Camp Staff

Sarah Matik offers supportive and holistic yoga classes and bodywork sessions to help restore, balance and calm the nervous system. She is an integrative body worker, with a focus on meridians and energy work. She uses a “yin” focus, working to calm the nervous system and reconnect mind & body using many modalities such as meridian compression, acupressure and myofascial stretching, as well as Lomi Lomi, reiki, aromatherapy and light touch therapies.

She has practiced yoga for 10 years and has been touched by it's effect on depression, anxiety and trauma. Sarah graduated from the Arcata School of Massage’s 650-Hr Massage Therapy Program and received her Yoga Alliance RYT-200 from Jai Yoga Arts in Brooklyn, NY and Reiki Level 1 in the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage from the SF Reiki Center's Christopher Tellez. She continues to study restorative, yin and yoga therapy with Samantha Akers.

Allison Poklemba is a science educator who has been working in the field of environmental education since 2003. As our North Coast CREEC (CA Regional Environmental Education Community) Coordinator she has been working to connect teachers with high quality EE resources and to foster collaboration between EE providers. Let it be known, she is a fierce competitor in Color Wars and has mad friendship bracelet-making skills. Allison is also a passionate botanist and herbalist who loves teaching others about the great green world.

Jesse Jonathon moved to Arcata in 2001 and found a community of active people creating a culture of cooperation. He chose to study at Humboldt State University, learning about participatory music styles and the historic relation between story, song, and dance. He has taught at Arcata, Pacific Union, Trinidad, Blue Lake, Petrolia, Honeydew, and Blue Lake Elementary Schools, as well as Jacoby Creek and Coastal Grove Charter schools. From 2009-2012 he worked at the MARZ Project, which is a youth oriented arts space focused on providing the current tools of creation to those in need. He currently serves the community as a music teacher at Blue Lake and Trinidad schools. He also performs locally and tours with a world beat band calling themselves SambAmore.

Colby Smart likes to tell tall tales. He is also a long time educator currently working at the Humboldt County Office of Education as the Coordinator of Learning Support Services. He has a passion for EdTech integration and the potential it holds for personalizing learning for every child. Colby holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University and Bachelor’s degree in History from Humboldt State. He is currently working on his Doctorate at the University of New England and has been a national digital coach for the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), a Washington D.C. education think tank. Finally, he holds Google Educator Certifications in Apps and Chrome.

Nancy Flannery plays games. Actually she doesn't play...she takes competition very seriously! As part of the HCOE team she keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes. A supreme marble hunter, Nancy will engage you with Color Wars and inspire back to school and team building shenanigans.

Rosie Slentz gets to work with educators across the county, facilitating learning communities, providing professional development, and promoting strategies that support integrated learning as a Learning Specialist for HCOE. Rosie holds a BA in Psychology from UC Irvine, a MA in Applied Anthropology from HSU, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at University of New England. Shee is also an adjunct faculty member in the Education Leadership Program at Humboldt State University. Rosie's past work experiences include adult ELL, multiple subject teaching, and some time restoring vintage dresses and baking pastries. Two of Rosie's favorite topics are food systems education and teacher wellness. Her eyes also light up when talking about dinner parties, velvet, and Google Apps...

Jodie DiMinno is a birth worker, healer, and teacher of deep rest. She's been facilitating yoga classes since 2004, and brings her passion for self-healing to her work as a doula and massage therapist, as well. Jodie's classes and massage sessions create an environment of deep support and safety, encouraging recipients to surrender and allow themselves to rest and recover. Though she employs very simple techniques, her sessions are dynamic and exciting in a soft and loving way. Jodie often chants and sings to help integrate and deepen sensations of being connected, both to the self and the earth.

Lark Doolan likes tea. He serves as the Superintendent/Principal and director of Special Education at Peninsula School where he spurred the creation of a walking labyrinth on campus. He is also a champion of inclusion and role model for LGBTQ+ youth in the community, spreading light and breathing deeply wherever he goes.

Sal Steinberg has been taking students into the trees and knee-deep into the rivers for years. He's coming to camp to play with us and to light up our hearts , noticing, wondering, and smiling-lot's of smiling.

Heather Gaiera (we're talking her into it)

Therese Fitzmaurice (we're talking her into it)