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Polly Caddes, Summer 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 and I am getting ready to send my youngest off to college in Minnesota this fall. My other two children are also in college, one in Colorado and one in New York. 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 meet all of you!

Madison Brown-Moffitt Hi there! My name is Madison Brown-Moffitt and I am from Redwood City, CA. I went to Castilleja for all seven years, and was a camp counselor at Casti Camp for four years. I love the fun that everyone has at Casti Camp and I am so happy to be back this year. This summer I am excited to get to know all the campers and counselors, and look forward to seeing you there!


Alyssa Leonard Hello! My name is Alyssa. I am a Bay Area native and I recently graduated from Northwestern University. After graduation, I moved back home and I am currently in grad school working on my credential to be an elementary school teacher this fall. When I am not in the classroom, I love baking, dancing, and rooting for the Giants! This will be my first summer at Castilleja and I am so excited to meet everyone!

Nikki Loiben Hi campers and parents! My name is Nikki, and I can’t wait for Camp Casti to start! This is my first summer at Camp Casti but I was a camper for 8 years in Eagle River, WI. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and moved to Minneapolis, MN for college. My favorite part of Minneapolis is exploring the riverfront on my bike! When I’m not drawing, cooking, or staying active, I am co-teaching in a 4th grade classroom. I’m currently in graduate school at the University of MN to receive my K-6 teaching license and Master’s degree. I’m looking forward to a fantastic summer with all of you!


Katja Diekers Hey Casti campers! My name is Katja and I attend Miami University of Ohio and am originally from Los Altos, California. This is my 12th year being a part of Casti Camp (3rd as a counselor), and I cannot be more excited for another great summer! I love anything and everything outdoorsy, so be on the lookout for some super exciting nature classes. I can't wait for all the fun we are going to have! See you all this summer!

Melissa Nuckolls Hi everyone! My name is Melissa and I grew up in Menlo Park and attended Casti as a camper and CILT for six years. I am finishing my junior year at the University of Oregon, studying psychology and business. I am so incredibly excited to be working at Casti Camp as a counselor for a third year. This summer I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces as well as meeting new campers! I love making friendship bracelets, playing outdoor games with the campers, and making delicious snacks in the kitchen. I am also ready to get back to singing all my favorite camp songs again. See you all in June for an amazing summer!

Callie Parmele Hello everyone! My name is Callie and I am very excited to come back to Casti Camp for my third summer as a counselor! I graduated in May 2015 from Marist College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and I spent the past year working for the Colorado Avalanche in Denver, CO. I am excited to come back home to the Bay Area for the summer and spend it running around with all of the campers! I love hiking, watching Giants games, going to Disneyland and spending time outdoors. You will often find me at the pool this summer. See you soon. I can't wait to get the summer started!

Miriam Cohen Hi! My name is Miriam and everyone calls me Miriam, but I love getting nicknames so let me know if you think of any good ones! I am originally from Sunnyvale, California, and am currently a freshman at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. I have never been to Casti Camp before and am incredibly excited to get to be a part of such an amazing camp this summer! Some of my favorite activities include soccer, baking (and eating baked goods), hiking, and spontaneous singing and dancing. If you ever want to rock out to some Taylor Swift or Adele, I’m your gal! I can’t wait to meet everyone, form friendships, play games, and have an excellent summer!

Mary Kenney Hey Casti campers and parents! My name is Mary Kenney, and I just graduated from UCLA, where I majored in Human Biology and Society and minored in Public Affairs. In my free time I love to read, bake, hike, dance like crazy, and spend time with my friends and family. I also have a massive sweet tooth (especially when dark chocolate is involved!). Growing up, the best part of my summer was the time I spent as a camper at Castilleja Summer Camp, and I couldn’t be more excited to be returning this summer for my fourth year as a counselor!


Angelica Ortiz Hi everyone, I am Angelica Ortiz from East Palo Alto, CA. I recently graduated from Haverford College where I majored in Fine Arts. I have a long history with Castilleja, having had been a camper, CILT, and student there. This will be my second year as a counselor, and I am looking forward to teaching art classes again, singing camp songs, playing prison ball, 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!


Hyllarie Colyer Hello all! My name is Hyllarie, this will be my 3rd summer at Casti Camp and I couldn’t be more excited to come back for a sunny, wonderful, camp song filled summer! During the school year I attend CSM where I am currently working on my pre-nursing classes. I can’t wait to come back to camp for a summer filled of minute to win it games, pool classes, fun in the sun and of course all the camp songs and amazing friendships.


Mattie Keith Hello! My name is Mattie, and I am senior at Ithaca College studying music and counseling. 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!


Grace Berry Hi everybody! My name is Grace and I am from Menlo Park. I was a camper at Casti for four years and am SUPER excited to be returning for my first year as a counselor! This fall I will be a sophomore at UC Berkeley where I am majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Food Systems. I love spending time outdoors, cooking, baking, and creating 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!


CJ Gomez Hey! My name is CJ and check out this huge lemon! This is my 8th summer at Casti Camp and I think it will be the best one yet! I'm really looking forward to making some new friends as well as getting to see all my old ones. When I'm not at camp, I am a substitute teacher, and a Master’s student at SFSU. I also like to spend time searching for the biggest lemons in the land. Fun fact: I can wiggle my ears. Let's have an amazing summer!

Shannon Elward Hi everyone! I'm Shannon. This will be my fourth year as a counselor and I'm incredibly excited to be returning to the happiest camp on earth! I'm originally from Palo Alto, a Casti Camp alum, but I'm currently living in New York City getting my master's degree at Columbia University. I'm glad to get back to the warm California sun this summer. I can't wait to belt out camp songs, get my groove on to the latest summer tunes and share all my terrible jokes. It will be a summer to remember.

Molly Hamilton Hi everyone! My name is Molly Hamilton. I'm from New Hampshire and love running, hiking and team sports. This fall I will be a sophomore-nursing student at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. This is my first summer in California and I cannot wait to spend it having fun with you guys at Casti Camp!

Sara Solomon Hi everyone! My name is Sara and I am so excited to be returning to Casti Camp as a counselor after five amazing years as a camper and CILT. I am from Menlo Park, CA and am a rising sophomore at Santa Clara University. In my free time I love watching all sports (Go Giants!), having a fun time with my friends, going on adventures, and reading. I am looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

 
Camille Hakansson Hi Casti Campers and families! My name is Camille and I was born and raised in Palo Alto but go to college in Oregon at Willamette University. I have spent the past two summers as Counselor at Camp Casti, and I am excited to return for a third summer! I look forward to meeting new campers as well as seeing old friends again, and to making summer 2016 another great year at Camp Castilleja.

Ashley Houk Hello! I am Ashley Houk and I am so excited to be back for my second summer at Casti Camp. This is a very exciting time for me as I have just gotten married, completed my first year of teaching, and moved permanently to California. I love baking, reading, and all things Disney. This summer I am looking forward to playing some prison ball, singing camp songs, and making some more wonderful memories with all the amazing campers and counselors!


 Nina Fox Hi everyone! My name is Nina Fox and I'm from Menlo Park, California. I'm currently finishing my first year at Oberlin College all the way in Ohio, where it snows in April! I went to Casti Camp for 6 years as a camper and one year as a CILT. I absolutely cannot wait to join the Casti family again as a counselor and spend my summer with some amazing ladies! P.S. I'm a camp song maniac!

Vivien Jones Hey everyone! My name is Vivien and I'm so excited to be coming back to Casti Camp for my third summer! I just graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a major in Economics and a Math minor. When I'm not singing Booshka or decorating cupcakes for Sweet Genius, I love cooking, swimming, and playing hide and seek! I can't wait to meet you all; this is going to be the best summer yet!


Lauren Elward Hi! My name is Lauren. I grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from University of the Pacific. This will be my third summer as a counselor here at Casti Camp. I am a high school math teacher and just finished my fourth year teaching! I’m looking forward to being back at Casti Camp and having fun in the sun and pool. I love teaching crafting classes and adding to my collection of over 30 lanyards.


Frances Hughes Hi Everyone! My name is Frances Hughes, and I am from Palo Alto, California. I am a rising junior at Tufts University in Boston studying Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. I went to Castilleja School from 9th to 12th grade, and I'm so excited to come back for Casti Camp! I love running, swimming, and going on hikes with my Golden Retriever puppy. I can't wait to meet you all this summer! See you soon!!

Danielle Jacobsen Hi everyone! My name is Danielle Jacobsen and I’m from Sunnyvale, California. I am currently a rising sophomore at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and I attended Castilleja for high school. I love to swim, play field games, do arts and crafts, and learn about science. I am looking forward to meeting all of the campers at Casti Camp this summer, and I am most excited about the field trips and extravaganzas on Fridays!

Everett Dailey Hi everyone! My name is Everett Dailey and this is my first summer as a Casti Camp counselor! I was born and raised in Santa Clara and I recently graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Theatre Arts. When I’m not having a blast being a Casti Camp counselor, I enjoy writing music, playing basketball, and teaching acting classes. This summer I am looking forward making new friends and having a ton of fun with everybody!

Claire Hi everyone! My name is Claire, I grew up in Palo Alto and spent 8 years as a camper and 3 years as a counselor at Casti camp. I love coming back every year and I am so happy to get to spend Session 2B with you all! I am currently studying Child Development and Outdoor Education at Humboldt State University with plans to become a teacher. Up in Humboldt, I also direct the Leadership and Education Adventure Program, where we go rock climbing and play games with local kids. When I'm not learning about or working with kids, I love playing video games (like Minecraft), cooking, creating artwork, and exploring the outdoors!

 


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