Camp Christopher Staff
Maureen McGinty ,
Director of Camp Christopher
For many campers, when they think of Camp Christopher, they think of Lake Marion, Mummy’s Cave, Fanny Hill and Moe McGinty. Moe has been an active member of the Camp Christopher family for over 40 years! She started as a camper in 1970, become a Junior Counselor in 1976 and a full time counselor in 1978. She earned the nickname of “Nature Lady” because of her passion for educating campers, and protecting and preserving the naturalistic beauty of camp. Through the years, Moe continued to enjoy camp as a Family Camper, and by 1996, Moe served in an on-going role on the Camp Committee, camp reunions and tireless volunteer. In February, 2012, Moe was named Director of Camp Christopher.
What does Moe love most about camp? The Christopher Spirit and her camp alumni friends. She states that the community spirit and natural surroundings help her keep her faith. She maintains that camp is the perfect blend of nature and friendships. She also admits that she loves song time and enjoys singing the songs year round.
In addition to her experience at Camp Christopher, Moe has over 30 years experience in parks and recreation. Her career path includes the Cleveland MetroParks, City of Brunswick Parks and Recreation and, most recently, nine years as Chief of Interpretative Programming and Environmental Education for MetroParks Serving Summit County. Maureen earned her bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation/Natural Resources from Kent State University and a master’s degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University.
Department Coordinator Roberta Bandfield is no stranger to camp. She has over 30 years experience as a camper, counselor and program director. Since 2008, Roberta has been leading the waterfront staff at Camp Christopher’s own Lake Marion, one of the popular hot spots at camp. She states, “I am so excited that another camp season is upon us. The waterfront staff worked hard last year and has many ideas for new activities this year! Every camper loves Lake Marion and it’s our job to keep the activity fun and safe for everyone.”
Roberta is trained as a Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor. As a child, Roberta attended CYO Camp Isaac Jogues and previously ran the CYO Camp Christopher Environmental Education Program. With degrees from Kent State University (BS Recreation) and Ursuline College (MA Education), Roberta currently teaches technology at St. Clare in Lyndhurst. In her spare time, Roberta enjoys swimming, reading and technology.
Sarah Qua’s first experience with Camp Christopher was when her mom, a former CYO Camp Isaac Jogues camper, encouraged her and her sister to attend camp for week. That was the beginning of her camp resume that includes over 10 years of camping, plus 2 years as a counselor, 2 years as Crafts Director, 2 years as Program Director, and now, Camp Administrator. Sarah works diligently with the office staff to make sure every camper has the necessary paperwork and medical forms turned in. She also works to ensure that campers are assigned to the correct cabins and realistic requests are fulfilled. It’s a busy job, but Sarah shows up with a cheerful attitude and willingness to help the camp staff. “Camp has been an important part of my family for many years,” states Sarah. “I love every minute of it.”
Sarah’s favorite camp activity is the Creek Hike and getting to drink out of a natural spring. She also emphasizes that her favorite thing about Camp Christopher is the friends that she made at camp and continues to make. “They are the best and most lasting friendships one can have!”
Sarah graduated from Miami University and is currently teaches science at SS. Robert and William Catholic School in Euclid. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, the Cleveland Indians, and summers at camp.
Night Program Director
When the sun goes down on Camp Christopher, the day is far from over. Tom McGraw keeps camp energized and busy with a variety of night programs and until lights out. “I am probably known best for being the loudest counselor…as well as playing assorted monsters, giants, ogres and skits due to my height,” jokes Tom. He enjoys the night programs because it’s the one time of day that all the campers get together and participate in one united camp activity. Tom attended Camp Christopher for 4 years as a resident camper before joining the Camp Christopher staff as a Junior Counselor and then a Unit Leader. His favorite camp activities are the Creek Hike and Mud Pit. “I am a camper at heart, and nothing says camp more than rolling around in the mud,” states Tom.
Currently, Tom attends the Ohio State University where he is studying Public Affairs and Public Health. Outside of camp and the many friends he made at camp, Tom enjoys reading, playing and officiating sports, and working with kids.
Bullying Prevention Specialist
After attending Resident Camp for 11 years, Allison McKee knew she couldn’t say good-bye to Camp Christopher. So, she joined the staff. She has been seen in working in the kitchen, serving as a unit leader in the cabins, climbing and managing the challenge course, and working the Environmental Education in the off-season. This year, Allison is on staff as the Bullying Prevention Specialist. Camp Christopher adopted the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program 3 years ago as a way to teach all campers appropriate social skills and better relationships with their peers. Campers can take the skills they learned at camp into their neighborhoods, schools and everyday lives. Allison states that this program shows all campers how they can make a real difference.
Allison graduated from the University of Toledo with a major in Psychology. She rates hiking as her favorite camp activity because of the beautiful natural features located on the camp property. In addition to camp, Allison enjoys dancing, hiking, travelling and attending sporting events for all of the Cleveland teams.
One of the most important people at camp is Sherry Frisby. For over 15 years, Sherry has been responsible for feeding thousands of hungry campers. Sherry puts in a full day preparing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and keeps our campers full of energy for their busy days of activities. Prior to becoming the Food Service Manager, Sherry was a camper and a Junior Counselor.
Sherry is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Special Education. She enjoys dancing tap, jazz and hip-hop. Her favorite camp activity is the Camp Dances.