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.

Director of Infrastructure

Kaylin Potgieter

Camper Year: 2001
 
Schools Attended: Notre Dame High School, Saint Francis High School, California State University, Chico, University of San Francisco
 
Kaylin attended Camp RYLA in 2001 as a high school junior and returned as a CIT in 2003. She spent 10 years as a cabin counselor, and then returned as Camp Nurse in 2014. In 2018 she joined the leadership team, and this year is excited to join Support Staff.
 
Kaylin says that the RYLA community has been a positive and affirming pillar in both her youth and adult life. RYLA has taught her self-confidence, cultivated her love of giving back to others, helped her form lifelong friendships, and molded her into the leader and professional she is today.
 
Kaylin taught health science and leadership as a high school teacher for five years before entering the healthcare field.  She now works as an ER nurse and enjoys volunteering for RYLA each year to further her passion for working with youth.

Support Staff Intern

Jester Tadeo

Camper Year: 2010

Schools Attended: Milpitas High School, Ohlone College

 

When I was a camper in 2010 I didn’t think I would be making lifelong friends with amazing people I now call family. I joined the staff in 2011 and my involvement with RYLA has shaped and steered me in the right direction. RYLA marks my “New Year” in my life because it always allows me to reflect, renew, and restore the love, confidence, dreams, and bonds around me. I return to camp every year to aim to help campers realize that being present, and grounded in the moment, and knowing you are enough, can accomplish and teach so many things. I am currently working at Telsa in Palo Alto as an AP Annotation Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer outside of that workspace. I want to someday start my own business in the health and fitness industry and travel while I pursue my passion in music along the journey.

 

Support Staff Intern 

Jordan Maharaj

Camper Year: 2012

Schools Attended: Ann Sobrato High School, San Diego State University (SDSU)
 
Jordan has been part of the RYLA family since 2012, and has been serving as a counselor since 2015. Jordan is grateful to the Morgan Hill Rotary Club for sponsoring her to attend Camp RYLA, as it has continued to transform her life in meaningful ways, and will always have a special place in her heart. 
 
Outside of Camp RYLA, Jordan serves as the Assistant Director of Development for San Diego State University. She is also pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at SDSU and is a proud member of San Diego Rotary, Club 33

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

Ben Neves

Camper Year: 2009

 

Schools Attended: Westmont High School, Foothill College, Lewis & Clark College

 

Ben was a camper in 2009 and returned the following year in 2010. Since then, he has returned each year to be surrounded by all the incredible students and the mentorship of staff peers.

He joined the leadership team in 2017 to lead the Lifetime Module. Outside of Camp RYLA, Ben manages a recruiting team here in the Silicon Valley for Aerotek and coaches the Men’s Varsity basketball team at Saratoga High School.

Support Staff Intern

Amy Nguyen

Camper Year: 2011

Schools Attended: Archbishop Mitty High School, University of San Francisco
 
Amy started her RYLA journey as a camper in 2011 and joined the staff as a counselor in 2014. In high school, she was first introduced to the Rotary family by joining her Interact Club and later taking an officer position of club Historian. After RYLA, she continued to pursue more leadership roles in Interact and became the Co-Publications Coordinator for the Interact 5170 District Council, and attended the 2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand during her term. In college, she continued her work within the community through various organizations and became a founding member of the Rotaract Club at the University of San Francisco in 2016. Rotary International has had a tremendous impact on her life in the past decade and she wishes to continue supporting this organization that has given her so much. Outside of RYLA, Amy is focusing on personal creative endeavors and is striving to grow both personally and professionally.