Bethany Birches Camp Leadership Bios
Board of Directors
Sandy Soho – President
Sandy is married to Greg Soho and they are the parents of 4 children. They are active members of Old South Church in Windsor, VT. They adopted their second son and for many years were actively involved with groups in the Upper Valley adoption community. Sandy has spoken about her experience as an adoptive mother at seminars for people interested in adoption and also worked one year for the Vermont Children’s Aid Society as a trainer teaching medical providers to include adoption as an option when discussing unplanned pregnancies with patients. In addition to this she is involved with the Selamta Family Project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the day, she works as Program Director for Clinical Research Training and Outreach at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Sandy writes “Bethany Birches has become a special place to the Soho family. It is a unique place where our children can be untethered from electronics and spend time learning about who they are, developing friendships and having a better understanding of what it means to be a Christian.”
Dave Ross – Treasurer
Essex Junction, VT
Dave grew up in Woodstock, VT, attending the First Congregational Church of Woodstock. He currently lives in Essex Junction, VT and works for Gardener’s Supply Company. He attends Christ Memorial Church in Essex. He’s been involved with camp in various roles for most of his life and strongly believes that the mission of the camp is vital in our very secular region of the country. In fact, now that Dave is on the board, he has been almost everything a person can be to camp. He’s been a camper, a staff member, a volunteer, a donor and now a board member. Only unfilled role for him is a camper parent. When not working or at camp he spends most of his time playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, or riding bike.
Chad and his wife Jen both grew up in southeastern PA. They have three children, a grandson, a Weimaraner (dog), and a chicken. Chad attended Christopher Dock Mennonite High School where he currently serves as the Booster Club President, and also attended Eastern Mennonite College.
Chad is a partner at Franconia Insurance & Financial Services, an independent insurance agency located in Telford, PA. His role as a personal insurance advisor, along with management, marketing, and other duties keeps him busy.
His initial involvement with Bethany Birches originated from a Young Adult service trip when he was a leader of Blooming Glen Mennonite Youth Fellowship. Since then he has given many hours and raised many dollars for the camp.
About camp, he says “There is no greater place to plant seeds of faith than at Bethany Birches Camp. Here we can faithfully cultivate, plant, feed, water, and nurture these seed in a loving and safe environment, creating a lasting impression in the lives of the children it serves.”
Russell Pejouhy, or OWO as he’s called here at camp (Old Wise One), lives in Woodstock, Vermont with his wife of 41 years, Nancy. He says “I first visited BBC in the early ‘80’s for a young couples church retreat. I knew then that it was a special place. We have raised three children who all attended summer camp at BBC in their youth.”
Retired from education and a long career at the Woodstock Inn, he finds time and reasons to serve Taftsville Mennonite Chapel as their representative to the BBC board of directors. Also, having been the camp chef/food director for many years he takes a personal interest in helping to shape the lives of young people at camp.
OWO says “I hope to be able to add to the vision by example to see the camp as a positive outreach for the Kingdom of God giving youth the Hope of Glory and the love of God.”
Brenda is an Early Childhood professional, having spent 20+ years in the classroom, as Director, and as Instructor and Program Mentor to other Early Childhood Educators. She also enjoys teaching Early Literacy classes for the Vermont Humanities Council, and leading an annual orientation session on Positive Guidance and Helpful Discipline for BBC Summer staff.
Brenda is a member of the Bethany Mennonite Church since moving to Vermont from Lancaster, PA in 1994. She graduated from Millersville University, PA and Dartmouth College, NH and considers herself a lifelong learner.
Stacia Selbo joined Bethany Birches in December 2015. Stacy is married to Steve Selbo and the family has lived in Bridgewater, Vermont since 2005 after moving from Atlanta, Georgia. Stacy and Steve are members of First Congregational Church, Woodstock where Stacy serves on the Missions Board. The Selbos have 3 boys, Chris, Jack and Greg all now in their 20’s, who actively participated in summer Christian Camps in Georgia. After moving to Vermont, their youngest son, Greg visited Bethany Birches several times with FCCW church youth gatherings and also as a volunteer.
Stacy has Bachelor of Business degree from SMU in Dallas, Texas and career experience in Banking, Finance, Recruiting and Marketing. She has spent the last several years directing the family and managing the home. Stacy enjoys hiking, road biking, skiing and traveling. Our family was thrilled to learn about Bethany Birches just down the road and here in the middle of Vermont! What a wonderful place to be introduced to the love of Christ and God’s glorious creation.
Kristin is a retired physician. After practicing in Syracuse, NY for many years she relocated to Bridgewater, VT in 2010. Her activities in the community include Killington Search and Rescue; Killington Mountain Ambassador; Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports; and, more recently, Bethany Birches Camp. She calls Bethany Mennonite Church home. Most days you can find her in a local swimming hole, on a hiking trail, or on a ski slope. Kristin experienced the joy of unstructured time outdoors during her growing up years and has enjoyed being outside ever since.
While living in Syracuse, Christ touched the lives of each of her three children during their teen years through YoungLife. She herself found faith in Christ as an adult and as a result is sensitive to the stark differences between life in Christ and life lived apart from the appreciation of God’s love. Her love of the outdoors, experience with YoungLife and other ministries like Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons has made her passionate about the work of Bethany Birches.
Brandon Bergey – Executive Director
Tuna (as he’s referred to at camp) grew up north of Philadelphia. He spent the beginning and ending years of his childhood there. In between he lived with his family in VA and IN. He has lived in VT more than 10 years now and has served as BBC’s Executive Director since moving here. He studied Psychology and Business at Eastern Mennonite University. Since then he has taken classes in resource generation and has a certificate in fundraising from the Indiana University School on Philanthropy. Before BBC he played NCAA volleyball, spent 3 months in the Middle East and became a certified ski instructor.
Bethany Birches has been a significant place for his faith. He claims that “the way my faith has been deepened at camp couldn’t have happened to this degree elsewhere.” He enjoys the variety of experiences and tasks working at BBC. Among his favorite are playing group games with campers, website content creation, mentoring staff, fundraising and articulating shared vision. He especially loves the community of love that is BBC.
Dan Laubach – Program Director
South Royalton, VT