Meet our Staff from 2012:
Camp Director: Anastacia Easterling: I grew up in Utah and became a member of Logan Friends Meeting right before moving away at age 17. Since then I’ve studied, worked and traveled in Sichuan China, New York City, Pendle Hill PA, Pahoa HI and Washington DC, and I am always glad to come back to Logan and connect with friends and family. 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. Four years later, here we are getting ready for the third session of Mountain Friends Camp! I am looking forward to building Quaker community and having a great time with f/Friends new and old this summer in Tincup, Colorado. See you soon!
New Cooks: Beverley: 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. I have been cooking for crowds since childhood and look forward to sharing meals, recipes and more….
Heather: I was born in Washington State, but I have lived in N.M. for a long time with my aunt Beverley. I like music, traveling, pen pals, collections, and embroidery. 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.
Lucy: I was born and raised in England, but have now spent exactly 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 on our 43 acres each year. I also love to play my doublebass, Hugo, in the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra in Denver. I was raised a Quaker, and attend Mountain View Friends Meeting whenever I can get down there.
Returning Cook: Pat Easterling: I was a Navy brat who moved often, though Dad managed to get several tours in Hawaii. Dad was a good cook, and his influence helped me adapt to cooking for Mountain Friends Camp – enough garlic, onions, and olive oil and we’ll be fine! As an adult I came to consider myself a Quaker, though I wasn’t always the most regular attender. Dorothy L., a senior member of Logan Meeting, did quip that I seemed to show up when there was food! (Mmm, Quaker Potlucks!). Later, after Brenda and I had children we became regular attenders and soon, members. And my attendance in Biz Meeting has (almost) nothing to do with the great snacks and deserts. Looking forward to this summer!
New Counselors: DaKishia Reid: I am a seeker in the truest sense of the word, and am enjoying a rich life through new discoveries and understanding. I enjoy good conversation, pomegranates, and hopes to some day co-create and reside in a self-sustaining community. While new to the Friends community, I have a long and thriving relationship with the Divine. I’ve also spent the last year as a Guide for young people in the Southern Utah High deserts, and enjoy being under the sky more than most anything else.
Mark Janney grew up in Albuquerque NM. His passions include reading, music, mathematics, backpacking and cycling. Solidly rooted in liberal Christianity, his spiritual quest took him down the contemplative path, and eventually to Quakerism. He is a member of Tempe Monthly Meeting, attending there since 1995.
Valerie Ireland attends Boulder Monthly Meeting, is a kindergarten teacher, wife, and mother of 2 young adults. Valerie has been serving youth in various capacities for 30 years, including foster parenting, girl scouts, and leading IMYM Children’s Yearly Meeting. Valerie has been active on the Mountain Friends Camp committee since 2009, when she found us our first hosts in Gardner Colorado. She is excited to finally be serving Mountain Friends Camp this year as OAF (Older Adult Friend) staff.
David Ireland I am pleased to have the opportunity to be on staff for this year’s MFC and look forward to seeing what it’s all about. Val and I have been into checking out all sorts of sustainable lifestyle and housing ideas for some time now. I am particularly into bleeding edge “free energy” inventions which are currently getting closer and closer to the marketplace. Val and I feel that the future hinges on the ability to figure things out like sustainability and living green. They will be great skills to have in the future. We welcome the opportunity to talk with interested people on these subjects.
Linda Raczek is a long-time resident of Cortez, in the far southwest corner of Colorado known as the Four Corners area. Her passions are birding, backpacking, and sailing. Linda’s favorite job of all time was crewing on Pete Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, where she was called “Sparky” and taught NYC kids about the environment. The past several years she has managed a small nature/archeological preserve in Cortez and organized the Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival. She is a member of Durango Friends Meeting.
Returning Counselors: 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, a Quaker camp in New Jersey, when I was in high school and college. More recently I’ve helped run a Family Resource Center in Denver. I’m married and have two grown daughters, Maya and Jenny. I’m sixty-five this year, and starting to think of myself as retired. I like being outdoors, cooking, playing guitar and singing, and getting to know people in a group. My goal for Mountain Friends Camp is to be a good listener.
Ariel Bibby returns for the third time this summer to reprise her role as a counselor for Mountain Friends Camp. Over the last few years she has been glad to become familiar with Quakerism, meeting many F/friends at IMYM and on the Quaker Road in 2011 and 12– the individuals have been exceptionally kind and welcoming, and the practice has helped her grow spiritually and personally. Ariel enjoys the outdoors, sports, telling stories, and adventuring, and looks forward to camp this summer.