Welcome to the family!


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.


Steve Hinkle & Sarah Sprouse

//Kitchen Manager/Interim FSD 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.


kat barrett

//Program Manager

Kat Barrett grew up around the beautiful wilderness of Tall Timber, where she learned about Jesus’ great love for us and how to love a place like Tall Timber. She has served in many positions at camp, including Food Services, Facilities, Summer Admin, Counseling, and as Music Director. Currently, Kat works remotely as the Program Manager, planning for the next fantastic summer and gearing up activities for you to come and enjoy. She currently resides in Bellingham with her husband Kyle and their cat.


shae herrick

//Interim Program Director

Shae grew up in Nashville, but has always been drawn to the Pacific Northwest and Washington. After discovering a love for the outdoors in college, she earned her degree in Outdoor Recreation, worked at a variety of camp and outdoor education programs, and eventually decided to move to Washington to continue learning and serving in camping ministry. She’s grown to love Tall Timber, and is excited to see what this next year brings!


keith hovde

//Food Service Intern

Keith Hovde was born in Seattle and moved to Whidbey Island 10 years later. Keith has attended Tall Timber camps and retreats since 8th grade. He began volunteering his sophomore year of high school. Keith loves his 1980 Volkswagen Vanagon and has a passion for music. An adventurer from birth, Keith has loved searching through unknown territory, both metaphorically and literally. Keith’s love for God has led him to want to serve Him here at Tall Timber for, hopefully, the rest of his life. Keith credits his hopeful outlook on life to his mother, who has shown him that, no matter what life hits you with, it’s up to you to turn it into a learning experience.


Michael johnson

//Facilities Intern

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!


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!