At the recent Board of Managers meeting, 4 new board members and our new CDA Vice President were welcomed to the team. Camp Dudley and Kiniya are incredibly fortunate to have you all supporting our camps!
Mike Bransford #13033
Mike arrived at Dudley in 1981 during the Willie era. Growing up, Mike had heard countless Dudley stories but was eager to make sense of it himself. It all came together when Mike’s Cub leader, Doug “the Bug Man” Schmidt, decided to parachute (unannounced) into main campus on July 4th. In Mike’s words, “It’s tough for a 10-year old to pin down the Dudley experience, but the impact is real. Dudley offers an amazing combination of experiences at precisely the right age – exposure to new activities and perspectives, heartfelt support and encouragement, hilarious spontaneity, gratitude, rock-solid friendship, and appreciation for the value in putting the other fellow first.”
Says Mike, “Dudley has been a bedrock in our family since my dad (Roger Bransford, #8982) stepped foot on campus in 1955. My dad grew up down the street from best pal, John Storey (#8804), in Chatham NJ, who introduced him to Dudley.” Roger relished all things Dudley and remained a fixture at camp throughout his life, serving as camper, leader, fabled painter of red rock, former Board Chairman, and CDA Man of the Year in 1997, the year he passed away. Mike shared memorable camper years (1981-1984) with his brothers, Jeff (#12743) and Steve (#13623). Mike and his wife, Gretchen, have three children: Henry (#22033), Rose (#22733), and William (#TBA), who are hard at work on their own camp stories.
Mike grew up in Atlanta, and graduated from Cornell University and Columbia Business School. Mike’s career in finance has included market-making on Chicago and London derivative exchanges, investment banking in New York and London, and portfolio/risk management in Minneapolis, MN. The family settled in Minneapolis in 2007, where Mike currently works as Vice President of Capital Markets and Risk Management for Ameriprise Financial. Says Mike, “I am honored to serve on the Dudley Board and hope to provide useful perspective as both Dudley and Kiniya parent.”
Jack Kotz #7951
Kiawah Island, SC
For more than a century, beginning with camper Eugene Cowlin (#742, Jack’s grandfather and a boyhood friend of Chief Beckman), the family has been a presence at Dudley. Jack’s first year was 1949; he served as a JL and leader during the summers of 1954-56. Though he was involved in the Rhythm Ramblers and edited The Last Whistle, it was a love of the outdoors that truly captured his interest for the rest of his life. Jack and his wife, Katie, honeymooned in Westport, with Director Bob Marshall announcing their marriage at hymn sing in July, 1961!
After a Ph.D. at Cornell, postdoctoral appointments, and several years on the faculty of Kansas State, Jack and Katie settled in Oneonta, New York, where Jack led a distinguished career as Professor of Chemistry at SUNY-Oneonta. He won numerous awards for teaching, among them being named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. Jack was an accomplished speaker and lecturer, as well as coauthor of fundamental textbooks for inorganic and general chemistry.
As an active member of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Kotz presented over sixty talks on chemical education and the use of technology to students and faculty at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Instrumental in the revolution in education facilitated by technology, Dr. Kotz served as the Director of Educational Technology for the College at Oneonta, as well as being a member of the Fulbright Advisory Board and Board of Directors for College of Oneonta Foundation.
Jack and his wife Katie have two sons, David (#12190) and Peter (#12135), who attended camp in the 1970’s. Katie was involved in civic activities in Oneonta for many years, and the whole family enjoyed camping and hiking in the Adirondacks. They lived overseas several times. Jack has retired, and he and Katie now live on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, when they aren’t traveling. Jack is an accomplished photographer, beautifully documenting their visits to remote areas of the world.
Twenty family members over five generations have Dudley camper numbers, including grandchildren Andrew (#19135), Ian (#19136), PJ (# 19137), Emilie (#20335), John (#20690), Mara (#21790), and Andy (#22490). Jack is pleased to be able to serve on the camp’s Board of Managers for the support and friendship that Dudley has given to him and his family over the years.
Mark Valkenburgh #15133 — “Valky”
As a camper, leader and assistant division head during the summers of 1990-2001, Mark became intimately familiar with Camp Dudley, and he carries many of the fond and nostalgic memories that most alums do. Mark was connected to Dudley through a friendship with the Perry family of Wilton, CT and through his grandfather, Frank Hutchins, who treasured the Adirondacks and lived by Dudley values in every way.
Today, Mark’s enthusiasm for camp is stronger than ever: “There is no institution, no mission, no community that I hold more sacred, and in today’s fast-paced, individualistic culture, there is no motto more important than “The Other Fellow First.” He anticipates bringing his industry experience, constructive perspective, and energy to his role on the Board of Managers.
Mark and his wife, Emily, live in Cambridge, MA. Mark works for Google, Inc. as an Account Executive focused on digital media. Since joining Google he has served on a healthcare-focused team, helping clients with ongoing digital marketing efforts, and rethinking healthcare delivery and discovery via web-based platforms. Mark is passionate about supporting innovation through technology and efficiently connecting patients to the quality care they need. Mark previously worked in healthcare consulting and later served as a Product Manager for Johnson & Johnson.
Mark brings his love of camp, an empathy for the pressures on college-age leaders, a deep belief in Dudley tradition coupled with a material understanding of the need for change and evolution. He also possesses an inherent bent toward diversity and inclusion, and an interest in bringing Dudley out into the world. Mark looks forward to the opportunity to become more involved in the mission of enriching young peoples’ lives and and supporting the Dudley-Kiniya foundational pillars of service, character, leadership, compassion and integrity.
Kathy Wiseman #23372
Kathy became acquainted with Camp Kiniya and Dudley through her daughter Abby (#21772) and other Williamstown, Massachusetts families. Kathy has seen firsthand how camp’s leadership development program has positively impacted Abby’s skills and is ready to embrace the opportunity to be a part of Dudley’s organizational structure.
Professionally, Kathy works as a Pediatrician in North Adams, MA. Her interest in health care and the well being of children has a long history. In college, as a participant in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, in post-college work in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, Kathy gained invaluable experience in the emotional and physical aspects of developing immunization, HIV prevention, and general preventive health care programs.
In her community, Kathy continues to educate younger children (booster seat use, healthy diet and exercise) and teens (adequate sleep, knee injury prevention, concussion management). She also serves as one of the school physicians for the local elementary, middle and high schools, and is on the board of Berkshire Nursing Families as a medical advisor.
As a member of the Dudley Board of Managers, Kathy is interested in providing input on health services (both preventive and treatment based), ensuring that emergency action plans are in place, supporting programs that foster individual skills as well as teamwork, and reviewing structural facilities and how they affect health, safety and programming. Kathy sums it up with these words: “The camp has been a wonderful experience for Abby, and I would enjoy the opportunity to help assure that such an experience is available for other campers in the years to come.”
Kathy and Abby live in Williamstown, MA, with husband Rich and son Matt.
C. David Ready #14992
C. David Ready #14992 joins us as the Vice President of the CDA.
David is the Director of Communications for the Packer Collegiate Institute, a PreK-12 independent school in Brooklyn Heights, where he has worked since 2004, overseeing print and online media for an audience of both prospective and current families — along with thousands of alumni worldwide. Prior to Packer, he spent three years as journalism teacher, dorm parent, and basketball/lacrosse coach at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Originally from Richmond, Va., David learned about Camp Dudley through a friend at church and — after being hypnotized by Willie’s slideshow — signed up for a full-season first summer as a Junior in 1989 in Union Cabin. Over the next 15 years, he only missed one summer (1994), rising through the ranks to become Senior Division Head in 1997 and 1998.
As editor of the Dudley Doings in 2000 and 2003 and as Last Whistle editor from 2000 to 2003, David helped implement the Arts Majors program, building camp publications into a thriving program area. “When I look back at all of the great DD issues from those summers, I am particularly proud of the fact that hundreds of campers had the opportunity to see their own writing in print,” he says. “In the DD Arts Major, they got to learn the fundamentals of writing a good news story — factual information notwithstanding!”
With his wife, Emmy, and toddler son, Thomas, he lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Their niece, Victoria, is looking forward to her third summer ‘neath the Pines in 05446 at Camp Kiniya.
“Outside of my immediate family, Camp Dudley has been the single most important influence in my life — personally, professionally, spiritually,” says David. “I could not be more honored to serve my fellow Dudley alumni in this new role.”
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