Camp Quest West is the California affiliate of Camp Quest, Inc.
Board of Directors
Ross Blocher has been a Program Staffer at Camp Quest West SoCal for the past five years, and a frequent member of the Curriculum Development Task Force.
Ross is co-host of the popular investigations podcast Oh No, Ross and Carrie! in which he investigates fringe religious groups, alternative medicine, and spirituality – all so you don’t have to. He has been an investigator for ten years with the Independent Investigations Group in Los Angeles, examining and testing paranormal claims. You’ll find him at a number of secular and skeptical groups around the greater Los Angeles area, including Sunday Assembly and CFI-Los Angeles.
Professionally, Ross works at Disney Animation Studios as a Training Project Manager, and loves that atmosphere of creativity and inspiration. He’s also a fan of running, hiking, hacky sacking, movie watching, reading, and the number 47. His son Andrew joins him each year for camp.
Jay Harel works as a product manager in Silicon Valley. He is heading up our Marketing Task Force. His team is ensuring there’s up to date information online, building new and interesting content in our newsletter and Facebook page and finding new ways to promote our camps. In his spare time, Jay likes traveling, flying airplanes, and spending time with his kids (who can’t wait for this year’s Camp Quest West to start!).
Sitar Harel is studying engineering and philosophy at Cornell University. He grew up in the Bay Area and attended Camp Quest West as a camper every year since he was eleven years old. He was an LT for three years and became a staffer when he turned eighteen in 2015. As a new addition to the board, he hopes to help make Camp Quest West even better than it was when he was a camper.
San Francisco, CA
Kaitlin Pike, in partnership with fellow Camp Quest West board member Tucker Phelps, directs the NorCal Leadership Track program for high school aged campers. The Leadership Track focuses on counselor-in-training programming, leadership and social responsibility. Kaitlin is a professional marketer by day and has worked with a range of companies from Fortune 500s to bootstrapped startups, large & small-scale events, and print & digital media. She also runs the popular Meetup group, SF Nightowls, in San Francisco.
Philip Starner began board membership in 2014 and is looking forward to a bright future with Camp Quest. Philip has a background with the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout and looks to bring these experiences in development of Leadership Training (LT) program and to the Free Thought Curriculum on the Curriculum Development Team (CDT). Philip was also honorably discharged from the U.S. Army which also shaped his passion for leadership while working with the LT program at camp.
Philip is an IT contractor and is currently hard at work creating apps for Apple’s iPhones and other devices. He has worked in Hollywood since 2002, and has co-authored a technical book in the industry titled “Programming HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc – The HD Cookbook”.
Philip has a strong passion for camp and wishes to bring the magic of camp to the children of today. With a strong emphasis in Science and Freethought there is no better place than Camp Quest to apply this passion.
Jenny Conley – Virtual Office Administrator
Jenny is the newest member of the Camp Quest West family and is joining the CQW family as our Virtual Office Administrator. Jenny will be coordinating communication between board members, staff, volunteers, and families. She prides herself on being a “Jill-Of-All-Trades” and therefore will fit in perfectly in this new position.
When not immersing herself in all things Camp Quest West, Jenny works as a Front Desk Manager and Web Administrator for Dance & Cheer Stars in Manteca, CA. She herself has no rhythm, but she enjoys assisting others in finding a dance style that calls to them. Jenny also is raising a tiny human being and encouraging him to be a loving and empathetic freethinker (she thinks he has the free-thinking worked out…maybe a little too much for a three-year-old). Jenny, her husband, and their son are animal nuts and have aspirations to own a “Dalmatian plantation” of sorts, but with mutts of all shapes and sizes.
Jenny also enjoys good old sequential art and you can find her at her local comic shop on Wednesdays! Jenny is looking forward to bringing her mutli-tasking, computer savvy, and general warrior princess mojo to Camp Quest West and help it to grow and flourish in years to come!