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Molly Davis

 

 

Camp Director

I grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where I spent my summers piling into the family station wagon and spending lazy days at the beach with my mother, aunts, and cousins. Weekend visits at my dad and stepmom’s were beachy as well—swimming, diving off my dad’s shoulders into the Atlantic, snorkeling, and digging through the muck for quahogs. I treasure my memories of growing up at the beach.

I was the Camp Director of A Montessori Summer, a day camp for 3-12 year olds in Brooklyn, for 15 summers. During the school year I led the school’s after-school program, visual and performing arts department, and served as their Athletic Director. Currently I do educational consulting on a variety of topics such as school scheduling and diversity, equity, and inclusion. I currently live in Providence, Rhode Island with my husband Tom.

A third summer in Saltaire is around the corner! I started in the summer of 2020 at the height of the pandemic and it was a challenge to pull off any programming at all – I still owe heaps of gratitude to the amazing team that pulled it off. Last summer was more “normal” with vaccine access on the rise and this summer – well I am hoping camp can feel more carefree as we all heal together from the trauma of the last 2+ years – the sun, sea, and salt air will certainly aid this process. Happy Camping!

John Woodburn

Field Program Director

Hey everyone! This will be my 7th summer working for the Saltaire Day Camp and my 3rd year as your Field Program Director. I previously served as a Group Leader here at the Saltaire Day Camp from 2016 – 2019 where it laid the groundwork for my love & appreciation for such an amazing community. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY (just a five minute drive from Robert Moses Beach). I have been a high school English teacher for the past eight years at one of Manhattan’s top schools. I earned my undergraduate degree from SUNY Oswego in 2013 and completed my Master’s program from LIU Post in 2018.

I think it’s more important than ever for your children to receive the opportunity to experience a FUN summer through learning, friendship, camaraderie, & sportsmanship through outdoor games & activities.

We’re going to make the summer of 2022 the most memorable one yet. I look forward to seeing you all soon! Now, let’s play ball!

Dillon Archer

Group Leader

Hello, my name is Dillon Archer and this will be my fourth summer 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 received my Masters Degree in Educational Technology from LIU Post. I taught Social Studies in a Brooklyn high school for 5 years where I also served as the Lead Teacher. I currently teach high school social studies right here on Long Island. I truly love teaching and building relationships with my students. I am a huge Yankees and Jets fan and love sports. I also coach baseball and football at the middle school level in my school district. I am very much looking forward to spending another summer working by the beach in Saltaire. Can’t wait to get started and have a great summer!

Meg Schou (LaRocca)

 

 

Camp Aquatics Director

Hi everyone, my name is Meg Schou and I am the Camp Aquatics Director. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY and have spent every summer between Kismet and Fair Harbor. Time flies and this will be my 17th summer working for The Village of Saltaire. In 2006 I started as a lifeguard, and I have been growing my water safety education and certifications since then. I love aquatics!

From the months of September- June I can be found on the mainland teaching high school Health and coaching Girls Varsity Swimming. I received my bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and K-12 Education from Towson University (Go Tigers!) and my master’s degree in Special Education from Touro College. In my spare time I love to spend time with my friends and family, swim, run and read. We have a fun summer planned, and I can’t wait for it to start!

Meagan Leppicello

 

 

Nature Program Director

Hi campers and parents! You might remember me as Nature Meg from the past four years of Camp or as Meagan from the Office! I am excited to continue to offer a thoroughly hands-on Nature program! I will also be doing a little more behind-the-scenes work (you may find me inspecting your recent construction!) For those of you who don’t know me, I am a year-round Fire Island resident and an EMT and Firefighter with the Fair Harbor Fire Department. Since graduating college I have educated preschool and school-age children on the East Coast and abroad. When I’m not working for Saltaire, you can find me playing beach volleyball, tending my garden, or exploring Fire Island’s wildlife. Our goal for this summer is to get up-close and personal with our flora and fauna in Saltaire and on Fire Island as a whole. Excited to see you all again this summer!

Maryann Stewart

Art Program Director

I am thrilled to be the Art Director at Saltaire Day Camp this summer! I have some pretty big shoes to fill, but I look forward to blending my love of Art and Nature and sharing them with all of you. I will be asking campers, their families and even my coworkers to bring in cardboard egg cartons, empty square and rectangle tissue boxes with pretty patterns (you can flatten them out by opening the sides), and corrugated cardboard and bubble wrap from your mail. We will be incorporating reducing, reusing and recycling in a lot of our art projects! I grew up on Long Island and I currently live in Bayshore with my husband John and our daughter Laurel. I lived on Fire Island for 18 years, there is no other place like it! Kismet was our neighborhood, but Saltaire was our summer town. We spent many of our days walking the boardwalks, reading books, and playing games in the library and at the marina. I am an avid birder, hiker, and have over 10 years experience in outdoor education, having taught a range of ages from toddler camp programs to high school assemblies. I received my BA in Environmental Studies and Education from LIU C.W. Post and I am a NYS certified Teacher Assistant. I just finished my first year as the Teacher Assistant for Woodhull School in Ocean Beach. Assisting with the environmental education program at the school is one of my favorite parts of my job. Teaching children to love the outdoors and appreciate nature is something I never grow tired of. I’m so excited to work with such an amazing group of educators. This will be a summer to remember!

Ryan Denninger

Group Leader

Hey everyone! My name is Ryan Denninger and this will be my fifth 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 a high school history teacher and dean 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’m a pizza fanatic, but tacos work too. Nothing beats spending beautiful summer days on the beach so I cannot wait for the opportunity to work with you all.

Jillian Archer

Group Leader

Hello everyone! My name is Jillian Archer and this will be my fifth year 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. After teaching for 3 years in New York City, I moved back out to Long Island and am currently teaching ESL to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Brentwood, NY. I have also worked with children as a cheerleading coach and travel camp counselor. My hobbies include staying active, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places. 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!

Tom Swafford

Music Teacher

I am a violist, pianist, and composer from Seattle, Washington. I currently live in Providence, RI and before that I was living and working in NYC for 13 years. I have taught students of all ages since 1993. I was the Music Director at Bucks Rock Camp-an overnight camp in Milford, Connecticut. I taught violin at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for many years and I will be teaching at Community Music Works in Providence, RI this fall – in addition to playing gigs in the New England area. I look forward to leading the children of Saltaire in musical explorations again, including singing new songs and some old favorites – and the all important movement to music! Each session will include some dancing to fiddle tunes and keyboard jams.

Dana DeRuvo

Medical Director

“Nurse Dana” here and I am thrilled to be the Medical Director for the Village of Saltaire Day Camp. I enjoyed getting to know all of you last summer and look forward to another wonderful time this summer too. My top priority is ensuring that all of the staff and campers remain safe and healthy during their camp experience.

I grew up in Brightwaters and now I live in Bay Shore, during the winter. From March until November, I happily live in Kismet. I have been living on Fire Island, from Dunewood to Kismet, since I was 15 years old.

I have decades of experience as a pediatric nurse, working at many hospitals and home care. During the year, I am the School Nurse for the Woodhull School, located in Ocean Beach. It is a wonderful place to be for students and staff. I am very grateful to be the Medical Director for Saltaire Day Camp!

Sarah Whelan

Ocean Specialist

Hi everyone! I’m Sarah, currently a student at Stony Brook University studying Marine Vertebrate Biology. I’m Long Island born and raised, from Massapequa. I grew up on the waters on Long Island, spent every day of my childhood exploring sea life, surfing, swimming, and a whole lot more. I have been an ocean lifeguard for the past six years at Tobay Beach, just a few miles west of Saltaire. One of my biggest passions in life is marine conservation, especially taking care of local Flora and Fauna of Long Island and her waters. This is going to be my second summer here at Saltaire Day Camp, and I’m excited to see everyone again!

Patricia Oppenheimer

Yoga Program Director

Dear Friends: If there were ever a time for yoga, it is now. I am so looking forward to returning to the Saltaire Camp/Recreation Program to bring Yoga to your children. This will be my sixth summer. For those of you who do not know me, I have been coming to Saltaire since my son Alexander was born, 19 years ago. 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. Currently, I am furthering my prana vinyasa, restorative, yin and reiki studies in Los Angeles and completing my 300TTC. 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. Namaste

Gianna Wheeler

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Gianna, and I am currently going into my senior year at SUNY Cortland where I am studying Inclusive Education. At SUNY Cortland, I am also a member of the Inclusive Education club. I grew up nearby Fire Island on the Town of Babylon beach, Oak Beach. So, I am used to spending my summers on the water boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and all the other fun beach activities. Before starting here at Saltaire Day Camp last summer, I used to coach youth cheerleading, I babysat children ages 2-13 and, I just recently started substitute teaching in West Islip School District right over the bridge. This will be my second year here at Saltaire Day Camp and I can’t wait to see what this summer has in store!

Christina Molloy

Assistant Aquatics Director

Hi everyone! My name is Christina Molloy and this will be my second summer working at Saltaire Day Camp. I am entering my senior year at Siena College and I plan to become a teacher. I’m from West Islip, NY and I spent many of my summers boating on the Great South Bay. Some of my favorite summer memories include boating at Atlantique and spending time in the Adirondacks. Before working at Saltaire Day Camp, I was a tennis instructor at a tennis camp in Suffolk County. Some of my favorite hobbies include long distance running, playing tennis, swimming, and of course going to the beach! I’m so grateful for this opportunity to work at Saltaire Day Camp and I’m so excited to see what’s to come this summer. Finally, I am excited to work with our campers at the Bay.

Maddy Fritz

Group Leader

Hi campers and families! My name is Maddy Fritz and this will be my second summer working at the Saltaire Day Camp. Prior to joining the Saltaire Camp, I worked as a sailing instructor at the Dunewood Yacht Club for 7 years. I absolutely love to sail, and it just so happens that my puppy does too! While I technically live in NYC, I am a lifetime Fire Islander, growing up in the town of Lonelyville. This is truly my happy place, my home. Whether it is swimming in the ocean, collecting seashells, going for a sail, or watching the sunset, there is just no other place like Fire Island! Recently, and finally, I have received my BA in Sociology from Fordham University. It has been a long and unusual journey getting here, but now that it is finally over, it is time for me to start narrowing down what it is I want to do. Luckily, I get to do this while working at the Saltaire Day Camp and enjoying my summer on the beautiful Fire Island. I can’t wait for it to finally start and I am even more excited to meet all my campers! I have a feeling that this will be a great summer.

Ashleigh Devivo

Group Leader

Hello everyone! I’m Ashleigh DeVivo. This is my first year at Saltaire Day Camp and I’m super excited! I graduated from Suffolk county community college with an associates in Early Childhood Education and am now a senior at St Joseph’s University where I will graduate with a bachelors in Psychology. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY and frequently travel to Fire Island. I stay right over in Ocean Beach where I’ve been living every summer for the past 3 years! I am a volunteer animal foster and a volunteer crisis counselor for Response Crisis Center. My hobbies include crafting, having fun in the sun, and spending time with family and friends! I’m looking forward to a fun summer with everyone!

Donovan Arthur

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Donovan Arthur. This is my first summer helping out at the camp. I have been a Kismet local since I was adopted in 2010. I spend every summer in Kismet. I’m outgoing and adventurous. I currently live in Arizona but am grateful my family has a home in Kismet. I will be going into my senior year working on my communications degree. I played sports in high school and college which led me to coaching in several districts for several years. Now I just received my public speaking certificate and have been able to raise over $6,000 for Ukraine. I am very excited to build relationships and have a great time.

Pauline Fritz

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Pauline and this will be my first summer at the Saltaire camp. I graduated from American University this spring with a degree in political science and just moved back home from Washington, D.C. this month. I have lived in New York City my whole life and have always gotten to spend my summers at my beach house in Lonelyville. When I was younger I was part of the Dunewood Yacht Club and also took swimming lessons at the bay beach in Dunewood. I loved going sailing with my older sister, Maddy, and still do today! I worked at Le Dock in Fair Harbor for four years as a busser/servers’ assistant when I was in high school. I then became a hostess and have worked on and off at different restaurants ever since. In my free time, I love to do art projects and paint and draw. I also love doing puzzles, playing board games, and am obsessed with sudoku! I am super excited to meet everyone this summer and can’t wait to be back on Fire Island.

Jack McCarthy

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Jack and this is my first summer in Saltaire. I am entering my Junior year of college as an education major. I attend St. John’s University where I play Division I lacrosse. When I’m not at school, I live on the south shore of Long Island. I am a very active person and sports have always been what my life revolves around. I was a multi-sport athlete in High School, currently play collegiately, as well as coached many local youth leagues. I’m a huge Islander and Giants fan and love everything that has to do with sports. Cannot wait to experience my first summer in Saltaire and looking forward to a great summer!

Kate Karen

Drama

Hi everyone! My name is Kate (she/her) and this is my first summer in Saltaire. I live in NYC and am a dancer, singer and actor. I love all things musical theatre and I’m looking forward to sharing that passion with our campers! My acting training includes Meisner, Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg’s Method and Atlantic’s Practical Aesthetics techniques. Last summer, I studied at Lee Strasberg’s Theatre & Film Institute and Berklee School of Music, whilst this summer, I attended Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Penn State’s Musical Theatre Pre-College programs. I am trained in classical ballet and am a current member of Martha Graham Teen Ensemble. I am a vocal student at Liz Caplan Studios and performed with Amore Opera in NYC, as well as originated the role of Mollie in the upcoming musical, “Dublin Rising.” I’ve also acted in a number of independent films. I attended French Woods Performing Arts Camp for 5 years and am excited to bring my camp experience and theatre expertise to Saltaire to inspire the next generation of performers!

Faye Held

Assistant Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Faye, I am a rising sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Society and Environment (basically like environmental science). When I am not at school, I live on Long Island and have spent the past three summers in Fire Island, but this is the first summer I am actually living full-time and working on the island. I love working with kids and have had great experiences babysitting, so I am excited for my first year working at camp. I have amazing memories of my summers growing up in day camp, so I am super excited to experience camp as a counselor and foster these same memories in campers. In my free time I love skiing, hiking (especially with my dog), reading, doing anything creative (drawing, painting, etc.) or watching documentaries. I am super outgoing and love meeting new people so I am super excited to start the summer!

Grace Wichelns

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Grace Wichelns. This is my first summer working at Saltaire Day Camp and I couldn’t be more excited to see what’s in store! I am an upcoming sophomore at SUNY New Paltz majoring in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in history. I am from Oakdale, Long Island where I spent all of my summers at the beaches of Fire Island. Some of my hobbies include exercising, reading, spending time with family and friends, and of course, going to the beach! Having grown up playing sports my entire life, staying active is really important to me. Two of my favorite sports to play/ watch and the ones I played from a young age all the way through high school, are lacrosse and volleyball. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at Saltaire Day Camp and am eager to begin and have an amazing summer!