The Tall Timber Team


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Dave Saugen

//Executive Director

Dave has been a camper, volunteer, summer staffer, Assistant Property Manager. After going to Whitworth University, seminary at Regent College, working as a weekend manager at Plain Hardware, and serving as the Executive Director at Glacier Camp in Montana, he has been led to serve as Executive Director at Tall Timber. His lovely bride, Christie, and three beautiful children (Serenity, Micah and Kyler) love camping too. Say hi when you come visit and learn why Tall Timber is so near and dear to his heart. 


Zachary Miller

//Assistant Director

Zachary was shaped profoundly by Christ through Tall Timber, a place he holds dear to his heart where he has been a camper, summer staffer, and now serves as our Assistant Director. He will be the one you meet when you want to book a retreat or register for Camp. He oversees the onsite operations at Camp and provides solid leadership for our staff. Please introduce yourself when you arrive and discover what a wonderful heart he has for serving. Ask about his wife Cassie or daughter Melanie and he won't be able to stop sharing the joy they bring to him. 


Stan Fishburn

//Director of Development

Stan has been at Tall Timber now in two capacities; formerly the Executive Director, he is now spending his days strengthening his current relationships and building new ones as he grows our partnerships with those that feel called to give to the powerful ministry of Camp at Tall Timber. He would love to hear your story and how you, or someone you know and love, has been shaped by Camp. Stan is married to Becky who has been enjoying being a grandma, now twice. Their kids (Aaron, Jessie and Nellie) still love Camp as it is in their blood.


Kelsey Ingham

//Program Director 

Kelsey has been involved in camp programming for over 5 years in many different capacities. She has served as a Moto-X instructor, Lifeguard, Recreation Coordinator, Intern, and Assistant Program Lead, all for CRISTA Camps - Island Lake and Miracle Ranch. She is passionate about the students and staff that experience life change through Jesus and camp. Word the wise — she is not afraid to dominate the carpet ball tournament if challenged. Kelsey enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and relaxing with her cat, Lucy. 


Sparrow Patterson

//Food Service Director

Sparrow came to Tall Timber after over 20 years of working in the hospitality industry. She discovered her love for food while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. Throughout her lengthy time at University, Sparrow did everything from dish room, to serving, to managing corporate events, and even catering on Jimmy John’s private jet. She loves food almost as much as she loves the Lord. The kitchen is the heart of a home, as it is here at Tall Timber, and Sparrow loves serving your hearts, your spirit and your bellies!


Cathi Helseth


Cathi came to Tall Timber with a background in front office skills and bookkeeping. After high school, she graduated from Sierra College, a 2 year community college in California, with an AA degree in General Education. She then completed bookkeeping classes through another community college shortly after. When her daughters started school, she began work at an elementary school. Upon moving to Lake Wenatchee in 1992, she was employed at Schiebler Bros., but we snapped her up in 1993 and love the many ways she has served over the years!


Aaron "Fish" Fishburn

//Facilities Director

Aaron was born here, well just about, he was born in Leavenworth, but basically raised at Tall Timber by his pioneer spirited parents, Stan and Becky, who were the Directors from 1980 until 2015! Aaron loves his bride, the ever famous singer songwriter, Beth Whitney, their two children. There is always a spring in Aaron's step but even more so when he is on Tall Timber property. We love his joy and the creative solutions he comes up with to keep Camp functioning.