board of directors

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Wendy L. DeRouen

President
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Wendy L. DeRouen

President

Residing in Rochester, New York, Wendy L. DeRouen has served on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors for sixteen years. Throughout her journey with the camp and raising of four young men and five young women, she has been supported by a wonderful partner and her siblings.

As a parent of children with mental health issues and a love of camping, Camp Get-A-Way brings Wendy’s passions together. Volunteering for Camp Get-A-Way in 2004, she was amazed to see the environment it created for families to build their relationships and meet more families struggling with the same issues. She loves to empower families to be a family again and help them create lasting memories.

wderouen@cgaw.org
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James Thibert

Vice President
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James Thibert

Vice President

Hailing from Seneca Castle, New York, James Thibert has served on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors for seven years. A retired Army Master Sergeant, James and his wife, Rita, enjoy their active five children and seven grandchildren.

After volunteering at Camp Get-A-Way, James was absolutely amazed at the effectiveness and impact just a few short days of camp activities had on the families. He works tirelessly to ensure that this camp remains in operation so many more families can benefit from this experience. He loves seeing Camp Get-A-Way empower, strengthen, educate, and bond families together as they create family memories that will last a lifetime.

jthibert@cgaw.org
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Renee Abbott

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Renee Abbott

Surrounded by a well cultivated community of outstanding people, Renee Abbott calls Rochester, New York, home. She began serving on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors over ten years ago when her friend, Wendy DeRouen, asked her to help with a “family camp.”

Renee has loved Camp Get-A-Way ever since she experienced it firsthand with her own family. Families can come to Camp Get-A-Way and create a community of support and experience the joy of not being the only one. Camp Get-A-Way lets a whole family come together and create memories that will help them get through the rough times.

rabbott@cgaw.org
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Regina Brewer

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Regina Brewer

Hailing from Lyndonville, New York, Regina Brewer began serving on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors three years ago after experiencing Camp Get-A-Way with her grandson. As a single parent raising her grandson, Camp Get-A-Way was not only educational, but it also provided Regina and Andrew with a wonderful new community of friends.

Regina loves making a difference in others’ lives and working with the different families who attend Camp Get-A-Way.

rbrewer@cgaw.org
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John D'Armiento

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John D'Armiento

Originally from the Bronx, but now settled in Rochester, New York, John D’Armiento has served on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors for over five years. He and his wife, Stacy, love spending time with their five children and their Camp Get-A-Way family.

After attending Camp Get-A-Way as a family and having a great experience, John wanted to help other families have the same experience. Camp Get-A-Way allows families and children to come together as one and be themselves without being judged.

jpdarmiento@cgaw.org
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Karen J. DeRouen

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Karen J. DeRouen

Residing in Rochester, New York, Karen J. DeRouen has served on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors for over five years. Karen’s first Camp Get-A-Way experience opened her eyes to the need for the camp and showed her how much it meant to families to be in the camp environment.

As a kid, Karen’s parents always took her and her little sister, Wendy, camping; giving back and supporting Camp Get-A-Way always brings back great memories. She loves seeing the opportunities Camp Get-A-Way creates for kids with mental health issues (and their families) to enjoy camping without any stigma or judgement from others.

kderouen@cgaw.org
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Sherika R. Hall

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Sherika R. Hall

Hailing from Amityville, New York, Sherika R. Hall has served on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors since 2019. Together with her wife, Tomicka Madison, she has a very active and busy household with five sons, one daughter, four dogs, and two cats. A huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Sherika is passionate about her family and helping others.

Sherika loves the mission of Camp Get-A-Way and seeing kids thrive in a safe place where they aren’t judged and can truly be themselves. In a word, she would say Camp Get-A-Way inspires.

srhall@cgaw.org
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Tomicka Madison

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Tomicka Madison

A native of Rochester, New York, Tomicka Madison has served on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors since 2019. After being introduced to Camp Get-A-Way through her family, Tomicka was inspired to serve and support the mission for Camp Get-A-Way.

She loves the opportunity to give back to the community in a new way and provide an experience where families can bond and heal through support and having fun.

tmadison@cgaw.org
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Ken Tangel

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Ken Tangel

Although he grew up on Long Island, Ken Tangel now enjoys the beautiful woods and fields of upstate New York surrounding his Geneseo home. Ken and his wife, Laura, enjoy all the joyful noise and activity that comes with raising their seven children.

Fifteen years ago, Ken was asked to help with Camp Get-A-Way; and ever since, he’s been serving in a variety of capacities—running respite for children, serving as a one-on-one support person, and assisting with crisis response. He has served on the Camp Get-A-Way Board of Directors since November 2019. Ken loves seeing families that struggle, have positive interactions with each other and other families. There’s nothing like seeing a huge smile on the face of a kid after hitting the target with an arrow!

ktangel@cgaw.org