Staff and Interns

Camp Dreamcatcher Health Center Director:  Patty Hewson

Patty HewsonPatty Hewson moved into the role of part-time Health Center Director in April of 2008.  She is a pediatric nurse practitioner with over 30 years of experience working with children in urban areas.  For the past 9 years, Patty has volunteered with SHAHICA (Sharing Health and Hope in Cameroon Africa) as a nurse practitioner with HIV/AIDS infected and/or affected children and their families.

Camp Dreamcatcher Program Directors: Emmalee Bierly & Michele Dormer

Emmalee is a marriage and family therapist and member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). Emmalee received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Sex Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. Emmalee received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

Emmalee BierlyBefore working at The West Chester Therapy Group, Emmalee interned at Council for Relationships at their University City and Center City offices growing her experience working with systemic issues. During this time, Emmalee also worked at Families Forward in Philadelphia, facilitating weekly group therapy on parenting skills, and the difficulty of being a parent. She also counseled individuals, and families living in a homeless shelter.

Emmalee completed her undergraduate internship at Camp Dreamcatcher in 2012 and now serves as group therapist providing sessions on self-esteem, puberty education, and expressing emotions with children and adolescents ages 8-15.

Michele DormerWe are thrilled to have Michele Dormer back with us as a Program Director. She was with us from 2002-2007 and left to raise her three children and started back with us in November of 2013. Michele has a degree in Criminal Justice & Sociology from La Salle University and worked in child welfare before moving into her role at Camp Dreamcatcher.


2014 InternsAlice Stumpf, a social work senior from Immaculata, and Janell Baliles, a junior social work major from West Chester University fulfilled their internships with us in the spring. Alice moved into the role of Camp Assistant and will be with us through our camp session in August. Abby Schwartz, a senior from the college of Health and Human Development at Penn State is with us full-time through the camp session. In addition, Callie Fraser-Walker, a psychology/criminology student from the University of Maryland is with us part-time this summer. The interns bring new ideas, energy and enthusiasm to their work at Camp Dreamcatcher.



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