Staff

Machia Wilderness Camp Staff

 

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Director Bonnie

Bonnie Machia

Camp Director

Bonnie graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum Development; Licensed Teacher in Music Education K – 12 and Elementary Education; and in 2015 became a certified Master Gardener.

She taught Vocal Music at Mount Mansfield Union, Elementary Music throughout Chittenden East School District, and Pre-K – 5th grade Music in Winooski for a total of 28 years; Was Administrative Assistant at the Rural Education Center; and at Champlain College, Office of Career Planning and Personnel, working with Secretarial students in their career planning and job search.

Bonnie Machia began the Machia Wilderness Camp in July 2004.

 

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Instructor Dennis

Dennis Briggs

Instructor

Dennis is a retired Army colonel and spent much of his career managing the competitive marksmanship program for the Vermont Army National Guard where he helped individuals and teams gain national recognition. He began hunting at age 11 and has traveled and hunted throughout the United States and Canada. Dennis spent five years as a licensed big game guide in Wyoming where he aided many hunters in locating pronghorn antelope, coyote, and mule deer. As a certified hunter education instructor for 26 years, Dennis has trained over 700 youth and adults in safe, responsible, and ethical hunting practices.

 

Instructor Mike

Mike Menosky

Instructor

From a very young age I have enjoyed the outdoors, from fishing as a child to cultivating my skills as a hunter as an adult; I have always found myself to appreciate the wilderness.  I feel that teaching the youth who are interested in hunting and fishing not only preserves the beauty of Vermont, but conserves the delicate ecosystem.  Hunting and fishing is a very important and valued tradition in Vermont. I have taught my son the importance of these concepts and I want to instill these ideals to our future generations.

 

 

Instructor Tim

Tim Hawley

Instructor

Tim has been a hunter education instructor for 10 years and an instructor for the Vermont Let’s Go Fishing program for 8 years. He has taught bow hunting for 6 years and has been a black powder enthusiast for 44 years.

 

Instructor Paul

Instructor Paul

Paul Conover

Instructor

 

 

Chloe

Apprentice

 

Caden

Apprentice

 

 

Dom

Apprentice

 

 

Patrick

Apprentice

 

 

Kyle

Apprentice

 

 

Sterling

Apprentice

 

 

Mark

Apprentice

 

 

Jamie

Apprentice

 

 

Liam

Apprentice