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 Operations and Quality

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 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 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 Program Quality and Evaluation

 

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.

Program Support Team

Operations Administrative Assistant

Program Administrative Assistant

Customer Service

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.

Program Designer

Maggie joined Trail Blazers in the summer of 2020 to help launch a successful COVID-friendly Day Camp at Prospect Park. She is so excited to continue on as a Program Specialist into the new year. Maggie brings experience largely in Environmental education and Wilderness emergency response. Raised in the Southwest, Maggie is most passionate about accessibility to outdoor exploration, multilingual education, and rock formations! With a B.A. in Sociology from Lewis and Clark College, Maggie is excited to join the Trail Blazers team as they grow into 2021 and continue to pursue equity and belonging in outdoor play!

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.

Day Camp Team

Director of Day 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.

Asst. Director

Overnight Team

Interim Camp Director

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.

Director of Operations

A word on Slack: It is easy to just see slack as a messaging tool, but it is so much more. In a world where remote is a permanent part, where people have fewer opportunities to connect face to face, having ways to connect and for information to flow is not just important, it is essential. It is clear that this is not viewed this way organization wide. Too many people do not use the platform. Some may choose to use other tools to communicate with team members. This message aims to correct and clarify so everyone can work towards full adoption of slack themselves, and then ensure that their team members do so as well. Slack is the main tool to communicate digitally with other staff members about work (email, Asana and phone being the other ones, in addition to face to face, of course!)  You may not use other systems to communicate with staff members about work – not txt, not Whatsapp, not instagram. Using slack is not an option. It is a requirement of the job, whether you are a Director, a Group leader of a Team Supervisor, and like anything else, it takes some skill to use it well. On top of that, here is what many people don’t realize – because this is the main tool that connects us, it becomes the main tool through which we build culture at large. It is how I can connect to you, it is how you can learn about what else is going on in the organization that you may not always be able to see. Finally, not everyone will use it in the exact same way, but all of us need to use it. 

 

Take away:

  1. Use slack every day – at minimum, check it before you go to work, and check it at the end.
  2. Dont use other texting tools to communicate with your staff – get them to use Slack.
  3. Slack is what helps us build culture and create connections – you are part that too!

 

Daniel and Joe will follow up with specific instructions (not optional) to significantly improve Slack adoption. Meanwhile, think about how you can increase your Slack engagement – starting with an emoji for this message! Thanks, all!