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 15th 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 15th 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 is beyond excited to join 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.

Stefanie

Stefanie Friedman

Director

After being a lifelong camper, Stefanie was able to turn her passion into a lifelong career. She has had the opportunity to enjoy every aspect of camp as a camper, counselor, group leader, head counselor and director.” Most recently, Stefanie spent over fifteen years running a co-ed overnight camp in New York. In her previous role, she also oversaw all facets of health and safety within a camp setting while collaborating extensively with physicians and other medical professionals and experts. Having an extraordinary amount of expertise in child care, Stefanie takes the time to get to know each family personally as she partners with parents to set their children up for success in a camp setting. She has an extensive background in all aspects of camp operations twelve months out of the year. Stefanie brings a contagious sense of spirit, warmth and enthusiasm to camp. During the year, she lives in Boca Raton, FL with her two year old son, Noah.

Assistant Director Stacey and twins at camp

Stacey Rubinstein

Assistant Director

Stacey joined the Lindenmere family in the beginning of 2019 – four years after first enrolling her children and falling in love with the camp. With a 20 year career in nonprofit management, she has worked for the Girl Scouts, YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities and most recently as a consultant for nonprofits. She is a lifelong volunteer, a Girl Scout leader and president/co-founder of a local service organization. She also worked with a local day camp to facilitate its operations. Stacey spent 11 amazing summers as a camper and waterfront counselor at a sleepaway camp in New Hampshire. Her kindness and warmth will help parents and campers feel comfortable and excited about camp. She loves hiking, yoga and art, and she is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to spend her summer days at camp and her non-summer days talking about camp. She has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Masters in Public Administration from NYU. Stacey lives in New Jersey with her husband Daryl and her Lindenmere campers, twins Andrew and Alexis.

Andy

Andy Dillon

Assistant Director

Andy joins the Lindenmere family as an Assistant Director, bringing with him over 20 years of summer camp experience. He began as a camper and transitioned to CIT, junior counselor, counselor, division leader, program director/area head, head counselor and assistant director. For the last 8 years, he has served as an Academic Affairs Manager at IMG Academy in Florida. His role was to provide academic and social/emotional support for student athletes at boarding school. He truly has a passion for working with children and teens and providing support for them as they continue to grow. Andy will have a big presence on Boys Side working with our campers and families. Last summer, he successfully operated a summer camp during COVID-19 and is familiar with important protocols and health/safety practices. He loves the arts, all sports and plays a little bit of everything. He is excited to contribute to the best camp experience possible. Andy graduated from THE Ohio State University.

Lewis Gardner

Lewis Gardner

Assistant Director

Lewis is joining us as an 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 5 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 to come and join us at his new summer home and create some truly memorable 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.

Jamie Austin

Jamie Austin

Division Leader

Kutztown, PA

This is Jamie’s third summer at Lindenmere and this year she makes the move from tie dye counselor to Division Leader. While she won’t be in the Art Department anymore, we know she will remain as colorful and cheerful as always, bringing joy to our Junior girls. Jamie is a recent graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a degree in Special/Early Education. Jamie is sunny and smiley and a joy to see around camp. We are thrilled to have her back and know our campers will be delighted, as well! Welcome back, Jamie!

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Azar Hanhan

Division Leader

Estes Park, CO

This is Azar’s first summer at camp, where he will take on the role of Division Leader for our Junior boys. Azar is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a degree in finance. Azar also has a background in camp, and has spent time working at the YMCA of the Rockies, as an Outdoor Educator. Azar is sure to go out of his way to make sure all the campers are happy and having the best summer of their lives and our Junior boys are lucky to have Azar to lean on. We are thrilled to welcome you to camp, Azar! 

Bec Kertes

Rebecca “Bec” Kertes

Division Leader

Victoria, Australia

This is Bec’s third summer at Lindenmere and she is excited to be back in her role as Division Leader for Middle Camp girls. Bec brings to camp a fun, loving energy that others can’t help but emulate. We know that Bec will do whatever it takes to provide our campers with the best summer of their lives and we are so happy she’s back! 

Sydney McEvoy

Sydney McEvoy

Division Leader

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is eager to come back and join us for her fourth summer at Lindenmere. This summer Sydney will be back as Division Leader, where she will oversee some of our Middle Camp girls. Warm, friendly, responsible, and patient are all qualities Sydney possesses, which makes her ideal for our leadership team. She is beloved by so many of our campers and we can’t wait to watch her shine once again. Welcome back, Sydney!

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Alice Balhatchet

Division Leader

Berkshire, UK

Alice is eager to come back and join us for her fifth summer at Lindenmere. This summer Alice once again takes on the role of Division Leader for our Middle Camp girls. Compassionate and fun, Alice is a beloved member of our staff whose positive energy is contagious. Our middle grade campers are fortunate to have someone like Alice to count on and we are happy she will be with us again this summer. Welcome back, Alice!

Nick Mentoor

Nick Mentoor

Division Leader

Paarl, South Africa

Nick returns to camp for the sixth time this summer and he can’t wait to return to his role as Division Leader for our Middle Camp boys. When he isn’t at Lindenmere, Nick works at leadership and recreational camps and also focuses on challenge course development. He is passionate about hiking, biking and being outdoors and he also adores working with children. He is looking forward to making a positive impact on our Middle Camp boys again this summer. Welcome back to camp, Nick!

Alexandra Persechino

Alexandra “Percy” Persechino

Division Leader

Lancashire, UK

This will be Percy’s sixth summer at Lindenmere, and she joins us once again as Division Leader for Senior Camp girls. With her caring and kind demeanor, Percy is known to be a great influence to so many girls around camp. She’s an excellent problem-solver who always keeps a level head and our senior girls will greatly enjoy spending time with her this summer. Welcome back to camp, Percy!

Ceri Angell

Ceri Angell

Division Leader

Cardiff, UK

This is Ceri’s third summer at Lindenmere and she will be resuming her role as Division Leader for our Senior Camp girls. Ceri loves camp and has an innate ability to develop an amazing rapport with kids of all ages. Our senior campers will grow to depend on her and look up to her and she will always have their best interests at heart. Welcome back, Ceri!

Harry Croft

Harry Croft

Division Leader

Bedfordshire, UK

This will be Harry’s second summer at Lindenmere, and this year he makes the jump from Outdoor Adventure counselor to Division Leader for our Senior 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!

Dawda Njie

Dawda Nije

Division Leader

Metter, GA

Dawda is excited for another summer at Camp Lindenmere – his eighth! His friendly and outgoing nature has always been an instant hit with our campers and this summer he returns to his position as Division Leader for our Senior boys. The respect that he has for his campers and the ability to relate to each of them has been reciprocated in the way the campers look to him with respect as a role model. Dawda has always made a conscious effort to get to know all of the campers, as well as making every effort to be a part of everything camp has to offer. With his positive energy, likability, and love for camp, he will do whatever he can to make sure our Senior boys have an amazing summer! Welcome back!

Jacq Keegan

Jacq Keegan

Program Director

Liverpool, UK

Jacq is excited to make his journey all the way from England for his 7th 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 2019! Welcome back, Jacq!

Jen Gorman

Jen Gorman

Head of Office/Health Center

This is Jen’s first year at camp, and you’ll most likely see her bouncing between the office and the health center. With 10+ years of camp experience, Jen is excited to jump in head first. She has two master’s degrees in Sports Leisure Recreation Management and an MBA in Marketing. She’s also a proud mom of two boys who are also attending camp this year!

Dane Goodman

Dane Goodman

Head of Athletics

This is Dane’s first year at camp, and he can’t wait to impart his athletic wisdom to campers! He’s been working with camps for three years and is a professional athletics trainer specializing in coaching. He’s passionate about educating youth through sports.

Bret Williams

Bret Williams

Head of Rock Shop

Bret Williams is a New York based classical guitarist and composer. He holds a Master’s in musical performance and has been an instructor in NYC public schools for 15 years. He’s proud to join the Lindenmere team for the first time this year. 

Alisa Glick

Alisa Glick

Girls’ Head Counselor

As a seasoned camper for 10+ years, Alisa is excited to use her experience for a fifth year as the Head Counselor for the girls’ side. When she’s not at camp, Alisa works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist at the New York City Department of Education and specializes in working with children with special needs. She has a master’s degree from the University of Miami in Physical Therapy, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Communications and Marketing.

Laura Scaduto

Laura Scaduto

Marketing/Social media

With a background in digital marketing and content management, Laura brings a wealth of knowledge to the Camp Lindenmere marketing team. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Shippensburg University, a Digital Marketing Degree from Duke University and has worked with various brands from startups to Fortune 500s.

Emilissa VandenBosch

Emilissa VandenBosch

Head of Horseback

Having just finished her Animal and Veterinary Science degree at the University of Maine, Emelissa is very excited to return to camp for her third year. She’s been riding horses since she was 8-years-old and collegiately competed at school in dressage. This fall she’ll be attending veterinary school at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.