Meet the Team
Molly Davis may be new to Saltaire—but she is not new to summer camp. She was the Camp Director of A Montessori Summer, a day camp for 3-12 year olds in Brooklyn, for the last 15 summers. During the school year she led the school’s after-school program, visual and performing arts department, and served as their Athletic Director.
We are happy to have Dan Hunter back with us to run the Ocean Program. Dan Hunter, raised on the hard concrete of NYC and the old Sea Walk, has loved the ocean and the outdoors from a young age. After attending and working for the Saltaire Day Camp, Dan began working for Saltaire Ocean Rescue as an ocean lifeguard. Growing his interest in the outdoors, he took high school electives in Experiential Education, Winter Wilderness, and Outdoor Leadership. After spending most weekends during college skiing in NH and VT, and studying the rest of the time, Dan graduated Brandeis University with a BA in Economics in 2009. Following a summer at the beach he moved to Vermont where he worked at Okemo Ski and Ride School as an instructor and supervisor for 7 seasons. In between the mountains and the beach, Dan spends his falls and springs working for NYC Outward Bound Schools, as a lead instructor and staff trainer. He has his NYS EMT Certification, a Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification, and is a PSIA Level II Telemark Ski Instructor. In his free time, Dan loves hanging out with his fiancé Marlaina and dog Combo, spending time outside, watching The Simpsons and Seinfeld, and body surfing.
Hi everyone, I hope everyone had a wonderful off-season. If you don’t know me from past Camps, I am Meghan LaRocca and I am the Bay & Swimming Director. I grew up on Fire Island, and this will be my thirteenth summer working for The Village of Saltaire. In 2006 I started as a bay lifeguard, and I have been growing my water safety education and certifications since then. When I’m not on the bay I can be found lifeguarding on the ocean coaching swim team, or teaching CPR/AED classes. From the months of September- June I can be found in Flushing, Queens teaching and coaching; I am a K-12 certified Health teacher. I am so excited to meet those of you who I do not know, and catch up with those of you who I do know. We have a fun summer planned, and I can’t wait for it to start!
Nature & Arts Center Director
Hi Campers and Parents. I loved my time leading the 4 Year Olds last year in the Saltaire Camp. I am even more excited this year to focus all of my energies as the Director of the Natures and Arts Center. Our goal is to lead all age groups in the exploration of Fire Island nature, and to draw inspiration from that process to design and create arts and crafts. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a year-round Fire Island resident, and a member of the Fair Harbor Fire Department. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in marine biology. While growing up in Minnesota, I taught pre-school children on a farm. Since graduation, I’ve worked with preschool and school-age children on the East Coast and abroad. I had a very rewarding summer working for Sail Caribbean teaching ocean conservation while sailing the British Virgin Islands. Watching children get connected with nature is exciting and rewarding. I also enjoy swimming, beach volleyball, rock climbing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, and am currently working toward my Emergency Medical Technician Certification.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the start of Camp.
Arts & Crafts
Hi Saltaire! My name is Andrea and I am a lifetime Fire Islander. Some of you may recognize me as I was previously Head Counselor for the Lower Camp, and Assistant in the Art Shed in the summer of 2017. I could not be more excited to return to camp this year as the Art Director.
As a Fire Islander, I myself attended Saltaire Day Camp a few summers. Now I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to re-join the camp in the position of Art Director. This position will allow me to integrate my love of working with children and passion for artistic creation with the natural magic of a Fire Island summer.
I am so looking forward to returning to the Saltaire Camp to bring Yoga to your children. After completing my Yoga training (200TTC) to become a licensed yoga instructor, I soon discovered the joy and true sense of peace in teaching at our beach and at New York Yoga NYC. Having danced in my youth and now a mother of a teen-age boy, I realize how valuable my extensive training in dance was when I was taking my course. I look forward to showing and building a harmony with your children; sharing the beauty, focus and strength of yoga and our environment. I am grateful to be sharing what I love and strive to make your child’s yoga journey fun, fresh and challenging.
Group Leader & Sign Language
This fall Tricia will be studying American Sign Language – English Interpretation at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. As an infant, she was introduced to ASL and it quickly became her first language. She loves working with and being a part of the Deaf Community. She has a huge passion for the beach and loves playing competitive sports.
Tricia is always up for a new adventure. Whether it’s swimming with sharks or visiting a new country, she will always have a huge smile on her face. She is very excited to have an amazing summer at the Saltaire Day Camp.
My name is John Woodburn and this will be my 3rd summer as a head counselor at the Saltaire Day Camp. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY. I am currently a High School English Teacher at one of Manhattan’s top schools. This current school year will complete my 4th year of teaching. I am a graduate of SUNY Oswego and I recently earned my Master’s Degree this year from Long Island University. I enjoy watching and playing sports in my spare time while occasionally hanging with friends on my days off from work.
This summer, I will be the head counselor for the 3rd and 4th grade groups and I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with this group again. My summers working for the Saltaire Day Camp have been so memorable, mainly because of the amazing people I have met from this community along the way. I look forward to seeing you all again soon!
My name is Jenna Gardner and this will be my second summer working as a group leader with the 1st and 2nd grade levels at the Saltaire Day Camp! I was born and raised in Massapequa Park, NY. I am an aspiring CPA as an upcoming junior at Quinnipiac University. I’ve spent most of my summers when I was younger attending a New Jersey 4-H Camp with my siblings and cousins and I’ve realized how my past camp experience has influenced myself as an independent individual who is constantly looking for new adventures. I’m so excited for what these summer months have to offer in Saltaire!
Hey everyone! My name is Ryan Denninger and this will be my first summer working as a group leader at Saltaire Day Camp. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in History and completed my graduate program at Long Island University-Post with a master’s degree in Adolescent Education: Social Studies. I am currently high school history teacher in Brooklyn and I love what I do! In my free time, I love keeping active in any way possible. I love playing sports and rooting on my favorite professional sports teams in the Yankees, Knicks, and Jets. I also enjoy working out each and every day, but I can’t deny the fact that my eating habits need to improve. Way too much pizza! Nothing beats spending beautiful summer days on the beach so I cannot wait for the opportunity to work with you all.
Hello everyone! My name is Jillian Archer and this will be my second year as a group leader at Saltaire Day Camp. As a Long Island native, I am an avid beach goer and am so excited for this summer! I graduated from Adelphi University in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. I am currently on my 5th year of teaching 4th- 5th grade ESL in Brooklyn, NY. I have also worked with children as a cheerleading coach and camp counselor. My hobbies include staying active, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. I am so grateful to return to work in such a beautiful town and cannot wait to see what this summer has in store for us at Saltaire Day Camp!
Hello, my name is Dillon Archer and this will be my first summer as a Group Leader at Saltaire Day Camp. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Adolescent Education from SUNY Oswego and recently received my Masters Degree in Educational Technology from LIU Post. For the last 5 years I have taught Social Studies in a Brooklyn high school where I also serve as the Lead Teacher. I truly love teaching and building relationships with my students. I am a huge Yankees and Jets fan and love sports. I have taught summer school for the past two summers so I am very much looking forward to spending this summer working by the beach. Can’t wait to get started and have a great summer!