OUR TEAM

GREETINGS FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Our staff, counselors, and volunteers at Camp Beausite learn way more from our campers than they do from us!

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amp Beausite Northwest is so incredibly fortunate to have such a skilled and dedicated staff to care for our campers, programs, and facilities. Our staff are handpicked with care – not only for their experience – but for their invaluable ability to support our community with understanding, compassion, and respect. CBNW has a small full-time team that ensures the smooth operations of our organization and the support of our camps and retreats on a year-round basis. Additionally, we are lucky to be surrounded by dedicated seasonal and part-time staff and volunteers that ensure the remarkable delivery of our programs.

All CBNW staff and volunteers go through an extensive interview process, complete with background and reference checks. Once the decision is made to bring them onto the CBNW team, they go through a rigorous camp training course to create the best support for our campers, customers, and their community. Our staff are trained and certified in CPR/First Aid, Archery, Horseback Riding, and a myriad of other certifications. We also participate in local, regional, and national professional development opportunities and courses through the American Camp Association.

Camp Beausite Northwest is a safe and welcoming place for all because of the incredible amount of passion and commitment that is brought about by the camp staff family. We are all here because of you, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to serve and support.

Raina Baker

Raina Baker, Executive Director

HILARY HOLTROP

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Years at Camp:  Since 2018

When I started my journey with CBNW as a Counselor in the summer of 2018, I was shy, nervous, and intimidated. After just my first week with the campers, I felt the joy and warmth of my new camp family, and I’ve never looked back! Since then, I have become a Head Counselor, and now the Office Coordinator, too. The campers (and most of the staff) call me Spidey because Spider-Man is my favorite superhero. I love getting to be in the cabins, getting to know the campers and spending time with them. I am dedicated to this team and our campers, and I couldn’t imagine a better place to be.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pacific University in 2021, where I also minored in Dance and was part of the Cheer and Dance Team and Dance Ensemble. While writing my thesis on applied behavior analysis as an intervention for children on the autism spectrum, I worked as a registered behavior technician.

Aside from having fun at camp, I also enjoy reading, yoga, listening to Harry Styles, being outdoors, and spending time with my fiancé, Syd, and our fur babies.

EMAIL HILARY

AMY SCHMIDTZINSKY

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Years at Camp:  Since 2023

I grew up in Seattle and have lost track on how many years I’ve worked at camps, but this is my second year as the Program Director. I came to Camp Beausite via the Board and served as the Chair for three years.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation from EWU, a Master’s degree from Gonzaga in Organizational Leadership, as well as a Master’s in Teaching from SPU. I have spent the past ten years teaching Special Education; I have taught Pre-K, all Elementary ages, and High School. Additionally, I spent several years working at Outdoor Schools teaching about environmental education.

I have 3 amazing children, two of whom are taller than me and no longer live at home; one is a 911 Operator and the other is a student at Portland State University. When I’m not at Camp, you can generally find me taking nature and photography walks with my youngest and the St. Bernard mix, Finn, gardening with a small flock of chickens and/or Georgie the bunny or taking naps in the hammock with one (or more) of the cats: Poppy, Amelia, and Annie.

EMAIL AMY

KAYLEE ELLIS

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Years at Camp:  Since 2018

Wherever there’s music at camp, you’ll usually find me somewhere near dancing in my yellow crocs. I have been a part of the CBNW family since 2018, where I started as a counselor then a head counselor and in the summer of 2023, I began my journey as the Assistant Program Director and the Social Media Coordinator! I love doing art and crafts, singing & dancing at talent shows, archery, and using my creativity in new ways here at camp.

I have my Associate of Arts degree, and during the school year, I work as a 1:1 Special Education para-educator in the Forks School District. I started my special education journey because my brother was diagnosed with autism when he was 2, and he has inspired me to begin my career in the special education field.

When I’m not at camp, I’m back home in Forks with my boyfriend Jared, and my three cats; Arlo, Spot & Willow. You’ll often find me reading, being outside, spending time with my brothers, and watching TikToks on my phone.

EMAIL KAYLEE

SUSIE MARSHALL

WEEKEND FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR

Years at Camp:  Since 2024

Susie is a retired teacher, the mother of four and the grandmother of six. She believes strongly in the value of camp and has spent a lot of time directing and cooking for camps. She is excited to be part of the Beausite team.

MARK LAVAREY

FACILITIES MANAGER

Years at Camp:  Since 2024

I am so excited to be a part of the CBNW family as the facilities manager! I have a ton of experience over the years from going to school for video and sound engineering to building snow boards with Mervin Manufacturing to being a part of the facilities team at Newport Healthcare. I have an incredible love for the campers we serve and can’t wait to get to know each and every one of you.

I’m passionate about being outdoors, going on road trips and traveling adventures, and making music. I live just down the road with my wife, Raina, and our fur kids Beau, Franklin, Gus, and Wyatt. I have a wonderful son who lives in Ireland and I can’t wait to get back across the big pond to visit him.

Email Mark for all your rental and retreat needs or any questions you might have about our facilities.

EMAIL MARK

RAINA BAKER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Years at Camp:  Since 2019

I have spent almost my entire life at camp – first as a camper, then CIT, counselor, horse riding staff, program director, and camp director. I am beyond excited to be a part of the CBNW team supporting our campers ability to have the Camp Experience. I grew up in Jefferson County and am overjoyed to be giving back to this community and beyond.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and a master’s degree from Gonzaga in Organizational Leadership. I am a certified master instructor and certifier for the Certified Horsemanship Association. Before joining the CBNW team, I spent 5 years working for the American Camp Association as the membership manager supporting the work of the camp industry across the nation.

In my time away from camp I can be found riding my horse, traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. I live just 4 miles away from camp in Chimacum with my husband, Mark, and several 4-legged furry family members.

EMAIL RAINA

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Our Board of Advisors is vital to our team. It is comprised of local and regional professionals from various walks of life.  They volunteer countless hours in the guidance and support of the executive director in regard to the strategic direction and development of the organization. The board of advisors assumes the fiduciary responsibilities of the organization as well as actively participating in work parties, fundraising, committee management, and the overall guidance of camp. Camp Beausite’s board members are all dedicated and passionate about fulfilling the mission of Camp Beausite Northwest.

For more information about the board of advisors or volunteering for committee work, please contact our executive director, Raina Baker, for the first steps towards becoming involved.

rbaker@campbeausitenw.org or (360) 732-7222