Carolyn Settlow – Division Leader
Carolyn is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with an M.S.W. degree from Yeshiva University. Her professional work as a therapist has been with children, teenagers and families. She currently works as a clinical social worker at a school for youth with special needs and has a small private practice as well. Carolyn had been a camper all of her life both at day camps and sleepaway camps, and worked as both a counselor and swim instructor. Carolyn could not wait to get back to being at camp during the summer months and joined our Spring Lake family in 2012. Her expertise and love for children as well as her leadership and administrative skills have made her an excellent team member of our Junior Camp, where she continues to supervise the Bears boys divisions.
Arielle Linn – Division Leader
Spring Lake Day Camp and Arielle have been a twosome for 19 outstanding summers! Arielle began her summers with SLDC when she was just four years old, and was a camper with us for 8 years. After a few years at a sleepaway camp, Arielle returned to work for us as a lifeguard for several summers, and ultimately found her home in Junior Camp as a counselor for the past five years. She definitely has camp in her blood and considers herself to be an SLDC “lifer”! Arielle received her Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Delaware and is working on her Masters in Reading along with her Reading Specialist Certification. She obviously loves spending her days with young children and also loves to spin, go to the beach, and cook with great recipes! She is thrilled being a teacher in the school she went to as a child — how cool! Her work as a first grade teacher lends itself perfectly to being a division leader of the Pearls and Jewels!
Monica DeVita – Division Leader
Welcome back Monica! Monica started with us as a counselor in Girls Camp for 5 years, and after a few years of working in her school for the summer, missed us so much that she is back as a Division Leader for our Junior Camp Owls. Monica has her BA in English and early Childhood Education with endorsement and certification as a teacher of students with disabilities. She has been working in the Clifton Public Schools as a teacher for preschool students with disabilities for the past 4 years which she finds extremely rewarding. She also does after school home instruction. Monica has come back to her SLDC family this summer and is a great addition to our Junior Camp administrative staff. She loves to work with younger children, she loves exercise and working out and being outdoors, so we know SLDC and Monica will be perfect together!
Laurie Ann Weinstein – Director
Laurie Ann will be with us for her 22nd summer, having started as an Owls counselor in 1998 in Junior Camp. She definitely has SLDC forever in her heart! She has been the driving source of the success of “strong like bull” Girls Camp since she made the move, first as its Division Leader for 8 years and ultimately as its Director for the past 12 years. Laurie Ann has a B.S. in Psychology, and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. An attorney by profession, Laurie Ann retired from the legal field and followed her passion to work with children, becoming a Pre-K nursery school teacher for 8 years. Laurie Ann continues to bring an endless amount of energy, creativity and excitement that permeates the spirit of our entire camp each and every summer. She will forever be “young and beautiful” to her girls!
Brooke Mendel – Division Leader
Brooke will be starting her 20th summer at Spring Lake Day Camp. She spent her first 6 years as a counselor in Girls Camp, and then became a Division Leader for the Emeralds and Rubies in 2005, where she has been ever since! Brooke graduated The University of Hartford in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. Her professional career began as a teaching assistant for students with special needs in the Ridgewood School District. Following her time in Ridgewood, Brooke spent 4 years as a first grade teacher in the Little Falls School district. She now spends her time outside of camp as a stay-at-home mom with her three adorable young children, who are already the next generation of Spring Lake campers. Did we happen to mention that Brooke met her husband at SLDC when they were both counselors? Girls Camp just wouldn’t be the same without Brooke!
Jaime Schechter – Division Leader
Jamie joined our Spring Lake Girls Camp team in 2012, and there’s no place she rather be! Jamie loves working with the 9 and 10 year-old girls (Diamonds & Opals). Jamie has her B.S. in Social Work from the University of Maryland, her M.A. in Teaching – Elementary Education as well as her Reading Specialist Certification from William Paterson University. Jamie was a third grade teacher in the Franklin Lakes School District for 9 years. In addition to tutoring during the school year, her 2 year-old son Dylan keeps her busy. She can’t wait for Dylan to join her at SLDC (her favorite place). She and her Girls Camp leaders are already planning for the summer’s theme and costumes. Jamie continues to bring a fresh and energetic spirit to Girls Camp that the entire camp enjoys!
Bridget Sullivan – Division Leader
Bridget joined our SLDC family as a senior counselor in Girls Camp in 2011 and has been with us every summer since! She grew up going to her town recreation camp in the summer and fell in love with Spring Lake instantly! It didn’t take long for Bridget to feel the spirit of Girls Camp and share her energy and creativity and become an integral part of it! Bridget graduated from Rider University in 2015 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology as well as a certification in Early Childhood. She also studied special education in Spain and Austria! Bridget had been working in Verona in a 5th grade special education classroom last year. Although she has taught middle school social studies and science, this year she is solely teaching middle school science. Her special interests are reading and traveling – she has been to more than 22 different countries! WOW! We are delighted Bridget has been part of the Girls Camp administration since 2016 as a Division Leader for the Corals, Jades and Stars!
Mike Levy – Director
Spring Lake has been Mike’s summer home for 9 years, starting as a baseball specialist for the first 2 years and then joining Boys Camp as a Division Leader for our 2nd grade boys for 6 years. Last summer Mike assumed the position as Director of Boys Camp and we again look forward to his leadership as well as his energy and love of camp spirit this coming summer! Mike is always found joining his campers in games and activities on and off the fields. The boys and his staff love it! Mike graduated from University of Maryland with a B.A. degree in History, and has his Masters in Education in Social Studies from Rutgers University. He has been a teacher for 15 years and has been at Wayne Hills High School for 12 years.
Neil Shechtman – Division Leader
Neil came to Spring Lake Day Camp fourteen summers ago and has been a part of Boys Camp from the onset, working initially with Boys’ Mid Camp divisions and then moving to Upper Camp to supervise the oldest boys’ divisions. Neil has his B.S. degree in Accounting from the Bach School of Business at the University of Massachusetts, his M.A. in Elementary Education from Columbia University and has been an elementary grade school teacher throughout his career. Neil has had camp in his blood since he was a young boy, and has worked at day camps most of his teen and adult life in several administrative positions. He invests his heart and soul into his campers, has no reservations about dressing up on theme days, and it is obvious to everyone that he just loves every day at SLDC!
Justin Swisher – Division Leader
Justin will be with us for his third summer at Spring Lake Family and we are thrilled to have him back! He spent his first summer with us as a member of the Adventure Challenge Team, which is fitting for who he is! He has gone skydiving, spends most weekends hiking, and can’t get enough of sports and the outdoors. He had been at another New Jersey camp for many summers where he began his tenure as a “Rocks and Ropes” specialist for three years. He then worked at the camp as a Division Leader for the next six years. Camp is easily Justin’s favorite part of the year and you’ll find him trying to make each day even more fun than the day before! Justin is a graduate of nearby Ramapo College, has nearly a decade of teaching experience in a local middle school, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Educational Leadership. He could not be more excited about returning again as a Division Leader for the Broncos in Boys Camp!
Lori Kleinfeld – Leadership Training Program Supervisor
Lori’s bright smile is what starts our day off right every morning as she welcomes our campers and staff off the busses! Lori has been with SLDC for 17 years, with this coming summer being her 11th summer supervising our successful and well run Leadership Training Program. She had also been our Van Staff Supervisor for many years and our Camp Mom for several years. Lori has her B.A. from Montclair State University in Family Child Relations and Pre-K Certification as well as her Kindergarten through 8th grade endorsement from William Paterson University. She had been a teacher in Englewood and Paterson earlier in her career, and has been a teacher in the Fair Lawn school system for the past 18 years. 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.
Julie Calabro – Camp Mom
Julie’s bright smile and warmth has been a fundamental part of our camp for 17 years. Everyone at camp knows Julie, and Julie makes it a point of knowing every one of our campers and counselors as well! Julie was at SLDC as our cooking specialist from 2000 to 2006 and what a popular specialty area it was! When she came back to us in 2009, she became our Camp Mom, and she has been 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 has her B.A. from University of Maryland and had worked as both a Preschool Teacher and a Religious School educator for many years. She is currently working in the Kinnelon Schools system. 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.
Connie Kilroy – Head Nurse, Health Center
Our state of the art Health Center houses our staff of highly skilled and professional nurses who take care of our campers and staff every day. Connie will be with us at SLDC for eleven summers, supervising the Health Center for her seventh summer. She also is one of the nurses who accompany the campers on our Optional Adventure Travel Program. With a BA from Fordham University, and a BSN from College of Mt. Saint Vincent, Connie offers our camp the perfect blend of nursing and management skills as well as the necessary tender loving care to make everyone at camp feel better. Connie had worked in the NICU for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson and as a substitute nurse in The Children’s Institute and the West Milford school system. Now employed full time with the Academy 360 Upper School in Livingston, Connie has surely been no stranger to pediatric care and treatment. Connie is also in the midst of receiving her School Nurse Certification. We know we are ALL in good hands with Connie and her nursing team.
Linda Petro – Transportation Consultant
Linda Petro has been with SLDC since we opened our doors in 1989. With over 40 years of experience as manager of various bus companies including D&K Transportation and Murphy/Durham Bus, Linda has been an instrumental part in making each SLDC camper’s ride to and from camp every day so enjoyable. Over the years many of our parents have spoken to Linda as she has always gone out of her way to make sure she could accommodate all campers and staff’s transportation needs. Linda was in charge of routing all the SLDC buses prior to the first day of camp and Daily Transportation and Parent Transportation Communications during the summer. Linda will continue to be with us in an advisory capacity, as we will always value her expertise!!