Meet the Support Staff

RYLA Co-Chair & Co-Director

Jennifer Chang

Camper Year: 1998

Schools attended: Los Altos High School, UC San Diego,  Northeastern University School of Law

Jenn has been involved with RYLA staff since 2002 and has served as a counselor, a member of the leadership team, and now serves as co-Chair and co-Director. As she explains the magic of RYLA, she often tells people that her involvement with RYLA has undoubtedly transformed her as it shifted her career goals and changed her perspective. In her real life, Jenn works as an immigration attorney with Pyrus Law, a firm she founded in 2012. Jenn is a member of the Cupertino Rotary Club.

Director of Leadership Programming

Ed Curammeng, Ph.D.

Schools Attended: Ohlone College, San Francisco State University, UCLA

Ed C. was a Camper in 1998. He returned as a CIT in 2002 and has been a part of RYLA ever since. In a word, Ed C. describes RYLA as: transformational. He credits the lifelong relationships, ongoing critical reflection, and multiple ways RYLA can literally transform peoples’ lives, among his favorite aspects of the RYLA experience. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

RYLA Director of Technology

Aric Johnson

Camper Year: 2003

Schools: Mountain View High School, Syracuse University, California State University, East Bay

Aric began his RYLA journey as a camper in 2003. He would return the following year as a counselor. After almost a decade as a counselor, he took the opportunity to join the Support Staff with a specific focus of onboarding new technologies that would impact and improve the experiences of both campers and staff alike – a role he has held for more than 6 years. Aric returns to RYLA each year because of the lifelong friendships he’s built and his desire to give back to the group of ultra-talented and inspiring young leaders he encounters each year. Most of all he enjoys the evolution of camp and it’s students, and the energy and uniqueness they bring to camp. As Creative Project Manager at 23andMe, he manages an in-house team of designers and copywriters that is responsible for building and shaping how customers understand and benefit from the company’s services and mission.

Support Staff Intern 

Sammie Thompson

Camper Year: 2009

Schools Attended: Westmont High School, Sonoma State University

Sammie began her journey with camp RYLA as a camper in 2009 (thank you Los Gatos Morning Rotary for the sponsorship!), then continued as a counselor in 2010, and is now also as a member of the leadership team starting this year! RYLA has always held a special place in her heart and allowed her to become who she is as a leader, support others in their personal growth, and find her family. Sammie is currently working her day job as an annotation quality lead at Apple but spends time feeding her true passion by coaching volleyball at City Beach Volleyball Club and Los Altos High School.

RYLA Co-Director 

Edfrance Orjalo

Camper Year: 1998

Schools attended: San Leandro High School, San Jose State University

Edfrance attended Camp RYLA in 1998 while attending San Leandro High School.  During his time at SLHS, Edfrance was the Interact President and was also an active member in DECA.  Edfrance went on to attend San Jose State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology with a Minor in Business Management.  He currently works at Aerotek Scientific where he is a Regional Manager focusing on Recruiting Operations for the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries, as well as assisting with the professional development and training of internal employees.  Outside of work and Camp RYLA, Edfrance enjoys being outdoors, playing basketball, riding his motorcycle, attending concerts and spending time with his friends and family.  Overall, Edfrance has been a part of Camp RYLA for 16 years and has continued to support activities and events with Rotary International.

Director of Logistics 

Daisy Lopez

With RYLA Since: 2011

Schools attended: San Francisco State University

Daisy has been involved with RYLA staff since 2011 and has served as a member of the leadership team, and now serves as the Director of Logistics. Outside of RYLA, she is a 3rd grade teacher in San Francisco at Longfellow Elementary School. RYLA is a special place to Daisy because she in constantly inspired by the staff and campers. Working with high school students and counselors directly informs her teaching and professional development and gives her hope for her students in the future.

Support Staff Intern

Angela Kim
 
Camper Year: 2013

Schools attended: Foothill High School, College of San Mateo, UC Berkeley
 
Angela has been with RYLA staff as a counselor since 2015, and is a graduating architecture student at UC Berkeley. RYLA holds a very special place in her heart because it is where she learned to be unapologetically herself, and it continues to influence her values. Angela is dedicated to making a social impact through her skills as a designer.

Support Staff Intern

Justin Rajah 
 
Camper Year: 2010
 
Schools attended: Fremont High School, Sunnyvale and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
 
Justin has been a part of the RYLA family since 2010 and joined the staff in 2011. Justin has served in a variety of roles with RYLA – as an Apprentice, CIT, and currently as a Counselor. Justin appreciates his sponsoring Rotary Club, Sunnyvale Sunrise, for introducing him to Rotary, and also to Camp RYLA when he was a freshman in high school.  Every year that Justin has returned to camp has allowed him to strengthen relationships, develop as a leader, and aid campers with tools to be community leaders. Outside of Camp RYLA, Justin is a member of the Marketing team at Sumo Logic. Justin brings his energy to Sumo Logic through campaigns that drive brand, thought leadership, and pipeline.