Board of Directors
The Camp Quest National Board of Directors are dedicated volunteers who are passionate about our mission.
Eugene is one of the founders of Camp Quest Arizona. He is also CQAZ Chairman and Assistant Camp Director. He began working with Camp Quest in 2011 because of his love of summer camp and desire that both his own and other children could experience camp without the all-too-common religious baggage prevalent elsewhere.
Eugene is a native of Arizona, a second-generation non-believer, is married, has two children and doesn’t support the Oxford comma.
Outside of camp, Eugene is Chief Information Officer of a mysterious, unnamed government agency. His hobbies/interests include Science Fiction, podcasting, bicycling, camping, geocaching and videography.
Chelsea Pavey has been involved with Camp Quest since 1997. Chelsea spent several years as a camper at Camp Quest Ohio, moved up to be a counselor there, served as Program Director and is currently the Camp Director. Chelsea also helped in the inaugural years of Chesapeake and South Carolina serving as Assistant Camp Director at both camps. She currently serves as the Secretary on the Camp Quest National board, and the local boards for Ohio, the Southeast Region, and Texas. She is also a pro animal noise maker while at camp. She is excited to see more children grow up with Camp Quest as she did.
During the part of the year that Chelsea is not at a Camp Quest, she works in customer service in the DFW metroplex. She currently holds a degree in Managerial Science from Georgia State. As a new Texas resident she spends her free time exploring the area, knitting, and following Atlanta sports.
Chuck has been involved with Camp Quest since 2010. He has served as an envelope stuffer for Camp Quest West, a cabin counselor for Camp Quest Ohio, and a Cabin Lead and Director for Camp Quest NorthWest. He is a founding board member of Camp Quest NorthWest and currently serves as its board President and Camp Director.
Chuck holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Washington State University and works as a Software Engineer in the Seattle, Washington area. He has conducted post baccalaureate studies in Biochemistry at Seattle University, has earned his Red Cross Lifeguard credentials, and is a certified Trainer in First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Chuck is an avid road cyclist, and triathlete. He also enjoys hiking in the desert and sitting quietly in remote places with incredible views. He understands that life is complicated and there are no rules or philosophies that apply to all possible situations. He brings this understanding to Camp Quest where he hopes to impart to campers that, while humans are almost always worthy of respect, ideas must be vigorously questioned in all possible ways.
Joel Van Egbert is celebrating his 17th summer at camp and 11th as a full-time professional Camp Director. "I get incredible joy from watching kids grow up." Joel also acts as a consultant for several camps across the country.
He found Camp Quest after a difficult summer at Roundup River Ranch, a residential program for children coping with chronic and terminal illness. "I sat at my computer, exhausted, and thought of what the perfect camp would be. I typed in "freethinker summer camp" and found Camp Quest."
After nearly spending a summer in Maine directing a struggling golf & tennis camp, Joel was able to find a last minute replacement. With days to spare he was accepted as a volunteer with Camp Quest Colorado. "I didn't expect how profoundly important this experience was for these children. They were desperate to share their thoughts, discuss their beliefs and embrace a freethinking culture. It blew my mind. I was hooked."
Joel serves on the Camp Quest National Board and is the Director of Camp Quest Colorado. Joel LOVES summer camp, zombies, pirates, superheroes and 'The Edge' starring Alec Baldwin & Sir Anthony Hopkins. He lives in Denver with his wife, gigantic dog, Bruce and a whole lot of big ideas.
"Children come to Camp Quest as the people they are, but leave as the people they've always wanted to be."
Liz Shoemaker is a junior high science teacher in California, and enjoys learning and teaching about all types of science. She's going into her fourth season with Camp Quest West, and enjoys visiting and participating with other Camp Quests during the summer. Her favorite part of camp is giving astronomical tours of the night sky!
As part of the Camp Quest National Board, she looks forward to helping CQ grow as a brand into a strong national camp presence.
Meg has volunteered with Camp Quest since 2013 after seeing it mentioned on the Friendly Atheist blog. It quickly became one of her favorite communities, and she's aimed to become more involved every year since. The last three summers she's been a cabin counselor for Camp Quest West, where she and her cardboard pirate ship amass and liberate squishy frogs. Meg is currently volunteering with Camp Quest NorthWest on the staffing committee. She recently acquired her Archery Instruction certification, and can't wait to put it to use!
Meg holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology. When she's not at camp or planning for camp, she dances, reads, watches cartoons, lives, and works in the Seattle, Washington area.
Neil has been involved with Camp Quest since 2006, joining the staff at Camp Quest West in 2008. Since then he was volunteered in a number of positions including Archery Instructor, Cabin Director, and Camp Director. He has camped in every state and province west of the Rockies, developing a love for the outdoors he shares with each camper.
Neil holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy of Science, and a Masters degree in Philosophy with an emphasis on Ethics. Skills he uses in his position as a Sales Manager. While not at work Neil spends his time SCUBA diving, shooting sports, and exploring off road in his 4x4.
Shawn has been involved with Camp Quest since 2003, first serving on staff of Camp Quest Ohio. After that summer he joined the Camp Quest Inc. Board of Directors where he served from 2003-2007. Returning to the Camp Quest Inc Board in 2012 as Treasurer, Shawn is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as Board Chair and bring his nonprofit experience to Camp Quest. Shawn still volunteers with Camp Quest Ohio as Operations Director, where he coordinates registration and finance duties. Outside of camp, he is Director of Public Allies Cincinnati, an AmeriCorps leadership development apprenticeship program. Shawn also volunteers with GLSEN Greater Cincinnati, serving as Lead Trainer and Youth Summit Coordinator.
Shelly (and her husband, Gordon) have been Camp Quest parents for seven years. Their two free-thinking children have attended CQ Ohio, Michigan, Chesapeake and New England either as campers or staff. Shelly also serves as Vice-Chair of the Camp Quest Ohio Board of Directors.
Shelly owns a law firm, Craig Henry PLC, in Louisville, Kentucky where she practices civil rights law. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, triathlon training, reading, and exploring Louisville’s restaurant and microbrewery offerings.
Brian has been involved in secular activism since 2009. He joined the board of directors of PA Nonbelievers, central Pennsylvania’s largest grassroots secular organization, in 2010 and currently serves as president of that organization.
Brian has been working to form a Pennsylvania coalition of grassroots groups with the goal of promoting the formation and growth of secular groups in the state. Brian is the co-chair for the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania, the state chapter of the Secular Coalition for America. Brian is one of the co-founders of the PA State Atheist/Humanist conference (PAStAHCon), and as of 2015 has served as its co-executive director 4 times.
Professionally, Brian works as an IT Systems Developer, with over 15 years of experience in his field.