Meet Our Directors

Jay Toporoff

Director

Jay along with his wife Debbie and four children have called Danbee their summer home, since 1991. He 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

Director

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.

Annie Copp & Zach Aronson

Directors

Annie Copp grew up in East Coast, Canada, started as a camper at eight years old and began working at camps at 15. In 2007, her love for working with children and camp brought her to a premier camp in Maine where she would spend nine years working her way from an Activity Specialist in both Ropes and Waterfront to a Head Counselor. Annie has a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor of Education from Crandall University. Before moving into full-time camping, Annie spent five years teaching Middle School and High School Math and Science. In 2016, Annie took an exciting opportunity as Associate Director and helped establish a new sleepaway camp in The Poconos. She was involved in all aspects of camp life, operations, recruitment, and development. Annie is an Associate Accreditation Visitor for the American Camping Association.

Zach Aronson grew up in South Florida, and spent his summers at a sleepaway camp in Maine. It was here he established a love and passion for camping. Zach graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Human Geography. He returned to camp as a staff member and quickly moved into Leadership roles which included Ropes Director and Head Counselor. Zach was a Middle School History teacher and coached soccer throughout the school year, while spending his summers working alongside Annie. In 2016, he was a part of launching a new sleepaway camp in The Poconos. Zach was the Head Counselor and had many other responsibilities, which included managing the leadership team, camper programming, and day-to-day cabin life. He has experience in child and staff development, camp operations and facilities management.

It is no surprise that Annie and Zach’s shared love for camp brought them together at a premier camp in Maine, where they fell in love and which led to them getting married. Annie and Zach believe in the impact the camp experience can have on the lives of campers and staff. They are dedicated to providing a safe environment for their campers, where they can have new experiences, step outside of their comfort zone, and be accepted for exactly who they are.

Lauren Heydt

Assistant Director

Being a lifelong camper gave Lauren a true passion for camp. As the mother of two camp age children, Lauren knows what a positive influence camp can have on a child. She actively strives to create those same influences for our Danbee girls.

Prior to joining the Danbee Team, Lauren worked for three summers at Camp Ramaquois where she was in charge of taking care of their youngest campers. Wanting to stay involved in camp year round, Lauren spent the last four years working with a well-known camp referral agency giving her an invaluable perspective on the wants and needs of both campers and parents. Her passion for camp is shared by her husband and two children. Lauren knows the value of camp and is always available to assist campers and parents with their camp journey.

Courtney Jordan

Assistant Director

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.