Our Team

Emily Dellinger – Program Director / Lead Adventure Guide 


Emily founded Venture Free in 2014. She has a great love for adventure and enjoys inspiring those around her to live happy and healthy lives. She started on her journey as an outdoor educator as a surf instructor and has been working with kids for over 10 years. Her positive attitude and zest for life are contagious – she makes every day at camp great fun!

Emily’s education and certifications:

  • Trained as an EMT (emergency medical technician)
  • UCSC graduate with Bachelor’s in Psychology
  • A Personal Training certificate from National Academy of Sport Medicine
  • Wilderness First Aid Certified
  • Outdoor Guide and Trainer Certificate from Adventure Out





 Julie Pedersen – Senior Camp Counselor 

 Julie works at Kings Mountain Elementary School as a paraprofessional in the K/1 classroom and leads the art in action program. Julie has worked with students for over 20 years, and her goal is to promote physical, mental, and social development through the implementation of outdoor recreational activities.







Alyssa Raisis – Administrative Developer/ Camp Counselor

New this year to Venture Free, Alyssa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geology at Sacramento State. She loves rocks and volcanoes! Alyssa has worked with kids in an outdoor environment for over 10 years. When not working in the office or the center, Alyssa loves exploring the great outdoors with her dog Buckbeak.






Emily Dorazi- Camp Counselor


Emily enjoys hiking, camping, crafting and backpacking! She has worked with children in a variety of backgrounds from babysitting to camp counseling for over 10 years. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from SF State. She is focused on inspiring curiosity and creating an exciting and encouraging environment for kids to learn and grow! When not hanging out at the children’s center, Emily enjoys taking her dog Maia on long beach walks collecting rocks and shells! She can’t wait to share her crafting experiences with the kids!


~Summer Staff~


Alena Stern – Adventure Guide

Alena stern is one of our rock star Adventure Guides this summer. Currently, she plays lacrosse and attends school at Colorado college and is excited to be back for another summer with Venture Free.