Camp

Cassandra Brumfield
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Site Supervisor
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Cassandra started with Catalyst Kids as an Associate Teacher in the substitute teacher pool in 2014. In 2015, she began working as a camp counselor at Catalyst Kids – Stone Lake. While working at Stone Lake, Cassandra finished her ECE coursework and received her Site Supervisor permit in 2017. That same year, Cassandra became a manager at Catalyst Camps. After a short break, Cassandra returned as a Site Supervisor at Catalyst Kids Pleasant Grove. She recently upgraded her permit level to Program Director.
Cindy Lipp
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Center Manager
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Cindy Lipp has over 30 years’ experience with childcare, 27 of them with our company. Her passion is school age programming and summer camps. She has contributed to statewide teams, focusing on school age assessments and programming as well as helping launch a nine-week specialty engineering virtual class for upper graders. Her summer camps are fun, creative, and innovative. Summer programs have included day camps as well as week-long trips with older youth that focused on building skills in leadership, teamwork, and independence. Cindy works to create a culture where families, the school, and communities blend seamlessly together to provide the best experience possible for students. Currently, Cindy is the Center Manager of three sites. She has attended Purdue University, Mission College, DeAnza College, and San Jose State. She is currently enrolled at Purdue Global. She has a daughter, son, and a very spoiled dog.
Heather Slimp
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Program Quality Manager
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Heather Slimp is an experienced staff development facilitator and coach, with over 15 years of experience in training professionals working in camp and out of school time programs. Working with children and youth has always been a passion, leading her to earn her B.S. in Psychology from Fresno State. Wanting to blend the joy she found in summer camp programs and research in youth development, she earned her M.S. in Recreation Administration, with an emphasis in Experiential Learning and Adventure Education. She began her role with Catalyst Family Inc. in 2011, developing new camp curriculum, resources, and experiential training opportunities for center leaders and teachers. In her current role as Program Quality Manager, she continues to develop research-based resources, facilitate trainings, and provide coaching to center leaders to promote the highest quality of strength-based, play-based programming for children and youth.
Jaqueline Arenas-Garcia
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Center Manager
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Jaqueline began her career as a Preschool Teacher for the Garden Grove School District. After 2 years with the District, she came across an ad in the Penny Saver advertising Child Development Centers, now known as Catalyst Kids. Jaqueline was hired as a teacher’s assistant in 1999. She soon obtained her teacher permit and was able to work each school year with the same group of children that had started during their kindergarten year through their fifth-grade year. She became a Site Supervisor in 2009 and began running a traditional summer camp for children in grades K-2nd and an Adventure Camp for those in 3rd and up. At one point, she was overseeing 3 sites over summer camp with over 155 children! Jaqueline leads and supports many staff trainings around summer camp. Jacqueline is currently a Center Manager and has started the journey to completing her bachelor’s degree.
Joel Monahan
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Program Quality Manager
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Joel is currently a Program Quality Manager in our southern California region. Joel has over 15 years of experience in child development, including running programs at the Boys & Girls Club and recreation-based camp activities in Lake Tahoe. Joel has made a career expanding his expertise and knowledge of afterschool programing in roles as Site Coordinator, Director, Area Director, and Grants/Resource Development. Joel graduated from California State University, Chico with a Recreation Administration degree and continued his schooling with National University where he earned a single subject Teaching Credential. In addition to his career with Catalyst Kids, he has maintained his passion for mentoring children one on one by volunteering with Big Brother Big Sister for the past 3 years. Joel is also a proud husband and father to a feisty one year old boy named Rome, who provides daily experience and opportunity to reflect on his own abilities to effectively problem solve with a toddler.
Maria Guzman
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Site Supervisor
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Maria is a Site Supervisor at Catalyst Kids Joseph Sims. Maria has her B.A. in Liberal Studies and has been working for Before and After school programs for nearly 30 years. She has worked as a teacher facilitating the day-to-day schedule, managed the overall camp operations, and trained staff to work in a camp program.
Rena Fields
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Program Quality Manager
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Rena is currently a Program Quality Manager (PQM) for Catalyst Family Inc. She first started working in the Child Development field when she was in high school as a Science Camp Counselor. After high school, Rena began to work for the same nonprofit first as a Camp Leader, Childcare Teacher, Camp Director, and then as a Camp Coordinator. During her time with the organization, she learned about childcare licensing and got to be part of the American Camp Association Accreditation process. After graduating from California State University, Fresno with a BS in Child Development, Rena applied for a position with Catalyst Family Inc. Rena started as an Assistant Site Supervisor of a School Age program and then transferred to another center and became the Site Supervisor of Santa Teresa’s Preschool and School Age program. During her time at the center, she learned a lot about Catalyst Kids Preschool and School Age programming state compliance (Title 5) and camp. Rena became part of various leadership groups such as the Camp Ninjas and Leadership Ops. Rena soon was given the opportunity to join the Education Department and became a Program Quality Manager. She supports the Bay region with knowing what quality programming is and how to achieve it.