Our Camp Woodcraft Team
Helen “Curly” Santos
One memorable moment for Camp Woodcraft is that everyone leaves with an official Camp Name. That includes our wonderful Camp Director, Helen Santos, and her toddler too!
Helen became a Ranger more than 12 years ago. After her first summer at Camp more than a decade ago, she discovered a new passion for the outdoors and nature-based education. She witnessed firsthand how transformative a week at camp is – for not only the campers but counselors too. Helen has served in several roles ranging from camp counselor to site coordinator, and now uses her experience to make camp a fun, engaging and safe space for kids to be kids.
A graduate of CSU Long Beach, Helen also holds a camp director certificate from the American Camp Association. A life-long learner, Helen enjoys spending her free time with her family exploring Long Beach and reading books over and over with her one-year-old. You might even meet Woodcraft’s youngest Ranger, Helen’s son, “Little Bear” at camp.
Natalie joined Woodcraft Rangers 14 years ago. Starting as a member of the afterschool staff, Natalie realized she could use her creativity and her leadership skills to help build lifelong memories, experiences and friendships that will stay with campers forever and later joined the camp team. She served as counselor for three years and has now been part of the leadership team for four years.
Natalie takes pride in creating a safe environment where Rangers can freely express themselves. Known for her creative, fun activities and ability to keep campers on their toes, she aims to make camp a magical experience. A graduate of University of Phoenix, Natalie earned a BA in Human Services. Natalie enjoys spending her free time with her three nieces.
Natalie “Selfie” Pinedo
Kimberly "Ribs" Morales
This is Ribs fourth year at Camp! Ribs believes in creating a positive impact on the child, family, and community. Camp Woodcraft does just that. If there is singing, dancing, Ribs is there! With her Child Development and Family Studies bachelor’s degree from CSU Long Beach, she is more than equipped for the role and all its fun challenges. Ribs is more than willing to swap the beach for the mountains every summer to continue to spread that camp magic.
This is Popcorn’s third year at Camp Woodcraft. Popcorn loves to spend her summers at camp with all of the campers — they are what keep her coming back! When the camp gathers around the campfire a favorite activity is always Popcorn’s Popping Stories and she can’t wait to share those tales with all the new campers this summer. With a background in teaching performing arts, she is especially excited to be a part of this summers Art! Sports! Culture! Session and can’t wait to make some more camp magic with the entire camp family.
Tyler "Popcorn" Hunter
Erica “Venti” Jauregui
Low Ropes Instructor
This is Venti’s second summer at Camp Woodcraft. Camp is a reminder to her of how amazing and exciting the outdoors can be. The excitement she sees in our campers is what makes her a happier and more positive person in her day to day life. The campers also encourage her to use her imagination and find new creative ways to do and see things. She learns more from them each summer than they do from her. When Erica is not at camp she enjoys anything and everything Disney related, diving into a book and of course enjoying it all with a venti coffee.
Leticia "nurse Letty" Vazquez
Leticia, “Letty”, joined Woodcraft Rangers more than 14 years ago. For the last 10 years she has spent the school year months as a site coordinator in Woodcraft’s afterschool program and the summer months as camp nurse. Letty also works as special education assistant for the Los Angeles Unified School District and brings an impressive portfolio of certifications and trainings to help ensure a safe environment for youth. She is First AID/CPR certified and trained in child abuse awareness, suicide prevention and awareness, managing health and physical needs of students with disabilities, and positive behavior strategies.
Letty views summer camp as a unique and special place where youth are free to be themselves in a safe, supportive, and positive environment. A seasoned Ranger, Letty loves seeing the returning campers and counselors grow from summer to summer and loves getting to experience camp again and again “for the first time” through first time campers’ eyes. Committed, reliable and hard-working, Letty is important part of the Woodcraft Rangers team. When she isn’t working with youth, Letty spends her time gardening, hiking and fishing.
Emmanuel Porras Hernandez
Emmanuel "Smiley" Morales
Our Camp Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
Julee Brooks joined the Woodcraft team in February 2018, with direct experience in arts and culture, youth development and human services. Her past roles include Executive Director of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, Museum Director of the Zimmer Children’s Museum (Los Angeles) and Director of Education at Nashville Children’s Theatre.
Julee holds an MFA in Theatre for Youth from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA from Centre College. She lives with her husband Ross, her two sons Ryder and Duncan, and their newest furry member Hazel, in La Crescenta.
Celina Salinas joined the Woodcraft Rangers team in 2009, she has extensive first-hand program experience and keen abilities in team-building, partner relations and contract management. Growing up in the communities Woodcraft is now proud to serve Celina is particularly passionate about the role expanded learning plays in creating equity for underserved youth. She has attended Arizona State University School of Education and now lives in Boyle Heights where she is an active community member.
Chief Operating Officer
Christy Moody has been working with Los Angeles non-profit and educational organizations since she moved here in the mid-90s. She has been an executive, business owner and consultant in fundraising, marketing and event management, helping elevate the profiles and portfolios of organizations and causes that make Los Angeles such a wonderfully rich and diverse community. Christy earned an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and an BA from the University of Arizona. She spends her free time walking her dog, hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, practicing French and designing clothing.
Chief Development Officer
Darlington Ahaiwe joined the Woodcraft Rangers team in 2009. his nuanced perspective of organizational needs and processes comes from him contributing to every finance position in the department. His financial acumen, coupled with a firm commitment to mission, has yielded careful management of significant government contracts and multi-level audits. Darlington holds an MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management and a BA in Accounting and Finance from UC Santa Barbara. He enjoys spending time discovering new hiking trails surrounding his neighborhood in the South Bay.
Chief Financial Officer