The people are a huge part of what makes Sherwood Forest more than just a camp, but a home away from home. The work that Sherwood Forest does wouldn’t be possible without our incredible team of year-round staff and our dedicated board of directors.
Sherwood Forest’s highly qualified staff has more than a century of combined experience. It includes individuals with advanced degrees in social work, education, public policy, and nonprofit management. Staff regularly contributes to the growing body of knowledge in these areas through volunteer leadership roles with the American Camp Association, St. Louis Graduates, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Missouri Foundation for health. Our year-round staff members are passionate about helping kids discover the best in themselves so they can grow up to do good in the world. Meet our team:
Prescott Benson is the newly minted Executive Director of Sherwood Forest. He has nearly twenty years of experience in the Youth Development field across a wide variety of youth-serving agencies and continuums of care. Prescott is passionate about transforming the lives of children and youth through the essential camp experience that closes social-emotional, academic, and opportunities gaps. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in The City of New York. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and reading on a wide range of topics. He is an avid sports fan and supporter of the following teams Manchester United, The St. Louis Cardinals, and Blues. And is looking forward to the new Major League Soccer Team coming to the City. He’s very excited about reconnecting to the great outdoors through Sherwood Forest. As a youth, he participated in 4-H and all levels of scouting and spent a great deal of time in his early adulthood hiking, camping…and rafting challenging rivers such as the Zambezi in Southern Africa.
Mary has been involved with Sherwood Forest since 1967- as a camper, counselor, village director, program director, camp director, and since 2002, Executive Director. Mary is a 1970 graduate of the Leadership Training Program at Sherwood Forest. Since her first year as a camper, Mary has spent just one summer away, when she completed her Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Webster University, and is a member of the 2001 class of Leadership St. Louis. Mary is active with the American Camp Association (ACA) at the local, regional, and national levels. Mary also works in a variety of volunteer roles for other regional and national non-profit organizations.
Addie holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Before joining our staff in 2004 as the Administrative Assistant, she worked at Camp Kamaji for Girls as the Assistant Director. Addie enjoys volunteering on the Parent Action Council for the St. Louis Public Schools and spending time with her husband and three kids.
Gary is a longtime member of the Sherwood Forest staff. As a 1970 Leadership Training Program graduate, Gary has been affiliated with Sherwood Forest for more than 45 years. Gary holds a degree in Natural Resource Planning from Humboldt State University. He is an avid hiker, birdwatcher, and naturalist.
Angela is an accomplished fundraiser and communications professional who has worked in healthcare, secondary, and higher education. She specializes in relationship building, strategic planning, data management, and branding. Angela earned her Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations at Webster University and her Masters of Arts in International Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and cheering for the St. Louis Blues Hockey team.
Amanda has a Masters in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She joined the professional staff in 2014. In 2015, she was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Health Leadership Fellowship with Missouri Foundation for Health. Amanda regularly presents at the national American Camp Association conference on program development and evaluation. When not at Sherwood Forest, Amanda enjoys traveling and hiking with her family, and hanging out with her dog, Teddy.
Emily graduated with a BA in English Literature from Saint Louis University, and is a licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L). She has worked in various realms of human service for over 15 years, and before joining Sherwood worked as a Transition Coordinator for high school students and was a trainer of the Neurosequential Model in Education. She is grateful to continue her journey with the Sherwood Forest family, as both a student and teacher. Emily loves spending time outdoors, listening to live music, and hanging with loved ones (animals included).
Although he is new to Sherwood Forest, Alexander has worked for several years in outdoor recreation, having previously been a camp counselor, village director, and facilities director. He recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After graduation he joined the Sherwood staff as the Aquatics Department Head for the summer of 2019 and has since worked as an Outdoor Education and Continued Contact staff member. Currently, he works as the Program and Registration Specialist and looks forward to starting his career at Sherwood Forest. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Cedric is a graduate of Northwest Academy of Law and Transportation. He has been connected to Sherwood Forest since 2010, when he first worked at camp in the kitchen. Since then, he has worked a variety of roles including Counselor, Outdoor Education Instructor, and Adventure Sports Department Head. He also has 2 brothers that graduated from Sherwood Forest’s leadership program and another brother who is currently in our program. Cedric loves working with kids and hopes to start his own Boys and Girls Club in North Saint Louis someday.
Rachel joined Sherwood Forest as a practicum student in early 2017 and transitioned to the professional staff the following fall. She has a B.A. in Outdoor Leadership from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC and is working on a Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to Sherwood Forest, she worked in various youth development and recreation settings, including the Girl Scouts, City of Asheville Parks and Recreation, and Asheville City Schools District. Rachel has a passion for the outdoors and strives to share that passion to challenge and empower young people.
Aliyah recently graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Business Marketing. She has been with Sherwood Forest for a long time, starting as mini camper to graduating from the Leadership program in 2012. For the past six summers, she has worked in many seasonal positions including Group Leader and Village Director. In November 2018, Aliyah joined the professional team and looks forward to starting her career. In the future, Aliyah plans to go back to school for her Master’s in Nonprofit Management.
Darnell has worked for Sherwood Forest since 2008 in various seasonal roles, and became a full-time staff member in August 2017. Previous positions have included Group Leader, Summer Program Director, and Outdoor Education Instructor. He is a graduate of East St. Louis High School and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Libby graduated from DePaul University in Chicago where she double majored in American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. After college, she returned to St. Louis as a 2012 Teach for America Corps Member and taught kindergarten for 2 years at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy. Before joining Sherwood Forest in 2017, Libby worked at Saint Louis Public Schools as a Community Partner Program Coordinator and the Marketing Coordinator. Libby is an alum of the Focus St. Louis Emerging Leaders program and serves on the Teach for America – St. Louis Alumni Advisory Board.
Lauren, an UMSL alum, joined Sherwood Forest’s development team in the fall of 2018. Having previously held roles at the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Patrick Center, she has experience in a variety of non-profit development areas including database operations, volunteer management, grant writing, events, and stewardship. Lauren’s other interests include gardening, fixing up her new home, and spending quality time with her dog, Greta.
Tom worked as a carpenter for most of his life before joining the Sherwood Forest team in early 2018. Supporting his wife and 4 children as a member of Carpenter’s local 1839. He has been described by recipients of his work as an old-world craftsman and his wife likes to claim there is nothing he can’t fix. He enjoys his work at Sherwood Forest and is proud to be a part of an organization that offers so much to the youth it serves. He can often be found in his workshop when at home, frequently working on a home improvement project. When he has a moment to relax he enjoys reading, Cardinal’s baseball, and spending time with his wife, dogs, children, and grandchildren.
Josh has had a connection with Sherwood Forest for 20 years. During Josh’s time at camp he has worked not only in maintenance but also with the program team. While Josh was a seasonal staff member, he held many positions – from counselor, to trip leader, to department head and village director. When he was not working at camp he spent his time working in the roofing industry as well as was part of the Iron Workers Union. Josh holds a Liberal Arts Associate’s Degree and is pursuing another degree in Applied Science at Jefferson College. He is very passionate about the outdoors and helping youth grow up to appreciate what is around them.
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The Board of Directors represents Sherwood Forest’s core volunteers, setting and guiding its direction through both stewardship and governance.