Our Camp Family
Camp Casco is made possible by the passionate work of many individuals who are personally committed to our mission. We are deeply appreciative of the amazing people who make up our camp family, and we are grateful for all they do.
Our Board of Directors
Board President and Chief Executive Officer
After earning her B.S. in Microbiology at San Diego State University, Erin came to Boston to study Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard University. Despite enjoying cancer research immensely, she found her true passion to be providing emotional support services for children affected by cancer, and co-founded Camp Casco. Erin completed her Master of Science degree in 2015, and now feels incredibly lucky to be able to work with the most inspiring families and dedicated volunteers at Camp Casco throughout the year.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Dr. Michael Goldberg attended the University of Toronto as an undergraduate, and earned his Master of Philosophy degree at the University of Cambridge before moving to Boston to pursue his Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, as an Assistant Professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, Michael runs a research lab that is working towards developing novel therapies in order to improve outcomes for cancer patients.
Michael became a Co-Founder and Camp Casco's first Board Member in 2014. Michael explains, "Camp Casco addresses an important unmet need and is run by a team that is dynamic, friendly, and fun. It's a privilege to be involved with this organization."
Chief Development Officer and Clerk
After earning her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester, a love of biomedical research brought Whitney to the Boston area. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School with additional training in Human Biology and Translational Medicine. Whitney studies the role of epigenetics in skin cancer to identify new targets for therapeutic intervention in Dr. David Fisher's laboratory.
Whitney joined Camp Casco early on, when co-founders Erin Fletcher and Dr. Michael Goldberg were seeking additional help from the Harvard community in 2014. Her drive, passion, and commitment to helping those affected by cancer led her to take on a commanding role in the organization as our current Chief Development Officer as the head of our Grant Committee.
Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern before venturing to Penn State for law school. He attended Georgetown University for his Master of Laws before returning to Boston as an Associate for DLA Piper LLP. There, he focuses on international corporate and business structuring and international taxation, primarily by assisting U.S.-based companies expand operations outside of the United States, and the design and implementation of efficient supply-chain and international structures.
Ryan joined Camp Casco's Board after generously donating his time and services to help us incorporate and qualify for our nonprofit status. Ryan says, "I... jumped at the chance to work with them. Being offered a board position was truly an honor and one that I couldn’t imagine turning down."
Joe Kahn is the Founder and Owner of LINX (Premier Classes and Camps. He is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School and has his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. Before LINX, Joe worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and KCI (before it was acquired by FTI), in startups and turnarounds. Through LINX, Joe has created an innovative environment in which children explore and experience new things and learn along the way. He has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in fun based classes and camps, which is the hallmark of LINX.
Joe brought his years of camp expertise to Camp Casco when he joined our Board in 2015. Joe says, "I am excited to be a part of Camp Casco and share my knowledge of running camps to help make Camp Casco a special place for kids with cancer. My wish is that no child would ever have cancer, but if they do, to help make their camp experiences as great as they can be."
Clifford pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bowdoin University in Maine before earning his M.B.A. from Boston University. Clifford served as Assistant Vice President of the Bank of New England from 1981 to 1985. Afterwards, he joined Northwestern Mutual Life, where he is a currently a Wealth Management Advisor. Clifford brought his financial expertise and years of networking savvy to our Board in December 2015. Clifford explains, "Camp Casco had a mission with which I could identify and was a small enough organization where I feel I can have an impact."
Our Special Advisor to the Board
Special Advisor to the Board
Dr. Benz graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1973 and received his training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. He has served as president and CEO emeritus of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, director emeritus and principal investigator of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, and a member of the Governing Board of Dana-Farber/Children's Cancer Center. He is also a clinical hematologist and an active NIH-funded investigator. Dr. Benz joined Camp Casco in early 2017 as our first Special Advisor to the Board, and we are incredibly honored to have his expertise and insights guiding our organization.
Our Year-Round Volunteers
Camp Casco would not be possible without the outstanding contributions of our year-round volunteers. Click here to learn more about our year-round volunteer committees and the amazing work they do throughout the year!
Last but most certainly not least, our volunteer camp counselors and medical providers give their time, energy, and hearts to Camp Casco each summer to create the amazing week-long summer camp our campers have come to expect. Click here to learn more about how to become a volunteer camp counselor in 2017!