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!

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.

Sarah Blunt

Summer Program Director

 

Sarah joined Catalina Island Camps as a Girls Cabin Counselor in 2014. She has been on the Challenge staff, spent two summers as our Lead Challenge instructor, and was our Heartland Coordinator. In addition to her time at camp she spent a season as a Program Coordinator for CELP, where she managed the camp store. Sarah has a degree in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University and now works full-time for CIC in the mainland office and returns to Howlands Landing each summer as the Heartland Director.

Zach Cianci

Summer Program Director

 

Zach first joined CIC in 2015 as a Boat Driver. In 2019 he became a full-time Program Director and the summer Waterfront Director. Although he never attended camp as a camper, Zach is very familiar with Howlands Landing. For the past 20 years, he has visited the cove on his grandparent’s boat every summer. He graduated from USC in 2015 with a bachelor’s in social sciences with an emphasis in economics. Zach is excited to keep the family legacy alive at CIC as his grandfather worked at Catalina Island Boys Camp and his great grandfather founded the camp at Howlands Landing in 1922.

Kevin Killgore

Summer Program Director

 

Kevin first came to CIC with his two brothers as a 12-year-old camper.  He grew up at CIC through the Camper In Leadership Training (CILT) and Counselor In Training (CIT) programs before joining the staff in the summer of 2009.  He assumed many different roles over the years; most recently as the Summer Trips Director.  Kevin joined the team full-time as a Program Director in 2019 and continues his summer role as the Trips Director.  He graduated with a BA in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and plans to continue his studies in the future.  Kevin credits CIC for his love of the outdoors and his appreciation for the environment.

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!

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!

 

Rick Benfield

Chief Financial Officer 

 

Joining us in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer, Rick is a successful executive and versatile leader with extensive experience leading large and small organizations across multiple industries. As an experienced entrepreneur, Rick owned his own day camp and has been a Horner family friend for over two decades.  Most recently he spent 8 years as CFO of a non-profit independent school with 500 students.  In addition to supervising finance and accounting for Tom Sawyer Camps & Catalina Island Camps, he is responsible for helping us enhance operational efficiency, achieve sustainable growth, and implement our strategic vision.  Rick has served as President of the American Camp Association (“ACA”) SoCal/Hawaii, Chair of CA Collaboration for Youth, member of the ACA National Audit & Finance Committee, and Legislative Chair for the Western Association of Independent Camps.

Louise Carnevale

Bookkeeper

 

Louise has worked as a bookkeeper for Catalina Island Camps and our sister camp, Tom Sawyer Camps since 2009, and enjoys her work helping make a difference at camp.  Prior to her job at TSC, she spent 25 years as a hair stylist, eventually owning her own business.  Both Louise’s sons spent many summers working at CIC. Her daughter was a camper and counselor at Tom Sawyer Camps.

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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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