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Counseling Team

Since 1964, Camp Deer Run has been blessed with an incredibly diverse staff. We draw this capable group from leading colleges and universities across the country, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Cornell University, Georgetown, LeTourneau University, Gordon College, Harvard University, Grove City College, Cedarville University, Notre Dame, Grace College, Taylor University, Liberty University, Biola University, and many others. Approximately 85% of the staff return each year which ensures a stable core group of counselors with enough new hires to bring in fresh ideas each year.

Keep this team in your prayers as they serve our campers and guests with every talent that God has entrusted to them.

Mary Beth Bowling, Deer Run Director

Being director of Camp Deer Run is the best job I have ever had! Sure, I have worked with kids in many other settings. During the year, I teach middle school Language Arts and Latin at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Ossipee, NH. I have also been a church youth director and have led wilderness trips for organizations such as Outward Bound.

But nothing beats being a camp director! Where else can a grown woman dress up crazy everyday, sing Disney songs at the top of her lungs and eat s’mores on a regular basis? I love seeing the joy on a young girl’s face when she hits the target in Archery for the first time. I love being in the parking lot when a van arrives back from a three-day hike and seeing the pride the girls have in their accomplishment. I love sitting by a campfire at night and hearing campers share what they have learned about the love of God while at camp.

I am also a mom of two teenage daughters, so I understand the pressures of parenting today. I am so thankful for camp in my own children’s lives as their camp counselors have had such a lasting impact on their faith and character. I hear the same thing from so many parents of campers. Camp is a place that offers acceptance, challenge and Christ-centered values—all wrapped up in incredible fun!

George Bowling, Brookwoods Conference Center Director

George serves as our Conference Director, scheduling and facilitating conferences for all sizes of groups from September to May.  In the summer, he acts as Tripping Director supervising a large staff that takes each cabin on an overnight hike or canoe experience every two weeks. George’s personal outdoor skills are legendary; he has even started a fire in the rain with a bag of Doritos!  George and Mary Beth have two grown daughters who have enjoyed being campers at Deer Run for most of their lives.  You can reach George here.

Michael Brigham, Facility Staff

Michael has been part of the facility staff since 2000. He enjoys kayaking and hiking, and is currently working on hiking all of the 4000 foot peaks in New Hampshire.  Michael has two grown daughters, Tracy and Lindsay.

Jon Cooper, Food Service Director

Jon joined us in 2019 as our Food Service Director. He is a graduate of Cairn University. He and his wife April have enjoyed working together in hospitality, including running a restaurant and catering company.


Matt Ericson, Facilities Director

Matt and his wife Caitlin were both on staff here at camp. Matt keeps our facility in tip-top shape. He and Caitlin have a son Elijah and daughter Aria, who keep them on their toes!



Ann Higgins, Director of Development

Ann Higgins is the Director of Development for Camp Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost where the best part of her job is interacting with the thankful and generous camp family that supports our mission. You can reach her here.

Dorothy Legro, Registrar

Dorothy joined our team in September 2018.   She has enjoyed a career working with various organizations and providing  great customer service.  Originally from Massachusetts, she has lived in Alton with her two dogs, Ben and Jerry, for several years.   She is happy to answer all your questions about camp and make sure that you have your camper’s paperwork completed correctly.  

Tim Nielsen, Ministry Services Director

In 2019, Tim joined Christian Camps and Conferences, but he is not new to Christian Camping. For the last 30 years he directed camps in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. As a child, Tim attended Brookwoods for a few summers and has maintained a connection with us ever since. Tim attended Houghton College in New York and completed a Masters Degree in Christian Education at Columbia International University in South Carolina. Tim loves the recreational elements of the camp experience and values the impact that they can have on the camper, the staff member and the guest. Tim’s wife Adina is also passionate about camp.  She has a Masters Degree in Camp Administration and has taught Outdoor Education, Horseback Riding, and a variety of Wilderness based programs. Tim has two young daughters who have grown up at camp and are excited to experience camping in New Hampshire!  Tim can be reached here.

Bob Strodel, Executive Director and Debbie Strodel, Bookkeeper

Bob is a second generation Camp Director and attended Brookwoods as a camper.  He met Debbie when they were on staff at another Christian camp in Massachusetts.  Bob and Debbie have two grown children who have come up through the program at Brookwoods and Deer Run!

Melissa Yonan, Director of Alumni Relations

Melissa has been a part of the camp family since 1982 and has “done it all” at camp! She is responsible for our vast alumni network and serves as editor for the camp newsletter, The Weathervane, as well as Director for our annual Alumni Camp weekend.