Staff

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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.

(707) 874-2426 x632 | chrisr@westminsterwoods.org

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Bec detrich, director of school programs

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 a master's degree in Biology focusing on community-based conservation and global leadership from Miami University.  Bec is an active member in the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative, sits on the National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council for Cordell Bank, and was named a 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions.

(707) 874-2426 ext 616 | rebecca@westminsterwoods.org

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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.  

(707) 874-2426 ext 611 | aimee@westminsterwoods.org

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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.  

(707) 874-2426 ext 617 | chris@westminsterwoods.org

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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.

(707) 874-2426 x636 | liz@westminsterwoods.org

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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.  

(707) 874-2426 ext 626 | gayle@westminsterwoods.org

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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.

(707) 874-2426 ext 629 | mark@westminsterwoods.org

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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.

(707) 874-2426 ext 627 | seth@westminsterwoods.org

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Jessica Barry, Challenge Course Manager

Jessica is a certified Challenge Course Manager 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.

(707) 874-2426 x633 | jessica@westminsterwoods.org

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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.  

(707) 874-2426 ext 618 | lupe@westminsterwoods.org

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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.  

(707) 874-2426 ext 625 | tony@westminsterwoods.org

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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.

(707) 874-2426 x623 | logistics@westminsterwoods.org

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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.

(707) 874-2426 x612 | cassie@westminsterwoods.org

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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 cats.

(707) 874-2426 x624 | amy@westminsterwoods.org

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DAvid ‘Sabertooth’ Rose, School Programs Coordinator

Sabertooth grew up in San Carlos, California and actually attended Westminster Woods with his 7th grade class at Tierra Linda Middle School.  He loved his experience at The Woods so much that he returned as a high school chaperone three times! After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Philosophy, Saber worked in a classroom for students with special needs for two years, traveled around Asia, and then returned to his roots at Westminster Woods. In addition to teaching at Westminster Woods, Sabertooth has guided backpacking trips for youth and led international service trips for high school students.  In his free time, Saber enjoys rock climbing, playing guitar and banjo, and traveling (he has been to over 15 counties on 5 continents).