Board & Staff

Our Team

American Youth Foundation Team

Liz Marshall
President and CEO

Sandra George
Vice President of Advancement

Kris Light
Vice President of Strategic Program

Andy Mulcahy
Vice President of Infrastructure

Romuald Dugue
Information Technology Manager

Carrie Hargreaves Smith
Lead Health Officer

Nancy Wittkamp
Director of Finance

Dawn Hammersley
Finance Manager

Alyssa Sanchez
Human Resources Manager



Amy Simmons
Director of Merrowvista

Dayna Vuksinick
Director of Community and School Programs

Katsu Okuma
Interim Camp Director

Aubrie Boyd
Assistant Director of Camp

Mads Chomentowski
Four Trails Manager

Kate Murphy
Community and School Programs Coordinator

Jamie O’Hagin
Client Relations Manager

Julie Stengele
Office Coordinator

Tim Rouse
Facilities Manager

Patrick O’Hagin
Facilities Coordinator/Caretaker

Kim Novotny
Food Program Manager

Jamie Sweetser
Assistant Food Service Manager


Griffin Vogler
Director of Miniwanca

Michael Harter
Director of Conferences, Community and School Programs

Bethany Wise
Director of Girls Camp

Tyler “Tiwi” Freeman
Director of Boys Camp

Brianna Moynihan
Assistant Director of Camps

Regan Gibson Wiesler
Four Trails Manager

Sara Umland
Client Relations Manager

Sydney Freeman
Office Manager

Randall Shilton
Facilities Manager

Chad Warner
Facilities Coordinator/Caretaker

Nick Blair
Facilities Assistant

John Linke
Facilities Assistant

Marty Schaner
Food Program Manager

Erin O’Brien
National Leadership Conference Co-Director

Beth Wilson
National Leadership Conference Co-Director

Jan Strube
Alumni Liaison


Molly Mulcahy
Advancement Coordinator

Michael Robinson
Development Coordinator

Nick Tamboli
Advancement Manager, Development & Finance

Catherine Klene
Communications Manager

Holley Young
Director of Adult Programs



Board of Directors

DD Danforth Burlin, Esq.

Patrick West

Andrea Van Cleve

Gretchen Butler Clayton

Christopher Danforth

Glenn E. Davis, Esq.

Ayn Dietrich

Charlie Koch

Pat C. Jones

Katie Lemaire

Jeffrey McDonnell, CFA

Deborah Seidel

Board Advisory Committee Members

Directors Emeritus

Kay Bell

J. Patrick Mulcahy

A. Neil Sweeny

Advisory Committee

Chandlee Dickey

John Drew

Shannon O’Toole

Astrid Wielens


Our Core Values

We believe how we act and interact reflects who we are as a community. In practice, at the AYF we value…

Investing in Youth
Empowering youth is the core of our mission. We aim to offer equitable access to outdoor, experiential adventures. We seek to amplify youth voices as they recognize their own agency, articulate their ideas, and act with bold purpose throughout their lives.

Stewarding the Environment
Our programs foster a sense of respect and reverence for the natural world. We commit to using only what we need in order to minimize our impact on the planet.  We practice environmental stewardship, conserving resources for future generations and offering the experience of connecting deeply with the natural world

Enkindling Inner Sparks
Each person has inherent strengths and passions that, when ignited, form the foundation of best self and a balanced life. We challenge people to be brave, think creatively, develop wholehearted social connections, and explore their values and beliefs.

Belonging in Community
Our communities are joy-filled, optimistic, hopeful places where each person is encouraged to explore through play and express their own authentic spirit. We aspire to create spaces where all people are included and feel a sense of belonging. In these thriving program communities, diverse perspectives provide a foundation to build greater understanding and foster equity.

Growing Together
Teamwork and collaboration provide essential tools for overcoming challenges. We believe powerful growth happens when we live in community, set boundaries, and take healthy risks. To adventure daringly with the support of others is an opportunity to put our best selves into action.