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.
Dr. Shanetta "Sequoia" Lillard
Program & Operations Director
Shanetta is an experienced adult educator, writer, editor and higher education administrator. She has a strong educational background combined with 16 years of work experience. Shanetta holds a B.A. in print and broadcast journalism from Delaware State University, M.A. in English and professional writing from Long Island University, and an Ed.D. in higher education and adult learning from Walden University. Shanetta began her professional career with a strong foundation and intensive training through internships. In 2002, she interned at NextStep magazine where she became a published author. In 2006, she interned and later became a freelance writer for MTV Networks. Shanetta assisted with writing a new hire manual for Nickelodeon employees. In 2006, Shanetta began her journey as an English professor. Through educational leadership, Shanetta desires to be an agent of social change by working closely with stakeholders to improve the quality of education and successfully prepare students for the 21st century.
Phelena "Big Sister Almighty" Napper
Phelena Napper is a fourth-generation educator and fundraising strategist from South Central Los Angeles. As a global education professional, Phelena has worked as both a teacher and administrator across four continents. As a fundraiser, Phelena has authored over $5 million in social impact grants in her consulting practice. As Camp Phoenix’s development director, her goal is to use her extensive background to create more experiential learning opportunities for Black and Brown children that lack access to year-round and summer enrichment activities.
Donovan "Archer" Reid
Program & Operations Coordinator
Donovan is an Oakland native who is passionate about inclusivity in sports and outdoor recreational activities. In high school, he served as a student director for the Oakland Unified School District. He has been an esports athlete and youth skateboard instructor for more than 10 years. He also holds the following certificates: American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Skydiving.
Wanda is a fundraising and development professional with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. As the principal consultant of Wanda Scott & Associates, she has successfully led development and advancement teams in nonprofit and university settings and, as a chartered advisor in philanthropy, she advises donors on transformative philanthropic giving. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Camp Phoenix as our development consultant. Wanda is a native of Cleveland, OH, and she loves all things Frida Kahlo, 80’s music, traveling and hiking. On any given weekend, you can find her on a local trail or exploring the forest and coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore—her “happy place.”
Martin "Cool Breeze" Ricard
Digital Communications Manager
Martin, a Bay Area native and an alumnus of UC Berkeley, is a savvy communications professional with more than 15 years of media experience across the journalism, public relations and social media industries. He has expertise in developing creative communications strategies that grow audiences and provide new narratives for communities desperate for quality and accuracy. Throughout his extensive journalism career, Martin was a reporter for the Hayward Daily Review, he launched and reported for a hyperlocal site in Oakland and was a reporter for the Washington Post. He also served as the founding editor of San Bruno Patch, a news startup under AOL. After journalism, Martin spent many years working with nonprofit organizations as a communications specialist. In addition to Camp Phoenix, Martin runs Community Symbol, a digital communications service for social entrepreneurs and changemakers.
Danielle has worked for more than 20 years in administration, bookkeeping and human resources. She has her masters degree in psychology and has earned her professional human resource certification. She specializes in working with small organizations and non-profit industries and has a passion for helping youth and young adults reach their full potential. She enjoys spending her free time with her sons and her husband of 29 years.
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.
Development Director, San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation
Executive Director, Brown Girls Surf
Anayvette "Sprinkles" Hernandez
Cofounder, Radical Monarchs
Rhea "Cricket" Muñoz
Sr. Program Manager & Process Trainer, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Sarah "She-Ra" Schuppisser
Allison "A-Slay" Slater
Director of People Development, TripActions
Our Advisory Board
Ellen "Roar" Bozzo
Independent Financial Consultant
James "Rafiki" Paek
Head of People, Next Insurance
Roger "Mr. Hat" Tsai
Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy, Bank of America