Administrative Team

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 worker and a guidance counselor. Riel holds a BA in Biology Secondary Education from The Teacher’s College of Utrecht, the Netherlands, a MSW from Fordham University, specializing in Children and Families, as well as a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Columbia University.

Director of Resource Development

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.

Director of Employee Experience

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.

Director of Strategic Initatives

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.

Director of Programs

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.

Program Operations

Director of Program Operations

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 administrative team.

Director of Evaluation and Research

 

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.

Development and Finance Admin

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.

Human Resources Admin

Valerie Hernandez has been a part of the Trail Blazers family since 2011. She has been a camper, a group leader, and most recently Assistant Director of Overnight Programs this summer. Valerie now supports our employees as part of our Human Resources team.

School Programs Team

Director of School Programs

Assistant School Programs Director

For the past 11 years Joevenelly has focused her time in youth development running summer camps and after school programs with an emphasis on creating high-quality, engaging programming and developing the youth educators that work with our youth.

 

And this isn’t just a welcome, but a welcome back — 10 years later! From 2011-2012 Joevenelly was in our Overnight Camp program where she made lasting memories building campfires at smallcamps, doing vagabond on the Appalachian Trail, and even instructing archery during her 2012 summer! Glad to have you back on the team, Joevenelly.

School Site Director

Wynter is one of the program directors for Trailblazers. Wynter is a Brooklynite that has worked in child care for the last five years. The most rewarding part of working in youth development for Wynter is to watch each child flourish as a direct result of her passion and drive to create better lives for them year-round.

School Site Director

Marcus developed his love for youth development during his freshman year of high school when he decided to help coach his middle school basketball team. There he fell in love with helping the players build their self-esteem, encouraging them to challenge themselves, and became a role model for them.

From that time, Marcus has worked in various youth development/child care organizations like Asphalt Green, 92 Y, Yorkville, the Department of Education, and most recently with Roads to Success Afterschool. Marcus prioritizes providing quality programs while building communities and lifelong relationships. He has a background in sports that translates into his work. He’s excited to be a part of this growing organization and to start building a community at PS 118.

School Site Director

Day Camp Team

Director of Day Programs

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.

Overnight Team

Director of Camp and Conference

Dahlia Midyette has a unique tie to Trail Blazers and began her journey at just seven years old as a Pixie camper. Following in the footsteps of her mother, aunt, and two older sisters, she fell in love with the magic of camp. She has held various roles with Overnight Camp, from a counselor in 2013 to the summer Program Director in 2017. She has earned a BA in Public Communications and looks forward to pursuing her Master’s Degree. In addition, Dahlia is passionate about film and photography, education, community, and youth development

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, 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.

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