Derek grew up in North Carolina but attend Camp Henry as a camper with his 9 cousins for a week every July. During Derek's college summers he served as a Camp Henry summer staff member for 6 summers.

Derek graduated from Western Carolina University in 2010 with a degree in Recreational Therapy and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist. Before being called back to Camp Henry, Derek spent his years working as a Recreational Therapist serving youth experiencing a wide range of disabilities in a residential setting.

When Derek is not at work he enjoys practicing what he has ingrained in the youth he has served. He enjoys recreating with his wife and two dogs through mountain biking, skiing, hiking, camping, running, and canoeing.

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