Meet Our Team

Tom and Maria Horner

Camp Owners and Executive Directors

 

Tom and Maria Horner became Executive Directors of Catalina Island Camps in February of 1995 and owners in 2013. Together, they manage the camp program, staff, facilities, and administration. CIC is a family owned and operated summer camp. Our values include treating our guests and staff as members of the CIC family and sustaining Catalina Island as our home for generations to come.

The Horners come from a lifetime of summer camp. Maria worked for the Girl Scout Council of Orange County through college as a counselor and later as the Director of Camp Joe Scherman. Tom was a camper, counselor and Director at Tom Sawyer Camps in Pasadena from 1967 to 1993.

 

Tom and Maria are actively involved in the American Camp Association, and as volunteers, have held numerous positions in both the local area and National organization.

 

The next generation of the Horner family includes Tom and Maria’s son, Nick. Born in July 1996, Nick has spent every summer on the Island with his parents. He was a camper for nine summers and a CIT for two, before joining the summer staff in 2015. Nick is a student at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

 

Boo, our Golden Retriever came to our family from a rescue organization in 2007. He loves being at camp!

Rasheed Anthony

Summer Camp Director and Boys Camp Director

 

Rasheed is a Southern California local, from nearby Carson, CA. He didn’t attend CIC as a camper but joined the CIC team in 2005 as a last-minute hire. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Dramatic Arts and History. He moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in youth development and education.  He earned a Masters in Secondary Education in 2010 from Loyola Marymount University.  His interests include the stars, race cars, and studying the romance languages. While at camp you can always find Rasheed practicing for lip syncs or teaching campers that even though you’re an adult you can still have fun.

Mara Lague

Administrative Director

 

Mara joined Catalina Island Camps in March 1995. Her responsibilities include managing our mainland office, coordinating camper transportation, and family camp registration. Prior to joining CIC, she spent nine years with a youth organization, coordinating boating and waterfront programs. In her spare time, she is an active volunteer in our community, serving as a Past-President of the Junior League of Pasadena. Additionally, she regularly participates in fundraising walks for Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and others. Mara is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona.

Becky Morrow

Human Resource Manager

 

Becky was hired a week before staff training in 2005 (and 2 weeks before Rasheed) as the camp store manager. The views the camp store window offered her of the ocean and the hills at Howlands Landing convinced her to do whatever she could to come back to CIC! Shortly thereafter Becky became the Heartland Director for summer camp and a director for our outdoor education program CELP. After living at camp as a year-round resident for 12 years, Becky recently moved to the “mainland” to take her current position for Catalina Island Camps and Tom Sawyer Camps. She is currently pursuing her SHRM-CP and is ecstatic to be in a position where she can still support the work and mission of CIC!

Jae-Zee Roth-Strong

Summer Girls Camp Director and CELP School Coordinator

 

Jae-Zee traveled to CIC from England as an international staff member in the summer of 2007. She joined the full-time staff in 2013. Jae-Zee graduated from Southampton Solent University (UK) with a BA in Fashion Design and completed her PGCE in Post Compulsory Education specializing in Fashion and Textiles. Jae-Zee helps Girls Camp run smoothly by providing support to campers and staff. During the school year, she works with Rasheed to hire staff and helping our Environmental education program (CELP) by providing administrative support.

Wendel Roth-Strong

Waterfront Director and Marketing Coordinator

 

Wendel joined Catalina Island Camps full-time in the Fall of 2013 after spending many of his summers at camp while he attended Oregon State University (#GoBeavs!). He works year-round as our Marketing Coordinator, in addition to managing our Social Media accounts. Wendel has also worn many hats over the years, spending three summers as a Boys Cabin Counselor, two as an Outdoor Leader, one as the Assistant Boys Camp Director, two as the Trips Director, and is currently in his third summer as our Waterfront Director. Many of you may also know of him as “the guy with the color changing beard!”

Amber Shettler

Summer Outback Director and CELP Program Director

 

Amber first joined the CIC team in the Spring of 2013 as an Instructor for CELP, our school year environmental education program. She joined Summer Camp as Lead Naturalist in 2014 and became a full-time staff member in 2018. She currently lives at camp year-round as the CELP Program Director and Summer Outback Director. Amber grew up in a family of “camp people” and naturalists and fell in love with the outdoors at a young age. She studied Environmental Education and Outdoor Leadership at CSU, Chico, and continues to enjoy learning about and exploring the wonders of the natural world!

 

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Mainland Office for all programs

  Phone: 626-296-4040

  Fax: 626-794-1401

  Catalina Island Camps
707 W Woodbury Rd Unit F Altadena CA 91001


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