Tina Bildstein, Camp Director
Tina is a former Penn State University basketball player who personally directs all of the camp programs. Tina has volunteered, and has run camps as well as given individual lessons for 20 years.
Athletic Program Coordinator
Ben Stobbs, Athletic Program Coordinator, brings in 21 years of teaching and coaching experience to Country Life Kids Camp along with the motivation to make a positive impact on the lives of the campers and promote their athletic talents on the playing field.
Ted Kellner is a life long outdoor enthusiast that holds the Wildlife Coordinator position at Country Life Kids Camp.
Justin Austin first became involved in Country Life Kids Camp in the summer of 2015 and became the head soccer coach for the program for the summer of 2017.
Emily Smith has been with Country Life Kids Camp for 6 years, moving up as a Team Leader. She is thrilled to be in Ohio again to experience summer with eager campers as well as the rest of the wonderful staff!
Emily earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a focus in Vocal Performance at The University of Akron. She held the position of co-president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (2014-2016) as well as participating in the American Choral Directors Association. As a sophomore, Emily received Honorable Mention in the 8th James Tannenbaum Memorial Scholarship Mozart Competition. In the 2016 regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Emily competed and received second place singing pieces from her classical repertoire. In the summer of 2016, Emily was able to travel with her voice teacher and other students to participate in Vianden’s International Music Festival in Luxembourg. Currently, she attends The University of Nevada, Reno studying for her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. She has received opportunities, such as a performing as a soprano soloist in The Messiah as well as singing the lead role in the production of Die Zauberflöte. She has been able to perform in masterclasses lead by guest artists, furthering her artistry and knowledge. She hopes to further her performing career as well as teaching voice.
Jessica Radecky, Asst. Director
Jessica Kellner Radecky proudly holds the position as Assistant Camp Director and Curriculum Developer at Country Life Kids Camp.
Denise is joining Country Life Kids Camp with 19 years experience teaching Health and Physical Education with Medina City Schools.
Carlos Brito, a current resident of Medina, grew up in Mexico City where he played both soccer and football as well as being active on the rowing team.
Carlos participated as the Medina Soccer Association (MSA) - Recreation League Director, for the last couple of years, and is a U.S. Soccer Association Certified Coach.
He is working with the MSA Girls Travel Teams as the U8 Trainer and helps other clubs running their Jr. Programs. Carlos started coaching his son’s team in 2013 and loved every minute of it. His coaching philosophy is based on understanding the kids’ skills/needs/strengths/weaknesses and always tries to make it fun for the team.
He understands the challenges that a parent turned coach faces and he is involved in every step of the process, helping other parents that show interest in participating and helping with their child/children activities.
When he is not actively involved on the MSA Board, you can find Carlos playing soccer in the adult league, reading a book or entertaining his two children"
CJ Griffin joins Country Life Kids Camp as recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a degree in Health and Physical Education.
While attending BW, CJ was a 4 year student athlete for the Yellow Jackets baseball team. CJ brings a variety of talents and opportunities for campers to grow personally, spiritually, and athletically. CJ uses his passion and commitment to sports and collaborative learning to inspire student athletes of all ages.
Along with aspirations of being a Physical Education teacher, CJ coaches baseball at Highland High School and Force Ohio 16u summer ball team. Along with baseball, CJ also commits his talents and experience to the game of basketball. As being the head AAU basketball coach for Griffin Sports, CJ’s 5 years of experience teaching students athletes (7-18 years old) the fundamentals and strategies required to be the best athlete and person they can be.
Mr. Brett Smith is a teacher and coach within Medina City Schools. He grew up in Wadsworth, Ohio and played basketball throughout his life. During his senior season at Wadsworth, his team posted a 20-1 record as he was the team’s starting Center.
Since high school, Brett has coached in the elementary, middle school and high school levels at Wadsworth and Medina. He currently is an 8th grade coach at Root Middle School in Medina.
Sarah Maxon is an Integrated Preschool Teacher in Wadsworth. She just completed her first year of teaching. She lives in Wadsworth with her dog, Sybil, who is a licensed therapy dog and enjoys visiting nursing homes.
Sarah attended Walsh University and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist. While in college, Sarah worked as a counselor at the YMCA. She was a board member of the campus Education Club and Council for Exceptional Children. Sarah volunteers as a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, art club leader, and church camp counselor.
During high school, Sarah was on a performance and competition jump rope team, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, led youth group, and volunteered as a vacation bible school leader. Sarah has a passion for working with children, teaching, and helping kids explore their creativity.