Dave Affolter - Executive Director

Dave loves and lives Orkila!  He spent 7 years as a camper, before joining as a staff member in 2002! 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!


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!

Dylan Gonda

Dylan Gonda, Site Director of Outdoor Environmental Education

Dylan first experienced Orkila in 2018 and hasn’t stopped thinking about camp since! After working at YMCAs in Michigan and Iowa he couldn’t resist Island life anymore and returned to Orkila in the Summer of 2021.You can see him riding his bike around camp, winning games of Gaga, and looking for creatures on the beach. You might even be able to see him watching the sunset with his senior cat, Roger.