Dr. Tyfahra “Wakanda” Milele
Tyfahra got her first taste of outdoor adventure on her Extra-Day Trips while attending the Thacher School, in Ojai California. There she fumbled asthmatically though switchbacks, bugs and even moderate hypothermia eagerly waiting to get back to civilization. It took a lot of practice to get comfortable backpacking in the outdoors when she had grown up in South Central, Los Angeles and had never been camping before. It wasn’t until her month long trip with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) that Tyfahra found her stride in the backcountry. She attended Oberlin College and the graduate program in Comparative Literature at University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, Tyfahra discovered her love of teaching as an award-winning instructor and lecturer in undergraduate literature and composition courses for eight years.
Mike "Coach" Calhoun
Director of Programs & Operations
A native of Oakland, Mike comes to Camp Phoenix with more than 25 years of experience engaging and empowering youth. Mike’s career began early at the Boys & Girls Club, where he served as a teen member of the club’s junior staff and later as the Social Recreation Director. After attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Mike returned home to continue his pursuit to help engage, inspire, and motivate young people. He served as the site director for the after-school program at West Oakland Middle School and as both a program director and camp director at the YMCA. When not “on-duty,” Mike can be found spending time with his daughter Brooklyn, fully immersed in a graphic design project, or watching horrible yet entertaining reality TV. He’s also an avid fan of WWE (Triple H is king), the Dallas Cowboys, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Yankees.
Danae "Rainbow" Griffin
Bookworm and beach lover, Danae felt right at home her first year at Camp Phoenix. Though it was her first time working directly with youth, her values in equity, empathy, and education aligned well with camp values. Born and raised in Hayward, California, her mom often took her to Garin Park on the weekends to hike and fly kites. Even when she is not always active in nature, she enjoys the healing powers of the outdoors. Danae earned her Bachelor’s degree in Feminist Studies and a minor in LGBTQ Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. Her education has given her a social justice lens and toolbox that she always keeps handy.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Camp Phoenix is a nonprofit organization that relies on our Board of Directors to provide strategic guidance and support throughout the year so all our programs remain top-notch. The Board also runs our committees, which include dedicated volunteers and help us tackle challenging and exciting tasks year-round to keep us growing strong. The Board meets frequently from January to July to make sure our organization stays full of joy, love and opportunity.
Sarah "She-Ra" Schuppisser
Jacqueline "Mulan" Soohoo
Director of Programs & Partnerships, Mindful Life Project
Allison "A-Slay" Slater
Director of People Development, TripActions
Associate Director, Brown Girls Surf
Galen "Buffalo" Wilson
VP of Public and Infrastructure Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
Maria Antonia "Lucuma" Hernandez
Lead PM of Consumer IoT Strategy Group, Target
Anayvette "Sprinkles" Hernandez
Cofounder, Radical Monarchs
Judith "Wolf" Kulich
Managing Partner, ZS
Development Director, San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation
Rhea "Cricket" Muñoz
Sr. Program Manager & Process Trainer, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Our Advisory Board
James "Rafiki" Paek
Head of People, Next Insurance
Ellen "Roar" Bozzo
Independent Financial Consultant
Roger "Mr. Hat" Tsai
Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy, Bank of America