Meet the OctoberWest Planning Committee

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OctoberWest Planning Committee

A special thanks to our planning committee, whose hard work and good ideas made this event possible!

Raina Baker, Committee Chair

Raina is the Assistant Camp Director at Rawhide Ranch where she works on a team with 12 full time staff, 15 part timers, and 35 summer counselors. The programs that she oversees include a residential summer camp, an outdoor education program, weekend programs, conference programs and curriculum and program development - serving 6,000 children year round in a ranch life setting with 80 horses and 150 other farm animals.  Raina has been part of the camp industry over the last 28 years as a camper, CIT, counselor, program director, and now assistant camp director. She is an avid horse woman and self-proclaimed campfire extraordinaire. Raina has worked for Campfire USA, the YMCA, and various private camps.

Gabby Coburn, Connections Chair

Gabby works for the Girl Scouts of San Diego where she has served as the year round Camp Director for Camp Winacka for the past 4 years. She has worked at camp as a kitchen aide, lifeguard, counselor, unit leader, and CIT director before settling in as camp director.  She is a self-described excel junkie, and loves using web-based tools to connect with her staff, campers, parents and alumni.  Gabby volunteers for the ACA because she never wants to stop learning and growing, and ACA events keep her brain ticking.  In her spare time, Gabby fosters shelter dogs and is on the board of a local Pit Bull rescue organization.  Gabby’s favorite camp activities include synchronized swimming, trail rides, and water rockets.  Her favorite animal is the jackalope.

Michael Jacobus, Program Chair

A frequent speaker / facilitator for the American Camp Association, Michael has been involved in youth development and leadership training for over 25 years. He has worked in program, administration and development for the Boy Scouts and other non-profits, church groups & private camps.  He most recently spent time working with HIV affected youth in Soweto, South Africa, as a representative of Global Camps Africa.  Michael is currently the Executive Director for the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, a 210 acre facility, owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council and designed to provide state-of-the art outdoor education and camping programs.

Danny Sudman, Education Chair

Camp has been a part of Danny's life since he was nine years old and first attended a YMCA camp in North Carolina.  In 2006, he graduated from NC State University with a degree in sociology and found Catalina Island Camps, where he has grown into the role of a summer camp director as well as a director for the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP).  His background in summer camps and environmental education have helped him to shape programs that reach a diverse audience and provide valuable critical thinking skills, helping young people better themselves and their communities.  Danny is currently developing a mainland outdoor education program for Catalina Island Camps and is launching the Green Camps Initiative (GCI), a non-profit designed to help camps implement sustainable initiatives.

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