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Matt Wimmer
CEO & Executive Director
Email: | Ext. 13

Matt joined the SAMBICA team as executive director/ceo back in May of 2011. When asked what it’s like working at SAMBICA, he quickly replies “Amazing!” Playing baseball in high school and college, Matt uses sports lessons with the staff and campers alike, earning his camp name of Coach daily! Matt’s wife Cindy (aka Latte), grew up coming to SAMBICA as a teen and remembers accepting Jesus one summer during an alter call in the Forum. Matt’s kids, (Michael, Sarah, and Ella) have been attending SAMBICA for years and enjoy living on campus.

Ryan Gilbert
Ministries Director
Email: | Ext. 16

Ryan joined SAMBICA in March of 2014 having left behind the athletic director position at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Though he wasn’t “looking for a new job” when he learned about the position at SAMBICA, Ryan felt God’s calling him into the position and SAMBICA. Ryan has a sports medicine degree from Pepperdine and a Master’s in education from UW. Ryan, along with his wife Cheryl and two kids, Eli and Abby are thrilled about their new adventure at SAMBICA.

Ray Duriga
Youth Programs Director
Email: | Ext. 19

Ray joined the SAMBICA team in April 2017 having just returned to the US after serving as a missionary in Mexico for the past year and a half. He begin working at SAMBICA back in 2011 as a mentor to high school students and served in various roles on the summer team in subsequent summers. He was also a member of the 2013-14 intern team. Ray loves baseball, camping ministry, and being a crazy goofball (hence his bio pic).

Dale Russell
Food Service Manager
Email: | Ext. 21

Dale joined the team in September of 2015, moving up from Oregon where he was serving at Aldersgate Camps. Dale has a passion for learning, his favorite quote, “Live everyday like it were your last and try new things constantly…keep learning!” In addition to joining a new team and moving to a new state, Dale also recently married. With lots of changes in his life he is embracing them all: new camp, new state, new wife! He brings this new perspective and passion to the culinary arts here at SAMBICA.

Heidi Schneidau
Guest Programs Manager
Email: | Ext. 18

Heidi joined the SAMBICA team in September of 2018 after serving as the Kitchen Supervisor during that summer. She loves preparing a place for others to experience the love of God at SAMBICA. When she’s not serving wonderful groups, she spends her time baking, hiking, and playing games with friends. Heidi also loves a good campfire at the SAMBICA fire pit.

Ashlyn Casto
Youth Programs Manager
Email: | Ext. 17

Ashlyn is from Texas and loves the outdoors, people, and trying new things. She graduated from SMU in Dallas in 2014 and has spent the past few years working in camp ministry, serving in Haiti, and going wherever the Lord calls. Though she has spent multiple years in camping ministry and grew up going to and working at camps in Texas, she is new to SAMBICA and excited for what the Lord has here in Washington. She is passionate about how the Lord uses camp, and can’t wait to see what He has in store for this summer.

Kayla Holmes
Office Manager/Registrar aka “The ORB”
Email: | Ext. 10

Kayla joined the full time team in September 2017. She served on the summer team as the office assistant in 2016 and 2017. Kayla loves to dance, hence her camp name, Arabesque. She also loves all things Disney and playing board games. She has a winning smile and enjoys working with our camper families.

Josh Murakami
Facilities Manager
Email: | Ext. 30

Josh rejoined the full time team in September 2017. He has served on the summer team for many years and was our chef back in 2015. Josh loves working with his hands and serving in all areas around camp. Josh’s motto is, “Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman!” He loves comics, particularly Batman and other Marvel universe characters. He just added a new family member, his pup Aspen.

Natalie Smith
Development Manager
Email: | Ext. 14

Natalie joined SAMBICA in 2017 as the Counseling Supervisor and stayed on for the school-year as an intern. She joined the full time team in June 2018. Natalie graduated from Butler University with a degree in Human Communication and Organizational Leadership and loves working with our wonderful donors. She loves dogs, hiking, the color pink, and all things summer camp.

Melissa Johnson
Marketing Manager
Email: | Ext. 15

Melissa joined the SAMBICA team in 2014 as a counselor and continued returning to camp, taking on a different role every year. She comes to SAMBICA with a degree in storytelling and visual design from Whitworth University which she now uses to improve and reimagine different areas of camp through marketing. Melissa is a Disney enthusiast which lends to her creativity and outlook on making things interactive and fun.

Michaela Allen
Recreation Manager
Email: | Ext. 34

Michaela is originally from Kansas (hence her camp name: Kansas), but came to SAMBICA after living in Texas 2 years, which is why she still prefers wearing shorts instead of pants year-round. She is an avid adventurer, enjoying the beauty and challenge of nature through hiking, camping, rock climbing, and various other outdoor adventures. She is always up for an adventure and rarely passes up an opportunity to enjoy intentional relationship with others. Her winning smile and outgoing personality help people to quickly and easily feel at home in her presence! She is excited to see how God will use her to touch lives through Challenge Course focused ministry at SAMBICA.

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