Featured Speakers

The Connecticut Camp Guys
A favorite at NEYCC, The Connecticut Camp Guys is a professional consulting group that focuses on camp consulting, camp trainings, professional workshops, teambuilding sessions, leadership workshops, and inspiring keynote addresses. Watch as they inspire and motivate staff with their energetic trainings that focus on the important areas that every camp professional looks to focus on. Their trainings will be an unforgettable experience for both new and veteran staff.

Learn more about Mark and Patrick here.

Priscilla Bright

Priscilla Bright has been the lead facilitator for Frost Valley YMCA’s Women’s Wellness Weekend for the past 14 years, and will be sharing elements of the Women’s Wellness program success as well as “lessons learned” that might be helpful for other Y sites. She has facilitated programs for numerous companies including Aetna/US Health Care & Met Life Corporate Medical Dept. Priscilla holds a Masters in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from Boston University School of Medicine, and a BA in Human Ecology.

Learn more about Priscilla Bright here.

Joanna Warren Smith

Joanna first went to resident camp at age 7. During the closing campfire, she vowed that camp would always be part of her life. Beyond the programs she attended, Joanna has visited hundreds of private and not-for-profit camps in the United States, Canada, Russia, England and Switzerland. She has acquired a unique industry perspective of best business practices and is passionate about the positive impact that a quality camp experience can have on a child.

Ongoing focus groups with parents, children and teens have enabled Joanna to understand their expectations of camp, what motivates families to inquire, purchase and return. Through individualized strategies, Joanna has enabled new programs to develop, assisted troubled businesses in their efforts to survive and has been instrumental in the continuing success of established camp and year-round operations. Learn more about Joanna here.

Debra Isaacson

Debra has been the camp charge nurse for the past 8 summers at Lake of the Woods/Camp Greenwoods in Decatur, MI. This is a residential 2, 4, or 8 week program that has over 500 campers on site at any one time. In her off time from camp she is a nursing professor at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. Deborah will be presenting on topics such as mental, emotion, and social health and best practices in medication management. Debra holds a Bachelors in Nursing from Fort Hays State University, a Master’s in Education from the University of Kansas, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rush University, Chicago II.