Meet the Team

Behind every Camp Rainbow Gold program, service, and event is a team of dedicated and passionate employees and volunteers committed to serving Idaho children and families.

Board of Directors

With more than 100 years of Camp Rainbow Gold involvement, the Board of Directors serves to uphold the mission and guide the vision for the future.

Monica Walker  +

Monica Walker

Monica Walker has lived in the Treasure Valley since 1998. She has over 20 years’ experience working in design. Currently, she is an Interior Designer at The Design House and is dedicated to the development of relationships that will positively impact both her client’s goals and the sustained success of the company.

Monica is a member of FUNDSY Executive Board, where she has been the Gala Chair for the last 6 years. She was introduced to Camp Rainbow Gold as the 2016 FUNDSY beneficiary. Monica also served on the Ballet Idaho board for 9 years. She believes by being on local boards and staying involved she can make a substantial impact on the community she calls home.

Monica dedicates much of her downtime to her husband, Jim and two children, Alexandra and Madison. You can find her after-hours restoring her old home and volunteering for local charities.

Tim Tyree  +

Tim Tyree

Tim began volunteering as a Camp Rainbow Gold counselor in 1991 after winning his own battle with cancer and has worked tirelessly for camp ever since. Tim has served as the activities director, camp director, committee chair, board chair, president and secretary.

Tim is the owner of Tyree Legal, PLLC where he practices business and real estate law.

He enjoys bike riding with his wife Meg and son Alex, summer mornings water skiing and winter mornings snow skiing.

Jessica Shaw  +

Jessica Williams

Jessica Shaw is a Certified Public Accountant and principal at Little Morris LLP providing focused tax planning and compliance work for corporations, partnerships and individuals. She has been with the firm since 2006 and became the first female partner in 2016. Jessica has a wide range of accounting knowledge and experience allowing her to effectively work with clients across various industries including real estate developers, manufacturing companies and ranches.

Jessica graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in December of 1999. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants and is on the ISCPA continuing professional education committee.

Jessica started volunteering for Camp Rainbow Gold in 2015 assisting with accounting functions and training. She is very excited to be a part of CRG as it was her college dream to be a part of a camp for children with illness. During her free time, she enjoys cycling and snowboarding with her two boys.

Carlie Pedersen  +

Carlie Pedersen

Carlie Pedersen is a cancer survivor and former Camp Rainbow Gold camper. She has been involved with camp for the past 16 years and has gone from a camper to the current Director of Camp Rainbow Gold’s Teen Oncology Camp. Carlie has also served on the finance committee as well as being a speaker on behalf of Camp Rainbow Gold at many different functions. She has a passion for Camp Rainbow Gold which shows through her years of dedication, and she is honored to be on the Board of Directors and serve in this capacity.

Carlie’s passion and dedication for volunteering were recently acknowledged with an award for Outstanding Adult Philanthropist, awarded by the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Carlie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Supply Chain Management from Boise State University.

During her downtime, Carlie enjoys spending time with her husband Kyle, also a former camp volunteer. They enjoy traveling to new places, eating new food, and experiencing new things.

Elizabeth Lizberg  +

Elizabeth Lizberg

Camp Rainbow Gold CEO/Executive Director Elizabeth Lizberg joined Camp Rainbow Gold in 2007 when it was a program of the American Cancer Society. Over her 14-year tenure, she has guided the organization through incredible growth, change and service. In 2014, Camp Rainbow Gold became its own independent nonprofit organization under Elizabeth’s leadership. In 2019 she oversaw the purchase of Camp Rainbow Gold’s own property and she is currently leading the charge to build Hidden Paradise, Idaho’s first medical camp.

Elizabeth embraces Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer with an unrivaled passion and works to leave a lasting, positive imprint on each family she has the honor of knowing through Camp Rainbow Gold. She believes the key to the success of Camp Rainbow Gold is the love, hope and fun given by volunteers and supporters.

Prior to Camp Rainbow Gold, Elizabeth worked for St. Luke’s Regional Medical for Children at Risk Evaluation Services (CARES). During this time, she was instrumental in the creation of the Family and Children Evaluation Services (FACES) Center in Boise and co-founded the Idaho Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Elizabeth was an Idaho Business Review Women of the Year nominee in 2014 and was recognized as a CEO of Influence in 2017.

Jason Couvillon  +

Jason Couvillion

Jason is an owner of Bruvion Travel, a travel and concierge service catering to the entertainment, fashion and creative industries, planning and managing all of the travel for the tours of Janet Jackson, Cher, Beck, Goo Goo Dolls and The Go-go’s. He established the company in 2001 with his two business partners and since then, Bruvion has grown into a high-end travel company with agents in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. Bruvion also specializes in production, celebrity and high-end personal travel. Jason is also the creator and a partner of Catch, a tech product and tool to help book and manage group travel for music, production and sports teams.

Jason has been involved in Camp Rainbow Gold for over 10 years. He started as a cabin counselor when camp was just one week, loved the experience and the kids, and has taken on more responsibility and a larger role at camp over his years with the organization. As Youth Oncology Camp Director for 4 years, Jason and his leadership team were able to shape Youth Camp after the split to two oncology camps and start some new traditions with the youngest campers. He looks forward to seeing what the next leaders do to make their own mark on camp.

Brent Eaton  +

Brent Eaton

Brent was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated in 1975 from Idaho State University. Brent is a retired Major, MSC, ANC, United States Army Reserves. He currently is a pilot and a CFRN (Certified Registered Flight Nurse).

Brent previously worked at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Department, the ICU and Air Ambulance. Brent also worked for Ada County Paramedics as an RN/Paramedic and has volunteered his time as a Command Pilot for Angel Flight West. As an Angel Fight Pilot, Brent and his wife, Patti, flew several children to Camp Magical Moments in Driggs, Idaho. Brent is currently a board member on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at St. Alphonsus RMC and on the ISU Deans Advisory Council on Healthcare Education.

Brett and Patti have three grown children and seven wonderful grandchildren. In their down time, they enjoy biking, skiing and backcountry flying. Brent also enjoys going on solo rides on his Harley Davidson Softail around Boise.

Dr. Brian Goltry  +

Brian Goltry

Brian is a physician at St. Luke’s Health System and has been practicing in the Treasure Valley for the last 15 years. Brian has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Idaho, but later decided to pursue a career in medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He did his postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of Utah, then a Chief Medical Residency and subspecialty training at the University of Washington Medical Center. Brian is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, Idaho Medical Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Brian has been a volunteer clinical instructor for medical residents at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Boise and has held leadership positions as a member of the Joint Operating Council of his medical practice, St. Luke’s eICU Program Medical Director, St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine Institute Co-Medical Director and St. Alphonsus Sleep Medicine Medical Director. He has community volunteer experience with Special Olympics Idaho, Idaho 2 Fly, and junior athletic programs in Boise.

Brian is married to Tory Goltry, MD and has two children, all of who love the outdoors and have been active in their community.

Chuck Graves +

Chuck Graves

Chuck currently serves as President for McAlvain Companies, a large Idaho-born commercial construction firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Chuck is a licensed Construction Manager within the State of Idaho and has served on many construction and community advisory boards.

Chuck is a graduate of the University of Idaho, a local product of Boise and has had the pleasure of working across the US and Western Hemisphere on complex projects for multiple large multi-faceted engineering and construction service-oriented companies throughout his 34-year career.

Dr. Dave McCluskey III +

David McCluskey III

Dr. David McClusky, III was born and raised in Idaho, and moved to the Wood River Valley in 2013. His father founded Camp Rainbow Gold and he has been involved with camp activities since its inception.

Dr. McClusky now works as a general surgeon at St. Luke’s Wood River. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, and medical school at Northwestern in Chicago. His residency training in general surgery was at Emory University in Atlanta and he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Mayo Clinic Florida. He serves as the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at St. Luke’s Wood River and is also a member of the Idaho Board of Medicine.

David lives in Hailey with his wife Lorena and his step-son Tyler. They enjoy Nordic skiing, mountain biking and relaxing at their family cabin north of Ketchum.

Ryan McFarland +

Ryan McFarland

Boise, Idaho native Ryan McFarland is a co-General Counsel to Scentsy, Inc. Ryan handles Scentsy’s litigation and advises the company on a wide variety of the company’s day-to-day legal concerns. Ryan is also actively engaged in the law firm he started in 2013, McFarland Ritter PLLC.

Ryan is committed to the well-being of the community he has called home his entire life. In addition to a regular practice of pro bono work, Ryan volunteers in a number of capacities, including in his church, on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army-Boise Corp. from 2010-2021, and now with Camp Rainbow Gold.

 When not in the office he can usually be found playing banjo on his cabin deck. If you can’t find him there, then he has found a mountain lake with his teenagers and his dogs.

Nathan Meeker

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Nathan Meeker

Dr. Nate Meeker is the Medical Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at St. Luke's Cancer Institute. He joined the Camp Rainbow Gold board in 2018 and serves as an on-site oncologist at camp programs. 

Dr. Meeker served as the host of our 2018 Shine event in Boise and has been a regular volunteer at camp since 2011. He’s always ready and willing to sing a song, don a wig or a silly hat, dress up like a prince or Colonel Sanders — don whatever costume and give all he has that will help Camp and the kids. 

Nate and his wife Erin have six children and love to travel and have all kinds of spectacular adventures together.

Chris Morrison +

Chris Morrison

Chris Morrison is a Certified Public Accountant at Eide Bailly. His main area of focus is on tax planning and compliance work for corporations, partnerships and individuals. He joined public accounting in 2014 after working in corporate accounting on the corporate tax team for American Airlines.

Chris graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management in February 2012. He continued on to receive his Master of Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in June 2014. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA).

Chris moved to Idaho from Phoenix, AZ in 2018 where he served as a community service board member and community service committee chair for his past firm. He is excited to jump back into volunteering here in Idaho with Camp Rainbow Gold and serve in a new capacity. He enjoys running relay races, playing volleyball, traveling and hiking.

Levie Smith

Levie Smith +

Brent Eaton

Levie Smith has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry in Sun Valley, Idaho. Levie has helped many families purchase their dream home. With her team of professionals, she offers assistance with staging, marketing, remodeling, and moving to guarantee a smooth transition in buying or selling your property. As an active community member, Levie is on the board of directors with Camp Rainbow Gold and she serves as one of the founding members of her local YMCA. When the mountains are calling, it’s Levie Smith that answers and she can help you call Sun Valley home. 

Randy Steed +

Randy Steed

Randy serves as President and CEO of Idaho based Steed Construction, a company he founded 31 years ago. He began his career in the northeast working for Health Industries, advancing through the ranks to Director of Construction and Engineering where he oversaw design, construction and maintenance of 144 facilities in 26 states. Later recruited by a general contractor in Silicon Valley, he started as a project manager and was promoted to Vice President of Operations where he worked for 11 years during the high-tech boom of the 80s before starting Steed Construction, Inc. in 1988.

In the early 90’s Randy moved his family and company to Eagle, Idaho where he has resided for the past 26 years. Steed Construction currently has offices in Idaho and Utah and has consistently been recognized as one of Idaho’s Top 100 Privately Owned Companies.

Randy has always enjoyed donating his time and talents to nonprofit organizations and has served as President and permanent board member of the AGC (Associated General Contractors) of Idaho, as a member of the Advisory Board for Boise State Universities Construction Management Program, a board member of the Idaho Chapter of the March of Dimes, an 11-year member of the board and VP of Properties for the ORE-IDA Council of Boy Scouts of America and for the past twelve years as a Governor-appointed member of the PBFAC (Permanent Building Fund Advisory Committee) for the State of Idaho. Randy has also worked with the Idaho Special Olympics and the Idaho Foodbank.

Randy and his wife Wendy have been married for 48 years and have 5 children, 20 grandchildren and one great-grandson. They love to spend time with their family traveling the world.

Will Varin +

Will Varin

Will is an Idaho native who was raised on the Camas Prairie (Go Mushers!), Camp Rainbow Gold’s new home. He is a practicing attorney and founding member of the full-service business law firm, Varin Wardwell LLC, located in Boise, Idaho where he is a commercial litigation attorney.

Will has founded and served on the boards of other nonprofit organizations and is passionate about Camp Rainbow Gold’s mission.

Will is married and has two young children. He enjoys spending as much time as he can outdoors—hunting, fishing, skiing and otherwise enjoying the Idaho lifestyle.

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Doris Tunney

Dr. Doris Tunney’s life has always involved children. After graduating from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, she began a pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, started her career as a pediatrician in Newport Beach, California and became Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital.

After retiring from her practice and relocating to Idaho, she found Camp Rainbow Gold from attending her first Share Your Heart Ball more than a decade ago. Doris was a member of the gala’s committee for many years and also became a CRG volunteer, serving as doctor and counselor. She co-founded the CRG Young Adult Team (YA Team), funded and founded the college scholarship program, and continues as director of the scholarship program.

Staff Members

The Camp Rainbow Gold staff works year-round to plan and provide emotionally empowering experiences to Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Elizabeth Lizberg +

Elizabeth Lizberg

Camp Rainbow Gold CEO/Executive Director Elizabeth Lizberg joined Camp Rainbow Gold in 2007 when it was a program of the American Cancer Society. Over her 14-year tenure, she has guided the organization through incredible growth, change and service. In 2014, Camp Rainbow Gold became its own independent nonprofit organization under Elizabeth’s leadership. In 2019 she oversaw the purchase of Camp Rainbow Gold’s own property and she is currently leading the charge to build Hidden Paradise, Idaho’s first medical camp.

Elizabeth embraces Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer with an unrivaled passion and works to leave a lasting, positive imprint on each family she has the honor of knowing through Camp Rainbow Gold. She believes the key to the success of Camp Rainbow Gold is the love, hope and fun given by volunteers and supporters.

Prior to Camp Rainbow Gold, Elizabeth worked for St. Luke’s Regional Medical for Children at Risk Evaluation Services (CARES). During this time, she was instrumental in the creation of the Family and Children Evaluation Services (FACES) Center in Boise and co-founded the Idaho Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Elizabeth was an Idaho Business Review Women of the Year nominee in 2014 and was recognized as a CEO of Influence in 2017.

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Christl Holzl

Christl has been on the Camp Rainbow Gold team since November 2013 and brings a long history of nonprofit, fundraising and event experience. As Development Director, she leads all fundraising efforts for the organization, including the annual Share Your Heart Ball.

Originally from Chicago, a Blackhawks and Cubbies fan, Christl received a BA from Luther College and an MM from the University of Northern Colorado. She fell in love with the west and has made Ketchum her home for the past 28 years.

Her first interview with CRG was a memorable one – up at camp, she was surrounded by laughing children and the stunning Boulder Mountains views. As she was pulling out of camp an exquisite rainbow was arching across the sky — serendipity at its best! She has found her work incredibly meaningful, is honored to work with such compassionate colleagues and is continually amazed at the courage these children diagnosed with cancer and their families display.

In her free time Christl can be found doing all the outdoor activities that mountain living offers including skiing, mountain biking, hiking and hockey, as well as enjoying cultural events, getting her Zen on at yoga and traveling around the globe.

Two truths and a lie from Christl:

  • I swam with a shark in Belize.
  • I sang with John Denver.
  • I’ve summited Mt Denali in Alaska.

Tracy Bryan +

Tracy Bryan

Tracy joined Camp Rainbow Gold in spring of 2016 as Program Director. She is a native Oregonian and grew up in beautiful Southern Oregon. She graduated college from the University of Oregon in Eugene, with a degree in political science and nonprofit administration (Go DUCKS!)

Tracy became passionate about volunteerism and the importance of nonprofits at a young age and chose to attend U of O because of their nonprofit program, one of the few in the country at the time. When she moved to Idaho in 2008, CRG caught her eye and she jumped at the chance to join the team when the opportunity arose.

Her favorite camp memories are seeing the magic of CRG through the camper’s eyes. She loves watching youth campers walk into the dining hall each morning in awe of new decorations and the counselors and volunteers in fun and silly costumes. Ending the nights with warm campfires filled with silly songs and skits while staring at the mountain is a great way to celebrate life and is a reminder of the love and hope driving our programs.

In her spare time, Tracy enjoys being home with her family and keeps busy chasing after twin boys, doing home projects with her husband, and finding treasures while thrifting.

Two truths and a lie from Tracy:

  • I am a triplet.
  • I’ve been run over by a car.
  • I’m left handed.

Lonni Leavitt-Barker +

Lonni Leavitt Barker

Lonni joined the Camp Rainbow Gold staff in March 2019. Lonni and her family have been campers, she has served as a volunteer, a fundraiser, an emcee, and most recently, a board member. Working as an employee for CRG was the last frontier! Lonni will head up our efforts to finance and secure a forever home. She comes to us from Scentsy, Inc. where she oversaw Public Relations, Media and Charitable Giving.

Lonni grew up in Las Vegas and had a totally normal childhood. Her next door neighbor was a hit man for the mafia and her senior prom was at Caesars Palace. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She likes to refer to her career in television as her “previous life”.  Lonni was an Emmy award-winning investigative news reporter whose career took her from Las Vegas to Raleigh/Durham, Phoenix to Los Angeles. After fifteen years of chasing down multiple offenders, corrupt politicians, mobsters and criminals who faked their deaths in foreign countries to fraudulently collect on insurance policies—Lonni gave up LA’s fast lane to move to Eagle, where she likes to tell people she has been “reincarnated as a mother”.

Lonni and her husband, Byron are the parents of four children. Their youngest battled cancer for more than three years. They like to say Camp Rainbow Gold was the best “perk” to come out of such a brutal experience. The family has attended Family Camps and their three oldest are frequent flyers at Sibling Camp (and truly equate it with Christmas). Lonni is also the founder of Baldapalooza, a family-friendly music festival for Idaho children battling cancer which supported CRG for two of its three years.

Two truths and a lie from Lonni:

  • I have already attended my own funeral and burial.
  • I was the only person at a nudist colony with my clothes on.
  • I used to help produce World Title Boxing matches in Las Vegas.

KC Covert +

KC Covert

KC joined Camp Rainbow Gold in the summer of 2018. After two years as a volunteer camp counselor for youth and sibling camp, she was thrilled to be able to join the team and serve the Camp Rainbow Gold family full-time. She is driven by the enthusiasm, courage and laughter of the CRG campers and considers it an honor to even have a small impact on their lives.

KC is a Michigan native and Central Michigan University graduate with a degree in Public Relations. After stints in Virginia, Washington and California working for associations, agencies and franchises, she found her way to beautiful Idaho. She became involved with Camp Rainbow Gold after attending her first Share Your Heart Ball in 2017.

While KC is a writer, artist and introvert at heart, she finds the most satisfaction in meeting and working with creative, fun and genuine people. She is driven by new experiences, adventures and connections. KC loves being outdoors, exploring the mountains of Idaho and spending quality time with her friends, family, boyfriend and puppy.

Two truths and a lie from KC:

  • I’ve seen the northern lights.
  • I’m an exceptional hula-hooper.
  • I’ve flown on a trapeze.

Benton Smith +

Benton Smith

From writing novel length emails to teaching himself how to hitch a storage trailer to a moving truck, Benton serves as the middle-man between Camp Rainbow Gold staff and its volunteers -— working as program manager to ensuring volunteer leadership teams have the tools and training they need to succeed in planning and carrying out all CRG programs.

Benton joined Camp Rainbow Gold in July 2017 after visiting the website. He had previously worked for two years as a reporter covering crime and politics and it was an easy sell to trade bylines for zip lines.

Outside of the camp season, Benton helps manage volunteer and family applications for CRG’s programs, helps plan events for the teen support group, and entertains any and all dogs who accompany their owners on trips to the office (hint, hint.)

Two truths and a lie from Benton:

  • I was the student body president of my school.
  • But, by the end of high school I had apparently lost standing and was voted most likely to be a bum.
  • Luckily, I’ve been working on my dance moves so by the time the 10-year reunion comes around we’ll see who has the last laugh.
amanda mcginnis

Amanda McGinnis +

amanda mcginnis

Amanda has worked with Camp Rainbow gold since 2014 as the Office Manager. She has continuously grown and evolved with the position over the years, increasing her responsibilities to support all facets of the organization. The love she has for the children and families of Camp Rainbow Gold shows through her passion and commitment to her work. She strives to help all our campers celebrate life.

Amanda has also been working diligently to complete a double major in Accounting and Business at Boise State University. She will be graduating May of 2022. 

Amanda was born in Des Moines, Iowa but has been part of the Boise community since she was 18 months old. Her top priority is her two lovely girls, Annika and Calie—however, her new Goldendoodle Mavis is a close second. 

Outside of camp and school, Amanda still finds time to enjoy the great outdoors by hiking, camping, boating, and hunting throughout Idaho. She also loves the music scene in Boise, and travels whenever possible.

Mari Beth Stein +

Mari Beth Stein

Mari Beth started volunteering at Camp Rainbow Gold as a camp nurse in 2009. Since then, she has volunteered at 6 summer camps, one winter camp and many other year-round activities. She was thrilled to be offered a position as a Camp Rainbow Gold staff member which allows Mari Beth to merge some of her passions, nursing, giving back to her community and organization.

“As the medical coordinator, I hope to keep the medical side of camp running smoothly so campers and staff can do their magic. To me, this is why this position exists.”

Mari Beth is a liaison between camp and our community medical contacts. Additionally, she ensures policies are in place so everyone at a camp activity remains safe and is able to have an incredible memory-making time.

Mari Beth is nationally certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Oncology Nursing Society. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Denver School of Nursing and her Master of Nursing from Boise State University. She holds has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. She has been working in the field of oncology for the last 10+ years in many different nursing positions. Although her career was primarily focused on adult oncology care, she has a passion to support children and the families of children affected by cancer.

Mari Beth is a fun-loving, passionate person, who always tries to see the good side in every situation. Her goal is to be a lifelong learner and she strives to learn at least one new thing every day. She is an avid football fan, supporting the Denver Broncos, BSU Broncos and CU Buffs. You may even see her sporting blue hair on game days. In her free time, she enjoys being a wife and mom to her wonderful husband and two fabulous children, especially when it gets her outdoors. Her favorite things to do are road/mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, alpine skiing, snow shoeing, camping and basically anything else outdoors. She also loves reading and gardening.

When asked why she wanted to become part of Camp Rainbow Gold’s Staff, Mari Beth said, “The kids are amazing, and being at camp is magical, like heaven on Earth. Who wouldn’t want a job described like that?!”

Laura Harris +

Laura Harris

Laura joined the Camp Rainbow Gold team in February 2021. Laura is an Idaho native who graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Fine Art. She is driven by meaningful work, empathy, and by the magic of camp.

Laura has several years of experience working and volunteering in resident, day, and international camps. She was able to share her passion for youth development while serving in Eastern Europe as an English teacher volunteer in the US Peace Corps. There, she was able to see firsthand how summer camp can shape the lives of youth and teens. Since returning to the United States, Laura has been involved with nonprofits and summer camps in an effort to positively impact the community in her hometown of Boise.

Laura will bring her knowledge of and passion for camp to the Camp Rainbow Gold office to ensure that youth, teens, and families have a chance to be a part of the magic of camp, no matter their circumstance.

Laura loves being outdoors on a hike or at the park with her dog, cooking, painting and creating, and collecting vintage bicycles. She cannot wait to meet all of the campers, families, and volunteers as they stop by the office or at camp!

Two truths and a lie from Laura:

  • I am a certified lifeguard.
  • I once lived in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • I can play the violin.

Camp Leadership

Camp programs are led each year by a dedicated team of volunteers who give their time and talents to build the best programs for our campers. Meet your 2021 Camp Leadership teams.

Maggie Alcaraz +

Margarita Alcaraz

Hi, my name is Maggie and I’m your Sibling Camp Activities Director. I’ve been involved with Camp Rainbow Gold since 2008 when I was a sibling camper. I moved into being a cabin counselor and now I’m joining the leadership team!

My favorite activity at Camp is the campfire nights and my favorite camp song is Banana Split. I’m so excited for this year because we’ll be in our new home and all back together again.

When I’m not at Camp, you can usually find me working with high school students, at a coffee shop, hiking, or binge watching something on Netflix.

Courtney Després +

Courtney Despres

Hi, I’m Courtney! I am the Sibling Camp Assistant Director. I became involved with CRG in 2011 when I began volunteering as a Cabin Counselor at Sibling Camp. I've been volunteering at the summer camps and with other CRG programs ever since!

My favorite activities are Art Shack and campfire. My favorite camp song is Boomdeyada. Camp is the BEST! I get to be with the best people, have fun and meaningful experiences, and eat Tater-Tot Casserole. It's an all around win!

When I’m not at Camp you can usually find me making art, reading books, and playing with my dog. I also participate on the CRG Programs Committee throughout the year, and I have a job working in Healthcare Administration.

Shannon Durkee +

Shannon Durkee

Bio coming soon!

Beth Fraiser

Beth Frasier +

Beth Fraiser

Hi! My name is Beth and I’m brand new to CRG! I’ll be your Teen Camp Social Worker. have been interested in joining the CRG family for quite some time. This year, everything fell into place for me to participate and I'm so excited!

Since I haven’t been to Camp yet, I’m not sure what my favorite activity will be. I’m excited to get there and experience it with you all. My favorite song to sing around a campfire is The Barn Dance by Tom T. Hall. I can’t wait to meet all of the campers and volunteers. I’ve never been to summer camp before so I hope you all will show me the ropes!

When I’m not at Camp, you can find me at home with my cats, doing school work. I could also be on the Boise River Greenbelt or hiking Camel's Back. And you might even catch me around town singing and dancing in my car at stop lights!

Ashley Hines +

Ashley Hines

Hi! My name is Ashley and I’m the Youth Camp LMSW. I’ve been involved with CRG since 2019. I have helped assist where I can. I enjoy my volunteer role and I’m looking forward to filling the social work role this year.

My favorite camp activity is campfire and circle up. I don’t have a favorite camp song yet, I do need to learn some more! I’m most excited about this summer to be able to see some of my long lost friends!

When I’m not at Camp you can find me at home with my pugs or hanging with my friends outside enjoying Boise!

Tara Jefferies +

Tara Jefferies

Hi! I’m Tara and I’m the Teen Camp Activities Director. I’ve been a part of Camp Rainbow Gold since 2011. I’ve been a cabin counselor and a nurse at Sibling Camp.

My favorite camp activity is a toss up between mountain biking and Art Shack. My favorite camp song is Banana Split. I’m so excited for this summer because I can’t wait to be together as a camp family at our new home!

When I’m not at Camp, you can find me visiting national parks, road tripping with my husband, or experimenting in the kitchen.

Bri Lippiello+

Bri Lippiello

Hi! I’m Briana! I am the Youth Camp Assistant Director. I’ve been involved with Camp Rainbow Gold since 2010 and have been a cabin counselor for many years.

My favorite camp activity is the Dance. And my favorite camp song is Banana Split. I’m excited for the 2021 camp season because I get to take on a new role at camp.

When I’m not with CRG, you can find me crocheting, working and being a mom!

Max Musser +

Max Musser

Hi, I’m Max! I’m the Youth Camp Activities Director. I joined the Camp Rainbow Gold family as a camper in 2014 at Sibling Camp and Family Camp. Then I was a junior volunteer and this will be my first year on a leadership team. I've volunteered at sibling, teen, and family camp and am very excited to be at Youth Camp for my first time this year!

My favorite camp activity is raiding! And my favorite campfire song is Banana Split. I’m super excited for this summer because it will be my first year at youth camp and first year on the leadership team.

When I’m not at Camp, you can usually find me playing sports or playing video games. Yes, an activity director who likes to PLAY! I can’t wait for this summer!

Kristen Nate

Kristen Nate +

Kristen Nate

Hi, I’m Kristen and I’m your Sibling Camp Social Worker! This is my first year with Camp Rainbow Gold and I am so excited!! 

I’ll let you know my favorite CRG activity after July, but I do love a good game of Red Rover. And, oh boy! It’s been a while since I’ve sang a camp song. I’m going to have to learn all new ones this year and I can wait for you to teach me! 

I have been so blessed with the opportunity to meet all of you amazing campers, volunteers and camp staff. I can’t wait to create new memories with you all. 

When I’m not at camp, you’ll find me reading a good book with my cat, watching some sporting events live or on television and gardening.

Kate Olsen +

Kate Olson

Hi, my name is Kate and I’m the Youth Camp Med Shack Director. I’ve been involved with Camp Rainbow Gold since 2010. As an inpatient pediatric oncology nurse, it is so awesome to get to see my patients be campers!

My favorite camp activity is campfire and my favorite campfire song is Superman. I’m so excited for this summer because I missed seeing all the campers and volunteers last year.

When I’m not at Camp, you’ll probably find me travelling!

Carlie Pedersen +

Carlie Pedersen

Hi! My name is Carlie and I’m the Teen Camp Director. I joined the Camp Rainbow Gold family 18 years ago. I’m a former camper and have held many volunteer roles since. I also serve CRG on the board of directors and through committees.

My favorite camp activity is the dance. I love seeing everyone smiling and letting loose together. I also enjoy bonding time in the cabins. My favorite camp song is any pinecone ceremony song. I’m so excited about this summer because we will be able to see everyone again after taking the year off from in-person camps.

When I’m not at Camp, you can find me spending time with my husband and dog, reading a book, or traveling (prior to COVID, of course).

Ben Schile +

Ben Schile

Bio coming soon!

Alex Schwarz +

Alex Schwartz

Hi, I’m Alex and I’m your Teen Camp Med Shack Director. I’ve been involved with Camp Rainbow Gold since 2014. I am a pediatric oncology nurse at St. Luke's Children's Hospital. Camp Rainbow Gold is a place where I get to provide my skills as a nurse in a way that promotes a safe and fun experience for our oncology teens at camp. I am honored that I get to serve my community in a way that provides an awesome and fulfilling experience for our campers.

My favorite activity at Camp is hip-hop dancing. My favorite campfire song is the Llama Song. I'm so excited for this summer because I get to see my Camp family and spend time doing activities with all the teen campers.

When I’m not at Camp, you can usually find me going for walks on the Greenbelt.

Lisa Tener +

Lisa Tener

Hi! I’m Lisa and I’m the Sibling Camp Director. I’ve been involved with CRG since 2009 and I can usually be found in the Art Shack or the Escape Rooms at our Family Camps.

My favorite camp activity is the Art Shack and my favorite camp song is Herman the Worm. I haven’t seen our campers in over a year and I can’t wait for this summer to see all those smiling faces and hear the laughter!

When I’m not with CRG, I’m usually at home. I’m retired so I do a lot of crafts. I also like to camp with my husband and our dog, Casper.

Stacie Tornga +

Stacie Tornga

Hi! My name is Stacie and I’m the Teen Camp Assistant Director. I’ve been a member of the CRG family since around 2002. I got indoctrinated into camp when I was diagnosed with A.L.L. I was introduced to the idea of going to camp through MSTI and I have been involved ever since. I've been a camper, a JV, a counselor, and assistant director. I've also worked with the scholarship committee and Survivors Supporting Survivors.

My favorite camp activity is archery and my favorite camp song is The Badger Song. This summer, I'm so excited to see the new campus and actually see everyone in person! Camp is all about the people and connections.

When I’m not at Camp you can find me in sweatpants, probably eating something.