Meet our MFC Staff of 2017!
Kismet Coons: I’m looking very forward to being at Mountain Friends this summer. I have a degree in Psychology and two in Film, I’ve lived in Santa Fe for 5 years and in California before that. In the Bay Area, I worked with kids on the Autism spectrum, from inclusion in classrooms, to ABA therapy with 2- 4yr olds. I love to sing and joke around and have fun and cook- I took a lot of culinary classes recently so can’t wait to pitch in the Kitchen!
Sky Ford: Sky is a peaceful spirit and outdoor enthusiast, who attended MFC as a camper back in 2011. After graduating high school they took a gap year during which they traveled around Europe volunteering on organic farms and spent a semester teaching English at an elementary school in China. This fall they will attend Reed college where they will probably study environmental science. Sky has experience with wilderness survival, dance, and improv. They also enjoy playing cello, learning languages, writing, and making creative vegan desserts.
Liam Wheeler: First year counselor from New York state, and long time summer camp and youth group leader. He’s looking forward to getting to know everyone and join in a new community.
Tynan Gacy: Hey there! I’m a young Friend from the Boulder area and I’ve been a part of MFC as a camper, counselor in training, and cabin counselor, and this year I’ll be one of the camp medics! I’m ecstatic to participate in the community and share any wisdom through my experiences as a young adult Quaker in our four-corners community. After finishing my college degrees, I hope to move into therapy for teens in crisis 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. This will be my third year as a counselor at Mountain Friends Camp, but I’ve been a part of the camp since the very beginning, first as a camper and then as a counselor in training. During the rest of the year, I attend Soka University in Orange County, CA, where I am studying Humanities. Among my passions are painting, hiking, soccer, reading, and Monopoly. I can’t wait to meet this year’s MFC community!
Lydia Bateman: I am excited to return to Mountain Friends Camp for my second year as a counselor. At camp, I enjoy crafts, working with campers in small worship-sharing groups, and exploring the outdoors. I look forward to reconnecting with returning campers and meeting new campers this summer. In the fall, I will be returning to Soka University of America for my second year of college.
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 seventy 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 #6 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 and 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. Nine years later, here we are getting ready for the eight season 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!