GOLDEN STATE YMCA
YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake
Simon Helyer
Director of Camping
Simon was born and raised in England (just like the YMCA). Since graduating from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor’s of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Finance he has been involved with YMCA camping. Simon and his family joined the YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake family in January 2016 following a 14-year stint for the State YMCA of Michigan. While camp is closed Simon lives in Visalia with his wife Erica and two boys Lewis and Owen. During the year he enjoys talking all things camp with prospective campers and alumni, please feel free to contact Simon with any questions. Email simonh@campsequoialake.org or call the office at 559-624-1110.
Board of Directors
Jody Graves, Board Chair
Marla Reyes, Vice Chair
Marty Zeeb, Treasurer 
Rachele Berglund-Bailey, Secretary
Larry Benevento, Board Member
Judy Fussel, Board Member
Mark Johnson, Board Member
Jeff Bottoms, Board Member
Sean "Mike" Ringer, Board Member
Veronica Lopez, Board Member
Diane Williams, Board Member
Nancy White, Board Member
Elissa Kobrin
Assistant Director of Camping
Elissa has lived all over the US, but calls the Pacific Northwest her forever home. She attended the University of Oregon where she received her BA in Planning, Public Policy and Management with a minor in Nonprofit Administration. In 2015 she received her M.Ed. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. She spent a year as a graduate resident at North Cascades Institute, and she served as a backcountry ranger for North Cascades National Park.  When not working for YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake, she can be found up a mountain, in a kayak, or giving impromptu naturalist talks to strangers (whether they are interested or not). Elissa loves excellent coffee and has a soft spot for animals - especially moose. You can reach Elissa via email at elissak@campsequoialake.org.
YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake
For over 100 years, YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake has provided excellent outdoor programing for youth and families based around the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Our Youth Development Mission is well served in this diverse natural setting where wildlife is abundant and landscapes provide opportunities for education, personal growth, and connection with the natural world. Our enriching programs promote collaboration, leadership, empowerment, and personal accountability. We treasure this special place with which we have been entrusted. Through our work we hope to build the next generation of dedicated stewards, compassionate individuals, and confident leaders.