The Camp Blue Skies Team
The Camp Blue Skies team works year round to make every session a success. You can easily recognize them at camp because of their blue shirts and jackets with the Camp Blue Skies logo.
Dick sesler, founder
As the founder of Camp Blue Skies Foundation, Dick is responsible for the management and sustainability of the foundation and for ensuring the health and safety of campers. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Dick works in the commercial real estate. He has served in charitable leadership roles including organizations helping people with developmental disabilities.
Rebecca's background is nonprofit management, with experience in working with camps and foundation boards. She is responsible for managing databases of donors, campers and volunteers, in addition to overseeing nonprofit management best practices including strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting, and policies/procedures.
Jim’s background as an entrepreneur and fitness professional adds a unique perspective to the Camp Blue Skies team. As a volunteer and program instructor, he has been extensively involved with Camp Blue Skies since 2012. In 2018, Jim was named Camp Director and will be responsible for all camp operations, including overseeing issues related to staff, campers, volunteers, and program instructors.
Kit sluder, RN
Director of Health Services
and Camper Recruitment
Kit’s working background is in critical care and disaster relief and she has years of nonprofit and camp nurse experience as well. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing all Health Center practices including recruiting and training the medical staffs. Kit also recruits and screens campers.
NC Volunteer director
Alison’s work experience with developmentally disabled adults includes being a Job Coach at Goodwill Industries and serving as the Institutional Liaison for Mecklenburg County. She is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers for our North Carolina camps. She supports volunteers during the camp sessions so that everyone has a great experience
GEORGIA VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Kristen is responsible for recruiting all volunteers for our Georgia camps, including HEPs, cabin counselors, week long volunteers, and day volunteers. Kristen is also responsible for training volunteers prior to camp, and supporting volunteers during the camp sessions so that everyone has a great experience. Her position is part of our partnership with Camp Twin Lakes.
CAMP Logistics Coordinator
After volunteering at Camp Blue Skies for many years, Christie joined the team in 2016. She runs Command Center during camp and the camp store. Christie also occasionally leads line dancing classes at camp. She is a Group Home Manager for InReach.
APRIL BRADLEY, RN
WEEKEND CAMP HEAD NURSE
April’s background includes a decade of higher education experience. She now works in emergency medicine with a passion and commitment to vulnerable populations. She joined the Camp Blue Skies team after volunteering for two years and is Head Nurse for the Weekend Camp. She is responsible for screening campers, ensuring campers’ medical needs are met, and helping recruit medical staff.
Amy comes with years of experience fundraising for nonprofit organizations in the Charlotte area. She oversees the organization’s fundraising plan and is responsible for pursuit of grants, the year-end solicitation campaign and managing donor relations.
Mary Tinkey, who was Camp Blue Skies' first Volunteer Director, rejoined the team as Events Director in 2018. Mary is responsible for Hoops for Camp, Cornhole for Camp, Hooked on Camp and special events. She also works with the Blue Skies Boosters.
Finance and Administration Director
Holly maintains the accounting records, including donations and camper fees. She answers the main phone and manages other organization correspondence. Her background includes public accounting, along with organizational leadership and treasury experience with community and disability-related nonprofit groups.
Crystal, a former journalist with a boutique PR/content marketing company, is responsible for external communications including public relations, marketing materials, website, social media, and email marketing. She enjoys taking selfies with campers, volunteers, wacky headgear, and animals at camp.