Executive Director
Marielle Faieta

Marielle Co-Founded CODS in 1989. Her background in business and customer service coupled with her passion for offering high quality educational experiences in an outdoor setting became the foundation for the ever evolving program. Over the years she has helped to integrate direct feedback from teachers, parents and students alike to design kid-friendly meals, improve facilities and streamline the administration processes. Today she continues her involvement in all aspects of the program ensuring the growth and success of CODS through new program development, marketing and working directly with staff to continuously improve the quality of CODS. She is dedicated to supporting the mission and values of CODS for generations to come.

Program Director
Julie Powell

Julie arrived at CODS with a background in the fields of education and communication. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana in 1994, a Master of Arts in Communication from Stanford University in 1996, a Multiple Subject CLAD clear teaching credential in 2000 with a Single Subject teaching credential in Language Arts in 2009. She entered the world of public education in San Jose, California teaching a sixth grade classroom and continued on to add fifth graders and special education students to her roster in a full-inclusion program she co-designed from 2000 to 2005. Her last classroom experience was teaching fourth grade students in El Dorado Hills, California where she was introduced to Coloma Outdoor Discovery School. Soon after, Julie took on the name of Yella’ Jacket Julie and has not looked back since.

Facility Director, Coloma Resort
Daniella Faieta

Daniella is the second generation owner/ operator for Coloma Outdoor Discovery School’s Facility, Coloma Resort. Daniella holds a bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and takes pride in bringing her creativity and design background into the operation and development of the CODS facility. Daniella is committed to providing a safe and clean campus that supports the high quality recreational experiences offered by CODS. Her goal is to continuously provide a space that inspires a love of nature, adventure and history! She is a respected leader in the camping tourism industry and sits on the Board of Directors for The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Facility Director, Eco-Campus @ Bee Love Farms
Brigette Faieta

Brigette holds a Bachelor of Science from Bastyr University with a focus in Herbal Science. She has a background in natural health, organic farming and wholistic foods. She studied at the living Light Culinary Institute and is an associate Chef and raw food instructor with a focus on kid friendly foods. She founded a wellness center on Kauai and has helped to develop educational gardens with several nonprofit organizations all over the globe teaching natives about medicinal and edible plants for optimal health. Some of the organizations she has worked with Include World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms (WWOOF) in New Zealand, Naturopaths without Borders in Haiti and The Wana Duma project in Kenya. Over the past several years at CODS she has helped to integrate the next generation science standards by co-creating a living model of a closed loop system, connecting CODS learning garden to the onsite kitchens and integrating alternative cooking methods with a wood-fire pizza oven. She has helped to minimize CODS carbon footprint through a recycling program, worm farms and composting programs and has integrated organic local foods and an onsite food forest into the program meals. She continues to bring a passion for creating an abundant future of sustainability and organic farming for the planet by educating the next generation through CODS eco-science program.

Program Facilitator
Ariel Quiros

Ariel grew up in Southern California in the city of Thousand Oaks. Ariel connected with Outdoor Education starting in the 6th grade when she was able to attend a residential science camp. She still remembers hiking, learning hands on while on trail, the dancing and the campfire skits. The personal experience of Outdoor Education has helped Ariel share her passion with students, learning outside and hands on with nature and the natural environment. Ariel earned her Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in Forestry and Environmental Practices from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. After graduation she worked a season with Cal Fire as a Forestry Aide in Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. It was on the mountain that she made a connection with the local outdoor school and after the season ended was able to begin an internship with the Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation (SCICON), an Outdoor Education School in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s, just below the Giant Sequoias. The SCICON intern program teaches every aspect of working and running an outdoor school, from leading the kitchen meals, to teaching trail groups, to supervising fellow interns and running evening activities, and more. From SCICON Ariel traveled to the Republic of Ireland with a 1 year working holiday visa. She lived and worked in Dublin, gaining a new cultural perspective and making friends. After Ireland Ariel found a position as a Naturalist with the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School where she has been able to bring energy, creativity, and passion to our school while continuing to learn and become a stronger educator.

Lead Naturalist
Aimee Shearer

Aimee has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Sacramento State University. When Aimee became a mom, her three children became top priority. For many years, she enjoyed the flexible schedule of a substitute teacher and also worked as an office assistant/ book keeper for a small contractor’s business. This allowed her to volunteer in many different settings such as, Boy Scouts of America as the Advancement Chair (Troop of 100 scouts), Elementary and Middle School as the Campus Advisory Committee President, and Church as the Child Education Superintendent. She also enjoys the outdoors; hiking and jogging are two of her favorite pastimes. When Aimee first experienced CODS, she was as a parent chaperone. She loved the experience so much she couldn’t wait to make it part of her daily life. “Queen Bee”, joined our team Spring of 2014 and currently serves as the Staff Lead.

High Ropes Challenge Course Experience and Eco Science Exploration Lead
Tim Camuti

Tim began teaching outdoors at age 18 and is still going strong over twenty years later. He has been an instructor for the Boy Scouts of America, a teacher for the Peace Corps in South America and a science teacher for middle and high school students in California. The Coloma Outdoor Discovery School allows Tim to explore many of his passions, including teaching natural sciences, gold rush history and running ropes courses. Tim’s professional training includes a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of the Pacific and a teaching credential from CSU Chico. Tim is a noted presenter at conferences for the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Educators.

Lead Naturalist, Evening Program
Erica Smith

Erica is a passionate educator and lifetime student. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations, a minors in Dance and Spanish from Sacramento State University in 2013. Knowing that she could only work for a worthy business she believed in, she spent time at a few nonprofits. Erica has worked in community outreach, taught English and job skills to refugees, and worked at a Title One after school program. In 2014 she came to the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School. Here, she found her calling in outdoor education. CODS has inspired her to keep learning and go back to school. Erica graduated with a Master of Arts in Education and an Elementary Teaching Credential in 2017. Erica hopes to blend her background in global citizenship with her love of teaching to foster stewardship in the next generation.

Administrative Assistant
Suzanne Sanders

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