Sincia Liu, Founder & Executive Director

For Sincia, Camp Tuku is the product of a long-lasting dream. Sincia was first introduced to a residential children’s summer camp at the age of 20, when she worked as a waterfront and bunk counselor at Trails End Camp (TEC) during her summer break while attending Rutgers University. She enjoyed the camp experience so much that she returned to TEC for two additional summers. Inspired by the bond and friendship that she built with the kids and the other counselors, Sincia vowed to someday start her own camp. After leading a successful 25-year career as an executive in the staffing and consulting business, she decided that it was time to pursue her other passion.

As someone who believes in the power of meditation and a healthy diet and lifestyle, Sincia’s vision for Camp Tuku combines the benefits of nature with an integrated program that cultivates a healthy mind, body, and heart. Her goal is to create a fun and joyful experience for campers while equipping them with tools that they can use to enrich their lives for years to come.

As a physician, Sincia’s husband, Tim, shares her passion for a healthy and adventurous lifestyle. They reside in Peoria, Arizona with their two children, Arwen and Anderson, their dogs, Sam and Mochi, and Puccini the cat. They can’t wait to embark on the Camp Tuku journey together!

Susan Kaiser Greenland, Mindfulness and Meditation Advisor

Camp Tuku - Susan Kaiser GreenlandSusan is an internationally recognized instructor of mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, and families. She is involved in the design of Camp Tuku’s mindfulness and meditation activities to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our campers.

Susan’s work in the areas of mindfulness and meditation has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and Parents. She speaks widely at prestigious institutions and meditation centers in the United States and abroad. In fact, she helped pioneer activity-based mindfulness for young people and published two leading books titled, “The Mindful Child” and “Mindful Games”. In addition, she has recorded a series of brief guided meditations for grownups entitled Mindful Parent, Mindful Child.

Susan worked as a corporate lawyer from 1988 to 2005 representing the ABC and CBS networks. During that time, she co-founded The Inner Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that taught secular mindfulness in schools and community-based programs in the greater Los Angeles area. Susan was on the clinical team of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, co-investigator on several UCLA research studies on the impact of mindfulness in education, and a collaborator on an investigation of mindful eating for children and caregivers. To learn more about mindfulness and meditation practices for children and families, feel free to sign-up for Susan’s newsletter at www.susankaisergreenland.com and follow her on social media.

Paige Niezelski, Program Director

Paige is excited to contribute her skills in camp programming to making Camp Tuku a fun and deeply enriching experience for campers.

Paige graduated from Slippery Rock University with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy in 2013. Since then, Paige has worked in 4 countries teaching and coordinating camp programming. For the last two summers she has served as the Program Director for WorldStrides Global Camps in Shanghai China.

Currently Paige develops and directs enrichment programming for inner city children at the Indochinese American Council and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. Paige’s international experience has given her an appreciation for meditation and the spiritual practices that surround it. She is excited about making these practices accessible to children. Her camp experience has also led her to an appreciation of the uniqueness of every child, and the joys of providing them with new and engaging experiences.

When not implementing and designing programming, Paige enjoys meditation, reading, piano and browsing Etsy looking for antique household items.

Rachel Weir, Director of Operations

Rachel holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recently graduated with a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. 

 

Rachel’s passion for education first ignited when she served as a Teach for America Corps Member in rural North Carolina, where she taught high school English and Journalism after college. But it wasn’t until living in the frigid (-30 degrees Fahrenheit) northeastern parts of China as a Princeton in Asia Fellow that Rachel realized the important nexus between education and peacebuilding. 

 

Since then, Rachel has managed several after-school programs serving international and at-risk populations and has directed summer camp operations in Shanghai, China. Today, Rachel’s academic and professional interests include effective leadership and management for peace education, cultural exchange, and people-to-people diplomacy. 

 

Rachel is currently based out of Manhattan, NYC, but is frequently in the air en route to visit her partner, Alan, who is stationed in Hawaii. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys searching for affordable flights and traveling on a shoestring. To date, she has traveled to over 35 countries and hopes to one day visit all 195. 

Michelle Seaver, Mindfulness Director

Michelle began meditating while working in organizational psychology in corporate settings to enhance culture, human dynamics and talent development.  As a change management professional she was fascinated by the profound impact of a daily practice in cultivating healthy habits of mind and connecting more deeply with others.

With her husband in 2007 she participated in the Shamatha Project, a multi-million dollar longitudinal study on the physiological, neurological and psychological effects of sustained meditation practice led by B. Alan Wallace in collaboration with scientists from all over the world.  Deeply inspired by the benefits of the practice they continued in full-time retreat for eighteen months.  She then held the position of Director of Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning at United World College Thailand, an International Baccalaureate school.  She also served as a teaching assistant for leading meditation teacher and scholar, B. Alan Wallace. In 2014, she co-founded a non-profit, the Community Mindfulness Project, whose mission is to offer a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices to support physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being. She is trained as a teacher in Cultivating Emotional Balance, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Inner Kids and .B Training for children.  She is currently pursuing a clinical degree in marriage and family therapy and aspires to integrate mindfulness into her practice.

Michelle lives in New Canaan, CT and is a proud of mom of twin daughters, Sophie and Ella.  Some of her favorite activities include running, hiking, tennis, surfing and riding horses on the beach.

Amber Bick, Co-Director of Innovations

Amber is passionate about creation, innovation, and the outdoors, and is excited to share her enthusiasm at Camp Tuku! Born in Burlington, Vermont, Amber loved the outdoors from an early age. Every winter weekend, her dad would take her and her brothers skiing, and in the summer it was swimming lessons.

The other activity that Amber really enjoyed was Odyssey of the Mind, a teamwork-based, creativity-centered, problem-solving program. Her team qualified to compete at World Finals five of the eight years she participated, and in two of those years, they placed in the top ten. Through Odyssey of the Mind, she learned the value of teamwork, diversity of perspectives, and how to see trash as a building material. Amber is now a junior studying mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Riley Bick, Co-Director of Innovations

A gamer and innovator at heart, Riley enjoys drawing on his experiences in both school and life to find creative ways to solve problems. Riley will be graduating from the University of Tulsa in 2020 with a B.S.B.A in Accounting and Finance. Post-graduation, he is excited to start his career as an external auditor. Growing up, Riley became a citizen of the world as he resided in California, Vermont, Taiwan, Pennsylvania, Italy, and his latest residence in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Outside of school, he is most heavily involved in a program called Odyssey of the Mind. Through this program, Riley discovered his love of creativity and found a great outlet for his curiosity. He has competed for three years in high school as well as two years at the college level and one year helping coach a high school team. Aside from Odyssey of the Mind, Riley also enjoys playing Chess and Riichi Mahjong. He is looking forward to applying his experiences to help implement a fun and creative program at Camp Tuku.

Paul Nyman, Master Gardener & Director of Logistics

Paul can’t wait to share his passion for gardening with the children of Camp Tuku. He has been a long-time Master Gardener for Penn State Lycoming County, where he educates residents on earth-friendly principles and sustainable practices for growing local foods through composting, cover cropping, water conservation, and cultivation of biodiversity.

A lifelong resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Paul graduated from Williamsport High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1972 through 1975. For the next two decades, Paul dedicated his career to working for the U.S. Postal Office. Since retirement, Paul has been volunteering his time in various local organizations, including working with youth organizations at the Williamsport Soap Box Derby. He also serves as a Board of Director at the Horizon Federal Credit Union and American Rescue Workers, where he helps with veterans and the local homeless population. He currently holds office as the Township Supervisor at Loyalsock Township and was just re-elected for a second term.

Paul lives with his wife Suzann and their two dogs, Diva and Britany. They enjoy international travel and spending time with their grandchildren.

Lori Cohen-Lindstrom, Waterfront Director

Lori Cohen-Lindstrom grew up on the beaches of Southern California and has spent most of her life in the water. This self-proclaimed “fish” (and coincidentally, a Pisces!) enjoys a wide variety of water sports, from surfing and paddle boarding to kayaking and racing WetBikes along the coastline of Long Beach.

After moving to Phoenix, cultivating a career in architecture and design, and having her daughter, Lori decided it was time to get back into the water and follow another dream: launching a business teaching swim to children, adults, and individuals with special needs. For a few years, Lori also ran a swim camp at a community center and the local country club, which offered a fantastic opportunity for large groups of kids to learn how to safely play in the water and master swimming techniques. Lori is CPR and lifeguard-certified, and continues to provide lifeguarding services for large events and home parties. She loves sharing her knowledge of water safety with swimmers young and old, and looks forward to channeling her passion for all things aquatic into her role as Waterfront Director at Camp Tuku.

When not in the water, Lori enjoys photography, a variety of outdoor activities, advocating for her aging mother, playing sports with her daughter (who, under Lori’s instruction, has been swimming competitively since the age of three), and playing with their young Beagle, Bailey.

Andrea Moore, Director of Land Sports

Andrea graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2003 with a B.A. in Special Education and in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a M.ed. in Special Education. Throughout her career, Andrea has worked with children of all ability levels and knows how to differentiate her teaching to meet the needs of all children.

Andrea has over 13 years of teaching experience, including teaching students with severe/profound disabilities, children with autism, and children with learning disabilities. Andrea is involved in several committees within her school. She is part of the leadership team for her school, the lighthouse team, and was recently selected for a leadership apprenticeship. She has also coached for several years, coaching her son’s soccer and baseball teams.

As a child, Andrea loved her experiences at camp. She went on to work at several day camps as a young adult and spent a summer in Maryland working at Camp Accomplish as a counselor for children with and without special needs.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, running, and exercising. She is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears.

Andrea resides in Peoria, Arizona with her husband, Mike, two sons, Ashton and Rylan, and their cat, Rizzo. As a family, they enjoy traveling, hiking, swimming, and spending time together.

Nicole Madera, Director of Arts & Crafts

A Long Island native, Nicole spent her summers attending day camp filled with swimming, crafting, sports, drama, and beyond. Her first opportunity to experience sleep-away camp was in undergrad, when she volunteered as a counselor at Florida Diabetes Camp caring for children with type 1 diabetes. The cornerstone for counselors was to provide motivation and support for children as they learned self-care practices, gained independence in managing their diabetes, and developed a strong sense of self-esteem.

Always passionate about art, Nicole developed an art program at her local hospital for her senior project. The goal of the program was to bring joy and inspiration to children receiving chemotherapy—a concept that Nicole carried into her college volunteering opportunities at UF Health Shands Hospital. Her paintings have won local art show awards.

Nicole attended University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She furthered her studies by attending Physician Assistant school at Nova Southeastern University, earning a second Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Medical Science. She currently practices dermatology in suburban Arizona, treating everything skin-related for patients young to old.

Nicole lives in Peoria, Arizona with her husband, two young girls and sweet Goldendoodle, Dixie. They all love to travel near and far, cherishing memories and experiences over material goods. Living a healthy, clean lifestyle through coaching others on fitness, nutrition, and self-care is not only a passion project, but one Nicole incorporates into her daily routine. Camp Tuku’s vision is not only a kid’s dream, but a parent’s as well.

Amy Reynolds, Healthcare Director

After receiving her BSN and Masters in Nursing Science and Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Amy has been practicing pediatric nursing for over 15 years, with an emphasis in neonatal intensive care. She is currently a NICU Certified Case Manager who serves as a professional advocate for patients and families with critically ill babies and children across the U.S. Her passion for pediatrics and caring for the most vulnerable has left her very humble and grateful for her blessings.

 

Born and raised here in sunny Arizona, Amy now resides in Peoria with her husband, Doc, two boys, Owen and Hudson, and their Goldendoodle, Maili. Whether they are boating on the lake, going for a nice hike, or simply curled up on the couch watching a good movie, Amy’s heart is most content when she is spending time with her family. She is also an avid traveler and enjoys learning about new cultures, which leads her to visit many different countries around the world. Amy is excited to be your health advocate and share her love for the great outdoors, all while staying safe and healthy at Camp Tuku!

Timothy Rider, MD., Camp Physician

After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, Dr. Tim has been practicing family medicine for over 25 years. He is a board-certified physician in the State of Arizona, where he has been practicing at Abrazo Medical Group in Peoria since he and his family moved back to the Valley from New Jersey. Dr. Tim cares for patients of all ages, providing a range of primary healthcare services and treating a variety of conditions, from seasonal illnesses to chronic diseases.

Dr. Tim works closely with Amy, our Healthcare Director, and the leadership team at Camp Tuku to develop health and safety protocols to ensure that our campers and staff stay safe and healthy before and during camp. 

When he’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Tim enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, and paddle boarding with his family. He is passionate about healthy eating, and is naturally curious about space and science. On the weekends, you’ll often find him curled up enjoying sci-fi movies and documentaries with his children. Dr. Tim shares Sincia’s passion for camp and is excited to meet the campers!