Board of Directors

We are thrilled to welcome three new board members to the Camp Surefire Foundation. Many thanks to Isabella Channel, Tara Higgins, and Cara Moeller for their continued support of Camp Surefire!

Gregory Fox, MD, FAAP

Dr. Gregory Fox is the President of the Camp Surefire Foundation and one of the founders of the Camp Surefire Foundation. Dr. Fox is a Pediatrician and Pediatric Endocrinologist. He has practiced at Pediatric Associates, Inc. in East Providence, RI since completing his fellowship at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2003. In addition to camp activities, Dr. Fox serves on the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serves as the school physician for the RI League of Charter Schools, and is a founding member of the Bristol Blues Base Ball Club.

Anna Bertorelli, MBA, RD, CDE

Anna is a founding member of the Camp Surefire Foundation Board of Directors.  She has dedicated her professional career to working with families with diabetes, including work at several diabetes camps. In addition to Camp Surefire, Anna works closely with the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Belle Channel

Belle joined the board in March 2017. She first attended Camp Surefire as a camper back in 2007, two years after she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Since then she has gone through the LIT program and is currently a counselor. Belle attended Moses Brown, where she worked with the girls basketball team to host a fundraiser in which all of the profits were donated to Camp Surefire for “camperships.” She is now a student at URI and is studying to become a physician’s assistant.

Lauren Greer

Lauren joined the board as a founding member of the Camp Surefire Foundation in 2009.  Lauren has been instrumental in fundraising for the Camp Surefire Foundation. Lauren and her husband Al generously hosted the “Afternoon by the Campfire” event at their home in Providence, RI for three years.

Tara Higgins

Tara Higgins, PharmD, CDOE, CVDOE is the Clinical Pharmacy Director at Rhode Island Primary Care Physician Corporation with 20 years of pharmacy experience including working in ambulatory care, quality improvement, managed care and long term care. She has been a diabetes educator for 16 years with individual, and group classes experience as well as teaching other health care providers about diabetes and diabetes education of patients. In 2011, Tara was appointed adjunct clinical facility at University of RI (URI) College of Pharmacy and is an ambulatory care preceptor for advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) students. Tara assists with a longitudinal residency experience for PGY1 residents in ambulatory care through a residency program at a local hospital. Tara serves on the URI Seminar-by-the-Sea planning committee which is an annual continuing education conference for pharmacists. Tara has a passion for adult learning, and applying the principles to her teaching and presentations.

Rick Kearns

Rick joined the board in January 2012.  Rick’s son is a diabetic and started attending Camp Surefire in the summer of 2011.  Rick works in the resort real estate business and coaches youth basketball for Portsmouth and CYO.  Rick and his wife Jill generously hosted the annual “Afternoon by the Campfire” event at their home in Portsmouth, RI for three years.

Colleen McCarthy

Colleen is a founding member of the Camp Surefire Foundation.  Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager, Colleen attended another diabetes camp for many summers and has a deep-rooted passion in helping others live well with diabetes.  In addition to her involvement with Camp Surefire, Colleen is the Secretary of the JDRF Rhode Island branch and serves as Advisor to the Diabetes and Education Camping Association (DECA).

Cara Moeller

Cara Moeller joined the board in 2017 and has volunteered at Camp Surefire since 2011.  Cara is a Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator and has been a Type 1 diabetic herself for over 20 years.  She serves as a JDRF team captain and has a strong desire to help all people with diabetes live long, healthy and happy lives.


Dave Souza

David joined the board in January 2012.  Since his daughter was diagnosed with diabetes 12 years ago, Dave has been actively raising money for JDRF and other diabetes-related charities. In addition to his involvement with the Camp, he serves as the Chairman of the Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club in Burrillville, RI, as the Director of Marissa’s Magic Foundation, and as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.


David Zapatka

David joined the board in 2009.  He became involved with Camp Surefire when his son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 16 and Dr. Fox was his physician.  In addition to his involvement with Camp Surefire, David is the President of the non-profit Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse in North Kingstown.  He is a national Emmy-winning freelance network television cameraman. David has generously volunteered his time to capture the spirit of Camp Surefire on film.

Dedicated to Children and Teens Living with Diabetes