General Manager – Jane LaMonica
I have been working here since 1989, when I first started as a camp counselor. Over the years I have watched Genesee Valley flourish into the amazing program it is today. My favorite part is the joyful sounds of Genesee Valley. Outside of working at The Valley, I enjoy spending time with friends and
family, enjoying the sun, and rock climbing.
Favorite Quote: “Discovery insists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.”
Program Director – Kelly Hollifield
“I returned to the valley a few years ago after an absence of about twenty years. I first worked as a facilitator after graduating from Towson University in the 90’s. At TU I was involved with Project Marj, an outdoor leadership program which had ties with the Valley, after which I worked and lived on site at GV for a year and a half. It was a powerful and rewarding time for me, as I became part of the very special community. The staff was passionate and committed to The Valley’s mission, and looking back, it’s clear to me, that GV was not only making a difference in its participants lives, but in that of its staff’s as well. I continued to seek positions where I could work directly with people in a learning environment, working at schools, group homes, and youth employment programs. When I found myself returning to Maryland, good fortune would have it, I found myself returning to GV. I was immediately welcomed back. Although the faces were new to me, the feeling of community remained – their commitment to mission as strong as ever, and the setting even more beautiful than I had remembered.”
Challenge Course Manager – Scott Gray
Scott Gray has served as Challenge Course Manager of Genesee Valley for the past 5 years. During that time he has trained dozens of staff members in challenge course facilitation and program transference. He also builds and maintains the challenge course and writes the local operational procedures for GVOLC.
Scott is a firm believer in the power of experiential education to change lives and promote empathy. While he maintains the course here at the Valley, Scott prefers to think of himself as an educator rather than a tree climber or cable rigger.
He has also presented on a number of topics at regional and national conferences including humility based training and using stuffed animals as processing tools. More recently he now sits on the committee that publishes the “Mid-Atlantic Current,” which serves as the Association for Experiential Education regional academic journal.
Favorite Quote: “The pragmatic survive, and the determined thrive, but Faith Manages.”
Summer Camp Director – Zoe Jack
Zoe Jack grew up a mile and a half from the Genesee Valley property and was a camper, junior counselor, and counselor before her current role as the Summer Camp Director. Before this, Zoe worked as a wilderness therapy field guide with adolescents on the autism spectrum in Utah and as a behavior interventionist with children exposed to early traumas at an alternative school in Vermont. In August of 2017, Zoe completed hiking the 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 150 days, giving her even more time to experience the nourishing and healing power of nature. In addition to her role at the valley, Zoe is working on her Masters in Social Work at the University of MD with a concentration in clinical work with families and children. She also guides for Nature Worx, an organization that utilizes immersive nature experiences to improve the recovery of individuals suffering from addiction and mental health complications.
Favorite Quote: “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield” – Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson