Camp Fire River Bend | Camp Tannadoonah

Year-Round Council Staff

Amber Grundy, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

Amber has been involved with Camp Tannadoonah since 1985 as a camper, counselor, waterfront director, board member, and now full time staff member. She was the Camp Tannadoonah Director from 2006-2017, and has served as Chief Executive Officers for Camp Fire since 2011.

Amber earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Her research focus was on middle childhood and early adolescence. Amber has worked on several different research programs, looking at parenting during the transition to adolescence, testing a new treatment for elementary and middle school students with ADHD, and an intervention program for first-time offenders in the Juvenile Justice System. In addition, she has been an adjunct assistant professor in the psychology departments at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Bethel College. She has taught Introductory Psychology, School Age Growth and Development, Developmental Psychology, Adolescent Development, Research Methods, and Statistics.

Amber and her husband, Chas are parents to four young campers – Avery (10), Elyse (8), Kieran (3), and Harrison (1). They live on Birch Lake, about a mile from camp, with their family.

Michelle Hartwig, M.S., Program Director for School Year Programs

Michelle served as Assistant Camp Director at Camp Tannadoonah in 2016 and 2017, before being promoted to the role of Program Director for School Year Programs. Michelle oversees our Camp Fire Extended Day Program at Good Shepherd Montessori School (GSMS) in South Bend, IN, and Camp Fire After School at Sam Adams Elementary in Cassopolis, MI. During the summer, she assists with the programs at Camp Tannadoonah.

Before coming to Camp Fire, Michelle spent 11 summers working at Interlochen Arts Camp (near Traverse City) and four years working at their affiliated boarding high school as a Residence Hall Manager. Prior to Interlochen, she taught K-8 Music in Buckeye, Arizona and Flint, Michigan. Michelle holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Camp Administration & Leadership.

Adam Lucassian, ATC, Camp Tannadoonah Director

Adam started as the Camp Director at Camp Tannadoonah in January 2020. Prior to coming to Camp T, he spent the previous 9 summers involved the summer camp program at Camp Blodgett as a cabin counselor, High Ropes/Rock Wall Coordinator, and Assistant Camp Director. 

Adam graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. Prior to coming to Camp Fire, Adam practiced Sports Medicine as an Athletic Trainer at Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Cincinnati, Assumption College, and Georgia Gwinnett College. Outside of camp, Adam enjoys going to Crossfit, Snowboarding, and Hockey. He is originally from the Detroit area. 

Jess Barron, Registrar

Jennifer Liddell, Fundraising Coordinator

Jennifer Liddell has been involved with Camp Fire and Camp Tannadoonah for 12 years, as a camper parent and a volunteer. She joined our year-round staff in 2019 as the Fundraising Coordinator. Outside of her work with Camp Fire, Jennifer also serves on the board for Girls on the Run Michiana, is a member of the Junior League of South Bend, volunteers with the National MS Society, and serves as an advisor for the National Junior Honor Society at LaSalle Academy in South Bend. She is also a member of the Mamalogues cast, which is a show held each summer to benefit local non profit organizations.

Jennifer and her husband, Mark, live in Granger, IN and are parents to 3 very active campers: Kevin, Kamille, and Korey. They keep her busy with their participation in National Honor Society, Cross Country, Soccer, Marching Band, and the South Bend Youth Symphony!

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