Executive Director

Riel Peerbooms

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

Molly McCue

Molly joined Trail Blazers in 2014, and she is now in her 11th summer working in camping. She was the overnight camp director from 2014 – 2018, and also served as the Director of Programs from 2016 – 2018. She is now the Director of Operations, working about 80% of the time from her new home in CT. Molly spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso promoting girls’ education and empowerment and worked in a Kindergarten classroom upon her return. She holds a B.A. in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College.

Development Director

Tiffany Caton

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 Programs

Jennifer Bombardier

Jennifer joined Trail Blazers in 2014 as an intern for Under One Sky and then as a Group Leader before assuming the role of Program Director in 2016. She brings experience gained as a preschool teacher and educator for multiple environmental education organizations in Virginia as well as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Education Department. She holds a B.A. in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education from George Mason University and an M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University.

Director of Overnight Programs

Christopher Thomasson

Christopher is excited to join Trail Blazers as the Overnight Camp Director. He brings 19 years experience as Head Staff and Associate Director of Camp Ojibwa for Boys in northern Wisconsin. Christopher also founded the Camp History Project, an archival project aimed at preserving the legacy and impact of the summer camp experience. Additionally, Christopher spent 9 years working with Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group to help bring a magical Christmas experience to tens of thousands of NYC children each year. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Directing from CUNY Brooklyn College.

Director of Day Programs

Callie Radday

Hi all! I’m Callie and I am very excited to join the Trail Blazers team as the Day Camp Director. As a lifelong camper, I have always been passionate about all things camp. Camp provides such a unique, yet important experience to our youth and I am excited to be a part of it. Outside of camp, I enjoy staying active and spending time outdoors. I’m looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Office Manager

Stephan P. Lendor

Stephan joined Trail Blazers in 2010 as a Group Leader in our Overnight 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. In 2015, he led the inaugural year of Brooklyn Day Camp. Stephan currently manages Trail Blazers’ enrollment and registration. When you call or visit the Trail Blazers office, more often than not the kind voice greeting you will be his!

Property Manager

Steve Bates

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.

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