Board Members

Get to know the Willowbrook Board!


Tafflyn Williams-Thomas, President
Where do you work? / What is your occupation?
Career Services Manager, National College of Natural Medicine

What is your relationship to Willowbrook?
My kids attend and they have attended for the past 13 years.

How do you define Willowbrook?
An amazing arts and nature camp that creates an age appropriate safe place for kids to have the freedom to be self directed. It is kid centric, the camp staff are there to support the kids' experience and offer opportunities to explore art and nature. It doesn't matter what age the kids are, they all are kind and friendly to each other. The arts are both performing and visual arts with amazing plays every Thursday and Friday. These plays have great sets, costuming and acting and they make my summer great!!

A favorite memory/experience with camp.
I have a great memory of my little girl playing peekaboo with her oldest brother and his friends while we watched my middle son as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel on the folk dance stage. It reminds me of how kids of all ages bond and connect at Willowbrook. My favorite annual ritual is the Pata Pata in the Ome Calle parking lot on Thursday and Friday night!!! I am always sad that last night of Willowbrook as everyone dances the last time for the year.

What are you looking forward to in terms of Willowbrook’s future?
Watching it grow and evolve, while watching my youngest (now 7) grow-up there and become an apprentice assistant then a college assistant



Kristi Burns, Vice President
Where do you work? / What is your occupation?
Deputy Director, ONABEN- A Native American Business Network

What is your role on the board/ what committees do you help with?
I am currently the Board Vice President

What is your relationship to Willowbrook?
Our family joined the Willowbrook Community in 2008 with our oldest starting out in the Village. Both of my girls will be Artisans this coming year which is a big milestone in our household!

How do you define Willowbrook?
The creative spirit runs very deep at Willowbrook. It is is a unique camp community where every child has a place to explore and create in a supportive and all inclusive environment.

A favorite memory/experience with camp.
My girls are very active in the Theater performances, so those are always a highlight for me. I always treasure the creations that they make when I pick them up each day. They are always so proud to tell the story behind them. I love that Willowbrook has so many daily options to choose from and that the kids need to self direct themselves to areas that interest them.

What are you looking forward to in terms of Willowbrook’s future?
I would love to see Willowbrook grow outside of just a Summertime program. Willowbrook would be great for kids all year long!



Ann Smith
Where do you work? / What is your occupation?
I own a boutique public relations firm in Portland called A.wordsmith.

What is your relationship to Willowbrook?
Compared to many, I am a relative newbie to Willowbrook. My relationship with the organization goes back four years when my kids first started attending. They immediately fell in love with this special place which meant I did too. As a result, I recognized my desire to get involved with the organization from a leadership standpoint so that I could do everything in my power to ensure the magic lives on throughout my kids' childhoods, and beyond.

How do you define Willowbrook?
It is a place beyond definition. I can only sum it up in a few key words: magical, unique, free spirited.

A favorite memory/experience with camp.
The first day of camp, every year. The excitement of my girls in the car as we drive over, and then the endless flurry of tales that flow out of them when I pick them up. It's awe inspiring…every time.

What are you looking forward to in terms of Willowbrook’s future?
Everything! Each calendar years brings the excitement of another camp season, and enriching thousands of kids' lives with the power of Willowbrook. I look forward to watching my own girls grow up being part of this place, whether that means performing on stage, throwing pots on the wheel or taking on an apprentice role. I am excited to see the evolution of Willowbrook which will undoubtedly involve our ability to serve more kids and grow within the community where we operate. The future holds endless possibilities for Willowbrook and I am proud to be part of bringing it to life!



Meg Frey
Where do you work? / What is your occupation?
Veterinarian and small business owner of Full Circle Veterinary Care

What is your relationship to Willowbrook?
I have 2 children who have attended WB since they were 4 years old. Tyler is now 14 and worked his first year as an AA in Ceramics this past summer.

How do you define Willowbrook?
Willowbrook to me is a unique camp experience where the kids can express and be encouraged to find creativity. In a world that is so fast and full of constant outside entertainment, at WB the kids are in charge of there own "entertainment" for the day.

A favorite memory/experience with camp.
My favorite memory is the summer when Tyler spent his entire summer in the Ceramics tent. He would literally leave the wheel and sign up again. He got the nickname "pottery rug rat". We have lots of pottery to show for it.

What are you looking forward to in terms of Willowbrook’s future?
I am looking forward to having WB available to kids for years to come. I am looking forward to online registration and all the efficiencies that come along with it.



Larry McClure
Where do you work? / What is your occupation?
Retired educator; director of Tualatin Heritage Center and board member of Tualatin Historical Society and several other nonprofits

What is your role on the board/ what committees do you help with?
I just fill in where needed, but have worked on fundraising (proposal writing). Mostly try to help with local community partnerships and relationships

What is your relationship to Willowbrook?
Grandkids sometimes come down for a week from Washington state

How do you define Willowbrook?
Freedom to explore creative potential

A favorite memory/experience with camp.
Hearing stories of WB experiences from Rebecca and Althea

What are you looking forward to in terms of Willowbrook’s future?
Permanent site of our own with better parking and access

Craig Tanner
Where do you work? / What is your occupation?
I am a hospice physician and the Medical Director of Legacy Hospice Services and Legacy Hopewell House

What is your relationship to Willowbrook?
My oldest child started at Willowbrook in the summer of 2010 and it has defined summer for our family since that time. We plan our entire summer around camp and never take vacation trips during the 6 weeks of Willowbrook. We also plan every Thursday and Friday of the camp weeks around the Willowbrook plays

How do you define Willowbrook?
It is a magical place where everyone is welcome. A place where creativity, inclusion and artistic exploration are lived values.

A favorite memory/experience with camp.
It has to be when my youngest daughter was the lead in the play Stuart Little. It was also the only time since my kids have been going that the play had to be moved (onto the for dance stage under a tent) due to rain. It is a wonderful memory not only because of my daughter’s first lead role, but because of how everyone at the camp comes together to be flexible and support each other even when plans have to change quickly.

What are you looking forward to in terms of Willowbrook’s future?
I hope to see the camp grow and respond positively and creatively to the changes in leadership while continuing to be guided by the values that make it such a special place.



Other board members: Donna Kleinman