Camp Cranium Board Members, Staff, and Advisory Council members all have been involved with camp at various levels for many years, many since the day it started. They are dedicated to making Camp Cranium an inclusive environment for all abilities to participate and form lasting friendships.
Board of Directors
President of The Board of Directors
Heather Ruthrauff is the President of The Board of Directors for Camp Cranium. Heather began her participation with camp as a cabin leader. Moving forward she transitioned onto central staff and continued her involvement by joining the board in 2010. In 2022 Heather was named president. As a practicing Occupational Therapist for 15 years, Heather found her love of working with the pediatric brain injured population and their families. The support and growth that she saw in this patient population and their families was and continues to be awe inspiring. She has since moved on professionally to real estate and now continues to cheer on and support our families during camp and year-round. As a mother of two and a strong believer in the benefits of summer camp, one of her driving goals is to give the children at Camp Cranium the most positive, safe, and fun experience. A driving force in motivation to continue to grow and develop Camp Cranium is to allow our campers the ability to rely on their camp family throughout the school year, knowing that Camp Cranium is always there to support them.
Vice President of The Board of Directors
Born and raised in a small town north of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Scott was first exposed to, and discovered a passion for, camps for children with special needs (and healthcare in general) when he was a youth accompanying his mother during camps she would help coordinate for a local organization. Moving forward, I he continued his quest for healthcare training and became a state certified EMT at 16 years of age. And while in his undergraduate training at The Pennsylvania State University, he continued the tradition of serving children with special needs as a Sunday school instructor for that population—some of whom even attended those early camps!
When he was in medical school in West Virginia that he heard of this awe-inspiring place, Camp Cranium. The summer, after his first year at camp, he was hooked. Since then, over the course of medical school and emergency medicine residency, he planned my summers, and year, around attending camp. Serving in various roles from counselor to cabin leader and to most recently on central staff as one of the physicians, camp is part of him—Deep down, deep down down, deep down in my heart.
Scott is currently a fellow in Critical Care Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA—with an end goal of practicing both critical care and emergency medicine as an attending physician.
Robert Selko, DO
Medical Director of The Board of Directors
Dr. Bob has been involved with Camp Cranium since 2010. He started attending camp as a counselor while accompanying his brother, AJ, who was a camper. The love, positivity and growth witnessed at camp was so impactful that he continued to come back year after year, playing a pivotal role in his career trajectory as a physician. He is completing his residency at Thomas Jefferson University as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, working with people with neurologic and musculoskeletal injuries to improve their function and quality of life. As an avid snowboarder and ski patroller, he was involved with organizing the first annual Camp Cranium ski retreat. His wife, Alexa, began volunteering at camp assisting with art activities when they started dating in 2016, and now is on the programming staff. They reside in South Jersey with the love of their lives, their old pup, Pebbles.
Treasurer of The Board of Directors
Claudia Meyer is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Camp Cranium. Claudia is a Contract Manager for Geisinger Health with 16 years of experience in healthcare finance, ten of which have focused on legal contract management. She has been a volunteer with Camp Cranium for several years, most recently as a member of the programming staff. Having cared for a family member with a brain injury for ten years, Claudia has seen firsthand the lasting impact that programs like Camp Cranium can have on individuals with brain injury. She believes that Camp Cranium has a responsibility to its supporters to make the most of their donations and is committed to ensuring the long-term availability of our programs.
Secretary of The Board of Directors
Lauren Bilski achieved her undergraduate degree in Dance from Drexel University (2013) with a special interest in adaptive movement experiences. Lauren further pursued this interest by attaining her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University (2016) and began her career in acute rehab at Magee Rehabilitation where she gained experience and mentorship working with individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke, and brain injury. Upon moving to Seattle in August of 2019, Lauren expanded her clinical experience to include acute and intensive care settings and is currently serving as the Clinical Program Coordinator for UW and EvergreenHealth Neuro Residency Program. Lauren is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (2020), a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (2018), and completed her Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory and the APTA (2018). Lauren has garnered leadership experience at multiple levels of the American Physical Therapy Association including as district chair, committee chair, and voting delegate in Both PA and WA. Lauren is currently serving her first term as a member of the Nominating Committee in the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Lauren has been attending Camp Cranium since 2010 and thrilled to be a part of building the future of the organization and creating opportunities for children with brain injury.
Alexis (Lexi) Campbell
Executive Director & Founder of Camp Cranium
Lexi Campbell (formerly Geib) is the founder, president, and executive director of Camp Cranium. Lexi has her BA in music from Eastern University (2002), master’s degree in music therapy from Drexel University (2004), and BSN from the University of Pittsburgh (2013), with her school nurse certification to be completed in December 2022 is now a Certified School Nurse at Chartiers Valley School District. Lexi began volunteering at medical camps when she was 18 years old and has been hooked ever since! Her time with Camp Spifida and Camp Kydnie, both held at Camp Victory, made her realize that camps can reach children with medical issues in a way that no other resources can. Because of this, she was always trying to recommend a camp to the children she worked with as a music therapist in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) rehab unit.
Because there were no brain injury camps offered in the community, she decided to start her own camp in 2007. By June of 2008, Camp Cranium became a reality with 24 campers attending the first year of camp! Since then, Lexi has volunteered her time and energy recruiting talented board members, staff, and counselors to help in growing camp into the community support that it has become. Lexi works as a NICU nurse in Pittsburgh. She is a single mom to Avery and Cole, who both love camp! Lexi believes in the power of knowing you are not alone in your struggles and cherishes the beautiful moments that camp has provided to its campers and staff through the years.
Assistant Executive Director
Sarah Krusen MA CCC/SLP CBIST has been a speech language pathologist since 2004, beginning her career at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in The Children’s Seashore House as a speech language pathologist in neurorehabilitation and as an evaluating speech therapist on the Stroke Team. Sarah has continued to support individuals with brain injuries as they return to school and require support in schools due to their acquired/traumatic brain injuries as the Bucks IU BrainSTEPS Team Leader, and coordinator of their Brain Injury Programs. Sarah earned her undergraduate degree from Temple University in Speech Language Hearing Science. Where she was also part of Temple University’s women’s lacrosse team. She went on to complete her master’s degree at The College of New Jersey in Speech Language Pathology. She has since earned a graduate certificate from George Washington University in Transition Special Education and Brain Injury. She holds a certificate as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer through The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). Sarah has been involved in various roles for Camp Cranium since the start and as of 2022 has moved into the role as Assistant Executive Director. Since the beginning of her career working with families impacted by brain injury has shaped both her professional and personal life. Sarah feels that the programs Camp Cranium has to offer families and survivors is life changing not only for the families and children impacted by brain injury, but for the volunteers as well.
Drew Meyer BSBA, NREMT-P
Director of Operations
Drew Meyer is the Director of Operations for Camp Cranium. Drew began volunteering for Camp Cranium as a counselor in 2008, then as a cabin leader, before becoming a board member and the Co-Director of Programming. He holds a BS in Business Management from Bloomsburg University and is a nationally registered Paramedic. Drew is a Resuscitation Educator at Geisinger Medical Center, teaching CPR, ACLS, PALS, and EKG Interpretation, and is an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medical Services at Lycoming County Community College. He spent several years as a volunteer administrating a local youth sports league with a focus on inclusivity and empowerment. He has built many themed projects for camp, including a 40-footlong Hollywood sign, tennis ball firing PVC cannons, and a ten-foot-tall trebuchet. Drew looks forward to camp every year and is always willing to adjust the rules in the name of fun and adventure. His favorite part of camp is seeing campers’ amazement at new experiences.
Director of Programming
Alexa Simone-Selko is the Director of Programming for Camp Cranium. She is a certified Early Childhood Teacher (Preschool-3rd grade). Currently, she teaches Kindergarten and runs the theater program at a Friends School in Haddonfield, NJ. She started volunteering for Camp Cranium in 2016. Her then-boyfriend and now husband, Dr. Bob, brought her along. She had the opportunity to assist with art activities and fell in love with the Camp Cranium community. The following year she began to help with art planning and programming. During Virtual Camp, she organized the schedule and then went on to create the schedule for the in-person Camp. She is so excited to continue creating meaningful, community-oriented, and creative experiences for the campers. Her favorite part of Camp is watching the campers find a passion for something new and watching life-long connections being made during the best week of the year!
Director of Staffing
Dave Markle is the Director of Staffing at Camp Cranium. Dave is a registered nurse in Orlando, Florida. He has been part of Camp Cranium since 2008 and has been in various volunteer roles from a counselor to cabin leader and now as Director of Staffing. As the Director of Staffing Dave organizes and prepares 70+ volunteer counselors and cabin leaders who help make camp possible each year!
Camp Cranium Advisory Council
Brain Injury Survivors
Our Brain Injury Advisory Council is comprised of brain injury survivors who continue to volunteer and fill the roles of counselors and cabin leaders each year at camp. These individuals also support Camp Cranium throughout the year at various activities and fundraisers. They provide prospective and insight. They are an integral part of our program development.