Meet our Board of Directors
Shawn Jeffers, Chair
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.
Neil Polzin, Vice Chair
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.
Eugene Glover, Treasurer
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.
Amy Monsky, Secretary
Amy has been involved in the freethought community since 2008 when she was delighted to discover there was one. A fellow member of her local humanist group turned her on to Camp Quest and she knew immediately it was something she wanted to be involved in. Since that time, Amy has served on staff at Camp Quest Ohio and Camp Quest Chesapeake. Pulling from her experience at both CQ Ohio and CQ Chesapeake, Amy started a new Camp Quest location in South Carolina where she is currently the Camp Director.
Amy is passionate about building and strengthening a supportive community for humanist families. In addition to Camp Quest, she serves on the Preisdent of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry. Amy and her husband live in Charleston, SC with their 3 children, a cat, and any snake, lizard, or tadpoles that are unfortunate enough to be found by the children.
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.
Bobbie Kirkhart grew up a very religious child in a devout liberal Protestant family in Enid, Oklahoma. At the University of Oklahoma, she majored in journalism and taught a Sunday school class. After college, she became a social worker in South Central Los Angeles, serving mostly black and Latina single mothers. Her work experience eventually caused her to reevaluate her belief in an omnipotent, omnibenevolent god, and after further consideration she became an atheist.
Many years later Bobbie became active in the freethought community, joining Atheists United in 1983. Since then Bobbie has served as president of Atheist Alliance International, and as vice president of the Secular Coalition for America. In addition to her work with Camp Quest, she is currently president of Atheists United, and a board member of Atheist Alliance of America.
Bobbie is a contributing author in three books: Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion; The Fundamentals of Extremism: the Christian Right in America; and Everything You Know About God Is Wrong (the Book). She is a widow, with one daughter, and two grandsons.
Since retiring, Don has managed Red Cross disaster shelters, conducted accelerated learning workshops, made presentations at numerous freethought events, taught computer courses at the university level, coordinated the Texas Freethought Convention, and served as a Board member of the Fellowship of Freethought in Dallas. In December, Don supplements his retirement income (and has lots of fun) as a real bearded Santa at corporate events.
Don grew up on an Iowa farm working with animals and getting to know nature. With degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science, Don spent a decade designing aircraft and space vehicles in St. Louis, followed by a decade based in Kansas City designing and supporting this country’s first ATMs. During the last two decades of his career, Don traveled nationwide as a bank operations consultant based in Dallas where he still lives.
Caroline lives in Columbus, OH. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Religious Studies from Agnes Scott College. She enjoys finding creative ways to incorporate her knowledge in those areas into camp programs. At home, Caroline reads lots of books, watches lots of movies, and fosters a whole lot of kittens.
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 and serving as Assistant Camp Director at both camps. She is currently the Assistant Camp Director at South Carolina. 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 is a regional sales assistant in Metro Atlanta. She currently holds a degree in Managerial Science from Georgia State. She has lived in Atlanta her whole life and spends her free time exploring the area, reading, and following Atlanta sports.
Bob's connection to Camp Quest started in 2008 when he passed by a Camp Quest table at the American Atheists national convention in Minneapolis. Bob signed up to volunteer for Camp Quest Minnesota's 2008 session, and he has considered camp the best thing he does ever since.
In his non-camp life, Bob is an IT systems administrator in state government by trade and amateur scientist by passion. Bob has served on the board of multiple organizations and has a strong background in organizational structure and governance. Bob spends his free time in diverse ways when he actually has it, and they can usually be stereotyped as extremely nerdy. In his native habitat, he can be seen wearing a tiara, gifted to him by a camper in honor of his camp nickname, "Princess Bob."
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.
Joel Van Egbert
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."
John has been involved with Camp Quest since 2007, when he was asked (drafted?) to be a counselor at Camp Quest Michigan by Edwin Kagin. Although it was a tough start, John soon became fascinated and enthralled with the idea of the camp and the children and counselors he met. He realized that teaching critical thinking is difficult and that he could learn from the young campers as well as teach. He has been counselor at CQ Michigan every year since and is now Assistant Director of that camp. He also has volunteered with the Ohio camp since 2008.
John is a passionate believer in the separation of the government from religion and volunteers for American Atheists as the Ohio Regional Director. He is also the past president of the group that founded Camp Quest, The Free Inquiry Group of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. John is married, a father of two, and grandfather of eight, some of whom have attended Camp Quest. He is a freelance photographer specializing in children’s sports and portraits. He loves doing photos at camp and making a slide show for the kids.
Thank you to our past board members!