Meet the Camp Team
The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado is dedicated to providing the safest and most enjoyable camp experience for youth living with epilepsy. To ensure this, our camp team is comprised of experienced and mature camp counselors and licensed medical staff. If you would like to be a part of this amazing camp team as a counselor, medical staff or junior counselor, don’t hesitate to contact Marcee Aude at 303-377-9774 or email@example.com
Doug has been the lead counselor for the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp since 2004. He has a master’s degree in school and community counseling from Colorado State University, and is a middle school counselor at Walt Clark Middle School in Loveland. Doug coaches middle school cross country and high school track and field. He loves adventure and spending time with close family and friends. He has a beautiful wife who has also worked and volunteered for Jason’s Camp and together they have three perfect children. This camp changes lives in such amazing ways, and he is honored to be a part of it year after year.
Brian has worked with our camps since 2009. He is an alumnus of Regis University with a B.A. in history and a B.S in business administration. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Colorado Denver. He has extensive experience with epilepsy, as he grew up with a stepbrother who lived with epilepsy. Brian enjoys volunteering in various capacities and, in his role as a counselor, and brings compassion and understanding to the campers living with epilepsy.
My name is Tim Wompey. I have been teaching elementary-age students since 2007 in the Jefferson County School District. I’m blessed to be working with fifth graders. I have been a counselor at Jason’s Camp since 2013 and I have served as a counselor for several other camps for teens. My wife and I have two wonderful children and one loveable puppy. Epilepsy has been close to my heart for many years. As a teacher, I love to see kids learning while in action. Sometimes the best part of us shows when we are in nature. I can’t wait for camp!
My name is Justin and I’m an elementary school special education teacher. I have been living with epilepsy since 1999 and I have been a counselor at Jason’s Camp since 2008. I love returning to camp each year to see all of the old friends I have made and to meet new campers. I am a positive role model for campers since I have epilepsy too, but I don’t let it run my life. In addition to being a camp counselor, I am also an epilepsy advocate which gives me the opportunity to speak with others about my experiences living with epilepsy.
Jayaji has been a summer camp volunteer since 2012, serving as a counselor at both Jason’s Camp and Rock n’ Rally. He became a camp volunteer following his own diagnosis of epilepsy in college in order to meet others, particularly young people, living with this condition. He feels very fortunate to have met such a kind and inspiring group of people by way of camp. Jayaji is a graduate of Stanford University and is currently attending medical school at New York Medical College in pursuit of his goal of becoming a neurologist.
Chris McCallum has been a counselor and volunteer with Jason’s camp since 2009 and is excited to be returning. As a counselor who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a team, he is proud to share his love of Colorado camping and exceeding all expectations that epilepsy has “supposed” to have taken. Seizure free since 2006, Chris understands the emotions that campers have and can relate to many situations. His favorite part of Jason’s Camp is the closing campfire where he can shout, sing, and act as goofy as possible. Chris has a pretty swell home life with his wife, Aylene, and his son and daughter. In his decreasing spare time, Chris can be found playing ultimate Frisbee, soccer, running or yard work. In his increasing work time, he can be found teaching doctors and nurses about electronic medical records at Kaiser Permanente.
Hello. My name is James and I’ve been a counselor at both Jason’s Camp and Rock N’ Rally. I love being a counselor because I have epilepsy just like the campers, which gives me a special bond with them I wouldn’t get at other camps. I was a camper at Jason’s Camp for three years and really wish I knew about it when I was younger because I’ve never seen kids with personalities so different from each other connect so well anywhere else. I’ve been seizure free since 2011 after having brain surgery at the Cleveland Clinic after graduating high school. I love using that experience to help guide and bring confidence to kids who may also need surgery someday in the future.
Hannah has been involved with the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp since 2010. She has a B.S. in English literature with a minor in theatre from Adams State University, and is a special education paraeducator at Arapahoe High School in Littleton. Hannah loves spending time with her family, especially her 1-year-old son. She’s been so blessed to be a part of this camp and meet so many wonderful people who, like her, have epilepsy. She can often be heard telling people that camp is her favorite week of the year!
I’m 22 and currently a student at the University of Colorado and the 2016 winner of the Tyler J. Stevenson Scholarship. Since 2013 I’ve been living and thriving with epilepsy, and I will be a junior counselor for the first time this year. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for the outdoors, music and education with campers!
Erin has been involved in camp since 2015 when she landed a summer intern position at EFCO and ended up being a junior counselor. Erin had no prior experience with epilepsy, but has always had a big passion for camp and outdoor adventures – so being a counselor at Jason’s Camp is the highlight of her summer! She loves seeing people who may not have felt they could attend camp have a chance to experience the incredible fun and joy. Erin grew up in the suburbs of Denver, graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016, and is now enjoying post-grad life at a digital marketing company in Oklahoma City. Her favorite camp activities are team building, the zip line and horseback riding. She can’t wait for this year’s camp!
Meet the Medical Team
Jean has worked with camp since 2008. She graduated from the University of Colorado with an M.S./Physician’s Assistant degree. She spent six months in family medicine before joining Children’s Hospital Colorado’s neurology department in 2008. She worked on outpatient and inpatient neurology teams before transitioning in January 2012 to the neurosurgery department at Children’s. Currently, she is a PA instructor for the Sleep Medicine department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Jean also has seven years of experience as a physical therapist working with adults and teens with brain injuries. She brings a wealth of medical experience to the camp as well as a passion for working with youth living with epilepsy.
Chelsey is a graduate pf the Child Health Associate Physician Assistant Master’s Program and works on the epilepsy team (and specifically in the Ketogenic Diet program) at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been a longtime advocate for pediatric epilepsy. She has two undergraduate degrees in physiology and Spanish. Chelsey’s been a nurse at Jason’s Camp since 2009. Prior to this, she spent two summer camp sessions at Camp Wapiyapi. She’s also highly involved in fundraising and patient education advocacy events for families and patients impacted by epilepsy. She enjoys the outdoors and is an enthusiast for safe fun and goofy games!
Rhonda has her nursing degree from Colorado State University - Pueblo, and a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in school health from University of Missouri -St. Louis. She works as a district nurse in the Jefferson County School District, working with students who have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and epilepsy, and students who have physical disabilities. She loves Jason’s Camp because it gives campers a chance to try and succeed at physical and creative skills while gaining valuable friendships and memories along the way.
Heidi Schneider, RN
Heidi is a certified neuroscience-registered nurse and mother of a child with epilepsy. She is a lead nurse for Craig Hospital’s traumatic brain injury unit with an emphasis on educating patients and families living with a catastrophic brain injury and managing their health after discharge, including seizure and medication management. Heidi has been involved in both Jason’ Camp and Rock n’ Rally as an RN and mother of a camper!
Janet Hatt, RN
My name is Janet and I’m an RN. I’ve been working with children either in the hospital or in schools for my entire career. I live with my husband Steve. We have four grown children and two grandchildren with another one on the way. My first time at Jason’s Camp was in 2016. I had such an amazing time and look forward to working with the children again this year!
Polly Holtsnider, RN
My first year at Jason’s Camp was 2015. I’ve been an RN for 32 years in the ER and OR, and am currently a school nurse in Jefferson County Schools. I have five grown kids and step-kids, with four grandchildren. My hobby list includes hiking, camping, playing my mandolin (Celtic and bluegrass), volunteering at an animal shelter and raising chickens. I love watching campers show up a little shy on the first day, then blossom into raucous kids by the end of camp. Our campers inspire me and remind me that there are no limits to what you can do.
Maura Keal, RN
Hi, I’m Maura and I am one of the RN’s for Jason’s Camp. I’ve been an RN since 2014. I have my BSN in nursing and a master’s in child development. Currently I am an RN at Children’s Hospital Colorado and work on a post-surgical floor, many times with the epilepsy team. I am married with a wonderful husband and two dogs! When not at work, I love anything outdoors and traveling. Ever since my first year at camp, I realized what an amazing place it was and how it touched the lives of the children. I see myself coming to this camp for many years!