Staff Biographies 2017-06-13T01:50:22+00:00

Pamela Swanson, Executive Director of Lions Camp Tatiyee graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Special Education and minors in both Human Development and Family Studies. She taught in Tempe Elementary School District for 10 years as a Special Educator.  In 1995, she earned a Masters degree in Administration Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She has been the Executive Director of Lions Camp Tatiyee since 1996.

Pam is also a board member for the American Camp Association’s Southwest Region.

On a personal note, Pam began her career at Lions Camp Tatiyee as a camp counselor in 1984! She met her husband at the camp in 1985 and has been married since 1987. They have 3 beautiful children together who have been blessed with the opportunity of growing up at camp.

Lions Camp Tatiyee is Pam’s favorite place, because those who experience it become better than they are. It is a place of  joy, courage and faith that moves mountains.

Desirae Bender, RN BSN, is our Lead Nurse. A BSN graduate of Grand Canyon University, Desirae grew up in the White Mountains area surrounding camp and has a passion for working with kids and special-needs individuals. Desirae has been involved with Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, 4-H, and various other organizations. During the year, Desirae works as a school nurse for the Roosevelt School District in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys music, the outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family, but most of all, camp!

Site Manager
Luke Waldroup calls the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State home, though his family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona during his teenage years. He has a twin sister and older sister.  He is a General Contractor/Welder by trade and loves working with his hands and creating things.  Luke’s hobbies include: restoring old Ford trucks, fishing, archery, four wheeling, woodworking, and art.  Luke enjoys working and living at Lions Camp Tatiyee with the outdoors right in his backyard.  He values the interaction with the Campers and having the opportunity to make a difference in their lives by taking care of the Camp environment or by teaching them Archery.  Luke’s been married since 2000 and has two little girls.

Event Coordinator
Jessica Waldroup is a native of Phoenix, Arizona the youngest of 5 children.  She went to High School at  Xavier and then went on to Flagstaff to study Recreation and Leisure Services at NAU.  She has worked for the Cities of Flagstaff, and Phoenix in their Recreation departments and for the YMCA.  She met Luke in 1995 and together they traveled around the United States to places like Houston, TX and Mobile, AL in the Hospitality field.  She is the mother of two awesome little girls who love living at Camp Tatiyee.  Jessica works on Rentals and Events for Camp, and finding daily adventures for her girls.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, reading, and shopping.  She is thankful to have the opportunity to meet the amazing people here at Camp and be a part of the Camp Tatiyee family.