Jiné is currently the Summer Camp Director at YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, NY. Having been a camper and former seasonal staff member at Chingachgook, Jiné took this position in April 2015 after having been the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for ACA New England for two years. Jiné has worked in the outdoor recreation industry seasonally for the past 10 years and full time for the past four years. Jiné is also passionate about outdoor education and spent time working as an adventure facilitator, naturalist and educator at Camp Highland Outdoor Science School, Hale Reservation and the Museum of Science Boston. Jiné loves being able to work in a field where she can bridge her passion for camp and the outdoors with her educational background in photography, graphic design, social media and marketing.
Kim Aycock, MST, has 30+ years of experience blending the skills of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert. She trains camp staff at all levels and speaks professionally at regional and national conferences. Kim has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations. More information can be found on her website: www.kimaycock.com.
Amy Mosher Berry
Amy Mosher Berry, the Founder of Expressive Capital Consulting, is an independent consultant, professor, and entrepreneur with 15+ years experience in community-based non-profit, small business, and government work in central Massachusetts. An Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Entrepreneurship at Worcester State University, Amy provides well-rounded, customized consulting in the areas of community, workforce, youth, and leadership development programming. She is also passionate about environmental sustainability and helps people and organizations choose green energy and zero-carbon travel. Amy is the Creator & Host of the TV show Exposure With Mosher, "spotlighting entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news" since 2013. Amy Mosher Berry is active with the Rotary Club of Worcester, the Young Professional Women's Association, and the Worcester Business Resource Alliance. With a Master's degree in Community Development from Clark University and a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and Spanish from UVM, Amy lives in Clinton, MA with her husband, Bill.
Rich is the owner and a trainer at Mountain Strength Crossfit in Winchester, MA. His coaching specialty is Obstacle Course Racing and Endurance athletes. A lifelong athlete, Rich loves to move. However after about 10 years in the computer industry sitting at a desk he found a significant decline in his own health and fitness. This led him to start training in Martial arts and started working out at gyms. Then he discovered CrossFit in 2007 and opened his gym in 2008; movement was part of his life once again. Rich is a level 2 MovNat trainer and volunteers at his children’s schools to bring movement back into the school; one of his many goals is to promote healthy living for children.
Phil joined the High 5 team in May 2015 having previously worked in Adventure and Outdoor education for 8 years. Originally from England, Phil moved to the United States in 2008 to work at the New York YMCA Camp, first as an Outdoor Educator and then as the Challenge Course Coordinator. His experience in the realms of Summer Camp, Outdoor Education, and Physical Education give him an invaluable perspective when working with a large percentage of High 5’s clientele. Phil brings high energy and devotion to the Adventure field and has presented at the NEYCC, several regional OE affinities, ACCT, Northeast and International AEE, NHAHPERD, and at the High 5 Symposium. You’ll find Phil at the kids’ table, playing games with or among adults, and contributing to the laughter in a room.
Jed & Roz Buck
Roz is an accomplished leader in the Camp Industry and a proven expert in Camp Culture, Staff Training, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Program Design & Execution, Coaching, Debriefing, and Writing & Editing. Roz is known as a sensitive, approachable, hands-on leader. In addition to her over 30 years of Day Camp experience, she has been a member of the teaching staff of the West Orange Jewish Community Center in their Early Childhood Department and has held many volunteer leadership positions in her community. Roz is an active volunteer with the ACA and is on the Board of Directors of SCOPE, a not-for-profit organization that helps send children from underserved communities to not-for-profit resident Camps. She is a past SCOPE Dinner Chair and is a co-founder of the NY/NJ American Camp Association’s Women in Camp affinity group. She has presented at both the ACA Tri-State Camp Conference and the ACA Keystone Conference. She is a published author on a variety of parenting topics. Roz is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jed had a successful 20-year career in business prior to leaving to work full-time in the Camp industry. His vast and diverse experience includes Brand Management at Procter & Gamble, Sales & Marketing positions at the ABC Radio Networks, and various positions during 11 years with NY City based MediaAmerica, a Network Radio and Internet pioneer where he rose to President. Jed chaired the Tri-State Camp Conference from 2014-2016 and the Morry Stein Management Conference in 2011. He currently serves on the NY/NJ ACA Board and on the ACA National Standards Commission. In 2015, Jed received a National Service award from ACA National and was also the recipient of the 2012 ACA NY/NJ Howard Patton Award for Outstanding Service. He is a founding Board Member of NJ-GAP. His speaking experience includes the Tri-State Camp Conference, EPIC Conference, and LEAD conference. He is a proud Syracuse University Alumnus and Orange Fan. He is a member of his local SU Alumni Board, a Charter Inductee of the S.I. Newhouse School Alumni Gallery and has taught at his Alma Mater as a Visiting Professor. He is currently a Mentor/Adjunct Professor for the Touro University Masters in Camping Program. Jed is committed to making every Camp the best it can possibly be and loves sharing his extensive experience and love for Camp with others.
Teambuilding guru Dr. Jim Cain is the author of sixteen best-selling team and community building activity books and the innovator of over a hundred creative teambuilding activities, methods and techniques. His active, engaging, memorable, effective and fun train-the-trainer programs are legendary. He also facilitates teambuilding programs for conferences, camps, colleges, corporations and communities. Jim’s books (Teamwork & Teamplay, A Teachable Moment, Essential Staff Training Activities, Teambuilding Puzzles, The Book of Raccoon Circles, The Big Book of Low Cost Training Games, Rope Games, the Teamwork & Teamplay International Edition, 100 Activities That Build Unity, Community & Connection, Find Something To Do! and the T&T Training Cards are available from Amazon.com, Training Wheels, Inc. and via the T&T website. Recently Jim’s Raccoon Circle book has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. Jim has also written valuable curricula in leadership, teamwork, character education, conflict resolution and other essential training topics. He has presented programs in 49 states and 31 countries (so far).
Liz Calabria, owner of Art Happens in Milford, NH has many years of experience in teaching the Arts. For 27 years Liz has taught dance at a local dance studio, her love of dance comes through in the joy she shares with her students. In her spare time, she choreographs musicals at the Riverbend Youth Company at the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club in Milford, NH. Liz spent two summers at Camp Anne Jackson in Wilton as a counselor (“Lilac”) of Musical Theater and Arts. In 2013, what started out as an Art Club in her home, Art Happens brought her dream of owning her own business to life when she opened Art Happens. Liz lives in Milford with her husband, three children and 2 dogs.
Garrett Colgan-Snyder is the Founder and Director of Camp Hawkeye in Moultonborough, NH. He believes deeply in the benefits of camp and is passionate about the need for increasing diversity in camp programs. Garrett is a member of the board for the New Hampshire Camp Directors Association and a faculty member of the New Camp Directors Workshop.
Michelle is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and journalist whose projects have been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Katie Couric’s talk show "Katie," "The Today Show," Fox TV, and national publications including The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Parenting, MORE, and U.S. World News & Report. She is the author of the book I Love Mondays (Seal Press, 2012), co-author of the national bestseller I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You!: A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict (Viking, 1999), and author of Seeking Happily Ever After (Tarcher Penguin, 2010). Michelle was Sr. Editor of the national magazine Girls' Life, and continues to blog regularly for the award-winning Huffington Post Parents and Girls Leadership Institute
Michelle is the director and producer of the feature-length documentary "Seeking Happily Ever After" (Lionsgate, 2010), as well as One and Only (2016), her documentary about only children. Michelle lectures and leads workshops around the U.S., and has spoken at institutions including: Harvard University, Stanford University, Boston College, Boston University, Clark University, and Sixth & I. She has also presented at several conferences, including Mom 2.0 Summit, Celebrating Women: Mind, Body & Spirit, The National Media Literacy and Education Conference, Boston International Kids Film Festival and The Worcester Women's Leadership conference. Michelle is married with an 11-year-old daughter, and lives in Brookline, Mass. Visit www.michellecove.com to learn more about Michelle's projects. firstname.lastname@example.org
CT Camp Guys
Patrick Connelly is the Senior Program Director at the Valley Shore YMCA where he oversees, youth, camp, aquatics and other YMCA programs. He was previously the Camp Manager for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. He also served as the Senior Director at the Northern Middlesex YMCA in Middletown, Connecticut and was the Outdoor Center Director of YMCA Camp Ingersoll for 9 years prior to joining the Girl Scouts.
Mark Pooler is the Director Of Operations at the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs. He served as the Outdoor Center Director and Camp Director of YMCA Camp Sloper for 20 years.Mark started his YMCA work as a Counselor-In-Training and has worked within the YMCA movement and field of camping for over 25 years.
Since 2005, John Culpepper has directed campus operations and maintenance efforts, renovation, new capital construction, and sustainability initiatives for North Country School (NCS), a middle, independent boarding school and summer camp in Lake Placid. Prior to that John ran the farm program for six years.
Bailey is currently the Recreation Supervisor at Winding Trails, in Farmington, Connecticut. Bailey has been working in aquatics since 2003. She has been a lifeguard for 15 years, a Water Safety instructor for 13, and a Lifeguard instructor for 10 years. She was the Waterfront Director for over four years before moving into her full time position. Bailey manages and trains over 70 lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Boat Staff, and a leadership staff of seven. Bailey’s knowledge, experience, and love for aquatics has helped her to successfully manage a large waterfront staff each year. Bailey is an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, Babysitting Instructor, Water Safety Instructor trainer and Lifeguard Instructor Trainer.
Relatively new to the world of camp administration, Zak Dominello is going into his second summer as Co-Director of Camp Claire in Lyme, CT. Prior to the Co-Director position, Zak spent seven years working in various roles around Camp Claire, from a kitchen assistant, to sports director, program director and eventually assistant director. Camping has always been a big part of Zak’s life, starting overnight camp at 6 years old and never looking back. When not at camp, Zak spends his time teaching special education as a transition coordinator in a specialized high school. Serving as a Handle-with-Care, MOAB and LSCI Trainer, behavior management and de-escalation techniques have become his specialty and something that he has been able to use and develop in a Summer Camp setting. Working with youth, whether campers or students, has always been Zak’s passion, and something that he hopes to continue long into the future.
Experienced in day, resident, for-profit and not-for profit camps. Is the Camp Director & Youth Birding Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. Becky is an standards visitor and is on the ACA NE Program Committee. Becky has been working in the camping industry for over 25 years in both New England and in the Southeast. She has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.
James Greenblatt, M.D., a dually certified child and adult psychiatrist, has lectured throughout the United States on various topics in psychiatry, including eating disorders. Dr. Greenblatt is a leading expert in the field of eating disorders. In addition to being the former Chief Medical Officer of Walden Behavioral Care, the largest eating disorder consortium on the East Coast, Dr. Greenblatt has published, Answers to Anorexia, which draws on his many years of experience and expertise in treating eating disorders. Dr. Greenblatt is also the Founder and Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, an integrative psychiatric practice outside of Boston.
Emily has been the Executive Director of Camp Starfish (a private non-profit serving children with significant to severe emotional, behavioral, social and learning difficulties) for 11 years. Emily's professional background includes strategic organizational development, nonprofit management, and developing/running year-round and summer programs in both day and residential environments for children in crisis, special needs youth, and traditional campers. In addition to training individuals to manage a spectrum of behaviors running from "challenging" to "crisis", she works with thousands of social workers, educators, mental health professionals and families nationwide to both evaluate kids' appropriateness for camp attendance and design individualized participation strategies to enable their success. Her undergrad work was in Pharmacy and Health Psychology, followed by a Masters of Science in Camp Administration and Leadership. Emily is a Standards visitor and a member of the NHCamps Board of Directors. She enjoys traveling to other camps to lead staff trainings. She is an avid collector of terribly awesome puns.
Jen is a life-long crafter, her main hobbies include scrapbooking and knitting but she has gone though many craft life stages including stenciling, stained glass and embroidery. During her 10 years at a Michigan Girl Scout camp she was the craft specialist for many years officially and in a mentor role. Since then she has done activities with kids and families at three different Outdoor Education centers. Jen has offered craft workshops at the ACA New England conference for the past eleven years as well as last year at Tri-State.
Lori A. Hoffner has been offering training for positive youth development, community networking and organizational relationship building since 1997 and has spoken nationally regarding youth program development, employment and staff engagement as well as multiple community issues. For 11 years, Lori was the Executive Director of PACCT, a small non-profit in Jefferson County, Colorado, an organization dedicated to the success of youth and community. Lori specializes in positive staff and organizational relationships based on generational studies and research. Additionally, she has years of experience with youth programming, program development and youth staffing.
Adam Issadore spent his childhood summers as a camper and “staff kid” at Camp Akiba in the Pocono Mountains of PA. He credits camp for impacting his life and inspiring him to pursue his passion. In 2008, Adam founded Path To Rhythm Group Drumming Programs as a way to share his passion for drumming with as many people as possible. Since that time, Path To Rhythm has worked with the most respected summer camps and has drummed with thousands of people each summer, while inspiring countless numbers to discover drumming and the power that it has to create community and connection.
Michael Jacobus is a nationally-recognized camp professional and frequent presenter at camp conferences and retreats. He has an extensive background in youth development, staff training, operations and outdoor education. Michael has worked with private, public and non-profit groups including; the American Camp Association (ACA), Disney, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), National Geographic, the Red Cross, Global Camps Africa, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Nature Partners, Green Camps Initiative and the National Science Teachers Association.
Donna Johns-Thomas has been the Director of Education for ACA New England for two years. Prior to this role, Donna served as our Director of Member Services for eleven years. She orchestrates New England’s largest conference for camp professionals and staff as well as several additional educational offerings, including the Fall Seminar. Donna oversees Membership and ACA Accreditation in addition to Education for ACA New England. As a twenty year ACA Member, Donna has fifteen years of experience as a Visitor. Prior to her work with ACA Donna served as a camping services manager and camp director for four different Girl Scout Councils in different regions of the US. She worked with camps in Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana, Indiana and Massachusetts. Donna attended The Ohio State University, majoring in Sociology of the Family and Musical Theater.
Katie Johnson has spent 20+ years as youth development professional working with both resident & day camp programs, including 8 years with the American Camp Association. Most recently, Katie joined The Redwoods Group as a consultant where she is sharing her professional experiences to help camps and youth serving organizations provide safe environments and programs for children and families.
Erin Kelly is the Education Coordinator and the Camp Director at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center with over 17 years of experience in outdoor environmental education and designing programs to meet the needs of urban audiences in communities of Boston, New York, and New Jersey. Erin earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a M.S. in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England. At the Boston Nature Center, she directs a very popular nature camp program that reaches families from all over Boston. This past summer, Erin planned and opened an exciting new nature camp in Boston which successfully increased the programs capacity while serving a range of diverse families.
Danny Kerr has been "at camp" for 44 years and has been director at three summer camps during these years! Danny is presently the director of Camp Pemigewassett, a 110 year old boy's camp in Wentworth, New Hampshire and before that was a camper, young counselor, and administrator at Camp Lanakila. Danny and also spent 25 years teaching at boarding schools where he coached, was head of a boy's sophomore dormitory and taught history.
Gary Kimball has managed camp emergencies for two decades and has specialized in crisis communications for more than 30 years. He is executive director of Camp-ALERT Network, an emergency management service offered by AMSkier Insurance for the children’s camp industry, and president of a Philadelphia-area public relations agency, Kimball Communications. He has taught communications at Muhlenberg College and DeSales University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.
Sarah Kurtz McKinnon
Sarah Kurtz McKinnon believes camp changes lives. After serving as the director of Ann Arbor YMCA Camp Al-Gon-Quian from 2009-2015, Sarah started her own consulting and training business, Kurtz McKinnon Creative LLC. She travels across the country helping camps improve. Sarah is an active blogger (www.kurtzmckinnoncreative.com/blog), a partner at GoCamp.Pro and is pursuing her master’s degree in business administration at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Sport and Leisure Management. Have worked at Horizons for 16 years, the last 10 as Camp Director. Horizons has given me the unique opportunity to fall in love with camp and working with individuals with developmental disabilities. I serve on the board for both Connecticut Camping Association and ACA New England.
Andrew Leary, M.S. is the Youth Programs Manager at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, focusing on curriculum innovation and program development. Previously, Andrew was the Teen Adventure Director at YMCA Camp Echo, as well as a director and guide at The Northwest Passage, a kayaking and polar expedition organization. Andrew has an M.S. in Youth Development from the University of Utah, where he focused on Latino and Polynesian youth engagement through outdoor programs in Salt Lake City.
Marijean “MJ” Legnard Parry started her career in camping as a 10 year old girl and has been involved in the field ever since. She received her degree in Recreation and Outdoor Education from Springfield College. MJ has directed camps and outdoor education programs for 30 years including Girl Scout camps, and the School Program and Adventure Camp of Boston University’s, Sargent Center, and the last several years as the Director of Aloha Camp of the Aloha Foundation in Fairlee, VT. MJ has been an active volunteer with ACANE including serving on a variety of committees, several years as a Board Member and as Secretary of the Board Executive Committee, and as an Accreditation Visitor. She has been active in the NH and VT Camp Associations and has been a presenter at both ACA New England and ACA National conferences. MJ is currently the Co-Chair of the NH New Camp Directors training.
Sarah Leshay & Jess Woods
Sarah “Fluke” Leshay and Jess “Crunch” Woods are co-directors of Camp Runels, a Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts camp in New Hampshire. For both of them, camp is a place where girls can stretch to try new things, grow in their independence and make lifelong memories and friends. They are passionate about creating a dynamic, safe, and fun camp program at Runels. During the school year, both Sarah and Jess are teachers - Sarah teaches high school science while Jess teaches is high school life skills and vocational teacher. Sarah received her BS and MAT from Northeastern University, while Jess received her BA from West Virginia Wesleyan and her MSED from Simmons College. They love to spend time volunteering with the Girl Scouts as well, including taking high school girls to compete at the West Point Camporee.
Mark Lipof is the founding co-owner and director of Camp Micah in Bridgton, Maine. Micah is a co-ed, Jewish, residential camp with 270 campers and 150 staff built in 2001. Mark has 40 years of camping experience as a camper, counselor, head counselor, camp administrator, and director. Mark graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and earned High School teacher certification. He then graduated from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work with an MSW and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Mark’s experience with youth is extensive and includes evaluation and counseling of at-risk youth, High school social worker, school director, youth group director and residential camp experience at most administrative levels.
Steve Maguire is a veteran in the fields of education, summer camp and organizational health. He is an award-winning educator. He has been teaching, coaching and working with schools and summer camps for the past twenty years. Upon graduation from Plymouth State University in 1997, Steve began working as a middle school teacher and coach. He holds his Masters’ Degree in teaching and curriculum design. He is a full time public school teacher with 20 + years in the classroom. 12 years ago, Steve began presenting professionally. He has facilitated trainings and consultations at over 750 organizations in the last 12 years! He is a member of the faculty for Expert Online Training, the premier online staff training resource in the world. Steve is the author of 2 books; Go Turnstone: 23 Ways to Improve Your School Relationships and Not the Way You Have Always Done It!: Tips and tricks to improve your summer camp. He has been both a keynote and education session hit at any conference he’s presented. Steve is a remarkably dynamic speaker. His ability to engage the emotion and minds of his audience members is a powerful combination. His presentations are known for their clear organization, humor and pragmatic outcomes. Steve resides in Scituate, MA with Jess, his wife and their 4 children (Nolan 7, Emmitt 5, Greta 3, Scotia 2) and their chocolate lab Frances (9).
After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Stage and Tour Management in London, Ian went on to work as Company and Tour Manager for the London City Opera for 3 years. Ian grew up in Swindon, England and in 1995 he crossed the big pond to work for Crossroads for Kids, a year round program for inner city kids of Boston. In 2006, Ian joined the Hill House as Program Director, and in 2010 became the organization’s Executive Director. Ian helped Hill House to become a leading provider of childhood programming and events in the Greater Boston area. Ian is now the Director of Campus Programs at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, MA. Ian is an active member of ACA and enjoys being an accreditation visitor.
Alex Myers was the first openly transgender student at Phillips Exeter and Harvard University. He grew up as a girl in Paris, Maine, attending first an all-girls camp and then a co-ed camp in Maine as a child. Since coming out and beginning to live as a transgender guy in 1995, Alex has spoken at colleges, high schools, and conferences, educating audiences about gender identity and expression. In 2014, Simon & Schuster published his debut novel, Revolutionary, which tells the story of Alex's ancestor, Deborah Samson, who, in 1782, ran away from home, disguised herself as a man, and fought for over a year in the Revolutionary War.
Cheryl Oliveira is the Supervisor of the After School Activities Program and Early Riser's Program at Johnson Elementary in Natick, MA. Cheryl has been working in the camp industry for 16 years. She spends her time volunteering with the Girl Scouts and enjoys camping very much. Cheryl is also very involved with ACA New England as the Volunteer and Logistics Coordinator for the Camp Champions Celebration and the Volunteer Liaison for the ACA New England Conference.
Beth Owen-Mishou is the Co-Director of Camp Claire, Inc., an ACA accredited day and overnight summer camp located in Lyme, Connecticut. Camping has been a part of her life since the summer of 1981, when she started working at a YMCA Day Camp in Connecticut as an Arts and Crafts Director. She worked at summer camps all through college and graduate school and eventually started working as a Camp Director in 1987. Since then she has only taken a few years off here and there to spend time with her family. When not at camp, she works in a public school as a Speech and Language Pathologist. Beth has advanced training in behavior management and group dynamics. In addition she works as an Adjunct Professor, teaching courses in behavior management and issues related to Autism. While working at camps she has been an Arts and Crafts Director, Preschool Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director and Program Director. She has worked at day camps, and small and large residential camps. Some of the camps have involved sleeping in platform tents and living deep in the woods and others were more suburban. Common to all of them was working with children and helping them to do what children do best, play and enjoy each other's company. "Camp is one of the last environments where kids can just be kids".
Dr. Thayer Raines is a professor of Sport & Recreation Management in the Business Administration Division at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. Thayer is a graduate of Indiana University (ReD), Penn State (MS), and West Chester U (BS). His research interests includes youth development in the camp setting. He currently serves on the ACANE Board. Thayer has been the co-owner & director of Roaring Brook Camp for Boys in Bradford, VT, for 30 years.
Bob Rojee is currently the Director of Auxiliary Programs at the Wheeler School, an independent school for children in grades Pre -K to grade 12. Bob has worked in the camping world for the past 26 years. Bob has both not-for-profit and for profit organizational experience, including a start-up sports/recreation business.
Lauren Romanauskas, RN BSN has worked at camps her entire life, primarily for the Girl Scouts, in Louisiana and New Hampshire. She is the school nurse at Hudson Memorial School, serving over 800 6th-8th graders. She has spent the last 10 summers as the Head Nurse at YMCA Camp Lawrence on Bear Island.
Tom Rosenberg has a distinguished career in the camp profession and a long resume of service to ACA. He most recently served as the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to Camp Judaea, Tom spent more than two decades with Blue Star Camps in North Carolina, most of those years as a director. Tom is a past national treasurer and board member of the ACA as well as a past board president and treasurer of ACA Southeastern. A founding board member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association, Tom was awarded the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Camp Industry Leadership Award as well as the American Camp Association’s National Honor Award and ACA Southeastern’s Distinguished Service Award.
With an educational focus in business, Tom graduated with distinction from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with an MBA and from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a BS in Management. He is also a graduate of ACA’s Camp Director Institute.
Tom melds his experience in the camp profession with business expertise, inspirational vision, successful fundraising experience, professional agility, organizational skills, and strategic focus — attributes that are essential to achieving success as ACA’s President/CEO. We are indeed fortunate to have such a thoughtful, dedicated, and experienced leader who is willing to take his commitment to camp, youth development, and ACA to a greater level. Tom, his wife Pam Sugarman, and their son Daniel live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Whit has over 30 years experience in residential girls' camps. Currently she serves as Director of Staff Recruitment and Leadership Training at Wyonegonic Camps in ME. She designs and implements staff training initiatives. Whit's experience and expertise have been developed for years as Whit was a senior staff member at Alford Lake Camp in ME and Director at Waukeela Camp for Girls in NH. A career educator, Whit has also served as Coordinator of Girls' and Women's Issues at Rumsey Hall School in Washington, CT. She currently offers programming in community living skills in the local community. Whit and her family reside on the campus of Rumsey Hall School.
Joshua Scott holds a Bachelor Science in Psychology Degree and has variety or experiences with youth including working with children with anxiety, behavioral, emotional, learning challenges and differences. He holds certifications in Swim Lesson Instructor Trainer, Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Small Craft Safety Instructor, BLS & First Aid Instructor Trainer, Nationally Registered Advanced EMT, ACA Associate Visitor, and Aquatic Management. During the school year he works as a medical staff for Nature’s Classroom and in the summer works for th YMCA Camp of Maine teaching training courses and in the health center. He has 15 years aquatic & waterfront experience. He has worked in a variety of aquatic and waterfront leadership roles from waterfront director, to aquatic director, to camp director
Cliff has been a part of the nonprofit world for over 20 years with positions ranging from United Way campaign associate to a New England nature center Executive Director. He explored the corporate environment for 10 years as a community relations consultant for major Fortune 500 companies. For the past seven years, Cliff has led Agassiz Village Summer Camp as its Executive Director. At Agassiz, Cliff successfully overcame a $50,000 deficit while creating a $250,000 budget surplus and increasing program participation by over 60% in his first three years. During that time period he invested over $500,000 in facility improvements as well. In total, Cliff has raised more than $30 million for charities over his career.
Doug Sutherland has been in the camp field for 17 years. He is currently the Director at Camp Starfish in Rindge NH. Previously, he has worked for Camp Nashoba North, Boston University Sargent Center and Nature’s Classroom at Sargent Center as Director of Adventure Camp, where he started out as a counselor. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Doug moved to New Hampshire in June of 1999 to work directly with children and adults in an outdoor setting. He has presented at many ACA New England Conferences and is a member of the New Camp Directors Workshop faculty. He is looking forward to watching his young daughter grow up in the camp industry.
Edward Szeman, Zac Broomfield, and Keri Person
Edward Szeman has 8 years of YMCA experience in camping services and environmental education. Currently serves as the Director of Camp Chickami, the West Suburban YMCA’s summer day camp in Wayland, MA.
Zac Broomfield has over 12 years of residential camp experience and has served Camp Frank A. Day in many capacities since 2010. Since 2015 he has served as the Director of the West Suburban YMCA’s residential summer camp, Camp Frank A. Day.
Keri Person has 18 years of experience in camping services and youth development through the YMCA. She currently serves the West Suburban YMCA as its Director of Camping Operations, overseeing Camp Pikati and Camp Chickami.
Dr. Christopher Thurber is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father. He earned his BA from Harvard University in 1991 and a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA in 1997. A dedicated teacher from a young age, Chris has more than 30 years of experience working with camps and independent schools. He has written numerous book chapters and scholarly articles on leadership, homesickness, and youth development. An award-winning contributor to Camping Magazine and Camp Business, Chris has also shared his opinions and expertise on national and international radio, television, print media, podcasts, and webinars. In 2007, Chris co-founded ExpertOnlineTraining.com, which quickly became the Internet’s most popular and respected educational resource for youth leaders. Chris also co-authored the critically acclaimed Summer Camp Handbook with Dr. Jon Malinowski and he designed the ACA’s homesickness prevention program, a DVD/CD set for new camper families entitled The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success. During the academic year, Chris serves as school psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, an independent, co-educational secondary school. He and his wife, Simonida, an analytical chemist and musician, live in New Hampshire with their sons Danilo, born in 2002, and Sava, born in 2004. You can learn more about Chris, and access all of his publications, by visiting his website, CampSpirit.com.
Dorcas Ann Tomasek joined The Redwoods Group as a risk consultant after having been in specialty medical needs camping since 1992. Spending 17 years at Camp Boggy Creek, one of Paul Newman’s Serious Fun Children’s Network (SFCN) camp, Dorcas specialized in program development, crisis response planning, food service management and bringing camp’s mission to life. Dorcas is an American Camp Association Accreditation Instructor/ visitor.
Ingrid Tucker is the Head of Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge, MA, home of the ACA Accredited Passport Summer Camp. Ingrid is a passionate educator who has an extensive history in education. She has served as President of Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center (MCAEC) in Dorchester, Massachusetts (a tuition-free middle school for low-income girls in inner city Boston and their families) as the Middle School Director and Assistant Head of School at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, and the Director of Admissions at the Atrium School. Ingrid has extensive experience as a board member of numerous Boston area independent schools and nonprofits and she has a longtime commitment to service learning in socio-economically disadvantaged communities. She earned a BA in Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University and a Doctorate in Education from Boston College. She and her husband Phillip are the proud parents of four children, three daughters and one son.
Chris Wentworth has been the Operations and Trip Coordinator for Wyonegonic Camps since 2003. He is a Maine Trip Safety Course Instructor and also sits on the Camp Trip Leader Committee of the Maine IF&W Department. He has over 25 years experience in leading and administering wilderness trips across the country. Chris is a Wilderness EMT, Swiftwater Rescue Level IV, and a Master Leave No Trace Educator.