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Our back yard

University Place, WA

Cape Disappointment

Cape Disappointment State Park, OR

Sunset over Knik Arm

Near Anchorage, Alaska

River near Marymere Falls

Olympic National Park, WA

North Cascades View

North Cascades National Park, WA

View of Mt. Rainier from our back yard

University Place, WA

Cliff View

Cape Disappointment State Park, OR

Tree in Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle, WA

View from Beluga Point

Near Anchorage, Alaska

Since 1996, the Camners have lived in University Place, in the state of Washington. University Place is a suburb of Tacoma, which in turn is a city of its own about 30 miles south of Seattle.

They moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 so that Robert could become Headmaster of Charles Wright Academy, a position he held until retirement in 2016. Lisa and Laura both attended Charles Wright, graduating in 2000 and 2002, respectively.

Lisa graduated from the University of Chicago in 2004 and worked outside of Washington, DC, as an assistant editor for Potomac Books for about two years. After earning her MA in Politics at Princeton University, in 2009 Lisa moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she worked as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm. In August, 2011, Lisa married Alisdair McKay, whom she met while studying at Princeton.

From October 2012 through December 2013, Lisa worked in New York for the publishing giant W.W. Norton as editor for Political Science in the college textbook division. After the birth of Lisa and Alisdair's first son, Owen, in 2014, Lisa worked from home (in the Boston area) as a free lance editor. Their second son, Adrian, was born in 2017. In the fall of 2020, Lisa started working full time as a writer/analyst with the Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve.

Alisdair is a graduate of Columbia University and grew up in the Washington, DC area. After receiving his PhD from Princeton, Alisdair took a position as a professor of economics at Boston University. In 2017 Alisdair took leave from BU to take a 1-year position with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Alisdair enjoyed his work at the Minneapolis Fed and decided to take an ongoing position there as a Senior Research Economist.

Laura graduated in 2007 from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT (near Hartford). After working on an organic farm and in restaurants in Northampton, MA during the summer and fall of 2007, in early 2008 Laura headed off to Ecuador and Colombia for a South American adventure, during which she discovered Biodanza. In July, 2009 Laura moved to Salvador, Brazil, where she continued her Biodanza studies and also studied music at a local university. After returning to the U.S. in 2010 Laura lived for a while in Seattle. She moved to Oakland, CA in 2011 to finish her Biodanza studies at the San Francisco School of Biodanza. Laura was one of the only Biodanza teachers to offer aquatic Biodanza classes in the Bay area.

While in Oakland, Laura also trained as a massage therapist, and had her own thriving practice in Oakland until she moved to Vashon Island, Washington with her partner Adrian Swain, in December, 2018. Vashon is easily accessible by ferry from Tacoma; it is wonderful to have her so close to us.

Adrian grew up in the Oakland area and served in the military before earning his Bachelor's Degree from University of Oregon. Adrian currently works for the Vashon Wilderness Program and Journeymen.

In late September, 2021, Laura and Adrian became the proud parents of a baby boy, Aurelio!

Sharon taught mathematics for many years at Pierce College, a two-year community college in the public college state system of Washington. Sharon retired in August, 2016.

Prior to moving to University Place, the Camners lived in Canton, Ohio (from 1989-1996) as well as in Silver Spring, Maryland (a close-in suburb of Washington, DC) from 1979-1989 and Rockville, Maryland (also in the DC area).