Directors and Staff

Our staff forms the backbone of our program. These hardworking people include a combination of educators, outdoor instructors, and college students. We take great care in choosing our staff and select our leaders from a large pool of applicants based on maturity, judgment, experience, and related program skills. Our leaders are a dedicated group of caring adults who have a clear understanding of young people and are sensitive to their needs and interests. They choose to be a part of our program because of their enthusiasm to work with young people and a desire to share gifts and talents in a safe, fun-filled atmosphere. All staff participate in an intensive training session each season and are committed to your child’s safety and well-being.

Tom Bryant

Executive Director, Founder

An experienced educator in both the indoor and outdoor classroom, Tom is committed to creating innovative programs which foster personal growth and development. Using an experiential educational approach at Hidden Meadows he believes that learning opportunities for personal growth and interpersonal communication exist in all aspects of life. The programs at Hidden Meadows have been designed to actively engage all campers by providing a non-competitive, safe and instructive environment in which individuals can broaden their horizons while enjoying new and exciting outdoor activities.

Tom received his BA in Business Management from Marietta College in Ohio and his Masters in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. When not planning new projects for camp he enjoys working on the farm, exploring the outdoors and spending time on the water.

Tom and Silke with daughters Jenna, Maja and Lilli
Tom and Silke with daughters Jenna, Maja and Lilli
Tom and Silke with daughters Jenna, Maja and Lilli
Tony and Stacie with sons Michael and Max.

Tony Oyenarte

Camp Director

Tony Oyenarte is excited to join Hidden Meadows as Director. Tony is the past Director of Camp Lochearn for Girls in Vermont. Before that, he was the Director of Camp Crystal Lake, a year-round outdoor education center located in Florida.

Tony has been active in the American Camp Association, most recently as Vice-chair of the ACA National Board, and currently serves on several National Committees.

He is also a Wilderness First Responder, and Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.

Tony has dedicated his professional career to promoting the value of the outdoor experience. He is married to Stacie and is the proud father of Michael and Max. He loves to fly fish, paddleboard, mountain bike and spend time with his family and two golden retrievers on the water in Florida. 

Meet Our Team

Katherine Petersen

Galen Denney

Head of Operations

Galen leads the team that maintains our facility. Always working on new ideas for exciting additions to camp, his engineering degree brings an attention to detail we appreciate.  When not engaged in camp he can found racing his bike and training for long distance running events.  

Colleen Bryant

Colleen Bryant

Head of Registration and Office Management

Years ago Tom was able to talk his sister into joining camp. Colleen manages our office and is a wealth of knowledge about all things at Camp Hidden Meadows.

Kelly Tuma

Meredith Cook

Head of Production

Meredith provides year-round support and direction in program and staff development.  During her free time she enjoys snow boarding and traveling.

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