Meet The Staff


Executive Director

Our Executive Director, joined the Deerassic Park Staff in 2006 after graduating from Ohio University. In his spare time you can find him on his boat fishing, in the woods hunting or watching sports with family and friends.


Chief Operations Officer

After graduating from the University of Mount Union in 2001, Dana spent 17 years in public accounting before joining the Deerassic staff in September of 2018.  In his spare time he enjoys fishing, spending time outdoors, and attending sporting events with his wife and three children.


Education Director

Luke has been with Deerassic since March of 2017. Born and raised in Cambridge, Luke loves spending time outdoors with his son Ridge, his wife Alex, and their dog Fletch. Luke is a Muskingum University graduate, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical & Health Education. Luke is also an avid bowhunter. When he’s not teaching kids about the outdoors at the Park, you’ll probably find him in a treestand somewhere.

A.J. Burga

Maintenance & Grounds Supervisor

A.J. Burga joined our staff in 2016 as our Maintenance & Grounds Supervisor. He is a graduate of Belmont Technical College with an associate’s degree in heating and cooling. He enjoys farming, golf, basketball, and spending time with his family and friends.


Ticket/Office Manager

Tonja has been with Deerassic Park since the very first Deerassic Classic in 2003. She became the full-time Ticket Rep for the 2009 Classic. Tonja enjoys yard sales, fishing, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.


Finance Manager

Valotta joined us in October of 2017 as the Finance Manager. She enjoys spending time with her family and three grandchildren, collecting antiques and vacationing at the ocean.


Administrative Assistant

Sarah joined our staff in September 2020. She grew up in Guernsey County, graduated from Buckeye Trail, and resides near Salt Fork State Park with her two children and array of pets. Her hobbies include; outdoor activities and collecting Depression glass.

Rusty Hayhurst

Assistant Maintenance/Education Team Member

Rusty joined the staff in September of 2021 after working for the maintenance department during the summer months throughout his years in college. He graduated from Wittenburg University in May of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything to do with the outdoors.

Stacy Garrett

Events & Activities Coordinator

Stacy joined our staff as an Ed Team Member in spring of 2020. She was then promoted to Events & Activities Coordinator in October of 2022. Stacy graduated from the University of Akron and worked for the YMCA of USA for 20+ years while raising two wonderful sons with her husband Jason. She loves traveling and seeing new sites with family and friends. You can find her out hiking, fishing, or in her kayak.


Education Assistant

Megan joined our Education Team in May of 2022 after moving to Cambridge. She has been hunting since age 6 and fishing since she was in diapers. She graduated from Hocking College with a degree in Wildlife Resources Management. There, she met her husband, Sterling, who is also an outdoor advocate. She enjoys being outdoors and traveling with family and friends.


Events & Activities Assistant

Alyssa joined the staff as an Education Team member in spring of 2022 before becoming the Events & Activities Assistant in 2023. She is currently a college student at Ohio University Eastern where she is majoring in Middle Childhood Language Arts and Mathematics Education. In her spare time, she enjoys showing shorthorn cattle and serving as an advisor for the Bonnie Beefers 4-H Club.