Dedicated staff, Board of Trustees and volunteers form the backbone of more the 125 years of service.

Meet our staff and Board Members here:

riel headshotRiel Peerbooms, Executive Director

Riel was appointed as Trail Blazers’ Executive Director in 2008. Prior, Riel worked as the Camp and Associate Director at Trade Winds Lake Camp, and worked for over 10 years in New York City high schools, teaching science and counseling students as a social work and a guidance counselor. Riel holds a BA in Biology Secondary Education from The Teacher’s College of Utrecht, the Netherlands, as well as a MSW from Fordham University, specializing in Children and Families.

mollyMolly McCue, Director of Programs

Molly joined Trail Blazers in 2014. This will be her ninth summer working in camping and her fourth at Trail Blazers, where she is the overnight camp director. Molly spent two years in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer promoting girls' education and empowerment, and worked in a Kindergarten classroom upon her return. She holds a B.A. in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College.

stephan headshotStephan Lendor, Brooklyn Day Camp Director

Stephan joined Trail Blazers in 2010 as a Group Leader in our Summer Residential Camp program. In 2011, he was the lead counselor for the biking program and in 2013 he was the Program Director for Montague Day Damp. In 2015, he led the inaugural year of Brooklyn Day Camp. During the school year, Stephan works in Under One Sky After-School.

stephan headshotJennifer Bombardier, Under One Sky After-School Director

Jennifer joined Trail Blazers in 2014 as an intern for Under One Sky and then as a Group Leader before assuming the role of Program Director in 2016. She brings experience gained as a preschool teacher and educator for multiple environmental education organizations in Virginia as well as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Education Department. She holds a B.A. in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education from George Mason University and an M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University.

tiffany headshotTiffany Caton, Development and Communications Director

Tiffany joined Trail Blazers in 2011, transitioning to the nonprofit realm after 5 years of experience in experiential marketing. Tiffany holds a B.S. in Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies.

Sunaina headshotSunaina Rao, Community Relationships Director

Sunaina joined Trail Blazers in 2016. She comes from a background in youth development and strives to build strong communities in every space she works. Her experience includes two AmeriCorps years in Rhode Island and New York. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The New School. In addition to her work with Trail Blazers, she is also a board member at The Octavia Project.

steveSteve Bates, Property Manager

Steve joined Trail Blazers in 2000 with a wealth of camping and property management experience. He worked as a counselor and instructor in CSB (scouting) programs. He managed the Milford Bible Church complex for 10 years, the Tuscarora Resource Center property in Mt. Bethel, PA as the Operations Manager, and owned/operated Marshalls Creek Painting for 13 years. He served 6 years in the US Army as a medical lab technician. Steve lives at Trail Blazers with his wife, Sue, and daughters, Sarah and Lindsey. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible with a Bachelors of Science in Youth Ministry and has extensive trade skills training at Monroe Vo-Tech.

Board Leadership

The Trail Blazer Board of Trustees is instrumental in ensuring Trail Blazers’ day-to-day operation as well as its long term prosperity. If you are interested in exploring a Board position or getting involved with one of our task forces or committees, reach out to Executive Director, Riel Peerbooms at 212-529-5113 or rpeerbooms@trailblazers.org.

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Board of Trustees

Hugh Babowal, Co-Chairman, Wells Fargo
Marc Hyman, Co-Chairman, Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP
Jay Broaddus, RBC Capital Markets
Lauren Catapano, Consultant
John Howie, Willett Advisors
Louis Milea, CPA, Treasurer, DeGraw Tompkins Solutions, Alumnus
Jeff Miller, Valuation Research Corporation
Anna Krassy, Alumna
Grace S. Kurdian, Esq, Kindle Energy, LLC.
Laura Markham, Maher Terminals
Thomas Nakashian, Wells Fargo
Scott Napolitano, Nomura Securities International, Inc.
Jonathan Peris, Merrill Lynch, former TBC Mentor
Nihad Rahman, JP Morgan
Ronald Rasdall, Jr, HUDRON, Inc., Alumnus
Lee Simonson, Simonson Associates
Maureen Sullivan, Oppenheimer Funds
David Tcholakian, UBS

Arthur Fishelman, Trade Winds Lake Camp (Emeritus Trustee)
William D. Bouw, CPA (Emeritus Trustee)
George Kunath, CPA, (Emeritus Trustee)
Catherine Smorto (Honorary Trustee, Alumna)
Eli Wallach (Honorary Trustee, Alumnus, 1916-2014)