Brian became involved with Camp Hemlock as a young child when he first attended Stockade camp in 1983. He fell in love with the outdoor adventures and the fun junior staff. As a camper he participated in Stockade, Observer, and Battalion camps before completing the S.A.L.T. program. Brian served as junior staff, S.A.L.T. leader, and Program Director. He loved camp so much he proposed to his wife at the Rock Gardens. He returned to camp with his own children volunteering in every program they could do. Brian holds a BS in elementary education from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Johns Hopkins University. He taught 24 years in the public school system. Brian holds a local minister’s license with the Church of the Nazarene and is also a member of the Church Board. He and his wife Beth have two children in college, Megan and Will, who also work at Hemlock in the summers. Brian attends Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Ellicott City, MD.
Victoria “Zazu” Richardson
Assistant Camp Director & Girls Program Leader
Victoria’s journey at Camp Hemlock started in Summer of 2019 as the assistant kitchen manager and kitchen manager. Since then, she has served in a variety of roles at camp, including as a chaplain/counselor to the staff of Wildflowers. She has a history of working at summer camps, which serves her well in her current role. While not at camp, Victoria spends time with friends, reading books, working on puzzles, or camping. Victoria holds a B.S. and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University, and a Master of Divinity(MDiv) from Metro Baltimore Seminary. She currently works full-time for Chapelgate Christian Academy as the Director of Spiritual Life. She also attends Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville, MD.
Adventure Program Director
Ben began his Camp Hemlock adventures as a camper during high school. He then went on to complete SALT and serve on staff for many summers. He has been a SALT Leader, Lifeguard, Health Assistant, Program Director, and Cabin Ranger, among other duties around camp. Ben loves serving at Camp Hemlock because it had such a huge impact on his own walk with the Lord. He has fond memories of climbing, hiking, paddling, and thoroughly enjoying God’s beautiful creation at and around Camp. Ben oversees the training and implementation of all elements of our Adventure Ropes Course. To balance out his love for all things outdoor, Ben holds an MS in Cloud Computing from UMUC, and a BS in Information Technology from Towson University. He currently works in DevOps (Computer System Development and Operations). His love for camp has transferred to his wife, Angie, and their two young kids, Catherine and Caleb. Ben attends Severna Park EP Church in Pasadena, MD.
Board of Directors
Camp Hemlock is a 501(c)3 non-profit. It is also under the leadership of an elected board of directors. The board meets the first Monday of the month in Columbia, MD. There are several committees including physical plant, communications & marketing, Wildflowers girls’ programs, CSB activities, personnel, outdoor activities & equipment, finance, program, and executive. These committees meet throughout the month. For information about how to become more involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.