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Our Team

Meet some faces you'll see at camp.

 

LIBBY BROCKMAN, DIRECTOR

She can taste the difference between a regular Cheez-It and one with a character stamped into it, she's hiked through Alaskan bear country solo (wearing her Camp Promise trucker hat no less!), and she's Camp Promise's one and only full-time employee.

terin izil, director

She once lived exclusively on products that had the Olympic Rings on them to raise money for camp, her classical dance training has made her an expert at putting on fake eyelashes, and she has been known to DJ camp dances pretending toilet plungers are her headphones.

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allison Pringle
unit leader
west

She's the fastest french-braider west of the Mississippi, her favorite chips are Pringles, and one week a year, she can be found in the Purple Cabin. Learn more about Allison...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
2009! I’ve been going to CPW since it started. I’ve only missed 1 year because physical therapy school was keeping me captive during the week.

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
The campers keep me coming back year after year. Every summer I find that the campers surprise me, with their talent, excitement, creativity, and joy and that’s what makes camp great. I love everything about camp and I start counting down the days to camp probably much earlier than most.

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
I like every theme day…especially the ones that I can be extra creative on a team costume with my camper: green eggs and ham, the front and back of the Toy Story’s Slinky Dog, a team of oompa loompas, evil minions from Despicable Me 2…all of the theme days.

What's your favorite camp memory?
Every year I really enjoy watching everyone perform at the talent show. Each person really does have such unique and amazing things to perform and it’s so fun to watch. I don’t know if I can pinpoint an exact moment…but the talent show is awesome. From this last year, we had the color war and that was SO FUN! I so enjoyed laughing and playing and getting doused in color with everyone.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
I am the fastest hair French-braider in the west! I can do all the braids (well almost all…) and do them all quick, quick, quick! Which is especially helpful in a cabin full of lovely ladies.

What’s your day job?
I am a physical therapy student at the University of Washington and will be finishing up this spring! Soon, I’m gonna be a real live physical therapist, but until then I’m a perpetual student and CPW enthusiast.

 

Min Jin Lee
UNIT LEADER
East

Campers often mistake her name for "Minion", she is one of the proud few to have been to Camp Promise-East AND Camp Promise-West, and she lives in Boston.
 

jared correia
UNIT LEADER
east

He gives 100% 100% of the time, he runs faster than the wind and does so on his breaks at camp, and he throws a mean pie in the face. Learn more about Jared...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
2015.

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
Smiles on campers are what keep me coming back.

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
Superhero/Comic Character Day because who doesn't want to be super?

What's your favorite camp memory?
Talent Shows because you get to see individuals to do some impressive things.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
Don't know my talent...yet...

What’s your day job?
Key Carrier/ Back Room Coordinator for TJMaxx

Anything else you want the world to know?
Other than I am high energy and occasionally funny...hmmmm...maybe that I give 100% 100% of the time.

 

Noel leifer
UNIT LEADER
ROCKIES

She never attended camp as a child, she is definitely making up for lost time, and she can hermetically seal her nose with her lip and has pics to prove it. Learn more about Noel...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
My first year at Camp Promise was 2015. This was also my first experience at a sleep-away camp, so I definitely understand the apprehension of any first-time Campers...but I can also guarantee that homesickness is very short-lived thanks to the wonderful community of Campers and Staff, as well as the multitude of hilarious and surprising adventures and activities.

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
The exceptional community of campers, counselors, and staff at Camp Promise motivates me to return to Camp each year. I have never known such a genuinely caring, supportive, and enjoyable group of people, and I immensely value and appreciate my time with this community.

The greatest aspect of Camp Promise in my opinion is the opportunity it provides for the Campers to cast away many of the restrictions they are forced to cope with in daily life. If you take a step back and just observe the interactions that take place during Camp, joy supersedes all else. There is no sense of impediment or loss; friendship, humor, and kindness replace these barriers entirely. Being able to facilitate and participate in this magical experience is one of the most profound gifts in my life, and the reason I will always return to Camp Promise.



What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
Viking Day. Everyone looks fabulous and very fierce in their costumes!

What's your favorite camp memory?
As a counselor in the Green Cabin (Campers under 10) some of the times that I value most are when all the little guys are ready for bed and we huddle up in the cabin to read a story. After a full day of extreme goofiness and tons of activity, it can be challenging to get everyone settled down in one place. But once everyone is cozy in their bunks, snuggled in with their blankets from home and their favorite trinkets from the day, I begin reading a story like Magic Treehouse or Alvin and the Chipmunks out loud to them. We rarely get more than a paragraph into the book before one of the boys interjects with a silly voice or a question. Sometimes their commentary dwindles enough to allow us to make it through a few chapters, but other times the boys end up starting these incredible conversations amongst themselves that have nothing to do with the book. One night, one of the boys asked another boy why he needed to use a wheelchair while all of the other boys were still able to use scooters and were able to walk. This led to a discussion about the wheelchairs they were expecting to use in the future, and how much they liked their electric scooters and wheelchair. There was no judgement or surprise in their discussion - it was just a sincere, open conversation among young children accustomed to a life that is unimaginable to most people. This unscheduled time in the cabins before bed allowed the boys to discuss crucial aspects of their lives with each other in a way that would not be possible in any other setting. I hope that experiences such as these late night conversations help these amazing children grow up realizing how supported and capable they really are.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
I can hermetically seal my nose with my upper lip. It was a skill I learned as a baby, and to this day it is actually the only way that I am able to swim without inhaling a ton of water!

What’s your day job?
Being a student is my most time-consuming job at the moment. I'm majoring in Molecular Biology and International Studies, and will be graduating next winter. I also work at Children's Hospital Colorado as a research intern in the Sie Center for Down syndrome.

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Daniel Epting
UNIT LEADER
WEST

He's created many of camp's sayings (including "figure it out") and he offered to buy his way out of volunteering the first year of camp. Learn more about Daniel...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
Since CPW's conception, I mean inception.

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
I find CPW to be the most educational, fun, week of the year. I've made many friends since camp started that I think about and tell my southern friends about throughout the year. I look forward to new adventures every year and not to mention the cool swag I get to sport the other 3659 days of the year... Oh wait, excuse me, Keith is calling!

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
I'll tell you after this upcoming year. Every year the planning team comes up with great new ideas!!

What's your favorite camp memory?
Have I been to camp before?

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
The art of... confusion.

What’s your day job?
Thinking about Camp. Also I'm in a family business - Epting Events, I also own a venue called - Athens Cotton Press that host parties from weddings to fundraisers for our local Extra Special People program.

Anything else you want the world to know?
Camp is great. DO iT.

 

meghan houston
UNIT LEADER
West

She's got a mean set of jazz hands, she's not afraid to use them, and inanimate objects in her cabin often come to life and cause mischief. Learn more about Meghan...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
2011 was my first year!!

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
Camp is the one place in world where each day brings so much love, laughter, adventure, curiosity, and opportunity for everyone; without worry or any inhibitions. The one place in the world that allows you to lose yourself in all of the magic that camp has to offer. It's a feeling that I wish I could bottle up and be able to have all year round.

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
I love all of them! Being able to kick your creativity into high gear and dress up... you just truly have to commit to a theme. I am always a sucker for the prom night. Love seeing everyone dressed up to the nines, or even dressed to match the theme!

What's your favorite camp memory?
I couldn't begin to pick a favorite, but some memories I cherish most involve our board of "firsts". Sharing a moment with dear friends, instilling enough confidence for them to try something for the first time, nothing beats that!

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
I am a big fan of corny jokes, so I would probably do a combination of telling some corny jokes and jazz hands, I have a mean set of jazz hands.

What’s your day job?
Price and signage coordinator at Dick's Sporting Goods

Anything else you want the world to know?
"I'm not superstitious, but I'm a little stitious.." -Michael Scott

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rob luciano
UNIT LEADER
west

He's skippered many a sailboat, he once lost a fundraising bet (see pic), and he won't pack for camp without his remote-controlled fart machine. Learn more about Rob...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
2013?

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
Because the relationships and friendships I've created with all the repeat counselors and campers and also new people that come in every year.

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
Steampunk. Because a lot of people were able to mould different costumes and steampunk wasn't exactly clear so you got a ton of varieties. Plus, a lot of people looked like train conductors.

What's your favorite camp memory?
Telling bedtime stories with Eli.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
Re-enacting a Brian Regan standup comedy performance.

What’s your day job?
Technical project manager.

Anything else you want the world to know?
If I could, I'd like to buy the world a Coke.

 

JAMEEL CHOHAN
UNIT LEADER
ROCKIES

He once brought a full-sized dinosaur to camp, when we need something, he's always "got a guy", and within his first-ever hour with campers, they had shaved his head. Learn more about Jameel...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
My first year of Camp Promise was 2015. I wanted to do it in 2014, but I couldn't get time off of work. The Man!

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
It changed my life forever. It taught me a lot about inner strength, courage, independence, and what it means to be there for someone else. From camp, I have made a whole new circle of friends that I would've never had otherwise.

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
My favorite camp theme day is Camp t-shirt day, because we are all wearing the same t-shirt and we get to take pictures. It shows the solidarity we have for one another even though we met each other less than 48 hours ago. The magic of camp in coming together for a common purpose in a short amount of time is no easy feat; however, through kind hearts, a strong will, and teamwork we all seem to achieve our goals. How rad is that! (yes, I'm old and I used the word rad).

What's your favorite camp memory?
My favorite camp memory is when we had quite possibly one of the greatest toga parties this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
My talent right now would probably be my super sweet dance movies I learned from a VHS tape I picked up at the local store called D'Qwon's Dance Grooves.

What’s your day job?
I am a physician trained in Internal medicine and Geriatrics.

Anything else you want the world to know?
Come to camp! You won't regret it! It's scary at first, but as long as you are there to have fun in a safe, friendly, and fun environment you got nothing to worry about! Seriously, just come. Are you here yet?

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abby brockman
unit leader
east & west

She is just as happy at 3am as she is at 3pm, she's a collector of punny jokes, and she can't not dance to Beyoncé. Learn more about Abby...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
My first year at Camp Promise was in 2014 and I've been to six sessions of camp in the three years since that first magical summer.

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
I keep coming back to camp because of the people - it's like a family. You form really deep friendships when you spend a week working and loving hard side-by-side. Because that's what we do - we try our hardest and cheer our loudest for others. And when everyone is doing it, it's actually hard NOT to do it and grow into a better version of yourself in the process. I mean, you're surrounded by huge-hearted, dedicated, insanely creative individuals - you can't help but be influenced. It becomes hard to sit out when everyone else is giving their all and difficult to take short cuts when everyone else is rising to the challenge. In this way it feels like an intensive, one-week incubator for personal growth but it also gives you a community that helps and encourages you to keep being the best version of yourself all year long.

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
It's hard to pick one camp theme day because what makes them special isn't the theme as much as how all-out people go in their theme-related costume. Because here's the thing: dressing up is really about all of us - campers and counselors - getting outside of our comfort zones. If we can wear a silly hat, maybe we can try a new activity. If we can do that, maybe we can make an announcement to the whole group. Then maybe we can get on stage with friends for the first time. Then we can find the courage to talk to someone new and make a friend. By creating an environment of radical acceptance and support and love, it feels safe to try new things. And if we can do that in camp, maybe we can do it at home, too...by raising our hand more in class to ask questions, being willing to try working with a PCA that isn't a member of our family, or signing up for a new hobby.

What's your favorite camp memory?
I LOVE the Talent Shows because you can actually see people growing and it's totally camper-led. The day of the talent show you'll have campers asking counselors to do acts and performances with them and the counselors are like, "On stage?? Are you crazy?!" So the counselors are nervous but the campers get them to do something that scares them. And you'll also have some campers who didn't want to sign up but then when they hear all of the cheering and see the support, they ask the MC if there will be time for them to sing a karaoke song or tell some jokes. So we always end up adding more acts because people are inspired by the bravery of others. That's as cool as it gets in my book.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
My talent show talent is a weak spot in my counselor repertoire! I haven't figured out a good one yet. My go-to is usually telling jokes and hoping the audience laughs with me instead of at me because I always mess them up :)

What’s your day job?
I'm a full-time graduate student at Boston University School of Theology where I am training to be an inter-faith hospital chaplain. I also work as a research assistant in the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital. But all of the studying and work comes AFTER camp planning & dreaming.

 

mallory wolff
UNIT LEADER
ROCKIES

She's a genius at 80's trivia despite not being alive in the 80's, and she hangs out with people in their 80's as a waitress at a senior living center. Learn more about Mallory...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
My first year at camp was in August of 2014. It was the year that the Camp Promise-Rockies site debuted in the beautiful Evergreen, Colorado!

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
Camp Promise provides a positive and supportive environment for campers and counselors alike. Each member of the Camp Promise team is motivated by one another to make a difference from start to finish. Camp has furthered my growth in more ways than I thought possible, and I thrive in knowing that there are still opportunities for learning ahead. The magic of camp is infectious, and I love taking part in spreading this magic throughout the week.

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
If you know me well, you would know that I am not shy when it comes to dressing up for camp themes! I never fail to come prepared with a (giant) bag of accessories to share. While it is hard to choose, my first camp's Robot Day is most likely my favorite theme. This is determined by the number of accessories I had prepared, which were more than I would like to admit...

What's your favorite camp memory?
Any activity where the entire camp comes together tops the list. Bonfires, dances, even Kangaroo Court—you name it.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
Mastering any and all 80's trivia pertaining to entertainment, politics, and popular culture.

What’s your day job?
I am currently a full-time Social Work student at Colorado State University, working as a lab operator in one of the computer labs on campus. When I am home from school, I work as a waitress for a senior living center.

Anything else you want the world to know?
Camp Promise is simply the best. Join our team to find out why!

 

eric villanyi
UNIT LEADER
ROCKIES

He hand-colored his camp hat to be blue, he once got cabin name knuckle tats, and he's never been mistaken for being in anything but the BLUE CREW. Learn more about Eric...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
I’ve been doing camp since 2013, but in 2016 I got to go to both CPR and CPW!

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
Because our campers need us and we quickly find that we need them. Our campers receive our help in order to move and interact more freely inside activities and gatherings. And we as volunteers receive our campers help in return as they develop our character in ways we can never imagine or repay. Our campers are able to show us what LOVE truly means!

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
Spirit Day/T-Shirt day- because BLUE CABIN RULES!

What's your favorite camp memory?
Too many to narrow down to just one memory, but my favorite type of memories are when I truly can connect with campers on a personal, brotherly/sisterly level…having heart-to-heart talks and sharing life with each other for those brief moments of time are a powerful thing! It is through these encounters that LOVE is truly felt in the soul.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
LEADING THE BLUE CABIN!- YEEEAAHHHH!...oh and singing with my guys!...oh and don’t forget my moves- yes I mean dancing! LOL!

What’s your day job?
I currently work as a realtor for Sellstate ACE Realty, in Westminster, Colorado, but I worked as a police officer for almost 14 year prior!

Anything else you want the world to know?
BLUE CABIN ROCKS!- YEEEAAHHHH! and I LOVE my guys! (and girls now, too!)

 

Melissa Ross
UNIT LEADER
East

She has more children than all of our other ULs combined, she pulled an all-nighter driving from Ohio to camp, and she knows how to rock a boa. Learn more about Melissa...

When was your first year at Camp Promise?
2016.

Why do you keep coming back to camp?
Because it was an amazing week full of good memories and new friends.

What's your favorite camp theme day and why?
Stars and Stripes- I enjoy being patriotic!

What's your favorite camp memory?
Under The Sea Prom.

If we did a talent show right now, what would your talent be?
Playing the piano.

What’s your day job?
I’m a mom of 8 and work as a personal care assistant to a camper during the year