Dave Affolter - Executive 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!

Joe Andrews, Summer Program Director

Joe started going to Camp Orkila when he was 9 years old. Now he’s going in to his 18th summer at Orkila and still loves everything about camp! Joe loves playing music at campfires, jumping of the dock (with a PFD of course), and going for a long run through camp. He also thinks that sunsets as viewed from Orkila are one of the most beautiful sights in the world.

Hannah Tilden, Summer Program Director

Hannah has been attending Camp Orkila as a camper, then as a staff member since she was 7 years old. Around camp, you can find Hannah attempting pottery projects, jumping off the dock, and doing low ropes. You might even see her flying overhead practicing her Pilot skills! Hannah recently moved back home to the PNW from Colorado, where she lived for 5 years. She loves admiring Orcas Island, singing and cheering at lineup, and watching campers learn new skills.

Jordan Bright kayaking

Jordan Bright, Summer Program Director

Jordan loves to sail, sea kayak, and bike! All of which correspond nicely to his role as Director of Teen Expeditions and Leadership. Jordan can’t think of a better way to spend his time than getting people outside on excellent adventures out in the San Juan Islands. 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 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.

Christy Shiers, Associate Camp Director - Education & Family Programs

Christy began working at Orkila in 2004 after spending 5 years as a High School Biology teacher. She enjoys working with our 75+ schools to make a camp experience possible for every student. She also provides support for our family programs and enjoys engaging donors. The Orkila beach and waterfront is her favorite place in camp and she can be found there with her two sons, husband, and sometimes their family pup, who also love Orkila.

Haley Cruz Winchell, Senior Director of Education and Family Programs

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!"


Katie O'Rourke, Conference & Retreat Director

Katie came to Orkila to teach one season of Outdoor Environmental Education in the Spring of 2009.  Like many, she fell in love with Orkila and Orcas Island and never left.  In her free time Katie likes to throw the ball for Zip the Dog and take him on beach walks!

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.