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 & Campgrounds and the Coloma-Lotus Business Council.

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.

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 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.

Eco Science Exploration Lead
Scott Stevens

Scott brings a diverse teaching background to the CODS team. After receiving his Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Environmental Science from Santa Clara University, he began teaching outdoor education in the redwood trees of the California Coast with the Web of Life Field School. After a few years he continued teaching outdoor education at YMCA Camp Seymour on Puget Sound in Washington state. Scott returned to the classroom himself to earn his Masters in Teaching from Washington State University and transitioned into teaching middle school science in rural eastern Washington. California called and Scott began teaching middle school science in Sacramento but found himself craving the outdoors. CODS has allowed Scott to once again share his passion for learning and the environment with students while being with nature.

Lead Naturalist, Evening Program
Emily Simpson

Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from St Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During her studies, Emily spent a semester in Namibia researching aquaponic systems and teaching local schools about urban agriculture. This experience helped her realize her passion in environmental education. She has also spent four summers teaching youth about sustainable agriculture at a farm-based summer camp. Emily loves that CODS allows her to combine her passions of being outside all day AND teaching students about environmental responsibility! Emily first visited CODS as a fourth grader and she now wears her alumni bead with pride.

Administrative Assistant
Suzanne Sanders

Program Facilitator
Debbie Soma

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