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Jim Farfaglia

Jim Farfaglia


mail I hit the only homerun of my life at Camp Hollis. I was ten years old and enjoying one of my five summers as a Hollis camper. I was a klutzy kid and not very athletic, but, as summer camps have been known to do, hitting that ball “out of the park” showed me a part of myself I wasn’t aware of. That homerun followed me through my life as a symbol of what I can achieve with determination. I ended up working my way through college at Camp Hollis and then became its year-round director from 1990 until 2011. Working there and now helping out with the Friends of Camp Hollis, has provided me the opportunity to give back to the camp and to observe others finding new, powerful resources in themselves—watching more than a few of them hit their own homeruns.
Aimee Glerum

Aimee Glerum


mail I am VP of Lending at Oswego County Federal Credit Union. In the Credit Union, it’s all about helping people. Every day, I get to help our members enhance their lives, whether that is through their finances or just putting a smile on their face. I joined the FOCH board because Camp Hollis is an important place in our community.  I have attended family events there and my brother was a counselor at camp, so I know that camp is such a good experience for children. I love being able to work with FOCH to help provide that opportunity for all children in Oswego County.
Debra Buske

Karen Potter

mail I grew up in Sandy Creek, NY on a small farm. We had two sets of woods and a small stream that ran behind our barn. There was also a very large maple tree in our front yard. The word "boredom" was not in our vocabulary. My sister's and I spent hours playing under that tree, building dams in the stream, and taking long walks in the woods. Growing up as I did I learned to love nature. Those childhood memories were restored when I started attending Senior Camping at Camp Hollis. As I attended the camp I became more involved in its workings. I am now a committee member and my role is to work with the theme each year. I plan and organize the program. I find this to be very rewarding. I have met some amazing presenters and have made many lifelong friends. Senior camping is something I look forward to every year.

Joy Knopp


mail Joy Knopp is a Major Gift officer for SUNY Oswego’s Office of Development and Alumni Engagement. In my current role, I represent the college in its work to develop private funds in support of SUNY Oswego’s mission to educate students and provide the best learning environment possible for them. In addition to raising major gifts, she also secures planned gifts for the college. She and her husband, Mark, live in Oswego (across the street from Camp Hollis!) and are the proud parents of four daughters. When she is not working Joy enjoys cooking, baking, reading (preferably non-fiction) and taking walks through the woods to the lake with her family and five grandchildren.
Elizabeth Filkins

Elizabeth Filkins

Scholarship Committee

mail My first experience with Camp Hollis began in 2008, while working towards an elementary education degree at SUNY Oswego. I wanted to follow my passion of working with children, and thought I would try out working at a local summer camp. It was after my first week of camp when I realized how special a place Camp Hollis truly is. I entered the summer as a quiet and shy person, as I left a much more confident and outgoing person. Throughout the summer I found myself dressing up for theme weeks, overcoming my fear and climbing a 6-foot wall, singing songs, preforming skits, and jumping in the deep end. I went on to work two more summers as a group activity leader. I later joined Friends of Camp Hollis in hope of helping children in our area attend camp. There is something so rare and special about Camp Hollis, and I’m grateful I have the opportunity to work with FOCH to help provide this experience with the children in our area.
Linda Knowles

Linda Knowles

Twenty two years ago I was hired to be a counselor at Camp Hollis. My background was in education, edible and medicinal wild plants, music and art. What a delight it was to find a place where I could use all of these skills supported by the rich nourishing environment created for campers. My time at Camp Hollis showed me that working with young people, supporting and encouraging them, was my calling. Now retired from teaching, I continue to promote nature education, the arts, music and the spirit of healthy compassionate sportsmanship and sharing that Camp Hollis represents. Camp honors the health and wellbeing of all participants, young and old. How could I not support such a valuable resource in our community. I am honored to be a Friend of Camp Hollis.
Debra Buske

Pat Fink

mail I've always felt that Summer camps offer such a unique experience for kids to come out of their shell, and to develop the social skills, and make friends that will last a lifetime. The memories and friends I made over the three Summers I worked at Camp Hollis have made a tremendous difference in my life. I joined the board in order to try to give back some of my time and contribute to the wonderful impact that Camp Hollis has on the kids of Oswego County.
Betty Dunsmoor

Betty Dunsmoor

I am the Volunteer/Bereavement Coordinator, We Honor Veterans Facilitator, Director of Camp Rainbow of Hope and Sr. Medical Social worker at Oswego County Health Department. I have earned a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Health Science at SUNY Oswego State University. I have also earned a dual Master’s Degree in Social Work and Gerontology at Syracuse University, and a Doctorate in Psychology from Capella University. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker through the State of New York, and credentialed as a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers through the National Association of Social Workers. I have also recently became Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. My interest in Camp Hollis is twofold. First, my son is a past camper of Camp Hollis and as he stated had the time of his life. I believe that camp Hollis is a huge asset to our community and I want to help other children go to camp to share the experience my son had. Secondly, as the Director of Camp Rainbow of Hope I feel it is important to give back to Camp Hollis for all the assistance, they give that program.
Joanne Familo

Joanne Familo

mail Born and raised in Oswego County I knew of Camp Hollis; however, I never had the opportunity to attend as a youngster.  Most of my career I have been employed in the field of education in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as colleges and a youth-at-risk institute.  Since becoming involved with Camp Hollis as the secretary/administrative assistant ten years ago and as a board member three years ago, I have seen the significant and positive impact it has had on children as campers, counselors, and the young-at-heart.  It is my hope that I can be instrumental in helping as many children as possible enjoy the camping experience offered at Camp Hollis.

Ted Andolina

mail For most of my life I've worked with kids - as a teacher, tutor, caseworker and coach. For the past 18 years, I've worked at Camp Hollis on the weekends so that families and groups can enjoy the great facility for graduation parties, weddings, family reunions and other events. I know what an asset Camp Hollis is to our community. I'm proud to serve on Friends of Camp Hollis and help in any way I can.
Joe Glerum

Joe Glerum

Ex-Officio Member - Webmaster

mail I grew up right around the corner from Camp Hollis and spent many family reunions and fire department outings in the halls and rope swings of the camp back when I was a child. I had the pleasure of being a counselor for two seasons and think that this organization and the ideals which the camp provides are benefitial to the enrichment of our youth and young at heart. I will never forget the time I spent working at the camp and the friendships which are still active to this day. It is my pleasure and honor to assist the board in all their electronic endeavours as the techy guy. Even though I no longer live in NY it is still something which I love to do and to give back to as a support the the community so dear to my heart and camp which has touched it as well. You can ride in my little red wagon with me anytime.

Zach Grulich

Ex-Officio Member

mail I’ve spent my entire professional career working with children, and it can all be traced back to my roots at Camp Hollis. I spent six summers as a Camp Hollis Staffer and many more as a camper and volunteer. My experiences at Camp Hollis geared my life towards working with youth. I spent several years teaching special education and then spent over 5 years working for various YMCA Associations in the Resident/Day Camp and Child Care realms. My career has come full circle back to Camp Hollis and I’m excited to serve in the role as Coordinator of Recreation and Youth Development with Oswego County Parks and Recreation.

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