Meet Our Staff

The staff is some of the nicest, most welcoming, warm group I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The staff is what really makes this place a hidden gem and one of the best-kept secrets in all of OC.Chen

Bill Beaumont, Executive Director

Bill Beaumont

Executive Director

New to the Orange County area Bill has extensive experience with camp operations. Prior to his role at the Irvine Ranch he served as the YMCA Camp Collins, Program Director in Portland Oregon and before that was a professional Scouter serving in the Inland Northwest Council as a District Executive, District Director and Camping Director.

He has a demonstrated track record of successful facility operations, budget management, staff leadership, program development and marketing. Bill holds a Bachelors of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources from West Virginia University and a Masters in Teaching from Washington State University. Bill is an Eagle Scout with two palms, a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, and a Rotarian.

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Dave Kopsa, Director of ProgramDave Kopsa

Director of Program

In 2006 Dave started his professional career in with the Boy Scouts in New Mexico working in the program department of Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico after 7 years of Seasonal Work at the Ranch. At Philmont he served as the Director of the Double H High Adventure Base and an Associate Director of Program for the Backcountry. His most recent position has been at The Summit Bechtel Reserve as the Director of Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base. In this role he helped design and launch the program as well as serving as the Staff Advisor to the Jamboree program team in 2013 and 2017. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Sport and Leisure Studies and a minor in Spanish. Loves the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. Before starting full time with the BSA he spent 2 and a half amazing winters at Park City Mountain Resort teaching kids how to ski by making pizza and French fries.

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Theo Geukens, Facilities SuperintendantTheo Geukens

Facilities Superintendant

Theo has been an adult scouter for the past 23 years. He has been involved in most of the Council properties and after the Canyon 2 fire that damaged part of the IROEC property the opportunity came up to help with the rebuilding process. Having a construction and inspection business of his own for the past 18 years he decided to retire from them and was hired to be part of the IROEC team. With his expertise and experience, he has fit in well. His nickname at camp is “Camp Dad” and being one of the oldest members on the team the name suits him well.

He is a Life Scout and still volunteers with his Troop as an assistant scoutmaster. One of his passions is being an Eagle Adviser for the past 13 years. He has been served in different District and Council positions with Orange County Council with his latest position being the Order of the Arrow Lodge Adviser.

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Angie Sauceda, Food Service Director

Angie Sauceda

Food Service Director

With over 19 years in the Food Service Industry, Angie’s experience includes 2 years of managing the Dietary Food Program at Hoag Hospital. She has countless hours of training, monitoring and supervising of Nutritional guidelines, Health, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and sanitation for regulatory compliance within the Santa Ana Unified School District, through programs such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

As a member of Partnership for Food Safety Education, Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) and School Nutrition Association (SNA), Angie is certified and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP) in Food and Nutrition as a Certified Food Protection Manager. Her mission is to prepare and serve meals of the utmost quality, freshness, and seasonality. She strives to combine a modern-creative touch with traditional Southern California cuisine to create a one of a kind experience.

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Suzanne Perry Slavens – Life Science Director

Suzanne Perry Slavens

Life Science Director

Suzanne leads our life science programs and manages our garden and food forest. An avid naturalist, she has over five years of experience working in parks, nature centers and botanical gardens. Additionally, she has worked in health care settings as a horticultural therapist. Her passion for the outdoors led her to research the health benefits associated with time in nature, which culminated in her earning an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment and an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. She is published in the Journal of Horticultural Therapy and has delivered numerous presentations in hospitals, nursing homes and conferences on the psychological and cognitive benefits of time spent in natural settings.

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Cristina Trinidad, Schools Director

Cristina Trinidad

Schools Director

Cristina has been educating children of all ages for the past 10 years for various child care programs. Since 2016 she has had the pleasure of working for the IROEC. As the Academic Director she has promoted a safe and educational setting for all participants. With her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies and a minor in Natural Science she is passionate about instilling stewardship for the natural world. Previously she has worked with Rio Hondo Community College to provide grant-funded alternative education to local middle schools in East Los Angeles. In her spare time Cristina enjoys cleaning up our beaches, and enjoying quality time with her family and friends.

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Mary Carr, Events and Marketing Director

Mary Carr

Events & Marketing Director

Once a member of our program staff, Mary is well versed in all areas of the property and facility. She was promoted to her current position as a result of her amazing attention to detail and excellent customer service. Mary brings a passion for youth education and outdoor adventure earning her Girl Scout Gold Award and working with previous non-profit groups coordinating operations and events.

Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University, Fullerton and a certificate in Professional Meeting Planning and Special Events. Mary was also a member of the Business Network International group, participating in trainings and events that were key to her professional development.

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Regina Engle

Groups Director

Regina has been with the IROEC since spring 2018. Beginning as an academic program instructor, she now serves as the Groups Director. She has spent time working for a variety of scouting programs and camps including Philmont Scout Ranch. Her diverse experience as an outdoor educator includes guiding backpacking trips in New Mexico, dogsled tours in Minnesota, and leading cultural exchange programs in China. Regina earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management from Indiana State University and received her Certified Nonprofit Professional credentials through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Regina believes strongly in the positive influence the outdoors can have in people’s lives and the IROEC gives her a place to share that passion. When she isn’t working, she loves spending time outdoors, exploring new places, and planning her next big adventure.

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Gretchen Estes Parker – Events Coordinator

Gretchen Estes-Parker

Events Coordinator

Gretchen came to the IROEC in 2014 as a program staff member where she acquired knowledge of the overall property and activities. She has a background in theater and earned her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in Theater Arts. This combined with over 10 years of customer service experience has helped Gretchen excel her current role as Events Coordinator with her attention to detail and being able to convey her enthusiasm for outdoor adventures. Gretchen has the IROEC to thank for strengthening her appreciation for nature and outdoor activities and is excited to pass that passion along to future generations!

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Sarah Burgess, Program Director – Development and Logistics

Stephie Daquioag

Adventure Hill Director

Stephie (aka Mama Smurph) has been a loyal team member of The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and OCBSA family since 2010, proving herself a valuable asset early in her career for the facility’s Project C.O.P.E. Course (now named Adventure Hill) with her many years of professional facilitation. Proudly serving as The Adventure Hill Director for The IROEC, Stephie has the honor of zipping the youth of Orange County down The Anaheim Ducks Quad Zip line, facilitating in-depth leadership and teambuilding camps and sessions, and training new C.O.P.E. Directors at National Camp School.

To continue to provide all participants with a high quality, memorable experience dedicated to empowering all participants, she sought to expand her knowledge and professional development by earning her ACCT Level II Practitioner certification. Moreover, having an active part in the redesign of the new course reflects her passion and advocacy for the holistic, transformative growth for all people.

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