Meet MCA’s fearless (volunteer) leadership.
Who are we? The Board of the Massachusetts Camping Association is a collection of volunteer professionals from across the camping industry within Massachusetts. We seek to create a diverse board that is representative of the many different types of summer camp offerings across the state. The purpose of the board mirrors that of the organization: we are here to support all member camps in the state of Massachusetts from legislative advisement to policy implementation. If you want to reach out to an individual member or the group at large, please visit the Contact Us page or use the fillable contact form at the bottom of the page.
Matthew Scholl (President) is the Executive Director of the Berkshire Outdoor Center at the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA in Becket, MA. Formerly the Director of Programs at Christodora & the Manice Education Center. Matt has over 17 years experience in school and outdoor programs serving urban youth from Boston, New York City, and Pittsburgh.
Bill Hoch (Vice President) is the Director of Camp Watitoh a coed overnight camp in the Berkshires. He has served the MCA Board since 1989 and been our Vice President since 1989. In addition Bill is the President of the Western Massachusetts Camp Director’s Association.
Mark Toporoff (Treasurer) is a Co-Director of Camp Danbee a girl’s overnight camp in the Berkshires. Mark was a middle school teacher, soccer coach, and camp professional before joining Danbee full-time in 1999.
Joanna Lenahan (Secretary) is an Outdoor Program Manager for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, managing six day camps throughout Eastern MA and managing year-round programs for girls at nine properties. She currently serves as the Vendor Hall Chair for ACA New England and is a member of Camp America’s Board of Advisors.
Cassandra Abodeely(Government Affairs Co-Chair)is the Summer and Auxiliary Program Director at the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, a small independent day school serving campers from 3 – 16 years old and students from Pre-K to 12th Grade. In addition to her role as Camp Director, she oversees all After School programming, including the Extended Day, After School Clubs and After School Music programs and teaches in the Upper School during the academic year. She spent several incredible summers at Camp Wingate*Kirkland on Cape Cod as a counselor, C.I.T. Director, and Program Director which piqued her interest and love of camping. Prior to Brimmer and May, Cassie spent ten years as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx, New York, specializing in anti-Human Trafficking prosecutions.
Scott Brody (Government Affairs Co-Chair) Scott Brody is an educator and thought leader in the areas of 21st Century Learning, Workforce Development and Child Development. He is the Founder of Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA and the Owner and Director of Camps Kenwood & Evergreen. Scott is also a strategic partner of IDEAS Education in Beijing, China.
Scott is an Executive Board member of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning in Washington, DC and leads P21’s work in “Beyond School” education. Scott has led multiple briefings for the US Congress on the ways in which high quality camp experiences promote college and career readiness, and speaks globally on these issues on behalf of the camp profession. Scott is the Government Affairs Chair of both the American Camp Association and the Massachusetts Camp Association and is a member of ACA’s CARE Committee. Scott is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Jewish Camp and is past Vice President of American Camp Association. He is also the author of an award-winning article for Camping Magazine entitled “Teaching the Skills that Children Need to Succeed”. Scott is an honors graduate of UC Berkeley and received a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1990.
Nancy Hartmann (Member at Large, Membership Chair, Past President) is the Director of Auxiliary Programs at Glen Urquhart School. In addition to her leadership at Glen Urquhart, Nancy is an ACA volunteer, having served on the National Board Development Committee, ACA New England Board and is currently a Standards Instructor Trainer and Visitor. Nancy has 30 years experience working with agency and private not for profit youth camps. Teaching swimming at Latitudes Sports Club, coaching for the GATORS Volleyball Club, Pingree High School volleyball and being a youth group leader for her church, extends her commitment to youth.
Beth Johns–Thomas (Member at Large, Business Membership Co-Chair, Past-President) is the Director of Summer Programs at Boston College High School in Boston, MA. Beth has over 25 years of directing camps in both private and not-for-profit camps. She established and directed Camp Ponemah a day camp in Milford NH for 10 years, directed Summer Fenn day camp an independent school camp located in Concord MA and has directed Girl Scouts Camp Farnsworth and Camp Green Eyrie. In addition Beth serves on the ACA National Standards Commission, the ACA New England Standards Committee, the ACA-NE Professional & Educational Committee, a New Camp Directors trainer and ACA Visitor.
Ellen Felcher (Member at Large, Business Member Co-Chair) is a retired former Director of Resident Camp Pembroke, celebrating 80 years of serving over 400 young Jewish girls each season. Ellen has been a member of the Pembroke Camp Community for many years. She is active in ACA and Jewish Camp Director Roundtables. Before her commitment to direct Camp Pembroke she taught Pre – K through – 1st grade for 25 years.
Zach d’Arbeloff (Member at Large, Communications Chair) has been working in camping since 2008. With a background in environmental education, focusing on the intersection between environmental stewardship and agriculture, Zach seeks to bring environmental awareness into all camp programming. Zach is a lead standards visitor, on the ACA New England Conference planning committee, and is the Director of Summer Programs at Belmont Day School, a small PK-8 independent school in Belmont, MA. Hobbies include skiing, ultimate frisbee, and basking in nature.
Donna Johns-Thomas is currently the Director of Training and Professional Development for the Boys & GirlsClubs of Boston. Before this, she was the Director of Education for the American Camp Association, New England for 13 years,providing professional development for camp professionals across the six New England states. Donna also owns her own business as a camp consultant, trainer, and public speaker. Her areas of expertise include group dynamics, staff training and supervision, leadership, morale, and understanding the multi-generational workplace. Residing in New Hampshire, she is also a weddings and event planner and a Justice of the Peace. Her hobbies include playing the guitar, spending time with her family, and filling her Amazon shopping cart to the brim with things she will never buy.
Tyler Simpson has been involved in the non-profit camp world for 15 summers, starting with the YMCA of Greater Boston and currently as the Director of Operations at Hale for the past 8 summers. He has been a visitor with ACA during his time at Hale and is a graduate of UMass Amherst, where he also a member of the track team, competing in multiple events (including being talked into doing the decathlon). Tyler has also supplemented his time with side jobs including as a vendor hawking sports bahhs (bars for non New Englanders) and driving for Uber.