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
Tonya Miller is one of the founding core team members of PA Vent Camp and has been the Activities Director since 1994. Tonya, along with her activities staff, plans all yearly activities for the camp and also coordinates fundraising events. Tonya is presently the Director of Rehab Education and Program Development for Celtic Healthcare.
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.
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 and plans the respiratory therapist’s schedules and coordinates the medical equipment supplies for the camp. Ken is a respiratory therapist at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Katrina Thomas MSN, CRNP
Katrina has been attending PA Vent since it began in 1994. She has served as partner, team leader, and core team member. In her present role, Katrina coordinates nursing educational pathways and assists with organizing medical equipment supplies for the camp. Katrina is a lead clinical mentor for nursing students and staff members of PA Vent Camp. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner with Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Penn State Milton S. Medical Center.