Each cabin is led by two counselors, often drawn from Alumni who have come back to work at Camp Shaver. They are enthusiastic, friendly, energetic and very creative! Every year our staff goes through Staff Training, regardless if they were an employee in years past. We also require that every staff member takes a drug test before they are officially offered the job.
MEET THE Team
Phil has been working professionally in YMCA camping since 1992, and has been at Camp Shaver since 2004. He is a proud father of three and a husband for twenty two years. Phil’s interests include traveling, photography, and hiking.
Cell: (505) 480-7417
High Ropes Director
This will be Kevin’s sixteenth summer at camp. This spring, Kevin will be graduating from the University of New Mexico with a major in Economics. When he isn’t at camp, Kevin works at Popejoy Hall and plays ultimate frisbee. In the fall, Kevin plans to move to Denver and adopt as many chihuahuas as he can.
Teen Development Director
This will be Averi’s tenth year at camp. When she’s not at camp, she enjoys being outdoors, drawing, and embracing her butt chin. Her ultimate life goal is to never go a month without consuming salsa.
Head Male Counselor
This will be Nick’s (PicNick’s) tenth summer at camp. In the fall, he will be studying at the University of Leeds in England. He is currently studying theater, and hopes to become an accomplished actor, writer, or artist.
Head Female Counselor
This will be Kim’s sixth summer at camp. When she’s not at camp, Kim works as an assistant teacher at Elevation Children’s Center. Her life goal is to figure out what her life goal is. She spends most of her free time burning toast, coloring outside the lines and telling dad jokes.
This will be Adelle’s first summer at camp. She studied wildlife at LSU and enjoy’s birding and juggling fire when she’s not at camp. She hopes to become a professional gangster and ride a rainbow one day.
This will be Conner’s twelfth summer at camp. He is currently a student at Evergreen State College and is studying Environmental Sciences. He hopes to one day work with a forest service and youth development.
Kate (Fred) Garrette
Blue Folder Coordinator
This will be Fred’s fourteenth summer at camp. She is married, has two cats and works as a program coordinator at Rio Rancho Public Schools. She is currently studying at Highlands University and hopes to work as a school counselor in the future.
This will be Ruben’s second summer at camp. He commissioned into the Army in May as a Field Artillery Officer. If he could spend the rest of his life outdoors, he probably would.
This will be Kate’s thirteenth year at Camp Shaver. She is a mother of three wonderful children and works in Rio Rancho Public Schools as a kindergarten teacher. She is quite British, obsessed with yoga, and hopes to be a bumble bee when she grows up.
Jabari Is currently a program coordinator at Rio Rancho Public Schools. He has seven siblings, two cats, and is married to the most amazing woman in the world.He is currently studying at Highlands University and wants to be high school counselor in the future. This is Jabari’s tenth year at camp.
This is Olivia’s first summer at camp. She lives in London where she studies theatre at The BRIT School. She is a committed participant in the creative and cultural things in life. She is Polish and loves to mess around with accents!
This will be Jewell’s second summer at camp. She is currently studying Biochemistry at New Mexico State University. Her goal is to attend medical school and become a pediatrician in the NICU. When she isn’t at camp, Jewell enjoys listening to music and doing anything outside.
After completing his sixth summer at camp, Alex will begin studying secondary education at UNM in hopes of becoming a history teacher or coach. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing a variety of sports such as basketball, football, and baseball.
Clare is currently studying Geriatric Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. With her degree, her ultimate goal is to own her own nursing homes that integrates children and animals as a way of therapy. When she’s not a camp, Clare spends her time traveling, playing sports and being with her friends. This will be Clare’s second year at camp.
This will be Saul’s first summer at camp. He is from Anglesey and enjoys playing basketball, listening to music and taking in the Welsh scenery. His life goals are to be well traveled, spend lots of time outside and to be happy.
This will be Lela’s third summer at camp. In the fall, she will be working towards a major in either microbiology or biochemistry at Northern Arizona University. When she’s not at camp, Lela is likely doing something outdoors such as skiing, back packing or racing sports cars.
This will be Isy’s first summer at camp. She plans to attend the University of England and wants to study history and politics. Her favorite place to be is the beach where she (attempts to) surf. Ultimately in life she would like to have a huge family and garden.
This will be Aimee’s sixth summer at camp. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and rugby. This fall she will be studying marketing and communications at the University of New Mexico, and hopes to have a career as a wedding planner.
This will be Bailey’s seventh year at camp. When she’s not at camp, she enjoys hiking and petting dogs. She will be attending the University of New Mexico in fall.
This will be Lottie’s first summer at camp. Next year she will be studying Biomedical Science at the University of Durham. In her free time she loves to play sports, particularly netball.
This is Jake’s second year at camp. He is not sure what University he is attending in the fall, but he plans on studying Classical Greek, Roman, and Celtic Histories in hopes of being professor in that field. In his free time he enjoys traveling, playing the ukulele and making board games.
Megan is currently studying Secondary Education English and Life Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She enjoys painting, doing yoga and being outside. This will be her sixth year at camp.
This will be Emma’s first summer at camp. She moved to New Mexico about a year ago from Nebraska and is currently studying Psychology at the University of New Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and hiking and hopes to travel all over the world one day.
This is Bill’s seventh year at camp. He is currently a student at Cleveland High School and plans to go into the Coast Guard once he is finished with school. In his free time, Bill enjoys long boarding.
After his ninth summer at camp, Alan will begin his senior year at Sandia High School. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends. He hopes to one day be an engineer.
This will be Julia’s second summer at camp. She spends her free time reading and crocheting. It has been said that she ‘eats, sleeps and breaths arts and crafts’. In the fall she will be attending the University of New Mexico where she will study to be a teacher or journalist.