In everyone's life, there are inspiring people and great moments that they will remember forever. Our staff plays a vital role here at Falcon Camp. They model the core values that we strive to teach to every camper. Our Falcon counselors (between the ages 18 - 25) are carefully selected and trained in first aid, CPR, child abuse prevention and much more. Most of our staff is "home grown," having been Falcon campers and completing our Staff Development Program. This program trains teens (ages 16 & 17) to support the counselors, campers and activities. Our caring staff is passionate, well-trained, knowledgeable and ready to share a fun-filled summer with their campers!
Dave Devey: Camp Director
Dave started as a camper at Falcon in 1964 and stayed through as a counselor, program director, and associate director by the early 80's. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and working in the "real world" for several years, Dave returned to Falcon to become the director/owner in 1984. He is a long time board member of the American Camp Association Ohio Council of Leaders and is an ACA visitor to accredit camps. In between maintaining camp facilities and promoting Falcon in the off-season, Dave spends much of his time educating parents on the value of a camping experience, doing PR work for the ACA to help families choose the right camp, the importance of the ACA camp accreditation program, and also mentoring younger camp directors in several states. As the Public Policy chair on the ACA Ohio Council of Leaders, Dave is very involved with the Ohio state legislature on many issues involving youth, camping and education. He is also on the steering committee for the Northeast Ohio No Child Left Inside coalition. Dave is happily married to Emily and is very proud of the excellent reputation Falcon has established over the years.
Emily Caswall Devey: Assistant Director
Emily is currently teaching in the Chagrin Falls School System, an eastern suburb of Cleveland. Emily has coached and taught health, physical education, kindergarten, preschool plus has helped with students of special needs. Emily has been involved in a variety of Cleveland area schools over the years. As a former camper and staff member from a several private camps, Emily brought a wealth of experience to Falcon in 1990. With all of Emily's talent of teaching and horse knowledge she has been able to turn Falcon's horse program into one of the strongest and most respected in the United States. Besides Falcon's traditional camp, Emily is the director of Falcon Horse Lover's program which continues to help young ladies turn into true horse women. Emily is involved with the American Camping Association as a Leader and a Visitor to help accredit camps. As well as being camp directors, Dave and Emily are the parents of two grown children, Hannah and Cas.
Nici Mahen: Assistant Director
Nici began her Falcon career in 1985 and can't wait to celebrate her 27th summer! As she progressed through the ranks of camper and staff, she earned her Elementary Education degree with a minor in Childhood Development from Westminster College. Nici then spent five years as an award-winning third grade teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. She currently lives in Wrentham, Massachusetts with her husband, Jay, and two daughters, Sophia and Izzie, and new son, Henry. Nici spent much of the off season preparing new program and marketing ideas for junior staff, training week, and units. She also teaches the American Red Cross Babysitting Instructor Course at the local YMCA. Nici hopes to combine all of her experiences as a camper, counselor, teacher, and mother to implement quality programs which help campers/staff live and work together in a safe, happy, and healthy environment.
Tali Cornblath: Program Director
Tali's first summer at camp was 2000, and she's never looked back, moving from camper to CIT to counselor and loving every minute of it. Throughout that time, she's also moved from middle and high school in Chicago to college in Boston at Tufts University, where she graduated with a degree in Child Development and Drama, her two favorite things especially when they're combined! A year ago, Tali moved to Cleveland to work full time for camp, and has spent the time learning a ton and trying to make Falcon Camp the best place it can be.
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