Leadership Team

At Camp Lindenmere, we have developed a reputation of providing a nurturing environment led by our Directors and Senior Staff who take a personal interest in each individual camper.

 

Mitch Garfinkel and family

Mitch Garfinkel

Owner/Director

Mitch fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning and directing a children’s summer camp when he purchased Lindenmere in 2006. Born and raised in Jericho, NY, Mitch graduated SUNY Albany before becoming an attorney. While practicing law and owning several restaurants has been a great experience, summer camp is Mitch’s true passion. His camping experience has taken him through the ranks of camper, CIT, Counselor, Color War General, Group Leader and now Camp Director. His hands-on leadership and daily blogs to parents during the summer help each parent fully understand what is going on at camp and what their children are experiencing. Although his favorite part of the year is spending the summers in Henryville, PA, when not at camp, Mitch lives in Colorado.

Hayley Garfinkel

Hayley Garfinkel

Owner/Director

Hayley could not be more excited for her 16th summer at her home away from home. She began as a camper in 2007, with her twin siblings Lynsey and Kyle, when her dad, Mitch, fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning and directing a summer camp. Hayley then continued on to be a bunk counselor, Color War General, a Division Leader for the past 6 years with our youngest girls, an Assistant Director and now a Director. Hayley’s passion for working with children and families as well as her positive energy, warmth and leadership at camp makes her an integral part of our team. She loves spending her days with our campers, watching them smile through all of the best moments of camp that she remembers experiencing back when she was a camper. Before working year-round at camp, Hayley taught Pre-K at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. She has a Master’s Degree in Child Development from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Central Florida. When not at camp, Hayley resides in New York City.

KYLE GARFINKEL

Kyle Garfinkel

Owner/Director

Kyle returns to camp for his 16th summer, alongside his dad, Mitch, and sister, Hayley. After 8 years as a camper, Kyle transitioned to bunk counselor. He later became the Athletic Director, followed by taking on the roles of Middle Boys Division Leader and later Assistant Director. Kyle has enjoyed building so many relationships with our camp families and keeping in close communication with our parents throughout the summer. Additionally, Kyle works with our team to operate and run the day-to-day of our camp. Most specifically, he facilitated all meal procedures in the dining hall. The absolute highlight of Kyle’s days during the summer is playing around on Boys Side with all of our campers. His diverse experience and ability to relate to campers and counselors alike makes him an asset to leading our team. He is excited to take on all aspects of camp as a Director, to ensure that all our campers and their families have the absolute best camp experience. Kyle graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management.

Wendy

Wendy Berliner

Director

Wendy looks forward to another wonderful summer with the Camp Lindenmere Family as one of our Directors. She grew up in New York and spent 20+ summers at an overnight camp in Maine. Wendy loves connecting with campers, their families, staff, and alumni. Additionally, she has spent many years of her camping career hiring, onboarding and guiding camp’s staff team to ensure that all of our campers have supportive and caring summer role models. A graduate of Brandeis University, Wendy is also a recovering lawyer, who clerked for the First Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law at a large, international law firm, before returning to her true love – CAMP! Her best job is being the Soccer Mom to her very busy teenagers. Wendy now lives in a Boston suburb with her husband, Marc, and those very busy teenagers, Rachel and Jacob.

E-Dog and KK

Elliott “EDog”  and Kayla “KK” Roberts

Director
Director of Events & Marketing

KK and EDog are ecstatic to be back at Camp Lindenmere together and we are thrilled to welcome them as a part of our year-round team! Kayla began her time with the Lindenmere Family in 2013 as a member of the Office Team, followed by the Outdoor Adventure Team. With her passion for helping others grow and succeed, Kayla went on to become a Senior Girls Division Leader and managed the Lindenmere LT Program. Her passion and past experiences will make her an integral leader at camp, and as the director of Events & Marketing. Elliott returns to Camp Lindenmere for his 8th summer, now as a Director. Hailing from Australia, Elliott began his camp journey as a Flying Trapeze and Circus counselor in 2011, followed by Head of Flying Trapeze, and soon transitioning into an Assistant Director and Head of Boy’s Side. No stranger to shyness, Elliott will be easy to identify in his brightly color coordinated outfits. It was at camp that Elliott and Kayla first met, and in 2016, camp was also where he proposed to her. When not at camp, KK and EDog love to ride bikes around the beaches of South Florida and spend evening sunsets with their lovable dog, Luna.

Jo Gamble

Associate Director

Jo will be joining the Camp Lindenmere Family year-round as an Associate Director. Originally from England, she first started working in camps while in University. Eventually, she spent 9 years at an overnight camp in Maine and has 13 years of sleep away camp leadership and experience. Jo, like many who love camp, started as a counselor and since has had many different roles including Bunk Counselor, Activity Instructor, Head of Department, Division Leader, and Office Staff Member. Jo joined Camp Lindenmere for the Summer of 2021 as our Girls’ Junior Division Leader and ensured that your youngest campers had the best camp experience. She is an amazing role model for both campers and counselors alike, and with camp being Jo’s “happy place,” we are thrilled she has joined our full-time team.

Lewis Gardner

Lewis Gardner

Assistant Director

Lewis joins us as our Assistant Director from across the pond in England. Lewis has a vast amount of experience in both marketing and events management and will be focusing on creating some extraordinary special activities for our campers and counselors. Lewis has worked in the camping world for the last 6 years and began as a general counselor, before moving through the ranks to group head, head counselor, and assistant director. During the off-season of recent years, Lewis has been the Business Development Manager for a travel group that also specializes in sending counselors to summer camps across the U.S. Previously, Lewis also spent time in the United States on a soccer scholarship and is a huge sports lover. On the flip side, he has experience in performing arts, singing mainly, and can’t wait to spend some time on the microphone this summer! He can’t wait for another summer at his home away from home and to create some truly memorable special events for our amazing camp family.

John & Pam Ryan

John & Pam Ryan

Facility Directors

Johnny and Pam became a part of the Lindenmere family in the summer of 2008. Teenage sweethearts, Johnny and Pam had their own independent contracting business together for 26 years prior to coming to camp where they worked on remodels as well as bathroom and kitchen installations. Since coming to camp, they have been a part of our major renovations and camp beatification; camp wouldn’t be where it is today without them. Their friendly and caring personality has made them favorites amongst our counselors and campers. While they are around camp they are constantly surrounded by kids, and can even be found as special guest judges for evening activities and special events.

Edvin Cabrera.

Edvin Cabrera

Head of Operations

Henryville, PA

Edvin has been a beloved staff member of ours here at Lindenmere for many years now. He works for camp year round and when he isn’t helping us on the campgrounds, he is helping us out in Colorado! Edvin takes care of all the little details that help to keep our camp running smoothly and in the off-season, he is everything, all the time! We really depend on Edvin and are grateful for all he does for camp.

Alex "AJ" Jordan.

Alex “AJ” Jordan

Head of Outdoor Adventure

Fort Collins, CO

AJ returns to Lindenmere for his 10th summer, though he has been a full time Lindenmere employee for 3 years now. AJ is once again looking forward to leading our Outdoor Adventure program and showing our campers “the ropes”! AJ is a certified ropes master and is, of course, an expert at our own ropes course. He always keeps an eye on everyone (counselors and kids) to make sure they are maneuvering our courses as safely as possible. AJ’s spirit for Lindenmere, passion for working with children along with a love for the outdoors ensures he will do whatever it takes to keep our program dynamic and exciting for our campers. Welcome back, AJ!

 

SUMMER LEADERSHIP


Jacq Keegan

Program Director

Liverpool, UK

Jacq is excited to make his journey all the way from England for his 9th summer at Lindenmere. Creative and energetic, Jacq is full of great ideas and has already been working hard to ensure that our programming is top-notch this summer. He will be checking in daily with our various departments to make sure everything is running smoothly, so that our campers can have the best possible experience this summer. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for us for 2021! Welcome back, Jacq!

Kathryn Gagnon.

Kathryn Gagnon

Division Leader

Gainesville, FL

Kathryn joins the Lindenmere team for the first time this summer as Division Leader for our Junior Camp girls. Kathryn is energetic and has a pure love of camp and is looking forward to helping our Junior girls have the best summer ever! Welcome to camp, Kathryn!

Alan Brown.

Alan Brown

Division Leader

Jacksonville, FL

This is Alan’s first summer at camp, where he will take on the role of Division Leader for our Junior boys. Alan has been teaching and working at camps in the summer for over 25 years and is thrilled to have found a new home in Lindenmere. Alan’s wife, Ashley, is a Division Leader on girls’ side this summer, and he has two children that are attending camp this summer, as well. During the school year, Alan is very active coaching his kids’ sports teams and he enjoys playing and watching all sports. Alan looks forward to a long tradition of his family returning to Lindenmere for many years to come, and we feel the exact same way. Welcome to camp, Alan!

Rebecca Miller.

Rebecca Miller

Division Leader

Victoria, Australia

This is Rebecca’s sixth summer at Lindenmere, where she spent four summers as a camper and one summer as a counselor in our Theater department. She is so excited to be back in her summer home as Division Leader for Middle Camp girls. Rebecca brings to camp a fun, loving energy that others can’t help but emulate. We know that Rebecca will do whatever it takes to provide our campers with the best summer of their lives and we are so happy she’s back at Lindenmere!

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Becca Thornton

Division Leader

Thornton Cleveleys, England

This is Becca’s first summer at Lindenmere and she will be a Division Leader for our Middle Camp girls. She is thrilled to be attending camp this summer and looks forward to forming close bonds with the girls in her division as she helps them navigate their way through camp. During the year, Becca runs her own freelance marketing business, working internationally and she also enjoys yoga, dance, and fashion. We are so happy to have her as part of our Leadership team this summer. Welcome, Becca!

Blake Niedenthal.

Blake Niedenthal

Division Leader

Brighton, MA

This is Blake’s first summer at Lindenmere, but he’s no stranger to overnight camp life as he spent six summers working at Camp Manitou for Boys in Oakland, ME. At Manitou, he held the roles of basketball coach, tennis instructor and was also Head Counselor. This summer at Lindenmere, he will be Division Leader for our Middle Camp boys. With his extensive camping background, Blake is sure to be a terrific asset to our camp and we are excited to welcome him to Lindenmere this summer!

Harry Croft

Harry Croft

Division Leader

Bedfordshire, UK

This will be Harry’s third summer at Lindenmere, and his second summer as Division Leader for Middle Camp boys. Harry is very patient and kind and we know for sure that he will be a fantastic role model for all of our campers, especially those in his division. Harry is a graduate of University of Central Lancashire, where he studied studying genetic forensics and he hopes to pursue a career in Genetic Research. Welcome back to camp, Harry!

Ashley Brown.

Ashley Brown

Division Leader

Jacksonville, Florida

This will be Ashley’s first summer at Lindenmere where she will be a Division Leader for our Senior Camp girls. Ashley is owner of a children’s gym facility in Jacksonville called Sports R Us, and she is a skilled gymnastics and cheer coach. Understanding, kind, and a mom herself, Ashley will be a wonderful asset to our leadership team. Her division will also have fun getting to know her two children, Landon and Tegan, who will be joining her at camp this summer, as well as her husband Alan, a Division Leader on boys’ side! We are so happy to welcome this family to Lindenmere!

Meryl Blau.

Meryl Blau

Division Leader

Palmetto Bay, FL

Meryl joins the Lindenmere team this summer as Division Leader for our Senior girls. Meryl is currently Assistant Professor of Practice, Creative Advertising at University of Miami and also has her own business as a Life Coach/Mentor. Her coaching experience will be so beneficial as she leads our Senior through camp this summer and we feel very lucky to have Meryl on board. Welcome to camp!

Adam Mack.

Adam Mack

Division Leader

Yardley, PA

This is Adam’s sixth summer at camp and we are thrilled to have him back to his summer home. This summer Adam takes on a new role as Division Leader for Senior Camp boys, after previously working both as a fencing counselor and then a ropes counselor. Adam’s warm and friendly personality has always been an instant hit with our campers and we are thrilled to have him overseeing our senior boys this summer. Welcome back, Adam!