OUR 2016 STAFF

OUR 2016 STAFF

sandra

Sandra Collins, Ph.D., Executive Director
Has built curriculum for the humanities and history programs of East Asian studies at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico from 2005-15. She has been on the Board of Trustees of several educational, youth, and Diversity and Inclusion non-profits in the Bay Area. She is the mother to three children and has lived in the Bay Area for over seventeen years. She has extensive experience living in-between and betwixt and thrives on creating bridges that mindfully engage communities for social change.

AK Camp Director AK_Kramer2016

AK Kramer is the inaugural Camp Director of Rainbow Day Camp and is thrilled to be returning for his second year of camp! AK spends the year serving as the Executive Director of Whole Human Project, a non profit organization that provides progressive social, emotional, and sex education programs to teenagers. When not glued to his computer or wearing silly hats at camp, AK enjoys adventuring with his two dogs, Cooper and Lentil, and traveling the world with his best friend/fiancee, Katie.

Katie

Katie is proud to be returning for katie_wirsing 2016her second year as a Lead Instructor at Rainbow Day Camp! During the school year Katie is a professional performance poet and has toured in 49 states (though Arkansas still eludes her!). When not gearing up for crazy hair day, Katie loves hot yoga, cooking delicious vegan food, and playing house with her best friend/fiance, AK.

 

 

Cal

Cal_Larish 2016Cal just finished their junior year of high school and is looking forward to their second year working at Rainbow Day Camp! Cal does volunteer work with GSA Network and Transgender Law Center and locally with their high school GSA. They also enjoy doing theater and cross country for their school. In their free time, Cal can be found hanging out with friends or reading.

 

 

 

Eli

Eli_nash 2016

Eli has a BA in anthropology from San Francisco State University. He is currently a med school applicant and is pursuing a career in transgender-related health care. When he isn’t studying, he is hiking with his dog, volunteering at the hospital, or dancing like no-one is watching. Eli is very excited to meet the campers and have fun in a space that promotes free gender expression and diversity.

 

 

 

Jaci

Jaci_Diggs 2016Jaci is elated to be a part of this wonderful camp! Working in an atmosphere that fosters self-acceptance, exploration, and confidence inspires her excitement for this diverse community and her career goals to aid it. Jaci graduated from SFSU with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Counseling. She intends on continuing her education in graduate school to reach her goal of becoming an Art Therapist. Jaci currently spends the majority of her time making art, traveling, exploring the bay area, and doing her part to assist amazing organizations like this camp.

 

 

Kyndall

Sy

Sy_Gitlin
My name is Sy and I use my name as my pronouns. I just graduated from Mountain View High and I will be starting at Brown University in the fall. This is my fifth summer working as a camp counselor and my first summer at Rainbow Camp. My favorite ice cream flavor is Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream and I play four musical instruments.

 

 

Andy

Andy Talajkowski

Andy
Hi everyone! I am currently a sophomore at UCLA majoring in English. This will be my second year as a counselor for Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp. I have previously worked as an advocate for queer and mental health issues, serving as a Youth Advisory Council member for The Trevor Project and a blogger for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In my free time, I love being a part of UCLA Radio and writing spoken word. Can’t wait to meet all the campers!

 

Catherine

Catherine Chenoweth-Smith

Catherine is thrilled to join Rainbow Day Camp as the circus arts instructor! Catherine first got caught up in circus arts while getting her BA in Neuroscience from Oberlin college. It was there in cold of Ohio that she began instructing others in dance and circus skills. Years secreted away in the woods of Camp Augusta honed her teaching skills and her connection to young people. She has taught everywhere from schools to summer camps and is so ready for RDC!

 

 

Caleilia

Caleilia Avery

Firstly, I am a human friend. Secondly, I am a poet! I’ve written off and on throughout my life, but I only recently started performing last September in the poetry slam scene. Now, I’m on the team representing Oakland in competitions across the west coast trying to further my writing career and figure out what it means to be myself. I know that I am genderfluid and have experienced the tribulations of being a trans person in the world, so I want to give my knowledge and viewpoint to kids who will go through some of the same problems as they grow up and venture into unknown territory that can be but isn’t always troublesome.

Riley

riley
Riley is a returning CIT!

 

 

 

 

Luke

lukeLuke is a returning CIT!