What year did you start at Camp Susque?
I became director in 2015, though I served as counselor, support staff, area coordinator, trek leader, head cook, and a board member prior to being director.
What kind of experience do you have in your field?
see #1. I also worked in sales for an outdoor gear distributor, and was a sales rep for many summer camps and all of the Boys Scouts nationally.
What kind of schooling do you have?
BA in Philosophy from Grove City College. Working at Grove City toward my MBA.
Where were you born and raised?
Born in Williamsport, raised mostly at Susque.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I used to co-own an internet service provider called "Swift-Networks"
Weeded plants at a greenhouse owned by a Susque neighbor in Bodines
Describe your perfect day off?
I'm not sure what the whole day would be, but it would definitely include tubing in the creek with my kids, and napping in my hammock.
Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?
I've been to a lot of places, but McIntyre Wild Area, and specifically Rock Run, are still my favorite places.
What’s one thing on your bucket list that you’d love to do?
Visit Hawaii or New Zealand
What is your favorite Scripture?
Psalm 63:8 - My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me.
What is your favorite area at Camp Susque?
Up and down the cataracts and waterfalls of Moss Run.
What is the story behind your fun photo prop?
I have a lot of weird obsessions, and one of them is Nalgene bottles. To try to make it less weird, I included my favorite dog, Sawyer.
Describe your job at Camp Susque in a nutshell, and what is your favorite day in the life of your job?
I have the best job at Susque. I get to work with our year-round staff, our seasonal staff, and our campers. I get to have a bit of an experience in each different "department" of Susque, which is a really satisfying and enjoyable thing. I'm responsible for a lot of the hiring and training of staff, and I get to be involved in a lot of the fundraising that happens here. In an average day, I meet with some of our year-round team for one-on-one meetings, I make some thank-you phone calls, work through some of the logistics of managing Susque's finances, and work on the next event that is coming up, while keeping an eye on the year-round needs.
This might be really boring, but I love excel and spreadsheets. Slightly less boring, I'm weirdly good at Mario Kart double-dash on the GameCube.
What is your favorite camp memory as a child?
I have a Susque stew that really sticks out when I was a mountainman. I was in a cabin with a lot of great guys, and our counselor was Chief Micah, and we had our stew at Creekside campsite after we built an enormous lean-to that fit our entire cabin group.
When did you become a Christian?
I was blessed to be born into a Christian family that consistently kept me in God's word, church, and Susque. I was blessed with many Christian friends and influences too, though I would say it wasn't until my faith was seriously challenged in high school that I began to make it my own and really take it seriously. Through a challenging teacher who was definitely antagonistic toward Christianity, I found myself having to pursue God's word more seriously, and that process helped me make my faith my own.