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Molly Davis



Camp Director


Dear Saltaire & Surrounding Communities,

A little about me. Although I did not grow up in Saltaire, I did grow up around the beach on Cape Cod. I feel so peaceful at any beach, and any beach feels like home. As a kid I loved diving off my dad’s shoulders into the Atlantic – I felt safe since he was a lifeguard for 14 years at Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA. I would throw seaweed, make sandcastles, and dig through the muck for quahogs. My dad and I would smash them on the dock and eat ‘em up raw!

My life happily took me to NYC where I attended NYU for graduate school and then upon graduating worked in a public middle school for a few years in East Harlem. I transitioned to independant schools and was the camp director of A Montessori Summer for 15 years. I’ve been with Saltaire Day Camp for 3 summers and I love the time I get to spend there; another beach home away from home. During the school year I do educational consulting on a variety of topics such as school scheduling as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. I also work part-time assisting my stepmom who is an oil painter. I currently live in Providence, Rhode Island with my husband Tom. We just bought our first house in December 2022! We also just moved my mom into assisted living and we have adopted her cat Willow – but full disclosure – we just call her “kitty” or “kittinu” or “little miss foof.”

My 4th summer in Saltaire is sure to be special. 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 – much gratitude to the board, village administrators, and staff from that unusual summer. As we are pulling out of the pandemic the last two summers have been a delicate dance and we have done our best to provide the children as close to a ‘normal’ experience as possible. Summer 2023 will be filled with joy, laughter, and the return of some treasured Saltaire Day Camp traditions: Independence Day games, a reinvigorated swim team with REAL swim meets, some field trips (Adventureland anyone?) and a rousing hot dog lunch on the field in honor of Ron Metzler on the last day of camp. Sorry – there WILL be hot dog jokes.

Stay tuned for a “Meet the Team” page that is in development. We have SO MANY terrific staff returning, and some truly impressive new talent.

Happy Camping!

Meg Schou



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 18th 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!

John Woodburn

Field Program Director

Hey everyone! This will be my 8th summer working for Saltaire Day Camp and my 4th year as your Field Program Director. I previously served as a group leader here at the Saltaire Day Camp from 2016 to 2019, which laid the groundwork for my love and 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 tenured high school English teacher for the past nine 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, and sportsmanship through outdoor games and activities.

We’re going to make the summer of 2023 the most memorable one yet. I look forward to seeing you all soon! Now, let’s play ball!

Lauren Capobianco

Art Program Director

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and this is my first year as the Art Program Director. I was born and raised in Islip, NY, currently residing in Farmingdale. Over the years I have spent countless summers exploring the Fire Island seashore. Growing up, I have fond memories of summers spent at my grandparent’s house in Lonelyville, selling painted seashells and cups of lemonade to people near the ferry docks, riding bikes with friends on the boardwalk, and watching magical sunsets on the bay. Fire Island has and always will hold a special place in my heart.

A little about my experiences: I graduated with my BFA in Art Education from LIU CW Post, and MS in Visual Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. I have been teaching art in both public and private schools on Long Island and Queens for 7+ years. In my spare time I enjoy drawing/painting, kayaking, and spending time at the beach.

I’m very happy to be part of the magic Fire Island has to offer, by bringing an amazing art program to the Saltaire Day Camp. I look forward to an inspiring summer guiding your children to cultivate creativity, self-expression, artistic exploration, and forming memories that will last a lifetime.

Sarah Whelan

Ocean Specialist

Hi everyone! I’m Sarah, and this will be my third summer here at Saltaire Day Camp! A bit about me is that I’m Long Island born and raised, from Massapequa. I was an ocean lifeguard for 5 years before joining the Saltaire crew. I also graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Marine Vertebrate Biology. When I’m not in Saltaire, I work as a Conservation Biologist for the Department of Conservation and Waterways for the Town of Hempstead, doing everything from wildlife rescue, endangered species protection, and beach monitoring! I grew up swimming, surfing, grabbing critters, and spending all of my free time in the sea, and I am so excited to share my passion and love for Mother Ocean with all of you!

Maryann Stewart

Nature Specialist

I am thrilled to be the Nature Specialist at Saltaire Day Camp this summer. 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. Assisting with the environmental education program at the Woodhull 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!

Tom Swafford

Music Teacher

I am a violinist, pianist, and composer from Seattle, Washington. I now 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 currently teach violin and piano at The Providence School of Music and Community Music Works; and music theory at Rhode Island College. I was the Music Director at Bucks Rock Camp-an overnight camp in Milford, Connecticut, and I taught violin at the Brooklyn Conservatory from 2012 to 2020. I also perform regularly in a variety of styles including classical, folk, pop, and jazz. 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.

Kate Karen


Hello everyone!! My name is Kate Karen (she/her) and I am the drama counselor! This is my second summer at the Saltaire Day Camp, and I could not be more excited!! I am entering my first year at Syracuse University-BFA in Acting. I have been performing as long as I can remember and have originated roles such as Mollie in “Dublin Rising” and Ruth in “Dear Ruth.” I can’t wait to see all of my campers- new and old! Let’s make Summer 2023 the best one yet!

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

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 14 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!

Dillon Archer

Group Leader

Hello, my name is Dillon Archer and this will be my fifth 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!

Ryan Denninger

Group Leader

Hey everyone! My name is Ryan Denninger and this will be my 6th 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 big time foodie, especially pizza and tacos. Nothing beats spending beautiful summer days on the beach so I cannot wait for the opportunity to work with you all.

Gianna Wheeler

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Gianna, and I am happy to be returning for my third summer here at Saltaire Day Camp! Since we have last been in Saltaire together, I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in Inclusive childhood education. Along with graduating, I have gotten a job as a substitute in a local elementary school on Long Island! For those who don’t know me, I was born and raised on a local town of Babylon beach right here on Long Island so, I am pretty used to spending my summers on the water boating, fishing, swimming besides spending my days here at camp. Before coming to Saltaire Day Camp, I have previously babysat for children ranging from the ages of 2-13 years. Also, for the last two years I have been a substitute teacher at local school districts on Long Island.
I am so excited to be returning for another summer here at camp and can’t wait to provide your children with a memorable, fun and safe camp experience!

Jack McCarthy

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Jack and this is my second summer in Saltaire. I am entering my Senior 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.I am looking forward to another great summer on Saltaire!

Donovan Arthur

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Donovan Arthur. This is my second 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. I received my public speaking certificate and have been able to raise over $6,000 dollars for Ukraine. I am very excited to build relationships and have a great time.

Grace Wichelns

Group Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Grace Wichelns. This will be my second summer working here at Saltaire Day Camp and I couldn’t be more excited to return! I am an upcoming junior 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. Since last summer, I have started working as a teachers assistant at an elementary school here on Long 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 again and am eager to begin and have an amazing summer yet again!!