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Slate of Candidates for Approval


Dear Members,

The Board Stewardship Committee members put together a great Board slate for your review. Now it’s time for you to approve or disapprove the slate of officers, Board of Directors, and a Board Stewardship Committee member. Please use share voice on this year’s slate.

The deadline for feedback is March 1, 2021.

The 2021 slate includes: • Vice President

o Doug Sutherland • Treasurer

o Terrie Campbell • Board Member at Large

o Michael Constance o Anna Hopkins o Heather Plati

• Board Stewardship Committee o Beth Johns-Thomas Please direct any inquires to:

Betsy Kelder – President – ACA, New England – president@acanewengland.org


Vice President:

Doug Sutherland Brantwood Camp

Current Occupation and Previous Relevant Positions:

• Executive Director – Brantwood Camp

• Camp Director – Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center • Team Facilitator – Doug Sutherland • Camp Director – Camp Starfish • Assistant Director – Camp Nashoba


• Camp Director – Adventure Camp at Sargent Center

Education and Training:

• BA - Lake Forest College • High and Low Ropes Course


• Physical Management Training

ACA Service, local/national:

• Membership Committee • EXPO Hall Chairperson

• New Camp Directors Workshop Team

• ACA, New England Board Member

Other Non-Profit or Community Experiences and Board Service:

• Missouri Botanical Garden – St. Louis, MO

• ECO-ACT Program – Taught high school students how to teach ecology to 3-4 graders. Lead,

canoeing, backpacking, and caving trips. Skill Set • Teambuilding • Community Relations • Marketing • Public Speaking • Risk Management • Administration

Hobbies and Other Interests:

• Woodworking • DJing

• Solving problems with creative solutions

Statement for the Ballot:

My 21 years of experience in the camp industry has provided me with a broad range of experience. From nonprofit to for-profit, from large to small, I have seen many aspects of the camping world. I bring a desire to learn and discover in order to provide a better experience to campers and staff. I carry a willingness to do my part in building and supporting an enriching camp community.



Terrie Campbell 4-H Camp Howe

Current Occupation and Previous Relevant Positions:

• Executive Director, Camp Howe – Current

• Outdoor Program Manager, Girl Scouts of Connecticut Trails

• Youth Worker and Family Counselor • Inclusion Counselor, Program

Specialist, CIT Director, Special Events Director

Education and Training:

• BS – University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

• Building Inclusive Communities – National 4H and Easter Seals • Fundraising for Not-for-Profits • Basic Camp Directors Training

ACA Service, local/national:

• ACA, New England Board of Directors (current)

• ACA, New England Standards Committee

• Instructor and Standards Visitor • Conference Contributor/Presenter –

New England and Tri-State Conferences

Other Non-Profit or Community Experiences and Board Service:

• Inclusive Recreation Committee • Advisory Board Member, Project

Diversity – Road to Freedom

• Board Member – Massachusetts 4H Foundation

• Board Member – Connecticut Camping Association

Honors, Awards, Recognitions Received:

• ACA, New England’s Meritorious Service Award

• ACA Golden Lens Award

• Girl Scouts of the USA Honor Pin for service of exceptional quality • Camp Howe received ACA’s

Eleanor P. Eels

Skill Set

• Non-Profit Leadership

• Executive Management and Facilitation

• Accounting and Finance • Board Governance • Fundraising

Hobbies and Other Interests:

• Hiking

• Snowshoeing • Traveling • Knitting

Statement for the Ballot:

I am a lifelong camper and have spent the past 25 years working in the camping field. I firmly believe in the positive impact camp can have on all youth and hope to put my skills, time, and talents to greater use

through continued service on the ACA, New England Board of Directors.


Member at Large:

Michael Constance Camp Allen

Current Occupation and Previous Relevant Positions:

• Executive Director – Camp Allen

Education and Training:

• BA – University of Vermont

• Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program Fellow –

University of New Hampshire • MA Public Administration Student

(current) - University of New Hampshire

ACA Service, local/national:

• ACA, Accreditation Visitor

Other Non-Profit or Community Experiences and Board Service:

• Incoming President – Rotary Club of Bedford, NH

• Board Member – Rotary Club of Bedford, NH

• Vice President – ABLE NH

Honors, Awards, Recognitions Received:

• Governor’s Accessibility Award 2017

Skill Set • Disability • Disability Employment • Public Administration • Human Relations • Administration

Hobbies and Other Interests:

• Travel

• Manchester United • Family Time

Statement for the Ballot:

To be honest, I have never felt like the ACA has done enough to support special needs camps, especially those that serve adults. The Camp industry is incredibly diverse and sometimes I feel that camps like ours are forgotten or held to irrelevant standards that apply to more typical camps. I have attended ACA conferences and felt like I did not belong, because I was not a

typical “cam person”. The ACA mission is a very good one and I would hope to

expand on that by adding a unique

opinion from a not-so-typical experience. I have extensive knowledge on inclusion, creating employment and training

programs for people with disabilities, and public and nonprofit administration.


Member at Large:

Anna Hopkins Friends Camp

Current Occupation and Previous Relevant Positions:

• Director – Friends Camp • Summer Camp Society • Teacher – Science

Education and Training:

• BS – Williams College

• MBA Student – Boston University

ACA Service, local/national:

• ACA, Visitor

Other Non-Profit or Community Experiences and Board Service:

• Chair – Education Committee, Maine Summer Camps

Skill Set • Administration • Financial Reporting • Change Management • Fundraising • Nonprofit Management • Leadership Development • Educational Development • Fundraising

Hobbies and Other Interests:

• Outdoors Exploration

• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Statement for the Ballot:

As the only year-round employee for my camp, I rely heavily on the professional community of camps. I have enjoyed speaking at the New England Camp Conference twice, and I have attended several conferences through last five years. I believe the New England Camp

community is one of the strongest in the camping industry, and it’s part of why I love working at camp.

I am interested in how camps can

continue to improve DEI at our own camps and throughout the industry, and I see myself as a perpetual learner in this space. My work with the Maine Summer Camps education committee has positioned me well to bring that experience to the New England Board.

Because I work mostly with a Board of Directors at camp, I am familiar working with Board Members of all levels, and I am committed to being a strong, active asset to the Board should I get the opportunity.


Member at Large:

Heather Plati Camp O-AT-KA

Current Occupation and Previous Relevant Positions:

• Executive Director - Camp O-AT-KA • Director of Advancement – Camp


• Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving – St. Joseph’s College • Director of Annual Giving, St.

Joseph’s College

• Asst. Director of Alumni Relations – Bentley University

• Manager of Alumni Relations – Simmons College

Education and Training:

• BS – Bentley University

• CASE Certificate in Educational Fundraising

Other Non-Profit or Community Experiences and Board Service:

• Marketing Committee – Maine Summer Camps

• Alumni Volunteer – Bentley University • PTA Volunteer – Windham, ME

Skill Set

• Fundraising • Marketing • Stewardship

• Event Planning

Hobbies and Other Interests:

• Outdoors, all of it • Skiing

• Hiking • Paddling

• Supporting my children’s hobbies and interests.

Statement for the Ballot:

Since coming int other camping industry in 2015, ACA has been my greatest resource for developing professionally, personally, and also guiding O-AT-KA through an uncertain time. I believe in giving back and supporting organizations that are of such great benefit for many. I also feel the power of the network is critical in our field and want to help grown and strengthen our community.


Board Stewardship:

Beth Johns-Thomas Summer Programs at BC High

Current Occupation and Previous Relevant Positions:

• Director of Summer Programs and Event Rentals at BC High

• Summer Program Director, Cambridge Montessori School • Summer Program Director, The Fenn


• Summer Program Director, The Nature of Things

• Summer Program Director, Camp Farnsworth

• Summer Program Director, Camp Ponemah

Education and Training:

• BS – Fitchburg State University

ACA Service, local/national:

• ACA National Standards Committee (9 years including the most recent 2019 standards revision)

• ACA, New England Standards Committee

• Standards Instructor • Visitor Mentor

• New Camp Director Workshop Facilitator

• Board Stewardship Committee

• New England Camp Conference Program Committee

• Speaker: New England Camp Conference

Other Non-Profit or Community Experiences and Board Service:

• Business Member Co-Chair –

Massachusetts Camping Association • President – Massachusetts Camping


• Education Chair – Massachusetts Camping Association

Honors, Awards, Recognitions Received:

• Girl Scout Gold Award

• ACA, New England Leadership Award

• ACA, National Service Award

Skill Set

• Program design • Event planning

• Staff training and development • Mentoring

Hobbies and Other Interests:

• Photography • Quilting

• Traveling

• Going to the movies (when we can again!)

• Go Sox! Go Pats!

Statement for the Ballot:

I am honored to be asked to continue my work on the Board Stewardship

Committee. This small but strong group of people have great enthusiasm in

enhancing and maintaining a Board that works hard for its member throughout New England. I feel I can bring fairness, support and commitment with my 30+ years of camping experience in a wide variety of camping areas.





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