Jared Wood, Director, Opequon (he/him)
Jared Wood, Director of Opequon, is a lifelong educator and artist, committed to the work of learning about our differences so that we can, in his words, “learn to love each other more precisely”. Jared was a camper, Counselor, G-Staff, and Trip Leader at Catoctin, Opequon, and Teen Adventure. He was a Teaching Artist with the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia for a decade, is currently an Art Teacher at Germantown Friends School, and is a Board Member with Reconstruction, Inc. Jared comes to Opequon and BYM Camps with his vision of creating spaces where “people from disparate backgrounds can engage in dialogue, reflection, and making that moves us past the destructive ideas we’ve inherited to the collective love, brilliance, and liberation we all deserve”.
Maria Adamson, Deputy Director, Opequon (she/her)
Maria Adamson was a camper at Opequon and Teen Adventure, began working as a counselor at Opequon in 2008, and as G-Staff in 2012. After a few years away, she is thrilled to be back on the ridge. Her early experiences at camp were key influences in pursuing a career in education; she is currently a social studies teacher and coach at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. Maria earned a Bachelor’s in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Earlham College and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Temple University. She is also a co-clerk of Philly STRIDE (Strengthening Transformative Relationships in Diverse Environments), a group that works to break down barriers to access to BYM camps for campers and families of color. In her free time, she loves reading, dancing, and spending time outside.
Olivia Chalkley, Deputy Director, Opequon (she/her)
Olivia (or Olive) Chalkley loves camp! She has worked at Opequon since 2012 in various roles, most recently as a Deputy Director. Olivia sees camp as an ongoing experiment in co-creating a more just, sustainable, and joyful world, and she is so grateful to be part of this community.
Sandy Robson, Deputy Director, Opequon (she/her)
Sandy Robson, Deputy Director at Opequon, hails from Baltimore, Maryland. As an independent musician, Sandy believes in the power of art to help us connect more authentically with each other and ourselves. She brings experience in cultural and political organizing, and seeks to create the conditions for groups to come together in ways that allow everyone to grow and thrive. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, leisurely bike rides, and playing tunes on the porch.