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, Camp Director

Molly joined Trail Blazers at the beginning of 2014. This will be her eighth summer working in camping and her third at Trail Blazers. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2008, she spent two years in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer focusing on Girls’ Education and Empowerment, and was the assistant teacher in a Kindergarten class upon her return. In August she had a baby, Rowan Bear, who is already looking forward to his first summer at TBC.

jen headsotJennifer Ugolino, Year-Round Programs Director

Jen joined Trail Blazers in 2013. Jen developed her expertise in programming 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 holds MA in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University.

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. Last summer, 2015, he led the inaugural year of Brooklyn Day Camp. Currently, Stephan works in Under One Sky After-School and he is eagerly looking forward to leading Brooklyn Day Camp’s second summer.

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 BS 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.

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
Leslie Ballantyne, Secretary, Memorial Sloan Kettering
Jay Broaddus, RBC Capital Markets
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
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)