Ranch Camp Leaders

Ranch Camp Director

Noah Gallagher is what we call a “life long camper” beginning his camp career as a camper at Camp Young Judaea Midwest, where he met his wife Lauren, and later became director of this camp for almost a decade!  Noah is excited to begin his second year as a part of the Ranch Camp family!
 .Noah and Fam
Noah began his career in Jewish camping as Assistant Director of Camp Tel Yehudah (Barryville, NY) where he served in that role for 3 years, and has spent the last 8 summers as Director of Camp Young Judaea Midwest. Under Noah’s direction, CYJ Midwest earned a reputation for its innovative programming and outreach to under served populations. Noah has shared his expertise in building relationships with parents in popular sessions at regional conferences of the American Camp Association as well as the most recent National ACA Conference, and will hold a session on this topic at the upcoming Leaders Assembly of the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
Noah is joined by his wife, Lauren, who he met at CYJ Midwest when they were campers, and their adorable twins, Daphne and Leo.

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Noah Gallagher

Associate Director

Gina McReynolds discovered the Ranch Camp in 2004 and has enjoyed roles in the corral, as summer admin staff and has held seasonal and year-round assistant director positions since 2009. 

I like to say that finding Ranch Camp almost by accident on a winter day in 2003, at a summer camp fair at Colorado State University, has more profoundly affected my life then anything else in the world. Ranch Camp has influenced my personal life through friendships and connections.  My professional life has been changed as Ranch Camp showed me the incredible importance of summer camp on youth.  I believe that few things in life have the power to shape the journey of youth, define their character, foster their independent selves, and bring pure, unapologetic joy then summer camp.  
At Ranch Camp I have had the amazing opportunity to watch my campers grow up into creative, passionate adults, many of whom return for years as Ranch Camp staff members.  I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to spend my summers out of doors, sharing my favorite place with campers, staff, families and alumni each summer!

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Gina McReynolds (Judd)

Assistant DirectorRyan

Ryan joins Ranch Camp from Putnam County New York, and has grown up almost exclusively at camp. He attended Hillside Summer Camp from 1996 – 2002, and worked for their parent organization, Green Chimneys, for the next 13 years.
Ryan started his work full-time in 2009 at Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus, in their outdoor education department. Teaching environmental education to at-risk and underprivileged youth from NYC, as well as running their new, second summer camp, Ryan honed his skills as a facilitator passionate for creating unforgettable experiences for children from all walks of life.
He served as the Ropes Course Manager, Lifeguard trainer, Program Manager and as an environmental educator throughout his employment.
Ryan’s appreciation for summer camp comes from two themes: challenge by choice, and caring deeply about what you do and how it helps others grow. Getting to watch campers step outside of their normal range of comfort, whether it be through physical, emotional or social experiences is always a reminder of ‘this is why I do what I do.’ Secondly, putting care into creating an environment which fosters this type of experience is also a huge draw to camp for him. In the words of Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot […],” is the theme of his passion to create lasting and memorable experiences, and to encourage others to never rest on their laurels and do the same.
Now, having worked for years outside of the counselor-camper relationship, he has found the joy of experiencing it vicariously through the staff working with him to be just as, if not even more rewarding.
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Ryan Bocchino