Jay Jacobs – Timber Lake Camp
JAY JACOBS arrived at Timber Lake in 1967 as a camper, and worked his way up from counselor to head counselor before becoming owner/director in 1980. Highly regarded in the camping industry for his innovative ideas, he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the NY State Camp Health and Safety Council. Jay has served as President of the NY Section of the American Camp Association, Past President of NY State Camp Directors’ Association, and Chairman of Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge, a program which provides camping experiences for inner city kids at a host of not-for-profit camps. In 2001, Jay founded and currently serves as chair of Heal the Children, a program of the American Camping Association that provides free camperships to the children of victims of the 9/11 tragedy. His first love, however, is the time he spends every summer with his campers.
Mindy Jacobs – Timber Lake Camp
MINDY JACOBS was also a camper and then a staff member at Timber Lake, and became director of our Girls’ Campus in 1982. She is the person who gets to hear problems both big and small and help solve them. Her top priority is to help all girls feel comfortable at Timber Lake and to make sure parents know their children are safe and secure in every way at camp. During the off-season, Mindy works with new families to ensure that the transition to sleepaway camp is a smooth one.
Andy Siegel – Tyler Hill Camp
ANDY SIEGEL arrived at Tyler Hill Camp as a counselor in 1993. He worked his way up from Group Leader, to Head Counselor, to Assistant Director, before becoming Owner/Director in 1999. Growing up in Baltimore and spending his summers at camp in West Virginia helped shape Andy into the person he is today. From an early age he understood the benefits of summer camp, the value of camp friendships, and the importance of spirit and fun. Running a camp is all Andy ever wished for and he’s proud to call Tyler Hill Camp his home. Andy is currently the President of the Wayne County Camp Alliance, has served on the board of the NY/NJ Section of the American Camp Association and is the past President of the SCOPE Program (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) which provides summer camp experiences for children in need. Andy brings a large capacity to have fun to Tyler Hill. He ensures that each camper and staff member understands their important role in our community. Andy, along with his wife Wendy (whom he met at camp), are truly living their dream – each and every summer.
Wendy Siegel – Tyler Hill Camp
WENDY SIEGEL, in love with overnight camp in Northern Michigan at age 7, and subsequently spent 10 summers as a full-season camper. As a counselor, she spent two additional summers at a camp in West Virginia and at 19, she met her BFF and life partner – Andy! Living their dream… Wendy spends her summers as THC’s “camp mom,” a role that allows her to take care of our campers while also maintaining close ties with their parents. She adds warmth and fun to everything she does in camp. Wendy can be found doing everything from clipping campers’ fingernails to leading campfires. Her passion for Tyler Hill is evident from the minute you meet her. Wendy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Social Work which provide her the base to give her all, to each and every one of our campers.
If you are a parent considering Tyler Hill for your family, Wendy is the one who will answer all of your questions, coordinate your visit to camp and she’ll be the first one you meet as you drive through Tyler Hill’s front gates. She counts the days down until camp each summer – it’s her favorite 51 days of the year. Wendy and Andy are the parents to three teenage daughters who live for Tyler Hill Camp!
Justin Mayer – Timber Lake West
JUSTIN MAYER, owner and director, has been a part of the Timber Lake Family of Camps since he was eight years old. Justin grew up at Timber Lake Camp, and ultimately became TLC’s Assistant Program Director. Upon graduating from Indiana University, Justin worked as an accountant for three years before realizing his true passion was camp. In 2003, he joined our sister camp, Tyler Hill, as the full-time Associate Director. Justin brings with him a tremendous background in summer camp program planning, staff development and dealing with campers. He adds a sense of fun to everything he does at camp and is committed to providing West campers with the best possible summer experience.
Justin serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge Program), and is also an active committee member of the American Camp Association’s E.P.I.C. (Emerging Professionals in Camping) program and the Morry Stein Fall Camp Management Conference.
Cassie Mayer – Timber Lake West
CASSIE MAYER has grown up Timber Lake West, where she has been a camper, junior counselor, general counselor, group leader and a division leader. During the winter months, Cassie is a school psychologist in Rockland County, NY. She spends her camp days working with prospective and current families, as well as with campers. Cassie will ensure that both campers’ and parents’ needs and expectations are being met from start to finish. Additionally, Cassie will continue to develop creative and unique activities that our campers will enjoy throughout the entire summer!
Jennifer Despagna – Timber Lake West
JENNIFER DESPAGNA, owner and director, has been at Timber Lake West since its first summer in 1987 and works twelve months a year at TLW. In the summer, Jennifer keeps in touch with parents and works directly with campers. During the winter months, she maintains contact with parents, campers and staff and plays a major role in all staff hiring. Jennifer brings to West an energy that is contagious, and is respected by campers and staff for her abilities and obvious love for camp.
Jennifer previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Camp Association-NY and has chaired several committees for the Tri-State Camp Conference, the largest volunteer driven conference in the country. She is currently a member of the Public Guidance Committee for the American Camp Association.
Paula Rothman – North Shore Day Camp
PAULA ROTHMAN is a full time owner/director who has been at the helm for over 15 years. Her extensive experience as a day camp and school director and her work with pre-school through teenage children make her a valuable friend and advisor to our North Shore families through the summer, as well as during the off-season. She is the leader of our senior staff leadership team and takes great pride in our on-going, comprehensive staff training program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Education.
During the winter months, Paula stays in contact with camp families and staff, organizes off-season events, tours new families, plans the following summer’s activities and interviews and hires new staff members for the upcoming camp season.
Paula serves on the board of NYSCDA (New York State Camp Director’s Association). She was the Vice-President and Secretary of the Long Island Camps and Private Schools (LICAPS). She has served on the Board of the American Camp Association and serves on committees for Morry’s Camp and SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge Program). Morry’s Camp and SCOPE are both programs that provide well deserving economically disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to attend summer camp.
Joni Iacono – North Shore Day Camp & School
JONI IACONO joined the North Shore team in 2002 bringing with her many years of teaching and working with children both in a classroom and recreational setting. Before coming to North Shore, in addition to teaching, she was the director of an after school program at an elementary school in Queens for 15 years. Joni holds a Master’s degree in Education and considers herself a lifelong learner in all aspects of life. Her philosophy in working with children is one that encourages them to feel confident in their developing abilities. As an educator for over 25 years, she has acquired many skills to help children develop their own sense of self as well as learn to be successful in a social setting.
Prior to taking on the role of Director, Joni worked extensively with our younger students and campers creating programs that ensured new learning, friendships and experiences. She brings a strong sense of humor to everything she does and believes that laughter is the best medicine.
Jason Mercado – North Shore Day Camp
JASON MERCADO has been a part of The TLC Family of Camps since 2008 when he realized his lifelong passion to work with and enhance the lives of young people. Most recently he spent the past 2 summers as the Director of Hampton Sports and Arts, a program for 11-15 years olds located in East Hampton, NY. Jason began his camping career working as an Assistant Director at Timber Lake Camp, where he was responsible for overseeing the care and supervision of the boys’ campus. During his time in the TLC organization, Jason has gained extensive knowledge working on capital projects, program planning, staff development and operations.
A varsity college athlete while at Brown University, Jason brings with him an understanding of the value that both sports and a well-rounded background play in a camper’s development. Jason always adds a sense of fun to everything he does, and he’s looking forward to providing NSDC campers with the best possible summer experience.
Jason is an advocate for the non-profit organization S.C.O.P.E (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) and has enjoyed being a teen mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America.
Dave Skolnik– Hampton Country Day Camp
DAVE SKOLNIK has been a part of the TLC Family of Camps since he was nine years old when he started as a camper at Timber Lake. Having grown up through the ranks at TLC, Dave adds the valuable perspective of having been a camper, counselor, Group Leader, and Associate Director before becoming a Director in 2010. A Cornell University graduate, Dave has an extensive background in camp management, program planning, staff development and communicating with parents and campers on a regular basis. Bringing a contagious sense of excitement and spirit to camp, Dave is committed to providing HCDC campers and families with the best possible summer experience!
As a strong advocate for the camp experience for all children, Dave is very involved in the nonprofit organizations SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge Program) and Morry’s Camp which raise money to provide underprivileged, inner-city children with resident summer camp experiences and year-round youth development programs. In addition, he is also an active member in the American Camp Association, serving on the EPIC (Emerging Professions in Camping) and Public Relations committees.
Doris Rosen– Hampton Country Day Camp
Doris Rosen has been a part of the TLC Family of Camps since 1998 when she began working at North Shore Day Camp. Prior to becoming a Director in 2010, Doris specialized in overseeing the care and supervision of North Shore’s Stepping Stones program. She holds a Masters degree in Education and has extensive experience working with young children, adolescents and college students.
Doris is the mother of three children who have been attending Timber Lake Camps since they were toddlers. All three of her children continue to work as counselors for Hampton Country Day Camp.
Doris prides herself on developing close relationships with both campers and their parents. She has been instrumental in implementing our mission to teach children the skills of making and keeping friends while building their self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience.
Tom Coffey– Southampton Camp and Club
A native of England, Tom Coffey has been part of The TLC Family of Camps since 2006 when he was the Soccer Director at Timber Lake West. Tom adds the valuable perspective of having been an Athletic Director, Division Leader, Head Counselor and Associate Director before becoming a Director.
With both a Bachelors and Masters in Exercise Physiology, Tom has a strong foundation of knowledge and experience working in youth development. In addition, Tom worked for an international camp staffing agency for 7 years in the UK, providing him with an extensive background in camp management, program planning, staff recruitment & training, as well as communicating with parents.
Tom brings a tremendous passion, determination and desire to SCC and is committed to providing the best summer experience possible for campers and their families, year after year.
Cindy Davidowitz– Southampton Camp and Club
Cindy Davidowitz has been a part of the TLC Family of Camps since 1996, when she was a Head Counselor at Tyler Hill Camp. Cindy spent eight summers at camp until she became the Assistant Principal, and then Principal, of Chatterton Elementary School in Merrick, NY. Cindy has a tremendous background in working with children of all ages and in cooperatively working with staff and families. Her communication skills, openness and experience in hiring, scheduling, management, professional development, and supervision are extensive. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Maryland, as well as Masters of Science degrees in Reading and Administration & Supervision.
Throughout her career, Cindy has always loved working with children and their families. That love, combined with her fun-loving personality, spirit, and enthusiasm makes her a perfect fit for being a Director at Southampton Racquet Camp and Club. Cindy believes that all children should have an awesome camp experience in a safe, fun and nurturing environment, where social skills improve and friendships are ever-lasting.
Cindy and her husband Mark have three adult children who all grew up and remain a part of the TLC Family of Camps.