Don’t Miss These Great Speakers and Presentations

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Featured Speaker – Sunday Night (arrive early!)

Kate Lewis is senior vice president and editorial director at Hearst Magazines Digital Media. In this position, Lewis is responsible for managing content groups across the Hearst Magazines Digital Media portfolio and collaborating with editorial teams on content strategy, as well as with technology and product groups. Hearst Magazines Digital Media is comprised of 22 websites for brands including Cosmopolitan, Delish, Esquire, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Marie Claire and Popular Mechanics, and attracts nearly 80 million unique visitors monthly (comScore).

Lewis was previously senior vice president and editorial director at Say Media, overseeing content operations, editorial strategy and development for Say’s portfolio of digital brands including xoJane, Remodelista and ReadWrite. Lewis also managed a network of partner sites as well as the shared services department that provided support and strategy for audience development, social media and partnerships.

Prior to Say Media, Lewis was a senior executive director of human resources at Condé Nast Publications. Before that, she was managing editor at Self for ten years, overseeing editorial and production, digital projects, book publishing, events and television partnerships. 

Keynote Speakers

Erik Daubert is regarded as a leader in the nonprofit sector and in nonprofit management. As Director of Fund Development Partnerships with the YMCA of the USA, Erik works to maximize the philanthropic capacity of the YMCA movement.

Consistently ranked as a top speaker, teacher, trainer and keynote presenter at national and international conferences, Erik’s depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for improving the sector is evident. His work with the YMCA of the USA enables him to challenge and coach CEOs and philanthropic leaders to advance their organizations through strategic vision and philanthropic change. He has taught courses and designed curriculum with many nonprofit clients in addition to Duke University, The Fund Raising School in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, LaGrange College, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Erik is also an AFP Master Trainer.

Erik is one of the most certified fundraising professionals in the world and holds the lifetime credential of Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) – one of approximately 100 worldwide – is Past-Chair of the ACFRE Certification Board, and is Chair of the AFP Research Council, in addition to serving on other national and international nonprofit boards, committees and task forces. He is Chair of the Growth in Giving Initiative and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, one of the largest philanthropic research projects in the world (, in addition to serving as an Affiliated Scholar with the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC.

Erik has written books, manuals and articles on topics such as nonprofit research, philanthropy, annual, capital, endowment, grant getting, major gifts and more. His latest book (co-authored) is entitled Strategies and Tools to Raise Money and was published as an e-book through John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2012. His work has been referenced, published and quoted in resources including BoardSource, Advancing Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Foundation Center, The Huffington Post and many others.


Jeffrey S. Kaufman has been working with the accounting/consulting Firm of PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) for 36 years. Over the past 15 years he has been training his very successful Partners and teams on how to communicate more effectively when selling services. Jeff is one of the prime authors of the sales approach applied by PwC worldwide. In this role he has developed numerous training programs, trained the trainers and rolled the program out throughout PwC’s global network.

At this time over 38,000 staff have been trained in this approach, in 50 countries. When PwC teams bid on competitive opportunities they win on average 35% of the time, and when they apply this sales approach their win rate increases to 72%. Jeff has been awarded the Brandon Hall Award for Best Program for Sales Training and Performance.

Jeff has shared these sales approaches at two ACA conferences; 2015 ACA New York/New Jersey Morry Stein Camp Conference and the 2016 ACA New York/ New Jersey Camp Conference. He led sessions on “How to Sell” and “How to Run a Meeting”. He has also provided the same presentation to the Frost Valley staff.

Jeff is a Frost Valley camper alumni parent and has also proudly served on the Frost Valley Board of Directors beginning in 2012. Jeff looks forward to sharing some of the techniques he has applied to PwC teams throughout the world, so you can explore how you can customize them to your sales activities to support your camp.



Travis Allison, Go Camp Pro

Travis Allison hates mushy fruit but loves jam.  It’s not just fruit that Travis thinks about in great detail.  His creative and conscientious persona has made him a keynote speaker at conferences across the US and Canada.  Travis also believe it is his job to inspire recreation leaders across the world to be so great that parents INSIST their children have a summer camp experience. 


Jiné Andreozzi, Summer Camp Director, YMCA Camp Chingachgook

Jiné is currently the Summer Camp Director at YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, NY. Having been a camper and former seasonal staff member at Chingachgook, Jiné took this full time position in April 2015 after having been the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for ACA New England for two years. Jiné has worked in the outdoor recreation industry seasonally for the past 10 years and full time for the past four years. Jiné is also passionate about outdoor education and spent time working as an adventure facilitator, naturalist and educator at Camp Highland Outdoor Science School, Hale Reservation and the Museum of Science Boston. Jiné loves being able to work in a field where she can bridge her passion for camp and the outdoors with her educational background in photography, graphic design, social media and marketing. Jiné has presented at the ACA New England Conference in 2015, 2016 and 2017, has presented on nonprofit marketing and marketing for camps at the Northeast YMCA Camp Conference in 2017 and at the Northeast Christian Camp Association Conference in 2017.


Alison Buxton, Chief Development Officer, Frost Valley, YMCA

Alison Buxton comes to Frost Valley YMCA with 35 years of nonprofit experience.  A native of Greenwich, CT her first Y role was that of head sailing instructor at the Greenwich YMCA.  She has a BA in Education from New England College and a Masters of Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has served as a Branch Director and most recently as VP of Fund Development at a large suburban Y and as Director of Special Events, Parent and Alumni Relations at an independent school.  Alison has volunteered with several local nonprofit organizations which include a Myhelan Cultural Arts Alliance, Chester Township Recreation Committee, the NJ YMCA Financial Development Network and NAYDO conference committee.


Patti Candelari, Grantwriter, Frost Valley, YMCA

BFA University of Texas; 40 years of non-profit experience in addition to five years in business development for a large architectural-engineering firm writing proposals, and business development as an art consultant and graphics freelancer. Experience writing grants for YMCA of Greater New York Camps, Great Providence YMCA Camp Fuller, Dallas YMCA Camp Grady Spruce.


Gregory Copeland, Camp Planner / Landscape Architect, Domokur Architects

Greg has over 45 years of experience in the design and development of camps and retreat centers.  He has been involved in the planning and design of over 450 camps in 35 states.  This has included work with over 100 YMCA’s throughout the United States. This includes work with the YMCA of the USA on a study of the Capital Needs for YMCA Resident Camps in 2014.  In 2011 Greg published the first book in over 30 years on camp design “Camp Design: Master Planning Basics”.  


Michele Goodrich, Senior Consultant, Donor by Design

Michele Goodrich brings a strong and varied background in a wide range of management disciplines including financial development, program innovation, operational oversight, volunteer and staff development, marketing and public relations to her work with the Donor by Design Team. She is passionate about helping nonprofits increase their capacity to fulfill their missions and better serve their communities.

With over 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Michele has served as a program leader, resident camp executive, marketing and communications director, vice president of program development, chief of operations, and chief development officer. She has also served as an active volunteer and board member for arts, youth services, private schools and cultural organizations including Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Girls Inc., and the Catholic Youth Organization.

Michele brings a unique understanding of the challenges facing non-profits today and an ability to customize services to meet each client’s needs.


Pam Havlick Hearn, CFRE, NAYDO Membership & Education Director, NAYDO

Pam Havlick Hearn joined the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) as the Director of Membership & Education in January 2014. In her role at NAYDO, Pam is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of membership growth and retention, serving as the primary contact for NAYDO members on all issues relating to education and member services, leading and managing all education offerings including webinars, on-line resources, research projects and regional training events, overseeing all communications including a comprehensive communications calendar, newsletters, social media and website, and facilitating donor prospect research to understand best practices in philanthropy and other research as requested.

Pam also works on project management with the Advancement & Planning team at Y-USA Pam is a Faculty Trainer for Y-USA and also served on NAYDO Council.

Prior to joining NAYDO, Pam served the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA as Vice President of Financial Development. Pam began her Y career at the Fogelman Downtown YMCA in Memphis, TN and has also worked with the McBurney YMCA in New York and the Greenwich Family YMCA in Connecticut.


Amanda Hinski, Chief Marketing Officer, Frost Valley YMCA

Amanda’s leadership and her team’s innovative expertise have earned Frost Valley YMCA one of the largest, most engaged digital audiences industry-wide, for which Frost Valley has received several international awards. As a suma cum laude graduate of Rowan University, Amanda holds bachelor’s degrees in Writing Arts and Elementary Education, and a New Jersey k-5 teacher’s license. After working for a local AOL news publication, a legal marketing firm, and an environmental blog, Amanda joined Frost Valley in the fall of 2012. As chief marketing officer, Amanda and her team harness the power storytelling in all of Frost Valley’s print collateral, PR efforts, advertising, and social media communications. She is also pursuing her MBA from Temple University and enjoying life in the charming town of Saugerties, NY.


Bill Hinton, Executive Director, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Bill Hinton, Executive Director of YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, grew up in Austin, Texas.  Graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine earning a degree in Psychology.  He started his camping journey at Camp La Junta for Boys in Hunt, TX, at age of 8.  After graduating from College, Bill took a job at Camp La Junta as the Program Director.  Bill then worked at Camp Classen YMCA in Oklahoma for almost four years primarily serving as the Outdoor School Director.  He then moved to YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow where he was the Executive Director for 10 years.  He has been at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin for 3 year.  He is a Certified YMCA Lifeguard Instructor Trainer and Faculty for the YMCA of the USA in the Developing Future Resident Camp Executives course.  He has 3 children 4, 11 and 12.


Andrew “Mish” Hood, Executive Director of Residential and Regional Camping, YMCA of Greater Houston

Andrew ‘Mish” Hood has been a camp professional for 12 years, having moved to the states to take up the professional from Scotland. Holding a master’s degree in Business from Edinburgh University, Mish has enjoyed success growing innovative front line programs and growing the effectiveness and efficiency of background processes.


Jerry Huncosky, Chief Executive Officer, Frost Valley YMCA

Jerry Huncosky, is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. Jerry has been involved with YMCA Camping since 1984 and has operated camps in New York, Texas, and Rhode Island. He has traveled around the world visiting and helping to create camping programs in eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Jerry is regarded as one of the foremost authorities in YMCA Resident Camping, acting as a consultant to many YMCA camp operations in the United States as well as consulting for the YMCA of the USA. Jerry oversees the general operation of Frost Valley as well as strategic planning and fund development.


Missy Huppert, Camping Marketing Specialist, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Missy comes from a long camping background and her greatest accomplishments include implementation of a new camp communication onboarding strategy, innovative ways to engage families year round, and a focus on progressing campers and families through our 17 day, overnight, teen and family camps.  Missy has 14 years with the YGTC and brings a talent for traditional and non-traditional innovative marketing ideas to the camp team.


Michael Landry Sr. Camp Director, YMCA Camp Silver Beach YMCA of South Hampton Roads

Michael Landry is the Sr. Camp Director at YMCA Camp Silver beach.  He has 10 years of YMCA Camp experience including Cosby, New York YMCA Camp and Y-Noah.  In his current roll Michael has increase early enrollment by 400% and camp enrollment by 30%.  During this past summer Camp Silver Beach sold out 9 of its 10 weeks.  He lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with his wife Jennifer and daughters Ainsely and Annabelle.


Danny Maier,  Senior Consultant, Donor By Design

Prior to Donor By Design, Dan served as CDO for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and SVP of Camping Services, receiving YMCA’s top fundraising award in 2012 (Eagle Award) for fundraising excellence in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Prior to Detroit, Dan was with YUSA, where he led the YMCA’s development, marketing, media and public relations, corporate relations, General Assembly and the YMCA’s strategic positioning campaign. Dan served for 12 years on the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) Council. He makes his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and two YMCA-raised children – including a camp counselor this summer!


Jeff Merhige, Executive Director, Joe C Davis YMCA Outdoor Center home of Camp Widjiwagan

Jeff is currently the Executive Director of the Joe C Davis YMCA Outdoor Center home of Camp Widjiwagan in Nashville, TN. Last year his team raised over 360K in annual support and 1.3 million in capital support in a non-capital campaign environment. In addition, Jeff is currently the Co-Chairman of the new YUSA Overnight Camp Cabinet charged to elevate YMCA camping in all 300 YMCA camps and conference centers in the USA. Jeff and his staff team’s accomplishments have been featured in two editions of the national management book “The Disney way.” The latest edition, published in April 2016, featured the first two years in Nashville and changing the staff culture into one of financial and program excellence. As the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Kern near Dayton, Ohio.  His time was highlighted by building over 20 new buildings and activity areas including the first YMCA Zipline Educational Canopy Tour called: “Ozone Zipline Adventures.” Jeff is married to Amy (Whom he met at camp) and has two children (Luke 13 and Sydney 9) who attend three camps each a summer (Widjiwagan, Kern, Surf Camp (Luke) and Camp Juliet Lo (Sydney).


Jennifer Mirczak,   Director of Philanthropy, YMCA of the Rockies

Jennifer started her non-profit and development career as the Executive Director of a small crisis agency in Grand County, CO serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. With a six year break in between as a small business owner, she has spent the past nine years at YMCA of the Rockies and is currently the Director of Philanthropy.


Lisa Neujahr, Marketing and Communications Director, YMCA of the Rockies

Lisa has been with the YMCA of the Rockies since May of 2016 but brought with her a wealth of knowledge on the topic of reputation management.  She leads her team and the association in a decisive program to protect and build the credibility of the YMCA of the Rockies on all platforms.


Ken O’Kelley, Vice President of Camping Services, YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc.

Ken O’Kelley is vice president of camping services with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. He provides leadership for three overnight camps located on Lake Burton, Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier. Camp High Harbour at Lake Burton and Lake Allatoona serve more than 6,000 young campers in the summer. Additionally, more than 8,000 individuals use the sites in the retreat season from September through May. The Advanced Leadership Academy is a program under Ken’s supervision. Its purpose is to instill and inspire civic leadership. This teen program is a strategic plan focus and currently serves thousands of young leaders. Ken is now tasked with the installation of the the Advanced Leadership Academy in 22 Day Camps in the Atlanta association.  In 1996, Ken was appointed as Olympic youth camp director for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. The camp served 458 young athletes from 152 countries.


Dave Purcell, Executive Director, YMCA of Greater Charlotte Camp Harrison

Dave Purcell has 31 years as a YMCA Camping Professional. 7 years with the YMCA of Birmingham Alabama, YMCA Camp Cosby – 24 Years with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte – 15 with YMCA Camp Thunderbird and 8 with YMCA Camp Harrison. Dave has chaired the Campfire Conference, YMCA World Camp, 3 CLCs, and has served as the YMCA South Field Resident Camping Coordinator.


Amy Schneider, Executive Director, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Amy Schneider has been working in camping with the YMCA for 15 years.  She started on staff at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch , become the Program Director at YMCA Camp du Nord and is currently the Executive Director at YMCA Camp St. Croix.  A portion of Amy’s current responsibilities include leading and supporting the 10 day camp program directors at the Y of the Greater Twin Cities.  Amy’s experience and passion for YMCA camping has had an incredible impact on the Y of the Greater Twin Cities Camping Team.


Joanna Warren Smith, President, Camp Consulting Services

Joanna first went to resident camp at age 7.  During the closing campfire, she vowed that camp would always be part of her life.  Beyond the programs she attended, Joanna has visited hundreds of private and not-for-profit camps in the USA, Canada, Russia, England and Switzerland.  She has acquired a unique industry perspective of best business practices and is passionate about the positive impact that a quality camp experience can have on a child … especially in today’s precarious world.

Ongoing focus groups with parents, children and teens have enabled Joanna to understand their expectations of camp, what motivates families to inquire, purchase and return.  Through individualized strategies, Joanna has enabled new programs to develop, assisted troubled businesses in their efforts to survive and has been instrumental in the continuing success of established operations.


Gwen Tolman, Financial Development Director, YMCA of Greater Charlotte Camp Harrison and Camp Thunderbird

Gwen Tolman has been with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte for 3 years serving as the Financial Development Director for their two resident camps, Camp Harrison and Camp Thunderbird. Gwen coordinates all of the Annual Campaign efforts for both camps. She works with board members, staff, volunteers, camp families and alumni to raise money for the Financial Assistance program. Previous to working with the YMCA, Gwen worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for five years and she is also a camp counselor alumni of Camp Thunderbird!


Kellen Toulouse, Brand Manager, YMCA of the Rockies

Kellen has been with YMCA of the Rockies for 11 years, starting as a seasonal, then becoming a marketing intern and eventually taking a full-time, permanent position in the marketing department. She briefly left to work with the local tourism association, Visit Estes Park, where where she further honed her tourism and marketing skills. Back now at Estes Park Center, Kellen daily contributes her vast knowledge of the digital world to the work of marketing YMCA of the Rockies.


Jon Vance, Director of Major Gifts, YMCA Camp Sea Gull-Camp Seafarer (YMCA of the Triangle)

Jon has spent most of his professional life working with YMCA Camp Sea Gull-Camp Seafarer. The past five years he has worked full-time to help develop a philanthropy program for Sea Gull and Seafarer focusing on major gifts for annual, capital and endowment initiatives. He is a graduate of Denison University and earned a M.Div. from Vanderbilt University. 


Alyssa VanDurme, Association Recruiter, YMCA of the Rockies

Alyssa began her career at YMCA of the Rockies in May of 2016, working in the Residence Office, and moved to the role of Hiring Specialist two months later. She continued to support the Human Resource office at Estes Park Center while working remotely in the winter of ’16-’17 before taking her current position as the Association Recruiter in early 2017. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Communication, and a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, with 10 years of professional experience in marketing & business development for all types of businesses.


Fred C. Wasiak, Owner/Principal, Humanics Consulting, LLC

Over 30 years of leadership and executive management experiences in all aspects of nonprofit operations, program development, education, consulting, and coaching.  This includes 27 years as a YMCA professional. Fred has a B.S. in Physical Education from Niagara University and a M.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management/Leadership from Springfield College. Coaching certifications include: Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching; CTI’s Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching; 360 Certified Coach, The Booth Company; Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Schools. Related course work: Conversations that Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change, Case Western Reserve University; Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life, Wharton Leadership Program.


Gavin Watson, Operations Director, McGaw YMCA Camp Echo

Gavin works at McGaw YMCA Camp Echo as the Operations Director. With an education in marketing, he brings a unique set of skills to social marketing in the camp setting.



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