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