Director of Operations/Comptroller
Prior to joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, Beth worked as the Director of Operations at the Advance Group, a political consulting firm. She is has a BA in History from the University of Scranton and lives in the West Village. Beth is also a Group Fitness Instructor and teaches Kickboxing and Spin classes.
Director of Events
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Samara joined the American Camp Association of NY and NJ after working for 7 ½ years at the Institute of International Research, a corporate conference company, as part of the Operations team. She rose the ranks and held the position of Senior Meeting Planner for the past 3 years in which she honed her operations expertise and expanded her skill set into all aspects of the conference and tradeshow industry. Samara is a passionate former camper and spent 4 summers at day camp and 9 incredible summers at a sleep away camp in the Poconos where she was a camper and CIT. She then worked at a day camp for 2 more summers. Samara LOVES camp and as an only child credits it with preparing her for a lot of what life had to offer in the future. Samara attended Binghamton University (where she used to spend her days off from camp) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Rhetoric. Samara lives in the 'burbs with her husband, daughter (who she is already grooming to be a camper) and dog.
Director, Camper Placement
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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.
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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.
Associate Director of Standards
Before joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey team, Kyle spent last three years as the Afterschool and Summer Camp Coordinator in New York City. Being in camping for most of his life, Kyle has a deep passion for the lessons that can only be taught at camp, and works to enhance the experience not only for campers but for parents and staff as well. With a background in music, he is always looking to bring a creative aspect to his work and personal life. He is very excited to be part of the team, and can’t wait to continue to develop and strengthen this field.
Director of Communications
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Prior to joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, Jess Michaels was the Associate Director of Publicity for the publishing company Penguin Young Readers Group, where she executed national and regional publicity campaigns for bestselling and celebrity children’s book authors. In this role, she also managed a team of six publicists and coordinated various press and book events. Before working at Penguin Young Readers Group, Jess worked on national publicity for Thirteen/WNET, the flagship PBS station in New York. At Thirteen/WNET, she pitched and secured national media for television documentaries and series, worked with celebrities and television producers and coordinated press conferences and screenings. Jess is a lifetime camper. Beginning at age five, she attended day camp on Long Island for three years. By age eight, she was off to resident camp for eight weeks each summer and loved every minute of it. Jess was a camper at resident camp for nine years and a counselor and girls’ athletic staff member for three years. She is thrilled to be able to combine her publicity skills with her love of camp. Jess lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. When not publicizing camp, Jess enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, traveling, running in Central Park, and skiing.
Event and Marketing Associate
Leti Salama is the Event and Marketing Associate since March 2015. Leti was born in Madrid, Spain and is fluent in English, Spanish and French. She studied Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Child Psychology and then received a Master’s degree in International Management at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. During her Master’s degree program, she had the opportunity to do internships in New York City with Merrill Lynch, UNICEF and the American Camp Association (ACA). She then worked as a planning manager at Round the World Spain and then later as an Operations Manager at SCOPE for 2 years. Leti went to Indian and Forest Acres Camp for 5 years as a camper and Counselor and now lives in Manhattan with her husband.
Membership and Training Associate
Amrine has had a life-long relationship with summer camps having attended and worked with a residential camp on the West Coast of Michigan and it's Sister Camp in New Hampshire for over 15 years. In her time as a staff member, she served as a cabin leader, adventure trip leader, seasonal program facilitator and worked full time to coordinate an all-girls residential program. Amrine is very passionate about youth development and loves finding creative ways to work with children, parents and camp staff.
Director of Member Services
Prior to joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, Allison was a preschool teacher in White Plains, New York. Having spent a lifetime of summers at camp, she is extremely passionate about the benefits of the camp experience. After attending day camp for eight years, she went on to experience a resident camp in the Adirondacks for three years. Allison then returned to her day camp where she held several positions including Group Leader, Division Head and Administrative Assistant. In her time at camp, she coordinated the staff recreation program, ran special events and assisted with staff training. Allison enjoys training staff all over New York and New Jersey and working with camps to enhance their programs and operations. She is happy to be part of the ACA, NY & NJ team, and loves connecting with fellow youth professionals all year long.