Meet the Southwoods Team
The Southwoods Team has dedicated their professional lives to empowering children. Between them they have more than 45 years of teaching and camp experience.
Andrea Ralls - Owner/Director
Andrea has owned and directed Southwoods since its beginning, developing it into the premier 4-week children's camp in the country with her late husband, Scott Ralls. Andreaâ€™s love of working with children is not limited to camping as she has an educational background, with a Masterâ€™s degree in Elementary Education, was a Girl Scout leader and works closely with local schools to enrich their studentâ€™s experiences. Andrea has three daughters, Emma, Sydney and Bailey and a really cute (big) dog named Ellie.
Steven Bluth - Director
Steven and his wife, Jocelyn, have two daughters and reside in Westchester County, NY. Steven has spent 30 years in the camping industry, during which time he has held many leadership roles including Administrator and Athletic Director. Prior to working at Southwoods, he held positions at several prestigious private schools, Riverdale Country School and Fieldston school in NY, as well as Trinity Preparatory School in FL. Steven is passionate about coaching basketball, playing tennis in his free time, and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes!
Johnny Reinke - Camp Administrator, Boys Head Counselor
Johnny was born just outside Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Missouri State University where he received a B.S. in Middle School Education with an emphasis in Science and Language Arts. Johnny joined the Southwoods family in 2004 as a cabin specialist. He has since been a group leader, and is currently the Boys Head Counselor. Johnny has worked with all ages of boyâ€™s side and is very excited about working with new families in the winter office. Besides a passion in child development, he loves NY and KC sports, exercising, a nice dessert, and just being around friends and family.
Dave Parent - Controller
Dave was born in Wyoming and raised in Florida. He graduated from the University of West Florida with an Economics & Finance degree. A desire for a change of scenery and a summer job as a bookkeeper at Southwoods soon became a vocation for Dave. He joined the Southwoods team full time in the fall of 2002. During the winter, Dave fills the role of controller including accounting, operations and coordination of off-season special events. In the summer, he also manages our office staff and the booking and coordination of all off camp trips. Dave is an avid golfer, guitar player and Jimmy Buffett fan.