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Susie Lupert

Executive Director, American Camp Associate NY, and NJ    

Susie Lupert is the Executive Director of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. Susie attended resident camp for 12 years as both a camper and staff member. She attended the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and New York University where she received a Masters in Public Policy and Non Profit Administration. Prior to joining ACA, NY and NJ, Susie spent close to a decade at Housing Works, one of the nation’s largest AIDS service providers. She worked to create small for profit businesses which funneled money back to the nonprofit.  Susie lives in Brooklyn with her partner Beth and their two sons.

Renee Flax

Director, Camper Placement, American Camp Association, NY and NJ    

Renee Flax is the Director of Camper Placement for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. She has been assisting area families find the right camp experience for their children since 1998. Renee has an extensive knowledge of camp programs and philosophies. Each summer, Renee travels to dozens of ACA accredited camps. She knows the camp directors and senior staff personally and has a keen understanding of each camp's philosophy, program and facilities. She is recognized as an authority on camping and has been featured in The Associated Press, The New York Times, The New York Post, Newsday, The Journal News, Parent Guide and New York Family. Renee graduated Syracuse University (1971) with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Renee attended summer camp for 15 years as a camper, counselor, and group leader. She is the mother of two daughters who were also long time campers and grandmother to four grandchildren.

Andy Pritikin

President of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ

Andy is the President of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ, Owner/Director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown Township, NJ and Co-founder of Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA.  He has also served as ACA Professional Development Chair and the Chairman of the Tri-State Camp Conference, the largest annual gathering of camp professionals in the world. For 20 years, Andy has served on numerous ACA national and regional committees and facilitates workshops across the country. Andy is also the Founder and past president of the New Jersey Camps Government Affairs Project, an organization created to protect the interests of all New Jersey Camps. At the local level, Andy is a Board Member of the Northern Burlington Regional Chamber of Commerce and is active with the Crafts Creek/Spring Hill Brook Watershed Association.  Prior to starting Liberty Lake Day Camp, Andy worked for ten years with two of the most successful Day/Resident Camp organizations in the country. During the Camp off-season, Andy is busy improving the facility, planning new programs, meeting new families, working with local organizations, hiring staff, being a camp spokesperson for the media, consulting with camps, and working with his ACA colleagues in furthering the Camp profession in the world of youth development on a regional and national level. Andy is an active supporter of Morry’s Camp and SCOPE, two wonderful non-profit organizations which raise money to send inner-city youths to Camp each summer, and recently created the Liberty Lake Foundation to do the same for local area children. Andy has been honored with numerous awards by the regional and national Camping organizaions, including the 2008 National Service Award and the 2014 National Honor Award. In 2013, Andy was honored as the NJ Leukemia & Lymphoma  "Man of the Year." With a Bachelor's Degree in Music and an Masters in Education, Andy began his professional career as a tenured Instrumental Music Teacher in the Wall Township and South Orange/Maplewood school districts. At the same time, Andy was a member of a successful rock band, performing hundreds of shows on stage, radio and national TV, as well as with a critically acclaimed NYC Jazz Group. Andy's hobbies are playing basketball, playing and listening to music, and watching Liberty Lake Campers turn into successful adults!