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.
Molly grew up on Cape Cod where she spent her summers piling into the family station wagon and spending lazy days at the beach with her mother, aunts, and cousins. Weekend visits at her dad and stepmom’s were beachy as well—swimming, diving off her dad’s shoulders, snorkeling, and digging through the muck for quahogs. She treasures her memories of growing up at the beach.
Molly is beyond excited to bring her experience in camp administration, staff development, and love of the ocean to Saltaire Day Camp for summer 2020.
Ocean Program 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.
Dan 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.
Bay Program Director
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 Program Director
Hi campers and parents! My name is Meagan, you might remember me as Nature Meg from the past three years of Camp! Andrea and I are excited to continue to offer our hands-on Arts and Nature programs, but this year I will be doing a little more behind-the-scenes work (you can find me in the Village Hall monitoring the popcorn!) 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 ponds. 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!
Art Program Director
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.
Yoga Program Director
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
Hi everyone! My name is Tricia Mueller. This will be my fourth summer having the pleasure to work in Saltaire. This fall I’ll be going into my third year studying American Sign Language – English Interpretation at Rochester Institute of Technology. As an infant I was introduced to ASL, and it quickly became my first language.
Since then, I love being a member of the Deaf Community and attending Deaf Events. During the school year, I enjoy playing and being a team member on RIT’s Deaf Volleyball Association. All year I look forward to teaching the campers and their families during our weekly ASL Classes. My favorite part of our class is making our Annual ASL Music Video to showcase what everyone has learned. I can’t wait to share another summer at Saltaire Day Camp.
Hello everyone! Since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed Saltaire Day Camp and the activities that were offered. My favorite team to be a part of was Corkball. During the school year, I would go back home to Virginia Beach. Eventually, my love for sports led me to Long Island University. Next semester I’ll be entering my Senior year in the Broadcasting Program. Ever since 2017, I’ve been a part of the Sports Department at LIU’s Radio Station. I look forward to another great summer at Saltaire Day Camp!
Field Program Director
Hey everyone! My name is John Woodburn and I am this year’s Field Program Director. This will be my 5th summer working for the Saltaire Day Camp where I previously served as a Group Leader. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY, which is just a five minute drive from Robert Moses Beach. I’ve been working as a high school English teacher for the past six years at one of Manhattan’s top schools. I earned my undergraduate degree at SUNY Oswego in 2013 and completed my Master’s program from LIU Post in 2018.
This summer it is my goal to bring out the best attributes in all of our campers. We are going to excel in areas such as sportsmanship, team-building, competition, and of course, fun! I’m extremely excited to take on this new position and have the opportunity to work with all the different age groups this summer. We’re going to make the summer of 2020 the most memorable one yet. I look forward to seeing you all soon!
My name is Jenna Gardner and this will be my fourth summer working as a group leader at Saltaire Day Camp! I grew up on Long Island and recently graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Fine Arts. I’m moving back to New York this fall, where I have accepted a full-time position with an accounting firm in the city. When I have free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, reading books, and traveling. I’m beyond grateful for the past three summers I’ve been able to spend in Saltaire and I’m so excited for what this upcoming summer has to offer!
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 third 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. After teaching for 3 years in New York City, I moved back out to Long Island and am currently teaching ESL to Kindergarten and 1st graders in Suffolk County, 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!
Hello, my name is Dillon Archer and this will be my second 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. 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 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!
Hi everyone! My name is Renee Walters and this will be my second year here working as a group leader for the Saltaire Day Camp. I am an Environmental Science major in my final semester at Farmingdale State College, with a minor in Sociology. I grew up on the water in West Islip, NY, and spent my summers boating, fishing, and enjoying all that nature has to offer. Throughout the years my jobs have revolved around kids and I’m excited to spend the summer sharing everything I’m passionate about with them!