Matt and Adelle Krouner
Matt is thrilled to be the fourth generation of his family carrying on the Schodack tradition. Having grown up through the ranks – from camper to Leadership Trainee to Counselor to Head Staff Member to Assistant Director to Owner/Director – Matt knows and is involved with every aspect of camp. A former therapist, Matt is a licensed clinical psychologist and wrote his dissertation on homesickness, becoming an expert in successful summer camp adjustment. He is President of the New York State Camp Directors Association (NYSCDA) and has been a speaker at American Camp Association events. Matt’s wife, Adelle, is also a licensed clinical psychologist and works as a therapist with children, families and adults. She loves spending her summers at camp with their daughter Olivia and their son Lyle!
Paul and Linda Krouner
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Paul has a Doctorate in Education from Syracuse University. He was a teacher and elementary school principal and later became an Assistant Professor of Education at Wheaton College. Linda graduated from Barnard College and received an MA in Sociology from Columbia University and an MM in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory. She has been a teacher, researcher, arts advocate, and practicing musician. Paul and Linda’s daughter, Rebecca, is a graduate of Brown University and the Manhattan School of Music. Rebecca is a classical singer and ACT/SAT/GRE tutor living in Brookline, MA, with her husband Brendan and their son Aidan.
Assistant Director of Bunk Life
Rachel started her camping career at Schodack in the 80s. After years as a camper and CIT, she transitioned to the role of bunk counselor, Group Leader and then Girls Division Head. After graduating from Penn State with a B.A. in Public Relations/ Advertising, she spent eight years working in PR. Realizing that her true passion is camp, Rachel returned to camping in the summer of 2009. She held positions as an Operations Director of a co-ed residential camp, followed by an Associate Director role at an all-girls camp and most recently as Director of a day camp. Rachel’s first summer love is Schodack and she’s thrilled to return to Schodack as Assistant Director of Bunk Life. Rachel is active in the American Camp Association as she has served on the Tri-State Program planning committee and is also a Standards Visitor. Simply put, she loves camp. It’s the best way to spend a summer, creating friendships, learning new skills and being part of a summer family. During the “off-season”, Rachel lives in Westfield, NJ with her husband Randy and their son Freddie.
Owen Pennant Jones
OPJ started at camp as the soccer counselor in 1985 off the plane from England, became the Special Events Director for four seasons in 1987 and gave up a career in sports journalism to return full time as an Assistant Director in 1998. Owen has introduced many programs to Schodack that have become embedded in the camp culture! He currently heads up our Leadership Training Program for tenth and eleventh graders, which develops many of our future bunk staff, and is in charge of hiring the staff for the summer. Owen lives in Needham, MA and coaches soccer at Brookline High School as well as teams at the Under 12 and Under 14 levels in the suburban youth leagues.
Known as “JoCo” at camp, Josh spent 5 summers as a Schodack camper and 8 more summers as a counselor (even being named a Tribals General in ’00). Josh has amazing professional experience working with children and families. Josh is a middle school history teacher at a Boston-area private school where he has been teaching for the past 20 years. He also serves as the school’s Student Life Coordinator and oversees all their social-emotional programming/training for students and staff. He brings wonderful expertise in child development and positive social dynamics to our Bunk Life squad!
It all started in 2006 when Crystal joined the Schodack team as a Bunk Counselor. She absolutely loved bunk life and getting to know her campers and fellow counselors alike. So much so, she returned for the next seven summers in a variety of amazing roles including Group Leader, LT Staff, Division Head, and as a member of the year-round team. After summer 2012, Crystal spent over eight years in the public sector working for the Mayor’s Office, City of Boston. She is also a proud AmeriCorps alum. Crystal returned to Schodack for Summer 2021, immediately felt like she had returned home, and is thrilled to be back as a member of the year-round team. When not at camp, Crystal resides in Florida with her fiance Andrew and their son Micah.
Danielle MacKay, or “Dani”, joined Schodack in 2012 as a Junior Boys Group Leader and immediately knew her heart belonged at Schodack. She quickly became a Division Head the following summer and became our Head Counselor in 2019. During the year, Dani is a teacher and American Sign Language Educational Interpreter in an elementary school in Florida. Dani brings warmth and care to everything she does and is a favorite among all our campers and staff.
Special Events and Program Coordinator
Doug Herbst has spent an amazing 23 summers here at camp! Doug is proud to have grown up at Schodack, starting as a camper at age 11, going through the Leadership Trainee Program, and on to being a counselor. He has held various important roles at camp including Activity Counselor Supervisor, Division Head and SPEC. Doug oversees all of our camp-wide events as well as the weekly trips, nightly activities, and special events that help make Schodack so exciting. Doug has his Master’s in Education and is a 5th grade teacher in Massachusetts.
Health Center Coordinator
Starting in the 1980’s, Jessica spent 10 summers at Schodack, beginning as a Junior Camper and progressing through to Group Leader. (Some of her favorite camp memories include swim meets, showering in the rain and lunchtime horseback rides!) Always maintaining a passion for working with children, Jessica went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary School Education and is now a nearly 20-year veteran elementary school teacher. She currently teaches Grade 4 at East Hills School in Roslyn and lives in Syosset, NY with her husband Brian (also a Schodack alum) and their two Schodack campers, Jake and Abby!