DD Gass, Director, Program Planning & Effectiveness, Camp Fire National Headquarters. She has worked for Camp Fire for over 30 years, in a variety of positions including working with resident camp, day camp and as a program director. She has also worked with after-school, club and self-reliance programs. DD is a volunteer with the American Camp Association as an ACA standards instructor, a Basic Camp Director course instructor, a Great Rivers Local Council of Leaders member, and on an ACA online curriculum writing team. She has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and taught middle school for three years.
Gina McGovern professes true “love” for Excel spreadsheets. That serves her well as she provides coaching and consulting services to the Weikart Center’s clients, serves as a coach for the Technical Assistance and Coaching Support Systems initiative, and helps to support and enhance all aspects of the center’s program improvement initiatives. Gina joined the center in 2009 after teaching middle school math in Michigan and in Washington, D.C. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Mary Washington College, and earned a Masters of Education degree in Educational Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Gina was honored as a Fellow for the Advancement of Mathematics Education, and earned a Masters of Professional Studies in Middle School Mathematics through the George Washington University.
Joe Bertoletti coordinates a team that includes a cadre of field consultants and trainers to deliver training and technical assistance to support the development of quality improvement systems across the country. Prior to joining the Weikart Center in 2007, Joe had eight years of youth development experience that included work in traditional after-school, therapeutic wilderness and adventure-based educational programs, including on the staff of HighScope’s Ideas to Impact summer camp. Joe earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science: Industrial Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois.
Deb Bialeschki, Ph.D. is Director of Research and Chair of the Professional Development Center for the American Camp Association and Professor Emeritus from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Deb’s research interests include youth development, the value of outdoor experiences, gender perspectives, program improvement, and staff training. She loves the outdoors, time with friends (including four-legged furry ones), and well-toasted s’mores.