Greenwood Trails 2017 Staff

Alex Adelman, Junior Counselor

Alex has been at Greenwood Trails for 8 years, first as a camper, then a CIT and now as a junior counselor. He’s from North Bellmore, NY and he’ll be teaching activities in the sports trail. He’s looking forward to being on the staff side and making it the most memorable summer for his campers.

Fun fact: “I am a twin!”

Marta Albiol, Junior Counselor

This is Marta’s third year at camp, and her first year as a junior counselor. She comes to us from Spain, and she’s excited about making this summer memorable.

Fun fact: “I can be very enthusiastic and crazy about camp, but don’t be afraid! ;)”

Abbey Beaton, Counselor

Abbey is from Scotland, and this is her first summer at camp. She’ll be a lifeguard and will also be teaching tennis. Abbey is looking forward to meeting new people and learning about American culture!

Fun fact: “I live in the town where The Open (major golf tournament) takes place.”

Taryn Bedard, Counselor

This is Taryn’s first year at camp, and she’s from the Tampa area. She’ll be leading outdoor cooking and helping campers train Glenn, our Guiding Eyes for the Blind dog. She’s looking forward to teaching campers how to cook fun and delicious food over a campfire and introducing them to Glenn and seeing both them and him get comfortable with each other!

Fun fact:When I was 10 and 11, I was a ‘board member’ for the kids museum portion of my local science museum! They wanted young kids in charge (it was actually called KidsInCharge!, funnily enough) to give them input on installations and whatnot and I was nerdy enough to be accepted!”

Melissa Berman, Counselor

This is Melissa’s seventh summer at Greenwood Trails. She’s from North Bellmore, NY and she’s currently a student at Hofstra University. She’ll be teaching theater and podcasting, and she’s looking forward to creating awesome memories and having the time of her life!

Fun fact: “I am obsessed with The Wizard of Oz, it’s my all time favorite movie!”

 

Luke Brophy, Counselor

Luke is from Blackpool, England, and this is his first summer at camp. He’ll be one of our lifeguards, and he’s excited about the opportunity to impact kids’ lives.

Fun Fact: “I once went skydiving from 15,000 feet.”

Delilah Buzgau, Videographer

This is Delilah’s first year at camp, and she comes to us from England. She’ll be the camp videographer, which means she’ll be creating the awesome session videos, among other things. She’s excited about spending an entire summer doing what she loves and being part of a team alongside the staff and the campers!

Fun fact: “For my whole life, I’ve had people sing either ‘Hey There Delilah, what’s it like in New York City?’ or ‘Why, why, why Delilah?’”

Alex Campbell, Counselor

Alex is from Newcastle, England, and this is her first summer at camp. She’ll be lifeguarding and teaching martial arts. She’s looking forward to teaching the children new things that they can, hopefully, continue to use in their everyday lives, and to learning new things from them and the other staff members.

Fun fact: “I grew up in Newcastle, the 10th friendliest city in the world. Being surrounded by positive and supportive family members and friends has helped shape who I am.”

Emmanuel (Manny) Candelario, Counselor

Manny is from the Bronx, NY, and this is his first summer at camp. He’ll be working on the high ropes course, and he’s looking forward to creating a bond and guiding the kids through the best summer of their lives.

Fun fact: “I tend to love adventures and will never be scared of trying new things.”

Madison (Madi) Caruso, Counselor and CIT Coordinator

This is Madi’s second summer as a counselor at Greenwood Trails, and she’s from West Cornwall, CT. She’ll be working on the ropes course in addition to overseeing the CIT program. She’s looking forward to seeing all of her GWT family from last summer and making amazing memories with all of the new campers to come!

Fun fact: “I love to travel and spent the last five months abroad in Scotland!”

Jack Castle, Counselor

This is Jack’s first year at camp, and he’s from London. He’ll be teaching skateboarding, and he’s looking forward to introducing a whole load of kids to skating and turning some scooter kids into some skate kids!

Fun fact: “I’m the oldest of six kids.”

 

Jordan Claman, Junior Counselor

This is Jordan’s seventh summer at Greenwood Trails! He’s been a camper and a CIT and is now joining the staff as a junior counselor. He’s from Scarsdale, NY, and he’s looking forward to meeting many new campers and forming new connections, as well as being reunited with returning ones.

Fun fact: “I love to run. I’m a captain for my high school cross country and track team, and running is really my passion.”

Leander Cohen, Junior Counselor

This is Leander’s seventh summer at camp, first as camper, then a CIT, and now a staff member. He’s from New York City and he’s looking forward to hanging out with the kids, coming up with new activities, and generally having a bunch of fun!

Fun fact: “I play the clarinet, ukulele, and can DJ!”

Vanessa Cook, Woodshop/Driver

Vanessa comes to us from Ohio, and this is her second summer at Greenwood Trails. She’ll be overseeing the woodshop once again, and will also be driving campers when they need to go places off camp. She is looking forward to meeting new campers and reuniting with returning campers, and seeing new and exciting creations from the woodshop!

Fun fact: “I love to have fun and be creative. I learn best by doing and feel campers do also.”

 

Sarah Quinn Donnelly, Counselor

Sarah hails from just down the road from camp in Winsted, CT, and this is her first summer at camp! She’ll be teaching arts and crafts, and she is “super amped” for this summer. She can’t wait to do some wacky art projects with all the campers and encourage them to color outside the lines!!!

Fun fact: “I can touch my tongue to my nose, and I’m an American Sign Language and Early Childhood Education major.”

Joanne (JoPat) Duffy, Counselor

This is JoPat’s first year at camp, and she is from Ireland. She’ll be teaching ropes and science. She’s excited about making memories, impacting kids’ lives and having fun!

Fun fact: “My birthday is Christmas Day.”

Jennifer (Jen) Eason, Chef/Kitchen Manager

This is Jen’s second summer at Greenwood Trails, and she is from Windsor, CT. She’s our awesome chef and kitchen manager, and she’ll be making sure the campers have delicious, healthy meals every day. She can’t wait to meet new friends, and of course see the returners!

Fun fact: “I am a happy-go-lucky spirit. I love building relationships and am a people pleaser at every turn.”

Judd Ellis, Counselor

Judd is from Yorkshire, England, and this is his first year at camp. He’ll be teaching video and photography, and will also be a lifeguard. He is looking forward to making bonds with new people, both campers and counselors alike! He’s also excited about the thought of being in a big brother/teacher role.

Fun fact: “The first time I had any exposure to working in the video production industry was an acting job in a BFI (British Film Institute) funded film, this is one of the biggest companies in the UK film-wise. I’ve been addicted to film production ever since!”

Natalya (Natasha) Feigenbaum, Junior Counselor

Natasha has been at GWT for six summers, and this is her first as a staff member. She is from Jericho, NY, and is looking forward to finally being a junior counselor at GWT and bonding with her campers. She can’t wait to meet new people and to see familiar faces!

Fun fact: “I was born in Russia.”

Rich Fioravanti, Facilities Manager

Rich has been with GWT for seven years, and as Facilities Manager, he makes sure that camp looks great all year round. Rich and his wife Marie live across the street from camp, and he’s looking forward to seeing all the smiles this summer.

Fun fact: “I love children and always wish we would have had more than 2, and now each summer, Marie and I get to have 150 children running around. That’s a dream come true!”

Marie Fioravanti, Office Maven and Event Coordinator

Marie has been part of the GWT staff for seven years, and she manages our very busy office during the summer. She and her husband Rich live across the street from camp in Winsted CT year-round. She’s looking forward to all of the laughing this summer!

Fun fact: “I care deeply about others and will always put someone else’s needs before my own.”

Alberto (Bertie) Garrido, Assistant Waterfront Director and Counselor

This is Alberto’s third summer at GWT, and he’s from Barcelona, Spain. This year, in addition to lifeguarding, he’ll be the Assistant Waterfront Director. He’s excited to enjoy another great summer with the kids!

Fun fact: “When I get bored, I get an ice cream and wander around my city.”

Will Goldrick, Counselor

Will has been at Greenwood Trails for eight summers. He’s from Wantaugh, NY and will be teaching baseball and other sports. He’s excited to make relationships and influence people.

Fun fact: “I love to make people laugh!”

Lizzy Goldrick, Counselor

This is Lizzy’s eighth summer at GWT. She’s from Wantaugh, NY and will be a lifeguard. She can’t WAIT to meet all of her fellow staff members and campers and make some awesome memories this summer! She’s especially excited to spend her days at the pool and lake, and making sure the campers have a great time!

Fun fact: “I’m a quadruplet, I swim and play badminton, and I’m the Drum Major of my high school marching band!”

Katie Goldrick, Counselor

Katie has been at Greenwood Trails for eight summers. She’s from Wantaugh, NY and will be teaching nature and lifeguarding. She’s looking forward to having fun in the cabin, swimming in the lake, trying new fire-making tactics, and getting covered in paint.

Fun Fact: “I used to have a 60-gallon fish tank in my room!”

Alejandra (Ale) Gonzalez, Kitchen Staff

Ale is from Mexico, and this is her second summer at GWT. She’ll be working in the kitchen once again and is looking forward to sharing amazing moments with everyone.

Fun fact: “I am laughing most of the time!”

Danielle Grady, Office/Nanny/Driver

This is Danielle’s first summer at camp, and she’s from Attleboro, Massachusetts. Danielle will be wearing many hats this summer: she’ll be working in the office, nannying Daria and Owen’s kids and driving campers. She is looking forward to meeting new people and having a positive impact on the lives of children!

Fun fact: “I’m a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.”

Pam Gutierrez, Assistant Chef

Pam is from Mexico, and she’s joining us for the second summer. As the Assistant Chef, she’ll be helping Chef Jen prepare awesome meals for the campers. She’s excited for all the “repeat after me” songs this summer!

Fun Fact: “I love chocolate and pink stuff.”

Rhianna Hanson, Counselor

Rhianna is from Australia, and this is her first summer at Greenwood Trails. She’ll be teaching dance and yoga, and she’s looking forward to meeting everyone, creating bonds and getting an authentic American experience.

Fun fact: “My favourite sport is cricket and the team I go for is the Melbourne Renegades.”

Abby Hedrick, Arts Trail Coordinator and Counselor

Abby is from New York City, and this is her third summer at GWT. She will be the Arts Trail Coordinator and will also be teaching theater. She’s excited about taking on new responsibilities and meeting new faces, along with seeing some old ones!

Fun fact: “I spent the past year studying in Europe.”

Cameron Hills, Counselor

Cameron hails from Wales, and this is his second summer at GWT. He’ll be teaching soccer and ropes, and he’s looking forward to playing in the GWT World Cup!

Fun fact: “I can pronounce a 58-letter word in another language.”

Emma Ho, Kitchen Staff

Emma is from the UK, and this is her first summer at camp. She’ll be working in the kitchen, and looks forward to meeting new people in a different country in a new environment, as well as learning about the American culture and traveling.

Fun fact: “I can do ‘the crab’ in body position.”

James Hughes, Junior Counselor

This is James’ fifth summer at camp, and his first as a junior counselor. He’s from Ardsley, NY, and he’ll be a lifeguard this summer. He’s looking forward to spending another summer at the best camp ever with awesome people!

Fun fact: “I love music.”

Bingham (Bing) Johnson, Junior Counselor

Bing has been a camper and CIT for six summers, and this is his first year as a junior counselor. He’s from Moriches, NY and he’ll be assisting with theater and fencing. He’s looking forward to helping make the musicals the best in all GWT history!

Fun fact: “I have no cartilage in my nose.”

Emma Linstone, Photographer

This is Emma’s fourth year at GWT, and she’s from nearby West Hartford, CT. She’s coming back for her second summer as the camp photographer, making sure that we capture all the fun that goes on at camp. She’s looking forward to seeing campers she’s bonded with in previous years, as well as getting to know new campers!

Fun fact:I am really passionate about art and visual culture! I hope to incorporate my interests into activities for the campers.”

Rosa Alvarez Lopez, Housekeeping

Rosa is from Mexico, and this is her first year at camp. She’ll be part of the housekeeping staff, and she’s looking forward to improving her English skills and sharing her culture with others.

Fun fact: “I’m super easy going.”

Milton (Andres) Martinez, Counselor

Andres is from Colombia, and this is his first summer at camp. He’ll be on the ropes course, and he’s looking forward to making friends and experiencing new things.

Fun fact: “I love soccer!”

Eoan McTernan, Counselor

Eoan is from Ireland, and this is his first summer at camp. He’ll be teaching guitar and will also be lifeguarding. He’s looking forward to meeting new people and developing his skills.

Fun fact: “I’m into old school music.”

Gerardo (Gera) Medina, Maintenance

Gera is from La Paz, Mexico, and this is his first year at camp. He’ll be working in maintenance, helping keep camp clean every day. He’s looking forward to experiencing life at camp!

Fun fact: “I love soccer.”

Eunice Mendez, Counselor

This is Eunice’s first year at Greenwood Trails. She’s from Ozone Park, NY, and she’ll be teaching pottery and high ropes. She’s excited about getting to meet everyone and having a great summer.

Fun fact: “I’m obsessed with Korean dramas.”

Alex Miller, Counselor

Alex is from Chester, England and this is his first summer at camp. He’s going to be a lifeguard, and he’s looking forward to teaching kids to swim and making sure they’re safe.

Fun fact: “I once ate an entire tray of lasagna by myself.”

Diana Carolina Galdámez Morales, Housekeeping

Diana is back for her second summer as part of the housekeeping staff. She’s from Mexico, and she’s looking forward to improving her English with native speakers.

Fun fact: “I am a very creative person.”

Jessica Peterson, Counselor

Jessica is from Melbourne, Australia, and this is her first year at camp. She’ll be teaching basketball and will also be lifeguarding. She’s looking forward to a new experience and meeting so many new amazing people!

Fun fact: “I pride myself in my ability to make people laugh and smile. I always want people to be happy and have a good time.”

Daniel Pilc, Counselor

This is Daniel’s first summer at camp, and he comes to us from Prague. He’ll be overseeing the Go Karts, and will also be a lifeguard. He’s looking forward to teaching kids activities, and about his country and culture.

Fun fact: “My last name means ‘mushroom’ in German.”

Danny Pimentel, Junior Counselor

This is Danny’s fifth summer at camp, and his first as a junior counselor. He’s from Norwalk, CT, and he’s looking forward to all of the evening activities, especially Gold Rush!

Fun fact: “I’ve been playing lacrosse for five seasons.”

Samuel Pyle, Counselor

Samuel is from Goshen, Kentucky, and this is his first summer at camp. He’ll be teaching archery and ropes this summer. He’s looking forward to working with people of different ages and having fun.

Fun fact: “I am a runner and I love helping other people!!”

Toni-Ann Roberts, Counselor

Toni-Ann is from Queens, NY, and this is her first summer at camp. She’ll be teaching science, and is looking forward to helping kids use creativity to make science fun and being a mentor.

Fun fact: “I’m a certified airplane mechanic.”

Victoria (Tori) Sprigg, Waterfront Director and Counselor

This is Tori’s third summer at camp, and she comes to us from England. Tori will be the GWT Waterfront Director this summer, making sure that the campers are having an awesome and safe time at the lake and the pool. She’s looking forward to meeting all the new staff and the fantastic campers!

Fun fact: “I’ve never seen a Star Wars film from start to finish.”

Barb Stagg, Nurse

Barb is from West Virginia and is currently living in Barrow, Alaska. This is her eighth summer as our amazing, incomparable camp nurse. She’s looking forward to getting back to the most wonderful place in the world with folks who’ve become as dear to her as family and seeing how they’ve grown. She’s also excited to see her grandchildren so happy and of course, meeting all the new folks.

Fun fact: “The happiest time I’ve ever had is when I made another glad.”

Samantha (Sam) Steiner, CIT Coordinator and Counselor

Sam first came to GWT as a camper seven years ago, and she’s back for another summer as a counselor. She’s from East Meadow, NY and she’ll be working the ropes course and serving as a CIT Coordinator. She’s looking forward to going back to her home away from home and having another wonderful summer.

Fun fact: “I LOVE being outside. My favorite haunt when I’m not at school is right in the middle of Central Park. It’s the perfect mix of nature and city.”

Jack Stoner, Counselor

Jack is from Spaulding, England, and this is his first summer at camp. He’ll be a lifeguard, and he’s excited about minors and getting creative with them.

Fun fact: “I have a pet catfish.”

Matt Thomas, Adventure Trail Coordinator and Counselor

Matt is back for his third year at GWT, and he comes to us from London. After two years of teaching ropes, he’ll be overseeing the Adventure Trail this year. He’s looking forward to helping kids conquer their fears and discover amazing outdoor skills in the Adventure Trail, helping them to discover passions they’ll have for life!

Fun fact: “This is my seventh time in America.”

Haydn Thomas, Counselor

This is Haydn’s second year at camp, and he’s from Scotland. He’ll be teaching coding once again, and he’s looking forward to meeting everyone at GWT and having an unforgettable summer.

Fun fact: “I have a pet snake.”

Stu Thomson, Athletics Trail Coordinator and Counselor

This is Stu’s third year as a counselor, and he’s from Scotland. This year he’ll be the Athletics Trail Coordinator, making sure that all the sports activities are running smoothly. He’s looking forward to working with all the new athletics counselors to have the best summer ever!

Fun fact: “I was an extra in a Hollywood film.”

Leah Topham, Assistant Nurse

This is Leah’s first year at camp. She comes from England, and she’ll be the Assistant Nurse this summer, helping Nurse Barb keep campers safe and healthy. She’s really excited to meet so many new people and experience a “classic American summer camp!”

Fun fact: “I can almost ride a unicycle.”

Kate Turton, Counselor

Kate is from Wales, and this is her first summer at camp. She’ll be teaching sewing, and she’s looking forward to meeting new people and seeing different cultures.

Fun fact: “My job title at home is coffee master.”

Yuli Villaverde, Kitchen Staff

This is Yuli’s second summer at Greenwood Trails, and she’ll be working in the kitchen once again. She is from Mexico and she’s looking forward to getting more experience and improving her English.

Fun Fact: “I’m a teacher, traveller, dancer, singer, reader, cooker!!”

Osmar Villaverde, Kitchen Staff

Osmar is from Mexico, and he’s at camp for the first time this year. He’ll be part of the kitchen staff, and he’s looking forward to improving his English.

Fun fact: “I am a friendly and outgoing person.”

Kira Wehn, Office/Behavioral Specialist

This is Kira’s first summer working at Greenwood Trails, and she lives in Portland, Oregon. She is also an esteemed alumni of Camp Delaware, which was the grandfather camp of Greenwood Trails, so she has many fond memories of being here at camp in the 1980’s. Kira will be working in the office and acting as a behavioral support specialist. She is looking forward to the rituals of camp life that quickly transform a bunch of strangers into fun-loving family!

Fun fact: “I totally love live music. I can’t play an instrument or sing very well, but I can totally rock out!”

David Wilson, Maintenance

This is David’s first year, and he’s from Colombia. He’ll be part of the maintenance staff, making sure that camp looks great every day. His goal this summer is to help make sure everyone has a good time!

Fun fact: “Responsible, respectful and kind are the values I always put into practice.”