Summer Camp Supervisory Staff

Jackie McArdle
Site Supervisor, Lancaster Programs

“I began my amazing journey with Aaron’s Acres as a Millersville student in 2005.  After deciding that it was a life changing experience for me, I continued with the program during the summer camp and have not looked back since.  I have been through it all, from student, to counselor, to group leader, to now entering my 4th year as the site supervisor in Lancaster.  I graduated from Millersville University in 2006 with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education, and also have a certification in Middle School Mathematics.  In 2012, I received my Master’s Degree from Wilkes University in Classroom Technology.  In the fall of 2014, I will be going to back to school again; this time to obtain my principal certification.  During the school year I work as a Special Education Consultant for the Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, working in Secondary, Center-based Emotional Support.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, whether that be at the beach, attending sporting events, or just gathering together and catching up.  Aaron’s Acres has been a place of release for me, to be able to give back and interact with so many incredible kids and young adults.  Each and every child that we serve puts a smile on my face.  I look forward for the opportunity to continue working with these amazing kids and young adults for years to come.”

Kelly Parker
Site Supervisor, Lancaster Programs

“I became part of the amazing Aaron’s Acres family during the summer of 2008 as a high school buddy. Following that summer, I returned as a counselor before I went to college. Four years later after I graduated, I became a group leader and I am now excited to start my time as Assistant Site Supervisor. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2013 with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I am currently in the process of starting my Master’s Degree in Special Education. During the school year, I am an elementary Multiple Disabilities Support teacher for Manheim Township School District. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends, having game nights, and watching movies. I am looking forward to continuing my fantastic journey with Aaron’s Acres and seeing all of the awesome Aaron’s Acres’ kids for many years to come!”

Carson Miller

“I joined the awesome Aaron’s Acres family in the summer of 2014 as a Group Leader at the Lancaster campus. I graduated from Marshall University in 2007 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in History. I started my journey in Special Education Services in 2008 with the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 serving as a Personal Care Assistant and later a Job Trainer. In 2016, I began my current position as an Emotional Support Teacher with the School District of Lancaster. I’m currently in pursuit of my Masters in Special Education at Millersville University. In my spare time, I coach football, wrestling and track at J.P. McCaskey High School and enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids. I am extremely excited to be continuing my awesome opportunity with Aaron’s Acres as a Site Supervisor and look forward to meeting all my new and returning campers and their families this year!”

Courtney Funk
Site Supervisor, Lancaster Programs

"My experience with Aaron’s Acres began during the Spring of 2013 as a Millersville Intern. That following Summer, I began working at camp as a counselor and a couple years later as a Group Leader. During the Summer of 2018, I began my current role as one of the Site Supervisors for Aaron's Acres.  I have loved experiencing all of my different roles while at camp, and enjoyed growing along with the program. Outside of Aaron's Acres I am a Multiple Disabilities Support teacher for the School District of Lancaster and am working on completing my Master's degree in Special Education. Other than working with individuals with special needs, I have a passion for travel and am always looking to cross more places off of my bucket list!  Aaron's Acres has made a lasting and incredible impact on my life and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.”

School Year Supervisory Staff

Beth Hartz
Site Supervisor, Berks School Year Programs

“I have been with Aaron’s Acres since 2009, and I have enjoyed every minute of the Friday night outings, the Saturday night school year programs, and the summer camp sessions in which I have been involved.   As programs begin, I become so excited to see each child’s smiling face.  New years bring new adventures for Aaron’s Acres and I am proud to be a part of each adventure.   During the school year, I work for the Kutztown Area School District as the elementary Life Skills Support teacher K-5.  I graduated from Penn State (1996) with an Associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy. In 2000, I graduated from Alvernia University with a B.S. in Health Science. I have a certification in Special Education from Alvernia University.  In my spare time, I enjoy watching my son play lacrosse, going to the movies, and I enjoy time with family and friends. ”

Heather Oppmann
Site Supervisor, Berks School Year Programs

“Aaron’s Acres has been a positive aspect of my life for the past five years. I enjoy working with all of your children and it makes my day to see them smile and enjoy themselves at camp and during the school year program. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University in Special Education (1992) and I received my Master’s degree from Wilkes University in Classroom Technology (2008).  During the school year, I work for Kutztown Area School District. I have a learning support classroom grades K-2. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my two children, reading, and going to the beach.  I have been blessed to find this organization and I look forward to many more great experiences.”