de Benneville Staff
Janet James Exec. Director

Janet James was a successful real estate agent with a love of the outdoors when Birdie Reed (then president of the Camp de Benneville Pines Board) came calling in 1995. Birdie had a proposition for Janet: move to Barton Flats and help turn around a year-round UU camp that was beloved but not so well maintained. Janet found Camp de Benneville Pines to be beautiful and peaceful and, with her realtor’s eye, she knew it had potential.

In the 20+ years she was worked at camp, she has built a thriving organization, vital to our UU faith in the Pacific Southwest. The camp has now grown to serve more than 4,000 kids and adults of all ages each year; and it holds its own financially. This is, in large part, thanks to Janet’s dedication and vision.

Looking forward she wants to build a legacy that secures our camp’s future so that de Benneville Pines will thrive for our kids and for their children for many generations to come.

She shares her life with her husband, Bob, and her faithful canine companion, Daisy Doodle.

Jacki Weber Dev Director

A UU since 2001 when her son was born, Jacki now has three teenagers steeped in UU “spiritual tea.” She is active in her local congregation, UU Community Church of Santa Monica, where she is on the board of directors and deeply involved with organizational development and stewardship.

She has been coming to camp since Father’s Day weekend 2002, attending her congregation’s weekend, along with Women’s Weekend and Thanksgiving Camp. Her kids started at Elementary Camp in 2004 and have attended youth camps ever since. Camp is a centerpiece of their lives. She is the dean of programming for her own UUSM retreat weekend as well as the district-wide Thanksgiving Celebration and Retreat.

Jacki is a fundraising professional with more than 20 years in the field. Before joining de Benneville Pines in January 2017, she served as Chief Development Officer for Homeboy Industries, the gang rehab and reentry center founded by Father Greg Boyle. Prior to joining Homeboy Industries Jacki was Development Director at The Broad Stage (performing arts) from 2008 to 2012. She also served as Development Director for KCRW (public radio) from 1998 to 2008. She cut her teeth on fundraising as a door-to-door grass roots fundraiser for a progressive organization in 1998.

She lives with her husband, Lorenzo, and three teenagers in Santa Monica, CA.

de Benneville Board

Michael Akseven

Born in Turkey then immigrated to the US for college Michael has been married to Vel for 21 years. They have been a UU as long; first in Laguna Beach UU and now in Ventura. Michael has served in RE committee, the Board, teaches OWL, does fundraisers that involve food, has run his congregation’s annual service auction for dozen years and has helped co-star a men’s ministry in Ventura. Vel and Michael discovered the Camp when their son Tanner was born in 2001 and they come couple times a year as a family and always to Thanksgiving camp. His son Tanner loves the camp, is deeply connected to camp and to the larger UU movement serving as Luminary leader, worship and leader at Cons all because of connections started and developed at Camp. Michael holds sociology BA from Fullerton and MA in Public Administration and Policy from California Lutheran University.

Chris Faller

Board member Chris Faller and his family have been active members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito for about 25 years.  For the past several years, Chris has served as the Fellowship coordinator/registrar for the annual April weekend at Camp.  He also has served as Fellowship treasurer. Chris is a retired Senior Vice President of Operations for a medical device company and orchestrated mergers and advanced technical operations at a number of US and overseas company sites.  His skills, including development and execution of projects with multimillion-dollar budgets are important to Camp as we move forward.

Nancy Fisk

Nancy Fisk is a life-long UU, who started coming to DeBenneville Pines in 1972, when she was a teenager. In 1994, she volunteered to work as an adult youth advisor at First Church. She then attended youth camps as an adult staff member in the 1990’s, and and then again from 2009 to the present. She enjoys working with a staff of youth and adults who create a safe and fun atmosphere that allows the youth at camp to grow as Unitarian Universalists.

Since 1982, she has been a member of First UU Church in San Diego. In that time, she has sung in the choir, worked on pledge drive committees, served on the Board of Trustees, and was President of the church from 2006-2007. During her term as President, the church transitioned to policy governance, a form of governance that empowered the staff and lay leaders to become more effective decision makers.

She met her husband, Tony Brumfield, at First Church. He works most often with the anti-racism/anti-oppression groups within First Church and within the denomination.

Nancy is a high school English teacher with the Grossmont Unified High School District.

Betsy Gilpin (Secretary)

Betsy Gilpin has served on the Board of Directors for Camp de Benneville Pines for nearly 6 years. She has been an active and enthusiastic camper since 1986. Family camp with her children was special; every time they all are together, they reminisce about those magical days. After the kids fledged, Betsy attended many of the adult-oriented camps at deBenneville. She is very involved with getting her congregation (UU Fellowship of San Dieguito) up to camp for a weekend each April, and as a Camp Champ promotes all the camps to the membership. Also, she became very involved with the summer and winter Art Camps and heads a task force that maintains the art work on site. Before her retirement in 2006, she was a professor of biostatistics at the UCSD Medical Center. She has held many leadership positions at her home congregation, including chairing several committees, being on the Ministerial Search Committee, and serving as Board president twice. Besides continuing to volunteer at UUFSD, she works a couple of days a week at the food pantry of the Encinitas Resource Center, serves as publicity chair for her community orchestra where she has played violin for just about as long as she has attended Camp, and manages to do a little art (as time permits).

Martha Kazlo

Martha was introduced to the UUs at the first Rainbow Family Camp and joined the UU Church of Riverside in 2001; she was looking for a welcoming congregation and was especially interested in environmental issues and participating in the Green Sanctuary program.  At her home congregation, she has served as chair of the board of trustees and has been a member of the committee on shared ministry, the caring network and the intern committee.  She has enjoyed running several annual service auctions. Martha has presented programs at the Pacific Southwest District Assembly and at the women’s retreats at deBenneville Pines.  She served a 2-year term as the secretary of the board of trustees of the Pacific Southwest District.

Before retirement, Martha was a psychologist and served as director of a university counseling center and student health center.  She loves to travel and take courses in the Osher Learning program at UC Riverside.

Andrew Kissner (Vice President)

Andy Kissner, and his family have been enjoying Camp de Benneville Pines since he became a Unitarian Universalist in 2010. He is a member of Pacific Unitarian Church (PUC) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA which holds an annual family retreat each June at Camp de Benneville Pines.

Andy has been a middle school science teacher in the Torrance Unified School District for the past 15 years. Prior to that he spent 13 years in corporate sales working for companies like; Equifax, Dunn & Bradstreet, and Kinko’s.

As a volunteer and officer, Andy has served with; Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, The Izaak Walton league of America California Division, The Izaak Walton League of America Westwood Village Chapter, Pacific Unitarian Church, and Camp de Benneville Pines.

As an educator Andy understands the importance of supporting youth and the benefit that Camp de Benneville Pines brings to the family and children throughout our area. Andy is excited about the future of camp and the exciting challenges that lie ahead.

Louise Klatt

Louise Klatt, lives in Palmdale, CA with her husband, daughter & 2 cats, and has been coming to Camp de Benneville Pines since 1998. She has helped coordinate the LA/Valley cluster churches Fall weekend since 2003, and often attends the Thanksgiving weekend camp and annual Woman’s Retreat. Both she and her husband, Eric love participating in camps & volunteering for the work weekends, which Louise refers to as “labors of love” & investing “sweat equity”   She is a member of the Uniatarian Universalist of Santa Clarita congregation and also the Church of the Larger Fellowship (the online UU congregation without walls.)

She is a volunteer teacher in her congregation’s religious exploration program because she believes the children are our future. She & her husband are longtime Unitarian Universalists and both have served in leadership positions over the years.

Professionally she is a dental assistant, currently working part time as a surgical assistant for a periodontist.

Her hobbies include hiking & bike riding with friends. And loves being out in nature.

Randy McDaniel (President)

Randy McDaniel has enjoyed Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fullerton’s annual family camp at de Benneville Pines since 2001 and has attended many work weekends over the years.  Service is an important part of his who he is.

Randy is currently serving as the City of Riverside’s Park Project Manager/Principal Park Planner with over 20 years of experience in Park design, planning and improvement, is a licensed Landscape Architect, as well as, a Marine Corps Veteran.

He has raised two girls and a boy with his wife Karen and loves to set out on day hikes whenever he gets a chance. He joined the board in 2015 and currently serves as the as Vice President.   Over the last year he worked with Staff and the Board to develop a Master Plan to help plan for future improvements and fundraising efforts to address the inadequate staff housing and other programming needs.

In addition, he works to preserve and protect the City’s recreational resources by providing land planning services including overseeing the review and conditioning of all private land development projects that impact our 2927 acres of park land.  Planning services also include plan check review and policy management for park development compliance to the Riverside Municipal Code, General Plan, Park Master Plan and park development standards.

Glenn Noreen (Treasurer)

Glenn Noreen is a social justice warrior. He fights for social justice by developing and operating charter schools. The organization he founded, Ingenium Schools, has started four so far — In Compton, Canoga Park (2), and Maywood. Its noble cause is restoring joy and meaning to learning.

Raised as a Baptist, Glenn was first attracted to UUism when he learned from his older brother that Unitarians went skinny dipping in the lagoon at Seabeck (in Washington State, where there is an annual UU family camp) — and that’s how women get pregnant. He met his wife at Throop Church in Pasadena.

In his spare time, Glenn enjoys mountain biking in the hills above his home in Claremont, swimming while listening to books on tape, and — when there is snow in the mountains — skiing.

Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace was originally from North Carolina, lived in south Florida, then Michigan before settling in California in 1979.  He lives in Altadena, CA (since 2001) with wife Judy and one dog at present.  Paul and Judy joined Neighborhood Church (NUUC) in 2003 and became Winter Camp Committee members circa 2006.  Paul has served as the Chair of the Neighborhood Church Winter Camp Committee since 2012 and NUUC winter camp bartender since 2007.  Paul is a civil / environmental engineer has enjoyed working on the Camp de Benneville Pines site master plan.

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