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:
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.
Jim joined Sherwood Forest in 2015 with 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He has more than 12 years of experience in fundraising, communications, and volunteer engagement and has worked for local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations. Jim holds a BA in Education and Certificate in Business Administration from Saint Louis University, and a Masters of Public Policy Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals St. Louis Regional Chapter for five years and is currently President Elect. Jim earned designation as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2014 and was recognized by AFP St. Louis as Outstanding Young Professional in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff joined the Sherwood Forest “family” in 2008 as a summer staff member, and became a member of our professional staff as Continued Contact Coordinator in May of 2011. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Lindenwood University. Jeff holds a Life Guard Certification, Level 2 Archery Certification, and Level 1 Ropes Course Certification. Jeff is a member of the American Camp Association (ACA), trained ACA standards visitor, St. Louis Graduates member, and a certified TOP instructor and trainer. Outside of camp, Jeff enjoys traveling (he recently went to England, Scotland, and Canada) and cheering on his favorite St. Louis teams, especially the Blues.
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.
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. Previous to becoming on full-time, year round at Sherwood Forest, Josh spent his time working in the roofing industry as well as 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.