Summer Day Camp Bios

Presenter Bios

Kelly Coulthard has worked within the afterschool and camp profession for 25 years and holds a Master’s of Science from Aurora University in Outdoor Pursuits Recreation Administration. She has directed several overnight and day camps as well as overseeing afterschool programs and 21st Century Learning Centers. Recently, Kelly started a business called Spark 2 Ember Consulting which provides consultation and trainings for camps and afterschool programs. In addition, Kelly has been an active American Camp Association (ACA) member for close to 20 years. Currently, she serves as the Outreach and Engagement Chair for the Wisconsin ACA Local Council of Leaders as well as a Standards Visitor for ACA Accreditation. When not doing all things camps and afterschool, Kelly loves seeing live music, traveling with her husband Patrick, camping, being on the water, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Lindsay Bernhagen, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (CITL) and the Diversity Officer for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she also teaches courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, Education, and Sociology. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies, and M.A.s in Gender Studies and Ethnomusicology. In addition to directing CITL, she serves as the editor of To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development. She regularly publishes and speaks on issues of diversity and inclusion in education.

 

Tracey Gaslin, PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, RN-BC is the Executive Director for the Association of Camp Nursing in Fisherville, Kentucky. Dr. Gaslin is a dual-certified nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree in educational and organizational leadership. She treats patients with bleeding disorders and is the Executive Director of the Association of Camp Nursing, a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and a volunteer for the American Camp Association. Her camp background is in special needs camping where she continues to serve to date. She publishes most of her work in the areas of camp nursing, service leadership, and pediatric development.

 

Kurt R. Podeszwa serves as the Camp Director for Camp For All and has a bachelor’s degree in Education. He has spent much of his adult life working in outdoor and adventure education, with over 25 years of professional youth development and nonprofit management experience. As the Camp Director for Camp For All in Burton Texas, a camp for children and adults with special needs and challenging illnesses, Kurt has had the opportunity to work with a variety of special populations including; traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cancer, kidney disease, autism, cerebral palsy and more. Kurt is an accomplished presenter and author and the founder of Journey Consulting. He is a faculty member of Expert Online Training and has presented at national and regional conferences as well as for companies and schools on topics ranging from staff training and development to adaptive programming and processing. Kurt has held various positions within the American Camp Association, including the national board, and is currently on the National Standards Commission.

 

Matthew Cook, MSW has spent the last 29 years in the camping industry, 20 of those as a Camp Director and Executive Director. Matthew started his professional camping career as the Camp Director at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a position he held for 13 years. Hole In The Wall serves families and children dealing with chronic and life-threatening illness. At Hole in the Wall he designed and implemented The Hospital Outreach Program as well as a wilderness therapy experience called, The Hero’s Journey Program. In 2015 Matthew took on the position of Executive Director at Teton Valley Ranch Camp (TVRC) in Jackson, Wyom     ing. TVRC is a 30-day Western Adventure program leading young people into some of the most wild and beautiful wilderness terrain in America. Matthew spent 2020 as a Director at Sanborn Western Camps where they worked to innovate and present programs to families, young adults, and Medical Professionals during the spring, summer, and fall. Currently Matthew is the Chief Program Officer at Camp Korey in Mount Vernon, WA. Camp Korey is a member of the Serious Fun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman and serves families and children impacted by life altering medical conditions. Matthew is now a speaker and facilitator who has presented workshops and trainings all over the country, and abroad. He consults on and teaches team-building, program development, safety and risk management, staff training and support, and his own Behavior Development Approach™ to help campers and staff reach their highest potential in their time at camp.