Shanna joined Trail Blazers in 2023, bringing nearly two decades of experience in youth development and child welfare. Prior to joining Trail Blazers, she was the Chief Operating/ Chief Financial Officer at Project Morry, the Vice President of Quality Assurance and Program Development at the New York Foundling, and the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Research & Evaluation at NYC Administration for Children’s Services, among other public sector roles. Growing up in the Finger Lakes, Shanna attended 4-H and Girl Scout camps as a child. She currently lives in New York with her husband and two children.
Josh has over 20 years of camping and youth development experience. He taught Education courses at the City College of New York, worked as a Youth Organizer in Chicago, and led large-scale cross-cultural youth delegations to Cape Town, South Africa and Barcelona, Spain. From 2010 to 2021 he served as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms. Josh holds a doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA from Clark University. Josh is our Director of Strategic Initiatives, and also served as our Interim Executive Director from March – September 2023.
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.
Molly fell in love with camp when she was 7 years old. After graduating with a BA from Mount Holyoke College, Molly spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso promoting girls’ education. She worked in elementary education upon her return, and realized quickly that she wanted a career in the camp world where kids have the best opportunities to learn and grow. She joined Trail Blazers in 2014 as the overnight camp director, a position she held for 5 years. Since 2018 she has been building out the infrastructure to support Trail Blazers’ expanding portfolio, first as the Program Director and now as the Director of Operations and HR. In total, she’s worked in the camp industry for 13 years.
Callie joined Trail Blazers as the Director of Day Camps in 2019, bringing along more than 7 years of summer camp experience. Callie first started in the camp world in 2012, spending her summers working at camp while attending university. She became a part of the head staff at Camp Huntington, a program for children and adults with developmental disabilities, before spending three years as the Associate Director for Shane Camps. While at Shane, she played a critical role in their expansion, growing the program to more than 7 camp locations. Callie holds a BS in Kinesiology from James Madison University.
Callie is currently working to expand our Day Camp programs and is looking forward to making camp accessible to a wider audience in 2021.
Originating in the UK, Jay has been a member of the Trail Blazers family since 2014 and has spent time with each of our programs. Drawing from his experience as director for Day Camp and program director for Overnight, Jay now supports all of our families as part of the core administrative team.
Eboni brings 10 years of outdoor education and program management experience to her role with Trail Blazers. For the last 6+ years, she worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club focused on outdoor leadership training for teachers and youth development professionals working with youth from marginalized and under-resourced communities. Her own childhood family outings, her grandma’s backyard in the Bronx, and summer sleep-away camp experiences fostered her love of nature and outdoor adventure. After completing her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on informal, outdoor science education at Islandwood and the University of Washington on the west coast, she returned to her native New York City. Eboni is excited to collaborate with this team to elevate program quality, consistency and added value to all Trail Blazers program participants.
Kat started with Trail Blazers as a camper in 2015. She continued her development at Overnight Camp as a Group Leader, Program Director, and Office Manager. She continues to work for Trail Blazers as their Development and Finance Assistant.
Kat’s love for community began here and she has implemented their life values in her hometown. Kat co-founded The Peoples Committee of Elizabeth, a community empowerment collective in Elizabeth, NJ. TPCOE works to uplift and educate people through intentional community engagement. Kat aspires to continue to help communities build strong, loving bonds.
Emma has been a camper her whole life, spending many summers outdoors at an overnight camp as well as camping at national parks across the country. While pursuing her BA in Sociology, Emma interned at youth development programs. She recently earned her MS in Human Resource Management and Development from NYU. She is excited to combine her passion for youth development and the outdoors with her career in HR at Trail Blazers.
Sean has been working in childcare and youth development since 2015, engaging youth in positive, nature based and child led programming. He began his work with Trail Blazers in June of 2022 as a Site Director for the Day Camp program and has loved getting to enjoy the camp experience every day!
Sean’s love of nature and creating spaces for young people to thrive, has been the catalyst that has driven him forward in his career.
Sarah discovered her passion for outdoor education beginning work as a nature camp counselor in 2018 and has continued to engage youth with the natural world since then. At Trail Blazers she is excited to continue creating fun ways for young people to engage with the outdoors as a site director and program designer.
Hasanni “Sanni” has been working in youth development for over a decade. He grew up exploring all corners of Prospect Park and wants more children to have a similar experience. While at Trail Blazers he looks forward to forging new bonds and exploring new horizons.
Sage joined Trail Blazers in the summer of 2022 and is excited to be living camp all year long! Sage grew up attending URJ Camp Harlam, an overnight camp in the Poconos, and spent six summers on staff, including three as the Athletics Director. Sage continued her youth development work at various non-profits, after-school programs, and preschools in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Sage spent over five years as the Program Director at Harlem Grown, a non-profit focused on youth development through urban farming and food education. She oversaw the development and expansion of their youth and community programs, her favorite of which was, of course, the day camp. Sage holds a M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education and a B.A. from Clark University.
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, worked as Operations Manager at the Tuscarora Resource Center property in Mt. Bethel, PA, 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. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible with a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry and has extensive trade skills training at Monroe Vo-Tech.