Paul has made a career of working with children in the outdoors. He leads Four Winds * Westward Ho with an eye towards carrying on its tradition of creating a supportive and challenging environment for children and a place focused on simplicity, community, and creativity.
Paul discovered summer camp as an adult, while working for a traditional camp in Wisconsin as a wilderness trip leader during the summer after his graduation from Columbia University. One summer turned into many after Paul discovered the magic of children’s self-discovery in a supportive and beautiful outdoor setting.
In between that experience and coming to Four Winds * Westward Ho, Paul earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and worked for a wilderness therapy program in Northern Idaho.
Paul came to Four Winds in the winter of 2004 as Camp’s Assistant Director. The Four Winds community and its commitment to children impressed him. Five years later Camp’s Board of Trustees asked him to step in as the Director. Paul believes that leadership is about service, and he takes the responsibility of caretaking the traditions of Four Winds seriously. Affectionately known as “Redbeard” during the summer, Paul considers himself a Four Winds lifer. Paul and his wife Linda live year-round in Ruth Brown’s home, Hilltop, with their kids and dogs. They feel privileged to call Four Winds Camp home.
Paul is actively involved on the local and national level with the American Camp Association, the Camp Owners and Directors Association, and the Western Association of Independent Camps. He is currently the President-Elect of the Western Association of Independent Camps.
Danielle came to Four Winds first as an Assistant Counselor in 2005, all the way from Sydney, Australia, and loves every single aspect of the camp experience. She served in various roles on the summer staff for five more summers, culminating with two summers as the Head of Girls’ Side, our seniormost summer staff position (alongside the Head of Boys’ Side, of course). In between her years working on summer staff and joining the year round team, Danielle enjoyed working with young people in Theatre-In-Education companies, at large scale youth performing arts events and as a High School drama teacher. Danielle moved to Orcas from Seattle in 2017 with her husband John Paul and their two cats, Melee and Nitnoy. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest and is a big fan of traveling, reading, yoga and musical theatre!
Originally hailing from Oakland, California, Charlotte first experienced camp at age 9. She spent the next fourteen summers soaking in as much of the magic as possible from a long list of positions including camper, counselor, Helping Hands parent, Head of Trips, and finally Head of Girls’ Side. In recent years away from camp, she continued to seek the sense of community and relationship to nature that Four Winds first fostered, as a Middle School teacher in Seattle and an expedition instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School. Charlotte is thrilled to be back at camp as a member of the year-round team, and in her free time she loves to run the muddy trails of the Pacific Northwest, ski, and speak French with anyone who will let her.
Alli is a new face at Four Winds but not to Orcas Island. Since graduating from the University of Puget Sound in 2014, Alli has worked a variety of jobs in outdoor education, expedition experiences and youth development in her two home spaces, the Bay Area in California, and the Salish Sea in Washington. A renaissance woman with many interests and experiences, she found her way back to Orcas island in January 2022. Leaning heavily on her experiences in gardening and shadowing her general contractor father she is quickly learning the tools of the trade in the maintenance department assisting in all of the exciting projects happening here on the property. With a love for art and a creative flair, she appreciates and is looking forward to keeping the tradition of artful, functional facilities alive. She can’t wait to meet the campers and involve them in new projects around camp!
Victor grew up on the Olympic Peninsula. He moved to Orcas Island in 2016. He followed his passion of small scale farming by working for Orcasong Farm, the Orcas Food Co-op, and Bullock’s Permaculture Nursery before joining the Four Winds team in 2018. He loves tending to all the flora on Camp’s 160 acres, both the wild and the cultivated, and sharing that passion with campers and staff. When not at work, Victor loves music and taking on all manner of quirky projects.
Jim is Camp’s shipwright, taking care of our fleet of 70+ small boats. Jim moved to Orcas about 15 years prior to joining Four Winds, and lived most of that time aboard his 60′ schooner, Phoenix, which is usually moored by the ferry landing. He’s worked on all kinds boats and projects over the years, and did SCUBA repair and inspection of docks and boats for many years. He has his 100 ton US Coast Guard Master license, Advanced Open Water Diver, Drysuit, and Nitrox certifications, and FCC Amateur Radio license. When not working on a project, he loves hanging out with his cats.
David first came to Four Winds in 2001 as the First Mate aboard Carlyn. He returned after a long absence in 2018, having spent the intervening years sailing all over North America, mostly aboard teaching vessels in the Great Lakes. David is a professional sailor and dedicated instructor devoted to sharing the rich experience of being at sea with others. He has a passion for maritime history and culture, the marine environment, and loves to play the bongos.
Special Projects Manager
Linda Sheridan has been a familiar face around Camp since 2005 when she moved here with her husband Paul. She joined the year round staff, as Camp’s Special Projects Manager, in 2013 and she loves being involved with the camp community. Prior to joining the year round staff, Linda worked at Moran State Park as the Interpretive Specialist, Orcas Rec as the Director, and Children’s House Preschool as a teacher. When Linda is not working she is usually hanging out with Paul, their daughters Emma and Elizabeth, and the family dog Piper. If she is really lucky she is out snowboarding, hiking, riding a horse, or traveling with her family.
Mike has long connection to camp: He was a camper himself for nine summers (’71-’79) along with three sisters, a niece, and now his son and daughter. Mike and his family, his wife Maggie, daughter Mia, and son Noah moved to Orcas Island in 2014 from Bend, Oregon where they lived for the previous couple decades. After several years working in the Deer Harbor office, Mike and his family returned to Bend, but still does the job remotely, and is at Camp for much of the summer.
Family Experience Manager
Ali Walker came to Four Winds for her first summer at the age of 8 in 1997. She has returned to Camp for years in a myriad of positions including camper, counselor, Head of Craft Courts, Helping Hands parent, Photographer, and finally Head of Girls’ Side. In her years away from camp, Ali leaned into jobs that cultivated community, including jobs at John C Campbell Folk School, The Funhouse Mentor Program, and even the United States Postal Service. Ali is delighted to return to Camp as a part of the year-round team, and to utilize all the skills she’s learned inside and outside of Camp to support new and returning Camp families. In her free time, you can find Ali quilting or going on walks with her husband George and her dog Paige around one of the many lakes on Orcas Island.
Head of Maintenance
Caleb grew up in the small town of Waterford, California where he lived for almost 30 years. After graduating from college he got the travel bug and went backpacking through Europe and explored several US states and National parks until he finally found his way out to Orcas Island and Four Winds Camp in May of 2016. He served as Camp’s Maintenance Assistant until June of 2020, when he stepped to lead the Maintenance Department. During his free time Caleb enjoys hiking, sightseeing the islands, practicing photography, and serving as volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Orcas Fire Department.