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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.

Christine Szekeres
Marketing, Development & IT Director
Email: | Ext. 14

Christine joined the team in October of 2009. A “refugee” from the corporate world, she feels blessed to have the opportunity to develop marketing programs for SAMBICA. In her spare time, Christine enjoys mixed-media art (collage, assemblage, journaling, and the like). You will often find her installing vinyl on some surface around camp.

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).

Ashley Nicholson
Office Manager/Registrar aka “The ORB”
Email: | Ext. 10

Ashley joined the summer 2012 team as the assistant to the program director due to Liz’s move over to registrar. She became the “ORB” (office manager/registrar/business administrator) in November of 2012. In November of 2013 she moved into the event planning position. In August of 2014 Ashley decided to move back into the ORB position. Hailing from West Virginia, Ashley uses her gift of “woo” to help visitors to SAMBICA each and every day.

Jay Bexell
Facilities Manager
Email: | Ext. 30

Jay joined SAMBICA in April as the new facilities manager. Jay has a wealth of experience maintaining and repairing facilities, which is just what SAMBICA needed! Jay and his wife Katia are looking forward to living on campus and Jay couldn’t wait to get his hands “dirty” and has already begun some much-needed facility and grounds upgrades.

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.

Alyssa Werner
Guest Programs Manager
Email: | Ext. 18

Alyssa joins the team from Timber-lee in Wisconsin where she served as an intern in their programs over the past year. A native of California, Alyssa enjoys hiking, camping, and all things outdoors.

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.

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