Matt Guedes, Executive Director
Matt Guedes has more than twenty years of experience in the outdoor industry. His extensive background in this field serves him well as the Executive Director of Camp Freedom.
For over 11 years, Matt has owned a hunting consultant business. Journey Hunts has paved the way for hunters and their families to encounter the outdoors in a memorable experience. He leads his staff to assist clients to have a hunt of a lifetime and enjoy the journey along the way.
Matt is an outdoor writer, pro-staff hunter, and sponsored hunter who has pursued various game in nine countries on five different continents.
Matt has been a business consultant for several businesses in need of leadership and direction. He also named, created, and hired upwards of 70 personnel in developing a multi-million dollar recycling company which he managed for three years.
Matt graduated from Dickinson College in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He also served as an officer in the United States Army for 3 ½ years. Matt has pastored three churches for over 24 years in the ministry. He has been married for 25 years and has been blessed with three children.
Mike Johnson, Operations Coordinator
Mike is a US Army Infantry Veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He is a native of the mountains of North Eastern Pennsylvania where he started his hunting career at the age of 7 when his uncle introduced him to shotguns and squirrels. Mike has always been passionate about the outdoors and is a student of all things hunting and fishing. He is an avid bow hunter with experience hunting PA whitetail deer in the fall and Georgia hogs in the winter. His biggest passion is hunting big gobblers in the spring and trout fishing local streams with the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts (his two children, Jax and Rachel). There is nothing better for Mike to hear than that first tom gobble in the spring after a long winter break or see the children smile when they reel in a fish.
Kyle Jones, Property Caretaker
Kyle is a native of South Canaan in Northeast Pennsylvania. He is a US Navy Veteran who answered the call straight out of high school and served three and a half years achieving the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. During Kyle’s time in the Navy he carried out many jobs. Upon returning home Kyle left the Navy to start life again on his family farm. He is an avid off-road enthusiast who loves the outdoors. He is an active member of a local jeep club and has been helping Veteran causes in the Northeast region of the United States. His passions are long range precision shooting and bird hunting.
Ray Cobb, Wildlife Coordinator
Ray Cobb is a United States Marine Corps Veteran with two combat tours in Iraq. He grew up in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania where his father introduced him to the outdoors and hunting at an early age. Ray continues to be an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys everything outdoors from hunting and fishing to hiking and camping. Ray gets the most enjoyment out of sharing his passion for the outdoors with others, especially with his daughters. When Ray isn’t enjoying his time outdoors, he is volunteering with youth sports and is an member of various Veterans groups. He has been married for 15 years and has two wonderful daughters.
Izaak Gray, Camp Staff
Izaak started hunting, fishing, and trapping at a young age with the guidance of both grandfathers and father in Indiana, PA. He enjoys trout fishing and bow hunting for whitetail deer. Izaak is not just passionate about the outdoors. He has a great passion to help those that have served our country. When Izaak is not in the wilderness, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Izaak studied Criminology, Law, and Society at Saint Vincent College where he excelled in football as an All-American, member of the All-Conference Team (3 years), set two college records, and was the Defensive Lineman of the Year (Jr. and Sr. years).
Mike Funaro, Mechanic
Mike served 10 years as a Sergeant with the Waymart Borough Police Department that included medical training with certification in the drug task force. With an intention to give back to his community, he became a volunteer with Camp Freedom and has proven to be a great asset.
Being an avid Jeep enthusiast, his many hobbies that keep him busy include woodworking, cabinetry, welding, and auto repair work. Outdoor hobbies have included camping, spear fishing, and scuba diving.
Mike has been married to his wife, Trish, for 16 years. He has a daughter, Samantha, and four beautiful grandchildren.
Linda Oliveri, Program Coordinator
A native to Northeastern Pennsylvania, Linda is from a loving family of four sisters and two brothers. Her parents instilled in her the importance of serving the community. Linda is an active volunteer with a fierce emphasis on supporting the military. Over the years she has developed essential skills for communicating and understanding the concerns of individuals. These traits in combination with her own life experiences provide her with a unique perspective, strong determination, and willingness to helping others. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Phil, and their rescue dog, Temperance.
Lori Strohl, Executive Administrator
Lori has been a part of Camp Freedom since its inception. Her involvement has become a crucial piece in its planning process due to her involvement in the events that sparked the concept of Camp Freedom which include the National Disability Awareness Shoots and monthly “fun shoots” for individuals with disabilities held at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays. In addition to her roles as Executive Administrator and Board Secretary for Camp Freedom, she is involved in the day to day operations at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays and is continually working on programs to introduce more women, youth, and individuals with disabilities to the shooting sports.
Lori has a great love of the outdoors, is a former Army wife & Marine mom, and has a strong passion for helping individuals adapt and overcome their challenges. Lori brings 20+ years of experience in travel and event management to Camp Freedom with a strong focus on adventure and adaptive travel. She is a Certified Accessible Travel Associate and member of the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality.