Board of Directors

 

YMCA CAMP ERNST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The YMCA Camp Ernst board of directors is a
dedicated group of volunteers who work hard behind the scenes to promote camp in the community. Email Executive Director Eli Cochran if you're interested in serving in this capacity.

 

 

 

   

YMCA CAMP ERNST JUNIOR BOARD

The YMCA Camp Ernst Junior Board is made up of 34 enthusiastic high school students who love camp and want to give back to the community! You can find them planning our end of summer fundraiser, S'morefest, on social media (Twitter @campernstjrb and SnapChat @campernstjb), and constantly thinking of new ways to make their summer home even better. Applications are closed for the 2017-18 board year. Check back in Spring for next year's app. And follow @campernstjrb to find out what the Junior Board is up to!

   

MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jodie Binning

Jodie is a long time Camp Ernst enthusiast: camper in the 1980s, graduating to staff in the 90s, doing fun jobs such as working in the kitchen, office and canteen counselor, cabin 8 counselor, and Crew leader.  She then “graduated” from staff and moved on by supporting the board.

Jodie has more memories of camp than could ever add to a brief bio, but one moment drives her passion for fundraising for scholarships.  As a counselor, each night, Jodie read stories to her campers then tucked them each in to their sleeping bags. She remembers one little girl who told her it was the first time she had ever been tucked in to bed.  That memory stays with Jodie when she works on her volunteer and fundraising efforts for Camp Ernst.

 Jodie and her husband Tim reside in Anderson and are the proud parents of two future campers, Lindsey and Landen.  Jodie is a graduate of Ohio University’s EW Scripps School of Journalism and owns her own marketing consulting firm. Besides her involvement with Camp Ernst, Jodie serves at her church in the nursery, helps to coach her daughter’s soccer team, and plays soccer with her husband.

Amy Bunger, Ph.D.

Amy is grateful to give back to all that Camp Ernst has given her children, four of the five of whom have been campers or employees. Remington was a counselor, Genevieve aka "Geeves" was  a camper through counselor and two years ago was the YMCA Camp Ernst Volunteer of the Year, Noelle has been a camper through Junior Counselor, and Brandt is currently an LIT.

She appreciates that camp offers the ability to have fun while learning important life, communication and employment lessons. Amy is passionate about cultivating professional development, which she currently does at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she supervises 650+ resident and fellow physicians. She is also a professor of Medical Education in the College of Medicine, with emphasis on assessment, simulation, patient safety, quality improvement and time management.

She lives in Wyoming, OH, with high schoolers, while her oldest attend Georgetown University and the College of William and Mary. Her personal interests include yoga, cooking, hiking, sailing and reading.

Ann Fitzgibbons
Ann Fitzgibbons enjoys giving back to Camp Ernst, and has been volunteering in various roles since the mid 1990s. Her love for Camp Ernst began with her camper days in the 1970s. She is also treasurer and board member for the Vineyard Christian Church of Northern Kentucky. In her professional life, she is a Vice President and Actuary for the Ameritas Life Insurance Company. Ann lives in Burlington, Ky with her husband Tom and two dogs, Scout and Dottie.

 

Frank Henson
Frank Henson (Board Member Emeritus!) is President of The OTW Group.  He has been involved in some way with YMCA Camp Ernst since 1958.  He says, “YMCA Camp Ernst is one of the best parts of my life.”

 

 

 

Melanie Horel

Melanie Horel  has been working for the past 14 years as an Occupational therapist in the Greater Cincinnati area for geriatric population.   She graduated college at Eastern Kentucky University.

Melanie's love of camp Ernst started at age 7.  She attended camp every summer as a camper until she was a member of the first Crew session at the age of 15.  Following that she was a junior counselor and life guard.  Next she graduated to a senior counselor and a eventually a Unit leader for the teens.   Every summer was full of joy and love for camp and the campers. Now She is so excited to give back and be part of the board for such an amazing organization such as camp Ernst.

Melanie has a 16 year old daughter who also serves on the camp Ernst junior board and she is looking forward to future Summers at camp as well. She also has a son Jonathen that enjoys a week at camp every summer.

Mark Moser

A Northern KY native, Mark is the Information Technology Manager for Pilot Chemical Company, one of Cincinnati’s top 30 privately held corporations.  He is responsible for the development and maintenance of Pilot’s global infrastructure, providing both ubiquitous technology tools as well as new tools that move the organization forward.  He recognizes that IT is about the people, not the tools.

Mark has over 20 years of experience in IT with 16 years managing manufacturing environments. He specializes in Infrastructure Networking, Enterprise Resource Planning and Cost Accounting.  Mark has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dayton, an MBA from Xavier University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati.

Jerry Sallee
Although never a camper himself at Camp Ernst, Jerry joined the Board because of the profound impact it had on his youngest son, John, when John first attended Camp Ernst as a young child.  Despite the concerns expressed by several others – none of whom were associated with Camp Ernst, by the way – that John would be unable to cope with being on his own at camp, the way John was welcomed into the Camp Ernst family, and as a result learned that the sky was no further than the reach of his hand, made it something that Jerry wanted to strive in assisting other kids like John to experience.
Jerry is an attorney in downtown Cincinnati.  He, John, and John’s two older brothers like to fish, but are not very good singers and dancers.

Brennan Sweeney

Brennan was born and raised in Northern Kentucky and is a successful entrepreneur, investor, and business consultant.  He has deep experience and expertise in business strategy, processes, and systems and helps other entrepreneurs create more value in their ventures by creating operational efficiencies, enhancing their strategies, and creating successful plans to scale and grow their businesses.

Brennan lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife, two kids and family dog.  His son is now 12 and has attended summer camp at Camp Ernst every year since he was six years old.  His daughter nearly six and is looking forward to her first year at camp in 2017!

 

Joan Wetzel

Joan Wetzel has been a long-time fan of Camp Ernst.  It is, hands down, her children’s favorite part of summer break as evidence by their huge tears when it comes time to go home. 

Her daughter, Grace participates in the LIT (Leadership-in-training) program, while her other two children, Caroline and Christian enjoy camping in the valley. 

Joan serves as the Human Resources Executive for Episcopal Retirement Homes in Cincinnati, where she leads the organizations Organizational Development, HR, Diversity, Compliance and Leadership initiatives.   Joan is actively involved in youth character development programs such as Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Girls on the Run and Council for Life Long Engagement.  

Joan lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Stephen and their three children.  She enjoys all the Arts our great city has to offer and is a proud soccer Mom!

Debra Shepard

Debra first became familiar with Camp Ernst when her children started attending summer camp five years ago.  Her oldest will now spend several weeks at camp this summer as a Junior Counselor.  It has been such a positive experience for all of our children that have attended camp.  They can’t wait to return each summer!  Debra is excited to be a part of the Camp Ernst board in helping kids enjoy all that it has to offer. 

Debra is originally from Pittsburgh, graduated with a business degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton and received her MBA in Finance from Xavier University.  Debra currently runs several businesses including Chesapeake Financial Consulting, Debra Shepard Photography and Gourmet Girls.  She is active at her children’s school volunteering in various positions. 

Debra enjoys gourmet cooking and spending family vacations at the beach.  Debra and her husband reside in Mt. Lookout with their four children.