Staff

Searching for a camp with dynamic, engaging, and compassionate staff who are deeply passionate about their work with youth?  Look no further.

Winter Camp Dec 18-22, 2017: Samra Girma will Site Direct, with Olivia Walsh as Group Leader. See bios below.

Summer Camp 2018: More info will be posted before camp. Read below about our Summer 2017 staff.

“I really appreciate the fact that you provide a high quality camp experience in a warm, caring and very diverse environment.”

 

Staff 2017

QUETZAL FRANCOIS
Staff and Youth Leadership Director


Hello! I am thrilled to be part of the incredible Monkey Business Camp team.
A bit about me: I was raised between the gorgeous mountains of New Mexico and the diverse city life of Paris and love that I get to call the bay area my home today. I graduated from UC Berkeley where I enjoyed studying legal studies with an emphasis on social change, gender and immigration. I’ve spent the past 10 years working with youth in a multitude of contexts: summer camp counselor, teaching puberty and health ed in OUSD, guiding tweens in long term mentoring and rites of passage, facilitating workshops on consent, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ matters, and staffing at Spirit Rock teen retreat. Did I mention I love spending my time with kids and teens? Because I really do!
The rest of the time I can be found hiking, trying out new acroyoga poses, dancing, reading, spending time with loved ones, or scheming my next travel plans.

 

DELPHINE WARTELLE
Group Leader

I am excited to join the Monkey Business Staff this year! I have dreamed of being a camp counselor ever since I went to day camps as a kid. Many years later, my dream turned into reality last year, as I spent 7 weeks at a sports stay-away camp in Massachusetts. This was on the tails on being a preschool AmeriCorps volunteer, teaching English and writing. In other words, I got you covered on arts and crafts, playing ukulele songs (how loud can you sing “Let it go”?) swimming, playing ultimate frisbee and making up crazy dances!
After UC Santa Cruz, I am currently spending my school years in Poland, teaching English and writing a Master’s thesis. Poland’s cool and all (a little too cool—it snowed in May!) but I can’t wait to come back to the Bay and meet all you campers! Let’s go run around the Bay!
Special skills include (but not limited to): having a loud voice; very good sense of direction; ability to sing you to sleep; baking without a measuring cup; cutting t-shirts and applying sunscreen very regularly.
I speak French and English natively; I could lead a preschool class in Spanish (but maybe not 3rd grade—intermediate); once upon a time, I was able to talk about the environment in Portuguese but it’s been a few years (pre-intermediate); and I am learning Polish, just about to finish my first year!

 

MIRIAM KOPF
Site Director


Hey there, my name is Miriam and I am so excited to be part of the Girls on the Go team for a fourth summer! A little bit about me: I was raised in Southern California but grew up going to overnight camp in the beautiful Napa Valley. Making so many Bay Area friends at camp, I was inspired to attend UC Santa Cruz for undergrad and make Berkeley my new home! With so much love for camp and summer, I like to spend the whole year working with young people and having fun. In the non-summer months, I work with the wonderful people at Classroom Matters, helping students achieve their highest goals in school through tutoring and after care. I am also in the process of nearly completing a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the Wright Institute. Otherwise I can be found dancing, working on arts and crafts, or cooking up some tasty gluten free snacks. Let the summer fun begin!

 

ODILE DEL GIUDICE
Site Director


Odile Nicole is thrilled at the opportunity to spend the Summer in Berkeley as Site Director for ‘Girls on the Go’. The last several years she has been based in New Orleans, LA, learning about the rich creole roots of Louisiana culture and environment. Odile works as a professional teaching artist. A theatre artist by trade, she creates original works of art either alone or with creative ensembles. Simultaneously, she brings the performing arts into the classroom, teaching children to step more fully into creative collaboration, and integrating the arts into the academic curriculum. She has over twenty years of experience working with children and is constantly learning from the experience. You would know her for her passion for creativity, mindfulness practice, personal development, relational intelligence, travel, singing and dance (particularly partner dancing). She is also fluent in Spanish.

OLIVIA WALSH
Group Leader

Hi everyone! I’m Olivia and I’m super excited to be returning to Girls on the Go for my second summer as a staff member!  I am currently attending UC Davis as a Global Disease Biology Major but I grew up in Oakland. I love hiking, playing with my dog, biking, doing crafts and working with all our fabulous campers! I went to Monkey Business and Girls on the Go myself and have the fondest memories of traveling all around the Bay Area to try new things!  I’ve worked as a camp counselor at the Oakland SPCA Animal Camp as well as a CIT for Monkey Business a few years ago and I am so excited to return!

 

SAMRA GIRMA
PM Director

I’m an Oakland native, though for much of the past 10 years I’ve been on the east coast, where I just finished up a Masters of Divinity. The highlight of my program, along with lots of fun language study, was my field education: I worked with adult immigrants in the Boston-area ranging in age from 18 to 70 teaching ESOL; and with brilliant youth living on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where my father grew up, at a drop-in resource center. I find so much meaning in working directly with people of all ages, especially the old and the young, to cultivate strong and healthy relationships to self, other and world.
In my free time (which is precious and rare these days as a new mom!) I love reading and writing nonfiction, hiking in the hills, and playing at my yoga practice. I also really, really enjoy languages and have studied quite a few, though I am most proficient in speaking Amharic and Spanish (roughly intermediate).

“As a camper I learned so much about the area I live in and the people who live here; as well as a lot about myself, my own capabilities, and my likes and dislikes. As a counselor the camp provided me with a wonderful first-time work experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. This camp is a beautiful melding of fun and education, of independence and cooperation.”