Help Us Support DEI Initiatives At Camp

We acknowledge that this journey is about continuous improvement and that we don’t have all the answers. We will continue to grow through our commitment to this work and with your support. We invite you to get involved.

Check in on our progress and hold us accountable. Bring us new ideas, and tell us what you think. 

If you have questions, feedback, or if you’re looking to provide us with additional resources, contact us at dei@ACAcamps.org.

DEI Steering Committee

  • Roberto Gil — Deputy Director of Camping, Fresh Air Fund
  • Sterling Leija — Executive Camp Director, Roundup River Ranch
  • Beatrice Welters — Co- Chair of the An-Bryce Foundation and Founder of Camp Dogwood Summer Academy
  • Meena Julapalli — Pediatric Dermatologist, Bluebird Dermatology
  • Arthur Spriggs — Executive Director, S Carolina Camps & Retreat Ministries (UMCRM)
  • Phil Liebson — Director, Bender JCC of Greater Washington
  • Bev McEntarfer — Director, Camp Homeward Bound
  • Andre Brewer — Director, Camp Lincoln For Boys
  • Gwyneth Emigh — Director, Union League Boys and Girls Club
  • Lisa Westrich — Former Program Development Director
  • Les Peters — Executive Director of Youth Institute & Curriculum Development, YMCA of Greater Long Beach
  • Mary Kay Park — Executive Managing Director, Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea
  • Laurie Browne — Research Director, American Camp Association
  • Henry DeHart — Chief Operating Officer, American Camp Association
  • Tom Rosenberg — President/CEO, American Camp Association

Contact Henry DeHart if you have questions for this volunteer committee.

DEI Advisory Committee

  • Jennifer Phillips — Keshet
  • Andy Lilienthal — Camp Winnebago
  • Brian Crater — Ronald McDonald House Charities, Southern California
  • Brodrick Clarke — National Summer Learning Association
  • Dan Davis — Camp Rockmont
  • Edwin Rivera — Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
  • Eric Morin — Pine Forest Camp
  • Helen Santos — Woodcraft Rangers
  • Henry DeHart — American Camp Association
  • Jessie Dickerson — American Camp Association
  • Jorge Mendoza — Pyles Boys Camps
  • Katie (PJ) Sweeney — Girl Scouts, Central Texas
  • Laurie Browne — American Camp Association
  • Lisa Fortenberry — Camp Harbor View
  • Maggie Braun — WeHaKee Camp for Girls
  • Prenicia Clifton — University of Wisconsin
  • Rachelle Barrs — Milton Hershey School
  • Rafael Alvarado — Keybees Camp
  • Shari Sigoloff — Camp Thunderbird
  • Tom Rosenberg — American Camp Association
  • Vance Gilmore — Camp John Marc, retired

Contact Tom Rosenberg if you have questions for this volunteer committee.

Communications Work Group

  • Gwyn Emigh, Facilitator — Union League Boys and Girls Club
  • Maggie Braun — WeHaKee Camp for Girls
  • Mary Kay Park — Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea
  • Kelley Freridge — ACA Staff Liaison
  • Kaley Amonett — ACA Support

Contact Kaley Amonett if you have questions for this volunteer work group.

Outreach and Representation Work Group

  • Phil Liebson, Co-facilitator — Bender JCC of Greater Washington
  • Helen Santos, Co-facilitator — Woodcraft Rangers
  • Rafael Alvarado — Keybees Camp
  • Lisa Fortenberry — Camp Harbor View
  • Meena Julapalli — Bluebird Dermatology
  • Arthur Spriggs — S Carolina Camps & Retreat Ministries
  • Chet Tschetter — Diabilities Camp Professional
  • Lisa Westrich — Former Program Development Director
  • Vincent Irving — ACA Staff Liaison

Contact Vincent Irving if you have questions for this volunteer work group.

Education and Training Work Group

  • Jessie Dickerson, Facilitator — American Camp Association 
  • Andre Brewer — Camp Lincoln For Boys Eden Prairie
  • Bev McEntarfer — Camp Homeward Bound New York
  • Eric Morin — Pine Forest Camp Greeley
  • Beatrice Welters — Camp Dogwood Summer Academy McLean

Contact Jessie Dickerson if you have questions for this volunteer work group.

Indigenous Peoples Task Force

  • Les Peters, Facilitator — YMCA of Greater Long Beach
  • Tim Baumann — International Music Camp
  • Vance Gilmore — Camp John Marc, retired
  • Andy Lilienthal — Camp Winnebago
  • Shari Sigoloff — Camp Thunderbird
  • Henry DeHart — ACA Staff Liaison

Contact Henry DeHart if you have questions for this volunteer task force.

Other Ways to Get Involved

ACA members can join the volunteer pool for DEI volunteer opportunities through ACA Connect. Not a member of ACA? Please consider joining today!