Kim Green, known to all as Greenie, is an Engineer/Paramedic for the Oakland Fire Department since 2002. She has been active all her life and at nine years old was one of the first girls to play little league baseball after an appearance on the Mike Douglas Show. Greenie attended San Jose State University and majored in Biology while playing field hockey and softball. After college She donned a lab coat and worked for Chiron Corporation in Biotech Research and Development. At that time She also picked up rugby and began a very successful ten-year career that included seven National Championships with the Berkeley ALL-Blues and a chance to play on the USA Rugby team that traveled the world. In 2002 Greenie decided to align her career with her love of being active and desire to help others and became a firefighter for OFD. When not driving the fire engine, Greenie loves spending time with her horse Rocky, hanging out in the mountains with her sled dogs, or traveling the world looking for new adventures like canyoning and scuba diving.
Lieutenant Bridget Humphrey, currently assigned to Seattle Fire Department’s Services Division; has been a career firefighter since 1995. Bridget has been an enthusiastic supporter of Camp Blaze and a participant since 2000, where her roles have included instructor of fire behavior, volunteer coordinator, liaison with the Seattle Fire Department, and logistics. Bridget is a graduate of Tucson High School (1980), and Whitman College (B.A. Psychology, 1984). She has relied on her childhood experiences in the Girl Scouts of America throughout her career in the fire service and at Camp Blaze.
Nataly Miller is employed with King County in Seattle, Washington. Nataly has been involved with Camp Blaze since its inception in 2001, while she participated in the Seattle Fire Department’s Senior Cadet Program. Being inspired by the program and women at Camp, she volunteered at every camp. Nataly has been a Blaze board member and treasurer since 2013. Nataly believes that the Camp not only empowers young women leaders but everyone who becomes involved. She considers herself extremely lucky to be a part of Camp.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jenny Ray (Ret.) joined the Oakland Fire Department in 1991. After working in some of Oakland’s busiest fire houses and being involved in training over one hundred recruits, she has worked her way through the ranks and now holds the position of Battalion Chief. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Educations and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from California State at Hayward. Before becoming a firefighter she loaded UPS trucks, delivered flowers, waitressed, worked in childcare and landscaping and worked in an ACE Hardware store. She enjoys walking in the Oakland and Berkeley hills with her dogs.
Amina Saleh is a Firefighter/HazMat Technician at Seattle Fire Station 10 in Pioneer Square. She began her career as a firefighter at South Kitsap Fire & Rescue in 2009; and soon after, made the move to the Seattle Fire Department to work for the city she grew up in. Amina was raised with four brothers and has always been drawn to anything that seems challenging. She began competing in Olympic Style High Kneel Canoe at the age of 9, attending the the Pan American Championships twice as an individual competitor; a step towards inclusion of Women’s Canoe as an Olympic sport. Amina graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Leadership Studies. In her spare time, she loves to train in CrossFit, stand up paddle board, nap, and drink lots of coffee.
Amina attended Camp Blaze as a camper in 2003 and hasn’t missed a camp since. She is passionate about being a part of Blaze because she knows how powerful the impact of camp can be. She wants to share that with anyone who attends. In addition to camp being an amazing and life-changing experience, she also feels it is important to understand that “the food at camp is really good.”
Karen Stone retired from the San Francisco Fire Department after 18 years working in many capacities, as a firefighter, chief’s aide, an associate public information officer and a Lieutenant. She has always been interested in social justice issues and spent her career actively involved with organizing and advocating for women firefighters. Karen has been involved with Camp Blaze since its inception in 2001, as a Director, Crew Leader, and Board Member. After years of hiking, backpacking, and traveling to visit friends and new places in the US and the world, she is now a married mother of two young sons living in Seattle, Washington. Although retired from the fire service, Karen stays connected through Blaze and her job with the Women Firefighters Breast Cancer Collaborative Study. An artist and avid outdoor enthusiast, she creates whenever she can, cooks meals for her family and friends and spends as much time outdoors as possible.
Penny Stone is a firefighter/paramedic who has been with the Seattle Fire Department since 1995. Penny enjoys teaching, continuing education for firefighters and paramedics. In addition, she runs the “Medics on Bikes” program for Medic One. She is a Deputy Chief in Logistics for the event Burningman and is a member of the USAR Team for the Washington Task Force. She graduated from Florida State University where she played basketball for the Lady Seminoles and earned an Exercise Physiology degree. Penny was also a member of the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Team in Team Handball. Penny spends lots of time riding, hiking and playing ball with her 2 sons. In her spare time, Penny enjoys hiking, biking and CrossFit.
Alissa Van Nort (Ret.) began her career with the San Francisco Fire Department in 1997. Before the fire service, Alissa worked as a carpenter, a ropes course instructor, and as a workshop educator. Her undergraduate degree is from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, continued with master’s level work in Organizational Development. For relaxation and nourishment, she reads, swims, runs, cooks, and travels to visit friends and family. Working on Blaze is an honor and a dynamic challenge.