Meet the Team
From 1997 to 2014, Eric Glodstein was the Owner/Director of Red Robin East Day Camp. Eric helped turn Red Robin East into a prominent day camp in eastern Long Island.
A cornerstone of Eric’s philosophy at Red Robin East was that every child feels welcome and at home. Have fun, try your best, never be afraid to make mistakes and help your fellow campers were mottos to live by at Red Robin East. Eric is a Standards Accreditor for the American Camp Association accreditation program and has served as an adjunct professor teaching economics at the collegiate level.
Eric’s belief is “there is no place like camp,” and he looks to bring that same passion and enthusiasm to every camper’s and counselor’s camp experience. Eric is excited about joining the Saltaire family and welcomes the opportunity to talk about camp with you.
Bay Front Director
My name is Meghan LaRocca and I am the lead swimming instructor on the Bay Front. I grew up on Fire Island, and this will be my twelfth 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!
Fine Art Director
Hi, I’m Michele Biancardo-Sahi, and as a Saltaire resident, I’m both honored and excited to lead the Fine Arts Program for the Saltaire Camp. Some of you may know me from around town, or from the afternoon arts program that I’ve created and run for both children and adults from the Art Shed for the last few years. I’m excited about bringing the philosophy that “Art is an Experience not an Object” to the camp program through a wide variety of Fire Arts disciplines.
After a 15 year career in the architectural field, I pursued a Master’s Degree in fine arts education and I now teach Art & Architecture courses on LI as part of a STEM initiative.
I am looking forward to bringing my experience and passion for the arts to Saltaire campers that will find inspiration from the natural surroundings of Fire Island – which will hopefully result in some nice things coming home, but more importantly ignite a spark of appreciation for both nature and the arts.
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 has been a Saltaire Lifeguard for 12 years, most of that as a member of the Ocean Rescue team. 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.
Dance & Expressive Arts
Sawandi Williams is an Actor/ Dancer who has been traveling and teaching dance for more than 9 years. He has taught workshops through non-profit organizations in Haiti, Spain, and throughout the US. He has performed on MTV, BET and Madison Square Garden.
His work can also be seen on Law & Order:SVU, ABC’s Quantico, and alongside Chris Meloni in new series “Happy!”. Also known as Sniper in “Battle of The Year 3D” alongside Josh Halloway, Laz Alonso, Chris Brown, and Josh Peck. He has also worked on films that won the “Grand Jury Award” at the Pan African (2015) Film Festival, where Denzel Washington was on the panel.
He currently divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, California. When he is not on set shooting, he is empowering the youth through teaching dance and expressive arts.
4 to 6 Year Old Group Leader & Nature Director
Hi, I’m Meg. I live year-round in the neighboring community of Fair Harbor, and I’m really looking forward to working with the 4 to 6 year old campers this year. Before graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in marine biology, I grew up in Minnesota and I taught pre-school children on a farm. Since graduation, I’ve worked with preschool and school-age children on both the East Coast and abroad, so you can see why I’m excited about leading that group.
Watching children get connected with nature is also exciting and rewarding. I recently worked for Sail Caribbean teaching ocean conservation while sailing the British Virgin Islands, and I volunteer for the education program at the Long Island Aquarium. I have a passion for the natural world, and combined with my degree and experience, I can bring a unique perspective to the Camp’s Nature Program.
I am Water Safety and CPR certified, a member of the Fair Harbor Fire Company, and I am working toward my EMT certification. I also enjoy swimming, beach volleyball, rock climbing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. It’s going to be a great summer, and I can’t wait for it to get started!
Performing Arts Director
Skylar Siben is a recent graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts where she worked on numerous theatrical productions and won several awards in the roles of director, playwright, actor and crewmember. This fall she will be attending University of Michigan to study Directing for Theatre.
Skylar is a longtime member of the Saltaire community and has worked as a counselor at the Saltaire Day Camp for the past three summers. She looks forward to this exciting new opportunity and hopes to inspire a love for the performing arts in the campers she works with.
Bringing Yoga to my fellow Saltairians for many years on the beach and the Club has been a joy, and I am now very happy to have been asked to extend its reach and benefits to the Saltaire Camp. I wish I had the opportunity to start it myself in my youth.
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.
Photo and Digital Media
Thomas Holton received his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in 2005 and his work has been exhibited widely, including venues such as the New York Public Library, The Museum of the City of New York and Sasha Wolf Gallery.
In 2006 American Photo magazine named him one of the country’s ten best Young Photographers in the United States. His project The Lams of Ludlow Street was featured in Aperture, published three times by The New York Times in 2008, 2012 and 2016 and in 2016 Kehrer Verlag published his first monograph, The Lams of Ludlow Street.
He is a life-long Saltarian and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Hi! My name is Andrea and I am a lifetime Fire Islander. In May 2016 I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in Psychology and Early Childhood Development. During the school year I work at the Rebecca School in New York, as special education teacher in a classroom with children ages 6-12.
I am passionate about creating opportunities for children to explore their life through imaginary play, art, and outdoor fun, which foster independence and adventure within the environment naturally provided by our island community. I myself attended Saltaire Day Camp as a child, and have now rejoined the camp as a head counselor to marry my own delight of working with children along side the magic of summer months on Fire Island.
Hi! My name is Maggie Modico and I have been a member of the Saltaire Community since I was six years old. I attended Saltaire Day Camp for five years and have worked there for six years. I spend my entire summer in Fire Island with my family of seven.
Saltaire Day Camp holds a special place in my heart and I love giving back what the camp has given me. I currently attend the University of Maryland and have consistently made Dean’s List. I have an endless amount of experience with children and I have intentions to pursue an education major. Saltaire is my home away from home, and I am so grateful that I continue to work at the camp!
My name is John Woodburn, and this will be my 2nd 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 in Manhattan at one of NYC’s top schools. This current school year will complete my 3rd year of teaching! I have also taught on Long Island, the Bronx, and Syracuse.
I was a graduate of SUNY Oswego in 2013 and I am in the process of completing my Master’s degree. I am a huge sports fan and I love attending Mets games in my free time. I enjoy attending country concerts, reading, and hanging out with friends and family in my spare time. I look forward to having a great summer this year at Saltaire!
Lily Rappaport is a recent graduate of the University of Miami where she majored in public relations and earned a Bachelor’s of Strategic Communication. Lily is a lifelong Saltarian and grew up attending Saltaire Day Camp with her siblings and friends every summer since the age of four. Lily worked at Saltaire Day Camp for seven years prior to working in New York City the past two summers. She is excited to be back with the camp and is looking forward to a great Saltaire summer!