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 wife and dog. 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.

Jake Feldner

Marketing Director

Jake joined the staff in May of 2021 as the Marketing Director. He graduated from the University of Mount Union with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Marketing and Finance. In his free time, Jake enjoys playing golf and spending time with his friends and family.    

Dalton Morgan

Education Coordinator

Dalton joined the Deerassic team in 2021 as the Education Coordinator after interning the two summers prior as he completed his degrees in wildlife Conservation and Environmental Science, Safety, and Health from Zane State College. In his free time, Dalton enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and learning new things about nature with his wife and their dog.   

Rusty Hayhurst

Assistant Maintenance/Education Contractor

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.