We believe that our family of Summer Camp Staff is the foundation for everything we do at camp, creating the powerful community necessary to build and support positive change and growth in our campers’ lives. To learn more about our team, please keep reading. To apply for a summer camp position, visit the “Join Our Team” tab.
Zoe Jack – Summer Camp Director
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 and her yoga teacher/reiki master certification through the Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine. 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.
Scott Gray- Challenge Course Manager
My favorite part of work is making a difference in the lives of young people. I really believe in our Mission to help people grow. Outdoor Education played a positive role in my childhood and I am honored to be a career professional in the field. Outside of working at the valley, I enjoy hiking, American history, visiting museums, and I am also a HUGE Disney nerd!
Erin Quinley – Camp Floater/Behavior Interventionist
Erin got her start in the wild world of outdoor education as a camp counselor for Genesee Valley in the summer of 2006. It was there that she discovered her passion for inspiring kinship with the natural world and the power of play! The following year she returned for her second summer and continued into the fall where she was trained as a facilitator. Propelled by the skills that she learned at Genesee Valley, she embarked on a 10 year-long world-wide adventure where she worked as a special needs counselor at an overnight camp in Massachusetts, a facilitator for Project Adventure, a manager for a zipline course in Connecticut, an ESL teacher for children under 6 in Weifang, Shandong, China, and as a Behavioral Health Professional for a residential treatment center and school for youth in Maine. Returning home in the Spring of 2017, it was intuitive for her to return to the “beautiful valley” as a facilitator, getting back to her roots and using the experience she accrued in the past 10 years to give back to the place that started her on her path. This summer she is excited to be pioneering the role of Behavioral Interventionist, providing guidance and support to counselors and campers as they navigate through their unique and powerful season.
Laura Sandmann – Arts and Crafts Coordinator
Laura started teaching art in 2002 at the Krasl Art Center in Saint Joseph, MI. She quickly realized her passion of bringing art to those who otherwise would find it difficult to access creative experiences, such as through therapeutic applications and in low income communities. Beginning in 2011, her focus broadened to providing corporate group art experiences and team building. Laura has relocated to York, PA to be near aging parents and take her art teaching career further. She and her two daughters (7 and 8 years old) are excited to join the Genesee Valley family this summer!
Becca Friedel – Archery Coordinator
Rebecca (Becca) Friedel is a quiet, but adventurous individual. She lives on a small farm in Jacksonville. She loves the thought of traveling but hasn’t had the opportunity to go anywhere new yet. She spent 2 weeks last summer traveling through Costa Rica on a biology study abroad trip. She enjoys looking for new places to go in Maryland to explore. She is a recent graduate from Towson University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has had the opportunity to care for children as young as six weeks old to five years old at Step-By-Step Children’s Learning Center. She has experience working with children with Autism in a one-on-one setting. She was introduced to the sport of archery in high school and decided to pursue the hobby in college. She started coaching archery last summer for LTRC as a level 1 instructor. She is currently working to become a level 2 instructor. She loves the sport as she finds it calming but rewarding and she hopes your children come to enjoy the sport as well. She is very excited to get to know and coach your children to become the best archers they can be!
Meghan Sturgill – Aquatics Coordinator
Meghan Sturgill grew up in Westminster, MD. She graduated from McDaniel College in 2015 where she studied Biology and Environmental Science. Meghan is passionate about animals, new adventures, and the great outdoors. In her spare time, she is hiking, kayaking, or playing with her dogs. Prior to coming to Genesee Valley, Meghan has worked in the school systems as an instructional assistant and has coached high school soccer and lacrosse. She is very excited to be joining the staff as the aquatics coordinator and is looking forward to an amazing summer!