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.
Head Counselor of Acres-Campers entering Grades 7-9
Stephanie Cotter first called Danbee her “summer home” in 2006. After a hiatus to raise Bella her amazing daughter, we are thrilled that Bella will be a Honey/Bumble this summer. Stephanie is counting the days until she will be back in the Berkshires. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership, both from Indiana University. She looks forward to returning to ACRES where she spent her first Danbee summer. In addition, Stephanie volunteered for America’s Camp for two years. This program was hosted at Danbee for the kids who were impacted by the events of 9/11.
WBY Head Counselor
Claire Duncan hails from Edinburgh, Scotland and joined the Danbee Family in 2013. During her time at Danbee, Claire has held a number of staff positions at camp including rocketry teacher, sailing instructor, pool director, special events coordinator and now returns in 2019 as the head counselor of our WBY girls, Danbee’s oldest campers. Claire is currently completing a Master’s degree in Children and Young Peoples Mental Health at the University of Edinburgh. In addition Claire volunteered with Camp Sea Stars North, a program hosted by Danbee for the children of Newtown/Sandy Hook.
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.
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.
Program Director & Leagues Coordinator
Bryan comes to camp with his wife Imma (Culinary Arts Director) and their two girls Bella and Mia. Camping is in Bryan’s DNA. His parents ran the waterfront at Camp Windau for 12 summers. Bryan attended camp with his brother and loved every minute of it. Bryan believes that the summers he spent in the Berkshires had a tremendous impact on his personal growth. Camp gave him the social tools that he incorporates into every avenue of his life today.
Bryan understands the impact summer camp can have on the development of youngsters, and brings his passion, enthusiasm, and love of children to DANBEE.
During the year, Bryan is a social studies teacher and high school football coach in Valley Stream, NY.
Culinary Arts Director
Imma lives on Long Island with her husband Bryan ( our Program Director) and her two daughters Isabella and Mia, both Danbee girls. She is currently in her 15th year as an Italian teacher and can also speak fluent French and some Spanish. She incorporates her love of other cultures into her cooking themes so campers can experience a taste of other cuisines, and maybe learn some foreign phrases as well. Imma has lots of energy, tons of spirit and a love for kids, a perfect recipe for Danbee.
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.
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.
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.
As a part of the ropes team since 2015, Shannon’s love of the outdoors and team-building make her a great fit for Danbee’s ropes program. Her favorite camp memories are times when campers achieved a goal they set for themselves- whether that be reaching the top of the climbing wall, conquering a fear of heights at the zip line, or problem-solving with a group on the low ropes course.
For the other 10 months of the year, Shannon teaches elementary school in the Boston area. She currently teaches 2nd grade. Her philosophies on teamwork and creating positive learning environments with her students reflect her philosophies on working at camp.