Meet Our Directors

Jay Toporoff

Jay has been the director of Camp Danbee since 1991. Jay has many years of experience working with children and young adults, having worked in college student affairs administration prior to becoming a camp director. Jay received a B.A. from Bentley College in 1978 and earned a Masters in Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Springfield College in 1981. He completed his doctoral coursework at Vanderbilt University in the field of Educational Leadership in 1993.

Jay is committed to philanthropic work serving as a founding director of both America’s Camp (for children of 9/11) and Camp Sea Stars North (for the children of Newtown/Sandy Hook).

Mark Toporoff

Mark (Jay’s brother) also joined Danbee in 1991. Mark was a middle school teacher, soccer coach, and camp professional before joining Danbee full-time in 1998. He received his bachelors degree in Environmental Science in 1983 from SUNY ESF-Syracuse. He later received his Masters in School Administration in 1990. Mark serves as Co-Director of Danbee and takes care of all the administrative and programming details including hiring staff, coordinating our special events and trips, and organizing our teaching program. Mark serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Camping Association and is an ACA accreditation visitor.