Conference Speakers - WAIC: Western Association of Independent Camps
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Speaker Highlights
Nicole Arlette Hirsch, Ph.D.

Nicole Arlette Hirsch, Ph.D. is a Harvard trained sociologist based in Oakland, CA. She works as a diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) consultant and independent researcher, and is a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at U.C. Berkeley. She also serves on the board of Camp Winnarainbow. Nicole brings expertise in DEI, organizations, culture, anti-racism, and social change to make the world a better place one partnership at a time. She has advised nonprofits, arts organizations, municipalities and public agencies, as well as private companies and startups. Nicole co-founded Pledge to Act, which offers anti- racist workshops and curricula. She has previously taught at Harvard University, the University of Southern California, and the University of San Francisco. Nicole has held fellowships or affiliations with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Center for Ethnographic Studies at U.C. Berkeley, and the National Institute for Demographic Studies in Paris, France. Her work has been published on Medium, in the Du Bois Review, in the edited volume, Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Fisher Case toForge the Path Ahead, in Reviews and Critical Commentary (CritCom), and USC’s Center of the Study of Immigrant Integration Blog. She was also a featured expert in the documentary film “Identity Check” about racially biased policing in France. Nicole earned her Ph.D. and A.M. in sociology at Harvard University and her B.A. in sociology at Columbia University.
Kelley Freridge

Kelley Freridge is the chief marketing officer for the American Camp Association (ACA). With more than 10 years of senior leadership roles in the outdoor industry at Eastern Mountain Sports, Patagonia, and Chaco, she brings brand building and consumer and trend insights to her role with the American Camp Association. Kelley points to her childhood experiences growing up at Van Buren Youth Camp as the compass she leverages in every business decision. As a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate, Rockford Public Schools trustee, and mother, Kelley spends a lot of time talking about what it looks like to be a great leader inside and outside the classroom.
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Chris Rehs-Dupin
With a patterned shirt collection bigger than a camp costume closet, Chris Rehs-Dupin excels at meeting people where they are in a fun, engaging, and impactful way. Chris doesn't shy away from hard topics, hard feelings, or Tucker Carlson. Chris co-founded Transplaining in 2020, and since then, he has helped hundreds of camps become safer, more affirming places. His seventeen years of combination day/overnight camp experience (plus a few years at the impound lot) have given him a unique perspective and a passion for helping others be their best selves and make their biggest impact.
Max Claman
A longtime senior leader in the education field, Max has been working in the camp industry for close to two decades, having held leadership roles with both day and residential camps, for both private and nonprofit organizations. Max serves as an educational consultant, speaker, trainer, and author, facilitating workshops and presenting at conferences since 2014. Max also helps support young professionals in the camp industry, and has served on a number of American Camp Association committees at the regional level.
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