Meet Our Directors
VICE PRESIDENT OF CAMPING SERVICES & STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Bruce@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.103
Having spent more than 25 years in YMCA Camping, Bruce is confident when he attests, “There is no other program that exists today that has the potential to positively impact children and provide life-long experiences.” Along with serving as Executive Director for Camp Burgess & Hayward, Bruce also oversees leadership development for the South Shore YMCA .
ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Joe@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.105
Joe began working for Camp Burgess & Hayward eleven years ago as Adventure Trips Director. Eventually shifting gears as Groups and Conferencing Director, Joe started working tirelessly to grow the Camp’s Outdoor Education and Retreat Center, which now serves over 10,000 people during the non-summer months. Joe believes the countless outdoor learning experiences Camp offers, “have a tremendous impact on the people we serve.”
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING, BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Mhill@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.101
Prior to settling down on Cape Cod and starting a family, Meghan spent several years roving the world as a freelance journalist, uncovering her passion for storytelling, before eventually embracing a career in the social sector as a development writer. Her path led her to Camp Burgess & Hayward in 2010, subsequent to attaining her Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University in Boston. Meghan is passionate about cause marketing and fundraising, through which she can help make the Y’s programming – and the Great Outdoors – accessible to all. What Meghan most enjoys about her career at the Y, is getting to work closely with each camper family, while making a lasting impact. As a child, Meghan had the opportunity to embrace nature fully on a daily basis – for this she is truly grateful, and has made it her aim as an adult, to help restore humanity’s wholeness by encouraging our youth to live in harmony with all beings, and to live a life in balance (by taking the time to sit and breathe beside a tree on occasion). Outside of the Y, Meghan teaches nature-based enrichment programs, as well as yoga classes in the community, and also continues to work as a writer.
CAMP BURGESS DIRECTOR
Asa@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.104
Asa has resided in Massachusetts his whole life, and prior to becoming Director, had been a part of the Camp Burgess community for many years in the roles of Counselor, Trip Leader, and Outdoor Education Instructor. He is an artist that works across many media, and recently completed his graduate studies in visual arts. You will often find him hiking and canoeing around Spectacle Pond, or building stick sculptures in the woods. Asa lives with his family at Camp Burgess in a really old, but wonderful house.
CAMP HAYWARD DIRECTOR
Allie@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.102
Allie is from Natick, Massachusetts and has been part of the Camp Burgess & Hayward community since 2003. She has held many roles at Camp Hayward over the years, most recently as Assistant Director for the past four summers, and she is excited to begin her role as Director. Allie studied psychology and education, and has a MA in Higher Education Administration. In her spare time, Allie enjoys skiing and traveling, and she single-handedly keeps the coffee industry in business.
ADVENTURE TRIPS DIRECTOR
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Rebecca grew up in Minnesota, where she developed her love for exploring the outdoors. She spent many summers leading canoeing and backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas, including a trip to the Arctic Circle. She knows firsthand how powerful and transformative Adventure Trips can be, and she’s excited to share her background and passion for Adventure Trips with camp. In her free time, you can find Rebecca paddling, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and keeping a close eye on her favorite sports teams.
OUTDOOR EDUCATION DIRECTOR
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Born and raised on Cape Cod, Kerri ventured across the country after obtaining her degree to pursue environmental conservation efforts in Arizona, Colorado, and most recently Virginia. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Kerri has always sought connection with and understanding of the natural world around her. From travels to the Middle East and Africa, she gained an appreciation for the power of community and living within our means. She took a full time job at Burgess Outdoor Education & Retreat Center in 2015, after seasonal teaching roles here in 2012 and 2014. Having experienced the life-changing value of an Outdoor Education trip when she was in 5th grade, Kerri is inspired to have her dream job: overseeing a program that instills collaborative and environmental values through hands-on, creative, and thoughtful outdoor classes. She is committed to building a true team of talented individuals who are passionate about sharing the wonder of nature and the merits of reflective teamwork with all of our valued guests. In her spare time you will find Kerri on her bike, on her yoga mat, or cooking!
RETREAT CENTER DIRECTOR & CHALLENGE COURSE MANAGER
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Gabi washed ashore to Camp Burgess & Hayward in 2013 to explore the Cape as an Outdoor Educator. Since then she has had many roles, as a Trip Leader, the first Farm Apprentice, and most recently the Adventure Trips Director. Before returning to Camp, Gabi lived and explored in Colorado as a ski instructor, zipline tour guide, outdoor educator, and avid hiker. Her passion for experiencing the outdoors is continually fueled by the natural allure of the places she has travelled and lived – growing up in New Jersey, spending summers in Maine, farming in the Berkshires, and studying in Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. You can find her around camp usually up in the trees, meandering the many trails, or in the water with her dog, Molly.
TLaidlaw@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.118
Tara moved to Camp from California, where she developed her two loves: farming and teaching. She studied anthropology and dance as an undergraduate, then went on to earn an MAEd with a focus in Natural Science and Environmental Education. She loves exploring new and unusual veggies that show up at the farmers’ market each season, and she loves taking (or teaching) a ballet class from time to time.
FOOD SERVICES DIRECTOR
LAdams@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.133
After having worked 25 years in the restaurant industry, Lois came to Camp. She’s spent the past 15 years on the job, and is a tried and true Camp veteran. When asked what she most treasures about coming to work every day, she fondly offers, “I have cooked all my life, and love to see the smiles on the faces of children when they come in from a great day at camp, and are really hungry!” In her spare time, Lois enjoys reading and decorating for the holidays.
JDaly@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.120
A native of the Cape, Jesse possesses the laid-back and good-natured character often associated with Cape Codders. Ever-ready for any task presented to him, Jesse has proven undaunted by innumerable projects, ranging from building a goat pen on the Camp Farm, to refurbishing a collection of cabins. Jesse has been coined a “master painter” by many whom have been witness to his talents, and he and his wife have a daughter named Amelia and a son named Benjamin.
MBarry@ssymca.org | (508) 428-2571 ext.108
Melissa Barry joined our staff in 2013 as the year-round Office Manager and brings over twenty years of marketing, administration and client service experience to this position. As a child, she spent many summers on Cape Cod and was inspired to make it her permanent home. She truly loves the water and enjoys beachcombing with her family and taking day trips to the many beautiful towns and villages that make up the Cape and Islands. Melissa looks forward to getting to know the camper families and creating a positive experience for all.