Mich is passionate, positive, and enthusiastic! She’s a skilled accountant who brings a wealth of experience in bookkeeping, customer service, office management, e-commerce, executive assistance and marketing.
Mich holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and brings to Tawonga years of experience as an Accountant and in customer service. Prior to joining the Tawonga team, she served as a backbone to many C-level executives internationally and in the US, supporting start-up companies in both their operations and finance. She also previously worked as an AP Accountant for a number of nonprofits and public officials in Bay Area.
On weekends, you will find Mich traveling with her husband Menlo. She’s a mom to her two Pomeranians and loves fostering other dogs until they are ready for their new families.
Michelle is also an aspiring digital creator and loves creating uplifting designs, websites and YouTube channels.
Debbie has lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years and is new to Camp Tawonga. She grew up in southern Oregon where she learned to love outdoor adventures and spending time in nature. She attended 4-H and Girl Scout summer camp as a kid and grew up loving to backpack with family and friends. Debbie has a passion for community work and has twenty-five years of extensive experience in non-profit management, and seven years in public administration for local government. She served as the Executive Director of two different branches of the YMCA of Silicon Valley. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and is currently finishing her MPA. Fun fact- she competes in the sport of triathlon, and just completed her first full Ironman and plans to compete in a second later this year.
Julie (she/her) is so excited to begin her journey as a Tawongan. She has 20 years of experience as a non-profit leader with a focus on finance and operations. Most recently served as COO of San Mateo’s CuriOdyssey after serving as executive leader of Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley for nearly 12 years. Previously spent 15 years working in professional theatre in Chicago and 7 years as System Administrator/Business Analyst at a large advertising agency. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Non-Profit Arts Management degree from Columbia College Chicago.
Julie lives in Oakland with her husband, Erik, and their daughter Madelyn who they hope to make a Tawongan very soon.
Sarah’s story with Tawonga began in 2002 when she joined the summer staff as a counselor. After falling in love with the land, community and culture, she returned many summers as a Lifeguard, Office Staff Member and Office Manager. After earning a degree in Business Management from Chico State and spending two years in Japan teaching English, Sarah joined the year-round team from 2008 – 2018 where she served as the Accounts Receivable and Financial Assistance Manager. In addition to her role in the Finance Department, Sarah managed logistics for many large scale annual events including Ruach Rides, Erev Rosh Hashanah Celebrations and at Camp weddings.
In 2018 Sarah bittersweetly said goodbye to Tawonga and the Bay Area and moved with her husband Avi, their three sons Harley, Asa, Ari and their toy poodle Otis, to a small town on the Pudget Sound in Washington state to live a quieter life with more nature and less people. For three years Sarah enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, exploring the Pacific Northwest beaches, forests and parks with her kids.
Fast forward to 2021, Sarah’s boys are all in school, and she is ecstatic to rejoin Tawonga’s year-round team as Staff Accountant, where she looks forward to helping bring Tawonga’s mission to life.
Kevin Saephanh joined Tawonga’s finance team in the Fall of 2021 as our Human Resource and Finance Coordinator. He graduated from Sacramento State in 2016 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a strong emphasis in I/O and Social Psychology. Kevin brings to Tawonga years of experience as an HR generalist, specializing in HR operations and administration.
Kevin’s passion for people and culture is only outweighed by his dedication to service. During college, he held various leadership positions in community service organizations on campus. His favorite recurring service event was Relay For Life, where he helped fundraise over $10,000 for the Natomas Sacramento Cultural Center.
On weekends, you’ll find Kevin with his partner and a few friends at Golden Gate Park, enjoying a picnic with Karl the Fog. Kevin is also an aspiring capoeirista and enjoys playing piano, settling down with a good novel and listening to the rain.
Rachelle is an East Bay native with over 10 years of experience working in finance and human resources for a variety of software companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her weekends are often spent on road trips with her husband Gabe and their five kids. When not exploring, Rachelle can be found with her kids at the park, or at home with a book in hand. Rachelle lives in Antioch with her family and their Rottweiler.