Jen Dresdow joined the Runoia team in 2010 and took up the reins of the riding program. As an Assistant Director at Runoia, she oversees the camp food service while continuing to supervise our equestrian program. She 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 the Washington, DC with her husband, Weston.

During the winter months, Jen works in the DC public schools and actively attends a variety of horse shows as a spectator or jump judge. Jen has been coaching IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) teams since 2013 and has severed 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 supporting the kitchen team and making her famous butter chicken. In addition to running our food service, Jen and Alex work together on transportation. Jen can often be found at the Runoia gate 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 in an Ohio charter school. She enjoys eventing with her horse, Phoebe.