(631) 583-5566

  |  Questions? Camp: molly@saltaire.org  |   Jr. Lifeguarding: saltairelifeguards@gmail.com  |   Library: library@saltaire.org

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!

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!

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!

Andrea Rogers

Art Program Director

Hi Saltaire! My name is Andrea Rogers, and I am a lifetime Fire Islander. As a Fire Islander, I too attended Saltaire Day Camp for a few summers throughout my childhood. This year will be my 5th Summer working at the Camp, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to re-join Saltaire Day Camp for my 3rd summer as the Art Program Director.

After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Child Development and focus in Fine Arts, I worked in Manhattan as both a Special Education and Early Childhood teacher for the last five years. Most recently, I have been working on graduate degrees at Bank Street College and CUNY Hunter School of Social Work.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in Saltaire each Summer! The position of Art Program Director allows me to integrate my experience and love of working with children, with my personal passion for artistic creation. I strive to create Art programming which continually incorporates our natural surroundings and the magical experience of being a child during a Fire Island summer.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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

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!

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.