Our Volunteers and Staff

Each year, hundreds of volunteers and staff from all over the country and around the world come to work at YMCA Camp Hi-Rock. Many of the staff and volunteers are returners, and often will go to great lengths just to come back to camp. In addition to the summer camp staff and seasonal volunteers, there is a core group of staff who work here year-round.


Board of Managers

YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is governed by our board of managers that consists of volunteers from throughout the northeast.  Board members are focused on creating lasting personal and social change for our community and our world.

  • Henry Mitchell, Board Chairperson
  • Marc Romanow, Finance Chairperson
  • David Sanford
  • JoAnn Kamuf Ward
  • Susan Buckwalter
  • Rev. Sandra Fischer
  • Marcus Mardirosian
  • Anna Marsland
  • Jon McCann
  • Kelly Ross
  • Marla Strickland
  • Ryan Terrell
  • Kyle Worell
  • Ira Wurcel
  • Caitlyn McNerney
  • Jake Pinkston
  • Michele Hendricks
  • Tim Young


Year-round directors

Executive Director
 – Jessica Speer-Holmes

Jessica Speer-Holmes attended Camp Hi-Rock as a youth and served in Counselor,  Unit Director, and Program Director positions and, for a short time, as the interim  Executive Director in 1997. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown  University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of  Melbourne, Australia. Prior to her role as the Executive Director at Camp Hi-Rock,  Jessica worked with the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA serving as the Associate  Executive Director of the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA and the Bridgeport YMCA.  Jessica lives at Camp Hi-Rock in the summer months and in the local town of Great Barrington for the rest of the year with her husband Alistair and three daughters.  She serves on the boards of directors of the Great Barrington Rotary Club, the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, and the Crocus Fund.



Facilities Director – Paul Duffy 

Paul Duffy was originally an art student from Birmingham England who thought a summer in America would be fun. Twenty plus years later, Paul is the Facilities Director at camp and has been for many years. He met his wife Rochelle while working at Camp Hi-Rock. He enjoys playing golf with his brother, riding his 4×4 ATV around camp addressing maintenance problems, and sharing his Hi-Rock stories with all who will listen. Best of all, he loves Camp Hi-Rock because “there’s not a nicer place in the world”.




Administrative Coordinator  – Tanya Gaudette 

Tanya lives close to camp with her husband, son, daughter and 2 cats. She has lived in the  beautiful Berkshires her whole life. Tanya has managed the office for many years and  continues to enjoy every minute of it.  She is pursuing a degree in early childhood  education and has a deep love for children.

Camp Director- Katy Blackburn                                                                                                          Katy for Website

Katy has been part of the Hi-Rock family since she was 10 years old, attending Hi-Rock as a camper from 2004-2008. Since then she has attended Hi-Rock as an LIT, a Counselor, a Unit Director, a BOLD & GOLD Trip Leader, and now as a Camp Director. Katy is extremely  grateful to get to live in her favorite place in the world and work closely with all of the incredible Hi-Rock staff members.




Camp Director- Heather Neaz-Nibur

heather for websiteHeather has been a part of the Hi-Rock community since the year 2000 when she arrived at camp as a camper. She was a camper from 2000-2003, a CIT in 2004 and then staff from 2005-2011. During her time as staff she worked as a Counselor, Assistant Unit Director, Area Head, and Unit Director. Heather returned to Hi-Rock in the summer of 2017 as a Program Director and is excited to be staying  as a year round director. Before her return to Hi-Rock in 2017 Heather worked for  six years as a preschool teacher in Washington DC and New York City. Heather  lives with her husband Derek.