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Staff & Board of Directors

Meet the dedicated board members of Camp Colley.

Dale Larsen

President
Dale Larsen is a Professor of Practice, Honors Faculty and Director of Community Relations for the ASU College of Public Programs. He is a 40-plus year executive manager in municipal parks and recreation services, including 27 with the City of Phoenix. He is a noted textbook author and frequent speaker on leadership, management and parks. He and his wife have three children and nine grandchildren.

Sarah Porter

Vice President
Sarah Porter is an attorney, having graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree and obtaining her juris doctor from Arizona State University (ranking third in her class). She clerked for federal appellate Judge William Canby and was a litigator for Brown & Bain; Coppersmith Gordon Schermer Owens & Nelson, PLC; and Osborn Maledon PA. She left her law career in 2006 for Audubon because she wanted to contribute to a collaborative effort to address Arizona’s natural resource challenges. She now dedicates that focus to the Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU.

Christina Avila

Board Member
Christina is a Director with Access ASU at Arizona State University. A first generation college graduate herself, she now works with a team of staff who provide college readiness programs to students and families. Christina was born and raised in Arizona and enjoys exploring all the Arizona outdoors has to offer with her family.

Flo Eckstein

Past President
Flo Eckstein is a founding member of the Camp Colley Foundation board. She is publisher emeritus of Jewish News of Greater Phoenix and a former social worker. She served as chairman of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board and on many civic committees. She and her husband Paul have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Gary Kaasa

Board Member, Chair- Fund Development Committee

Gary Kaasa provides on-going strategic consulting services for RIESTER Public Affairs.  He has led campaigns and public affairs in Phoenix for more than 30 years with a particular focus on research, message, outreach and development of strategic plans. Some of the countless local organizations Gary has provided support, advice and direction to are the City of Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Community Colleges, and the Maricopa Association of Governments. A former educator, Gary was an Economics and Advanced Placement Economics teacher in the Paradise Valley School District.  Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Marketing and teaching certificate from the University of Arizona. Currently Gary serves as President of the RIESTER Conservation Foundation.

Penelope Colley Norville

Lifetime Board Member
Penelope Colley Norville is a founding member of the Camp Colley Foundation board. She has worked for the City of Phoenix Housing Department for 26 years, providing housing for low-income families and the elderly. She is the daughter of James A. Colley, for whom Camp Colley is named, and shares his vision of providing an outdoor experience for underprivileged youth.

Diana Brooks

Lifetime Board Member
Diana Brooks is a founding member of the Camp Colley Foundation board and served as its president for nine years. She served as chairman of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board. She benefited from her 10 summers as a camper when she was growing up and believes that all youth should have the opportunity of camp experience. She has two adult children.

Tim Riester

Lifetime Board Member
Tim Riester is a founding member of the Camp Colley Foundation board.  He is founder and CEO of RIESTER, one of the largest, privately held advertising companies in the western United States. He is a board member for the MaxInMotion Foundation and previously served as chairman of the board for Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters and Arizona Clean and Beautiful, and as a board member for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona. Tim and his wife Mirja have two sons. The Riesters are the former owners of the ranch now known as Camp Colley.

Richard Berg

Executive Director
Richard Berg has spent the entirety of his career dedicated to the success of non-profit organizations focusing on positive youth development and is experienced in leading organizational growth and capacity building. Richard is a graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute, Valley Leadership Institute Class 40, and has participated as a member of the AZCASE Professional Development Steering Committee, the Camelback High School Community Network, the Arizona ACEs Consortium, and was a co-founder of the Garfield Neighborhood Community Coalition. Richard earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maine. Richard grew up participating in nature camps every summer throughout his childhood and adolescence where he developed a passion for wilderness education, adventure learning, hiking and kayaking. Personally, Richard is an avid hiker, is a multi-marathon runner, and has been dedicated and passionate volunteer mentor for several years.