Bria "Disney" Cartwright - Executive Director
Bria has been a part of the YMCA since the age of 5 and her career with the Y began right out of college. She found her true calling and moved into camping full-time in 2006, serving as VP/Executive Director of the camps of the YMCA of the East Bay - Ravencliff, Loma Mar and Arroyo - in Northern California. At camp she goes by the camp name “Disney” and can be found singing camp songs, making a tie dye or enjoying time with staff and campers. Bria is excited to be up in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and part of the Camp Colman team!
Daniel "Shibby" Alpers - Summer Program Director
Daniel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area of California and started his camp journey as a camper at the age of 11, and since then has been a Teen Leader, Counselor, Teen Leader Director, Assistant Director, Operations Director, and most recently a Program Director for the past 5 years in charge of 2 summer camp programs for YMCA of the East Bay in Northern California. His favorite thing about camp is being able to dress up in a silly costume and sing at the top of his lungs. Daniel is excited to be a part of all the Camp Colman magic!
Jillian Escobar - Director of Outdoor Environmental Education
Jillian first came to Camp Colman in 2014 from the Boston area as an instructor for the Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) program. Since her time at Colman, Jillian has worked in various roles in the outdoor education world including a trip leader, ski instructor, and challenge course facilitator. When she is not at camp she enjoys traveling and being active in the outdoors, especially skiing and hiking. Her favorite memories from camp are when she has been able to watch someone discover something exciting and new they didn’t know before. Jillian returned to Colman in the Spring of 2018 as the Director of OEE and is excited to bring new opportunities to people at camp!
Jess Peterson - Assistant Director for Conferences and Retreats
Jess grew up on Bainbridge Island, WA and started her Colman career in the summer of 2013. She has worked in various roles over the summer seasons here, and in the fall of 2016 became the Assistant Director for Conferences and Retreats. Jess is also our Waterfront and Lifeguard Trainer and loves spending time in and around the water. Her favorite moments from Colman have been the relationships she has made with co-workers, and watching families and groups come together on the weekends to have the full camp experience!
Tafadzwa "Taffy" Mapiye - Teen Program Director
Taffy was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Taffy’s parents both passed away from HIV/AIDS, inspiring him to work with youth impacted by the disease. In 2012, Taffy began working for the YMCA of Greater Seattle at YMCA Camp Colman as a cabin counselor, and over the last several years had held several different roles with the YMCA. Taffy believes that all people deserve the opportunity to experience success and achievement, and has found that the Y provides those opportunities. He is excited to be back at Camp Colman with a focus on teen leadership.
Connie Fechner - Food Service Director
Connie has been Camp Colman’s Food Service Director since 2002. Connie has a passion for mentoring local teens from the key peninsula and teaching them cooking skills as well as life skills at camp. Connie enjoys being creative with the menu for schools and groups and works hard to cater to guest and staff needs. She looks forward to continuing her work here at Colman and she is excited to see camp grow as a whole in the coming years! Fun Fact: Connie and her husband Jeff got married on Colman’s beach in 2008!