Summer Camp Staff

Meet the 2018 Coordinator Team!

(Left to right, Back to Front: Heather Donahue, Zoe Jack, Laura Sandmann, Erin Quinley, Mark Haverhill, Becca Friedel, Heather Sowers, Scott Gray, Meghan Sturgill) Not Pictured: Caleb Madder 

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, summer camp counselor, and facilitator before her current role as the Summer Camp Director. Before this, Zoe focused her pursuits on growing and learning through being outdoors, both 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 outdoor, alternative school in Vermont. Just this past August, she 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.

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.

Mark Haverhill – Senior Camp Coordinator 

Born in Florida, Mark Haverhill spent most of his youth in the southern before settling in Maryland to attend Towson University. With his introduction to Towson came his introduction to the outdoors through the Towson pre-orientation program Project Marj, an outdoor adventure for incoming Towson University students that focuses on environmental awareness and personal development. Since the 2015 Marj experience, Mark has taken roles leading outdoor trips, facilitating Challenge Course programs, and instructing belay clinics for Towson students. Mark found Genesee Valley through peers in Towson’s Outdoor Adventures program and has continued providing outdoor adventures for all ages through summer camps and group facilitation. Taking on the role of Senior Camp Coordinator this summer, Mark is very excited to lead older age groups on climbing and hiking trips that highlight personal growth, leadership, and environmental lessons for campers.

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!

Heather Sowers – Garden Coordinator 

A Midwest farm girl by birth, some of Heather’s best childhood friends were Holstein cows! In 1988 she was one of the first Maryland  high school students to do a sailing trip with the newly formed Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School.  This sparked a deep love of adventure experiences nurtured further by her wilderness mentor, the late Robin Wightman of Talbot County YMCA Outdoor Programs.   In 2012 she received her Master’s in Social Work from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Heather joined the Genesee family in August 2017 and is thrilled to share her experience gained from 25 years of work in experiential education, mental health  and social services.  Currently, Heather is our part-time Garden Coordinator and works with evening and weekend groups while working full-time as a school-based therapist in Harford County.

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!

Heather Donahue – Lil’ Sprouts Coordinator

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Heather Donohue grew up in Fort Meade MD. She is very excited to be joining the Genesee Valley team and to have the opportunity to work with the Little Sprouts as the Program Director.  Past experiences have led her to firmly believe in experiential learning and the effect it can have on the growth of young children. Prior to joining Genesee valley Heather has worked as an adventure guide, a behavioral therapist for the head start program in Baltimore and as a research assistant at a therapeutic horseback riding ranch.   In her free time she enjoys cooking, climbing, playing soccer with her Waffle Fries team, camping and reading as much as she can.

Caleb Madder – Nature Coordinator

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Caleb is excited to work as Genesee Valley’s ecology guy this summer at camp! He went to Juniata College in PA and graduated with a degree in Biology. Caleb loves exploring nature, and in his free time he likes to learn new things on the internet.