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CAMP SLOANE YMCA
COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER 2017
Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Our diverse staff members hail from colleges and universities from all over the United States and beyond! We are proud to say that a large part of our American staff are Camp Sloane camper alumni themselves and our international staff have been vetted and selected for their amazing talents and skills. 

Our staff members have all been background checked and undergo an intensive training program prior to working with campers. Staff training covers important topics such as first aid, CPR and childhood development. Since camp is supposed to be a safe place, bully proofing is also a large part of training. In addition, we employ full time, licensed nurses to attend to your child’s medical needs 24/7 while at camp. 

Year-round professional team

There are 6 people who work at Camp Sloane year round, 4 of whom actually live right on site (lucky!). If you have questions or would like to talk with one of the year round team you can reach them by calling our office anytime (860) 435-2557 or via their personal email address found below.

Paul
Executive Director/C.E.O.
Paul "Bear" Bryant
Lisa Thatcher
Camp Director
Lisa Thatcher
Heidi Reineke-Kelsey
Business Manager
Heidi Reineke-Kelsey
Chris Wadsworth
Director of Facilities & Maintenance
Chris Wadsworth
Dave Wright
Caretaker
Dave Wright
Assistant Camp Director
Ramon Wiersema

Summer Staff

We hire about 100 summer staff each year and they are the heart and soul of our camp program. Keep checking in to see who is returning and who is excited to spend their first summer at Camp Sloane working with your campers!

Junior Girls Village Director
Isabella Adams
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Nickname: Bella
Home Country: United Kingdom
Years at Camp: 3
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Senior Girls Village Director
Alice Alexandrov
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Home Country: USA
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Performing Arts Counselor
Antonio Alvarez
Nickname: Raul, Antonio, Tony, Anthony, up to you!
Home Country: Mexico
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores
Hobbies: Reading, writing, learning languages, filmmaking, playing piano, guitar & violin
Fun Fact: I'm a Disney fan and can sing the songs in several languages.
Most Excited For: Getting back in action and getting everyone rocking and rolling!
Day Camp Counselor
Grace Attwood
Nickname: Gattwood
Home Country: England
Years at Camp: 1
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores, of course!
Hobbies: TV, theater, travel and friends
Fun Fact: When I sneeze, I sound like a chipmunk asking a question
Most Excited For: Trying lots of new activities whilst making new friends!
Waterfront Counselor
Charlie Badham
Nickname: Chaz
Home Country: United Kingdom
Years at Camp: 1
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores
Hobbies: Swimming, listening/watching music, spending time with friends, making memories
Fun Fact: I am a huge fan of Taylor Swift and have seen her live twice
Most Excited For: The whole experience and meeting new people
Staff
Beth Barclay
Nickname: B-Barcs
Home Country: Scotland
Years at Camp: 4
Favorite Camp Food: Pasta Night
Hobbies: Running, horse riding, hockey, skiing
Fun Fact: Climbed the highest mountain in Southeast Asia
Most Excited For: Trying out a new job, meeting lots of new people and campfires!
Waterfront Counselor
Molly Bell
Nickname: MollyBell — nearly everyone I know uses my full name as a one word nickname!
Home Country: Scotland
Years at Camp: 1 (but I've worked at another camp for 2 years)
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores because they are a great American delicacy!
Hobbies: Running, swimming, dancing, trampolining and hanging out with friends
Fun Fact: Competed at Scottish Nationals for trampolining & I'm working with elephants in Thailand
Most Excited For: Spending my first summer at Camp Sloane and making so many new friends!
Pioneer Girls Village Director
Rachel Biggs
Nickname: Raquelle, Rachie, Rach, you can take your pick!
Home Country: United Kingdom
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: Cookout night!
Hobbies: Archery, drama, cooking, swimming (and every other activity at camp, except mountain biking)
Fun Fact: I am OBSESSED with Harry Potter. And I can name all of the kings and queens of England.
Most Excited For: Seeing old friends and making new ones! Also excited for theme days.
Adventure Counselor
Ian Brook
Nickname: Don't have one...yet
Home Country: Wales
Years at Camp: 1
Favorite Camp Food: Bacon
Hobbies: Big tennis fan, cycling, kayaking, archery and climbing
Fun Fact: I aim to travel the world by the time I'm 30
Most Excited For: Experiencing new people and cultures, having fun and starting my traveling goal
Girl's Waterfront Counselor
Jessica Clegg
Nickname: Jess, Cleggy
Home Country: England
Years at Camp: 1
Favorite Camp Food: Looking forward to trying everything
Hobbies: Netball, basketball, skiing, boarding, art, lifeguarding, snorkeling, and all things sporty!
Fun Fact: In my gap year I am traveling to South East Asia and working in Italy doing a ski season
Most Excited For: A new adventure and making memories for a lifetime!
Senior Boys Village Director
Henry Crowley
Nickname: Hank
Home Country: USA
Years at Camp: 9
Favorite Camp Food: Pasta Night
Hobbies: Basketball, snowboarding, ultimate frisbee
Fun Fact: I'm studying abroad in Amsterdam next fall
Most Excited For: Seeing old friends, making new ones and beating Ciaran in ping-pong daily
Pioneer Boys Village Director
Kyler Constable
Home Country: USA — Ohio
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: Oreo Cookie pudding
Hobbies: Longboarding, drawing, being nerdy
Fun Fact: I've been scuba diving 70ft underwater
Most Excited For: Returning to camp!
Waterfront Counselor
Charlotte Cox
Nickname: Lottie
Home Country: England
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores
Hobbies: Cheerleading, swimming
Fun Fact: Last year at camp I helped to buy 5,000 ice pops at Wal-Mart
Most Excited For: Seeing all of my campers again
Riding Director
Fiona Cull
Nickname: Fee
Home Country: United Kingdom
Years at Camp: 5 (yay 5 year watch!!!)
Favorite Camp Food: Hash browns OR vegetarian chicken burgers
Hobbies: Art, riding, music, running
Fun Fact: I lived in Shanghai for 2  years
Most Excited For: Being outside the whole summer!
Performing Arts Counselor
Sarah Dean
Nickname: Sarah Dean
Home Country: US 
Years at Camp: 11
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores & pizza bagels
Hobbies: Sleeping, dancing, sewing, costuming
Fun Fact: This is my 11th year at camp and I am the third of nine children
Most Excited For: New friends, hanging out with campers, the showcases and the PA camp show
Small Crafts Counselor
Harry Fisher
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Home Country: United Kingdom
Years at Camp: 2
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Athletics Counselor
Mia Fiumara
Nickname: Meems
Home Country: USA
Years at Camp: 8
Favorite Camp Food: Boscoe sticks
Hobbies: Dancing and rugby
Fun Fact: You can lead a cow up the stairs, but it is impossible to lead them down
Most Excited For: Making new memories, meeting new Sloanies and seeing lifelong friends
Media Director
Rusja Foster
Nickname: Roo
Home Country: England
Years at Camp: 7
Favorite Camp Food: Brownies...the really gooey, chocolatey ones
Hobbies: Skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, traveling, photography, film-making and writing.
Fun Fact: I've visited 28 different countries. The beach is my favorite place, besides Camp Sloane!
Most Excited For: Dancing on benches, singing cheesy songs and wearing lots of tie-dye!
Nature Counselor
Jemma Freed
Home Country: USA — New York (but I live in London now)
Years at Camp: 11
Favorite Camp Food: Quuorn!!! Those really good vegan chicken burgers
Hobbies: Singing, playing guitar, hanging out with dogs and traveling
Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with whales and hope to join the Sea Shepards when I'm done with school
Most Excited For: Seeing old friends, making memories and welcoming new people to the Sloane family
Waterski Director
Jacinta Frizziero
Nickname: JC
Home Country: Australia
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: Banana Boats
Hobbies: Skiing/boarding on snow and water, writing, telling silly jokes and adventuring with friends
Fun Fact: I decided it would be a good idea to bungee jump off a 154-ft. bridge in New Zealand!
Most Excited For: Seeing everyone, the stars at night and the lake during the day (and Olympics!)
Athletics Counselor
Joseph Gilligan
Nickname: Joe
Home Country: Ireland
Years at Camp: First Year!
Favorite Camp Food: Pasta
Hobbies: Traveling, tennis, soccer, athletics, swimming
Fun Fact: I have won athlete of the year twice in my school and college
Most Excited For: Meeting new friends, working at camp and experiencing the American culture
LEAD Director
Catriona Hay
Nickname: Cat
Home Country: Scotland
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: BBQ chicken, salad and Oreo creme pie
Hobbies: Rugby, dog walking, watching soccer, catching up with old school friends
Fun Fact: I just applied for teacher training
Most Excited For: Seeing the campers come back and and new activities
Small Crafts Counselor
Jadyn Kist
Nickname: None
Home Country: USA — Connecticut
Years at Camp: 10
Favorite Camp Food: Oreo creme pies and fajitas
Hobbies: Crew, skiing, traveling with friends, going on long walks dog walks
Fun Fact: I have 4 passports — UK, Sweden, Germany and Canada
Most Excited For: Meeting new people, being by the lake and making new memories!
Waterfront Counselor
Bestey Kleuber
Nickname: Bets
Home Country: USA
Years at Camp: 11
Favorite Camp Food: Boscoe sticks and hash browns
Hobbies: Swimming, singing, snowboarding and cooking
Fun Fact: I am the master of lucid dreaming
Most Excited For: Meeting new people and getting back in the pool
Parent Liason/Girl's Camp Director
Rosa Kornfein
Home Country: England
Years at Camp: 8
Favorite Camp Food: Pasta Night!
Hobbies: Drawing, dog walking and searching through secondhand stores for good bargains
Fun Fact: I'm great at learning song lyrics and I was an international camper at Sloane.
Most Excited For: Meeting new campers and parents, welcoming returners and dance parties!
Day Camp Counselor
Emily Lubin
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Creative Arts Director
Maddy Martin
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Student Boys Village Director
Sandro Mazzucco
Home Country: Scotland
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores
Hobbies: Squash, soccer, cooking and listening to music
Most Excited For: More square dances, seeing old friends and making new ones
Adventure Director
Janine Munk
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Years at Camp: 3
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Athletics Counselor
Byron Neethling
Nickname: Bai/By
Home Country: South Africa
Years at Camp: 1
Hobbies: Swimming, running, organ/piano playing, braaing (South African BBQ), sports
Fun Fact: I'm easygoing and a social butterfly
Most Excited For: A new adventure and gaining experience!
Waterfront Director
Virginia Polik
Nickname: Ginny
Home Country: USA — New York
Years at Camp: 8
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores
Hobbies: Indoor rock climbing, skiing, reading, cooking and adventures with friends
Fun Fact: I can touch my nose with my tongue
Most Excited For: Making new friends and seeing returners again!
Day Camp Counselor
Sophia Pressman
Nickname: Soph
Home Country: USA — New York
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Favorite Camp Food: Boscoe Sticks
Hobbies: Dancing and listening to music, especially Justin Bieber
Fun Fact: My cheeks turned orange when I was a baby from eating too many sweet potatoes and carrots
Most Excited For: Singing the Mighty, Mighty Day Camp song, square dances and meeting new people!
Adventure Counselor
Dion Rooze
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Years at Camp: 2
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Adventure Counselor
Nick Scaglione
Nickname: Nick, Scags
Home Country: USA — New York
Years at Camp: 11
Favorite Camp Food: Fajita Night
Hobbies: Hockey, snowboarding, art, architecture, cricket
Fun Fact: I will be an art and architecture student at Lafayette College
Most Excited For: Meeting new staff and campers and of course, reconnecting with returners
Performing Arts Director
Alex Schober
Nickname: FG (Fairy Godmother)
Home Country: United Kingdom
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores
Hobbies: Theatre and singing
Fun Fact: I have a huge family
Most Excited For: Getting back to camp!
Day Camp Counselor
Sam Skinner
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Junior Boys Village Director
George Smith
Nickname: None
Home Country: England
Years at Camp: 2
Favorite Camp Food: Cookouts are the best!
Hobbies: Swimming, traveling and dancing around like a fool...(Pro)
Fun Fact: I have swam with dolphins at sea and it was amazing
Most Excited For: Learning how to do the Hoedown Throwdown for square dances!
Adventure Counselor
Andrew Spiegal
Nickname: Spiegel
Home Country: USA — New York (NYC)
Years at Camp: 10
Favorite Camp Food: Pasta Dinner
Hobbies: Climbing and other outdoor activities
Fun Fact: My favorite season is autumn
Most Excited For: Seeing all of my friends and meeting new people
Waterski/Wakeboard Counselor
Will Steere
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Counselor
Roxanne Stewart
Nickname: Roxy, Pebble
Home Country: England
Years at Camp: 1
Favorite Camp Food: All of it...I love food!
Hobbies: Reading, drawing, singing, walking in the countryside and laughing until my tummy hurts
Fun Fact: At one point or another my hair has been every color except green!
Most Excited For: Meeting new people and having an amazing time!
Staff
Lucy Taplin
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Years at Camp: 2
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Student Girls Village Director
Dani Tull
Nickname: Dani
Home Country: USA — New York
Years at Camp: 12
Favorite Camp Food: FAJITAS and s'mores
Hobbies: Kayaking, reading, hiking
Fun Fact: I'm a second-generation Sloane-y
Most Excited For: Making new friends and new memories!
Waterfront Director
Tariq Vally
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Years at Camp: 2
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Day Camp Counselor
Bethany Williams
Nickname: Beth
Home Country: England
Years at Camp: 1
Favorite Camp Food: S'mores, although I'm excited for my first camp food experience
Hobbies: Acting, dancing, reading, going to the gym, baking
Fun Fact: I once played a donkey in a ballet
Most Excited For: Being a camp counselor for the first time and having lots of fun!
Athletics Director/Boy's Camp Director
Ciaran Wood
Nickname: Keeks
Home Country: Scotland
Years at Camp: 3
Favorite Camp Food: Cookout
Hobbies: Rugby, badminton, squash and skiing
Fun Fact: I play the bagpipes
Most Excited For: Starting a new role at camp