Dimitri Stankevich - Camp Director
Dimitri has been Director of Camp Orkila since March 2005, following ten years as Executive Director of YMCA Camp Collins in Portland, Oregon. Dimitri holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Western Washington University. He lives at YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife, Lorena, who is a teacher, and their teenage daughter, Daria. When he is not at work, hauling horses for his daughter or cheering for her at her basketball games, Dimitri plays trombone in the Orcas Horns & Orcas Island Community Band and tuba in the Turtleback Brass Quintet. He has just completed a 3-year term as a Trustee of the Orcas Center and currently serves as a trustee for the Orcas Island Community Foundation.
Dave Affolter - Senior Program Director
Going into his 21st year at Orkila - 7 years as a camper and 14 years on staff - Dave loves and lives Orkila! You might catch him saying "hello" to the LDI campers on President Channel, cooking food with the elves in the Enchanted Forest, or singing The Jellyfish Song at line-up. Dave loves smiles, laughing, high fives and hearing what’s going on with you!
Elise Newhouse, Summer Program Director
Elise joined the year-round Orkila team last year after having filled various positions at camp over the years, such as cabin counselor, ropes course facilitaror, intern director, transportation director and assistant director of teen leadership and expeditions. Originally from Portland, Elise loves the PNW, and feels most at home breathing in camp's fresh air, admiring the ocean, singing songs at campfire and laughing until it hurts. She has a twin brother, two older sisters, likes hot dogs, and thinks she is really funny (and hopes some campers do too)!
Maya Webber, Summer Program Director
Maya is going into her 7th summer at Orkila and loves everything about camp! Besides epic Gaga Ball tournaments, dock jumps, and smelling the horses, Maya likes to run around camp with her trusty pal, Diana the Dog. They both love high-fives, veggie-burger lunch, and Campfires!
Jordan Bright, Summer Program Director
This summer will be Jordan's 16th at Camp Orkila. Starting as a camper back in 2000, he has been a cabin counselor, photographer, unit director and expedition leader. He has also worked as an instructor with Orkila's Outdoor Environmental Education Program. Jordan will be starting his new role this year as a Program Director and will work hard to support another summer of Teen Expedition instructors and students. Jordan loves 9:00 radio checks, setting up "perfect camp" and brainstorming new recipes for expedition participants - ask him about his dutch oven enchiladas, tuna chowders or bread pudding french toast (all of which he made while leading trips for Orkila).
Haley Winchell, Site Director for OEE
Haley started her Orkila career as an Outdoor Environmental Educator in the spring of 2012. She flew in from Wisconsin for what was meant to be a short stay in the PNW, however, she fell in love with the Orkila spirit and never left! Now you'll find her at camp playing games, singing songs, laughing a laugh and ensuring a rockin' experience for visiting campers AND adults. Haley loves to play; no matter the activity, she just loves to play. "I often think how wonderful a job teaching OEE is because I get to combine teaching kids and playing outside!"
Chris Dalla Santa, Conference & Retreat Director
Chris has been staffing camps for over ten years between Camp Orkila, the Boy Scouts of America, and several private camps. His passion for working with youth and adults in the outdoors led him to get a Bachelors and a Masters in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. Chris is excited to work at Orkila providing memorable camp experiences for all of its participants. When not running the lodge or riding his bike around camp, you might find Chris singing silly songs at the campfire pit or taking a mud bath in the swamp.
Lynda Sanders, Orkila Office Manager
Lynda has been the Office Manager at Orkila since 2008 but her favorite role is camp mom! She says, "I love having so many kids, it keeps me young and honestly I get so much more than I give!" During the slower seasons, Lynda loves to spend time with her family and would love to have her own TV show on the Home and Garden Network.