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​MEET OUR PROGRAMS TEAM

Our Programs Team brings a wide range of nature-based and youth-development expertise to help spark fun in learning about the natural world!  Photos coming soon.

 

Jessie Briol

Pronouns: she/her

Outdoor Programs Coordinator

I have spent my entire career working with youth in schools, at camps, and in sports programs. Before coming to Camp Fire Minnesota, I spent several years working at The Blake School in a variety of roles, including Day Camp Director and Director of Summer Programs. I started working with Camp Fire Minnesota seasonally as Tanadoona’s Camper Care Coordinator and then joined the team year-round in September of 2020. I truly believe that camp is a magical place for young people – a safe space that allows kids to be themselves, think creatively, take risks, and develop lasting, meaningful friendships. When I’m not at Tanadoona, I enjoy playing and coaching hockey, hiking on the North Shore, and spending time with my family and two fluffy cats.

Ask me about: Camp offerings at Tanadoona, how to register for day camps and resident camps, and Camp Fire Minnesota’s robust scholarship program!

 

Hannah K. Gilbert

Pronouns: they/them

Outdoor Programs Manager

I have a degree in Environmental Studies and a long history of working outside with youth! I grew up in Florida where I lead field trips for young people to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Since moving to Minnesota, I’ve enjoyed working for nature centers and camps. While I mostly work on our camp programs, you may see me around during a field trip! My favorite thing is finding a cool thing in nature and researching what it is with my group. In my free time, I like to read, watch movies, and walk my dog outside.

Ask me about: Archery, Waterfront Activities, Teambuilding, Camp and Community Programs

 

Alexis M. Murillo  

Pronouns: she/her  

Education and Digital Programs Manager 

I have built a wealth of partnership and education management experience within both schools and nonprofits, in-person and online. I have an educational background in agricultural and natural resource sciences, lead with a mentorship mentality and have been a recognized leader in social-emotional learning and scholar equity. I lead our naturalist team and partnerships with schools to continue and grow our Environmental Education and Out-Of-School Time programs and vision for year-round nature immersion — through in-class engagement, on-site field trips, and online education providing cumulative nature-based experiences for youth.  

Ask me about: Scheduling a school program  

 

 

Youth Program Naturalists

 

Linden Bayliss

Pronouns: she/her   

Program Areas: PreK-12 Environmental Education and Out-of-School-Time    

I grew up going to and working at summer camps in my youth and am now returning to outdoor education (which I love!). I enjoy leading backpacking and canoeing trips, teaching outdoor skills (including outdoor cooking!), the teaching kitchen, and archery.     

Ask me about: Backpacking/Canoe Trips, Outdoor Skills, Archery, Teaching Kitchen & Foraging   

 

Caroline Bowen

Pronouns: she/her  

Program Areas: PreK-12 Environmental Education and Out-of-School-Time    

As an outdoor educator with a B.S. in Forestry and Environmental Science from Northland College, I love seizing opportunities to connect with the natural world. I am energized by building community partnerships through our Out-Of-School Time program, and I love helping young people grow in their relationships with local plants and animals. In my free time, you’ll find me riding a mountain bike trail, paddling a river, or digging into a great book.    

Ask me about: Garden Harvesting, Out-Of-School Time or Canoe Adventures   

 

Benjamin Gieseke

Pronouns: he/him

Program Areas: PreK-12 Environmental Education:

I worked as a youth leader in church settings for many years. I loved the chance to come alongside young people as they grow and develop, and support them in their curiosity. I left ministry to pursue a career in the environmental field and worked for a few years in the corporate world while I finished my degree and expanded my skillset. I have a deep love for the outdoors, and for environmental protection and care. Working at Camp Fire brings together my passion for the outdoors with my background working with young people. I am so excited for the opportunity to share my love of nature with young people. Outside of work, you will find me hiking and birdwatching with my wife, playing mandolin, or hanging out with my cats!

 

Sylina Hertel    

Pronouns: she/her    

Program Areas: PreK-12 Environmental Education  

Relevant professional, educational, background + strengths/programs you like to lead: My background stems from education, childcare, and like our other Tanadoona staff members, a love for the outdoors. In the summer, you’ll catch me Googling “best waterfall hikes” wherever I happen to be, camping at new sites or just sitting on my deck, soaking up the sun. In the colder seasons, you may find me reading a good book, taking a nap, or trying a new recipe. Regardless of what I am doing, I am accompanied by my dog, Indigo. I love working with kids and exploring the outdoors, making this the perfect job for me!   

Ask me about: Archery and Big Woods Exploration   

 

Danielle Hobach   

Pronouns: she/her   

Program Areas: PreK-12 Environmental Education       

As a curious wanderer with a B.S. in Occupational Science & Technology with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and Healthy Aging, I’m passionate about helping others across the lifespan explore their recreation and leisure interests to improve their quality of life. I love leading climbing groups to encourage teamwork and self-determination. My favorite part of any group is watching climbers overcome their fears and feel proud of themselves. I enjoy leisure pastimes such as hiking, journaling, and sending snail mail from my adventures.   

Ask me about: Rock Climbing and High Ropes 

 

George Holland  

Pronouns: he/him  

Program Areas: PreK-12 Environmental Education   

My background is rooted in ROTC and years of camping experience. From canoeing down the Namekagon River to rappelling off rope towers – I have done it all! I am always excited to work with young people and help them grow an appreciation for the outdoors.  

Ask me about: Archery, Outdoor Living Skills, Canoeing 

 

Rory Jean Snyder   

Pronouns: she/they   

Program Areas: PreK-12 Environmental Education and Teen Outdoor Leaders

As a seasoned camp and conference person, I am passionate about youth development, outdoor programming, and accessible recreation. Before my work here at Tanadoona, I lived in Florida and worked with a camp I attended throughout my youth. At Florida State University, I studied Recreation Management and Leadership to pursue my dream of working with youth in an outdoor setting. I began at Camp Fire as a Program Coordinator for summer camp programming, and I am pleased to continue working year-round with such an inclusivity-driven organization.    

Ask me about: Outdoor living skills, Challenge Course/High Ropes, Canoeing, and Team Building Activities