Meet the Staff
Head Counselor of Campus – Campers entering Grades 2-6
Courtney joined our full time staff team in 2016. She brings with her many years of Danbee experience and a passion for the camp and the campers. Courtney hires the staff during the off-season and serves as our Head Counselor of Campus during the summer.
Courtney champions Danbee’s commitment to “girl power” in her approach to camping. She works to instill confidence by motivating girls to pursue their own passions. Courtney brings a strong sense of togetherness to her role as Head Counselor at Danbee.
Courtney also organized Camp Sea Stars North, the five day trauma-informed summer camp experience for kids from Newtown, CT hosted at Camp Danbee.
Coordinator of Bunk Life
Kim has been part of the Danbee family since 2002. She spends her summers up at camp with her husband Adam, one of our Tennis Directors. Kim nurtures our campers and is a “Mom away from Mom” to our campers. Danbee girls will be the first to tell you that Kim gives the best hugs!!! Kim is a graduate of Penn State and has a degree in Elementary Education. She resides in Nokomis, Florida where she teaches tennis to school age children alongside her husband.
Adam is one of Danbee’s Tennis Directors. His knowledge and experience have helped take Danbee’s tennis program to a new level. Adam is the Tennis Director at Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice, Florida. He has been a high school and middle school tennis coach and is USPTA Certified Professional, Level 1. Adam has been ranked as high as #1 singles in the state of Florida and was twice voted Florida’s USPTA Player of the Year. Adam returns to Danbee each summer with his wife, Kim.
Neal Gerhart is one of Danbee’s Tennis directors. For over 25 summers, Neal comes to camp to teach our girls skills so that they become the best tennis players they can be. During the off-season, Neal teaches literature and coaches numerous soccer and tennis teams. He is an asset to Danbee and a phenomenal teacher and life coach to our girls. Neal is mentor in every sense of the word.
Mike, originally from Hamilton, New Zealand, is our Lakefront Director and has been a part of the Danbee family since 1995. He oversees our waterfront programs which include waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, boating and fishing. Mike runs one of the safest waterfronts in the camping industry. He supervises a staff of 20 who are all Red Cross and Lifeguard certified. Our girls love participating in our aquatic activities on Lake Ashmere. Mike returns to camp each summer with his wife Erica, Danbee’s very talented Dance Director
Head Counselor of Acres – Campers entering Grades 7 – 9
Jara has found her summer home in Camp Danbee. 1996 was her first summer at Danbee as a camper in our youngest age group, the Bumblebees. She completed her time as a camper in 2004. Jara knew right away that she wanted to return to camp as a counselor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. During the year, Jara teaches elementary school in Boston, MA. Jara looks forward to returning to her summer home with her camp family every year.
WBY Head Counselor
Rebecca started as a camper at Danbee in 2002. After her WBY summer in 2010, she knew she wanted to immediately return to camp as a counselor. Rebecca taught in our Gymnastics program while she was a cabin counselor at camp. Rebecca has held many roles at camp including bunk counselor, gymnastics instructor, group leader, special events coordinator and now is returning this summer season as our WBY Head Counselor.
She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017 with a degree in Communication and a Spanish minor and is currently working in Boston.
Journalism and Media Director
Gary joined the staff of Camp Danbee in 2014 as director of the Journalism and Media program. Gary drew upon more than 40 years experience as a journalist to launch the unique program that provides Danbee’s girls of all ages with opportunities to be creative through storytelling. Gary was a reporter, bureau chief, state editor, metro editor, managing editor and director. The mantra of the Journalism program is “Tell me a story,” a phrase borrowed from Don Hewitt, who founded CBS’ 60 Minutes. Gary’s goal is to provide our girls with the opportunity, support and encouragement to be storytellers.
Gary and wife Abby, who is a member of Danbee’s office team, live in the Washington DC suburbs of Northern Virginia.
Erica, aka ‘Air’ Snodgrass is a Dancer, Instructor, and Competition Adjudicator, with experience in Canada, New Zealand and the USA. She has successfully completed her Yoga Instructor training, as well as her Personal Training Certification. While completing her B.A. in Human and Social Development, she directed the University of Victoria Dance Company for two seasons, and created “Th’AIR’apy In Motion”, a dance/movement program for people with special needs, that has been used as a template for multiple specialized dance programs around Vancouver, B.C. Her career highlights include: BC Lions ‘Felions’ dance team, Step Up 5, personal training the cast of “High Moon”, adjudicating the National Dance Championships in New Zealand, The Canadian Video Game Awards 2012, dancing/modeling in the Grand Cultural Wedding Show, opening for “America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 2 Champions – Quest Crew, dancing at ITM Model Look North America, and being a featured choreographer for BC Children’s Hospital ‘For Children We Care’ Benefit.
Jenn is excited to start her second year at Danbee as the Gymnastics and Cheerleading Director. She began gymnastics at the age of four. Originally from Georgia, she moved to the northeast to continue her academic and athletic career at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). As a member of the SCSU Gymnastics team, she was a two-year team captain and a consistent contributor on bars and beam, qualifying to Nationals on both events as a senior. At SCSU, Jenn was coached by Jerry Nelson, Danbee’s former Gymnastics and Cheerleading Director who encouraged her to become a part of the Danbee family.
With Jenn wrapping up her own gymnastics career in 2016, Danbee is the perfect place for her to stay involved in the sport. She hopes to instill the passion and appreciation she has for gymnastics into her campers.
Jenn is a certified USA Gymnastics Instructor, and has experience coaching both recreational and competitive gymnastics. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She currently works as a Special Education Paraprofessional in Branford, Connecticut and a gymnastics coach.
Jason returns to Danbee this summer following a 14 year sabbatical, having last directed the Danbee soccer program in 2004. He is delighted to be “returning home” for summer 2018.
Based in England, Jason is a former professional soccer player. His playing career was cut short due to injury, but not before he had played in the stadiums of Manchester United and Liverpool to name a few. With over 20 years coaching experience at all levels and age groups Jason holds the internationally recognized UEFA B coaching qualification. Following a lengthy appointment as head coach and Director of coaching at Sheffield Wednesday Ladies, Jason furthered his coaching knowledge at numerous premiership clubs before launching his own coaching programs delivered to players of all abilities.
To keep him busy away from the soccer field Jason has 3 children Brooke (17) Sean (16) and Mia (10). Jason has worked for many years within the education sector managing numerous alternative curriculum programs for both local and national government.
Jason’s sense of fun combined with his desire to see children succeed is sure to make the soccer field a great place to be this summer.
Director of Art
Charley started her time at Danbee in 2013 as a Camp Mom for the Honey/Bumbles. Charley became a group leader to Danbee’s youngest and now serves as Danbee’s Arts & Crafts Director. She is studying towards an MA in Art History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and has a background in other areas such as Early Childhood Care. Charley has also acquired Higher National Certificates in Contemporary Dance and Social Sciences. Charley is in her final years of completing her MA and, while studying, she has successfully started her own artistic journey painting abstract artworks that have appeared in British Vogue. Charley creates a very bright and colorful environment that offers fun and creativeness, but also an escape for the girls to relax and concentrate on projects of their own choice.
Rebecca, or “Stavis”, as almost everyone on camp refers to her, has had Danbee as a part of her life for 3 decades! She started as an 11 year old camper and stayed all the way through her WBY ’97. Stavis received her Bachelor of Music from New York University and ultimately made her way back to Danbee as the Theater Director in 2005. After three summers at Danbee, Stavis went on to pursue her professional acting career, performing across the United States and internationally. She has had the privilege to work alongside several Tony-Award nominated performers, directors, and choreographers, and is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. In 2014, Stavis became part of the New York City Teaching Fellows and received her Masters of Education from the City College of New York. Stavis currently works as a high school special education teacher at a theater arts school in the Bronx and is an associate voice teacher at MDM Studios in New Jersey. Becoming a full-time teacher opened up Stavis’ summer schedule and enabled her to make her way back to Camp Danbee!
Ignoring his teachers who told him to stop playing in the mud, and that doodling all day would not help him get a job – Sean now splits his time with teaching art and music during the school year – and pottery at Danbee in the summer. He is endlessly curious, with a sense of “How hard can that be?” approach to making new things, that is tempered with not nearly enough time in the day.
Sean was adopted into the Danbee family in 2005. He graduated in 1998 from Ontario College of Art and Design, and has been working continuously in the art, fabrication and education fields. His most recent pottery work can be found gracing the tables of local wineries and bistros. He is a full-time elementary school teacher – and continues to teach intro and advanced sculpture classes.
Program Director & Leagues Coordinator
Greg began his time in camping in 2004 at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac and worked for America’s Camp and Camp Sea Stars North prior to joining the Danbee family in 2017. He loves his job as Program Director because of his belief that our campers can experience personal growth through any of the diverse programs that are offered at camp. Originally from Armstrong, British Columbia, Greg studied Physical Education at the University of Victoria and Leadership at Trinity Western University. Greg currently lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario where he plans to pursue a career in Sports Management.