15Jon Salmon, Associate Director of Camp and Customer Relations

Jon’s favorite camp moments are seeing excited campers arrive at check-in and watching them do activities they have never done or thought possible. Jon enjoys watching campers and staff develop a special bond at camp. Jon has been involved with camp for over 15 years and is responsible for resident camp at Camp Friendship and Camp Courage North, as well as the team responsible for customer relations.

Contact Jon at: 952.852.0110 ext. 3 or JonS@truefriends.org



48Conor McGrath, Director of Camp & Operations

Conor moved from Northern Ireland to Minnesota in 2010. Before the move, he studied social work with a focus on youth development followed by a MBA. Passionate about human services, the move to True Friends in 2013 was a natural fit. As a dedicated leader in person centered planning, staff development and business acumen, today he leads the Camping and Operations Departments for True Friends.

Contact Conor at: 952.852.0113 or ConorM@truefriends.org


12Dawn Brenner, Director of Health Care

Dawn’s favorite part of camp is seeing the joy on the faces of all the campers no matter what ability. She believes the experience the health care team receives at camp is unlike anything they will ever receive in a classroom or clinical. She is excited to be part of the camp family and looks forward to seeing everyone involved grow and flourish.

Contact Dawn at: 952.852.0105 or DawnB@truefriends.org



Erin LErin LaVine, Manager of Camping

Camp brings out something in people that many other life experiences cannot; and Erin believes it’s a honor to be a part of it. Friendships are formed, new adventures are had, memories are made and personal accomplishments happen on a daily basis. Erin joined True Friends in 2009 and camp is part of her identity. She calls Eden Wood home, has a passion for play and recreation and is grateful to share it with campers, families and staff.

Contact Erin at: 952.852.0110 ext. 8 or ErinL@truefriends.org


Zach PhotoZach Orner, Manager of Camping

Zach has a deep understanding of the empowering and transformational impacts that camp has in the lives of campers and staff alike. He has a B.A. in Human Services from Prescott College and is a graduate student at Hamline University. Zach has spent his career determined to improve the field of therapeutic and experiential outdoor-education. Having now found a home with True Friends, he is thrilled to be managing Camp Courage North.

Contact Zach at: 952.852.0101 ext. 321 or ZachO@truefriends.org


Shari M Shari Mangas, Director of True Strides

Shari believes that interacting with horses will enhance the development of each individual’s confidence, self-esteem, communication and social skills not to mention “just having fun! The movement and gentle rhythmical rocking of the horse is calming and centering for many people with sensory processing or behavioral issues. She looks forward to spending time with the campers and introducing them to a unique experience that will be unforgettable.

Contact Shari at: 952.852.0101 ext. 306 or ShariM@truefriends.org



Deb Allar, Manager of Respite and Respite Health Care

Deb has been involved with camp since 2007. It warms her heart to see the campers be so independent at times and show off all of their talented skills. She believes True Friends is a life changing opportunity for every person involved. Her responsibility has been respite health care throughout the years with experience in camping health care also.

Contact Deb at: 952.852.0101 ext: 391 or DeborahA@truefriends.org


Jason CJason Colvin, Manager of Camping

For more than 10 years, Jason has incorporated experiential education programming that fosters independence, builds self-confidence and enhances personal growth. He gives campers the ability to comfortably stretch the barriers of their comfort zones. Jason is responsible for creating intentional programs that nurture connections and provide campers opportunities to discover their greatest potential. He also trains staff to the highest standards.

Contact Jason at: 952.852.0101 ext. 206 or JasonC@truefriends.org


Amanda SAmanda Sorell, Manager of Volunteer Services & Seasonal Recruitment

Amanda believes that camp gives everyone a place to belong. Seeing those “aha!” moments of learning and understanding something new about themselves and the world are what makes camp so special to her. Amanda has a passion and drive to recruit both seasonal staff and volunteers to experience the magic of True Friends’ camps and programs.
Contact Amanda at: 952.697.2295 or AmandaS@truefriends.org


Maureen OMaureen O’Connor, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Seasonal Recruitment 

Having worked at camps in the past, Maureen is thrilled to join the True Friends team to continue connecting people to experiential outdoor opportunities. Working within Volunteer and Recruitment Services allows her to engage with others and share with them the rich experiences that come through involvement in our programs. She loves getting outside, building new friendships and creating adventures for all people.

Contact Maureen at: 952.697.2286 or MaureenO@truefriends.org



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