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Hale’s Staff & Board

We warmly welcome everyone at Hale. Our community embraces inclusivity and has always been an inviting environment for all people regardless of background, life history, or cultural diversity.

Staff

Eric Arnold, Executive Director

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As Hale’s fourth executive director—a position he’s held since 2001—Eric focuses on strategic leadership, fundraising, and partnership development to expand access to outdoor learning opportunities and close the nature and achievement gaps. His parents owned a camp in the early 1970s and he came to love the industry so much, he never left it! Earlier in his career, Eric taught at Beaver Country Day School and directed several camps in Maine, where he launched a small outdoor education center. Eric is a former president of both the Massachusetts Camping Association and the American Camp Association of New England. He currently serves on the advisory board of Philanthropy Massachusetts’ Summer Fund and is a member of the Generation Success leadership team facilitated by the Opportunity Agenda. In his spare time, you’ll find him on family adventures, mountain biking, skiing, trail running, and playing music. Eric earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and Geography from the University of Denver and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University.

John Carroll, Director of Finance

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John is a senior management and operations executive with more than 25 years of experience across several industries. He is best known for bridging finance and core business operations to develop productive cross-company alliances. John feels fortunate to have found Hale “as a young lad,” when he learned to swim and developed a lasting appreciation of the outdoors here. An avid sports fan, he’s an incurable homer who enjoys all local teams—he even coached and led girls’ softball and basketball in Rockland for a decade. In his spare time, John’s a passionate cook and gardener.

Will “Will C.” Chalmus, Artist in Residence and Lead Faculty Member, Perrone-Sizer Center for Creative Leadership at Hale

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Will C. develops program curricula, teaches, and coaches educational leaders at the Perrone-Sizer Center for Creative Leadership at Hale. He also provides consulting services for Hale’s Impact Partners (schools and organizations that collaborate on extended learning initiatives). When he’s not at Hale, Will C. is a university professor and international performer, trainer, and administrator of Playback Theatre. He’s a respected poet and creative event planner who engages communities through the arts. In his free time, Will C. enjoys traveling, eating, cooking, surrounding himself by nature, and “building authentic relationships through existential conversations with empathetically reflective individuals.” He earned a B.A. in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University.

Diane Collins, Associate Business Manager

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Diane manages financial operations including payroll, benefits administration, bookkeeping, and audits—and with 30 years of experience here, she’s the resident expert on all things Hale. Her adult sons, Michael and Matthew, both attended Hale Day Camp as children and joined its staff as teenagers. Fall is her favorite season at Hale because she especially loves brilliant foliage. Outside of work, she enjoys walking, watching movies, playing games, and spending time with her family. She and her husband Patrick currently reside in Franklin. Diane earned her Certificate of General Accounting from Bentley College.

Sue Crumbaker, Program Design Coordinator, School and Professional Programs

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Sue works with a wide variety of schools and organizations to design programs that achieve their learning objectives. Lovingly known as “Super Sue” to tens of thousands of participants, she’s a master facilitator with 25 years of experience in challenge course design, operations, and administration. A former teacher, she specializes in behavior modification and teambuilding and is certified by Project Adventure and High 5 Adventure Learning Center. Sue earned a B.S. in Geology from Acadia University.

Thomas Dietzel, Ranger, Buildings and Grounds

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One of three resident employees, Tom’s been with Hale since 1986 and has seen a tremendous amount of change in that time. From shifts in biodiversity—he was thrilled to see bald eagles return—to new buildings and programs, he feels lucky to bear witness to it all. It will come as no surprise that Tom enjoys hiking (the ABC Trail is one of his favorites), and he dabbles in wildlife photography when he isn’t tending to Hale’s buildings and grounds. Tom earned a B.S. in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Park Management from Unity College.

Lorraine Driscoll Sousa, Director of Philanthropy and Engagement

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Lorraine oversees advancement at Hale, which includes fundraising, marketing, communications, membership, and community engagement; in short, she puts Hale’s strategic plan into practice through philanthropy, storytelling, and relationship-building. Previously, Lorraine motivated alumni, parents, and friends to invest in the transformative power of education at Boston Latin School Association, College of the Holy Cross, and Noble and Greenough School, among others. A lifelong Bostonian and proud graduate of Boston Latin School, she loves to build connections throughout the community, sing in her church choir and to her children, trade in the stock market with her mother-daughter investment club, and visit family and friends at the Jersey Shore. As a former co-chair and faculty member of AFP’s Fundraisings Basics course, she’s committed to cultivating the next generation of advancement professionals and presents at conferences held by CASE and AFP Massachusetts. Lorraine studied Theology and earned a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.

Greg Freed, Director of Marketing

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Greg works with staff and board members to build Hale’s brand, broaden awareness of its impact, and encourage everyone to spend more time in the outdoors. He leads digital and print initiatives and partnerships that tell Hale’s story and support program enrollment, membership, and philanthropy. Previously Greg oversaw delivery of Harvard Business School’s flagship experiential learning course, Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development, which featured activity-based classes in communication and feedback, global immersion trips that enhanced cultural competence, and a startup incubator that taught design thinking and launched hundreds of student businesses— if you’re a fan of Shark Tank, you might even recognize a few! When he isn’t promoting Hale or teaching at Emerson College, he enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, and photography. Greg earned a B.S. in Communication with concentrations in Advertising and Psychology from Boston University, and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University.

Sydney Howland, Outdoor Guide, School and Professional Programs

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Sydney expands learning by helping high school students explore the outdoors through Intrepid Academy at Hale—she loves inspiring young people to engage in their communities and connect with the natural world. With more than 20 years of experience working with youth, she previously served as a therapeutic mentor at the Italian Home for Children. Sydney enjoys hiking, biking, and running—in fact, there’s a good chance you’ll find her training for an upcoming marathon. She’s also certified in CPR and First Aid by the American Red Cross. Sydney earned a B.S. in Psychology from Boston University.

Tomás Leyton-Nolan, Outdoor Guide, School and Professional Programs

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Tomás helps students appreciate the power of nature at Hale and in Boston. Through Intrepid Academy at Hale, he collaborates with teachers to reimagine learning and make physical activity and immersive outdoor experiences core components of the high school curriculum. Previously, Tomás coordinated civic engagement programs at Sociedad Latina, where he led a group of 30 youth leaders in campaigns to address local issues including housing displacement, school lunch quality, and teen sexual health. In his spare time, he loves to referee fútbol (a.k.a. soccer) and can be found blowing a whistle throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Tomás earned dual B.A. degrees—one in Ethics, Social, and Political Philosophy; another in Asian American Studies— from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Ariel Martinez, Director of Buildings and Grounds
Paula McLaughlin, Director of Community Engagement

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A seasoned fundraiser, Paula leads community engagement efforts by sharing stories about Hale’s people, programs, and impact. She works closely with board members and donors and oversees Team Hale, an ever-growing network of Boston Marathoners who fundraise and “run like Hale” through the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program. Paula’s development and public relations experience spans several organizations, including the Children’s Trust Fund and Boston College, and she serves on the boards of Needham Bank and The House of Possibilities. A co-founder of the Westwood Community Chest and recipient of the Roy London Humanitarian Award, Paula is well known in Westwood for her philanthropic efforts. She wears many hats, but her favorite is that of grandmother to Owen, Georgie, and Annie. Paula earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from Boston College.

Linda Nathan, Director, Perrone-Sizer Institute; Strategic Partnership Advisor

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Linda prepares school and nonprofit leaders to transform education and community-based organizations. As one of the founding directors of the Perrone-Sizer Institute, she continues to lead the program and teach professionals to champion equity and racial justice, integrate artistic and design thinking, and engage youth and families. She also provides consulting services for several of Hale’s clients. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship and founded Boston Arts Academy—the city’s first public high school for the visual and performing arts—where she also served as headmaster. An adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a professor at Cambridge College, she’s a passionate teacher and author of two books: The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test and When Grit Isn’t Enough. When she isn’t in the classroom, you’ll find her tending to her garden or crafting teapots in her ceramics studio. Linda earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Antioch College; an M.A. in Theatre from Emerson College; and an Ed.D. from Harvard University.

Shannon Obey, Director, Family and Community Programs

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Shannon manages several programs that cater to families and serve the community at large, including Hale Family Camp, Summer Days at Hale, and Outdoor Fitness & Recreation. She oversees staffing and supervision of all three waterfronts during the summer and coordinates rentals and public events throughout the year. Shannon jokes that previously, she worked at Hale (she’s been with us for the first few decades of her professional career, and prior to that, grew up on our beaches and trails). As a certified Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor, Shannon is authorized to teach Lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer and American Red Cross swimming lessons. In her spare time, she competes globally in broomball and travels with teams from Boston, Minnesota, and other U.S. cities. Shannon earned a B.A. in English from Providence College and an M.S. in Psychology from Capella University.

Sung-Joon Pai, Director, School and Professional Programs

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A former teacher, administrator, and principal at several Boston Public Schools, Sunny is a seasoned K–12 educator who oversees programs including Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures and Intrepid Academy at Hale, the Perrone-Sizer Center for Creative Leadership at Hale, and dozens of school and professional partnerships that reimagine learning. He also serves as the board president of the Progressive Education Network. Previously, he advanced student-centered learning at Charlestown High School, Boston Arts Academy, Rainier Scholars, and the Media Communications Technology High School. Outside of work, he spends time at home with his wife and two sons in Jamaica Plain, coaches youth baseball, and roots for his beloved New York Yankees. Sunny earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Erica Pernell, Director, Intrepid Academy at Hale

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Erica creates empowering semester-school experiences for high school students from Boston Public Schools. Working alongside Intrepid Academy at Hale’s staff, she builds school partnerships, collaborates with BPS teachers, and leads Hale’s Outdoor Guides to create culturally sustainable curricula and pedagogies grounded in outdoor learning. Erica previously worked as a practitioner of diversity, equity, and inclusion at independent schools including Shady Hill and Noble and Greenough; before that, she directed the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Upward Bound program. She independently consults on these topics with several organizations. In her free time, you’ll find Erica grilling or hiking with her son, partner, and two German Shepherds. Erica earned a B.S in Chemistry Education and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Connecticut.

Wendy Rands, Office Manager

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If you call or visit Hale, there’s a very good chance you’ll be helped by Wendy. She taps into her background in computer programming, sales administration, and registration to answer general questions, responds to rental inquiries, support program enrollment, provides membership services, and keep the office running smoothly! Wendy and her husband live in Westwood and have two teenage daughters and a Shih Tzu named Gracie. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, reading, solving jigsaw puzzles, and volunteering at Shultz Dog Shelter in Dedham. Wendy earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

Samantha Ronan, Advancement Associate

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Sam writes grant applications, processes gifts, reconciles donations, manages databases, and is always on the lookout for new funding opportunities. She also works closely with Hale’s Young Professionals Council to expand Hale’s reach among (you guessed it) young professionals. Previously she edited cookbooks at America’s Test Kitchen, and for many summers, she worked at Hale as a lifeguard and swimming lesson instructor. Outside the office, she enjoys trying new recipes and exploring New England with her husband Alec (who she met at Hale), and their kids, James and Rory. Sam earned a B.A. in English with an Irish Studies concentration from Villanova University and a graduate certificate in book publishing from the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute.

Jaclyn Ross, Director, Camp and Youth Programs

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Jackie oversees the design and implementation of Hale’s summer camps and year-round recreational opportunities for youth. She also manages relationships with the Official Partner Camps of Hale and program delivery for Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures. Previously, she worked in recreation therapy for children and young adults with disabilities and served as the executive director of a nonprofit that provided equine therapy programs. In her spare time, Jackie is an avid runner who loves the outdoors—from marathons to New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers, she’s always finding ways to stay active and get outside (especially with her dog, Duke). She’s certified in CPR and First Aid by the American Red Cross and in Youth Mental Health First Aid; she’s also an accreditation visitor with the American Camp Association and volunteers with Special Olympics Massachusetts. Jackie earned dual B.S. degrees—one in Sport Management; another in Recreation Management— from Springfield College.

Lisa Sankowski, Program Manager, School and Professional Programs

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Lisa administers the Perrone-Sizer Institute and supports the management of other school and professional programs that inspire, educate, and attract educational leaders. She has dedicated her career to working with nonprofit organizations that serve adults and children in creative learning environments, including the Center for Artistry and Scholarship, Open Circle Social Competency Program, Courage & Renewal Northeast at Wellesley College, and the Boston Children’s Museum. A painter and sculptor, she enjoys working on and with paper. She grew up in northern Vermont, has lived in Boston most of her adult life, and now resides in Roslindale with her wife. They regularly walk, hike, climb, snowshoe, ski, and otherwise enjoy New England’s diverse landscapes. Lisa earned a B.A. in Government from Smith College and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Tyler Simpson, Director of Operations

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Tyler oversees Hale’s Camp and Youth Programs, Family and Community Programs, Buildings and Grounds, and general administration. A man of many talents, he may be found inspecting a dam one minute and querying a database the next. He’s been known to moonlight as both a Fenway Park vendor and Uber driver, and previously administered afterschool and summer programs at the YMCA of Greater Boston. Tyler is a lead visitor with the American Camp Association and serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Camping Association. He earned a B.S. in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jackie Tilks, Advancement Associate

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Jackie supports Hale’s marketing and fundraising efforts. She manages a growing membership program, coordinates social media, and supports content development, editing, event planning, and more. Jackie joined Hale from the world of banking, where she worked for many years on marketing, communications, and education. In her spare time, you’ll find Jackie in nature with her family—she loves to travel, write, and sample new cuisine. Jackie earned a B.A. in Writing and Literature from Emmanuel College and an M.A. in English from Simmons College. She’s also licensed to teach English Language Learners in Massachusetts.

Carmen Torres, Founding Director (Emeritus) and Faculty Member, Perrone-Sizer Institute

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Carmen co-founded the Perrone-Sizer Institute and continues to serve on its faculty as she consults with administrators, teachers, and other working professionals on program design and delivery. Previously, she launched the Health Careers Pathway at Brighton High School and Pharmacy Program at Fenway High School, and head mastered the Boston Arts Academy with Linda Nathan. She also provided academic design and support services for English Language Learners in BPS high schools, taught at Boston University, and directed student and family services at Conservatory Lab Charter School. Carmen earned a B.A. in Sociology and an M.M.H.S. from Brandeis University, as well as a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University.

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Board of Directors

Jennifer Antonucci
Haley Brown
Timothy Codrington
Richard Cohen
Andy Cutler
Francesca Federico

Robin Hauck, Vice President
Sarah Hood
Linda Hunter, Secretary
Lewis Marten
Christopher McKeown
Allison Miller

Michael Moon
John Redmond, Treasurer
John Sharry, Vice President
Stephen Soske
Andrew Stauber
Curt Stevenson, President

Corporate Board

Tom Aaron
Juanita Allen Kingsley
Daniel Bailey, III
William N. Bancroft*
Harold R. Beacham, Jr.*
Harold R. Beacham, III
Joel Berkowitz
Kristine Blue
Eric Brenman
Deb Brennan
Allison Buff
Walter M. Cabot, Jr.
William Chamberlin
Lennox Chase
Myles Collins
Tim Connors
John Cronin, Jr.
North Cunningham
Sally Curran
Robert A. Dempsey
Michael Elizondo
Maureen C. Erickson

David Gerber
Peter S. Gregory
David E. Grossman
William Gutfarb
Paul Hanley
Bob Hansel
Nancy Harding
Larry Herman
Onika Jenkins
Dave Krumsiek
Louise F. Lawrence
John R. Layton
Elisha Lee, Jr.
Mitchell Leiman
George Lester
David Liebrock
Angela E. Lin
Charles W. Long
Samuel D. Perry
Carolyn Pope
Dana Pope
Tom Prior

Bill Reissfelder
Jay Roche
Sara Runnels
John Salvatore
Jay Schwab
Jean Sharry
Ross E. Sherbrooke
Wayne Smith
Caryn Steckmest
Debra Steele
Mason M. Taber, Jr.*
Amanda Taft-Pearman
Michael Terry
Richard Thomas
Judith A. Thomson
Thomas S. Thornhill
Robert Truesdale
Peg Underhill
John Walsh
Jack Wiggin
Sally Willis
Lisa Wood

*Life Member

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