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Polly Caddes, Camp Director

Hi Everyone! My name is Polly Caddes and I am super excited to be the Director of Casti Camp! I cannot have imagined a more perfect job for myself. I loved going to camp as a child, and I feel so fortunate to now have the pleasure of running Casti Camp with its long history of traditions and memory making experiences and friendships. I grew up in Palo Alto, attending Castilleja as a seventh and eighth grade student. I now live in Los Altos with my husband in a very quiet home; as all three of my kids are away in college. I am a former elementary school teacher, and a former director and program developer of another girls camp here in Silicon Valley. I can’t wait for summer at Casti to begin, and to meet all of you!

Madison Brown-Moffitt, Assistant Director

Hi there! My name is Madison Brown-Moffitt and I am from Redwood City, CA. I went to Castilleja as a student for all seven years, and was a camp counselor at Casti Camp for four years, as well as the Assistant Director last year. I am thrilled to be back as Assistant Director again this year because I love how much fun everyone has at Casti Camp. I love Harry Potter, coloring, playing card and board games, and singing camp songs! Come find me in the office some time this summer. I look forward to getting to know everyone!

Angelica Ortiz, CiLT Leader

Hey campers! I'm Angelica, and I graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Fine Arts. I have a long history with Castilleja, having had been a camper, CILT, and student for seven years. This will be my third year as a counselor, and I am looking forward to teaching art classes again, singing camp songs, and all the fun that Casti Camp has to offer! I cannot wait to see returning campers and meet new campers as well. See you all this summer!

Corey Gomez, CiLT Leader

Hello! My name is CJ and I am once again returning to my summer home-away-from-home: Castilleja Summer Camp! I am very excited to be coming back this year to hopefully see some friendly, old faces and many new ones too! When I am not a camp counselor, I am a grad student at SFSU, and enjoy being outside and spending time with friends and family. I can’t wait for the great times to being!

Shannon Elward, CiLT Leader

Hi everyone! I'm Shannon and this will be my fifth summer as a counselor. Casti Camp is one of my favorite places in the whole world and I'm thrilled to be coming back to sing camp songs, make friendship bracelets and get my groove on to the latest summer tunes. After spending the year finishing my master's degree at Columbia University, I'm happy to be returning to the California sunshine. I'm look forward to a perfect summer hanging out with the best campers and C.i.L.T.s in the universe.

Addie Feldman

Hi campers!! My name is Addie, and this is my first year as a counselor at Casti. I myself was a camper at Casti for a few years, and I can’t wait to get back to being a part of the family again! I’m going to be a sophomore at Northeastern University in Boston, and my major is biochemistry. I’m super excited to lead some fun STEM classes, along with learning all the Casti songs again, as I absolutely love to sing! I can’t wait to meet you all!

Alexis Malgesini

Hi everyone! My name is Alexis and I just finished my first year of nursing school in Seattle. I can't wait to be back in California this summer to enjoy some sunshine and to get to know all of you! I love the outdoors and playing sports like volleyball and tennis, but I also love to do a lot of creative expression. This will be my first year as a Casti counselor so I am really excited to become a part of the team. See you all soon!!

Alyssa Leonard

Hello! My name is Alyssa Leonard. I am Bay Area native and 4th-grade teacher. When I am not in the classroom, I love baking, dancing, and rooting for the Giants! This will be my second summer at Castilleja and I am so excited to return for round 2!

Charlie Story

Hi there! My name is Charlie Story and I'm from Ladera. I'm currently a freshman computer science major at Chapman University. It's my first year being a Castilleja camp counselor, but I already have a good feel for Castilleja because my mom teaches there. I love playing sports like lacrosse and soccer, but I also love music and playing the cello. I can't wait to have a blast with everyone this summer!

Deanna Payne

Hi there campers! My name is Deanna and I’m thrilled to be spending my first Casti camp summer with you all! I’m really looking forward to spending time together in classes and getting to know one another. Here’s a bit about myself though: I’m actually from Fairfax, VA and I recently graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and a Dance Minor. I really enjoy singing, dancing, cooking, and being outdoors! I’m also always on the hunt for a good pun—so if you have any, please come and share a laugh with me! See you all around!

Daisy Ortega

Hey Casti Camp! My name is Daisy Ortega, and this is my first time as a Casti camp counselor and I’m super excited to have fun with you this summer! During the day, I’m a Recess Coach and teach fun games. During the evening, you can always catch me reading a book or playing outside with my siblings. I can’t wait to meet you all and play some fun games!

Gillian King

Hi, I am a  Palo Alto native and I graduated from Gunn High School. I am a sophomore at Boston University studying Health Science. I love playing sports, especially lacrosse and wrestling. Some of my other favorite activities include building sets for musicals and being outdoors. I have been taking Spanish classes since 7th grade and hope to receive a minor in either Spanish or Biology. I can’t wait to meet all of you this summer!

Grace Berry

Hi everybody! My name is Grace and I'm from Menlo Park. I was a camper at Casti for four years and am SUPER excited to be returning for my second year as a counselor! I will be a junior at UC Berkeley where I am majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies, and I will be spending the fall semester abroad in Italy and Spain. I love spending time outdoors, baking, and making art, and am really looking forward to doing these things at camp this summer! I can't wait to get back to Casti and spend my days singing songs, playing games and making wonderful memories with you all!

Hyllarie Colyer

Hello Casti campers and parents! My name is Hyllarie and this will be my 4th summer at camp, I can't wait to come back and see some familiar faces as well as new ones! I love all of the fun and sun that camp has to offer. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, playing with my puppy and of course practicing Minute to Win it games in preparation for summer! Can't wait to make sunscreened, cool in the pool, lanyard filled, happy, summer memories with all of you!

Izzy London

Hi everyone! My name is Izzy. I just finished my first year at Chapman University, where I am majoring in Education Studies. During my free time, you will usually find me in the dance studio- either doing handstands, taking dance classes, or dancing with the Indian Dance Team. I went to Casti Camp for three years as a camper and one year as a CILT, and I am so excited to return this summer as a counselor! I can’t wait to sing all of the camp songs and to make a million other fun memories! I am looking forward to meeting y’all!

Jocelyn Figueroa

Hi campers! My name is Jocelyn but you guys can call me Jocy if you'd like. Something interesting and fun about me is that my birthday is on Fourth of July and I love Disneyland and of course the Disney movies. This is my first time being a counselor at Casti Camp and I am beyond excited! I feel very passionate about dancing, I feel like it's a way to bring people together and just have fun. I can't wait to meet everyone and have a memorable summer together!

Josh Miller

Hey Soon to be Campers! My name is Counselor Josh and I am all about having an awesome time when you are at Casti Camp! Paint my face, sure! Wacky hairdo, right on! Throw water balloons at me, I love it! Just expect a bucket of water on your head :)  I have been a counselor at Castilleja for many years, and I am happy to return and have a blast this summer!

Katherine George

Hi! I’m Katherine George from Menlo Park, CA, and I am currently a freshman at Yale University. I am super excited to be camp counselor with Castilleja this summer! This is my first year working at the camp, and I am so thrilled to be part of the team! I loved going to summer camp when I was younger, and have so many amazing memories from it, and I hope I can create the same ones for you! I love to play soccer and write, and a fun fact about me is that my brother and I have the exact same birthday, but two years apart. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Katja Diekgers

Hi Casti Camp! My name is Katja and I will be a junior at Miami University in Ohio this fall. I've been going to Casti Camp myself since 2nd grade; and I've been a CILT, worked in the office, and a counselor for three years. I can't wait to be back to play prisonball and make popsicles with all of you! When I'm not at camp, you can catch me hiking around in a forest or doing yoga. Join me in my classes where you can learn how to do both of those things and much more! See you at camp!

Kelcy Campbell

My name is Kelcy Campbell. I have just graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Technical Theatre.  I grew up in Palo Alto and went to Henry M. Gunn High School.  I am Scuba Diver Certified, Life Guard Certified and CPR Certified. I was a year-round swimmer from the age of 10 to 18 and continue to swim on occasion.  This is my third year as a Counselor for Castilleja Summer Camp, before that, I was a CILT for two years and a camper for one.  I love this camp and can’t wait to share that love with you.  My favorite thing about camp is the friendship that you make with campers, CILTs, and Counselors.

Mattie Keith

Hello! My name is Mattie Keith and I am a grad student getting my Master of Social Work at USC. I was a camper at Casti Camp for a number of years and attended Castilleja School from 6th through 12th grade. I am very excited to be spending another summer on the circle! I remember when I was a camper I loved getting to participate in the numerous and varied activities that were available to us. My hope is to create the same exciting and memorable experience for our campers this summer! I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone and sharing in the day to day fun! Also, if you ever need someone to share a dad joke, a swell pun, or a funny story with-- I'm your gal!! I can't wait to create some new memories and enjoy some fun in the sun with you all!

Miriam Cohen

Hi Casti Campers! My name is Miriam Cohen, and I am super excited to return to Casti Camp as counselor for my second summer! Last summer was such a blast, and I cannot wait to play Clocktower, make friendship bracelets, sing camp songs, and hang out with all of you! I am originally from Sunnyvale, California, but I currently live in Tacoma, Washington where I am a junior at the University of Puget Sound. In my free time I love to hike, play soccer, bake, and be goofy! I am looking forward to another summer of fun in the sun!!! 

Nikki Loiben

Hi! My name is Nikki and this will be my second year at Casti. I can’t wait to return to have fun and teach science and art classes! When I’m not at camp during the school year, I am a substitute elementary school teacher. My favorite hobbies include cooking and drawing dog portraits.

Rowan Robertson-Smith

Hi everyone! My name is Rowan and this is my first summer at Casti Camp. I grew up in Chicago and I now live in New York City where I major in studio art and minor in irish studies at New York University. When I’m not making art I love singing, being outdoors, and reading. This will be my first summer in California and I’m so excited to make new friends on the West Coast!

Sarah Callan

What's up!? My name's Sarah and I can't wait to be one of your counselors! I go to school at the University of Michigan and study Mechanical Engineering. I'm so excited for the memories and friends we're all gonna make! I love the outdoors, sports, chocolate, art and meeting my new campers!

Sarah Hartman

Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am from Fairbanks, Alaska where I study Biology and Elementary Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This will be my first summer away from home, and also my first time at Casti Camp. I am excited to be a part of this awesome summer program, make new friends, and soak up some California sunshine to bring back to Alaska! Some of my favorite things are reading, drinking tea, stretching my body and mind, journaling, being in nature, gushing over cute critters, connecting to people, and preparing and eating good food. If you ever need a hug or a listening ear, I’d be more than happy to be your friend. I’m looking forward to sharing a great summer with you!

Sarah Tritschler

Hey campers!! I'm Sarah and I'm super duper pumped to be one of your counselors this summer! I just finished my freshman year at Claremont McKenna, where I am studying Psychology. I love sports, dogs, and art!  I also love ice cream and chocolate and cake, and really just all things sweet! Can't wait to meet all of you!!

Seth Andersen

Hello! My name is Seth Andersen and I’m coming all the way from Chicago, Illinois to join the fun and enjoy the sun here in California. I play soccer and run track at the college level and love sports in general. Along with sports I also love music and play the cello for fun. Most importantly, I love meeting new people and making friends!




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