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This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!

Why was the clay pot so sad after work? Because he got fired. 

Micah Beard

Executive Director


I have been serving here at Palomar since 2017 and the K-Crew team and I love to prepare and serve hot and delicious camp cuisine to all our guests. A fun fact about me is I have an identical twin and he loves Palomar and visits often, so you're never sure which twin you're talking to! 


Hello, I have been working at camp every Summer since 2016, and came on full-time in Fall 2017. I enjoy decorating my house year-round with pumpkins, and will someday own an orange tabby cat named Pumpkin. I don’t drink coffee, but if I did, my favorite flavor would be pumpkin spice.

Steve Faunce

Food Services Manager

Adam Clark

Accommodations Manager

This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!


Did you know your pupils are the last part to stop working when you die? They dilate.



Brian MacBrayer
Maintenance Manager

I grew up in a small town, southwest of Portland, Oregon, called Newberg and met my wife while working for the Cannon Beach Conference Center in Cannon Beach, Oregon. We married in 2005 and have three amazing kids, two girls and a boy. I began working for Palomar in 2020. I love sports, specifically college basketball, and collecting sports cards.

Jeff Kropf
Human Resources Manager/Bookkeeping



Wife & mom of 2 here! Been serving in Christian camping ministry since 2014 - originally up in the Bay Area, & now at Palomar since 2021. My passions are photography, making memories with my family, and experiencing the wonders of God’s creation!


Hi there! I’ve been working at Palomar every summer since 2016 and year-round since Fall 2018, and I’m loving every minute of it! A fun fact about me is that I love learning new languages and am currently majoring in American Sign Language.

Hi everyone! I've been working at Palomar since 2021, and I love getting to work with this ministry. Fun fact: I grew up playing music, and actually have been on worship staff at a local church for over 5 years now as the house drummer!

Kelly Menchaca
Booking Coordinator

Trish Guinn
Summer Registrar/Retreat Host/Gift Shop Coordinator

Blake Thompson 
Marketing/Media Coordinator


This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!

Swords will never go obsolete. They're cutting edge technology.

Sasha Thompson (Yeti)
Summer Program Director

This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!

What do you call a beehive without an exit? Unbelievable.

Jamie Anderson (Indiana)
Outdoor Education Director

I am a California native. I began competitive trail riding at 7 years old. Horses are my heart, soul, and passion. I am an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist, I look forward to sharing the special emotional and spiritual bond that horses give us.

Janel Gunter (Jovanka)
Horsemanship Director

Hello, I have been working at camp during the summers since 2019 and year round since 2021. My hobbies are hiking and disc golf.

Micah Harvey (Grylls)
Adventure Camp Director

Hi everyone, I have been working at Palomar since May 2021 and I am so excited to get to welcome you to camp!! I am originally from Ohio and came to California for the first time when I started working at Palomar. I hope you will stop by the barn and say hi next time you are up at camp. 

Maddie Faye Smith (Remington)


Hello! My name is Bethany, and I am married to Adam Clark. I have been working in the kitchen department since 2015. Some fun facts about me: I am a passionate animal lover and I enjoy writing novels as well as digital art.

Bethany Clark
Food Service Coordinator

Born & raised in Michoacán Mexico, I moved to the USA in 2000. Started in Christian camping ministry in 2016 at another camp & moved to PCCC in 2021 with my wife & kids. My favorite hobbies are cooking authentic Mexican food and building things.

Rafael Menchaca
Food Service

Hello, Michael here. The lord blessed me with a job here since the summer of 2017 and with a full time position in March of 2021. I have a 1985 red Toyota pick-up I’ve named October. You may see me reading a book in my beach chair on the Ball Field

Michael Utter
Food Service

I have worked and lived at Palomar full time since May of 2012. Before this, I served in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and Operating Room Technician, then after that I was a Registered Nurse in Colorado for 15 years. The greatest job and experience I have ever had is serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His people, and His Kingdom with this ministry. I thank God everyday for this opportunity to serve, there truly is no better feeling.

Wayne Bagstad

Food Service


Hello, my name is Shannon! I’ve been working at Palomar since March of 2016, and have been in full-time camp ministry since 2007. A few fun facts about me are that I love creating art, I am currently learning Korean, and I love to make my own boba & sushi at home.

Shannon Birdsall

Accommodations Coordinator

Yo, I have been working at Palomar since the summer of 2018. It is a joy to work here. A fact about myself is I was fortunate to meet my wife here, and I am now blessed with a beautiful grumpy little girl. God is good.

Ryan Clark


I have been working at Palomar since March 2020. I grew up in Germany and love traveling. I can usually be found watching cute animal videos. 

Bekah Sovinsky


This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!

I was in a job interview the other day and they asked if I could perform under pressure. I said no, but I could perform Bohemian Rhapsody.

Aaron Vavrek


I started working at camp in April of 2012.  I’ve been working in camping ministry since June of 2008. You can often find me at Sea World or Magic Mountain when I’m not working.  What I enjoy most about camp is seeing the positive impact that my work has. 

Danny Patynama

I'm from Imperial Beach, California. I'm stoked to help foster the adventurous spirit in our campers and to help them see the beauty of Christ through nature. 

Facts about me that are more or less fun: I'm a climber, skateboarder, and international missionary.

Jordan Bland (Caveman)

This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!

I don't get why bakers aren't wealthier. They make so much dough.

Shannon Blann
Food Service

This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!

What kind of fruit do ghosts like? Boo-berries.

Gianna Mendiola (Mango)
Programs/Food Service

This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!

I can't take my dog to the pond anymore because the ducks keep attacking him. That's what I get for buying a pure bread dog.

Elijah Burdick
Food Service

This staff member hasn't turned in their bio yet, but here's a fun dad joke!

My friend claims he glued himself to his autobiography. I don't believe him, but that's his story and he's sticking to it.

Kyley Floyd
Food Service

I started working at Palomar in summer 2019 and have worked year round ever since. I have a interest in all sorts of animals ranging from the largest blue whale to the smallest mouse and everything in between, especially dinosaurs. This fits right into me studying Marine Biology and Paleontology.

Nathan Bonde

Ello! I’ve been coming to camp since I was in 7th grade with my church for WCGYC. I started working here in summer of 2021 & loved it so much I decided to stay year round! I love music, video games, sushi, dogs, reading my Bible and cheese!

Angie Orozco (Mochi)

My first time working at Palomar was summer 2017, I came back for summer 2021 and decided to stay. It’s been amazing to be surrounded by Godly friends that inspire me to pursue God wholeheartedly! I love plants, painting, board games, video games and much more. 

Jacqui Orozco (Sprout)


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