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 Operation and Recruitment Director

Molly joined Trail Blazers at the beginning of 2014. This will be her seventh summer working at camp and her second 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. Her favorite place at TBC is anywhere she can see the stars at night, and her favorite meal is Chef Julia's three bean chili.

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.

jenelle headsotJenelle Curtis, Summer Camp Director

Jenelle Curtis danced into Trail Blazers in 2012. Enjoying the unique approach that Trail Blazers offers she has felt blessed to be part of a program so rich in tradition, but with the flexibility to treat each child individually. She has always loved the out doors and has been working to empower youth since 1999. With a degree in Sociology, she has a passion for social change and loves the way camp can influence young lives. She has unique expertise in survival skills and loves using nature to reach people.

kaylee headsotKaylee Daniels, Summer Program Director

Kaylee has been with TBC since 2011. She fell in love with the rich history of Trail Blazers programming and the positive impact that the decentralized camping model has on campers. Now going into her fifth beautiful summer, she counts it an honor to be a part of TBC history. She hopes to facilitate camper's love of nature and themselves for many more summers to come. When she is not at camp, she is a college student with a major in Communications, an AmeriCorps veteran, and a small business owner in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

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

Arthur Fishelman, Co- Chairman, Trade Winds Lake Camp
Marc Hyman, Co-Chairman, Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP
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
Napoleon Georgatos, Deloitte Consulting
Anna Krassy, Alumna
Grace S. Kurdian, Esq, NRG Energy, Inc.
Thomas Nakashian, Wells Fargo
Scott Napolitano, Nomura Securities
Jonathan Peris, Merrill Lynch, former TBC Mentor
Nihad Rahman, GE Capital
Julie Skatoff, Deloitte Consulting
David Tcholakian, UBS

William D. Bouw, CPA (Emeritus Trustee)
George Kunath, CPA, (Emeritus Trustee)
Catherine Smorto (Honorary Trustee, Alumna)
Eli Wallach (Honorary Trustee, Alumnus, 1916-2014)

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