Meet the Staff

CISPUS LEARNING CENTER

MEET THE STAFF


CHASE BUFFINGTON

General Manager

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Chase has worked in the outdoor profession for over 10 years in various roles throughout his career. His educational focus has been in outdoor recreation with a passion for challenge course facilitation, construction, and training implementations.  Chase first joined the Cispus Learning Center in 2009, serving for two years as its Challenge Course Manager. In 2014, he accepted the position of General Manager, a role in which he helps to staff programs with the right people so all can share in the great outdoors. Chase is an alumnus of Eastern Washington University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Recreation.


ALISHA CORE

Dining Services Manager

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Alisha Core joined Cispus Learning Center in 2005 as a kitchen assistant and became the dining services manager in 2011. Alisha credits the time she spent helping her mother at her second-hand store with teaching her about responsibility and grooming her for future employment.


CRAIG FLANDERMEYER

Maintenance Manager

 

Craig Flandermeyer joined Cispus Learning Center in 2011. A graduate of Meridian High School in Meridian, Texas, he began his career building custom homes. He traveled to Washington to build a home for a friend and met a special lady. He was a construction worker in Lewis County until he answered the ad for a maintenance supervisor at Cispus.


MEGHANN WOLVERT

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

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Meghann Wolvert joined Cispus in August 2012 as the AmeriCorps program manager, though she is no stranger to Cispus. Meghann has been involved with Cispus since 1999, first as a counselor for Washington Student Leadership, then as an intern and finally serving two years on the AmeriCorps team. Meghann graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, earned a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and an M.Ed. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. A native Washingtonian, she enjoys spending time with her husband and going fishing, hiking, camping and anything else that involves the outdoors.


Woods Stonecypher

Challenge Course Director

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In 2016, after obtaining his Master's in Education and Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville (KY), Woods packed up his car and moved across the country to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Cispus Learning Center. After finishing his term of service, he chose to stick around! He now works as the the High and Low Challenge Course Director here at Cispus, where he arranging the appropriate combination of elements to engage, challenge, and meet the needs of the participants. Every single day Woods has the privilege of working with dedicated Cispus professionals and friends (not mutually exclusive).  As the Challenge Course Director, his goal is to create a supportive environment where Challenge Course staff and participants have the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones, take healthy risks, and experience the beauty of the great Pacific Northwest. Woods is an avid climber, hiker, kayaker, and enjoys riding his mountain bike throughout his new home in Washington State 


AWSP LEARNING CENTERS STAFF


MARTY FORTIN

Director

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As director of both outdoor learning centers since 1991, Marty supervises daily operations, including maintenance, personnel, curriculum, finance and marketing. Since 1998, he has developed curriculum and facilitated ASB Rules workshops in cooperation with the State Auditor's office. He spent 16 years as a science teacher, coach and activities administrator. During his long career, he has won many honors, including the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association’s Joe Babbitt Award for his contributions to the sport of wrestling, and the President's Award from the Environmental Education Association of Washington. Marty graduated from Washington State University in 1975, received his standard teaching certificate through Central Washington University and is an alumnus of Yelm High School. In his spare time, he serves as executive director of the White Pass Education Foundation in East Lewis County, and he volunteers with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.


KATY KELLY

Accounts Receivable

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Katy Kelly joined the learning centers in 1999, working for both AWSP Student Leadership and Cispus. She is based at Cispus and handles accounts receivables and payroll. Before coming to Cispus, she spent 15 years working for Farmers Insurance and the Cowlitz Lumber Mill in Randle. A graduate of White Pass High School, Katy lives in the Cispus Valley and has a 13-year-old daughter.


SUE SHARPLES

Accounts Payable

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Sue Sharples joined the AWSP Learning Centers at Cispus in 2014. She works in the front office and handles accounts payable for both Cispus and Chewelah Peak. Before coming to Cispus, she spent 22 years with Lutz Tile in Puyallup, WA. Sue graduated from Stevenson High School and has lived in Randle since 2008.