Chris rhodes, Executive Director
Chris has been Executive Director since 2013. Along with his full time duties at Westminster Woods, Chris continues to work part time at the full-service construction company that he has owned for over 30 years. He moved from Southern California to Sonoma County in 1981 to attend Sonoma State University where he received his BA degree in Commercial Recreation. Chris has a true love of the outdoors and spends much of his free time riding the back roads of Sonoma County on his bicycle. He met his wife, Liz, while on a bike trip to the Grand Canyon, and the two have been married for 36 years. Together, they have two adult daughters, Allison and Monika, who have many fond memories of their experiences attending camp at the Woods.
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Aimee Studer, co-director of ministries
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.
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Chris studer, co-director of ministries
Chris Studer has worked in the church for over twenty years, in ministry leadership with youth and young adults, and as a contemporary worship music director. Chris attended Westminster Woods as a summer camper and later served for five summers on Summer Staff. In 2011 he returned as Co-Director of Ministries with his wife, Aimee. Chris is a pianist and singer from Sacramento California. After earning an A.A. degree and certificate in jazz studies from American River College he attended Berklee College of Music where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in piano performance.
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liz rhodes, administrative manager
Liz is from Queens, New York and moved to Santa Rosa to attend SRJC and then Sonoma State University, where she earned a BA in Business Management. She has done office work for “not for” and “for” profit businesses for over 25 years. Liz is married to Chris Rhodes and together they have two adult children and one adorable granddaughter. Liz and Chris attend Presbyterian Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa. For fun, Liz enjoys live music and free style solo dance.
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Gayle Gardner, food services manager
Gayle has been creating healthy, great tasting food for Westminster Woods for over 20 years. Born with a spatula in her hand, Gayle has worked backstage creating food for entertainers such as Ray Charles and Johnny Cash. Her hobbies include cruising farmer's markets, botanical gardens and continuing her education in health and food connections.
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Mark Fassett, Guest Services Manager
Mark grew up in Michigan and has decades of camp and nonprofit experience. He manages our Guest Group rentals and other various functions around the Woods. Mark and his family live in Sebastopol, and he loves hiking the California hills any chance he gets.
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Seth 'Lion' Weinberg, School Programs Manager
'Lion' has been involved in camps since he was very little, first attending boy scout and church camps back in Ohio. He starting working at Chief Logan Reservation, the greatest boy scout camp in the world, as soon as he was sixteen. Since then, he has helped run programs for Ohio University's Teens on Campus, the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School, Point Reyes Summer Camp, the Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre and now Westminster Woods. Seth has worked as a Teacher Naturalist and Environmental Education Coordinator at the Woods and is now our School Programs Manager, assuring that things run smoothly and that students and teachers alike have a fantastic experience while they're here.
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Jessica Barry, Challenge Course Manager
Jessica is a certified Challenge Course Manager and Social Emotional Intelligence Trainer and has worked in the outdoor adventure industry for over a decade. Her enthusiasm for outdoor adventure/challenge course pursuits has led her to explore other courses around the globe; she has even jumped out of a perfectly good airplane “just for the thrill of it.” She has an entrepreneurial streak and has explored many different, creative industries, but always gets drawn back to working with, and empowering, youth. Jessica feels that a ropes course can be a potent tool for gaining self-awareness and is moved by the immediacy of the experience she witnesses when running a program. In addition to managing the course at Westminster Woods, Jessica is the Director of the California Challenge Course Network conference. The annual conference draws challenge course professionals from all over the West Coast to share their knowledge, experience and love of “play.” When she’s not swinging through trees or gathering her peers together, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, sewing, gardening, dancing and building massive installation art at festivals.
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Lupe Olivares, Housekeeping Manager
Lupe leads the Housekeeping staff, making sure camp is always looking its best. She has been with Westminster Woods for over 15 years.
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Tony Fry, Buildings & Grounds Supervisor
Tony has a passion for the Ministry at Westminster Woods where he has played a crucial part as Buildings and Grounds Supervisor for over 20 years. Tony is very active at Spring Hills Community Church where he plays softball. He has two daughters with his wife, Teresa.
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Paige Dulberg, School Programs Logistics Coordinator
Paige is a Sonoma County native thrilled to help students from northern California schools visit the Woods each year. Paige joined the team in 2017 with a background in operations and environmental education and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Resource Science from UC Davis. She enjoys hiking and cups of great coffee.
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Cassie Carroll, Ministries Assistant
Cassie Carroll graduated from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology with a Master's of Divinity in June 2016. Her desire is to help people see God in the midst of life - especially when it feels as though God is not present. Her heart is to create opportunities for people to encounter the divine in real and tangible ways. Working at Westminster Woods allows Cassie to put her heart’s work into action. Cassie is a Candidate in the process of ordination with the PCUSA and is currently the Pastoral Intern at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa. Cassie grew up here at Westminster Woods and is honored to help continue the legacy her family started way back in the 1970’s.
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AMY SHMANIA, aDMINISTRATIVE & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Amy grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. After college, she studied writing, taught Freshman Composition at a university, and spent five years as an outdoor environmental educator, including three and a half years at Westminster Woods. She is excited to help tell the story of the Woods and to connect people with this amazing place! In her free time, Amy enjoys reading, rock climbing, and snuggling with her dog and cats.
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Olivia “Newt” Longstaff, School Programs Coordinator
School Programs Coordinator. Olivia was born in Napa, California, where she spent her youth frolicking through the grapevines and exploring local creek beds. In her early years, she enjoyed hiking, crafting, and archery at 4H Summer Camp and spent every afternoon at the local ballet studio working on her dance skillz. As a young adult, she graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Environmental Studies and minors in Sustainability, Management, and Anthropology. Olivia also studied for a year at the University of Stirling in Scotland, the land of the unicorns and kilts, where she enjoyed dancing in the moonlight, and exploring old castles. Olivia has spent many a summer working at Connolly Ranch, in Napa, teaching farm animal care, gardening, and singing silly songs to bright-eyed preschoolers. Before coming to Westminster Woods, she worked at San Mateo Outdoor Education in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Olivia's top hobbies include: naps, ukulele, bubble baths, and dog petting.
(707) 874-2426 ext 627