_The Jack and Buena Foundation, through Camp Jack Hazard, is
building a new generation of leaders by providing summer camp and wilderness
adventure experiences for youth from the Central San Joaquin Valley and
northern California more broadly. We provide safe but challenging adventure-based
education to build character and self-reliance in youth. We make camping fun to
connect young people with the outdoors and foster environmental stewardship.
What We Do
The Jack and Buena Foundation manages operations at the Camp Jack Hazard in the high Sierras and is committed to providing scholarships for under-served youth so that camping experiences will be accessible to all members of the community. The Jack and Buena Foundation is also committed to building a community of Camp Jack Hazard alumni and foster connections with the local communities served by Camp Jack Hazard.
We have been steadily growing the impact of our scholarships and the overall camp enrollment since taking over operations for Camp Jack Hazard in 2011.
Who We Are
The Jack and Buena Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated group of CJH alumni, past directors, parents and community members.
Ty Vernon, Board President Dr. Ty Vernon is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. His primary research interests lie in novel methods for measuring, understanding, and altering the social developmental trajectories of individuals with autism. Ty serves as the Director of the Koegel Autism Center Assessment Clinic, which serves as a clinical and research hub for the detection and measurement of autism-related symptomatology in toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults. Ty has a long affiliation with Camp Jack Hazard, having attended as a camper and worked in a variety of staff position. He is currently working on populating the entire camp with his own off-spring.
Romy Thompson, Vice- President - Educator Romy is one of our Board Members and is still working on his bio! - check back soon!
Loren "Skippy" Williams, Founder and Board Member
Skippy has a long history with CJH as a camper, counselor, staff members, and one of the co-founders of the Jack and Buena Foundation. He credits Camp Jack Hazard for much of his own personal development and has watched numerous other kids grow physically and emotionally because of camp. Skippy has a bachelors degree in Computer Science and formerly worked at Granicus, an internet company devoted to making government more efficient and transparent.
Dan Nunes, Board Member - Gallo
Dan is one of our newest Board Members and is still working on his bio! - check back soon!
Stephanie Brown, Board Member - Educator Stephanie Brown worked at Camp Jack Hazard as an LIT Director in the 1990s. She has since worked with children in diverse settings, and currently teaches special education to youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Stephanie has a PhD in cultural anthropology and has taught adults in the California State University system (at both CSU East Bay and CSU Long Beach). She lives in Walnut Creek, California with her husband, two daughters, and assorted four-legged family members. Both of her daughters have attended Camp Jack Hazard.
Jason L. Poisson - Co-Founder and Executive Director
Jason Poisson first came to Camp Jack Hazard in 1992 and his heart never left. He worked from 1992 to 2003. After his tenure at CJH, Jason took all the skills he learned working with teens and became a teacher in Modesto, California. Jason taught High School English and Anthropology for 9 years at Valley Charter High School. In 2009, Jason and Skippy founded the Jack and Buena Foundation to help support Camp Jack Hazard, which later meant owning and operating it. Jason is the current Executive Director of the Foundation.
The Jack and Buena Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Tax ID 26-4356268