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.
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.
School Year Programs Director
Gabby has been the School Year Programs Director since August 2020. 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.
Camp Tannadoonah Ranger
Ranger Mike grew up on Long Island and attended the State University of New York (SUNY). After completing school, he decided that Law Enforcement was his true calling, and served as an officer for 20+ years between Bradenton, FL and Sarasota, FL. Ranger Mike also ran his own securities and security supply businesses, before retiring with his wife to Michigan, to be closer to his family. Ranger Mike joined our Camp Tannadoonah staff in spring of 2020 and has been working hard on projects all around camp ever since!
Jess has worked as the Registrar at Camp Fire since October of 2019. Prior to joining the Camp Fire team, she was a group home director specializing in adults with Autism. She also spent a little over a year as a stewardess on private sailing vessels, exploring all she could in this hemisphere.
Jess is currently working to earn her Bachelor's of Science in Human Resource Management from Post University. In addition to working in the office, Jess also helps in various areas of camp and has found her Spark at Handcraft. In her spare time, Jess loves to create fun new craft projects for friends and family and volunteers at the YWCA to assist families in need.
Jess is the mom of three energetic boys who also love Camp Tannadoonah. She is originally from Cooperstown, NY, but currently lives in Northern Indiana.
Young people want to shape the world.
Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.
In Camp Fire, it begins now.