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Jeremy Scherf

Co-Director

Jeremy has been a nature-lover since he was young, which inspired him to attend camp (Ohio Forestry Camp back then) in 1991 and 1992. He currently serves as Camp Canopy’s Co-Director, and has been affiliated with the camp for nine years. Jeremy attended The Ohio State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resources/forestry, equipping him with all the necessary knowledge and skills to teach Ohio’s youth all about the state’s bountiful forests. While at Ohio State, he was the president of the Forestry Forum and was an active member of the Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Jeremy’s career path has taken him to ODNR’s Division of Forestry, where he is employed as a service forester. His favorite part of Camp Canopy is watching the kids experience that “ah-ha” moment and getting to see the light bulb come on.

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Marne Titchenell

Co-Director

Marne, an OSU Extension wildlife program specialist, discovered her passion for wildlife and the outdoors at a young age, and carried that passion into adulthood when she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University in wildlife and forestry. Early in her career, she enjoyed working in the wildlife biology and forestry fields, but her true passion lies in environmental education. Marne has been involved with Camp Canopy and its development since 2010, and currently serves as co-director. Marne’s favorite part about camp is watching new friendships form and flourish, and watching the younger generation’s love for forestry inspire their career choices down the line

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Emilee Hardesty

Co-Director

Emilee first attended camp as a camper at age 13. From that moment, she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up, and it set the stage for her future career. She received her bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife management from The Ohio State University in June of 2012, and she moved into Camp Canopy the same day to be a camp instructor. She started her career working seasonally with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and is now a private lands biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Emilee’s favorite part of camp is being able to see campers realize just how much there is to learn outside.

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Jake Peer

Instructor

Jake has been interested in the outdoors for as long as he can remember, and this led him to attend camp after his freshman year of high school in 2005. This opened a whole new world of possibilities for his future. He continued to attend camp throughout high school until graduating in 2008. At that time he began work toward a bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife management from The Ohio State University. During his time at OSU, Jake continued to be involved with camp working as a counselor. In 2012 he was invited to become an instructor at camp and has been an instructor each year since that time. He was president of the Forestry Forum at Ohio State and helped to restart the club’s timber sports team, competing at the Midwestern Forester’s Conclave. He graduated in August of 2013 and now works for Knox SWCD as their wildlife specialist. His favorite part of camp is seeing students with diverse backgrounds come together and grow in their love of natural resources.

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Gayla Fleming

Association & Event Coordinator

Gayla is the association and event coordinator for the Ohio Forestry Association. She has worked for OFA since 2008 and handles registration and all of the behind-the-scenes items for Camp Canopy as well as other OFA events. Gayla is often the first point of contact for students and parents. Gayla’s favorite part of camp is check in on opening day and meeting all of the kids and parents and seeing how excited they are to be there.

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Brad Perkins

Executive Director

Brad grew up on a Boy Scout Camp (literally…his dad was the ranger of the camp!) and by his early teens was teaching merit badges to other scouts, specifically those for Forestry, Wildlife and Conservation. He first attended OFA’s Forestry Camp in 1972, and returned in 1974 when OFA held an Advanced Forestry Camp. He holds an associate’s degree in the applied Science of Forestry from Hocking Technical College. Brad went on to a 38-year career as a forest resource professional in the paper industry. During that time, he helped produce instruction materials for Forestry Camp, started teaching at the camp in the mid-1990s, and was the Forestry Camp Committee Chair for 10 years. Now, as the Executive Director of the Ohio Forestry Association, Brad is passionate about helping to make sure that this phenomenal camp experience continues to thrive. Brad’s favorite part of camp is watching the development of those students that come back multiple years, and watching some of them go on to careers in the natural resource fields.