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About the Expedition Leaders

Who are Jan and Jeff?

Jan Peneston is the Executive Director of Camp Fire Central New York. Initially trained as an elementary school teacher, Jan began working for Camp Fire in 1984 as the Camp Director and has been living at Camp Talooli ever since.

Jeff Peneston has been the Camp Talooli Program Director for over 30 years and will be finishing his 30-year career as 9th grade Earth Science Teacher at Liverpool High School this spring. In addition to being the 2011 NY State Teacher of the year, Jeff is a NYS Master Teacher. 

Together, Jan and Jeff have been leading teens on expeditions for over 20 years. They have led students on adventures to places such as the US Virgin Islands, the American Southwest, Costa Rica, and canoe trips through the Adirondacks. Together they research and plan the trips' itineraries, manage the paperwork, coordinate pre-trip teambuilding events, and supervise students during the trip.