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.
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 lifelong outdoor enthusiast and is using his gifts and talents as the camp’s Wildlife Coordinator.
Matthew has watched the camp grow since he was 6 years old. He became officially involved in Country Life Kids Camp in 2015, 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.
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.
Jackie Rodriguez is joining our team with 15 years’ experience teaching 7-12 Mathematics with Brunswick City Schools where she currently holds the position as BHS math department chair. Jackie was an advisor for Rachel’s Challenge for 5 years and is a member of the PBIS team at BHS. Both groups are devoted to promoting kindness, compassion, and positive relationships in and outside the classroom as well as sponsoring community outreach.
She also has 11 years of experience with pre-school and elementary students as a children’s ministry teacher at Heartland Community Church and 6 years of experience as a Cub Scout leader for pack 3507, a Boy Scout of America leader for boy troop 507 and girl troop 7507 in Medina, and a merit badge counselor for 15 BSA merit badges.
She is also the mother of 3 boys so there is no limit to the fun and crazy things she will do to make learning fun for everyone! She has a passion for developing curriculum and teaching in a fun and humorous way so that kids do not even realize that they are learning! She hopes to inspire and guide your child to be a confident leader and strategic thinker!
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"
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.
Art & Christian Teachings
Danielle Barbato Syroney is excited to bring her energy to Country Life Kids Camp this year as an instructor in both the areas of Christian Teachings and Arts & Crafts! This native NE Ohioan is a product of seventeen years of Catholic Education and has worked and/or volunteered at each of her alma maters, including Incarnate Word Academy, Padua Franciscan High School, and Xavier University.
Danielle has been a trainer for the National Coalition Building Institute, a retreat leader, a recruiter for (and trainer of) student ambassadors, a Tae Kwon Do instructor for an afterschool enrichment program, and a volunteer for St. Francis Xavier School. The integrity with which she works and her ability to connect with students will definitely shine through at Country Life Kids Camp!
Danielle’s work history has always involved creativity and her love of design. After various roles in media, marketing, and publications, she began a company in 1999 (now doing business as All Things Eventful) which specializes in custom-filled theme gift baskets for individual & corporate clients, special event design & décor, and personalized promotional items & keepsakes. Her home-life is often spent crafting and decorating with her two grade school sons. She whole-heartedly believes that while not everyone may master typical “right brain activities”, the simple act of exploring creativity in this way can stimulate “left brain activity.” Danielle looks forward to helping foster—or unlock—your child’s God-given artistic abilities this summer!