Chu-Wan was born and educated in Taipei, Taiwan. While in business college, she enjoyed spending her summer as a camp counselor and working with young people. It was there she discovered her passion in life and decided to become a teacher. At age 20, her father took up a friend’s offer and bought her a one way ticket to Phoenix. She has lived in Phoenix since then.
Chu-Wan completed her education courses and started teaching kindergarten. She loves young children’s curiosity about the world around them and the excitement of learning . She also has two children and they are the reason that she wanted to bring Camp Quest to Arizona.
Eugene Glover is a native of Arizona. Born in Tucson, he has also lived in Oracle, AZ and has been in the Phoenix metro area since 1982.
He is a second-generation non-believer. He is married and father of two children. His hobbies/interests include Science Fiction, bicycling, camping and videography.
Eugene began working on Camp Quest Arizona because of his love of summer camp and desire that both his own and other children could experience camp without the all-too-common religious baggage and is a founding member of the Camp Quest Arizona.
In 2014, Eugene was elected to the national Camp Quest, Inc. board of directors.
Chris Hendrickson is a native Phoenician who has lived in several parts of the Valley of the Sun.
He is an avid reader who firmly believes that the answer to every problem is education. His desire to help others ignite their passion for learning is what brought him to Camp Quest Arizona. In his spare time, Chris organizes a local book club, mentors valley youths who are preparing for college, and watches way too many movies.
Chris currently holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, a Bachelor of Science in Management, and several industry certifications for both Information Technology and Project Management.
Melissa Keeley was born in Michigan and moved to Arizona in 2010. She loves the warm temperatures and being outside so Arizona has been a great fit for her and her family. She is married and has a son who also enjoys going to Camp Quest Arizona each summer. Melissa has a cat and loves all animals. She enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring new places.
Melissa has over fifteen years working with children of all ages. She started her career teaching preschool students, kindergarten, and currently teaches third grade. She loves teaching all subjects but especially math and science. Melissa was drawn to Camp Quest Arizona because she believes this is what summer camp should be about: critical thinking, free thought, children having fun, new experiences, all while surrounded by nature.
Jay Scherotter has lived and worked in the Phoenix area since the early 80s. Although intending to remain for only a few years, he decided to stay, rise his family, and become active in the community. Jay has served as a commissioner in the City of Tempe, active on the Tempe Community Council, closely involved with Challenge Day at Tempe high schools, spends time in the ceramics studio, and plays lots of disc golf.
As a past camper, camp counselor, and camp program director, he routinely points to his camping experiences as being one of the most formative periods in his life.
Currently Jay is a director of learning and development for Nationwide Insurance and through his commitment to life-long learning, he sees Camp Quest as an extension of his professional interests to create opportunities for our youth to feel confident, self-expressed, safe, and celebrated.
Jennifer White was born and raised in Massachusetts by agnostic parents. In their later years they became evangelical Christians, which convinced Jennifer once and for all that she is definitely an atheist, no question about it. Jennifer and her husband, a Phoenix native, came here in 1973, and except for a 20-year period in the Los Angeles area, have been Phoenicians ever since. Jennifer studied fine arts at Arizona State University. The kids are grown and there are many, many grandkids and great-grandkids.
Jennifer and her husband are active in numerous groups between them, such as the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, Americans United for Separation of Church & State – Greater Phoenix, Secular Coalition for Arizona, Freedom from Religion Foundation – Valley of the Sun, ACLU Arizona, and now Camp Quest Arizona.
Jennifer teamed with a group of Humanists to create the Humanities Project, an effort to bring more arts/humanities to HSGP. She also champions children’s activities, and is helping to build support for Camp Quest and Odyssey of the Mind within HSGP. Jennifer administers Facebook and Meetup pages for HSGP, FFRF, and AU-GP.