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. When not at camp, Mitch can be found teaching and coaching throughout the Recreation League programs in South Florida. Mitch currently lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his three children, Hayley, Lynsey and Kyle.
Craig and Monica Odiorne, Owner/Directors
Craig, also known as Odie has spent most of his summers at camps in Maine and Pennsylvania as a camper, counselor, ropes course director, and head counselor. Craig came to Lindenmere and has transitioned from head counselor, assistant director, director and now owner/director. Monica started off as a tennis pro working at many camps in New York before coming to Lindenmere where she was a department head, division leader, assistant director and now owner/director. In the winter, Craig and Monica oversee all aspects of camp including purchasing, programming, recruiting staff and working with our families to ensure their children have a great summer. Craig and Monica are the perfect role models to our boys and girls campuses; their supportive and friendly personality along with their enthusiasm and passion for camp helps create a nurturing environment for our campers. Craig and Monica met at camp, got engaged during a special event, and now will share their summer home with their son Austin, and with parents like his we know he will be an all-star camper!
Dara Foster-Storch, Assistant Director
Dara is a life-long “happy camper” who enjoyed a variety of summer programs as a camper and counselor that have resulted in lasting memories and forever friendships. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Graphic Design degree, worked in advertising in NYC and has made a home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her partner Sonja, their children, Josh, Chloe, and Emma, and their dog, Tucker. Before joining Lindenmere, she helped empower children to become the best versions of themselves as the Social Justice Program Specialist for the JCC of Princeton/Mercer/Bucks and as a Preschool Teacher for the remainder of the year. She draws upon her extensive knowledge base of Lindenmere’s diversified and choice-driven programming as the previous Program Director and brings her love of all things camp to her new role as Assistant Director, responsible for Recruitment. Her aim is to make each of our campers a HAPPY camper and to realize their summer camp dreams. She and her children eagerly await their fifth summer at Camp Lindenmere!
John and 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.
Kathleen Sweeney, Assistant Director
Kat brings 5 years of Lindenmere experience prior to joining our full-time leadership team. Before becoming the Girl’s Head Counselor, Kat worked in our office, the art building, and also as the Senior Girl’s Division Leader. Kat’s diverse background and experience with Lindenmere makes her an asset to our team. Her enthusiasm and love for our camp, campers, and working alongside Monica will ensure our campers are happy, safe and having the best summer of their lives.
Elliott Roberts, Assistant Director
After 3 fabulous summers at Lindenmere, Elliott joins our full-time leadership team as the Boy’s Head Counselor. Having spent two summers in our Circus and Trapeze program, Elliott has now transitioned to head counselor. We know that with him working alongside Craig and the division leaders he will make it possible for each camper to have the best summer possible. His passion for working with children, love for Lindenmere as well as his outgoing friendly personality makes him a great addition to our staff. Elliott first joined us all the way from Australia.