Meet The Staff
Roberto Gil, Jr. Esq., Campus Director
Roberto joined PBC in 2013 after spending eight years at Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL). One of his major accomplishments was the successful launch of the Manhattan Family Court – Court Employment Project, an alternative-to-placement program for juvenile delinquents. Roberto holds a BA in Government from The University of Texas in Austin and a JD from New York Law School. He is also a Wilderness First Responder. In October of 2016, he was elected to the National Board of Directors of the American Camp Association.
Pat Karl, Operations Manager
Pat Karl has been working for PBC since 2006 and is often the first person people connect with when making their arrangements to visit Blairstown. She enjoys baking, doing jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her children.
Tom came to PBC as an adjunct instructor in 2009, and was hired as an Assistant Director in May 2013. His work in outdoor adventure includes extended backpacking trips, whitewater canoeing, building ropes courses, and developing leadership curriculum. Tom holds number of certifications, including Wilderness First Responder, Red Cross Lifeguard, and ACCT Level II Practitioner.
Adam joined PBC in 2010 after working as an archaeologist and outdoor educator in Central Pennsylvania. In 2009, he completed a 31 day hiking and climbing course through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for outdoor educators in the North Cascades of Washington State. He also is a certified Wilderness First Responder, ACCT Level II practitioner, Red Cross Lifeguard, and Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED instructor.
Jody and his team oversee and maintain all Blairstown facilities, grounds, equipment, and vehicles. Jody has a wealth of skills and advanced training in emergency action plans, dam safety & maintenance, lake management, OSHA compliance, hazardous communication, asbestos, lead & mold management, ladder safety & fall protection, respirator protection, and electrical safety. He is also certified and licensed as a pesticide operator.
John Haney has been working at PBC in the maintenance department for 16 years. He is a native of Pennsylvania and enjoys hunting, working on projects around his house and riding his motorcycle.
Chris joined PBC in August 2011, having previously served with the New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program as an AmeriCorps member. Chris holds a BA in psychology from Rutgers University. He is a Wilderness First Responder, ACCT Level II certified practitioner and holds a Water Safety Instructor certification. Chris is also a certified trainer for five nationally recognized curriculums: Project WET, Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Flying WILD and Project Learning Tree.
Robert Buarotti, Food Service Director
Chef Bob is the food Service Director for the Princeton Blairstown Center .I have been preparing the meals here for the past four years now. And do my best to make each one a restaurant quality meal from breakfast to dessert.
In passing you may hear music coming from the kitchen, I think music is a great motivator and music brings everyone to a good place in mind and spirit.
Travis joined PBC in April 2015. Prior to that, Travis spent four seasons working with youth at Indian Acres, located in Fryeburg, ME, as a counselor and assistant unit leader. He has two years of experience operating a rock climbing wall and a year working as an outdoor educator.
Travis is an avid climber with 20 years of climbing experience in northern New Jersey and the White Mountains. He also has over 15 years of experience in team sports including basketball, soccer, and volleyball.
Terrell joined PBC for the summers of 2013 and 2014 as a Summer Staff member. In June 2015, after graduation, he joined as an Experiential Education Facilitator. From East St. Louis, MO, Terrell has also worked as a camp counselor at Sherwood Forest Camp, working with children from inner-city St. Louis. Terrell holds a BA in Education from Bandies University.
Ron is entering his second season with PBC as an Experiential Education Facilitator, and is currently a certified lifeguard, holds a Level 1 ACCT Certificate, and is a Wilderness First Responder. Ron's passion for outdoor education led him to win the Initiative Idea Award for 2016 and is currently working on installing a new element called The Sensory Forest. Ron loves to work in his garden, play guitar, write, draw cartoons, dream at night, hike, and explore the natural world with his wife Brianne, daughter Charlotte, and dog LuLu.