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Friendly Pines Camp

Meet Our Staff

FPC TREE ICON INDICATES A FORMER FPC CAMPER​

FOUNDERS & OWNERS

Uncle Bud & Brownie

Founders
Friendly Pines Camp was founded in 1941 by Bud & Isabelle Brown, better known as "Uncle Bud" and "Brownie" around camp. FPC has grown tremendously since their first camping trip here with their children and several of their little friends, and now stands as a monument to their life's work Four generations of Arizona youngsters have benefitted from their inspiration and devotion.

Jack & Bebe Brown May

Owners & Directors Emeriti
In the early 1960s, Bebe Brown May and her husband Jack May assumed ownership of the camp from Bebe's father & mother. Throughout both of their lives, Jack & Bebe maintained the camp traditions and built Friendly Pines into what it is today. Jack was a certified camp director (ACA) and served for four years active duty as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force. Bebe was a former teacher and counselor, fluent in Spanish.

Jack passed away in 2012, and Bebe followed him to her eternal rest in 2021. We miss them every day!

We’re so excited to meet our 2023 staff! Check this page regularly for updates as we head into the summer season! 

DIRECTORS

Megan May

Camp Director
Camp is truly in Megan’s blood. Starting at age 5, Megan enjoyed 10 summers as a camper before becoming a CIT, an Assistant Counselor, and then Counselor. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2014, Megan rejoined the FPC staff in 2015 as one of the Assistant Program Directors. In the fall of 2016, she became a year-round staff member as the Assistant Director, and in the Fall of 2021 became the Camp Director. As the great-granddaughter of Uncle Bud & Brownie, Megan is also a fourth-generation family member of the Friendly Pines Camp owners.
megan@friendlypines.com

Adam Esposito

Assistant Camp Director
Originally hailing from sunny Brisbane, Australia, Adam joined FPC in the summer of 2015 as one of our Waterskiing counselors. He came back again in 2016, then joined the maintenance crew in 2017. In 2019, Adam joined us as an Assistant Program Director, before being promoted to Program Director and New Family Coordinator that fall. He oversees the day to day running of camp, including activities, schedules, and special events. Adam met his wife Valerie at Friendly Pines in 2015, and they were married in 2019 AT camp! He now lives full time in the USA.
adam@friendlypines.com

LEADERSHIP Staff

BEN KORF

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
YEAR #: 5

HOMETOWN: Scottsdale, AZ

DREAM JOB: Writer and Actor

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: Graphic Designer

PLACE I'D MOST LIKE TO LIVE: New Zealand

MY HIDDEN TALENT: I can do a backflip but only when no one is watching

MY SECRET TO LIFE: Ask everyone you meet how their day has been. For better or worse they'll appreciate someone asking!

MIKY THOMAS

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
YEAR #: 3

HOMETOWN: Prairiewood, Australia

DREAM JOB: My own foundation to do with teen mental illness

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: Social Worker

FAVORITE FOOD: Asian - could smack a pad thai or any sushi

IF I COULD BE AN ANIMAL, I'D BE: Dolphin

MY FAVORITE QUOTE: "You can't help everyone but everyone can help someone."

Counselors

Wrangler staff

Camp OFFICE Staff

Sayaka Pierson

Business Manager
YEAR #: 6

HOMETOWN: Fukuoka, Japan

DREAM JOB: Super mom

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: Work at FPC while being a good mom 🙂

COOLEST PLACE I'VE EXPLORED: Kauai, HI

MY FAVORITE QUOTE: "There is a genius in every one of us." --Misizu Kaneko

RANDOM FUN FACT ABOUT ME: I'm bilingual

Food Service Staff

Brian Córdoba

KITCHEN STAFF
YEAR #: 4

HOMETOWN: Pasto, Colombia

DREAM JOB: Being a polyglot and get paid for learning languages

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: Being a university professor

FAVORITE SONG: "The Nights" by Avicii

PLACE I'D MOST LIKE TO LIVE: Italy

IF I COULD BE AN ANIMAL, I'D BE: an eagle

Maintenance & OPERATIONS Staff

GARY GARCIA

OPERATIONS STAFF
YEAR #: 2

HOMETOWN: Saginaw, MI

FAVORITE FOOD: Bacon

PLACE I'D MOST LIKE TO LIVE: Scottsdale

IF I COULD BE AN ANIMAL, I'D BE: Hummingbird

LORI GARCIA

OPERATIONS STAFF
YEAR #: 2

HOMETOWN: Saginaw, MI

FAVORITE FOOD: Chocolate

PLACE I'D MOST LIKE TO LIVE: Scottsdale

MY SECRET TO LIFE: Patience

Derek Hassler

Maintenance Director
YEAR #: 6

HOMETOWN: Phoenix, AZ

DREAM JOB: Baseball player

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: Maintenance guy

FAVORITE FOOD: Steak, Mexican food, seafood

FAVORITE SONG: "Good Morning America" by Bryan James

RANDOM FUN FACT ABOUT ME: Was a boat pilot on Powell and Havasu in previous life

Support & PROGRAM Staff

Medical Staff

SARA EVANS

MEDICAL STAFF
YEAR #: 3

HOMETOWN: Peoria, AZ

DREAM JOB: Equestrian Chiropractor

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: PA

FAVORITE FOOD: Thai

COOLEST PLACE I'VE EXPLORED: Mozambique

SOMEDAY I'LL BE FAMOUS BECAUSE: Professional Organizer

THERESA FRIEDMAN

MEDICAL STAFF
YEAR #: 11

HOMETOWN: Scottsdale, AZ

DREAM JOB: Travel guide

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: School Nurse

FAVORITE SONG: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

MY HIDDEN TALENT: I used to be able to ride a unicycle, I haven't tried in years.

MY SECRET TO LIFE: Enjoy life, be kind the others, spent time with your family and friends and tell them you love them often.

JOEY HERMOSILLO

MEDICAL STAFF
YEAR #: 5

HOMETOWN: Phoenix, AZ

DREAM JOB: Celebrity Stylist

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: NP

FAVORITE FOOD: Mac and Cheese

MY SECRET TO LIFE: Surround yourself with the best chosen family a guy can get

RANDOM FUN FACT ABOUT ME: I started learning Portuguese just so I can watch one of my favorite movies in its native language

ERIN SCHREY

MEDICAL STAFF
YEAR #: 2

HOMETOWN: Phoenix, AZ

FAVORITE FOOD: Tacos

PLACE I'D MOST LIKE TO LIVE: Hawaii

MY HIDDEN TALENT: I can move my ears!

Shauna Szarek

MEDICAL STAFF
YEAR #: 6

HOMETOWN: Phoenix, AZ

DREAM JOB: Dolphin Trainer

ACTUAL CAREER PLAN: Labor & Delivery nurse

PLACE I'D MOST LIKE TO LIVE: Somewhere in the Caribbean

MY HIDDEN TALENT: Crafting

IF I COULD BE AN ANIMAL, I'D BE: Flamingo