Meet the Team

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Steven Harowitz

Executive Director

I lead the Campfire team.  I hold a Bachelors in Liberal Arts (Interdisciplinary Studies, woop) from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina.  I now reside in St. Louis, Missouri overseeing Business Development for the Midwest at Washington University’s Olin Business School. Past Improviser. Son, Brother, and Uncle. Generally hopeful and optimistic human.

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You!

Communications Lead

Campfire is an organization poised for exponential growth. Campfire is looking to bring on a Communications Lead to help shape Campfire into its next iteration of awesome. While we have used grit, savvy, and entrepreneurial passion to establish our physical presence and institutional foundation, but we yearn to reach larger (digital) audiences and have a grander cultural impact on our community as a whole. We’re looking for someone who wants to invest in us and our mission, someone who wants to grow alongside us, and someone who will help us build the systems, processes, and vision to guarantee our impact is more than emotional, but economic.

Click here for the full description and how to apply

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Mariah Byrne

Operations and Engagement Lead

As a lover of stories told through books, podcasts, and long life chats, I make sure that the Campfire values translate into meaningful experiences for our audiences. Originally from Orlando, I made my way through Washington D.C. and San Diego before landing in St. Louis for graduate school in social work and business administration. When not staffing a Campfire live event, I hope to be found hiking, exploring one of St. Louis’ many free arts and cultural events/institutions, or wrapped in a blanket.

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Jenni Harpring

Faculty

I believe good facilitation creates connection.  I have experienced this in classrooms, small groups, dinner parties, and my own Campfire storytelling experience. I have been fortunate to cultivate these skills in my professional life. I have over 15 years of experience in community engagement, international and domestic social work, civic engagement, higher education, training, and facilitation.  Currently, I support the integration of theory and practice for social work and public health students. Through these experiences I cultivated a love of engaging people in sharing their experiences and supporting individuals’ in community engagement. You might also find me marveling at fireflies, hosting a scotch club, blowing giant bubbles, using one of my many kitchen gadgets, exploring local restaurants, or piecing together a quilt.

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Molly Pearson

Faculty

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I’ve called St. Louis home for 14 years. Currently, I’m working toward dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Social Policy at Washington University, where I heed the advice of a trusted professor: “to foster justice, we must change the story.” Serving on Campfire’s Storytelling Faculty means that I get to foster healing and change in ourselves and in our world. When I’m not Campfire-ing, I’m studying, writing, obsessing over my cat, or out supporting the incredible queer art scene of St. Louis.

You can listen to Molly’s Campfire on iTunes or check-out pictures from the event on Facebook.

Campfire Fellows

What is a Campfire Fellow?

  • A Campfire Fellow discovers their own wisdom through answering the season question.
  • A Campfire Fellows learn public speaking, storytelling, and group facilitation
  • A Campfire Fellow shares what they’ve learned and invites others into the discussion.
  • A Campfire Fellow supports the development and growth of Campfire.

What do we look for in a Fellow?

  • Campfire Fellows must be first and foremost kind.
  • To do good work as a Campfire Fellow you need to have a certain level of introspection.
  • It’s necessary to be open to sharing your stories.
  • It’s important for our Fellows to not only understand Campfire’s work but to also believe in it.
  • An ideal fellow has the necessary time available to be able to fully commit.
  • The ideal Campfire Fellow has a “sweet spot” of skills and is ready.

Dan

Campfire Fellow

Dan Stewart is a queer advocate from Sugar Land, Texas. Needing a change, he moved to Missouri to pursue higher education, and has since graduated with his Bachelor’s in Psychology at SLU and a Master’s Degree in Gerontology at UMSL. Despite his deeply ingrained Texan pride, and the risks that came with moving far from home, Dan has found community in St. Louis. As Special Programs Coordinator for PROMO, he advocates for the health and wellbeing of aging queer adults, and works to honor the elders who came before him. When not traveling for work, Dan lives in Tower Grove East with his spouse, Hannah; their cat, the Big Lebowski, and their two Beagles, Bogey and Honey. He’s moved by the importance of honest and vulnerable relationships.

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Seth

Campfire Fellow

Seth Schroeder is a writer, performer, and storyteller from Edwardsville, Illinois. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in journalism, Seth moved across the River to St. Louis. Burnt out as a reporter, Seth sought out new passions and creative outlets. He has since graduated from The Improv Shop performer’s program, served as Campfire’s former Narrative Architect, and produced multiple stage shows and writing projects. You can find Seth, along with his partners, David and Jared and their two cats, Gizmo and Lyca, at their home in Clifton Heights. Seth continues to seek ways of combining his love of technology, media, and storytelling to push himself in new directions, and develop something all his own.

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