Camp Fire River Bend | Camp Tannadoonah

Council Staff

Amber M. 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 Officer 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 (11), Elyse (9), Kieran (4), and Harrison (2). They live on Birch Lake, about a mile from camp, with their family.

Gabby Bittner

Camp Tannadoonah Director

Gabby was named the new Camp Director for Camp Tannadoonah at our 100th Anniversary Event in September 2021. Previously she served as  the School Year Programs Director. She has been involved with Camp Tannadoonah since 2010 as a camper, counselor, and assistant camp director. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to work for the place that helped her become the person she is today.

Gabby graduated from Purdue University in December of 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Prior to working for Camp Fire, she worked at a child care center which nurtured her love for children. In her free time, Gabby enjoys spending time with her family which includes two golden retrievers, Harley and Stella.

Carmen Garcia

School Year Programs Director

Carmen joined the Camp Fire staff as the School Year Programs Director in October 2021. Carmen was a member of our 2020 and 2021 summer camp staff, and is excited to join the Camp Fire team full time. She oversees the After School programs at both Good Shepherd Montessori School and Sam Adams Elementary School. Prior to coming to Camp Fire, she worked in an early childhood development program in Kalamazoo.

Joy Hicks

Camp Fire Registrar and Sam Adams Elementary Site Director

Joy joined the Camp Fire staff in September 2021 as the Site Director at one of our After School Programs (Sam Adams Elementary School in Cassopolis), and also serves as the Registrar for Camp Fire. Joy is originally from the Philippines, where she earned her degree in Elementary Education and worked as a teacher. She moved to the United States in 2018 and now lives in Cassopolis with her husband and son.

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