Our Team

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.

Our Staff

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:

Leadership

Executive Director

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.

Director of Operations

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.

Director of Facilities

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.

Director of Programs

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.

Program Team

Outdoor Education Program Coordinator

Jarrid joined the Sherwood Forest team in 2018 after previously working for Wyman Center in St. Louis as a Program Facilitator.  He attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. When not busy with programming, he enjoys finding new spots to go backpacking and hopes to one day thru hike the Appalachian Trail.

Quest Program Coordinator

Aliyah recently graduation 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.

Supports for Success Program Manager

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).

Quest Program Manager, Camp Director

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.

Operations

Operations Manager

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.

Resource Development

Annual Giving Manager

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.

Community Relations Manager

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.

Facilities

Facilities Director

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.

Assistant Site Manager

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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Board Members

The Board of Directors represents Sherwood Forest’s core volunteers, setting and guiding its direction through both stewardship and governance.

Board Officers

Board President
Senior Partner, Grant Cooper & Associates

Vice President
President & CEO, M3 Engineering Group

Immediate Past President
President & CEO, Commerce Bank – St. Louis

Treasurer
Partner, Martz and Wilson, LLP

Assistant Treasurer
Vice President, CRM Solutions, Ellie Mae

Secretary
Partner, Stinson Leonard Street, LLP

Board Directors

President, Bielicke Business Consulting

Program Administrator, Olin Business School, Washington University

Olin Fellow, Olin Business School, Washington University

Vice President, Treasury Technology Services, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Clinical Supervisor, CenterPointe Hospital

Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Vice President & General Council, Waterway Gas and Wash

Vice President & General Counsel, Vi-Jon

Veterans’ Liason, VITAS Healthcare

Team Leader, Human Resources, Edward Jones

Special Events Chair
President and CEO, TSI Geotechnical, Inc.

Director of Construction, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis

President, Buckeye International, Inc.

Vice President of Communications, Mastercard

Programs Chair
Retired Assistant Principal, Hixson Middle School

Chief of Staff, EVC Administration, Washington University in St. Louis

Real Estate Manager, SF Shannon Real Estate

Facilities Chair
Project Manager, E. Meier Construction

Director of Development, The Muny

President, Lots of Love Learning Center

Investment Banker, Warson Capital Group

Board Development Chair
Assistant Director of Admissions, Olin Business School, Washington University

Board Advisors

Retired Attorney

Finance Manager – SSM Health

Vice President, Southern Real Estate and Financial Co.

Director of Millennial Engagement, Monsanto

Owner, Big Frog

Senior Vice President, Community & Government Relations, Commerce Bank

Principal & Owner, IFG Advisors

Vice President & Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Vice President, La Marzocco

Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District

Directors Emeritus