Directors & Staff
Eric Carlson – Executive Director
Eric was a camper and counselor at Quinebarge from 1980-87, having risen from the youngest boys cabin (Mohawk) through to counselor. He worked in the wood shop and on the waterfront as a swim and boating instructor. As an adult, Eric founded and runs a climate change education and project development nonprofit that is helping preserve the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. Some say Eric is trying to recreate Quinebarge as it was in 1983 and those people are not incorrect. However, the reality is Quinebarge is much as it was thirty years ago. Eric grew up in Cohasset, Mass. and lives in East Aurora, NY. Quinebarge is a family affair; Eric and Lesley, his wife, their two daughters and dog Elora are all Quinebargers.
Lesley Marcus Carlson – Executive Director & Camp Mom
Lesley is at camp all summer with Eric, and helps out in a variety of roles. She gets to know the campers and their interests and helps make sure each camper is well taken care of, and having a great summer. Lesley also helps our adult staff navigate through their summer at camp.
Lesley got roped into camp life by Eric, and loves the Quinebarge spirit, traditions, songs and how Quinebarge harkens back to a simpler life for our campers.
Lesley is a graduate of Colgate University, has spent most of her career in international development and democracy building abroad, and helps nonprofit organizations. Lesley is originally from Kenmore, NY, loves her Buffalo Sabres and is mom to two wonderful daughters and Elora, the camp pup.
Nick Hercules – Camp Director
Nick Hercules, known at Quinebarge as Herc, has twelve years of professional camp experience working with children as a coach, counselor, mentor and friend. Prior to being named a Director, Herc was the Assistant Director, managing our CIT program, serving as Sports director and Head Boys counselor, providing a crucial link between campers and staff and staff and senior staff. Nick has also been an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Plymouth State University, helping lead the team to their best start in the program’s history. Every summer Herc and his daughter Grace come to Quinebarge for a summer filled with fun and friendship. Most importantly, Grace and Herc bring their pup Camper to join in the fun. Herc received his bachelors degree in Accounting from Benedictine College. In the off season the Hercules Family resides in Lenexa, KS. Nick is also the proud inventor of the Camp Fire Fire, a Quinebarge original tradition.
At the very core of Camp Quinebarge is our staff, made up of teachers, education students, college athletes and coaches, and other young professionals. We search extensively for the best, most dedicated, and qualified staff, many of whom grew up at Quinebarge as campers or CITs. Our counselors come from the United States and around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Hungary and more.
Counselors arrive well before our campers and receive intensive training, learning the ins and outs of Quinebarge’s mission, safety, goals, policies, games, culture, and how best to care for your children. Plus, with a low camper-to-staff ratio, we place a heavy emphasis on identifying every camper’s needs to ensure everyone is set up to thrive at Quinebarge, whether that is facilitating their making friends, helping them advance in an activity, adapting socially or developing other skills.
Quinebarge counselors are fun, mature, and knowledgeable people, whose first priority on camp is to provide a safe, high quality program to our campers. They provide group and individual instructions in our activities, and act as mentors and role models to our campers. In short, our counselors are a huge part of what makes Quinebarge great!
Our Senior Staff is made up of mature and professional Directors and Senior Staff from around the country, bringing expertise in the fields of childhood development, healthcare, program development, environmental education, and more to the Quinebarge experience. Our team works year round to find the best staff, and create an incredible summer experience for all Quinebargers.