YMCA Camp Surf Leadership Team
Zayanne Thompson Executive Manager
Zayanne merged a background in education and her love of the environment into 26 years at the YMCA of San Diego, now serving as the Executive Manager at YMCA Camp Surf. After earning a degree in Environmental Biology at UCSB, Zayanne worked for the National Park Service, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, and I Love a Clean San Diego before returning to school for a Teaching Credential and Master's Degree in Education from SDSU. Zayanne was the Outdoor Education Director at YMCA Camp Marston from 1993-98. She moved back to the beach and Camp Surf in 1999 where she lives with her husband Mark, their son Keaton, and many animal friends (dog, cats, parrot, and chickens)! Zayanne enjoys gardening, volunteering, anything outdoors, and attending Keaton's water polo games. Go Nado!
Clay Jones Outdoor Education Director
Clay came to YMCA Camp Surf from Australia in 2002 and has been hooked on camp ever since! His journey started as a lifeguard/counselor and worked as a coordinator for a few years. Clay left camp to lifeguard with the California State Parks and then returned to Australia to complete his Education Degree. When the time was right he returned to become the new Waterfront/Castaways Director in 2013! His favorite part of the job is training the new and returning lifeguards at Camp Surf to make sure our campers have a safe and fun experience in the ocean. Clay spends his spare time surfing, taking photos, hiking and running around camp with his dog Olive.
Esther McKee Administration Specialist
Esther has worked at Camp Surf for over 16 years. She started as a part time office clerk and soon after was promoted to Office Manager and later to Administration Specialist. Esther enjoys the daily challenges that her position offers by assisting the directors in the general operation of camp. Her focus is Human Resources, Camp Store Management and overseeing the accounting department. Esther has been married for over 30 years; she is the proud mother of two college graduates. Her favorite pastime is gardening, walking and bicycling
Joeseph Breedlove Food Service Director
Joseph is a San Diego native and grew up right here in the South Bay. He started his Y career at Camp Surf in the kitchen back in 2005.
Since then he has worked in the front office, the camp store, at the South Bay
Family Y and now Joe is back leading the kitchen team at Camp Surf! From an early age Joe has loved to cook. His grandfather once told him, “find someone to pay you to do
something you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Joe followed that advice and went to
culinary school. He has worked as a Chef at local hotels, in the
Gaslamp District, and for Sodexo, the worlds largest food service provider. Joe
loves to garden, read, and spend time with his his wonderful son JJ.
Kyle Millard Waterfront | Castaways Director
Kyle Millard was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and moved to San Diego to pursue a career in education. He began working for the Y as an Outdoor Education Instructor and Lifeguard at Camp Surf where he fulfilled his passion in working with kids. Kyle was hired as a full time Waterfront Coordinator in charge of supervising the lifeguards at Camp Surf and making sure the kids are having a fun and safe experience at the beach. In his spare time Kyle loves to work out, surf, and hang out with friends.
Mark Carrick Maintenance Director
Mark has been working at camp since 2002. Over the course of the past nine years, Mark has held different maintenance positions and has ultimately reached his current position as Maintenance Director. Mark’s high level of workmanship and expertise in the arts has contributed to a unique touch in several areas of camp. Mark is very artistic and loves to work and show his talents in different mediums, from murals to ceramics and decoupage. Mark has recently challenged himself to learn Spanish and clearly needs much more practice, pero está aprendiendo un poco más cada día!