The CCUSA Aussie Staff

We've got great team spirit here at CCUSA with everyone having their own area of expertise and bringing different strengths to the different programs we have on offer. 

We have three full time offices in Australia, and many of our staff have been with the company or involved in the camping industry for over 15 years! This knowledge and experience can only benefit you. Our staff will provide you with the best customer care experience when you apply for a CCUSA adventure. 

When applying you’ll get to know all of us at some point, either over the phone, if you pop into the office, on social media or at an event, but in the meantime find out a little more below about the amazing CCUSA team.

Meet our team


Global Vice President Marketing/Sales/Operations
CCUSA Australian & New Zealand Director

DID YOU KNOW . . .Snowy has completed the flight between Australia and the USA more than 120 times in the past 26 years, and many American Camp Directors still think ‘Snowy’ is his real first name.

Snowy worked at a YMCA camp Burgess/ Hayward on Cape Cod in Massachusetts for 5 years, and has been working for CCUSA for 22 years in Australia, the USA and UK. He is passionate about his family, sports, anything Australian (especially our Aussie sporting teams), and the New England Patriots NFL team.


CCUSA Australian & New Zealand Director

DID YOU KNOW . . .Alyson worked on the climbing wall at her camp, even though she is petrified of jumping off things.

Alyson has been involved in the camping industry for 18 years, and loved her time at International Sports Training Camp in PA. She’s a busy mum of 3 kids (who’ve just started going to camp themselves!) and loves helping young Aussies experience the amazement of summer camp.


CCUSA Australian & New Zealand Director

DID YOU KNOW . . .When Lois was 11 she won a spelling bee with 200 competitors, so make sure you proofread your applications! Spelling is her hobby.

Lois spent 5 summers at Camp Gwynn Valley in North Carolina and 1 summer at Camp SugarPine in California. Even though she lives in Queensland, she prefers cold weather and has ‘camped out’ in both Alaska and Antarctica. Lois has worked full time for CCUSA for 14 years, but has over 20 years interviewing participants.


DID YOU KNOW . . .Sophie lived and worked in the South of France for a year without being able to speak a word of French?  Her nickname became “Mademoiselle Qui” as all she could say was “Oui” and “Non” and hope she answered correctly

Sophie has been working for CCUSA since 1997 in a variety of roles.  Back in the day Sophie worked at Beber Camp, WI for 2 summers teaching windsurfing, and at Camp Pinewood, NC for 1 summer as a General Counselor.  Being a mum to two young boys and a keen hockey player keeps her busy! 

Tenille Pepper

DID YOU KNOW . . . I have never had my name spelt correctly when ordering coffee, thank mum and dad for that one.

Going to America for Summer camp in 2014 was my first ever time overseas. I worked at Pali Adventures in Southern California in 2014 and 2015. I worked in the culinary specialty at camp cooking with kids every day and running a wide range of electives in the afternoons. My favourite part about camp was the water war, which involved hundreds of water balloons and a LOT of shaving cream. I spent 2 months travelling across Europe last year and look forward to travelling all over the globe in the future.


DID YOU KNOW . . .Holly had never been in a tent until she went to Girl Scout camp? She ended up being in one for 2 months and loved every second!

Out of the blue Holly made the decision to go to summer camp. She ended up in Utah and was a Girl Scout for the summer! She worked at Trefoil Ranch with a new group of kids every week between the ages of 5-16. Her camp name was ‘Roo’ and the kids would spend all week guessing what her real name was! It ended up being a life changing experience and she made friends all over the world! Now she works in the Sydney office to help Aussies have a summer that they will remember forever.

Nicole McKenzie

DID YOU KNOW . . .Nicole had never heard of Oregon before she left for camp but now has a Portland landmark tattooed on her so she’ll never forget.

Nicole has worked at Camp Namanu in Oregon for the last two years. She is a Unit Director for Robin Hill so she looks after all the 11 year old campers (and their counselors). Nicole loves Harry Potter more than normal and some her favourite camp memories involve dressing up and playing Quidditch with the kids. Nicole’s favourite place at camp is the dining hall. She lives for American Style food and would live off burgers if she could. Nicole is passionate about all things camp and started working at CCUSA because she wants to talk about Summer Camp all day, every day.


DID YOU KNOW . . .Mollie was a lifeguard at her camp so she loves the outdoors and thinks living in the water would be totally rad! She would happily grow webbed feet, fur and/or scales and live in the Sandy River with the fish and otters.

Mollie worked for 2 summers at YMCA Camp Collins in Portland Oregon. She has worked with kids aged 5-15 and she loved it! Some of Mollie’s favourite things at camp was going on all day rafting trips down the Sandy River with the campers, making s’mores (marshmallow & chocolate stuffed between crackers for all you Australians) over the campfire and watching the campers grow and learn! She now works in the Sydney office so she can help Aussies like yourself have the same awesome experiences she had! Bring on the summer!


DID YOU KNOW . . .Rachael has celebrated Australia Day snowboarding down a mountain in just her bikini when she lived and worked a ski season in Canada 2013/14.

Rachael worked at Camp French Woods for 5 summers. Her first summer in 2012 she was a General Counselor, responsible for the youngest kids at camp. She then returned as a Head Counselor for age 7-12 years for the next 4 summers. Rachael's favourite thing about camp was seeing her campers excited faces on Day 1 each session. Now working in the Sydney office, she shares her passion for camp and travel with eager Aussie's like you.


DID YOU KNOW . . .Tony can often be found sitting outside one of the bars on the Hobart waterfront with a glass of red.

Tony worked at a two Upstate New York summer camps for underprivileged children for 7 summers in the late 80’s/early 90’s. He was also the Australian Country Director of CCUSA in the early 1990’s before moving to New York. Approximately 14 years ago he moved to California and took over the role of Program Director of CCUSA’s Work Experience USA program for four years after which he returned to Australia to work with CCUSA in a marketing role.


DID YOU KNOW . . .Chris is the only CCUSA Australia staff who isn't from Australia, but loves living here!

Chris is originally from California, very close the CCUSA headquarters near San Francisco. He's been part of the CCUSA team for 14 years and has called Australia home for the last 10 years.