Lauren Amoroso – Director of Junior Camp
Lauren has been a Spring Laker for nine fun-filled summers. She began as our Pearls & Jewels Division Leader and has been our Junior Camp Director for the past five summers. Lauren’s two daughters began in Junior Camp and are now enjoying their summers in Girls’ Camp. She has dual Masters degrees in both Special Education and General Studies from Mercy College and is a resource and collaborative special education teacher in the Franklin Lakes School District. Lauren brings creativity, tremendous spirit and cohesiveness to Junior Camp each and every summer.
Alessa Laraia – Dinos & Dolfins Division Leader and Transportation Director
Are you doing a double take?! Yes, Alessa serves as BOTH our Dinos & Dolfins Division Leader during the summers and Transportation Director in the off-season. Alessa’s lifelong experience working with children began as a counselor at SLDC in high school. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and received her K -8 Elementary Education Certificate from Ramapo College to become a teacher and had her own three children before returning to our Spring Lake family in 2017 as an administrator. Alessa’s bright smile, energy, love for fun and gentle demeanor is just the thing for our youngest campers to feel right at home.
Monica DeVita – Owls Division Leader
Monica has been a welcome addition to Junior Camp. After being an experienced counselor in Girls’ Camp for five summers she has been our Owls’ Division Leader for the past three summers. Monica is a preschool teacher of students with disabilities in the Clifton School District, she has a B.A. in English and Early Childhood Education with an endorsement and certification as a teacher of students with disabilities from Monmouth University She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Special Education at William Paterson University. Monica encourages those around her to explore new experiences at every opportunity.
Carolyn Settlow – Bears Division Leader
Carolyn joined the Spring Lake family in 2012 as our Bears Division Leader and brings warmth, humor and excitement to our fun-loving first grade boys. As a licensed Certified Social Worker with an M.S.W. degree from Yeshiva University, Carolyn’s professional work as a therapist has been with children, teenagers and families. She has a son in Boys’ Camp, one daughter as an LTP and her eldest daughter on staff here at camp. Carolyn’s expertise and love for children as well as her leadership skills have made her a perfect fit for Junior Camp.
Arielle Linn – Pearls & Jewels Division Leader
Arielle is excited to be celebrating her 21st summer at SLDC! She spent eight years as a camper, three years as a lifeguard, five years as a counselor, and has been our Division Leader for Pearls & Jewels for the past five years. Arielle is a first grade teacher (in the school she went to as a child) in the Fair Lawn School District and has recently completed her Reading Specialist Certification. As an SLDC “lifer”, Arielle brings an enormous love of camp to Junior Camp each and every day.
Laurie Ann Weinstein – Girls’ Camp Director
Laurie Ann’s 2 sons were already campers when she joined our SLDC team 25 years ago. After spending one summer as a Junior Camp counselor, Laurie Ann joined Girls’ Camp, first as a Division Leader for the Emeralds and Rubies, and in 2005, as its Director (aka “The Queen”). Laurie Ann has a B.S. in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. Laurie Ann cannot imagine spending her summers anywhere other than at SLDC where she gets to wear a crown and a tutu and is forever “young and beautiful.”
Brooke Mendel – Emeralds & Rubies Division Leader
Brooke joined the SLDC family 23 years ago while she was still in high school. After six years as a counselor in Girls’ Camp, Brooke became the Division Leader for the Emeralds & Rubies. Brooke has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hartford and taught elementary school for five years. Her three children are growing up at Spring Lake, where Brooke has found her forever home in Girls’ Camp.
Jamie Schechter – Diamonds & Opals Division Leader
Jamie has been a proud member of the Girls’ Camp team for nine summers. With a B.S. in Social Work from the University of Maryland and Masters of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education and holding a Reading Specialist Certification from William Paterson University, Jamie teaches, tutors and is mom to one of SLDC’s youngest campers. Jamie continues to bring a fresh and energetic spirit to Girls’ Camp that the entire camp enjoys!
Bridget Sullivan – Corals, Jades & Stars Division Leader
Bridget joined our SLDC family as a counselor in Girls’ Camp in 2011 and has been with us every summer since! She graduated college with two B.A. degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology as well as a certification in Early Childhood from Rider University. We are delighted Bridget has been part of the Girls Camp administration since 2016 as a Division Leader for the Corals, Jades & Stars!
Mike Levy – Director of Boys’ Camp
Spring Lake has been Mike’s summer home for 12 years. He began as a baseball specialist for two years, joined Boys’ Camp as the Eagles Division Leader for six years and has been our Director of Boys Camp for the past four summers. Mike has a B.A. in History, a Masters of Education in Social Studies from Rutgers University, and teaches high school Social Studies in the Wayne School District. Throughout the summer Mike can be found on and off the fields joining his campers in games and activities.
Carly Kalman – Eagles Division Leader
Carly is a lifelong camper having been a day camper, counselor, and Head Counselor in Long Island before joining the SLDC Administrative Team. She has a B.A. in Math, Secondary Education from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Education from Florida International University and currently teaches middle school Math in the Mahwah School District. Spring Lake is looking forward to Carly’s enthusiasm, organizational skills, and love of camp in Boys’ Side.
Neil Shechtman – Patriots & Vikings Division Leader
Neil has been with Spring Lake for 15 summers in Boys’ Camp as a Division Leader for Bucs, Raiders & Giants and is currently returning to his original role with the Patriots & Vikings. He has a B.S. degree in Accounting and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Columbia University. Neil does it all; teaching middle school math in the Kinnelon School District, tutoring, playing tennis and of course dressing up on our all our SLDC theme days.
Aaron Kalman – Bucs, Raiders & Giants Division Leader
Aaron grew up spending his summers on the basketball courts of Northern Virginia. Throughout college he played club basketball while earning a B.A. in Math and a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Mary Washington which led to a career as a high school math teacher in the Montville School District. We are thrilled Aaron will be working with our oldest campers on Boys’ Side bringing teamwork, good sportsmanship, and humor to SLDC.
Lori Kleinfeld – Leadership Training Program Supervisor
Lori has been with SLDC for 21 years, with this coming summer being her 14th year supervising our successful and well run Leadership Training Program. Lori began her career at SLDC as our Van Staff Supervisor and Camp Mom. She works at Fair Lawn High School as an ancillary teacher with a B.A. in Family Child Relations and Pre-K certification from Montclair State University as well as her Kindergarten – 8th grade endorsement from William Paterson University. Our Leadership Training Program is a well-known work-camp-trip program that provides a strong foundation for learning leadership skills and the responsibilities of being a staff member. Lori’s tutelage and supervision has been the backbone of its growth and success.
Joe Turner – Junior Training Program Supervisor
Joe is excited to be joining the Administrative Team here at SLDC. He has a B.A. in History and Education from Ramapo College and is a middle school Social Studies teacher in the Montclair School District. Joe comes to us having been a day camper, participated in band camp, a travel program counselor, and will now be the Supervisor of our JTP’s. We are looking forward to Joe bringing his passion for working with tweens to the JTP experience.
Julie Calabro – Camp Mom
Julie’s bright smile and warmth has been a fundamental part of SLDC for 20 years. Julie was our cooking specialist from 2000 – 2006 and returned to us in 2009, as our Camp Mom. She is the ideal person to oversee all aspects of our campers’ personal care and dietary needs during lunch as well as the rest of the day. Julie received her B.A. in Radio, TV, Film, & Advertising from the University of Maryland and is currently working in the Kinnelon School District. She has always been a strong link in our camp family, able to create a special connection with both campers and staff that is such a significant component of our camp’s success.
Mindy Pearlman – Tour Coordinator
Mindy’s 3 boys were already campers at SLDC when she joined the staff in 2005. She was a Junior Camp Division Leader, the Van Staff Supervisor, and our Tour Coordinator. Mindy received a B.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami, and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is excited to spend her 18th summer at SLDC, her happy place.
Jen Amoroso – Van Staff Supervisor
Jen and her two little ones are so excited to join the Spring Lake family this year. With a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Rhode Island and an Orton- Gillingham certification from Farleigh Dickinson University, Jen began her teaching career in Oradell and is currently a reading specialist in Hillsdale. She is also a certified OG teacher of the dyslexic. Jen is a lifelong camper and brings her love of children, learning, and fun to SLDC.