- Camp Natoma -
Board of Directors
Retired Corrections - San Luis Obispo
Imagine that as a 7 year old child, you are transported to a vast and mysterious natural world, known as "Camp Natoma". Far removed from your city haunts of concrete and asphalt, you're engulfed in massive forests and surrounded by hills never-ending. Here and there amongst the trees and rocks you happen across fantastic, inviting, enticing structures resembling pictures out of your Swiss Family Robinson book. But the very best of all is a big, gurgling creek that magically transforms (when dammed up) into the biggest and best swimming hole ever imaginable!
This coming year will mark the 53rd anniversary of that youngster's initiation to Camp Natoma. James (Jamie) Stockton continues to work as a volunteer, serving as a maintenance worker at camp and a board member helping to plan for the future. Jamie was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, where he currently resides. He worked in the restaurant management, culinary arts and corrections fields. Jamie encourages anyone who would like to help with maintenance at Camp Natoma to please contact him. Email is best. email@example.com
Elizabeth Barrett, MA LMFT
Lecturer, Cal Poly SLO - Arroyo Grande
Elizabeth first discovered her love of Camp Natoma with a dip in Franklin Creek 25 years ago. Since then it’s been spring clean-ups with the family, volunteering in the kitchen, lounging by the pool and countless camp drop-offs; and best of all is knowing that both of her daughters have grown up sleeping under the stars gaining new skills and confidence while creating their own memories. When not hunting for soapstones, she is a licensed psychotherapist, a lecturer at Cal Poly in the Psychology/Child Development Department and host of The Reluctant Therapist on Public Radio KCBX. She looks forward to sharing Natoma with her granddaughter for many years to come.
Sales Manager - Pacifica
Kirstin has been enjoying summers at Camp Natoma since 1993 as camper in Sheltering Oak. She was a Pioneer Counselor for 3 summers & spent 1 summer as a Director with the CITs. She loves the smell of the oak trees and the beautiful starry nights, but her favorite part of camp is the Polar Bear Swim! Kirstin grew up in Arroyo Grande (Go Eagles!) & graduated from UCLA (Go Bruins!) in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Studies. She soon began working for the family pencil business, General Pencil Company (the last American pencil factory!) Kirstin is active in all areas of the business from Product Development to Customer Service but is primarily on the road as a Sales Manager. She lives in Pacifica, CA with her husband Brian, 4 year old daughter Georgia, & 2 cats (Turkey & Sneezes). She enjoys cooking, concerts, camping, podcasts, running, and adventuring down to the Central Coast as much as possible.
Of Counsel Attorney - Grover Beach
In 1967 a small Willy's jeep crawled down a dirt track in rural Paso Robles. Suddenly, a downed tree blocked the way. Shouting "Camp Natoma, here we come!" the young family trudged the last half mile to a gate that read "Clean Rest Rooms." Wendy Stockton has loved Camp Natoma since that moment. During childhood, she camped there in preseasons and summers. As a young adult she ran the new in-ground swimming pool as part of summer staff; later, she filled in as volunteer staff. Wendy says, "I'm thrilled to be a part of this exciting new chapter in Natoma's destiny."
Artist/Retired Contractor - San Luis Obispo
Mark Hughes grew up in Arroyo Grande. After 5 years of traveling the world, Mark landed back on the Central Coast, and has worked in construction ever since. He has always had a passion for volunteering and has supported many local organizations. In 2004 his children attended Camp Natoma, where he fell in love with the magical place. He has since dedicated his skills and expertise in building and maintenance to the camp, and gets great satisfaction helping with this worthy cause. Mark specializes in rustic barnwood art and is passionate about re-purposing materials.
Retired Electrical Engineer - San Luis Obispo
An oven stops working. The water supply is interrupted. A solar electric generation plant needs to be designed and installed. Who're you gonna call? Wayne Dengate. Wayne has been installing water and electrical systems and fixing broken things at Camp Natoma for decades. And decades. He began his volunteer service to the (then) Camp Fire Girls camp in 1961. A true life Natoma love story, he met his future wife, Roberta, while working as a maintenance man at camp. Together, they raised 4 children in San Luis Obispo. Today, Wayne enjoys 3 grandchildren as well. He served our country in the Air Force as an aircraft maintenance Sergeant, and had a productive 34 year career with Western Electric, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies. Wayne would like to see more young families of current Camp Natoma campers get involved with the maintenance and development of the camp in the off-season.