Our Team

Jacqueline McDonough

Founder and Executive Director

Jacqueline (Christy) McDonough founded Camp Jamison in 2008 and is the organization’s Executive Director.  While at camp she serves as the Upper Camp Director. She created Camp Jamison because of the positive impact summer camp had on her life and her unwavering belief that all children should get to experience the social and emotional benefits of summer camp and s’mores.  Jacqueline has been in the education field for over ten years serving as a teacher and coach in various grade levels and across content areas.  She has received numerous awards for her work in schools as well as in the community such as the Superintendent’s Emerging Leader Award from Universal Companies and was a nominee for DC Teacher of the Year.  She currently resides in Northeast Philadelphia with her husband and two children, Lola and Jude, who all also love Camp Jamison.

Nicole Shirk

Board Chair

Nicole is the Board Chair of Camp Jamison and the Lower Camp Director. She grew up in Huntington Valley. Nicole has been in education for almost a decade.  She attended California University of Pennsylvania and graduated with her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Nicole went on to graduate with her Masters degree in Early Childhood from Chestnut Hill College. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her pets. Nicole also enjoys time out doors and completing DIY projects.  She loves Camp Jamison and is excited to be able to give the opportunity to children to experience camp, just like she did at summer camp.  


Chioma Dunkley

Board Member

Chioma Dunkley first joined Camp Jamison as a camp counselor in 2015. She had no idea then that she would fall in love with the campers & staff and return again and again.  A Philadelphia native, she recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in African American Studies. She is excited to continue her work on the Board of Directors.

Christina Mason

Board Member

A native of Philadelphia, she earned a degree in Communications from La Salle University and her law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC where she currently resides.

She is a licensed attorney for the state of Maryland and works as a federal lobbyist on issues affecting the design and construction industry.

Christina focuses her volunteer work on projects that help urban children successfully complete their education and give back to their communities in return.

Matt Drowns

Board Member

Matt Drowns first joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and served as a counselor for the camp.  He has worked in the healthcare industry for 18 years in a variety of roles including marketing, sales, and research.

Matt supports efforts in the Philadelphia community that foster enthusiasm and education for healthy living and programs that reduce disparities in education and healthcare.

Tonia Burns

Board Member

Tonia lives in NE Philadelphia with her husband, 3 daughters and her pug. She works full time as a Service Coordinator for a Gaming Company in Philadelphia.    She has volunteered her time over the years by being on the Home and School Board at her children’s school and other various clubs and activities in her local community. Raising her children and working full time is tough, but she always finds the time to make sure that her kids have the best experiences in life – one of those experiences being Camp Jamison!  Tonia is excited to be involved and can’t wait to spread the word about Camp Jamison to more children in the Philadelphia community.

In Memory of Pappa John

In February 2018 Camp Jamison lost a Board Member, counselor, fierce supporter and friend. John McGinnis was a cabin counselor for Camp Jamison for six summers and earned the name “Pappa John”. His first summer he was the ONLY male counselor at camp.

Over the summers John was a role model to countless young boys who came to know him as someone they could count on and someone who was always willing to give them a chance. He then became a Board Member and dedicated his life to spreading awareness about Camp Jamison and helping to fundraise in order to make our summers a success.

In John’s first email to our founder he wrote saying he was a retiree who was looking for a way to pay it forward in some small way. Pappa John, we want you to know you did so much more than that and your legacy and joyful spirit will continue to live on at Camp Jamison.