Monthly Archives: November 2014

2015 Head Staff Announcement – the Leadership Trainee (LT) Coordinators!!!!

We want to wish everyone in our Schodack Family a wonderful Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy fun and memorable times with your family over the coming days. In honor of the holiday, we want to share something we are thankful for this season….our LT Coordinators!!! We could not be happier to have these two veteran Schodackians, along with OPJ, leading our fantastic groups of LTs this summer. Join us in welcoming them to our 2015 Head Staff Team!!


Andrew L1972529_10152471813051584_664893938042970222_nief, LT Coordinator

Returning for his 14th summer at camp, Andrew has held an amazing range of positions at Schodack: Basketball Counselor, Substitute Activity Counselor, Operations, Tribals General (Iroquois Ignite 2012), LT Staff and now LT Coordinator. Born to be on Head Staff, Andrew is a second-generation Schodackian and is known for his wild and wacky outfits around camp. When not at Schodack, you can find him eating at Five Guys Burgers and Fries where he single-handedly got his local chain to start serving milkshakes. Amazing!



Senior 4-11Nisha Woolfenden, LT Coordinator

Having been Group Leader for Senior and Super Senior Girls over the past two summers, Nisha cannot wait to be reunited with her former campers as their LT Coordinator. As a gymnastics counselor, Group Leader and Tribals General for the Seminole Synergy (2014), you could not find a more approachable and well-liked counselor over the past three summers at Schodack. You can find her skiing the French slopes of Val d’Isere throughout the year and counting the days until summer!


2015 Head Staff Announcement – the Division Heads!!!

Next summer is shaping up to be incredibly special and this leadership team is a huge reason why!! All of our Division Heads are experienced Schodackians and we are ridiculously excited to announce this amazing group. Check them out….



Ciara Ooi, Junior Boys and Girls

Coming back for her second year as a Division Head, “Gooi” is is a warm and nurturing member of our team – the perfect match for our youngest campers. She is thrilled to be returning in this role and can’t wait to meet all our new Junior Campers. Find her traveling the world throughout the rest of the year!








Danielle McKay, Super Junior Boys

Joining us for her 3rd year on Head Staff, Dani brings incredible experience and caring to her role. She is thrilled to be back with her Junior Boys from last summer (now graduated to Super Junior!) and we are psyched to have her again year on Head Staff. When not at camp, Dani can be found back home in Florida studying to be a sign-language interpreter!






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Kelsey Didion, Super Junior Girls

Having been one of our standout Group Leaders the past two summers, Kelsey is very excited to be joining the Head Staff Team! Her energy and professionalism are infectious and she is adored by all. Kelsey is studying to be a teacher throughout the off-season and her passion for children is clear in all she does!







Michael Palese, Middle Boys

“Hipster” Mike has quickly become one of Schodack’s most popular staff members and even had a special Dining Room cheer created just for him (“Mike for Hipster Mike…dah dah, dah dah dah dah…”)! He can’t wait to return as a second-year Division Head and his easy-going personality is a great addition to our team.







Allie Johnson, Middle Girls

Returning for an amazing 3rd year on Head Staff, Allie continues to bring so much to Schodack. Loved by her campers and staff alike, Allie can always be seen around camp with a big smile on her face. Dedicated to a profession working with children, throughout the year Allie works in a school while studying to be a teacher.









Dontae Wilson, Super Seniors

Dontae is one of the most valued members of the Schodack staff. Returning for his 4th Summer as a Division Head and 6th overall, “DTrain” provides amazing continuity and leadership to our Head Staff Team. A Super Senior Division Head must be immensely creative, fun, mature and in touch with what the campers want… and Dontae fills all these criteria. Dontae works with at-risk children during the off-season and can’t wait for the summer to come!

Karen’s Korner – City Sightings!!

   Skaren-leadershipo Many Schodack “City Sightings!”

Check out where Schodack campers – past and present – have been spotted in and around New York City in the past few weeks!

Charlie Susser on the basketball court at Robert F. Wagner Middle School…Allison (Naiztat) Carmen (‘78-‘85 ) Dayna Krouner-Nicles (’72-‘84 ) and Suzy Kurtz (’75-‘79) at Barnes and Noble in Tribeca, celebrating Allison’s new book…Sasha Kudon on the subway heading downtown…Devin Wiseberg and Rachel Applebaum at The Stardust Diner in midtown, on their way to see Mamma Mia on Broadway!

I love running into Schodack folks throughout the fall and winter months. If you see me on the streets of Manhattan, make sure we snap a picture and then you can be in our next edition of Schodack “City Sightings!”



Allison Dayna SuzyCharlie Susser Devyn and RachelSasha on subway