Leadership Team

NorthBay’s Leadership Team are the current directors that provide strategic leadership, guidance and training for NorthBay’s growing team. Along with implementing NorthBay’s mission on a day-to-day basis, this team also develops long-range goals as well as provide the support for a family of successful employees.

NorthBay’s Leadership Team

Jim Longenecker


Jim has had a successful career spanning 3 decades with specific expertise and focus in financial marketing communications with responsibilities including managing the efforts of hundreds of individuals. He most recently held the position Chief Philanthropy Officer of Helping Up Mission, Baltimore Maryland where he led the capital campaign to build a facility for the Women’s and Children’s center. Jim is very active in the community and is a member of the Board of Corporate Advisors for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center; Maryland Federation of Art Board of Directors.

Neil Dampier


Driven by his passion for nature conservation, the opportunity to connect the next generation to their environment and its conservation drew Neil to NorthBay in 2008. As executive Director he provides strategic leadership to enhance NorthBay’s overall impact, sustainability and growth. Originally from South Africa, he has over two decades of management experience in the non-profit sector, advancing goals, priorities and impact for each institution as well as serving as a trusted adviser and thought partner for diverse stakeholders. At Gorongosa Restoration Project, he coordinated several large scale conservation projects in support of the reconstruction of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. He is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, and holds a B.S.S from Rhodes University and a masters in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech. When not at work he is an avid wildlife photographer and enjoys traveling to immerse in the outdoors anywhere he can.

Rick Garber

Director of Education

Rick has 20 years of experience in outdoor education and a B.S. in Recreation and Parks Management. Rick started his outdoor career as team development facilitator with George Mason University and found his niche working with youth at-risk. He has worked in Wilderness Therapy programs in the mountains of North Carolina and as a volunteer coordinator and program manager for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. He previously served NorthBay as an educator and education manager before taking the on the role of Director of Education. Rick, his wife Salena and son Gideon also work hard at home as organic farmers.

Joe Antonio


With a BS in Criminal Justice, Joe worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer for 10 years before transitioning into the camping industry. Joe served in a variety of positions at several Young Life camps before coming to NorthBay in 2008. Originally hired to run NorthBay’s traditional summer camp program, Joe smoothly transitioned into his current role as NorthBay’s Operations Manager. When not at NorthBay, Joe enjoys biking and trail running in the summer and cross country and downhill skiing in the winter. He is also a Volunteer Area Director for Cecil County Young Life; where he serves alongside his wife Amy and their two children, Zach and Alyssa.

Dana Lewis


Dana received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Morgan State University. She uses her experiences working in film and television to produce educational and character building content. Dana was inspired to combine her love of production and educating youth after working with young actors on HBO’s, “The Wire”. She leads the media team at NorthBay developing and producing projects that come to life on stage, on the web, and in videos & photos. Dana is from Queens, NY and is one of six children. In her spare time Dana produces media projects, and works with the young adult ministry at the church she attends. When she is not at church or work you can find her enjoying a good film, an ocean view or swimming.

Linda Reagan


Linda has a BS in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Wilmington University. As the Human Resource Manager for NorthBay, Linda is dedicated to fostering a mutually rewarding relationship between organization and employee. When not at NorthBay, Linda is a coach in the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind program. She is also a music buff and enjoys singing as well as playing several instruments. She, her husband Dan, and their two boys, Connor and Aidan, are all sports enthusiasts, particularly baseball and are loyal to all Philadelphia sports teams.

Sharon Tietjens


Sharon has a BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Penn State University. She has a 20 year history in the hospitality field working in Chicago, Washington DC and Baltimore for hotel chains including Hilton, Hyatt, Carlson and several other independent organizations. The largest Hotel Sharon managed was over 2000 rooms and oldest was built in 1924. She has a diverse background in both operations and sales and loves working with people. Sharon’s Guest Services Team here at NorthBay coordinates all the retreats and rental groups. When off camp Sharon enjoys being that “Soccer Mom” and running after her son Cole, working in the garden and cooking

Donna Zane


Donna has a BS in Accounting from West Chester University and a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Notre Dame of MD University. Donna served on the Cecil County Board of Education from 2006-2014 becoming the first two-term elected member in County history. When she’s not crunching numbers, she enjoys spending time with her children, Amanda, T.J. & Parker, and her fiancé, Jack, working in the garden and listening to the Beatles.