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 is in her 8th year as staff at Hi-Rock and 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 six 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- Meghan O’Hara Hi-Rock Bio Page Photo

Meghan just recently joined the Hi-Rock year-round team after working seasonally for Hi-Rock and the Fairfield YMCA for 5 years. Prior to taking the year-round position, Meghan was working as a 6th grade teacher through the Teach for America program after graduating from Georgetown University. She loves it here at Hi-Rock and couldn’t be happier to be in such a beautiful place and around people filled with a passion for camp. She really has found her home away from home here!