Irene has been a resident of Land O’ Lakes for 50 years. As an experienced entrepreneur she has owned and operated businesses throughout her career. Leadership in various service organizations, public schools, and clubs have allowed Irene to support our local community. In retirement, Irene continues to stay actively involved and to share her passion for children with special needs and others. Irene was personally inspired by her grandson with ASD to create a magical place where children of all abilities can thrive through participating in unique camp programs.
Sherri holds a master’s degree in adult education and training and a bachelor’s degree in communications media. Her skills provide support for camp operations including staff recruitment and retention, community and media relations, and fundraising. With more than 30 years of management, administrative, sales, and marketing experience, Sherri provides a vital connection between Camp Idlewild, the community, and families. Sherri currently holds the position of COO at Camp Idlewild.
Wendy, a nationally certified school psychologist and specialist in curriculum and instruction brings both professional and personal experience to our camp! With more than 30 years of experience working with children, families, and educational institutions (Pre-k to postgraduate), Wendy brings an array of knowledge to support the mission of our Camp. Her experience as a Clinical Associate at USF in the College of Education provides a unique link to professional development, family resources, and the field of special education. Wendy currently holds the position of CEO at Camp Idlewild.
Mark, a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator, has practiced and been a general partner in a south-central Pasco County professional center for the past three decades. As a former scholar-athlete Mark served as an executive board member and as President of Habitat for Humanity for Central Pasco County, Black Watch Soccer Club, and Tampa Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Mark has often devoted many of his hours to non-profit and charitable endeavors. Mark’s legal, executive, and non-profit experience provides vital support to our board.
Richard, a seasoned economic, business, and management specialist, with more than 45 years of experience in sales and financial planning, provides valuable support in planning and operations. In addition to his duties on the Board of Directors, Richard serves as a financial and investment advisor for Camp Idlewild.
Eugene "Gene" Sylvester
Director, Eugene, a retired Senior Project Manager for Gulf Coast Equipment Corp., brings 45+ years experience in the construction and facilities management industry. His achievements include managing individual projects up to $14,000,000, working with University of Alabama, Mississippi State, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, on upgrades of communication systems. Gene's extensive community involvement and charitable work experiences with youth and children's organizations provide an invaluable resource for Camp Idlewild. Gene serves as Senior Project/Facilities Manager for Camp Idlewild.