CIMI at Fox Landing

Ben Kasowski, Food Services Director Fox LandingBen Kasowski
CIMI at Fox Landing Food Service Director

"I feel like the diversity of my whole life has led me to this work and my position with Guided Discoveries. I love the Island deeply and enjoy the logistical challenge of living both on an Island and the particular challenges that exist at Fox Landing, which is accessible only by boat.  I love providing good meals for the school students, teachers, parents and staff."

Ben is originally from Southern California but was raised in Seattle Area.  His cooking career started while he was in high school working in local restaurants.  He worked with some "amazing chefs" and eventually managed restaurants at an early age.  Ben eventually moved to Dutch Harbor, Alaska and worked in the fishing industry for three years. While in Alaska, Ben met a chef who worked at the Catalina Island Marine Institute and offered him a position at the camp.  Ben joined the CIMI at Toyon Bay kitchen crew in 1999.

Ben soon became the Assistant Food Service Director at Cherry Cove.  He moved back to Toyon Bay as the Assistant Food Service Director and Chef where he remained for 7 years.  In 2009, Ben was chosen as the Food Service Director and Head Chef for CIMI at Fox Landing. He is known for his creative food and excellent service.  He will take time to speak with any teacher, parent or child about their special dietary needs.  Just email or give him a call.

Contact Ben at bkasowski@guideddiscoveries.org or 310.510.1890

Charlie Bueche, Program Director Fox LandingCharles Bueche
Program Director of Catalina Island Marine Institute at Fox Landing

"I spend my days working with people who are passionate about hanging out with kids. I live a stone's throw away from the sea, and most importantly, I get to share my love of the ocean with my staff and watch them share theirs with kids … All of my best memories from the last five years have been connected to Guided Discoveries in some way. Whether it was taking kids snorkeling, watching kids kiss a sea cucumber, or adventures with staff, all of them have been wonderful."

Charles Bueche joined Guided Discoveries in 2009 and has served as a Marine Science Instructor and Aquarist, Assistant Program Director of Logistics, Summer Camp Director for Camp Fox YMCA Programs and Program Director at Cherry Cove and Fox Landing.

He is responsible for the safety of all students and teachers, and is charged with the hiring, training and managing the staff.

Charles worked at the Biological Field Station in Cooperstown, N.Y., during college. With a bachelor's degree in biology from SUNY Geneseo, Charles applied for a job at CIMI with the plan to stay for two years, but, he says, little did he know about the magical draw of the island.

Charles also is a NAUI-certified rescue diver and Red Cross Lifeguard instructor.

Contact Charles at Charles@cimi.org or 310.510.1890

Tom Bacon, Maintenance Director, Fox LandingTom Bacon
Maintenance Director, CIMI at Fox Landing

"Working with Guided Discoveries this past few years has been the first experience that I have had with a company that is socially responsible, from an educational standpoint as well as environmentally. I have found that my time here has broadened an awareness of how I impact the world around me, and I now go thru a decision process in most every action that I have to ensure that I make a positive impact on our guests and in our island community."

Tom Bacon has worked for CIMI at Fox Landing, as the Maintenance Director since 2010.  Tom has over 15 years of experience as a contractor and operated his own construction company.  He is a skilled builder, and with his crew, he has made many changes to Fox Landing.

Tom is a father of 2 children both of which are commonly seen visiting camp and participating in many outdoor activities around the island.  Tom enjoys scuba diving and is an avid spear fisherman and free diver. He spends the majority of his free time exploring Catalina's highest peeks and pristine waters. Tom is friendly, approachable and dedicated.  When visiting Fox Landing, be sure to meet Tom and say hello.  He is there to meet your needs and he is always interested in your ideas on how to improve the camp.

Contact Tom at tom@cimi.org or call 310-510-0071