Daniel De KayBoard of Directors, APOC
Sandra GarayzarFounder, La Flecha Amarilla
George D. GreeniaProfessor, Col. of William & Mary
Sienna ReynagaBusiness Consultant/Writer
Herbert A. MedinaBoard of Directors, APOC
John BrierleyAuthor, The Camino Guides
Daniel De Kay
Board of Directors, American Pilgrims on The Camino
Daniel currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of American Pilgrims on the Camino, coordinating the American Pilgrims on the Camino’s Hospitalero Training Program. He first experienced the Camino de Santiago in 2002, when he walked from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, then returning on foot back to St. Jean – a 1,000-mile journey round-trip. Since then, Daniel has walked the Camino Francés four more times, and the Via de la Plata once. He has also served as volunteer hospitalero in Grañon.
When not involved in Camino-related activities, Daniel teaches wilderness medicine in various locales throughout the world. He currently lives on the coast of Northern California.
Founder, La Flecha Amarilla
Sandy has been on the Camino since as far back as 2001, and began La Flecha Amarilla, as a family initiative. Through the support of wine sales, Sandy brings drug-rehabilitated youth to walk the Camino de Santiago, where they get the chance to learn new cooking or language skills, to make new friends, and to glimpse how wonderful life can be when getting fit and doing something positive for themselves. Working together with Judy Colinari of Spanish Steps, the project adopted the slogan, "As we get clean, so we clean the Camino."
Sandy was originally born in México, lived in the U.S. for most of her adult life, and finally moved to Spain in the spring of 2007. She can often be found along the Camino making deliveries, talking to pilgrims, helping as an hospitalera in the company of the family dog, Lolita, who adopted Sandy in Galicia while she and her son were walking the Camino in 2008. Today, Sandy and Lolita spend their time between Spain, México and the US.
"Ultreia and Buen Camino!" – Sandy
George D. Greenia
Professor, The College of William & Mary
George D. Greenia, Professor of Modern Languages at William & Mary, is a specialist in Hispanic Studies – particularly the Spanish Middle Ages, its literature, language, art and social history. He is the founding Editor of the journal, American Pilgrim, magazine and Editor at Large of La Corónica, a research journal devoted to medieval Iberia.
From 2005-2008, George led William & Mary undergraduates in a retracing of the legendary routes of the Camino de Santiago. To date, he has bicycled some 2,000 miles and walked another 1,500 on the pilgrimage trails of Europe. Along with fellow pilgrims in Virginia, George inaugurated the American Pilgrims on the Camino’s National Gathering of Pilgrims, which now takes place annually at various locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In 2007, in recognition of his research, teaching and promotion of the Camino de Santiago, George was knighted by order of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, and granted the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica – Spain’s highest honor for the interpretation and promotion of Spanish culture in other countries.
A graduate of Harvard College, Sienna Reynaga has spent the entirety of her career devoted to the personal and professional development of others. In six years of business, Sienna has written for and consulted with organizations in the areas of business transformation, corporate identity, marketing strategy and fund development, with a special focus on non-profits and small businesses
A life-long Catholic, Sienna walked the Camino during 2010 – the most recent holy year – finding herself on the path literally within weeks of first learning about it. She is currently embarking on a book project, as well as speaking to Catholic parishes and small groups throughout the United States about the lessons learned while walking the Camino, in order increase the number of American pilgrims and further the message of Walking the Camino. Visit her blog to follow along with her endeavors.
Herbert A. Medina
Board of Directors, APOC
Professor, Loyola Marymount University
Originally from El Salvador, Herbert A Medina immigrated to the United States at the age of 8. He attended UCLA and UC Berkeley, and is currently Professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.
Herbert has walked and biked the Camino de Santiago numerous times and has served as a volunteer hospitalero in the albergue in Ponferrada. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of American Pilgrims on the Camino, a national organization whose mission is to foster the enduring tradition of the Camino.
Author, The Camino Guides
John Brierley is the author of A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago, upon which the crew of Walking the Camino relied heavily during filming. This book is just one among his set of practical and mystical manuals for the modern-day pilgrim: Camino Pilgrim Guides.
John earned his qualification as a Chartered Surveyor in Dublin, Ireland, and established Brierley & Co. (to be later merged with Jackson-Stops) at the age of 21. In 1987, an existential crisis and mid-career proved to be a pivotal time in his life, sparking a reordering of priorities towards a spiritual perspective. He and his family struck out in a camper van to ‘travel the world,’ stumbled onto the Camino de Santiago, and felt its welcoming embrace for the first time.
Focused on reorienting his life towards an inner pathway, John set up home in the spiritual community at Findhorn in Scotland. In 1996, he convened the international conference, Business for Life, with the crisis of the human spirit and the search for meaning in life as its core issues. His abiding passion became the concept of business-sabbaticals as an antidote to burn-out, and the idea of pilgrimage as a way to reappraise one’s life purpose.
Joanne Benham RennickPhD, Wilfrid Laurier U.
Dr. Maureen DrysdaleAssoc. Professor, St. Jerome U.
Rosa Vazquez SantosConsultant
Joanne Benham Rennick, PhD
Director, Beyond Borders
Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Joanne Benham Rennick is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. Her specialization is in the sociology of religion, with a particular interest in religion in late modernity. She is currently spearheading research that examines the psycho-social health benefits for Canadian Baby Boomers who walk the Camino.
In April 2010, Joanne spent five weeks on the Camino Francés with her husband, two daughters (11 and 8) and mother (78) in tow. Through town and country, sideways rain and sweltering heat, in sickness and in health, they walked, talked and connected with one another, fellow pilgrims, and the journey itself in both deep and simple ways.
Dr. Maureen Drysdale
Associate Professor, St. Jerome University
Dr. Maureen Drysdale is an Associate Professor of Psychology, and Sexuality, Marriage,and Family Studies at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Maureen specializes in developmental and educational transitions. A current research project (with Dr. Joanne Benham-Rennick) involves blending the fields of sociology, religious studies, psychology, and health studies to examine the individual and sociological health-related benefits sustained by Canadians who attempt to walk all or part of the Camino de Santiago. Maureen will be examining how the Camino impacts mid-life transitions and identity.
Maureen completed the Camino Francés in 2008, and continues to participate in Camino-related associations and gatherings. She is also a trained hospitalera, which allows her to serve in an albergue on the Camino. She plans to return to volunteer in the spring of 2011.
Christine Robins received her BA in Psychology from Columbia University and currently works with children at a domestic violence program in her native Portland, Oregon. She discovered her love for documentary filmmaking while taking a workshop at Northwest Documentary Arts where she made her own short film. This experience inspired her to learn whatever she can about documentary film, and has been thrilled to be involved with this amazing project over the last year and a half, and to learn from such a talented, passionate crew.
Brian Trotter lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon and is currently a student at the Art Institute of Portland, studying Digital Film and Video. Since childhood, Brian has loved going to the theater and watching movies – both fiction and non – and recently decided to pursue his dream of becoming a film editor. Brian has worked with Walking the Camino since January of 2010. His time with the crew has been a wonderful experience and has increased his passion for filmmaking.
Joe Forsythe is a budding filmmaker who works and resides in Portland, OR. He enjoys working in all facets of post-production, and has experience working on numerous independent and student productions. Joe plans on continuing editing, writing and someday creating his own feature films.
Translators & Transcribers
Carmel Rodriguez-WalterEng/Span/French Translator
Emilio RouraEnglish-to-Spanish Translator
Tasha IsolaniSpanish Transcriber
Hanns-Georg HeideckerEnglish-to-German Translator
Juan NovalSpanish-to-English Translator
Annette KnobbeSpanish-to-English Translator
Beatrice PeasleeSpanish-to-English Translator
Brett StuckelEnglish Transcriber
Patty Bustamante AvendañoSpanish Transcriber
English, Spanish & French Translator
Carmel was born in La Habana, Cuba. After the Revolution, her family lived in Paris for five years before answering the call of friends and family and moving to Madrid, Spain. She attended French schools and received the French Baccalauréat, staying in close contact with her classmates for the last 40 years. Her professional choice of a teaching career, after receiving her BA and MA in Romance Languages from the University of California campuses at Chico and Santa Barbara, allowed her to discover that the boarding-school lifestyles of New England were best suited to her talents and vocation. Currently, she serves the Spanish-speaking population as a medical interpreter and translator at a local community hospital, while also volunteering in a variety of activities such as tutoring children and working in a local thrift shop.
A passionate traveler, reader, amateur watercolor painter, choral singer and music lover, Carmel devotes her time to her small family and circle of friends. She finds fulfillment in doing so. She hopes to travel to Northern Spain with her husband, Chris, in June 2011 and finally heed the Camino's call.
(Subtitles/Interviews) Spanish Transcriber
Emilio Roura lives in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, just 10 kilometers south of Barcelona, Spain. A retired Primary school teacher, he taught the Spanish and Catalan languages, and trained teachers in the Catalan language, as well. He has been teaching Spanish to the sons and daughters of Spanish emigrators in Britain for the last 6 years. Some years ago, Emilio walked the Camino Francés with his wife, taking about six weeks to make the trek from Roncesvalles to Santiago. Since then, he has held a great appreciation and enthusiasm for the lovely experience the Camino gives to those who walk it. It is for that reason that Emilio has been avidly collaborating with Walking the Camino, as he believes it will be very interesting for many people to do the walk and discover that experience themselves.
Spanish-to-English Translator (Interviews)
Juan Noval lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife Susan and son Juan Andres. He has had a keen interest in walking the Camino de la Costa since growing up in Gijon, Asturias and visiting family and friends there as often as possible. He and his family are planning on walking the Camino during the summer of 2012. For Juan, it will be particularly challenging since he is an insulin-dependent diabetic, but they all look forward to this great adventure.
English Transcriber (Interviews)
Brett Stuckel walked the Camino de Santiago in 2005 and, after returning to the Camino as an hospitalero in 2007, wrote The Innkeeper’s Guide. In addition to freelance work, Brett writes about long-term, independent travel for Vagabonding and on his own personal blog.