Meet the Kitchen Staff

Dave Roberts – Head Chef

Denise Cochran – Shift Supervisor

Lisa Keen – Shift Supervisor

First Name: Ana

Last Name: Abarca Gerasymenko 

Hometown: Puebla, México 

School: BUAP

2021 will be my FIRST year at Vega:

Hobbies/favorite activities: Capoeira, piano and reading

What was the hardest part about summer 2020:  being unable to go out and have nothing to do at home. It was really boring until I started to learn how to ride a bike. 

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: ride a bike in the city while being careful with the cars

What are you most excited for Vega 2021: the experience of working in another country

First Name:  Zaira 

Last Name:  Gonzaga 

Hometown: Puebla, Pue., Mexico

Current grade: Fifth semester of the degree in Public Administration and Management of Development 

School: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP)

2021 will be my first year at Vega.

Hobbies/favorite activities: I like dance, ice skating, reading and I enjoy hiking. 

Something you learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: I learned from the pandemic is t0 value every moment of my life, to do things the best and enjoy them, and to consume responsibly.  

What are you most excited for Vega 2021: Of the things that excite me it’s the experience as a Staff in Camp Vega, being part of the organization in the kitchen, to serve the campers and also knowing Echo Lake, which looks amazing. 

First Name: Karla 

Last Name: Alvarado

Current grade: Third semester of university

2021 will be my 1st year at Vega

Hobbies/favorite activities: I enjoy sports a lot but my favorite is volleyball, I also like to make new friends and see new places.

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: The hardest thing about summer 2020 was not being able to go to camp, but I took advantage of this vacation to do new things, like learning new recipes, reading books, missing my friends too much, but nothing that a video call couldn’t fix.

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: I learned how to make cookies, as well as cakes and muffins, which to tell the truth were delicious, I also learned to exercise at home, I was able to walk my dog much more often (it is not new but it is something I really enjoyed), and I also enjoyed much more family time.

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021: What excites me the most is being able to meet new people, that I know that more than friends we will be a family as the camp says, I am excited about obtaining new experiences that I know will be unforgettable and together with incredible people, the truth is that excites me too much and I can’t wait to live this new experience in the company of the whole family that makes up Camp Vega.

First Name: Abigail

Last Name: Rosado 

Hometown: Veracruz, México

School: Universidad Veracruzana

2021 will be my first year at Vega:

Hobbies/favorite activities: Reading, cooking, watching movies, exercising and spending time with family and friends

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: The hardest part was feeling uncertain about the future. Everything changed so fast, but focusing on one thing at a time helped getting through the year.

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: I learned how special it is to check in on others and yourself!!  Showing love to my people even through zoom! 

What are you most excited for Vega 2021: I’m so excited to travel all the way from Veracruz Mexico to Camp Vega, meet all the campers, all the staff, have an amazing summer and make great memories together. Can’t wait!!   

First name: Daniela

Last name: Galindo Suárez

Hometown: Puebla, México

Current grade: Undergraduate student

School: Benemérita Universidad del Estado de Puebla (BUAP)

2021 will be my first year at Vega

Hobbies/favorite activities: One of my favorite activities to do is to ride a bike. Also, I like to go to the cinema and walk through the streets of my city with my friends. However, I also enjoy being at home playing video games with my family. I love watching series and movies!

What was the hardest part about Summer 2020: For me, the hardest part was to be far apart from my friends. I love them and I missed them so much. Some of them went through difficult times and I couldn’t be next to them.

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: I learned so much about myself during these times and I am really grateful for that. I realized how much my parents love me, the way they take care of themselves so I can be safe and healthy. Furthermore, I learned to live in the moment, that I don’t have to hide my feelings any more, that I don’t have to waste my time and that it is important to hug, to laugh, to smile and to feel happiness and love!!

What are you most excited for Vega 2021: To demonstrate to myself that I’m capable of make my dreams come true!! And to give me the chance of a new beginning, full of happiness, love and tolerance! ❤️

First Name:Sharlett

Last Name:Blake

Hometown: Swansea

Current grade: Senior 

2021 will be my 1st year at Vega 

Hobbies/favorite activities: Make up, Nails and anything beauty related 

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: Not being able to see family for my birthday

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: How to have fun and connect with others but still be safe

What are you most excited for for Vega 2020: To meet everyone

First name: Karla

Last name: Sanchez

Hometown: Puebla

Current grade: Fourth year of degree

2021 will be my first year at Vega

Hobbies/favorite activities: I like to listen to music, watch series, go cycling.

The hardest part of the summer was not being able to go on a trip.

In 2021 I learned that the most important thing is health

I am excited to improve my English, make friends, and see new places.

Check back soon for more 2021 staff!

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