John E. Colburn | Chairman

Mr. Colburn currently serves as the Chairman of Dragonfly Forest.

He received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Dickinson College, and an M.B.A. from Emory University.  After graduation, he began work at his family’s insurance agency specializing in medical and malpractice insurance. By designing insurance for professional groups of physicians, lawyers, realtors, dentists and Chambers of Commerce, the family business grew and in 1998 merged with USI Insurance Services, the largest association insurance administrator in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Currently, he serves as an Executive and Consultant for the new USI management team.

Colburn is a major sponsor of the Philadelphia Bar foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Tyler Arboretum, Committee Chairman of PIMA, AIPAGIA (insurance associations), fundraiser for United Way, Lou Scott Scholarship Fund, Cabinet Member for Dickinson College, Trustee for the Colburn Scholarship Fund, Vice President of the Breakwater Beach Association, and Day Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Chris Wilson

Chris joined the Board in the fall of 2013. He brings a cross-functional background which includes organizational development, behavioral health, clinical research and marketing. His focus at Dragonfly is on building lasting relationships with our kids and families as well as the individual, corporate and foundation partners that make camp possible.

Clinically, he has expertise working with adults and families impacted by obesity as well as its associated comorbidities. In addition, he has extensive experience working with kids on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

Chris has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Penn State University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and an M.Phil in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chavis Patterson, PhD

Chavis Patterson is a licensed Clinical Psychologist whose work focuses on stressors that put children, couples, and families at risk for future difficulties. He received his master and doctoral degrees from the American University in Washington D.C. and completed his internship at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. He has worked with families and their adolescents at Temple University’s Center for Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and the NorthEast Treatment Centers. Dr. Patterson has conducted classes on parenting and has presented nationally on topics such as family and parental relationships, coping with a chronic illness, and non-medical alternatives to pain management. He has also provided psychosocial training for staff to care for children who have a chronic illness. 

Currently, Dr. Patterson works at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Neonatal / Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU).  He is responsible for oversight of the provision of expert psychosocial care to the families as they cope with the complexities associated with having a child in a N/IICU. He functions as an administrative leader, educator and researcher within the N/IICU’s interdisciplinary team.

In addition to his work at CHOP, he is a member and on the executive board of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Patterson is also on the Board of Directors for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia / Delaware Valley Chapter.

Jeff Daly

Jeff Daly is Co-Founder and Director of 3 Adventures International Camp Staff. He has spent the past 24 years in the Camping Industry as Camper, Counselor, and Camp Director.  Jeff is an established trainer and speaker, having presented and worked with young people all over the world through camping.

Jeff earned a BA in English from Saint Joseph’s University in 1996.

Jeff has previously worked as Director of Camping Services with the Frost Valley YMCA, one of the premiere flagship Resident Camps in the country.  In addition he has worked with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, and served as Executive Director of the Kennett Area YMCA in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Jeff volunteered internationally working with at-risk youth in Africa via Global Camps Africa, as well as serving his local community on the Board of The Garage Community Center in Kennett Square and the Longwood Rotary Club.

Jeff lives with his wife, and two children in Kennett Square, PA.

Tahirah Austin

 

Paul Beckles

Paul joined the board in the fall of 2015. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania receiving his Bachelor’s in Sports Management and Business Administration. During his free time Paul coached at local basketball camps and found a passion for kids and the wonderful world of camp. In the summer of 2007 Paul worked as a counselor at Dragonfly Forest and the next summer was the sports and rec program director. Due to the life changing experiences at Dragonfly he always remained close to the program and staff.

The next step for Paul was his professional career which began with the historic NBA franchise, the Philadelphia 76ers as a sales associate then promoted to a Group Event Specialist. After being with the Sixers for a few years Paul worked briefly as a Partnership Development Manager for Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). PCA is a non-profit organization focused on transforming youth sports so that youth sports can transform youth. Paul was then asked to return to the 76ers as the Manager of the largest and oldest running basketball camp program in the NBA, "Sixers Camps". The Sixers Camps run day and overnight camps for kids ages 5-17 each year and has had over 85,000 kids come through the program. They also conduct coaches and skills clinics throughout the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey area. Currently, Paul is back in a business role with the Sixers as Manager of Corporate Development where he is in charge of generating revenue through marketing partnerships with local and national companies.

Paul participates in Project 76, volunteering 76 hours of community service each year and lives in Lansdowne, Pa with his wife Ebony."