2018 New England Camp Conference workshop/session presenter bios
Cassie Abodeely: Cassie Abodeely is Director of Auxiliary and Summer Programs for the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, MA. She was an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx from 2004 – 2014, during which time she created and oversaw the anti-human trafficking unit and specialized in firearms and narcotics trafficking prosecutions. She lived and worked in South Africa during the post-apartheid era as an educator and coach, developing a literacy program for girls, building a community library, and starting the first girls’ rugby and basketball programs in the former Transkei. Before, after, and during this, she fell in love with summer camp at Camp Wingate*Kirkland on Cape Cod over ten summers in every role they'd let her try. She is a graduate of Fordham Law School and Amherst College and studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mark Altman: Mark Altman is the founder of MindsetGo, an innovative training organization that excites individuals to apply their new skills, knowledge, and behaviors individually and as part of a team. Trainings connect immersive activities that mimic real-world challenges with peer, supervisor, and customer experiences. Mark has over two decades of experience speaking and training diverse group of professionals in finance, insurance, healthcare, HR, non-profits, and retail on interpersonal disciplines including leadership, customer service, relationship building/networking, and millennial engagement. Prior to MindsetGo, Mark founded Mark Altman & Associates (MA&A) in 2001. With the launch of the MindsetGo Foundation, Mark’s speaking engagements and educational programs combine youth development with personal growth and awareness.
Scott Arizala: Scott Arizala is a leading expert, trainer and consultant in summer camp, working with youth programs & thousands of staff across the country. He is the award-winning author of S’more Than Camp, the new book Happiness, Diversity, & Autism, and a regular contributor to Camping Magazine. He is a founding faculty member of the online staff training resource ExpertOnlineTraining.com and the founder and Executive Director of three camps for kids with different needs.
Kim Aycock: Kim Aycock, MST, has 30+ years of experience blending the skills of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert. She trains camp staff at all levels and speaks professionally at regional and national conferences. Kim has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations.
Danny Badger: With an MS in natural resources management, Danny Badger has coordinated science learning for the Harbor Discoveries camp at the New England Aquarium since 2007, serving as Camp Director since 2013. With experience developing regional citizen science projects, Danny joins science learning with the fun and sense of adventure of camp.
Barnes Boffey: Barnes Boffey has been teaching the basic concepts of Success Counseling over 40 years - in education, mental health, corrections, management, and camping. He ran the Dartmouth Teacher Training Program, served as a senior member with the William Glasser Institute, and maintained a private counseling practice. Barnes is currently the Director of Training for the Aloha Foundation, where he was a camp director for 24 years.
Zac Broomfield: Zac Broomfield has been in residential camping for 18 years. Most recently he spent three years as director of Camp Frank A. Day with the West Suburban YMCA. He has consulted for conference and event centers on staff development, facilities, event management, customer acquisition and emergency preparedness. Zac has previously presented at the Northeast Y Camp Conference (NEYCC) and ACA New England conference. In 2016 he received the NEYCC’s Rising Star Award and the Association of Y Professional’s (Chapter 4) Director of the Year honors. When he is not working, Zac enjoys cooking, writing music, practicing yoga and bouldering. This year marks Zac's 7th time attending the ACA New England conference.
Jed & Roz Buck: Roz is an accomplished leader in the camp industry and an expert in camp culture, staff training, leadership development, employee engagement, program design & execution, coaching, debriefing, and writing & editing. In addition to her 30+ years of day camp experience, she has been a member of the teaching staff of the West Orange Jewish Community Center and has held volunteer leadership positions in her community. Roz is an active volunteer with the ACA and is on the Board of Directors of SCOPE, a non-profit organization that helps send children from underserved communities to non-profit resident Camps. Roz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jed had a successful 20-year career in business prior to leaving to work full-time in the camp industry. His vast and diverse experience includes brand management at Procter & Gamble, sales & marketing positions at the ABC Radio Networks, and various positions during 11 years with NY City-based MediaAmerica, a network radio and internet pioneer where he rose to President. Jed chaired the Tri-State Camp Conference from 2014-2016 and the Morry Stein Management Conference in 2011. He currently serves on the NY/NJ ACA Board and on the ACA National Standards Commission. Jed is a proud Syracuse University alumnus and has taught at his alma mater as a visiting professor. He is currently a Mentor/ Adjunct Professor for the Touro University Masters in Camping Program.
Abby Burbank: In her role as Standards Training Manager for American Camp Association, Abby focuses on training for camps, visitors, and instructors. A veteran to camping and ACA, she has been an ACA visitor and instructor, camp director, camp consultant, and continues to lead trainings for American Canoe Association, American Red Cross, Positive Coaching Alliance and US Lacrosse.
Devri Byrom: Devri Byrom co-directs Camp Betsey Cox, a girl’s residential summer camp in Pittsford, VT. Camp Betsey Cox is a family-run summer camp founded in 1953 by Devri’s great-aunt. Devri worked at camp through college and then went exploring; working in non-traditional educational settings - many of them on the ocean - before returning to co-direct Betsey Cox. She holds a BA from Colby College and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Education from Antioch New England Graduate School. She continues to work in education in a variety of venues throughout the camp off season, in Midcoast Maine, where she spends the winter months.
Liz Calabria: Liz Calabria, owner of Art Happens in Milford, NH, has many years of experience in teaching the Arts. For 27 years Liz has taught dance at a local dance studio. In her spare time, she choreographs musicals at the Riverbend Youth Company at the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club in Milford, NH. Liz spent two summers at Camp Anne Jackson in Wilton as a counselor (“Lilac”) of Musical Theater and Arts. In 2013, Liz brought her dream of owning her own business to life when she opened Art Happens, which first started out as an Art Club in her home. Liz lives in Milford with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
Susan Caplan McCarthy: Even back in high school, Susan McCarthy took on the task of cleaning and organizing the art department's supply room. For 20 years, at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, she straightened (and re-straightened) the arts and crafts supplies used by over a dozen counselors each year as well as tackling how to make nature education materials accessible. Susan combines her experiences teaching nature and art with her knack for organizing stuff.
Dr. Dan Cheron: Dr. Dan Cheron is the Director of Training at Judge Baker Children’s Center and the Assistant Director at The Center for Effective Child Therapy. He is a licensed psychologist and is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Psychology and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University where he worked extensively researching and treating anxious children and adolescents at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD).. Dr. Cheron specializes in the assessment and treatment of youth anxiety disorders and traumatic stress, and he has significant experience in the use of empirically-based interventions for depression and disruptive behavior problems in children and adolescents.
Jeremy Cutler: Jeremy Cutler has been working with schools and teachers for over 20 years. He has been a middle school teacher, school counselor, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal in both public and independent schools. Jeremy is currently the Assistant Director at Camp Lanakila and a trainer in Success Counseling, and also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bailey Dailey: Bailey is the Recreation Supervisor at Winding Trails, in Farmington Connecticut. Bailey has been working in aquatics since 2003. She has been a lifeguard for 16 years, a Water Safety instructor for 14, and a Lifeguard instructor for 11 years. She was the Waterfront Director for over four years before moving into her full time position. Bailey manages and trains over 70 lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Boat Staff, and a Leadership staff of seven. Bailey’s knowledge, experience, and love for aquatics has helped her to successfully manage a large waterfront staff each year. Bailey is an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, Babysitting Instructor, Water Safety Instructor trainer and Lifeguard Instructor trainer.
Zach D'Arbeloff: An enthusiastic environmentalist, Zach D’Arbeloff has been working at Drumlin Farm Camp for 9 years. He loves connecting kids with nature and helping foster new environmental stewards.
Bob Ditter: Bob Ditter is a well-regarded child, adolescent and family therapist with a practice in Boston. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consults with people who work with young people across the United States. He has appeared on the ABC Evening News, Good Morning America and twice on NBC’s Today Show. He has been quoted in The New York Times, Parent Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, and USA Today. Sports Illustrated called him “…camping’s most articulate spokesman” because of his work with children’s summer camps since 1982. Bob has authored five books for camp professionals and 21 staff training DVDs. He is best known in camp circles as the author of the column, “In the Trenches,” which has appeared regularly in Camping Magazine since 1987. He is on the Board of Boston Explorers, an urban day camp for kids; and Harbor Camps, which operates the only camp in the US for transgender and questioning children.
Ethan Doss: Ethan Doss has been working in the summer camp world for many years. He spent his younger years counting down the days until he could finally climb up the hill to “Adventure Base” and experience the high ropes. Finally, on his 13th birthday, Ethan slid off what would be the first of many zip lines. This powerful experience ignited a passion for Challenge Course Programming and Experiential Learning, which in turn has driven Ethan’s chosen career path. He has spent countless summers as a director of adventure programs, teen camps, trip leading, and outdoor living. In his current role as a Client Service Specialist for a Project Adventure, Ethan works with camps, schools, and agencies throughout the country coordinating challenge course training, inspections, repairs, new builds, and course management consulting.
Kristen Fenstermacher: Kristen Fenstermacher has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She recently completed her Master's in Camp Administration from Touro University. Kristen grew up attending Girl Scout camp in Pennsylvania, worked there as a teen, and began pursuing a career in outdoor education after college graduation. Since then, she has continued her career developing and directing summer camps and outdoor education programs on both the East and West coasts. She has worked full-time in this field for 16 years. Kristen is currently the creator and director of Cody Outdoor Classroom, a progressive STEM and environmental science program in New Hampshire.
Jess Ferronetti & Brenna Woods: Jess Ferronetti is a student at Assumption College. She is completing her senior year in Secondary Spanish Education. During the summer, she is the Leadership Director at Camp Runels in New Hampshire. Brenna Woods is an elementary school teacher during the school year. Over the summer, she was the Leadership Director at Camp Wind-in-the-Pines. Both of them have written their own leadership curriculum to address the diverse needs of the upcoming leadership in their staff. They are passionate about creating a dynamic, safe, and fun leadership program for their aspiring staff members.
Karin Firoza: Karin Firoza, Co-Founder, Training and Consultation at Roots & Wings, was born and raised in Queens, NY and graduated from Wellesley College, with majors in religion and economics. At Wellesley, she was a fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core and a campus activist. Following graduation, Karin became a resident organizer with the Bend the Arc's Community Organizing Residency and spent a year as a union organizer in Baltimore, MD. Currently, Karin oversees and coordinates Youth Leadership Programs in the Greater Boston area and coordinates Youth LEAD's annual TIDE Conference. As a proud active member of the Boston Muslim community, Karin plays a key role in the identity and leadership development of Muslim teens in the community. In her spare time away from the kids, Karin loves to dive into adventures with her friends and family.
Talia Fishbon: Talia, Training Facilitator at Roots & Wings, studied Sociology and Organizational Leadership at the University of Delaware, and has been facilitating trainings with high school and college age students for the past eight years. Her passion for educating and empowering others began in high school, when she was a facilitator with Sharon High School's Teen Speakout and Sharon's Youth LEAD program. Talia has traveled across the country to facilitate leadership development for college student leaders and strengthen communication, event management, and team building skills within student organizations. In addition to supporting others, she loves cooking for her family and friends.
Becky Gilles: Experienced in day, resident, for-profit and not-for profit camps, Becky Gilles is the Camp Director & Youth Birding Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. Becky is a standards visitor and is on the ACA New England Program Committee. Becky has been working in the camping industry for over 25 years in both New England and in the Southeast. She has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.
Marcie Glad: Marcie Glad invests in people, memories, and experiences. She is proud to celebrate a decade of being a camping professional. She began as counselor for Girl Scouts of Utah, then program director and camp director for YMCA Camp Roger. She moved to Boston in the fall of 2014 and has since worked for Everwood Day Camp, Camp Harbor View, and Tenacre Day Camp where she is currently the Assistant Director. Marcie has a B.S. in Recreation Management and is currently an MBA student at Boston University. Marcie’s super power is knowing the exact right size of container to use for leftovers. Depending on the day, she spends her spare time daydreaming of being a mermaid or living in a tree house.
Shannon Gmyrek: Both a formal and informal science teacher, Shannon Gmyrek has a unique perspective on science at camp. For years, she doubled as a lead camp counselor at the New England Aquarium while also teaching middle & high school science. In Harbor Discoveries she harnesses the enthusiasm campers have for the ocean to incorporate serious science learning into the day-to-day of camp!
Emily Golinsky: Emily Golinsky has been the Executive Director of Camp Starfish (a non-profit for youth with significant to severe emotional, behavioral, social, and learning difficulties) for 12 years. Her professional background includes strategic organizational development, nonprofit management, and programming for children in crisis, special needs youth, and traditional campers. Emily works with educators, mental health professionals, and families nationwide helping design group and individualized participation strategies to enable youth success and training others to manage a spectrum of behaviors from "challenging" to "crisis." She sits on the NHCamps Board of Directors and is a Standards Visitor and Fund Development committee member for ACA NE. She is an avid collector of terribly awesome puns.
Emily Goupil: Emily Goupil holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. She has been involved with Camp Foss for 17 years and has served in positions such as CIT, Junior and Senior Counselor, CIT Director, Recreation Director, and the Program Director. She currently sits on the Camp Mitena and Camp Foss Advisory Board. Emily also has experience with off-season leadership, environmental, and team building camp groups at Camp Mitena. Emily's full-time job is serving as a Residence Hall Director at the University of New Hampshire. Emily was on the founding Sophomore Summit Committee.
Barbara Green-Glaz: Barbara Green-Glaz is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. She has been with the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance ever since her days as a student and during that time has created such programs as the Family Recreation Program, the FitRec Sportacular Program and the very popular Swimsport Camp. Barbara has combined her love of music with that of recreational sports for children of all ages to enjoy so that they too may have the best of both worlds
Melissa Hansen & Erin Kelly: Melissa Hansen studied wildlife and forestry at UMass Amherst, and realized her passion for education while connecting urban youth with nature. She entered the realm of summer camps in 1999, earned a master's in Environmental Education through the Audubon Expedition Institute ("the bus") in 2002, and has been coordinating school education programs and summer camp with Mass Audubon since 2003. Melissa first learned about BEETLES in a workshop in 2014. She was excited to participate in a week-long BEETLES Institute in California in December 2017 along with Erin Kelly, her colleague at the Boston Nature Center, who is co-leading this session.
Peter Hare: Pete Hare has been the Executive Director of the Keewaydin Foundation since 2002. Before that, he was a high school Spanish and history teacher for 20 years. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont with his wife. Their three adult children all still play active roles at camp.
Jen Hargrave: Jen Hargrave is a life-long crafter. Her main hobbies include scrapbooking and knitting, but she has gone though many craft life stages including stenciling, stained glass, and embroidery. During her 10 years at a Michigan Girl Scout camp she was the craft specialist for many years. Since then, she has done activities with kids and families at three different outdoor education center. She currently works for the Fresh Air Fund’s Sharpe Reservation in New York. Jen has offered craft workshops at the ACA New England conference for over ten years as well as several years at Tri-State.
James Hart: Born and raised in New Hampshire, James Hart serves as the Director of Development & Alumni Relations for Camp Mowglis, a non-profit boys summer camp on Newfound Lake in Hebron, NH. James grew up going to camp and has pursued it as a career. James spent five years as a Combat Engineer in the US Army and serves as an adjunct professor of Political Science at the University of New Haven.
Danny Herz: Danny Herz, one of the strongest voices in Jewish athletics in North America, has called 6 Points Sports Academy his home since the inception of camp in 2010. Prior to his full-time role at camp, Danny served on the senior administrative team at Jewish schools in Southern California and in South Florida. His full-time duties in education include having worked as a teacher, coach, dean of students, and athletic director since 2001. Danny earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from Ohio University. Danny is known for being a dynamic leader and coach who develops his staff into leaders, coaching his camp staff with the same passion that he coaches his athletes.
Carlos Hoyt: Carlos Hoyt was born in Costa Rica, immigrated to the United States when he was four, and grew up in Dorchester, MA. He attended Wesleyan University, Boston University School of Social Work, and Simmons College, where he earned his PhD in social work. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Wheelock College in Boston, MA. Before joining Wheelock in 2015, Carlos served as Associate Dean of Students at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He also serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocate at the Chestnut Hill School in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts. His work with students in grades beginner through sixth in addition to his teaching at Wheelock provides him with a unique perspective on learning and growth across a wide spectrum of development and backgrounds.
Jonathan Igoe: Jonathan Igoe has worked with students in schools, recreation programs, and summer camps for the past twenty years. A 1997 graduate of Yale, Jonathan is the Director at Overland and a member of the Board of Trustees at YMCA Camp Belknap where he chairs the Risk Management Committee.
Jamie Ingram & Joe McAshee: Jamie Ingram and Joe McAshee are experienced directors at Camp Starfish, a camp for youth with emotional, behavioral, social, and learning challenges - and a place where behavior is the expectation, not the exception. First-year front-line staff at Camp Starfish receive over 50 hours of intensive education and practice in proactive and positive behavior management during staff training. Seasonal leadership staff presenting with Emily, Jamie, and Joe have trained thousands of individuals using a combination of amazingly simple yet powerful strategies and a belief that anyone can learn to practice positive behavior management.
Beth Johns-Thomas: Beth Johns-Thomas is the Director of Summer Programs at BC High in Boston MA. Beth has over 30 years of camp experience primarily in day camp and also has directed overnight, co-ed, same-gender, and most currently in Independent School Camps and Auxiliary programs. Beth's most recent positions were as the Summer Programs Director for Cambridge Montessori School, and before that, Summer Fenn at The Fenn School in Concord. She is currently the President of the Massachusetts Camping Association and a member of The National Standards Commission with the American Camp Association (ACA). Beth is also involved with ACA New England as a conference speaker, accreditation visitor, and faculty member of the New Camp Directors Workshop.
Donna Johns-Thomas: After 13 years as the Director of Education for ACA New England, Donna launched her own business as a camp consultant, trainer and public speaker. Her areas of expertise include group dynamics, staff training and supervision, leadership, morale, and understanding the multi-generational workplace. Before her work at ACA New England, she was a camping services manager and camp director for Girl Scout Councils all over the country including Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Louisiana. Residing in New Hampshire, she is also a weddings and event planner and a Justice of the Peace.
Katie Johnson: Katie Johnson has spent 20+ years as a youth development professional working with both resident & day camp programs, including 8 years with the American Camp Association. Most recently, Katie joined The Redwoods Group as a consultant where she is sharing her professional experiences to help camps and youth serving organizations provide safe environments and programs for children and families.
Tom Jones: Tom Jones Esq. is an attorney specializing in labor and employment matters. He has spent more than a decade helping AIM members solve Human Resources concerns on the hotline and at monthly roundtables. Tom previously served and as deputy director and general counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Labor where he oversaw implementation of state labor and employment laws. He is an MCAD certified trainer who provides harassment and discrimination training and investigations. Tom received a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Massachusetts; an M.SC in Geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Paul Katz: With nearly forty years of camp, nonprofit, and consulting experience, Paul Katz brings the insight and experience of having consulted with nonprofit, faith-based, and professional associations across the country. He began his career leading wilderness, outdoor education, and camping programs. Paul served in local YMCAs for fifteen years and spent a decade teaching and developing leadership development programs at Springfield College. Paul provides a broad range of consulting services that focus on unique tools, strategies, and trainings to foster engagement: for staff, volunteers, Boards, and partners. Some of his work includes organizational development, executive coaching, inclusion and diversity, strategic planning, defining solutions and tools for unique challenges.
Mia Klinger: For the past 28 years, Mia Klinger has served as co-founder and director of Daybreak Day Camp, a summer program serving children from under-resourced circumstances who demonstrate social, emotional, and behavioral health needs. This program has served nearly 400 children, and more than 25 former campers have returned to become part of the staff. Mia is trained as a special education teacher and reading specialist. She has worked as a teacher and consultant at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university level.
Sarah Kurtz McKinnon: Sarah Kurtz McKinnon believes summer camp changes lives. She was the director of Ann Arbor YMCA Camp Al-Gon-Quian from 2009-2015 and now works as a camp consultant and trainer, traveling across the country helping camps improve. She is a faculty member with Expert Online Training, a Directors’ Camp facilitator, and a co-founder of The Summer Camp Society. She is also one of the directors at Camp Tall Tree, a camp for kids with autism and their siblings. Sarah is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and will complete her MBA this spring from the University of Michigan, where she is a lead fellow at the Center for Positive Organizations. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Robert, and two Brittany Spaniels.
Sarah Leshay & Jess Woods: Sarah “Fluke” Leshay and Jess “Crunch” Woods are the co-directors of Camp Runels, a Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts summer camp in Pelham, NH. For both of them, camp is a place where girls can stretch to try new things, grow in their independence, and make lifelong memories and friends. They are passionate about creating a dynamic, safe, and fun camp program at Runels.
During the school year, both Sarah and Jess are teachers - Sarah is a high school science teacher while Jess is a high school life and vocational skills teacher. Sarah received her BS and MAT from Northeastern University, while Jess received her BA from West Virginia Wesleyan and her MSED from Simmons College.
Rose Levenson & Herschel Singer: Rose Levenson and Herschel Singer are both pursuing dual MA/MBAs in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Rose and Herschel have been working and enjoying conversations and studies about camp since they met each other when both were working at events run by the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
Rose is a south Central Pennsylvania native, hailing from the sweet town of Hershey, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Psychology and Education and worked for six years at URJ Crane Lake Camp in various positions. Rose is proud to be a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar.
Herschel is originally from Albany, NY, and graduated from the Yeshiva University Honors Program, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Business Management. For his senior honors thesis, he developed and ran a survey to quantitatively assess the efficiency of Jewish camp at fostering lasting Jewish values. Herschel’s excitement and dedication to the Jewish non-profit world stem from his experiences at Camp Yavneh, a pluralistic camp in New Hampshire at which he spent 14 summers as a camper, counselor, unit head, assistant head of boys, and in a custom-built position, Head of Experience. This past summer, Herschel worked at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, where he helped to develop and build a system of program evaluation.
Mark Lipof: Mark Lipof is the founding co-owner and director of Camp Micah in Bridgton, Maine. Micah is a co-ed, Jewish, residential camp with 270 campers and 150 staff built in 2001. Mark has 40 years of camping experience as a camper, counselor, head counselor, camp administrator, and director. Mark graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and earned High School teacher certification. He then graduated from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work with an MSW and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Mark’s experience with youth is extensive and includes evaluation and counseling of at-risk youth, High school social worker, school director, youth group director and residential camp experience at most administrative levels.
Sarah Littlefield: Sarah Littlefield, EdM is the Director of Aloha Camp for Girls in Fairlee, Vermont. She received her BA in Spanish & English from Middlebury College, and her EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before becoming a camp director, she worked in independent schools and school consulting, and owned a healthcare business in the greater Boston area. She has experience in youth program development, small business administration, sales, customer service, recruitment, and staff development. She presented at the ACA National Conference in February.
Myles Lynch: Myles Lynch is a former Camp Director and current PhD Candidate in Education at the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses on motivation and creativity in summer camp settings.
Rick Mades: Rick has been in camping most of his life. He started attending overnight camp at age 9. This summer (2018) will be his 30th at camp in Maine. Whether he was attending college, or teaching tennis or mathematics, his summers always included camp. Before starting Maine Arts Camp in 2004, Rick started Camp Finders (1994), a referral service for families looking for a quality camp or teen experience. He also started MySummers, an online site for overnight camp jobs in 1999.Maine Arts Camp was created after Rick talked with thousands of families looking for the right program for their children or teens. Maine Arts Camp is currently located on the campus of Colby College. Before moving to Colby College in 2017, the camp was at Gould Academy from 2005-2009 and at Unity College from 2010-2016. Being on several campuses has given Rick a unique perspective on running an overnight camp on school or college campuses. More recently, Rick became a certified mediator and works in the Palm Beach County court system as a volunteer mediator.
Steve Maguire: Steve Maguire is a veteran in the fields of education, summer camp, and organizational health. He has been teaching, coaching, and working with schools and summer camps for the past twenty years. Steve is a graduate of Plymouth State University, holds his Master’s Degree in teaching and curriculum design from Fitchburg State University, and is a full-time public school teacher. 13 years ago, Steve began presenting professionally. He is a member of the faculty for Expert Online Training and the author of two books: Go Turnstone: 23 Ways to Improve Your School Relationships and Not the Way You Have Always Done It!: Tips and tricks to improve your summer camp. Steve is a dynamic speaker with the ability to engage the emotion and minds of his audience members. Steve resides in Scituate, MA with his wife, their 4 children, and their chocolate lab.
Dave Malter: David “Professor Dave” Malter, MA, is the Director of the Touro University Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership and a frequent speaker at camp conferences. Dave has been involved with camps and youth development for over thirty years as a camper, counselor, administrator, and consultant. Dave's mission is to help all camps he works with and participants at his workshops develop strong staff cultures and opportunities for professional development. His passions are deeply rooted in providing innovative educational content and opportunities for youth leaders at all levels.
Karyn Martin: Karyn L Martin, PhD, started her outdoor career the first day she attended Girl Scout summer camp. Since then, she has been a camp counselor and camp director, worked building and facilitating ropes courses, hiked the Appalachian Trail, led canoe trips through the Everglades, run camps in the mountains and on islands, and worked in outdoor program in four Girl Scout councils. She is at heart a researcher, with publications on the outdoors ("More than S'mores; Impacts of girls' outdoor experiences" and "Ropes Courses for All") and on the impact of girls-only programs on middle school girls (AMLE journal, CGO Insights).
Bryan Martineau: Bryan Martineau is the Lead Trainer & Safety Consultant at BAM Safety & Security, having over 11 years in the public safety field. He is also a leadership and teamwork presenter for The Future Business Leaders of America & Boy Scouts of America. His continuing contributions to community awareness, emergency awareness, and prevention programs provide quality training, emergency response plans, and staff training for safety and well-being of the public.
Bryan received his Associate of Business Management Degree from Manchester Community College and his Safety & Health Officer Certification from OSHA Training Institute Bryan was born in Manchester, New Hampshire where he also currently resides. When not working, Bryan enjoys photography, hiking, camping, and learning about history.
Tabitha May-Tolub: Besides being a former camper, counselor, and camp director for the South Shore YMCA, Tabitha is a 20-year youth leadership development veteran. She holds degrees in Psychology and Education from Clark University and pursued her graduate education at UMASS Boston. She has provided training and consultation in public schools, community-based programs, and non-profit organizations for youth, parents, teachers, and mentors. Tabitha has received extensive professional and experiential training in communication, mentorship, diversity engagement, peer mediation, leadership development, facilitation, civil discourse, anti-bias, and primary prevention education.
Tabitha is the Co-Founder and CEO of Roots & Wings. Based on the famous quote, Roots & Wings provides training and consultation for youth and the adults who care about them in the areas of leadership, communication and identity development. We believe there are two things that we all need in order to become amazing human beings: Roots (identity and confidence in knowing who we are and where we come from) and Wings (the skills necessary to navigate and create positive change in this global world). “There are two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children: One of these is roots, the other, wings." ~ Henry Ward Beecher
Terri Mulks: Terri Mulks has 25 years of experience with at risk youth in non-profit camps. With a Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University, she has incorporated skill development and collaborative behavior management into life-changing outdoor adventures for thousands of campers. Terri is a Board Member with Maine Summer Camps and an ACA Associate Visitor. She and her husband live in Maine with their rescue pets and are on a mission to backpack in all of the National Parks.
Chris Overtree: Christopher Overtree, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The Aloha Foundation in Fairlee, VT. He studied psychology at Princeton University and trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Dartmouth Medical School. He went on to become an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director at New England College and a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Psychological Services Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Chris has received several awards for teaching and community service, and specializes in child and family mental health, program development, institutional climate and healthy organizational systems. Chris lives in Thetford, Vermont, with his wife and four children.
Noel Pardo, Allison Hoefener, Mark Mirasol, Sean Lamoureux, Lauren McDermott, & Madeline Surgenor: Noel Pardo is a summer and auxiliary program director for the last 14 years. He believes in the power of others and the ability to create places of growth and joy for campers and staff.
Allison Hoefener is a high school English teacher, theme Thursday enthusiast, and has been working at camps for over 10 years.
Mark Mirasol is a youth development professional, energy-giver, and camp veteran.
Sean Lamoureux is a lifelong learner, 14 year camp professional, and believer in the transformative forces of camp for kids and staff.
Lauren McDermott is a School Counselor, has been a camp professional for seven years and trusts in the ability of camps to create moments of learning, particularly social-emotional development.
Madeline Surgenor brings a dozen years of camp experience to her life as an educator. In her current role as the Dean of Academic Success at a high school, she puts students at the forefront, partnering with faculty and staff to support students. She is always cognizant that the skills valued at camp such as self-confidence, self-advocacy, and joy make for the most academically successful students.
Nate Parks: Nate Parks is the President/CEO at Berea in New England. He is known for his creativity and unique perspective in seeking solutions for organizations. In addition to holding a master’s degree in business, Nate is a national speaker and consultant, always challenging people to look beyond their personal or organizational boundaries for maximum impact.
Christie Peterson: Christie is Resident Camp Director at Cape Cod Sea Camp, where has also held the positions of cabin counselor, head counselor, swim head, and assistant director. She is a former elementary school teacher on Cape Cod and received her Bachelor’s degree from Springfield College. As a full-time camping professional, the management and direction of Cape Cod Sea Camps is her sole career. Christie is an active participant in the American Camp Association where she volunteers as a Standards Visitor. Christie is also a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Trainer for the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Janet Prensky: Janet Prensky is a Principal of Aigner/Prensky Marketing Group, a strategic marketing and public relations agency in Boston, MA. She is also co-founder of Food Truck Festivals of America, the country’s largest touring food truck & craft beer festival company.
In addition to Ms. Prensky's public relations experience, she has been a broadcaster and writer for many years. She was Boston's first female sports radio talk host for WEEI-Radio, a talk show host for WBZ-AM, the "voice" for WBZ-TV, and a broadcast journalist for CBS-Radio and WBZ-TV. She co-hosted a YouTube series “The Boomer Broads” and is the author of “Everywoman’s Guide to Auto Racing.” She also writes for INC. Magazine.
Ms. Prensky has taught a course on Radio Announcing for Emerson College and served on the Boston Sports Advisory Council. She has served on the Boards for the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, Operation A.B.L.E. and The New England Women’s Fund.
Dr. Thayer Raines: Dr. Thayer Raines is a professor of Sport & Recreation Management in the Business Administration Division at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. Thayer is a graduate of Indiana University (ReD), Penn State (MS), and West Chester U (BS). His research interests includes youth development in the camp setting. He currently serves on the ACA New England Board. Thayer has been the co-owner & director of Roaring Brook Camp for Boys in Bradford, VT, for 30 years.
Dr. Anthony Rao: For twenty years, Dr. Anthony Rao was staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He now speaks to organizations across the country. He has appeared in documentaries for MTV and the A&E channel, and was interviewed by The New Yorker, The Washington Times, and Chicago Tribune. His opinions have appeared in Scientific American and Newsweek. He’s finishing his next book on the seven practices that bolster Human Agency.
Rob Riley: Rob Riley has 20 years of experience in the camping world. He served as a school age and day camp director with the YMCA of Metro North in Lynn, Revere and Saugus, Massachusetts for 15 years. Rob is a faculty trainer with the YMCA of the USA training staff at regional training events in School Age Child Care and Day Camp Director certifications. He currently serves as an Executive Pastor at Curtis Lake Church in Sanford, Maine where he oversees all programming for families including a licensed child care center and a faith-based day camp program.
Todd Robbins: No stranger to camping, Todd started as a camper at Tyler Hill Camp in 1999, eventually becoming a Group Leader and then Assistant Food Service Director. He has a degree in Hospitality from The University of Central Florida - Rosen School of Hospitality Management and has experience in hotel, event management, and food service. Todd currently serves as The Director of Facilities and Operations, and with his involvement in programming and events, Todd brings high energy, spirit, and a youthful perspective to all he endeavors. Todd is on the board of EPIC and holds many positions within ACA and the Tri-State Camp Conference.
Bob Rojee: Bob Rojee is currently the Director of Auxiliary Programs at the Wheeler School, an independent school for children in grades Pre -K to grade 12. Bob has worked in the camping world for the past 27 years. Bob has both not-for-profit and for profit organizational experience, including a start-up sports/recreation business.
Tom Rosenberg: Tom Rosenberg has a distinguished career in the camp profession and a long resume of service to ACA. He most recently served as the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to Camp Judaea, Tom spent more than two decades with Blue Star Camps in North Carolina. Tom is a past national treasurer and board member of the ACA as well as a past board president and treasurer of ACA Southeastern. A founding board member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association, Tom was awarded the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Camp Industry Leadership Award as well as the American Camp Association’s National Honor Award and ACA Southeastern’s Distinguished Service Award.
With an educational focus in business, Tom graduated from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with an MBA and from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a BS in Management. He is also a graduate of ACA’s Camp Director Institute.
Tom melds his experience in the camp profession with business expertise, inspirational vision, successful fundraising experience, professional agility, organizational skills, and strategic focus — attributes that are essential to achieving success as ACA’s President/CEO. We are fortunate to have such a thoughtful, dedicated, and experienced leader who is willing to take his commitment to camp, youth development, and ACA to a greater level. Tom, his wife, and their son live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Benjamin Rossetter: Benjamin Rossetter has always been passionate about playing and working outside. He has vast experience as a wilderness trip leader, science educator, and adventure guide in both the Rocky Mountains and New England. He is currently completing his Master's Degree in Experiential Education from the Teton Science Schools and Prescott College. He is the Program Assistant at Cody Outdoor Classroom, a progressive STEM and environmental science program in New Hampshire.
Whit Ryan: Whit Ryan has over 30 years’ experience in residential girls' camps. Currently, she serves as Director of Staff Recruitment and Leadership Training at Wyonegonic Camps in Maine where she designs and implements staff training initiatives. Whit's experience and expertise have been developed for years as Whit was a senior staff member at Alford Lake Camp in ME and Director at Waukeela Camp for Girls in NH. A career educator, Whit has also served as Coordinator of Girls' and Women's Issues at Rumsey Hall School in Washington, CT. She currently offers programming in community living skills in the local community. Whit and her family reside on the campus of Rumsey Hall School.
Elizabeth Snell: In her role as Director of Accreditation Services at ACA New England, Elizabeth has the opportunity to work with accreditation visitors, trainers, and camp professionals throughout all of New England. Prior to arriving in New England, Elizabeth received degrees in English, Sport Management, and Outdoor Education. She followed her passion for camp and spent over 15 years directing and supporting various summer programs in the Girl Scouts and YMCA organizations. When she is not working with our New England volunteers, she can be found spending time with her three children Emmaline, Matthew, and Caroline and trying to find time for a nap.
Eric Stein: Eric Stein grew up around camping his entire life. His entire family is in sleep away and day camping. He has a background in marketing and strategy and uses this expertise serving day, sleep away, specialty, for and not for profit camps all over the US in the area of search marketing through Eswebmarketing. He works with other industries as well although his focus is on helping camps bring more and the right eyeballs to their sites. Eric also helps many camps market alternative programming through the web.
Dr. Lauren Stern: Dr. Lauren Stern is a licensed psychologist with a Psy.D. in School/Child-Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. She is the founder of Camp Psych Consulting, a practice that offers clinical expertise to support camps in navigating the emotional, behavioral, and social situations that arise during the summer. Lauren also runs a therapeutic program in a public middle school that enables students with significant psychiatric needs to achieve success. Lauren has extensive experience helping children manage anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-esteem, and learning disabilities. Ultimately, Lauren is a lifelong camp enthusiast who has worked in camping for over 15 years. Camp Psych Consulting gives Lauren the opportunity to combine her passion for camp with her expertise in the emotional well-being of children.
Steve Sudduth: Steve co-directs Wyonegonic Camps in Maine and manages the business. Steve has spent three decades at Wyonegonic and ten years at the brother camp, Winona. Steve is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington where he majored in Natural Resources. Steve has spent many volunteer hours serving two terms as President of the Maine Youth Camp Association (MYCA), and two terms as the Chairperson for the American Camp Association (ACA) Government Relations and Public Policy group. He has also served multiple terms on the ACA – New England Board of Directors, most recently as President. Steve also worked in the front office for Keystone Resort in Colorado for seven years. Steve enjoys a challenging ski day and a good dog walk.
Doug Sutherland: Doug Sutherland has been facilitating team building and group development programs in the camp field for 17 years. He has worked in for-profit and not-for-profit camps in the New England area as counselor up through director. He believes training and guiding future camp leaders is essential to promoting the advantages of camp. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Doug moved to New Hampshire in June of 1999 to work directly with children and adults in an outdoor setting. He has presented at many ACA New England Conferences and is a member of the New Camp Directors Workshop faculty. He is looking forward to watching his young daughter develop with the help of the camp industry.
Edward Szeman: Edward Szeman is a 10-year veteran of the Y's camping movement. He has worked in day camps, residential camps, and school-year programs, including environmental education and conference centers. He currently serves the West Suburban YMCA as Director of Camp Chickami. Edward has previously presented at the Northeast Y Camp Conference (NEYCC) and ACA New England conference. His professional interests are inclusion, community building, staff development, and risk management practices. Edward’s Myers-Briggs type indicator is ENFJ, he wears wool socks all year round, and in addition to cast-iron cooking and hiking, he’s an avid reader. This year mark’s Edward’s 2nd time attending the ACA New England conference.
Dr. Sarah Tannenbaum: Dr. Sarah Tannenbaum is an Associate Director of the Summer Enrichment Institute at Judge Baker Children’s Center and a Staff Psychologist at the Center for Effective Child Therapy at Judge Baker Children’s Center. Dr. Tannenbaum graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from William James College with a concentration in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR). Dr. Tannenbaum has extensive experience delivering evidence-based treatments to caregivers and children ages 3 to 18 years old in individual, group, family, and parent-only formats. Her research has focused on providing prevention, early intervention, and treatment services to children and families from underserved and multi-stressed backgrounds.
Jimmy Thren: Jimmy Thren holds a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University of Ohio and is a Residence Hall Director at the University of New Hampshire. Since arriving at UNH, he has also served as a facilitator for Sophomore Summit.
Dr. Chris Thurber: Dr. Christopher Thurber enjoys creating and sharing original content for business leaders, independent educators, and youth development professionals. He is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father. Chris earned his BA from Harvard University in 1991 and a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA in 1997. He has written numerous book chapters and scholarly articles on leadership, homesickness, and youth development. Chris co-founded ExpertOnlineTraining.com, co-authored the critically acclaimed Summer Camp Handbook with Dr. Jon Malinowski, and designed the ACA’s homesickness prevention program. During the academic year, Chris serves as school psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, an independent, co-educational secondary school. He and his wife live in New Hampshire with their sons.
Dr. Jill Walsh: Dr. Jill Walsh conducts research on adolescent social media use. She combines her own research with the latest work in the fields of Sociology, Adolescent Development, and Communication to provide a clear understanding of the teen social media landscape for parents, school administrators and teachers. Her focus is on establishing healthy parameters around teen social media use and fostering positive and open communication around technology use between parents, schools, and teens. Dr. Walsh is also a Lecturer at Boston University and currently is completing two books in the area of young people's mediated social relationships.
Andrew Watson: Author, camp counselor, teacher, international speaker, Andrew Watson has been connecting brain research with schools and camps for the better part of a decade. A life-long camp guy - and an award-winning teacher with 16 years of experience - Andrew now presents on the educational uses of neuroscience and psychology research. He has worked with dozens of organizations, from Johannesburg to New Jersey, from Florida to Finland. His book Learning Begins has been called “an invaluable resource: lucid and approachable” offering “research-based strategies and concrete examples that can be implemented immediately.” A graduate of Harvard College, Andrew holds an MA in English Literature and an M. Ed. from the Mind Brain Education program at Harvard University. He also tells a mean ghost story…
Darcey Wijsenbeek: Darcey Wijsenbeek is the Assistant Director of Camp Sangamon for Boys, a family-run residential summer camp in Pittsford, VT founded in 1922. Darcey experienced the magic of summer camp as a camper at Med-O-Lark in Maine and camp has been a part of almost every summer since. Darcey started her career at Sangamon as a counselor, then moved into a long, successful stint in the camp kitchen as the Head Cook. She has now transitioned into administration full time bringing valuable experience and perspectives to her position. When she is not at camp, Darcey works as a para educator with K-2 students at the local elementary school. She holds a BA in psychology from Bates College as well as a degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Center of Seattle.
Lauren Wilkins: Lauren Wilkins is currently a rising junior at Northeastern University in Boston, MA where she is a candidate for a B.S. in Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology. She is also a co-founder and the Vice President of the nonprofit organization, Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do, Inc. (LEAD). LEAD's mission is to provide students, educators, and organizations with training and curriculum to promote mental health education and well-being.
Elise Wulff: Elise Wulff has over 10 years of experience collaborating with and supporting the neurodiverse population, specifically those on the autism spectrum, their families, and professionals in both public and private settings. Currently, Elise is the Camp Director for MGH Aspire’s Adventure Camp. Aspire specializes in supporting individuals with high-cognitive Autism Spectrum Disorders to achieve success in Social Competency, Stress Management, and Self-Awareness. A 10+ year veteran of the special needs camp world, Elise has used her experiences to develop, implement, and refine staff training modules for such topics as inclusion practices, behavior management, social skills development, stress management, and self-awareness strategies in the camp setting.