Advisory Board

Camp HOPE America's Advisory Board was established as a stable voice of support and perspective for our program's growth and sustainability. The members of this board focus on everything from industry trends and areas of concern, to raising awareness for the movement and answering critical industry-related questions posed by Camp HOPE America Affiliates.

We believe it is necessary to ensure that we stay at the forefront of issues that impact the work we do. Whether considering the impacts of complex, racial, or gender-based trauma on today's youth, vicarious trauma on our Affiliates as frontline staff, or the medical concerns in lieu of COVID-19 for Camp HOPE America participants, we know having support on our decisions is essential. Therefore, we have taken steps towards forming an Advisory Board comprised of clinicians, doctors, practitioners, camping experts, and social service professionals who will help us stay grounded as we dream big for the future of our program.

Get to know our advisory board members by reading their bios below!


Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

Maryam is a clinician and scholar. She maintains a private practice serving a diverse clientele with a range of clinical concerns. Maryam received her B.A. at Fisk University, an M.Ed., from Vanderbilt University, and her Ph.D. from Boston College. She also completed postgraduate fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has over 15 years of teaching experience at various collegiate institutions. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Agnes Scott College, in Atlanta, Georgia where she heads the Intersections Research Lab, which focuses on the investigation of the influence of socio-ecological factors (e.g., experiences of discrimination, racial trauma, gender-based trauma, and family culture) on health outcomes.

Sidney Turner, Ph.D

Sidney Turner is the founder of Resilient Retreat and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida. As a psychologist and a researcher, she has dedicated the last decade to advocating for survivors of trauma. Sidney received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Diego, an M.A. in Justice Studies and Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. She provides empowerment-based assistance to survivors of interpersonal violence (e.g., domestic violence, sexual violence, elder abuse, child abuse). She bridges research and practice by helping non-profits and other organizations create evidence-based programming to evaluate effectiveness.

Tracey Gaslin Ph.D., CPNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, RN-BC

Tracey is a dual-certified nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree in educational and organizational leadership. She is the Executive Director of the Association of Camp Nursing and author of Camp Nursing: The Basics and Beyond. Dr. Gaslin focuses on treating patients with bleeding disorders, is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and a volunteer for the American Camp Association. Tracey received her M.S.N. from Troy State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville. Her camp background is in special needs camping, where she continues to serve to date. She publishes most of her work in the areas of camp nursing, service leadership, and pediatric development.