Meet the Staff
Karen is our year round Assistant Director. With a Masters in Early Education and four children of her own, Karen brings to Danbee her knowledge of child development, group dynamics and love for children of all ages. Prior to joining Danbee, Karen spent four years as the Division Leader of Second Grade girls at Camp Ramaquois and taught 4th grade in New York City. Karen oversees all age groups, works with Staff and communicates regularly with parents all year long. Karen played Varsity Tennis at SUNY Binghamton and coached both the Junior Varsity boys and girls tennis teams at Blind Brook High School. Basketball and softball are two other sports that she continues to play as often as possible. A foreign language and Judaic studies major in college, Karen is fluent in Spanish and speaks some French and Hebrew as well.
Courtney has been working at Danbee for the past 10 summers and 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 assists with organizing the summer programs and off-camp trips.
Courtney also works during the year organizing Camp Sea Stars North, the five day trauma-informed summer camp experience for kids from Newtown, CT hosted at Camp Danbee at the end of the summer.
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.
Head Counselor of Campus – Campers entering Grades 2-6
Anna began her Danbee adventure in 2005 as a Gymnastics Counselor and Group Leader through 2007. These defining 3 summers solidified Danbee as an inevitable part of her life. Anna took 9 years away from camp completing a B.A. in Psychology followed by a B. Ed. in Elementary Education and years of teaching. She now brings her husband Jamie (Danbee’s Soccer Director) and her 2 young daughters, Amelia and Molly, back to the place she calls home. Both Anna and Jamie are teachers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada throughout the year. Anna 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. Anna brings a strong sense of family to her role as Head Counselor at Danbee.
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.
Jamie began as a soccer counselor at Danbee’s brother camp, Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, before becoming Soccer Director at Camp Cobbossee in Maine in 2008 and 2009. After a sabbatical from camping to pursue a Masters degree and start a family, Jamie was thrilled to come back to it as Danbee’s Soccer Director in 2016. He attends camp with his wife Anna, Head Counselor of Campus, and his two daughters, Amelia and Molly. Jamie loves the spirit and sense of community at Danbee and says that he can’t imagine a better place for him and his family to spend a summer.
Jamie is incredibly passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced in the game of soccer. A teacher throughout the year, he prides himself on his ability to instruct all levels of players and have fun doing it! In addition to his coaching licenses, Jamie holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He has played and coached at the University level in Canada and currently coaches at his school in Calgary, Alberta. Jamie is excited to continue to build and continuously improve the already great soccer program at Danbee.
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.
Landsports Program Head & Leagues Coordinator
Dana’s lifelong experience and love of athletics reaches back to her early school days, all the way through her college career. She was a collegiate athlete on the soccer, basketball, and lacrosse team at Herkimer College. Dana pursued her Bachelors of Science in Physical Education which she received from the State University of Cortland, New York. She has continued to work as a coach for a wide age range of students in all areas of sport. Dana brings her love of recreation and inclusiveness to camp as the Landsports Program Head and the Leagues Coordinator.
WBY Head Counselor
Larissa Forbes comes to us from Scotland. A staff member since 2009, Larissa has held many roles at Danbee. Larissa has Directed our pools and swimming program at camp for many years. She will take on an added role at camp this summer as WBY Head counselor for the oldest girls on camp and as well as Director of the pools.
Larissa completed an honors BA in sports education. Has a passion for swimming and teaching and has previously competed for Scotland.
Larissa has volunteered at both Americas Camp and Sea Stars North.
Larissa loves to travel – Currently she is living in Australia, however loves to return to camp every summer.