The Tall Timber Team


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. 


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, and their two children Fiona and Oliver. 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.


Michael Johnson

// Facilities Assistant

After graduating from high school last spring, Michael joined us at Tall Timber as part of our summer staff. He’s the guy who will greet you with a helping hand and smile. We love his heart for service and are happy to have him year-round on the facilities team!


Victoria Fritz

//Food Service Director

Victoria Fritz has returned to Tall Timber after eight years in MInnesota. She returns with even more experience having worked as a baker, a pastry chef and also running the kitchen at a Benedictine Monastery for six years. Victoria's culinary point of view is; "Between convenient and extravagant there is nourishment" She focuses on fresh from scratch cooking using local ingredients when possible. Being a good steward of resources provided by camp and farmers drives her creativity. A knowledge of Tall Timber food traditions and a love for the home-cooking traditions from around the globe keeps her engaged in growing the food choices offered here at camp.


Steve Hinkle & Sarah Sprouse

//Kitchen Manager and Marketing/Communications Director

For the last 15 years as a camper, volunteer, summer staffer, and now year round Kitchen Manager, Steve Hinkle has been called to work at Tall Timber. One summer, Steve convinced Sarah to spend her summer on staff rather than in a painting studio. Since then, Sarah has spent the last several summers at Tall Timber leading art projects and capturing campers’ memories with her camera. Tall Timber has become apart of their love story — they where married at camp in the fall of 2016! Both Steve and Sarah feel honored to work as year-round staff and to give back to the the valley that nourished and helped them grow into leaders. 


Nathan and Sarah Franklin

//Hospitality Managers

Sarah and Nathan both grew up going to summer camp. An Alabama native, Nathan’s heart for camp started at Camp Maranatha where he was a camper and staffer. Sarah has been active at Tall Timber since a young age, attending camp and working on summer staff. In the summer of 2016, Nathan and Sarah met while working on summer staff. They were recently married in March of 2019. They felt called back to Tall Timber from Huntsville, Alabama, after living there for a year and a half. They joined the Full Time Team in August of 2019, and they couldn’t be happier or more excited to serve this place, and the guests that come though it.

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!