Leadership Team

Jan Peneston: Executive Director

Jan Peneston is the Executive Director of the Camp Fire USA Central New York Council.  Formerly, Jan Peneston was the full-time Camp Director at Camp Talooli for over 20 years.  Jan is also on the Board of Directors as the Standards Chair of the Upstate NY section of the American Camp Association, which provides guidelines and industry standards for camps across the United States.

Kelly Peneston: Camp Director

Kelly Peneston is the Camp Director and coordinator of the Talooli Integration Program at Camp Talooli.  Formerly, Kelly spent four years as the Boating Director and grew up at Camp Talooli as both a camper and a overnight counselor.  Kelly is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith and has a Master's Degree in Education from UMass Amherst. Currently, Kelly is completing a PhD in School Psychology and will be interning in the Liverpool School District in the fall.


Brian Vance: Assistant Camp Director

Brian Vance is the newest addition to Camp Talooli, serving as Assistant Camp Director.  Formerly, Brian spent four years working at camps in New England as an outdoor educator and EMT for the Natures Classroom program. Brian also traveled to Australia to work on sustainable farms and communities. Brian is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Recreation Management, and has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Antioch University New England.

Jeff Peneston:  Program Director

Jeff Peneston is the Program Director at Camp Talooli and has held this position and many others at Camp Talooli for over 20 years.  Jeff has been an invaluable resource at Camp Talooli and is well known by campers and staff for his vast knowledge and ability to hold large crowds captive.  Currently Jeff is an Earth Science teacher for the Liverpool School District and The 2011 New York State Teacher of the Year.  Jeff also spent the fall of 2009 on board the Swedish Icebreaker Oden, helping to do research during the ship's voyage through Antarctica.

Matthew Peneston:  Assistant Program Director

Matthew Peneston is the Assistant Program Director at Camp Talooli.  Matthew has been on staff for 12 years and has also grown up at Camp Talooli in various positions such as Waterfront Director, lifeguard and day camp counselor.  Matthew is currently working as a certified EMT and pursuing a teaching degree at SUNY Oswego.


Teri Lawless: Camp Nurse

Nurse Teri is the full time, on-site Camp Nurse.  Nurse Teri has been working at camp for 6 years as the Camp Nurse.  Nurse Teri is a Registered Nurse who works full time during the school year as a Nurse in the Liverpool School District



Shirley Wild: CIT Director

Shirley will be working as the CIT Director this summer. Formerly, Shirley worked as a Day Camp counselor for several years and also grew up with us as a Talooli camper, CIT, and Camp Fire club member. Shirley is currently finishing her senior year at Nazareth College.


Nick Giangiobbe: Challenge Course Director

Nick will be working as Challenge Course Director.  Previously Nick worked as a Resident Camp Counselor for many years and also attended camp as a camper and CIT.  In addition to this, Nick previously served as a youth member of the Camp Fire USA CNY Board of Directors.  Nick is attending LeMoyne College, pursuing a degree in teaching.


Crystal Donahue: Nature Director

This summer is Crystal's second working as Nature Director.  Previously Crystal worked as a Day and Resident Camp Counselor for many years and was a camper and CIT at Talooli.  Crystal recently from SUNY Brockport with degrees in Inclusive Childhood Education, Psychology and Creative Writing. Crystal is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Curriculum at SUNY Oswego.


Lea Taylor: Waterfront Director

Lea has spent five summers working at the Camp Talooli waterfront and formerly attended camp as a camper and CIT. Lea will be entering her senior year at Skidmore College in the fall, working toward a degree in Psychology.



Aaron Murphy: Boating Director

This will be Aaron's fourth summer serving as the Boating Director at Camp Talooli, previously having worked as both a lifeguard and camp counselor. Aaron grew up at Talooli, spending many summers as both a camper and CIT. He will be in his senior year of college at SUNY Geneseo in the fall.