Meet our Staff
Julie Yurkovich Forrest '78, Director
Julie Forrest has been involved with Summer at Santa Catalina for 14 years—five years as the head tennis instructor and nine years as the camp director. Julie is an alumna and the director of enrollment for Santa Catalina School.
She believes that camp is a ton of fun and a great way for girls to try out things they don't have time to do during the school year. She often says, "There is not a greater place to spend the summer than at Summer at Santa Catalina, especially if you are looking for fun, excitement, growth, and challenge. Being a Summer at Santa Catalina camper is something you never forget. When you leave our program, we hope you go home and teach your friends about some of the great things you have learned and experienced."
Julie spends a lot of time off-season planning memorable classes and evening activities. One of her favorite things is Checks/Stripes throw-downs. “I straddle the line and make sure to wear both green and red,” she says laughingly. “I am loyal to both teams. I am nonpartisan and cheer for everyone.”
Abbey Reed, Assistant Director
Abbey Reed joined Summer at Santa Catalina during the summer of 2018. She's a Texas native and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and has been working at summer camps since 2013. Read our Q&A with Abbey about her first summer of “serious fun.”
How was your first Summer at Santa Catalina experience?
I had a great first summer at Santa Catalina! It was so great getting to know the program and all those who are a part of it, especially the girls. Campers make the camp.
What was your favorite camp moment?
I would say my favorite camp moment was actually a lot of little moments. Watching campers bond with each other and share in the experience of sisterhood is so powerful to see.
What's your favorite thing about working with girls?
Getting to see each girl's unique personality. The girls are so fun to be around, and I love getting to know them as individuals.
What are the benefits of going to a summer camp?
I see summer camp as the best experience a parent can give their child. On the surface, campers get to try new things and have a fun-filled summer. But on a much deeper level, summer camp gives kids confidence, a sense of independence, and a community that accepts them the way they are. In the world we live in, that is such a powerful environment to expose young women and girls to. I love being part of a community that offers that to families and kids.
Do you have any advice for future campers or their parents?
Open yourselves up to the new experience of Summer at Santa Catalina. It takes parents who are willing to trust that their children can be independent enough to thrive at camp. But it also takes campers who are open to new experiences and friendships.