Nature’s Farm Camp Board of Directors are the fiduciaries who steer us towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.
Gordie Kaplan comes to the Nature’s Farm Camp board with more than 48 years experience in camp administration, mentoring and training. Gordie was familiar with our program as the Executive Director of American Camping Association, through trainings and conferences and because their Title XX grants helped with our camp scholarships. With extensive experience with program development and camp accreditation, Gordie will help us expand and improve camp programming. He has a Master’s degree in Camping and Outdoor Education as well as graduate work in Business Administration.
Alice Kao is an architect, avid indoor gardener and enthusiastic knitter. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BArch degree. After spending most of her career in New York, she had the opportunity to work in Shanghai for a year. She returned to the U.S. and ended up in Chicago where she appreciates the bounty and colors of farmers markets. Her cooking is inspired by the hard-working, dedicated farmers of the heartland. She wants to make sure future generations of farmers are groomed today.
Jolie Krasinski is an environmental grant-maker who lives in Evanston, Illinois. She currently serves as the Natural Areas Program Director at Illinois Clean Energy Community where she oversees the administration of six different grant programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in public affairs and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Ms. Krasinski worked for several nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations in the Chicagoland area before beginning her career as a grant-maker at the Great Lakes Protection Fund in 1999. She enjoys traveling to natural areas throughout Illinois with her family for both work and pleasure.
Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark is a physician board certified in both family medicine and Integrative Medicine. She has created a practice through NorthShore Medical Group in the Chicagoland area that focuses on the therapeutic and preventative use of food as medicine. Her integrative practice also utilizes herbs, botanicals, mind body therapies alongside allopathic medicine. Dr. Maker-Clark is a clinical assistant professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine of University of Chicago, teaching nutrition through a course called Culinary Medicine, and coordinating all integrative medical education.
Tim Magner is the Executive Manager of the Board and the current Camp Director. In addition to working with kids in a variety of capacities since high school, Tim spent nine years in sales and sales management for EMC Corporation and six years in commercial real estate.