Snowmass, CO – Just last week, Neal Matthews from Maryland was hired as Aspen Camp’s new Program Leader. Neal has worked at Aspen Camp the past three summer as a counselor and a nurse. He remarks, “Aspen Camp is my happy place. While I am at the camp, I learn so much from the team, campers and the community.”
Neal is attending Gallaudet University for a bachelor in Physical Education with minor in athletic coaching and theater. He also has 8 years experience as a volunteer firefighter and about 5 years as a former EMT. His favorite thing to do is anything outside, which fits perfectly with the needs of the Program Leader position.
The Program Leader’s role at Aspen Camp is to assist the Program Director in coordinating and developing programs and services Aspen Camp offer to the Deaf Community* from around the world as well as locals. In whimsical terms, the Program Leader is the Robin to Aspen Camp’s Batman.
Dr. Lesa Thomas, Executive Director of Aspen Camp, shares, “We welcome Neal to the team and look forward to the partnerships he will forge between our team and the community. He has worked with us in the past and will settle in quickly. The kids love him!”
Neal also plans to offer his services to the local fire departments when he gets settled in. He looks forward to daily runs along Snowmass Creek Road and exploring more of what the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer.
Founded in 1967, Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides programs and services to recognize and capitalize on what the Deaf Community* can offer to the world. This includes the opportunity for Deaf* youth to grow in confidence and identity through programs like summer camp, winter camp, family camp, vocational training, and more. Sign language classes as well as you camps enables the local community to learn more about Deaf Culture. Aspen Camp is a 501(c)(3) non –profit organization that host programs including More information about Aspen Camp and our services can be found at www.aspencamp.org.
We use Deaf* to represent all those who identify as Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, late deafened, and more. Learn more about the asterisk at aspencamp.org/about/deaf101.
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