Tina Bildstein, Founder & 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. 

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Ben Stobbs,

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.

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Ted Kellner,

Wildlife Coordinator

 

Ted Kellner is a life long outdoor enthusiast that holds the Wildlife Coordinator position at Country Life Kids Camp.  

 

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Matthew Bildstein

Fitness Instructor

Matthew has watched the camp grow since he was 6 years old.  He became officially involved in Country Life Kids Camp in 2016, through the “Camp Counselor in Training” high school mentoring program. He is a graduate of Padua Franciscan High School and a highly motivated student in the Williams Honors College, studying electrical engineering at The University of Akron.  Matthew’s greatest strength is his determination to succeed. This is most evident as he was a high school three-sport varsity athlete (Basketball, Cross Country, and Track and Field) succeeding at the highest level while still earning a 4.1 GPA.

He was nominated by his coaches to be involved in the Athletic Leadership Council, called Positive Coaching Alliance because of both his athletic and leadership achievements.

Matthew has a dedicated passion for fitness and became the head Boot Camp Fitness Trainer in 2018. He is looking forward to utilizing his athletic skills and knowledge in basketball, soccer, and agility to teach and inspire young athletes how to lead on and off the field or court. Matthew has played a vital role in collaboratively developing and co-teaching the Young Engineering program. He enjoys sharing his talents with campers helping them learn the basics of engineering through all of Country Life Kids Camp’s regionally recognized STEAM programs. Matthew’s passionate personality and determination to reach higher levels of performance makes him invaluable to the program and campers look to him for leadership, guidance and support in their own endeavors.

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Matt Zagore

Matthew Zagore started at Country Life Kids Camp in 2017 through the Camp Counselor in Training Program.  He excelled with his talents and dedication earning the lead teaching role in the Young Finance program.  He also assists with Instructional Sport activities adding knowledge and passion for physical fitness to the camp experience.

Throughout high school, Matthew maintained a 4.2 GPA and was active in many honors and AP programs.  He participated in multiples sports in high school: cross country, track and lacrosse.  Matthew graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in 2019 with high honors both academically and athletically.  Now, he continues his education at Ohio State University as he pursues a degree in finance.  At Ohio State, Matthew has been accepted into the prestigious Fisher College of Business and currently maintains a high GPA through his third semester.

 

When Matthew was younger, he found babysitting kids around his neighborhood to be a rewarding experience.  He has transcended that feeling to Country Life Kids Camp and finds incredible rewards making a difference in the youth of today.

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Jessica Radecky, Asst. Director 

Jessica Kellner Radecky proudly holds the position as Assistant Camp Director and Curriculum Developer at Country Life Kids Camp.    

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Taylor Barnum

Taylor Barnum has been with Country Life Kids Camp since 2019 when she started in the camp’s “Staff In-Training Program” for those students attending college.  She is co-teacher for the Young Naturalist program and loves to integrate your knowledge of natural sciences and passion for the outdoors into her lessons. 

 

Taylor graduated from Cloverleaf High School in 2017 and just recently graduated from the University of Akron in August of 2020 with her Bachelor of Science in Geology.  Taylor’s ambition to continually learn the wonders of the outdoors as well as her love of rocks shines through her work.  Her favorite activity at camp is questing for rocks and fossils in the creek.  She loves to watch the campers’ excitement as they bring different rocks to the surface asking her about each one desiring to know more.  Outside of camp, Taylor spends her time playing her ukulele, hiking with her dog, going on road trips, and working as the recruiting and social media manager for Integrity Marketing Solutions in Akron. Taylor’s beaming personality, friendly demeanor, and willingness to help others is what makes her a great addition to our CLKC team.

Carlos Brito  Soccer Coach

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"

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Ryan Knapp

Ryan Knapp started at Country Life Kids Camp in 2019, through the “Staff In-Training Program” for college students. He is the lead teacher for Spanish and has played a vital role in collaboratively developing the Young Engineering program. Ryan graduated from Padua Franciscan High School and is now a student at The University of Akron studying mechanical engineering.

He enjoys sharing his talents and passion with campers helping them learn the basics of engineering through all of Country Life Kids Camp’s regionally recognized STEAM programs.  Ryan also enjoys physical activity playing high school baseball, track and cross country. He is frequently active in contributing to the Cooperative Games program engaging campers in high energy physical activity and teambuilding experiences. Ryan’s outgoing and friendly personality is why he easily relates to many of the campers quickly becoming a role model. Ryan is committed to doing anything to contribute to the success of the camp and his positive energy is reflected in his daily performance.

 

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Macy McAdams

Art Instruction

Macy McAdams is a senior Art Education major at Muskingum University. While working towards her degree, she participates on campus as the Treasurer of the Council for Exceptional Children club for students with disabilities and as the President of Muskingum University’s Programming Board. She is also a three-year varsity athlete on the cross country and track teams and is the founder of the school’s Cycling Club.

 

 

Proud to be returning to camp as the Art Teacher, Macy shares a passion for creativity with campers. She believes in teaching campers how to use various mediums to express themselves. As an artist, Macy has been included in art exhibitions at the state and national level. Her artistic talent and love of teaching encourages creative growth in campers.

 

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.

 

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Justin Austin

Soccer Coach