disability called Asperger’s so you might think I’m shy, but it just takes me a while to get used to things. I really like watching ‘American Idol’. Last year we went to their concert after camp. I have been practicing my singing this year and look forward to sharing and learning some new songs. I go to Quaker Meeting in Santa Fe, and I help with the First Day school almost every week.
Camp Director: Anastacia Ebi: I grew up in Logan Friends Meeting, in beautiful northern Utah. Since then I’ve studied, worked and traveled in Sichuan China, New York City, Pendle Hill PA, Pahoa HI, and currently live in Washington DC. During college I spent a great summer as arts and crafts director at cabin counselor at Friends Camp in Maine. I talked it up so much to the IMYM Senior Young Friends that we decided to form a committee and start our own summer camp. Eight years later, here we are getting ready for the seventh session of Mountain Friends Camp! I am looking forward to hikes, art, building Quaker community and having a great time with friends new and old this summer. See you soon!