Camp Staff Biographies
Andrew Lovejoy – Teacher, Hyla Middle School: I was introduced to Ultimate in my 8th grade year at Hyla, and was immediately hooked. A couple of years later I helped start the team at Bainbridge High School along with Skyler Vella. I played competitive Ultimate through college, attended 3 National Championship tournaments with Carleton College, and played 2 years of club Ultimate on Seattle teams. I coach the BHS Ultimate team, and my goal is to help grow the presence of this great sport on Bainbridge and in Kitsap County. My other great passion is music. I am a mandolinist, singer and songwriter, and released me debut album last year, which I perform around the Seattle area.
Chris Soldevilla – Teacher, Hyla Middle School; Actor; Acting Coach : Chris has been teaching and performing as an improviser and working actor for over 25 years. He has coached actors for television shows such as “Lost,” “Once Upon a Time” and “V“. He has assisted actors and non-actors alike in getting their bearings and finding their voice. Chris’ goal is to help people not only gain confidence and control but to put the best version of themselves forward. Chris performs with the Seattle Improv troupe, “The Edge”, and has taught Improv at Hyla.
David Maron –Teacher, Hyla Middle School – David grew up on Bainbridge Island, and attended The Evergreen State College, where he focused his energies on comparative religion and historical studies. Throughout his years as an undergraduate, David led outdoor trips and worked with disadvantaged youth in the Olympia area. After graduation David moved to DC and earned a master’s degree in International Conflict Resolution from American University, with a focus on Middle East studies. For several years thereafter, he worked on internationally oriented programs for DC schools, exposing students to a more global education experience. Prior to joining Hyla, David taught within the history department at Skyline High School in Oakland, California, where he focused on building community through a strong focus on classroom culture and restorative justice practices.
Dinah Satterwhite –Teacher and Photographer: Dinah is a professional photographer, and has taught piano to children of all ages for over 25 years. She will combine her teaching and photography at Hyla summer camp to introduce young artists to the world of digital photography. Her own photography includes fine art, commercial work, corporate headshots, magazines, individual and family portraits, and events. She also enjoys photographing artwork for regional artists. Since 2006 she has managed the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, and works with hundreds of artists each year planning the bi-annual event.
Jeff Steele – Teacher, Hyla Middle School: Jeff was born and raised on the shores of the Puget Sound. Early in his careers he served as the Wilderness Expedition Program director at Camp Orkila where he oversaw sea kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, back packing and mountain biking expeditions for several years. In this role he fully understood that unless we ask our children to do meaningful things with their young lives, we will have a difficult time fostering the sense of citizen-leadership that we would hope for from our next generation. Through his various roles as an educator he has developed a vision of education that fosters and focuses a strong sense of curiosity about our world and ourselves and a practice of education that is deeply connected to what it means to fully inhabit a local community.
Tyler Larsen – Artist and Teacher: Tyler was an Art major with an emphasis in graphic design at San Diego State University. After college, her love of textiles and design transitioned her from her interior design business to creating her own children’s clothing line. Tyler is now a Bainbridge Island artist and the owner of Baby Lux Design, a local and online presence where she markets her baby and toddler designs as well as other fabric and mixed media art works. She has been teaching these skills in various workshops in California, Colorado, and now Washington and enjoys opening young minds to new ways of expressing themselves by creatively mixing various mediums of art and transforming them into whimsical creations.