Town Hall with ACA, CDC, and ACN for Camps and Out-of-School Time Professionals (May 13, 2021)

This Town Hall is brought to you by the American Camp Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Camp Nursing (ACN).

We welcome camp directors and out-of-school time professionals to attend a free 90-min Town Hall style webinar to ask questions about the updated guidance from CDC for camp operations as well as the latest updates to the Field Guide. Participants are encouraged to review the following documents: CDC 2021 Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps, the CDC Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, the ACA Field Guide for Camps, and their state and local camp guidance.

Moderator: Henry DeHart, COO, ACA


  • Tom Rosenberg, President and CEO, ACA
  • Samantha Budzyn is a Schools Unit subject matter expert on  the Community Intervention and Critical Populations Task Force for CDC’s COVID-19 Emergency Response.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
  • Matt Fragala, MS, CIH, CSP, Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. (EH&E)
  • Laura Blaisdell, MD, MPH, MaineHealth  
  • Tracey Gaslin, PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, RN-BC, Executive Director, Association of Camp Nursing

Panelist Bios

Tom Rosenberg is the President and CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA). He is a leading voice for young people today, advancing the public’s understanding of the value of camp for everyone as an essential developmental and educational experience. Through Tom’s leadership, ACA has adopted a bold and ambitious strategic plan to accelerate ACA’s organizational growth and sustainability.

Samantha Budzyn is a Schools Unit subject matter expert on the Community Intervention and Critical Populations Task Force at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a Schools Unit subject matter expert, she provides COVID-19 related guidance for K-12 schools and Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs). 

Samantha earned her Master in Public Health (MPH) from Colorado School of Public Health and is a certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She has worked at CDC for nearly 3 years and is specialized in early childhood health program planning and evaluation. Samantha has over 6 years of expertise in public health program planning, project management, and evaluation across sectors (including working with federal and state governments, state and local health departments, school districts, institutes of higher education, advocacy organizations, and non-profits).

Matt Fragala, MS, CIH, CSP, Managing Principal Consultant, Education and Commercial Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. Matt is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people both in their workplaces and in their communities. As practice director, Matt directs a multi-disciplinary team of industrial hygienists, safety professionals, hazardous material managers, and compliance and air quality experts to help higher education and commercial institutions achieve this same goal.

Laura Blaisdell, MD/MPH, FAAP, Dr. Blaisdell, MD/MPH, FAAP is a pediatrician, researcher and advocate.  For 20 years, she has consulted in camp medicine, while serving as Medical Director at Camp Winnebago. She currently is Vice President of Maine AAP and a founding member of Maine Families for Vaccines. Dr. Blaisdell researches parental vaccine hesitation with Maine Medical Center. Additionally, she served site director for the National Children’s Study, as Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at MMC, as Chief of Pediatrics at InterMed, and currently is Trustee to Mercy Hospital in Portland. She is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. She resides in South Portland, ME with her two sons and husband, Andy Lilienthal.

Tracey Gaslin, PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, RN-BC, Executive Director, Association of Camp Nursing, Tracey is a professor and dual-certified nurse practitioner in pediatrics and adults.  She completed her PhD in Educational and Organizational Leadership and taught for 10 years specializing in camp nursing, service leadership, and hematology. Dr. Gaslin periodically works as a camp consultant and legal consultant and publishes the majority of her work in the areas of bleeding disorders, camp nursing, and leadership. Dr. Gaslin served as the medical director at a special needs camp for six years.  She currently serves as a hemophilia nurse practitioner and the executive director for the Association of Camp Nursing where she travels to different areas of the US and Canada educating healthcare providers about camp health.

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