Our Team

We hire only energetic, innovative, and CREDENTIALED teachers to ensure that campers learn from the best.

We hire credentialed teachers from local schools to provide project-based, common core-aligned curriculum. These teachers are supported by college-student “Adventure Guides” (counselors) that assist campers and teachers while contributing their creative, zany personalities to the camp experience.  The day-to-day operations are overseen by a Site Administrator, who is typically a current or retired teacher or school administrator.  Think you’ve got what it takes to join the team? Click here to learn more and apply! The profiles below cover our “home office” team. 

Meet Our Home Office Team!

Jennifer Hartvickson

Jennifer travels the country speaking to schools, art associations and after school programs about the importance of setting goals and making plans.


Hans Hartvickson

Hans is the author of books including the award-winning “Mister Lemur’s Train of Thought” and “It Will Take a Lot of Us to Lift a Hippopotamus,” and the founder of the educational band “The Scheming Lemurs.”

Caitlin Orr

Caitlin works with schools, districts, and churches to arrange optimal facilities space for Adventures in Writing Camp’s sessions.

Jonny D. Williams

Jonny is the musical director for Adventures in Writing Camp.

Zee Smith

Zee organizes and project-manages the recruiting process that brings together AIW Camp’s awesomely amazing summer staff!

Cheryl Bracco

Cheryl oversees, trains, and supports the Adventures in Writing Camp Site Administrators, preparing and empowering them to be effective leaders for their site teams.

Emily Garcia

Emily has joined the AIW team as HR Specialist, supporting the entire AIW staff from initial contact and throughout their development at AIW.

Alissa Watts

Alissa was raised in Chicago, Illinois but has lived in many other places, including Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Argentina, Mexico, South Korea and Thailand. She speaks Korean, English, and Spanish.

Blake Foss

Blake manages the web presences, handles IT needs, and generally oversees all things technical in the organization.