Westminster Woods Staff
Meet the Westminster Woods team! These are the hard working people that make all things possible at Westminster Woods. Feel free to call or email for any questions or concerns.
Sheila is the Executive Director of Westminster Woods Camp & Conference Center, where she has directed programs for nearly thirty years. Sheila holds a Certificate in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and is certified in Permaculture Design. Her ministry has focused on helping young adults find their individual callings into lives of service, and she is now a leader in developing programs that further Christian spirituality and the call to care for Creation.
Bec Detrich is a leader in the field of Environmental Education. Prior to joining Westminster Woods Bec led the Field Science program at NatureBridge, Golden Gate. Additionally, she has worked within the field of environmental education in Yosemite, on Catalina, throughout the East Coast as well as in Australia. In her time she has developed marine science and climate change programing, led teacher trainings, developed stewardship projects within the National Parks and built collaborative relationships with a variety of private and public organizations. Bec holds a bachelor's degree from Willamette University where she majored in Environmental Science and is currently earning her master's degree focusing on community-based conservation and global leadership. Her studies have taken her to Tanzania, Belize, and Borneo but, she is excited to call Sonoma County home.
Aimee Studer grew up just 15 minutes down the road in the outskirts of Santa Rosa. She has a bachelors degree from California State University, Sacramento. Previously the Junior High Youth Director and the College Director at Carmichael Presbyterian Church, Aimee has always had a passion for youth ministry. Aimee has been involved with Westminster Woods for many years, first as a High School camper, summer staffer and year-round staff. She returned in 2011 to Co-Direct Ministries along side husband Chris Studer.
Raised in a family that boasts a number of Presbyterian clergy and musicians Chris is consequently a musician who has spent fifteen years working with youth and young adults in the church. Chris was a camper at Westminster Woods and was on Summer staff prior to returning to Co-Direct in 2011 with his wife Aimee. Chris worked for eight years at CPC, first as a volunteer, then as Youth Director and Contemporary Worship Leader before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated summa cum laude.
Gayle has been creating healthy, great tasting food for Westminster Woods for over 15 years. Born with a spatula in her hand, Gayle has worked backstage creating food for entertainers such as Ray Charles and BB King. Her vision of having an outdoor classroom and garden has come to life with the help of the Center for Nature and Christian Sprituality. Her hobbies include cruising farmer's markets, botanical gardens and continuing her education in health and food connections.
As coordinator of Guest Services, Tonie has a passion for working with a diverse population and spending time getting to know our guests. Prior to her current role, Tonie served as the Summer Camp Registrar from 2008-2010. Missing camp culture and in response to a new opportunity, Tonie returned in 2013. In her spare time, Tonie enjoys running and competing in local races.
Kim is from Northern Minnesota where she loved to dog sled and sail. She has a bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Limnology. She has also lived in Iceland while dong geological field studies. She now calls Occidental her home along with husband Karl and their two dogs, Jasper and Siouxsie.
Martha hails from Southern Louisiana, the “Bayou State”, and is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She relocated to California in 1985 to pursue a career in Business Management, and later Real Estate Finance and Accounting. Her love of nature landed her a gig at The Woods as Staff Accountant in 2010. Martha’s hobbies include cycling, kayaking, yoga, pilates, hiking, and gardening. She also enjoys playing music and spent many years playing venues in Los Angeles as well as touring the U.S. She now resides in Cazadero with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a horse.
Mark previously worked at the Woods from 2005-2009, and is excited to be back. He handles a variety of duties, from processing donations to managing our website and coordinating communications/marketing activiities. Mark lives with his family in Sebastopol, and loves hiking and commuting by bike as often as he can.
Lupe oversees the Housekeeping Department, making sure camp is always looking its best. She has been with Westminster Woods for over 10 years.
Karen is the face with a smile that you will meet at the front desk in our main office. Karen is also our registrar for Summer Camp and other programs. Previously, Karen was a Waldorf early childhood educator -- she founded two preschools in Napa and Sebastopol. She also works alongside her husband running a residential construction company, and in her spare time she leads introductions to The Landmark Forum for Landmark Education and enjoys time with her family.
Tony has a passion for the Ministry at Westminster Woods where he has played a crucial part as Buildings and Grounds Supervisor for over 17 years. Tony is very active at Spring Hills Community Church where he plays softball. He has two daughters with his wife Teresa.