I have been with Rotary since 2012. I love everything about the Sunshine Campus. The summer is my highlight of the year getting to see old friends and making new ones. The Sunshine Camp is an amazing place and I am so thankful to be part of it. My husband Kevin works for Lifetime Assistance and we are proud parents to our two wonderful children, Tyler and Cecelia.
I first started working at the Sunshine Campus when I was 19 years old. That first summer, I worked as with the Facilities Department as the summer weed-whacker /mulcher / mower / general laborer. I saw the magic that was going on all around me and decided I wanted to be a part of that too. I took 2 weeks off from the Facilities Department and became a counselor during the weeks of Sunshine Camp and became hooked. My next three summers I was on the Program Staff; running the Wilderness Program and Climbing Tower. I left the Sunshine Camp to pursue opportunities at several other camps, where I worked as a CIT Coordinator, a Cabin Head and ran their Nature Programs. I jumped at the opportunity to return to the Sunshine Campus, in 2009, as the Assistant Facilities Manager. After six years in that position I was given the opportunity to become the Facilities Management Director.. I am truly one of the luckiest people in the world that I get to live at this amazing place and that my wife and I get to raise our 3 beautiful children in such a magical place.
I have been with the Sunshine Campus since February 2016. My first year has been great. I have enjoyed getting to know the staff and campers. The Sunshine Campus is an amazing place! I have a background in mechanics and don’t mind getting my hands dirty. I am an outdoorsman and like to go camping and hunting in my free time. I live on campus with my wife Jacelyn and dog Jax.
I am Laura Speers and I started working at Sunshine Camp in 2003. The majority of my years at camp were spent as a Cabin Head. Moving into one of the Director positions has been a goal of mine for many years and I love working closely with families to ensure a safe, supportive and loving environment for their children. Outside of camp I am a Kindergarten teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in Hilton which brings me daily joy. My most important job, however, is being a Mom to my wonderful son who, I hope, one day will join me at this amazing place.
Hi, I’m James Allessi and I have been working at the Sunshine Camp since 2005. As a counselor, a member of the program staff, and as a Camp Director since 2012. I am a teacher who has worked in classrooms in Boston, MA, Columbia, SC, and Rochester, NY. In addition I’m a lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills, San Antonio Spurs, and the WWE.
Kyle Lothridge and Gus McCrumb
My name is Kyle Lothridge. This summer will be my 15th consecutive summer at camp in one way or another. I first started as a camper at American Diabetes Association in 2003 at the age of 8 and eventually became a Counselor in Training there in 2012. The next summer I became a counselor for ADA and the Sunshine Camp. I felt such a need to be at camp as much as I could that I started working on program staff in 2014 and have been on P-staff since. This year I am joined by my long-time friend, Angus McCrumb, to help create an exciting, rewarding and thrilling summer for every one of our campers throughout the summer. Joining us in an experienced and exuberant program staff ready for everything this summer has in store.
My name is Angus McCrumb. A lot of my friends call me Gus. This will be my eleventh year at the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus. I started my time at the Sunshine Campus as a camper for the American Diabetes Association, Camp Aspire. After multiple years as a camper, I became a CIT for Camp Aspire. In 2013, I became a counselor for both Camp Aspire and the Sunshine Camp. In 2014, I became a member of the Rotary Program Staff and worked at the climbing wall for 3 consecutive years! Now I am one of the Rotary Program Managers. Outside of camp, I enjoy hiking, mowing lawns, talking about anthropology, and spending time with dogs. I am also an avid music listener ranging from the genres of classical to funk to rock n roll, and hip-hop. Along with this, I’ve also started to create my own music.
Sunshine Campus Executive Director
I joined the Sunshine Campus team in 1997 and worked for 10 years as the Associate Executive Director of the Campus and Rochester Rotary. In 2005, I was fortunate enough to become the Executive Director of Rochester Rotary and the Rochester Rotary Charitable Trusts. I have a true passion for the magic that happens at the Sunshine Campus. I love to visit the campus and hear the laughter and see the smiles on the camper faces. The Campus creates an environment without barriers where campers can just have fun.
My husband and I have two wonderful boys Jake and Zach who love being at the Sunshine Campus as much as I do.