Leadership and Board of Trustees


20131027_081924Dedicated staff, Board of Trustees and volunteers form the backbone of more the 125 years of service. Meet our staff and Board Members here:

Riel 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.

Tiffany Caton, Development and Communications

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

Molly McCue, Director of Programs

Molly joined the team at the start of 2014. Since age seven, she has been completely enamored by everything that summer camp has to offer. She has five years of summer camp staffing experience, ranging from general counseling to swimming and smallcraft instruction to assistant directing. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2008, Molly spent two years in Burkina Faso, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer focusing on Girls’ Education and Empowerment, and was the assistant teacher in a Kindergarten class upon her return. She is incredibly excited to be a part of TBC!

Jennifer Ugolino, Under One Sky Program Director

Jen joined Trail Blazers in 2013 to launch UOS. Prior, Jen developed an expertise in programming for at-risk urban children and women in need through roles including Environmental Educator at NYU’s Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education; Horticultural Specialist at Brooklyn Community Services, Program Associate at Green Guerillas, and Teaching Assistant at College of the Holly Cross Biology Department. Jen received an MA in Environmental Conservation Education, with a focus on urban greening projects with children, young adults, and adult learners from New York University, as well as a BA in Biology from College of the Holy Cross.

Steve Bates, Property Manager

Steve joined Trail Blazers in 2000, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both camping and property management. He has worked as both a counselor and instructor in CSB (scouting) programs such as Northern Frontier Camp in upstate New York. He has managed the Milford Bible Church complex from 2002 to 2012 and the Tuscarora Resource Center property in Mt. Bethel, PA, the latter as the Operations Manager. He also served six years in the US Army as medical lab technician and owned and operated Marshalls Creek Painting for 13 years. Steve lives on the Trail Blazers site with his wife Sue and two daughters, Sarah and Lindsey. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible with a Bachelors of Science in Youth Ministry and has completed extensive training at Monroe Vo-Tech in various trade skills.

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

Arthur Fishelman, Co- Chairman, Trade Winds Lake Camp
Marc Hyman, Co-Chairman, Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP
George Kunath, CPA, Vice Chairman, Former McKinsey & Company – retired
Leslie Ballantyne, Secretary, Memorial Sloan Kettering
Louis Milea, CPA, Treasurer, DeGraw Tompkins Solutions, Alumnus
Hugh Babowal, Wells Fargo
Sandra N. Benjamin, Paul Hastings LLP
Brooke S. Borner, JP Morgan
William D. Bouw, CPA, Alumnus
Napoleon Georgatos, Deloitte Consulting
Anna Krassy, Alumna
Grace S. Kurdian, Esq, NRG Energy, Inc.
Scott Napolitano, PJ Solomon
Jonathan Peris, Merrill Lynch, former TBC Mentor
Nihad Rahman, GE Capital
Julie Skatoff, Deloitte Consulting
David Tcholakian, UBS
Catherine Smorto (Honorary Trustee, Alumna)
Eli Wallach (Honorary Trustee, Alumnus, 1916-2014)

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