Tourette Camp continues to be successful due to our leadership team. We have been operating for 26 years!
Scott Loeff is the founder and president of Tourette Syndrome Camp USA. He started the camp back in 1994.
Ryan Thomas and Brian Ackler
Ryan Thomas (pictured left) and Brian Ackler (pictured right) both have TS and have been attending camp since 2004. They started out as campers who quickly became friends, moved on to counselors, added to the board of directors, assistant directors, and now current co-camp directors. Ryan Thomas teaches 4th grade in Valparaiso, Indiana and Brian Ackler is working toward an electrical engineering degree at Penn State. Both are very passionate about Tourette Syndrome and paying it forward to the camp that has shaped who they are today.
Marleen Martinez Sundgaard
Assistant Camp Director
Marleen Martinez Sundgaard has been Assistant Camp Director for six years. She joined the camp staff 8 years ago as a young adult with TS. She has been featured as part of the Family Portraits of Adults with TS in the Tourette Association of America Newsletter. Marleen has a degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington and currently works for NASA.
Janis Becker, also known as “Momma Sanch” is our stand-in Mom for the week. She has 2 boys, one of whom attended camp as a child. She has been volunteering at our camp since 2004. As our camp nurse, Janis takes care of all our camper and counselor needs including but not limited to delivering medications, taking care of injuries, handing out freezer pops, and making sure everyone feels loved and safe. She currently works at Saint Francis Hospital in the Emergency Department as the Patient Care Coordinator and Case Manager.
Director of Camper Success
Sarah Matchen is our Director of Camper Success. She is a licensed clinical social worker and works at a therapeutic school for kids in 4th through 12th grade. She has been volunteering at our camp since 2001. As a member of our board of directors, Sarah works on and at many of our off-season events. She gives the best hugs, is a great listener, and makes sure all kids have a positive and fulfilling week. She works with parents before, during, and after the camp week to ensure a smooth and fun experience!
Assistant Director of Camper Success
Monica Berg has been on camp staff for 16 years. When she was 16 years old, she began her camp “career” as a junior counselor. Monica became the Camp Director in the summer of 2011 after serving two years as Assistant Director. She is a Special Education teacher in a suburb of Chicago where she has become her school districts resource person for Tourette’s syndrome. Monica credits her brother as well as TS camp for her decision to pursue a degree and a career as a Special Education teacher. Watching her brother struggle through school pushed her to become an advocate for children with special needs. She looks forward to camp every summer and has joked that she is now a “lifer” with TS camp!