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.
- Emily Tice, Board Chairperson
- Marc Romanow, Finance Committee Chairperson
- Henry Mitchell, Immediate past chair
- Susan Buckwalter
- Sandra Fischer
- Michele Hendricks
- Charles Hirsch
- Marcus Mardirosian
- Anna Marsland
- Caitlyn McNerney
- Kelly O’Grady Ross
- Jake Pinkston
- David Sanford
- Jonathon Smith
- Marla Strickland
- Ryan Terrell
- Tulika Verma
- JoAnn Ward
- Kyle Worell
- Timothy Young
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, and daughter. 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 has a deep love and respect for Hi-Rock and is grateful to be a part of this community and have her children welcomed to the Hi-Rock family.
Camp Director- Heather Neaz-Nibur
Heather 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 ’00-’03, a CIT in ’04 and then staff from ’05-’11. 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 ’17 as a Program Director and is excited to be staying as a year round director. Before returning to Hi-Rock in ’17 Heather worked for six years as a preschool teacher in Washington DC and NYC. Heather lives with her husband Derek.
Camp Director- Sara Abriola
Sara is a recent graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Health Sciences and a concentration in public health. Sara has been a part of the Hi-Rock family since she was a camper in 2005 and has worked as a counselor and spent much of her time at the ski dock as Assistant Water-ski Director the past two summers. Sara is extremely excited to start her new position at YMCA Camp Hi-Rock as one of the Camp Directors and feels very fortunate to be working in a place that she has been so passionate about for many years throughout her life.
Operations Coordinator- Kory Stratton
Kory is currently pursuing a degree in Leadership and Communications as well as minor in Outdoor Leadership at Great Lakes University. Kory is a Michigan native, but has been calling Hi-Rock his home away from home since the summer of 2017 when he was the Challenge Course Director. Kory is very excited to start his position as part of Hi-Rock’s leadership team. When he’s not working you can usually find Kory rock climbing or eating sushi.