Year-Round Team

Sheila Tallmon: Executive Director

Sheila has spent over 25 years working in the summer camp profession, from agency camps in Nebraska and Colorado, a private camp in Estes Park, Colorado and now to the San Juans in Washington, where she is proud to be part of the engaging and vibrant Nor’wester community. She received her BA from the University of NE – Lincoln and her MA from Prescott College in Outdoor Wilderness Leadership and Camp Administration. Sheila also enjoys and is committed to furthering her professional development through the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Western Association of Independent Camps (WAIC).

Sheila believes whole-heartedly in the abundant power and wonder of camp. To be fueled by nature in such an authentic way, creating community and building relationships… shaping lives and building leaders to make a difference in the world…helping people see the good in others and the great strength of community…and being part of providing a greater purpose to campers and staff – a place to believe in, a place with high expectations, and a place full of spirit and love and adults who care. She feels blessed to be part of Nor’wester and is honored to work with such a skilled and insightful year-round team, seasonal staff and board of directors.

When not immersing herself in camp, she enjoys multi-day backpacks, frequent hikes near the Seattle area, singing and choreographing for the Seattle Women’s Chorus, playing and composing on the piano, and occasional field trips to get frozen yogurt. She and her partner, Janie, love living in the northwest and share their home with one furry black cat.

Jill Steigerwald: Assistant Director

Jill first came to Nor’wester as a Unit Leader in 2009. Although she had worked for day camps and sports camps previously, Jill’s first summer at camp was life-changing and she has worked hard not to leave since! She spent three summers on staff under Paul Henriksen & Christa Campbell before coming on board as the Assistant Director in March 2012. Now entering her fifth year in this role, she brings an enthusiasm and love for camp that is evident through her leadership and vision for the future.

Jill is dedicated to keeping our program exciting and engaging for our campers while continuing to honor camp’s history and traditions. She believes the sense of belonging and purpose that camp can provide young people and community members is profoundly important and is passionate about ensuring camp can be a place to grown and learn in a safe, supportive environment.

Jill completed her BA at Bowdoin College, and spent time abroad and coaching lacrosse before finding her path in the camping world. She enjoys hiking, camping, Nordic and alpine skiing and traveling. She and her partner, Shawn, and their dog Zuke are excited to start building a house in 2017!

Kathleen Perry: Office Administrator

Kathleen Bio 1Kathleen joined the year round team in April 2015 as the Office Administrator.

She is our queen of organization and keeps all kind of paperwork and projects in line and moving forward.

She spent many summers attending camp in her home state of Missouri.

She has previously worked for three other camps in Missouri, California, and Washington. During her many camp summers, she has lived in cabins, platform tents, treehouses, and tipis – and tipis are by far her favorite! Her hobbies include reading, archery, hula hooping, sending/receiving snail mail, and learning guitar.

Rick Winings: Facilities Director

Rick Bio 1Rick’s love of the marine environment and all things technical made becoming the camp’s Facilities Director a perfect fit.

He has lived and worked on Johns Island for over 10 years while starting a wonderful family with his wife Cathi.

Rick’s work and knowledge is vital to the operation of camp, maintaining all systems, structures, equipment, vehicles and vessels.

In his free time, Rick can be seen flying his stunt kites or fishing around the sound for bottom fish and crab.

Board of Directors

In May of 1996 Camp Nor’wester was converted from a privately owned, for-profit corporation to a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit corporation.

Since that time its mission and vision have been guided by a Board of Directors.

Our current board members are past campers, past staff, parents, volunteers and donors – cumulatively, they bring literally hundreds of years of Nor’wester experience to the table, and work diligently to continue spreading the mission and story of the camp to our ever-growing community.

2017 Board Members

  • Megan Coughlin – President
  • Spencer Smith – Vice President
  • Janet Charnley – Treasurer
  • Mike Poutiatine – Secretary
  • Bill Horder
  • Kim Berhow
  • Suzy McQuaid
  • Mollie Montgomery
  • Pete Flynn
  • Elizabeth Bayley
  • Kara Hale
  • John D. Bunzel
  • Libby Hulsey
  • Roger Alfred
  • Carter Maser
  • Donn Charnley – Emeritus
  • Marty Holm – Emeritus
  • Read Langenbach – Emeritus
  • Paul Henriksen – Emeritus
  • George Swindells – Emeritus

Past Leadership

Founded in 1935 by: Frank Henderson


1938-1966: Frank and Lucille Henderson

1968-1980: Jack and Jan Helsell

1968-1980: Jack and Jan Helsell

1981-1989: David and Susan Formo

1981-1989: David and Susan Formo

1990-2011: Paul Henriksen and Christa Campbell

1990-2011: Paul Henriksen and Christa Campbell

2012-Present: Sheila Tallmon and Jill Steigerwald

2012-Present: Sheila Tallmon and Jill Steigerwald