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Since 1944, Brookwoods has been blessed with an incredibly diverse staff. We draw this capable group from leading colleges and universities across the country, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Cornell University, Georgetown, LeTourneau University, Gordon College, Harvard University, Grove City College, Cedarville University, Notre Dame, Grace College, Taylor University, Liberty University, Biola University, and many others. Approximately 85% of the staff return each year, which ensures a stable core group and brings in fresh new ideas. Each year the staff complete a 10 day training period prior to each summer. All high risk areas are supervised by staff members who have received certification and training in those specialty areas. All staff members who work directly with the campers have also received first aid and CPR training.

Please keep this team in your prayers as they serve our campers and guests with every talent that God has entrusted to them.

bob David Strodel, Brookwoods Director

David has been the Brookwoods Director since 1982 and is a second generation Camp Director. When not busy in the woods of New Hampshire, David has worked as a faculty member at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His educational background is infused with the Brookwoods camp philosophy that skills are taught at camp and excellence is rewarded. David and his wife, Joan, live in Massachusetts and have two children.

 

 Mary Beth Bowling, Deer Run Director

Mary Beth has been called the “Great Experienced One” because of her long-term connection with Camp Deer Run. A camper back in the 1970’s, Mary Beth has now been on summer staff at Deer Run since 1979. She loved it so much she brought her husband, George, to camp with her!  When not busy with camp, MaryBeth teaches Latin at a local Christian school here in New Hampshire.

 Seth Coates, Moose River Outpost Director

Seth Coates is a graduate of Cairn University, and is an expert in many outdoor disciplines. From fly fishing to rock climbing to whitewater rafting, Seth enjoys it all, and is an expert outdoor guide. Seth and his wife Cathy have been in camping ministry since 2007. They have three beautiful children: Mayne, Brayden and Sadie. Seth is not just someone who knows how to run a camp. He also understands the heart of the ministry. He grew up going to camp himself, learning from mentors in the outdoors, and encountering God in His creation.

 George Bowling, Brookwoods Conference Center Director

George serves as our Conference Director, scheduling and facilitating conferences for all sizes of groups from September to May.  In the summer, he acts as Tripping Director supervising a large staff that takes each cabin on an overnight hike or canoe experience every two weeks. George’s personal outdoor skills are legendary; he has even started a fire in the rain with a bag of Doritos!  George and Mary Beth have two daughters who have enjoyed being campers at Deer Run for most of their lives.

 Bob and Debbie Strodel, Executive Director and Bookkeeper

Bob is a second generation Camp Director and attended Brookwoods as a camper when growing up. He met Debbie when they were on staff at another Christian camp!   In 2018 Bob will be marking his 44th summer at Brookwoods and 23 years as the Executive Director! Bob and Debbie have two grown children who have come up through the program at Brookwoods and Deer Run.

 Dorothy Legro, Registrar

Dorothy joined our team in September 2018.   She has enjoyed a career working with various organizations and providing  great customer service.  Originally from Massachusetts, she has lived in Alton with her two dogs, Ben and Jerry, for several years.   She is happy to answer all your questions about camp and make sure that you have your camper’s paperwork completed correctly.

 Matt Ericson, Facility Director

 

 Mike Brigham, Facility Staff

Mike has been part of the facility staff since 2000. He enjoys kayaking and hiking, and is currently working on hiking all the 4000ft peaks in New Hampshire.  Mike has two grown daughters.

 Melissa Yonan, Alumni Director

Melissa has been a part of the camp family since 1982 and has done it all at camp! She is responsible for our vast alumni network and serves as editor for the camp newsletter, The Weathervane, as well as Director for our annual Alumni Camp weekend.

 Todd Edgerton, Food Service Director

Todd joined us as our Food Service Director in 2012. He and his wife Lori have 4 children who have settled into life at camp. Todd loves sushi and all things hot, and makes a truly impressive salsa.

 Ben Tabone

Ben joined our staff in the Spring of 2018 as the Assistant Brookwoods Director.

 Ann Higgins, Development Director