Leanna ('14) first came to Camp as a Chicken stapher back in the summer of 2011. Hooked on the people, the place, and the opportunities abound to mold unique experiences, she returned the next two summers as a counselor for the gregarious Snoopers, and for what she thought would be her fourth and final summer with the Suaves. After graduating with her bachelor's degree in Human Biology, she pursued her passion for making health care accessible to marginalized populations in Ecuadorian health clinics, and after that at Stanford Children’s Hospital. After 2 years with SCH, Leanna felt the call to return once again to the rocks and the sand, the evergreens and aspens, the purple sunsets and the cool alpine air. She worked in the fall conference season of 2017 as an all-purpose stapher. She scrubbed tubs, boated, worked, and rallied.
She jumped at the opportunity to stay on as Assistant Director to give back to the place that has given her some of her most formative years. You can now find Leanna, with coffee in hand and face-paint on face, contentedly bopping, learning, teaching, and living in the dream around SSC. She is excited to meet you and to hear any questions or ideas you may have to continue the stellar tradition that is Camp. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
Michael ('17) was lucky enough to go to Camp for the first time this summer, immediately after graduating. His proudest moments from the summer are: creating a new program called "Espresso Tasting," winning the weekly limbo contest at Games Day, playing futsal with a guest and his son who was invited to play for Barcelona's academy, and climbing Mt. Tallac at 2am under the full moon. He majored in English and minored in CS, was an RA for 2 years, and worked on issues of toxic masculinity at the Clayman Institute and the Women's Community Center. Michael's full-time job is to hire a staff of 61 unique, passionate, and curious students from all walks of life. But he is most excited to hear each of their life stories, provide logistical and emotional support for them all summer, and hopefully become a lifelong friend. If you have ANY questions about the Camp experience, mission, community, or hiring process, please do not hesitate to send an email! It's literally his job to answer your questions!!!
Susi Arguello, Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion
After her first summer at Stanford Sierra Camp, Susi (’20) could not wait to get back to Fallen Leaf Lake! On Campus, Susi is a sophomore majoring in both Political Science and Theater and Performance Studies. You can catch her running around campus between rehearsals, playing soccer, swinging in a hammock with a good book, or spending time with friends. As hiking leader last summer, she loved sharing her passion for the outdoors and the beauty of Desolation Wilderness with Stanford Alumni on guided hikes all around the area surrounding the Lake Tahoe Basin. As a part of this job, she spent many hours swapping stories with guests about her life, where she comes from and her passions. In her role this year as Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion, Susi is making it her mission to find and welcome beautifully unique staphers to share their stories with the camp community. She is excited to help create a family at camp that is reflective of the Stanford student body and the brilliant, fun, and kind people within it. Please, feel free to reach out to Susi with any questions or concerns regarding diversity and inclusion, the staph hiring process, spending a summer at camp, or even just the best trails in Desolation Wilderness!
Elle's spent a lot of time at camp--she was a guest from the age of 7 onward, and worked both on the ski dock and as the yoga instructor. It's safe to say camp means a lot to her! That's why she's excited to be both on ICOM and the Staph Community Coordinator; fostering community with this group of fun, kooky, hard-working, brilliant people is something she can't wait to get started on. She's been involved in all sorts of things on campus (want to hear about the debate team? or working in the costume shop for TAPS?) so come talk to her if you're curious about balancing camp and other communities that are important to you, or about finding your place at Stanford.
Erika (‘18) spent the past two summers at camp cooking meals and teaching people how to scramble up rock faces. She fell in love with the energy of camp, the community, and of course, the lake! You can often find her hammocking near the rock wall, climbing the rock wall, or thinking about how she probably needs to head over and open the rock wall soon. At Stanford, Erika is a senior MS&E major and Spanish minor. She loves everything about the outdoors, listens to podcasts in all her spare time, and drives her roommate crazy because all she ever talks about is camp! Please, please shoot her an email if you have any questions about being an Individual Instructor or what on earth the Chicken is. She’s eager to create a close-knit group of Individual Instructors this summer and can’t wait to get started!
A.J. Aldana, Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion
After an indescribable first summer, A.J. ('20) cannot wait to get back to Camp next year! From living out his dreams of being a merman to hanging with 3– and 4–year olds to swimming across the entirety of Fallen Leaf Lake, A.J. has truly experienced one of the most formative summers of his life and he would love to talk about how YOU can experience it as well. Working alongside some of the brightest, most passionate Stanford students showed A.J. just how important diversity at Camp truly is! With this in mind, he is ecstatic to continue to bring a diverse, engaged Staph to Camp and hopefully showcase ALL facets of life that the Stanford community has to offer. On campus, you can find A.J. involved in Pilipino American Student Union, Sophomore Class Cabinet and Stanford University Dance Marathon – all while navigating if he'll be studying Human Biology or American Studies. Applying to Camp was one of the best decisions A.J. has made both at Stanford and in his life! He is more than happy to answer any questions about life at Camp, discuss what diversity means in the Camp context and enjoy talking about what YOU are passionate about!
Gabri Posard, Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion
Gabri (‘19) is so excited to return to the beautiful chaos that is Sierra Camp. Gabri spent her summer days matching the sass of 12 year-olds, mastering the art of face paint and losing a lot of hula hoop contests. Gabri is incredibly thankful for the opportunity and community camp gave her this past summer, a community that pushed her to grow, explore her own identity, and return to campus a more confident version of herself. Gabri left the summer appreciating the small teaching moments she had with kids, as well as the heartfelt conversations she shared with staph members over a milkshake on the boat dock. She is incredibly excited to work with the ICOM team to bring in a staph that is more representative of the collective Stanford student body and create a community that feels inclusive and safe for all staph members. Gabri is more than happy to talk about her experience at camp, answer questions or concerns you may feel about applying, or just talk about what diversity and inclusivity means to you.
Nico (’18) is convinced that Stanford Sierra Camp is the best place on Earth. Growing up in Santa Cruz, Nico would often be found skateboarding or hanging on the beach. At camp, you may find Nico in the midst of a fun yak race with some Yahoos or battling it out on the Ping-Pong court with a few guests. He loves the insanely positive energy that permeates throughout Camp and cannot wait talk to students about the unbelievable time that is Sierra Camp. On Stanford’s campus, Nico majors in Science, Technology, and Society. He loves learning about everything from product design to anthropology. Send him an email if you are curious about how you’d fit into the Staph Community, why Nico loves Camp soooo much, or anything else about camp!