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Meet Our Team

Dick Young
Dick Young
Executive Director
dyoung@zephyrpoint.org

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Laura Weiss
Laura Mulato
Director of Guest Services
Laura@zephyrpoint.org

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Katie Keith
Katie Keith
Senior Engagement Associate
kkeith@zephyrpoint.org

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Claire Crouse
Director of Finance
ccrouse@zephyrpoint.org

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Mark Ellender
Mark Ellender
Director of Facilities & Grounds
mellender@zephyrpoint.org

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Jesus Preciado
Jesus Preciado
Director of Housekeeping
jesus@zephyrpoint.org

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Aaron Maffitt
Director of Food Services
amaffitt@zephyrpoint.org

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Sara Tillema
Director of Programs
stillema@zephyrpoint.org

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Jen Cheng
Conference  Coordinator
jcheng@zephyrpoint.org

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Kerri Wasko
Program Coordinator
kwasko@zephyrpoint.org

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Hal Paris
HR Coordinator
hparis@zephyrpoint.org

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Barrett Schuerman
Cabin Coordinator
cabins@zephyrpoint.org

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Front Desk
Office Administrator
zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

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Jose Palomera
Lead Maintenance Worker
zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

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Cilvano Vazquez
Lead Maintenance Worker
zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

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Pedro Vargas
Housekeeping Inspector
zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

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Claudia Carizzoza
Lead Cook
zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

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Kitchen Manager B
Kitchen Manager
zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

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Board of Directors


Jennifer Martin
President
Term: 2nd
centralpcjen@gmail.com

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Samuel Roberts
Vice President
Term: 1st
1annointed1@gmail.com

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Hilda Pecoraro
Secretary
Term: 1st
hilda50@cox.net

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Ruth Mandernach
Treasurer
Term: 1st
recm91401@aol.com

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Joshua Trautmann
Term: 1st
PastorJoshua@GenevaPC.org

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Angela Woodrow
Term: 1st
akwoodrow@yahoo.com

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Michael Beadle
Term: 1st
michael.beadle@ubisoft.com

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Jan Hartman
Term: 2nd
janhartman95@yahoo.com

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Judy Austin
Term: 2nd
N/A

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Deborah Wright
Term: 1st
avalondlw@aol.com

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Sandy Peirce
Term: 2nd
sjpeirce@gmail.com

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Jim Stueck
Term: 2nd
jimstueck84@gmail.com

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Bill Hughes
Term: 2nd
wrhcpa@yahoo.com

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David Won
Term: 2nd
davidwon@hotmail.com

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Ex-Officio


Nancy Martin Vincent
nancy@synodpacific.org

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Co-Opted


Sarah Reyes Gibbs
reyesgibbs@gmail.com

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Staff Bios

 

Dick Young


Dick Young joined the Zephyr Point CREW as Development Director in August of 2019 after a 30 year career as a parish pastor in the PC(USA). Dick was appointed Executive Director in April of 2020.

Dick and his wife, Colleen, moved from Western New York where Dick was Head of Staff at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church for the previous 18 years. Dick & Colleen have three grown children, all living back east, but their little dog Phoebe, as well as Colleen’s Kentucky Mountain Horse, Fitz, agreed to make the move with them. When not taking in views of Lake Tahoe from his desk, Dick enjoys spending time in the mountains, on foot, bike, snowshoe, or snowboard, depending on the season.

dyoung@zephyrpoint.org

Laura Mulato

Laura Mulato is the Director of Guest Services at Zephyr Point. She brings over six years of experience in Retreat and Conference Center Administration and a Business degree from Bethel University to her role in Guest Services. In blending business operations with retreat ministry, Laura aims to foster a healthy and welcoming environment for guests to be inspired by the beauty of Lake Tahoe. As a Minnesota native, Laura especially appreciates the striking Sierra Nevada mountains and sunsets over the lake. Away from the office, she enjoys exploring through hiking, biking, backpacking and visiting new places, especially with her husband Levi and their collie puppy Luna.

Laura@zephyrpoint.org

Katie Keith

Katie Keith is the Senior Engagement Associate at Zephyr Point. She has a passion for connecting with donors. She coordinates volunteers, designs and hosts fundraising events, writes grant proposals, and assists with technical and administrative jobs in nearly every department at Zephyr Point. In the last few years through her work at Zephyr Point, and as a member of the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary, she has helped raise over 3.5 million dollars. Katie grew up in southern California but now lives in Nevada with her husband Kai and eldest daughter. Katie and Kai have 2 grown daughters, Kaylena and Kiyrah. Katie enjoys time with her family, traveling, community service projects, photography and baking.

kkeith@zephyrpoint.org

Claire Crouse

Claire Crouse is the Director of Finance at Zephyr Point. She is a seasoned financial professional with over 30 years of experience in real estate accounting and auditing. Over many years as a Director in finance roles, she has gained a strong understanding of non -profit operations, real estate and property management. She earned her CPA with accounting firms including KPMG. In addition, she specializes in team building, process improvement and cost control.

Claire has a long history with Zephyr Point, starting in the 1970’s when she would stay on the grounds for family vacations. Her love of the property translates to stewardship of its financial condition for many generations to come. Claire, her husband Tom, their 4 dogs and horse Gibson made the move from California to Tahoe in 2021.

ccrouse@zephyrpoint.org

Mark Ellender

Mark
Mark Ellender is the Director of Facilities & Grounds at Zephyr Point.

 

 

 

 

mellender@zephyrpoint.org

Jesus Preciado

Jesus

Jesus Preciado is the Director of Housekeeping at Zephyr Point.

 

 

 

 

 

jesus@zephyrpoint.org

Aaron Maffitt

Aaron Maffitt is the Director of Food Services. Aaron brings 3 decades of experience running some of the west coast’s top restaurants. A professor of Culinary Arts, Aaron has a passion for teaching and brings his motto of “Nourishing a Community” to our food services as a mission to give the opportunity to our budding culinary team and to create nutritious and environmentally conscious food for our guests. During his free time, you may catch a glimpse of him and his wife Laura, sailing past Zephyr Point on their boat Enchantment, sauntering the trails of the backcountry or skiing the steeps of the Sierra peaks.

amaffitt@zephyrpoint.org

Sara Tillema

Sara Tillema is the Director of Programs.

 

 

 

 

stillema@zephyrpoint.org

Jen Cheng

 

 

 

 

jcheng@zephyrpoint.org

Kerri Wasko

Kerri Wasko is the Youth Program Coordinator, she started her time here at Zephyr Point working on the waterfront in 2018 for our summer camp programs. She fell in love with Tahoe and the ministry at Zephyr Point. She has a degree in Psychology and a degree in Religious Studies from Virginia Wesleyan University where she was also a part of their NCAA DIII women’s basketball team. Kerri is passionate about helping kids foster a love for the outdoors and encouraging all to pursues restorative justice. In her free time Kerri loves to do anything outside; snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking are some new sports she has grown to love.
Kerri grew up with 3 wonderful sisters and an incredible mom and dad in Virginia Beach, VA. She misses the salt air but couldn’t imagine giving up the mountain life right now.

kwasko@zephyrpoint.org

Hal Paris

 

 

 

hparis@zephyrpoint.org

Barrett Schuerman

Barrett Schuerman is the Cabin Coordinator at Zephyr Point.

 

 

 

 

cabins@zephyrpoint.org

Front Desk

Front Desk is the Office administrator at Zephyr Point.

 

 

 

 

zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

Jose Palomera

Jose Palomera is a Lead Maintenance Worker at Zephyr Point.

 

 

 

 

zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

Cilvano Vazquez

Cilvano Vazquez is a Lead Maintenance Worker at Zephyr Point.

 

 

 

 

zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

Pedro Varga

Pedro Vargas is the Housekeeping Inspector at Zephyr Point.

 

 

 

 

zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

Claudia Carizzoza

Claudia is a Lead Cook at Zephyr Point. For Claudia, living in South Lake Tahoe with her husband and 2 children, family is everything! Her passion for Nourishing a Community comes to life in her role as Lead Cook. We are all blessed to have her in our Zephyr Point community.

 

 

 

 

zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

Kitchen Manager B

Kitchen Manager B is a Kitchen Manager at Zephyr Point.

 

 

 

 

zephyr@zephyrpoint.org

 

 

Board Member Bios

 

Jennifer Martin

 

 

 

 

centralpcjen@gmail.com

Samuel Roberts

 

 

 

 

1annointed1@gmail.com

Hilda Pecoraro

Hilda Pecoraro first visited Zephyr Point in 1987. It was love at first sight! The beauty of Lake Tahoe, the staff’s warm hospitality, and the fellowship with friends in a comfortable setting keep bringing her back. Visits have included many presbytery and synod meetings. She has twice been Pastor in Residence, a women’s conference speaker, and served six years on the Zephyr Point Commission in the 1990’s.
Hilda is a member of the Presbytery of Nevada since 1987, serving as Head of Staff at Green Valley Presbyterian Church in Henderson, NV for 18 years, Staff Chaplain at Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospital for 9 years, and 4 years on staff as Presbytery Pastor in Nevada. Hilda is currently a Member-at-Large in the Presbytery while caring for her mother, providing Pulpit Supply, serving on the Board, volunteering in the community, and enjoying life with husband Denis and Dachshund Missy.

hilda50@cox.net

Ruth Mandernach

Ruth Mandernach began her position on the Zephyr Point Board in January 2020. As a member of Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church, she is from the Presbytery of San Fernando and the Synod of S. CA and Hawaii. Her career has been as a social worker and she is a LCSW14861 in California.
In 2010, she went to seminary and began working for 5 years as a Commissioned Ruling Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Encino in 2015.
Currently, she is the Treasurer for Zephyr Point and is on the nomination and finance committees. She has 3 sons, two granddaughters and was married to Bill for 39 years until his death in 2017. Reading, knitting, sewing, gardening and traveling are a few of the aspects of life she enjoys.

 

recm91401@aol.com

Joshua Trautmann

Joshua came to Geneva Presbyterian Church as the Pastor in February 2013, having just finished a residency and degree at VCU School of Allied Health. Joshua is a graduate of Bluefield College and Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Joshua has been married 15 years and he and his wife Menissa are raising two boys ages 14 and 11. Answering God’s calling to ministry, they moved from Virginia, Menissa’s lifetime home, to serve and help grow a church here in the Central Valley. Joshua’s focus has been to reach out to young families and help to continue to develop the legacy of who Geneva Presbyterian Church has been.

Joshua’s passions include photography, woodworking, swimming, cooking, and even rollerskating.

PastorJoshua@GenevaPC.org

Angela “Angie” Woodrow

Angie has been connected to Zephyr Point since 1986. Sharing programs with her family and then later years, facilitating retreats for her St Andrew, Yuba City, church family. Angie, spouse to a retired USAF member, has had the opportunity to experience camps and conference centers all over the world. Zephyr Point is her ‘home’ camp and conference center.

Angie says”, “Zephyr Point is a favorite place for me to ‘just be’. I am always encouraged by the education, exploration and inspiration of the people and place that is Zephyr Point”.

Angie is currently in her 2nd term as a session elder at Columbia Presbyterian Church, her current church family, in Vancouver WA. She brings to the board her passion for nonprofits, curating resources and tools needed to adapt and change as an organizational development coach and consultant.

akwoodrow@yahoo.com

Jim Stueck

 

 

 

jimstueck84@gmail.com

Jan Hartman

Jan Hartman joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and brings a strong commitment to Zephyr Point along with experience gained while serving as a youth leader, Elder, and Deacon in 3 congregations; advocating 20+ years within the denomination for full inclusion of PC(USA) members who are LGBTQ; and working 37 years in the corporate world cultivating skills in organizational leadership, training & development, and strategic planning.
Recently retired, Jan also volunteers regularly with the ALS Association, the NE (Portland) Food Pantry, and loves traveling just about anywhere with her spouse of 26 years, the Rev. Dr. Deana Reed. That includes Europe, 44 U.S. states (so far), countless National Parks, and even the grocery store in times of COVID! Hiking and backpacking in the nearby Cascades and camping at the Oregon coast nurture her deep love of the outdoors.

janhartman95@yahoo.com

New Board Member 1

 

 

 

 

need-emial@gmail.com

Robert Opie

 

 

 

oahe73@gmail.com

Deborah Wright

DEBORAH LONDON WRIGHT, Principal, PneuMatrix Ordained (PCUSA) in 1978, Deborah consults in adaptive change management, strategic visioning, program development, Positive Deviance and Design Thinking as a PneuMatrix Founder and Principal. An Alum of Duke University and San Francisco Theological Seminary, she has served as Associate Pastor of Calvary SF, Trustee of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation, adjunct faculty at SFTS, Board Chair of Marin’s Homeward Bound, and Director of Major Gifts at SFTS. Following Ph.D. studies (GTU) she formed Avalon Enterprises, consulting in funds development, corporate chaplaincy, strategic visioning, and project management in religion, education, healthcare, and film. She has been a grant administrator and grant evaluator and has taught Adaptive Change Leadership. Clients include The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and the PC(USA). She is new to Zephyr Point, having only visited twice – as a conference keynoter and for a Synod Exec retreat.

avalondlw@aol.com

New Board Member 2

 

 

 

 

email-needed@sbcglobal.net

Michael Beadle

 

 

 

 

michael.beadle@ubisoft.com

New Board Member 3

 

 

 

 

need-email3@gmail.com

David Won

 

 

 

 

davidwon@hotmail.com

Bill Hughes

 

 

 

 

wrhcpa@yahoo.com

Sandy Peirce

 

 

 

 

sjpeirce@gmail.com

Judy Austin

An historian and editor by profession, I’m theoretically retired. Former commissioner to and moderator of the Synod of the Pacific, I served on and chaired the synod’s Mission Finance Committee. of the synod. For decades I was recording clerk of Boise Presbytery. I’m a member of First Presbyterian Church, Boise, with a number of years on Session and still on the worship and personnel committees. I got to know Zephyr Point because the Synod of the Pacific met there at least once every other year. I’m in my fourth year on the board; the first three years I was board secretary. I live in Boise, Idaho, with my husband, three cats, and a yellow lab.

 

 

 

 

Ex-Officio Bios

 

Mark Hong

 

 

 

 

markhong@synod.org

Nancy Martin Vincent

 

 

 

 

nancy@synodpacific.org

Kathy Runyeon

 

 

 

 

statedclerk@synodpacific.org

Brian Burns

 

 

 

 

 

brian@synodpacific.org

Co-Opted Bios

 

Bob Yule

 

 

 

 

bobyule@celticpc.org

David Dendy

 

 

 

 

pastordavid@mviewpc.org

Peter Gernold

 

 

 

 

peter.gernold@gmail.com

Sarah Reyes Gibbs

 

 

 

 

reyesgibbs@gmail.com

Peggy Hall

 

 

 

 

 

rozey@me.com

Carol Sandmeier

 

 

 

 

cjsandmeier@aol.com

Deana Reed

 

 

 

 

 

deanajreed@yahoo.com

Jim Upshaw

 

 

 

jimupshaw@earthlink.net