2016 CampCon Speakers
Scott is the leading expert, trainer and consultant in summer camp, working with hundreds of youth programs and thousands of staff & administrators across the country. He is the Owner of Camp Tall Tree, a resident camp for kids with unique challenges, the Executive Director of Dragonfly Forest, a camp for kids with serious illnesses and the Camp Director for Camp Kesem, a national organization for kids whose parents have cancer. He is a pioneering contributor to Expert Online Training, is the award-winning author of the best-selling book, S’more Than Camp, and is a founder of the online staff training resource GoCamp.Pro.
Teambuilding guru Dr. Jim Cain is the author of 15 books filled with teambuilding activities from around the world. His latest projects include a new book, translated into 16 different languages and a new book for ACA featuring his favorite icebreaker activities.
Jamie Simon has been immersed in the world of summer camps since she was a child – as a camper, counselor, and director. After earning a Master’s Degree in Education and teaching in both public and private schools for numerous years, she served as the Camp Director at Browne Summer Camp in Alexandria, VA and is currently the Camp Director at Landon Summer in Bethesda, MD. She also founded Jamie Simon Consulting, which is the result of many years of hard work and a true love of the summer camp experience.
Lee Albrecht Biear, MPH, is an experienced public health professional and marketing outreach advocate for US federal government and private sector organizations. She personally devised and led marketing efforts of new products and services for commercial and federal organizations, including the US Environmental Protection Agency. Lee has been part of the camp community for 8 years starting as a camp counselor and ending as Program Director. Lee is back and currently works with camps in the midwest transforming their brand and creating new innovative marketing strategies to successfully increase enrollment.
Susan is the Chief Public Policy and Outreach Officer for ACA National. She also serves as the Team Leader for the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline and is a 3 time speaker here at CampCon.
Jared Gelb has worked at Camp Ramaquois, a premier day camp in the NYC northern suburbs, for the past 29 summers, where he started as a counselor and has gradually moved up to his current responsibilities. During the off-season, Jared is an assistant director at the camp, with specific responsibilities as the personnel director for staff of over 500 members. During the summer months, Jared also serves as the director of the boys’ groups. In addition to his year-round camp responsibilities, Jared is also a high school teacher and department chairperson in social studies at Suffern High School in Suffern, NY, and in 2013, he was awarded the Supervisor of the Year for New York State. He has spoken for many years at various ACA and camp conferences and has done consulting and staff training for many camps. Jared and his wife Staci are the proud parents of three children.