Jen Dresdow joined the Runoia team in 2010 and took up the reins of the riding program. As an assistant director at Runoia, she continues to direct our equestrian program, and works on transportation and logistics, program planning, special events, and more. She is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in psychology and currently resides in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, Weston, and daughter, Natalie.

During the winter months, Jen stays active attending a variety of IEA and YEDA horse shows with Natalie. Jen has been coaching IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) teams since 2013 and has several as a regional president for the past 5 years. Jen started riding at age 10 at a local barn near her childhood home in Indiana. Over her teen years, she won several regional, zone, and national titles with her horses. Prior to Runoia, Jen worked for camps in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Virginia as a both a generalist and riding instructor.

Over the past decade, Jen has crafted the equestrian department at Camp Runoia into a top notch program with riders of all levels excelling. She carefully selects horses and ponies for the program and finds them winter homes in collegiate(IHSA) or IEA programs. Jen is a certified instructor with the American Association of Horsemanship Safety, a USEF & USHJA member, and specializes in hunter seat equitation.

During the summer, you’ll find Jen not only at the barn sharing her passion for horses with campers, but also working with Alex in the program office, assisting with everything from tag up to special event planning, evening programs and transportation. Jen can often be found at the airport on arrival and departure day, ensuring camper travel is a safe and successful experience.
If you have any questions about the riding program, feel free to reach out via email to

April Marini works with Jen as the Assistant Director of Equestrian Programs. She has worked at Runoia for more than 5 summers. In the winter/school season she teaches mathematics at the Christ Church School in Christ Church, Virginia.