Founder and President
Jacqueline (Christy) McDonough founded Camp Jamison in 2008 and has since been the Board of Director’s President. Jacqueline resides in Northeast Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
She created Camp Jamison because of the positive impact summer camp had on her life as a child and her unyielding belief that all children can learn and benefit from the experiences summer camp offers. Jacqueline has been in the education field for over ten years and most recently serves as an Instructional Coach for a charter school in Philadelphia.
Nicole is the Vice President of Camp Jamison and the Lower Camp Director. She grew up in Huntington Valley. Nicole has been teaching for 8 years for Mastery Charter Schools. For 6 years she taught at the Hardy Williams Elementary Campus and has been working for the past two years at the Wister Elementary Campus. 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 Camp Neumann.
John McGinnis has been a member of Camp Jamison’s Board of Directors since 2013. He grew up in Vienna, Virginia. He graduated from James Madison High School. He attended Ferrum College for two years.
John worked for Giant Foods for thirty years as a Meat Cutter and retired in 2011. John has been a counselor at Camp Jamison for seven summers and is lovingly known as “Pappa John” to our campers.
Board MemberChioma 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 join the Board of Directors as a new member this year.
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.
Secretary and Chair of the Engagement Committee
Originally from Virginia, she relocated to Philadelphia to teach after graduating from VCU (Richmond, VA). She has taught in various neighborhoods around Philadelphia, in both public and charter schools, and is currently an Early Literacy Specialist with the Children’s Literacy Initiative, working with teachers and students at Dr. Ethel Allen Elementary School.
Kati holds two Master’s degrees – one in Elementary Education/Special Education (Holy Family University) and the other in Educational Leadership (Chestnut Hill College). Kati also coordinates the Counselor-In-Training Program for Camp Jamison, which builds leadership skills in 15-16 year old students.
He was born and raised in Huntingdon Valley, PA and lives in Philadelphia. Matthew graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2012.
He received his Masters in Accounting and a Bachelors in Finance. From 2013 until the present he is a Tax Account at Deloitte Tax LLP. Matthew is passionate about projects that help children develop into the leaders of the future.
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.
Board Member, Chair of Fundraising Committee
Karen Hearn joined Camp Jamison’s Board of Directors and is the head of the fundraising committee in 2016 after deciding that a busy mom and full time teacher CAN find the time to do more to help this organization. While it can sometimes be hard to juggle being a wife, mommy of two little girls, and a first grade teacher, it is worth it to see the smiles of those campers and hear their stories. She is a proud Bucks County Public School Teacher and have been since 2006. Her bachelor’s degree is from West Chester in Elementary Education. She is also certified in Library Media Sciences, Middle School Social Studies, and Middle School Language Arts. In 2010 she also completed a Master’s Degree program in Special Education through Cabrini College and added that certification as well!
Her husband Kevin is a nurse and volunteer firefighter. Her family is proud to be a part of the fire company and enjoy helping out there as well. Between work, school, dance classes for the girls, and volunteering with the fire company, the Hearn family is always on the go! They are glad to be able to support Camp Jamison and help to provide opportunities for summer camp experiences to kids in our area. Karen saw first hand what a positive impact the summer camp experience has on children when she was a camp counselor in college and has never forgotten that. This is such an important need in our community and her family will always find a way to support Camp Jamison in it’s efforts!