SUMMER STAFF Each year, 75 of the finest young men we can hire come to Deerfoot Lodge to provide the needed leadership for the daily program. These men come from across the country, more than 90% with Deerfoot experience, and all with hearts to be and to build godly young men. The staff hiring process includes a written application, oral interview, and background checks. Summer staff participate in training for counseling skills, spiritual development, and trail skills, as well as program and emergency procedures.
Ron & Anne Mackey A Lone Eagle and longtime camper and staff, “Chief Ron” is in his 13th summer as Director of Deerfoot Lodge. He is an ordained minister with a Master of Divinity degree. Chief Ron is married to Anne, who oversees the Camp Store and provides administrative support. Ron and Anne are parents to Emily, Abi, Sam, and Grace.
Ken & Stephanie Hoffman Ken is in his 21st year serving as the Facility Manager. Stephanie runs camper registration and the bookkeeping duties from the Deerfoot Adirondack office in their home during the off season. Both Ken and Stephanie are active members of the Wells Volunteer Fire Co. The Hoffmans are parents to Shelby and James.
Chief Michael Bilezikian serves as an assistant to the Camp Director. Chief Michael grew up as a Deerfoot camper and served five years on summer staff. He was the Indian Section Chief in 2016 and will become a Lone Eagle in 2017.
PERMANENT SUMMER STAFF
Shawn & Erica Barnett Shawn returns for his 15th year as Director of Food service. A Lone Eagle and longtime camper and staff member, Shawn is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Erica helps to oversee the management of food allergies at camp. Shawn and Erica reside in Illinois and are the parents of Austin, Ethan, and Elise.
Sally & Mitch Baum Sally is our Health Center Director. A licensed RN in Pennsylvania and New York, Sally returns this year for her 11th season. Mitch, a longtime staff member, oversees special needs food prep in our kitchen. Sally and Mitch are parents to Nathan, Jonah, and Candice.