Meet our dedicated staff..
We're looking forward to making this the
Family Camp experience yet!
Doug Dolstad & Barbara Larson, Camp Hosts
We heartily welcome you to our 13th NVC Family Camp Village! We are so delighted to once again be part of this magical summer experience with families and staff from around the world. We've seen this camp community become a family in itself, with parents becoming extended support systems, the youth forming bonds that last through the year and look forward to each summer's reunion, and the way returning families fold new into the village.
We're thrilled to have big-hearted, skillful, talented staff and a whole herd of generous, spirited volunteers again this year! And while camp will always seek to meet the needs of families, we're cooking up some new elements which we anticipate will make camp even sweeter than before. We can hardly wait!
Johnny Colden, Youth Program Coordinator
Johnny comes from a Mediation/conflict resolution background and has lead weeklong Nonviolent Communication workshops with families, worked with youth labeled as gang members, and role played Marshall Rosenberg’s wife right in front of him!
He currently works in the Juvenile Justice field and has worked with at-risk youth for seven years. He has been a part of numerous Family Camps in the US, and part of the Vashon Family camp for 9 years.
Jefe Birkner, Chef
This is my sixth year as Family Camp Chef. My first year, I arrived as a stop-gap between other jobs, but I fell so in-love with camp that it has become something that I now take time off from my other work in order to participate in.
My vision for the camp kitchen is to be able to help everyone, camper, staff and volunteers feel that the food that we work together to create nourishes them, body and soul, that there is ample quantity and variety without waste.
I come to camp with a lifetime of food-service experience, from my first job at age 13, at The Ground Round restaurant, to owning a restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood (which closed in 2008). My current career has me sitting at a desk, plugging away at a computer, isolated from the magic of transformation that we do together in the kitchen. I treasure the closeness I get to develop with the kitchen and dish-washing team, and look forward to bringing people together with the earth that sustains us all, through the food that we share.