PA Vent Camp staff consists of the camp directors; a health staff with physicians, nurses, respiratory therapsists, physical therapists, occupational therapists,and speech language pathologists; team leaders; partners; an activity staff; and junior partners and counselors.
Camp staff will include, but not be limited to, a minimum of 2:1 ratio of staff volunteers to each camper participant. Each camper will have a camp staff individual assigned to them as a primary care partner throughout the camp experience.
Our Camp Directors
Dr. Michael Dettorre
Dr. Dettorre has served as the Director for PA Vent Camp since the mid 1990s. In his role as director, Dr. Mike, as the campers and staff refere to him, oversees all of the camp’s organizational structure as well as the medical status of each camper. He is the Director of the Home Ventilator Program for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and is currently an Associate Professor in Pediatric Critical Care.
Tonya Miller PT, DPT COS-C
In her role as Vice President of Home Health at Celtic, Tonya is the administrator for all home health operations and supervises multi-state interdisciplinary teams. In addition to her administrative role, Tonya coordinates the educational pathways for rehab services internally and provides external educational series related to a variety of topics in home health care, rehabilitation, and management. Tonya received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2007. Tonya is currently enrolled in a PhD program for administration and leadership at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been an active member of APTA since 1990 and served as the Home Health Section’s publication chair from 2006-2010. Presently, Tonya is the section’s Vice President and serves as the program chair for Combined Sections Meeting. Tonya has provided national presentations related to a wide variety of aspects of home health care topics. She has also had the opportunity to publish articles in several industry magazines including Caring Magazine and The Journal of Home Health Nurse. Finally, Tonya plays a very active role as a community volunteer leader. Tonya, along with another healthcare professional, founded PA Vent Camp in 1994. PA Vent Camp is a week-long camp for children who are ventilator dependent. The camp is free to the children and provides respite care for the children’s families. Tonya is a core team member and the Activities Director for the camp. Additionally, Tonya leads many of the organization’s fundraising efforts.
Robin Kingston MSN, CRNP
Robin has been attending PA Vent Camp since the mid 1990s. She has served as a team leader and is presently the staffing coordinator for PA Vent Camp. In her role as staffing coordinator, Robin recruits and coordinates all staffing for the camp. Robin is a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Pediatric Home Ventilator Program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Jennifer L. Myers BS RRT-NPS
– Coordinates RT student program
– Volunteered for 13 years at PA Vent
– Director of Respiratory Care at UPMC East in Monroeville, PA
– Worked for UPMC Presby for 9 years and ISMETT in Palermo, Italy for 2 years
– Favorite parts about camp are the dance and seeing friends that I only see once a year.
Ken Ballinger RRT-NPS
Ken is one of the founding core team members and has served as the lead respiratory therapist since 1994. In his role, Ken coordinates the medical equipment supplies for the camp. Ken is a respiratory therapist at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Noelle Smith M.S., CCC-SLP – Activities Director
Noelle has been volunteering as a partner and Activities Staff member at PA Vent Camp since 2000, but has been an active supporter of the camp since her parents helped found PA Vent Camp in 1993. She currently serves as the Activities Director, and has been in this position since transitioning from leadership under Tonya Miller in 2011. As Activities Director, Noelle oversees an Activities Staff that develops the theme for camp and designs and implements activities to entertain the campers throughout the week.
Noelle received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Penn State University. While working toward her Master’s degree, Noelle was awarded a two-year training grant, where she earned specialized competencies required to provide high quality Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services to children with complex communication needs and their families. Currently, Noelle is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Virginia as well as a member of ASHA (American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association). She is employed in the public school system and works with students with a variety of strengths and needs, with a special interest working with students with autism spectrum disorder and multiple disabilities.