The Board of Directors of Camp Ten Trees is entrusted with overall governance of the organization. The Board works on policies and procedures, ensures fiscally solvency, serves as organizational ambassadors, and supervises the executive director. The Board meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Marina Mart in Westlake in Seattle. Meetings are open to all! You can click here to see agendas and other materials for upcoming meetings, as well as minutes and notes from previous ones.
Interested in applying to join the board? Submit your application at any time, and the Board Development Committee will reply to you. Board terms are cyclical. Generally, new board members begin their terms in October at the Annual Meeting and are expected to serve at least one year (October through October). People of color, trans*feminine people, young adults, adult children of LGBTQ families, parents of LGBTQA youth, and parents of LGBTQ families are especially encouraged to apply. Click here to download the board application or here to read more about what board members do.
How about a board committee? Have fun, meet awesome folks, and sustain the Camp Ten Trees Mission, Values, and Commitment to Social Justice by pitching in on a board committee. Board committees are made up of board members and non-board members. Click here to download the board committee application.
- Executive Committee – 2nd Thursdays monthly, 6:00 p.m.
This committee sets the agenda for the Board of Directors’ meetings and provides higher level oversight of the organization.
- Finance Committee – 2nd Thursdays monthly, 7:00 p.m.
This committee provides oversight of bookkeeping, budgeting, and financial reporting.
- Outreach and Fund Development Committee – 4th Mondays monthly, 7:00 p.m.
This committee works with the Executive Director to implement responsible and effective outreach, communications, and fund development strategies.
The current members of the Board of Directors of Camp Ten Trees are:
Megan Bokan, President of the Board of Directors, was born and raised in lovely Seattle Washington. She graduated from Western Washington University with a focus in Identity Politics. She is currently attending LIOS (Leadership Institute of Seattle) and loving it. Megan has worked with youth for over 15 years in many different capacities including an after school program director, substitute teacher and summer camp assistant director. She joined the CTT community 4 years ago as a kitchen volunteer and was so impacted by the fierce commitment to social justice and grass roots volunteer pool that Megan joined the Board in 2012. She continues to love volunteering in the kitchen. Megan is a seasoned baker and farmers market enthusiast. She loves loves loves cooking and sharing large family meals. She enjoys playing in gardens and spending time with her friends and family.
Gabe Barnow, Vice President of the Board of Directors, was born and raised in Seattle, WA and feels the trees, mountains, and coast of the Pacific Northwest running through their veins. As a teenage queer in 2007, Gabe found Camp Ten Trees and over the years transitioned from camper, to counselor-in-training, to summer camp volunteer to member of the board. Gabe has grown up in the camp community and considers it home. Camp instilled solid social justice values in Gabe, which led them to study Population Health with a focus on LGBTQ communities and communities of color at Western Washington University. Gabe is dedicated to creating accessible and high quality health care for all marginalized people, and currently works as the office manager at Restorative Health Care. When they’re not engaged in paid work, Gabe also loves working with young people of all ages, doing anti-racist and art-based community organizing, and being an artist. Gabe is dedicated to bringing joy, creativity, and love to all areas of their life. They also enjoy biking around the city, cooking extravagant meals, and hiking in the mountains.
Becca Guest, Secretary of the Board of Directors is new to the Board of Directors, and her biography will be available soon!
Paul Binder, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, is new to the Board of Directors, and his biography will be available soon!
Connor Durham was born and raised in Auburn, Washington. He is currently a Recreation Program Coordinator for Seattle Parks and Recreation, overseeing academic support and enrichment programming for elementary students during the summer and after school hours. Connor holds a BA in Recreation from Western Washington University, and a M.Ed in Guidance and Counseling from City University. Connor began volunteering at Camp Ten Trees in 2007 because of his love for summer camps – both as a camper and staff member. Inspired by the transformative experience CTT provided for campers and the tireless dedication of its volunteers, Connor continues to come back year after year, and is excited for the new opportunity of being a board member in 2015. In his free time Connor enjoys competing in whatever sport is in season, playing board games, being a Storm season ticket holder, and trying new Seattle food trucks.
Quita St. John moved to Seattle from Northern New England in 1999, and on both coasts she has always been a camper. Camp is a defining experience throughout Quita’s life. From her first Girl Scout sleep over at age five to leading youth across mountain ridges at an eight week camp with a cooperative, anti-racist, environmental mission to taking friends out on their first backpacking trips, camp has not just been something that happens during the summer, but rather a foundational experience that carries throughout her year and her life. She is thrilled to join the Camp Ten Trees community and to continue to make camp a wonderful place for LGBTQ youth and their families. Camp Ten Trees feels like coming home for Quita. Quita’s impetus for her move to Seattle from Vermont and New Hampshire was a post-college social justice internship program through the University Friends (Quaker) Meeting House. As a Quaker, social justice and service work are important elements in Quita’s everyday life, and ones that have particularly defined her work and volunteer life. Her internship in immigrant and refugee rights work led to work as a union organizer, which eventually led her to law school. Since law school, Quita has worked in her dream job as a public defender. Quita volunteers within the legal community as a mentor to LGBTQ law students, and she serves on the executive committee of the William L. Dwyer Inn of Courts, which promotes mentorship and ethics within the profession of law. Quita also volunteers her time as a lawyer at the (free) LGBTQ legal clinic that she helped to found. In addition to compensated and volunteer work, Quita loves to run and hike with her dog and her friends, be outside as late as the sun allows in the summer, and snuggle by a fire in the winter after a cross country ski. From the corners of Seattle to the Tibetan plateau, any new place to travel is worth seeing if she has the time and resources. Quita’s mouth waters just thinking of the amazing, diverse food that Seattle has to offer, and she has a list of Quita-approved coffee locations in case you are ever lost looking for a good cup. She knows a little bit about a lot of things, especially if it was on NPR. She is always taking pictures.
Danny Tayara is new to the Board of Directors, and their biography will be available soon!
Chinda Tilson is from Richmond, Virginia and currently resides in Kirkland. Chinda spent 10 years working for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association as the Executive Assistant. In her career at the American Heart Association, she managed the affiliate’s Board of Directors and supported the Executive Director who oversaw the operations and funding of the local offices from Maryland down to South Carolina. She also fundraised through major gifts cultivation and grant writing and was a lead coordinator for the Health Strategies team.
She and her family have lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2013, and her daughter became a Camp Ten Trees camper in the summer of 2016. Chinda immediately knew she wanted to get involved with an organization that valued inclusion, family, acceptance, and courage. With her experiences in the non-profit sector, as an ally to the LGBTQ community, and as a parent of a camper, Chinda is excited about supporting the missions and programs as they empower the youth, volunteers, and families of this amazing community and beyond.
Chinda currently spends her early mornings doing shelter operations at MEOW Cat Rescue Shelter in Kirkland, WA. She is also a performing volunteer cheerleader for CHEER Seattle, a supporter of the youth theatre shows and programs at Studio East, a yogi, a dancer, a daydreamer, a fanatic of motivational quotes, art lover, champagne sipper, and all around lover of humanity, kids, animals, and life.