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Leadership Team

Park Shore Country Day Camp hires the Best of the Best to lead our staff and care for our campers. Their combined educational backgrounds and professional expertise makes our Leadership Team second to none. We are proud to have such a fun, caring and enthusiastic set of leaders to mentor and guide our staff and create the most amazing camp experience for every camper.

Bob Budah, Director

Bob Budah, Director

Bob grew up at Park Shore as a camper then went on to work at the camp experiencing all jobs from maintenance to head lifeguard and then Director.  Bob then went to the University of Miami to study Marine Biology but realized that his true love was Park Shore.  He received his degree in Education from C.W. Post University and taught 3rd and 4th grade in Half Hollow Hills. After many years of teaching and working summers at the camp he became a full-time director and focused all his energy on creating new programs and facilities at Park Shore.  Bob was the first camp owner to train at Walt Disney World. That experience enabled him to create Disney Dynamics in camping and many of those innovations are still being used today at Park Shore.  His quest for keeping Park Shore on the cutting edge inspired him to start the only Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp and Cooking With Stars. Bob never rests on his past performances, he is always looking for something new and exciting to energize all the children at Park Shore.  You may also see Bob on a tractor or lawnmower after camp.  His love for Park Shore shows from his “POS” Positively Outrageous Service, and his innovative enthusiasm down to every blade of grass.

Chuck Budah, Director

Chuck Budah, Director

Chuck has been at Park Shore his entire life. He grew up as a camper, counselor and director. Needless to say, he has done it all and is involved in all aspects of the running of Park Shore. He enjoys helping campers and parents to ensure they have a positive experience while at Park Shore. Chuck’s wife is an RN in the Northwell Health System. He also has two daughters and one granddaughter. Chuck is an avid tennis player in addition to enjoying all sports.

Dianne Vitucci, Camp Operations Director & School Educational Director

Dianne Vitucci, Camp Operations Director & School Educational Director

Team Member since 1988

Dianne has held many positions during her tenure at Park Shore.  She currently enjoys being the Camp Operations Director during the summer and Educational Director during the school year. Dianne has the responsibility of overseeing the daily operations of the camp and school. She plays an integral part in the planning and execution of all programming and curriculum throughout the year as well as overseeing all staff members. If asked, Dianne will say that watching the children from Park Shore grow up and become young adults and work for her has been a highlight of her work experiences. When Dianne is not at Park Shore she enjoys spending time with her family and her Dalmatian, Maximus.

Mike Levy, Associate Director of Operations

Mike Levy, Associate Director of Operations

Team Member since 2009

Mike started out as a camper, then a counselor, and then Senior Boys Director. As Associate Director of Operations, Mike is now responsible for daily camp operations. He supervises staff members and assists in the planning of camp events. Communicating with the families of Park Shore campers is also an important part of Mike’s daily responsibilities. When he is not working at Park Shore, Mike is a high school Social Studies teacher. He has a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree in History from LIU Post.

Gaby Supek, Preschool Division Director

Gaby Supek, Preschool Division Director

Team Member since 2010

Gaby has had the opportunity to hold many exciting positions at Park Shore but being a Preschool Director is by far her favorite. She looks forward to working with the youngest campers and their families to ensure they have a successful summer. Gaby has two children who who attend Park Shore as campers. The summer is always their favorite time. During the school year she is an elementary school teacher.  Gaby teaches fifth grade for the DOE in East Elmhurst, Queens. Although she loves to teach, she can’t wait for the camp season to begin!

Lani Dudzinski, Preschool Division Director

Lani Dudzinski, Preschool Division Director

Team Member since 2017

You may have seen Lani around camp; first as a group leader, then Special Events Director and now Preschool Director, overseeing our youngest campers. She is here to make sure they are having the time of their life, whether it’s at Baking and Cooking, Swimming or enjoying our new and improved Ninja Course. She is only a phone call away with any questions or concerns you may have. She lives in Commack with her family and has two amazing kids who both attend Park Shore. During the school year she is a teacher’s assistant. She has gone to camp her whole life and knows how special summer can be. Lani is looking forward to being a part of your child’s summer and creating special memories that will last a lifetime.

Lillian Scannell, Junior Girls Director

Lillian Scannell, Junior Girls Director

Team Member since 2017

Lillian is spending her first summer as a member of our camp staff, but is no stranger to the Park Shore family. As a local mom whose kids have been attending camp and school since the toddler program, Lillian is also a part of our amazing preschool teaching staff. She has a masters degree in childhood and special education. Lillian’s positive energy, expertise and experience with children will only help to make this summer one of the best yet.

Lillian is excited to spend her summer with all of the amazing campers and staff, watching them smile and enjoy all that camp has to offer.

Eric Bradley, Junior Boys Division Director

Eric Bradley, Junior Boys Division Director

Team Member since 2016

Eric Bradley comes to us with over 30 years of experience working with children and is a resident of Dix Hills. He is currently a physical education teacher for the Levittown Public Schools. Eric worked as an elementary PE teacher for seventeen years and is currently working as a middle school PE teacher. Eric has various camp work experience including being an assistant director in the Great Neck public schools summer recreation program, for over a decade, and at Hofstra University.  Eric enjoys the outdoors and is an avid runner.

Alexa Pamm, Senior Girls Director

Alexa Pamm, Senior Girls Director

Team Member since 2015

Alexa is excited for her role as Senior Girls Director at Park Shore Country Day Camp. She is an avid camp-goer who spent most of her summers growing up as a camper. Her camp experience led her to join the Park Shore family as a staff member in 2015. With a BA in History from Binghamton University, Lex is currently working to obtain her Masters in Education to one day teach High School Social Studies. For the past four summers, Alexa has been a Group Leader in the Junior Division. Her love for both teaching and for camp make for a perfect combination, and Lex is looking forward to making this a great summer for her campers and their families.

Eric Perles, Senior Boys Director

Eric Perles, Senior Boys Director

Team Member since 2011

Eric is excited to be spending his 22nd consecutive Summer with the outstanding Park Shore family. He has been a camper, counselor in training, counselor, group leader, and for the last 5 years, a director in the Senior Division.  Eric’s love for Park Shore extends into his personal life to the point where he actually proposed to his now fiancé on Park Shore’s beautiful bridge on the Ninja Warrior course.

Outside of Park Shore, Eric is currently an 8th Grade Biology teacher in the Farmingdale School District and a coach of their High School Varsity Tennis Team. This Batman and Yankees enthusiast truly loves instructing and coaching to the point where he does it all 12 months of the year. Above all else, he can’t wait to prove to you and your family why the upcoming Summer in the Park Shore Senior Division will truly be the best Summer yet!

Candy Gates, Super Senior Director

Candy Gates, Super Senior Director

Team Member since 2009

Candy has been with Park Shore for 10 years.  She started out as a Group Leader and moved on to our Superteen travel program for the past 6 years. She has a Masters Degree in Education and is a preschool teacher at Park Shore during the school year.  As the new Super Senior Director, Candy will oversee all the day-to-day operations of her groups. She will arrange all of her division’s trips off camp as well as making sure everything runs smoothly while on camp.   From day one, Candy will be the one in charge of your child and will be only a phone call away with any questions or concerns you may have.

Christina Loffredo, Explorers Director

Christina Loffredo, Explorers Director

Team Member since 2010

Christina has been a member of the Park Shore family since she attended preschool at Park Shore.  Christina began working at camp as a CIT and has been the Director of the Explorers Program since 2010.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Molloy College.

As the Director of the Explorer Division Christina has the opportunity to provide campers with a unique camp experience.  Christina’s responsibilities include creating a fun-packed and exciting schedule for our Explorers.  She is responsible for managing the overall functioning of the group while on camp grounds and at each venue that the group travels to.  Each summer Christina looks forward to providing the campers with a safe nurturing environment that allows all campers the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.  During her time off from camp Christina enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family.

Jim Walker, SuperTeen Director

Jim Walker, SuperTeen Director

Team Member since 2007

Jim is responsible for our largest travel program. Along with his staff full of teachers, Jim ensures that the Superteen campers are having an amazing fun-filled summer, while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Each year the trips are selected for optimal fun! When not working in camp or at school, Jim spends most of his time with his 4 beautiful children. Jim received his undergraduate as well as his Masters from Queens College. Jim is a retired N.Y.P.D. police officer and currently a 4th grade Special Education teacher in P.S. 19, Corona Queens.

 

April Yaffe, Special Events Director

April Yaffe, Special Events Director

Team Member since 2011

Since 2011 when April started working at Park Shore you couldn’t miss her outfits on theme days, her contagious energy and enthusiasm she brought to her group while a counselor and as a group leader. April couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to be the New Special Events Director and to spread her energy and enthusiasm throughout the entire camp. Her new ideas and spirit will make the 60th Anniversary  summer one to always remember! During the school year April is a Preschool Teacher at The Green Vale School, prior to that she was a teacher at Park Shore. She has her bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University in Sociology and her Masters degree in Childhood and Special Education grades one through sixth. Once a camper, always a camper and April is truly a big camper at heart!

Ian Denson, Athletics Director

Ian Denson, Athletics Director

Team Member since 2015

Ian came to Park Shore as the Junior Boys’ Director.  His extensive athletics experience and his drive to enhance Park Shore’s Athletics Program make him the perfect Athletics Director. Ian is responsible for overseeing and maximizing Park Shore’s growing sports program.  The program will focus on sportsmanship, fundamentals, and competitive, fun game play!  Ian’s collaboration and planning with highly qualified, professional leaders in the athletics field, fosters a team atmosphere where campers can gain the confidence and skills needed to reach new heights.  Ian’s extensive knowledge and experience in athletics enables him to be a hands-on director.  Ian is a graduate of Fordham University, where he played four years of Division One baseball.  He has been a teacher in the South Huntington School District since 2003, all at Birchwood Intermediate School, where he was crowned the 2015 “Teacher of the Year.”  Ian has 2 daughters who are Park Shore campers.

Steven Askew, Director of Extreme Adventure Program

Steven Askew, Director of Extreme Adventure Program

Team Member since 2004

Steven started as a Sports Specialist and moved up to Extreme Specialist and eventually became the Extreme Adventure Director where he oversees the staff and campers at Bungee, Sky Trail High Ropes Course and the Rock Wall. In the off season he works with adults and children with Developmental Disabilities. In both of his professions he enjoys watching the individuals he works with improve their abilities and do amazing things.

Andrew Schwartz, Aquatics Director

Andrew Schwartz, Aquatics Director

Team Member since 2018

As Director of Aquatics, Andrew’s responsibilities include the scheduling and coordination of a wide variety of swim programs. Most important and most rewarding is the evaluation of all campers swim progress throughout the summer. Our campers are taught all skills at each level, which is aligned to the American Red Cross Water Safety Program. His number one concern is the safety of all campers and staff around the Park Shore pools. 

Andrew’s background in the aquatics world began when he was 14 years old. He became a certified lifeguard while working at his high school natatorium in Half Hollow Hills. He then became a Water Safety Instructor and joined an area day camp as well as the Suffolk Y for several camp seasons. In addition, he worked as a lifeguard in the open water beaches for the Town of Huntington. While attending SUNY Buffalo, he continued to be involved in aquatics. After graduating college, Andrew coached the boys and girls swim teams at the Queens high school in which he is currently employed.  In addition, he has organized and has led various swim programs for the Public School Athletic League for the past 14 summers. He is excited to return to his roots in Suffolk County in order to inspire the next generation of swimmers.

Andrew completed his Masters Degree in Education from Queens College and currently is a Social Studies Teacher in Queens, NY as well as holding an Advanced Certificate in School Building administration from C.W. Post.

 

 

Stacey Susinno, Extreme STEAM Science Kids Director

Stacey Susinno, Extreme STEAM Science Kids Director

Team Member since 2015

Stacey inspires and motivates all of our Extreme STEAM Science Kids campers each day. She has taught Earth Science in the Port Washington school district for 7 years and has a Masters in Educational Technology. Stacey is currently involved in helping to revise and write new laboratory experiences for the Next Generation Science Standards. She looks forward to inspiring new makers with our rich STEAM curriculum!

Chef Paula Gottlieb Herman , Cooking With Stars Director

Chef Paula Gottlieb Herman , Cooking With Stars Director

Team Member since 2019

Chef Paula Gottlieb Herman has three passions in life: family, food, and TV.  She is a former NBC News Production Coordinator, Unit Manager, and Segment Producer for The Sunday Today Show and Weekend Today Show. She produced segments with Al Roker on some of the exotics like Japanese dishes of Fugu (Blowfish) and Wagyu (Hand-Massaged Kobe Beef), kept viewers up on the latest grilling techniques, kitchen gadgets, and more. Paula also coordinated some of the production elements for Martha Stewart’s and Paul Prudhomme’s cooking segments for The Today Show.

As a way to honor her parents’ memories, since 2005, she became a private chef and has been teaching kids to cook at award-winning birthday parties, after-school enrichment classes, summer camps, library programs, scouting events, and special needs workshops throughout Nassau and Suffolk.

Chef Paula’s work has been featured on Food Network’s Unwrapped, a video on FIOS Push Pause, TV interviews on Live It Up! with Donna Drake, Filmmakers Show, Looking to Make A Difference with Gail, Stage, Screen and In Between, radio interviews on Feast on This, Reach Out, articles in Westbury Times, Newsday, Patch.com, Long Island Parent, Nassau Parent, Suffolk Parent, Parents & Children, The Sag Harbor Express, and Long Island Mamas Network.

Samantha Coiro, Director of Rookie Program and Specialists

Samantha Coiro, Director of Rookie Program and Specialists

Team Member since 2012

Samantha’s  professional background includes over 16 years of experience as a Project Manager, corporate Technology Trainer and QA Analyst.  Sam spent 9 years working in downtown Manhattan at Prudential Securities as a Vice President/Project Manager responsible for the software development and training of Financial Advisors and Traders on their financial and trading systems. Upon completion of a merger with Wachovia, Samantha then joined OpenLink Financial in Uniondale, where she worked for approximately 7 years as a Project Manager responsible for the implementation, delivery and training of Energy Trading and Risk Management software. Samantha is a proud mother of two children; a 9 year-old girl and a 6 year-old boy who are both graduates of Park Shore Preschool and are currently campers.  

Marilyn Byron, Health Office Director

Marilyn Byron, Health Office Director

Team Member since 2005

As the Health Director for the Park Shore Country Day Camp Marilyn’s responsibility is to provide care to our campers and staff, manage the daily activities of the health office and supervise the health care staff. She is proud to coordinate all health care functions, review each health record of campers and staff, along with our registered nurses, ensure compliance with our local Department of Health and meet all the standards of the American Camping Association.  Marilyn will, on occasion, consult with our camp Medical Director and local pediatricians for advice and input on current health and wellness concerns at camp. It is her mission to maintain the health and wellness of the entire Park Shore family. During the school year, Marilyn is employed by the Half Hollow Hills School District. In addition, she has been an active responder, Advanced Medical Technician with the Dix Hills Fire Department for 22 years. Marilyn spends much of her time training community sport clubs, camps, businesses, temples, churches and many more, in life-saving classes of CPR, AED, Epinephrine Administration, Narcan, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Responding to Emergencies.  Marilyn continues to ensure the safety of our camp by annually training Park Shore key staff in CPR/ AED, the administration of epinephrine, and Advanced First Aid. The Park Shore key staff receives training in Advanced First Aid while the entire staff receives First Aid & Responding to Emergency Workshop – all prior to the first day of camp.

Josie Budah, Public Relations/Program Director & Media Director

Josie Budah, Public Relations/Program Director & Media Director

Team Member since 2005

Josie’s love for photography has brought the energy and enthusiasm through pictures and videos, along with her photography staff, directly to our families on a daily basis. As Director of Programing, Josie makes sure each camp group has an amazing day of excitement, challenges and fun!  After camp is over she gets to relive camp as she works on the Highlights Videos with the help of Trisha Schlackman, for all to enjoy and remember the magical memories made during the summer.  Her favorite part of camp is getting to know all the campers and staff as she walks the 15 acre camp all day!

Sarah Doerrie, Director of Human Resources

Sarah Doerrie, Director of Human Resources

Team Member since 2007

Sarah holds the title of Director of Human Resources for the Camp and School. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Studies: Labor & Industrial Relations from SUNY Fredonia and has over 20 years experience as a Human Resource, Payroll & Training Executive.  Sarah came to us from another family owned business named Sbarro where she led the Human Resources and Payroll divisions.  Sarah is a proud Park Shore Graduate with three children attending camp once again this year. Staffing Park Shore with a fabulous team is her main goal and priority.   She welcomes the opportunity to assist our staff and service our families during our 57th year here at Park Shore!

Tricia Mirando, Director of Transportation & Sales

Tricia Mirando, Director of Transportation & Sales

Team Member since 2009

Tricia has been an employee of Park Shore for 9 years. She is also a School Crossing Guard working in the 2nd police precinct for 20 years. She is married with two children who started in preschool at Park Shore and are still campers. Tricia creates and orchestrates all of the bus runs. She works closely with Educational Bus and Suffolk Transportation. She also reviews, recruits and assigns bus counselors for the bus runs. If there are any route or schedule changes, she communicates them to our Park Shore drivers, bus companies and/or camper’s group. If there are any transportation concerns, she speaks to all parties that are involved and is always in direct contact with all parents. Tricia is always just a phone call away and the safety of the children is always her first priority!

As Director of Sales, Tricia is responsible for meeting and forming relationships with new families interested in joining the Park Shore family. She is also a liaison with our current families who return year after year. She is also the bridge between Park Shore and the numerous companies and organizations who send their children to Park Shore.

Trisha Schlackman, Marketing Director

Trisha Schlackman, Marketing Director

Team Member since 2005

Trisha is responsible for managing the Park Shore website, email communications with our families and staff, as well as designing the brochures and print materials for our current families and those families that want to learn more about Park Shore. She also helps manage Park Shore’s Photo Gallery and Social Media accounts with Josie Budah. Trisha LOVES assisting with the communication between Park Shore and our families! She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from The University of Hartford. Trisha has two children who both grew up at Park Shore and are now staff members.

Sue Sinacore, Main Office Manager

Sue Sinacore, Main Office Manager

Team Member since 1988

As a long-time year-round staff member, Sue’s responsibilities encompass many aspects of our business such as staff management, office efficiency and customer service. Her incredible organization skills help keep our team running smoothly. She also plays an integral part in brainstorming and planning ideas that lead to the growth and improvement of Park Shore as a whole. Sue’s is one of the friendly voices that our families have grown so accustomed to hearing when calling in to our office, and she takes great pleasure in making sure they are each taken care of.  Sue recently became a grandmother last summer and is looking forward to the day her grandson can attend Park Shore as both of her children grew up here.

Dawn Kulynych, Bookkeeper

Dawn Kulynych, Bookkeeper

Team Member since 2002

Dawn has worked in many areas of Park Shore before finding her home in the Bookkeeping Office.  As a Park Shore Bookkeeper, Dawn assists in the administration of all Preschool and Camp financial statements and reconciles all student/campers accounts to ensure accuracy on all records. Dawn also assists with all School/ Camp credit card authorization forms and advises all School /Camp parents on their invoices. Dawn has two sons who grew up at Park Shore.  Her oldest son is on our maintenance staff and her younger son is a C.I.T. this summer. She is looking forward to another amazing summer at Park Shore.

Debbie Thrush, Bookkeeper

Debbie Thrush, Bookkeeper

Team Member since 2014

Debbie is a Park Shore Bookkeeper and is responsible for keeping accurate records, including processing invoices for payment and banking deposits. She loves numbers, balancing and reconciliations!   Debbie’s previous jobs included working in all aspects of Finance within the Entertainment Industry, retiring after a 38 year career.  Debbie attended Pace University.

Michele Budah-Posa, Bookkeeper

Michele Budah-Posa, Bookkeeper

Team Member since 1994

Michele has been part of Park Shore since she was a preschooler.  She has seen all aspects of the camping industry from starting as a camper at 3 years old to becoming a CIT to Group Leader and eventually becoming a Director. Michele currently works in the bookkeeping office and truly enjoys working with the Park Shore families.  Helping our parents with enrolling their children and providing outstanding customer service has allowed Michele to create personal relationships with so many families.  Planning Park Shore’s 3 travel programs itineraries and working with the travel directors is also a passion of Michele’s.  Continuing the Budah tradition of working at Park Shore and sharing that experience with her daughter brings her much joy.

Ellen Diaks , Main Office

Ellen Diaks , Main Office

Team Member since 2010

Ellen has been a preschool teacher at Park Shore for eight years.  This will be Ellen’s third summer working in the main office. She is a mom of twin boys, one of whom is an engineering instructor in Park Shore’s Extreme STEAM Science Kids.  Ellen will be the other voice answering the phones ready to help our parents with any of their concerns or needs.

Robyn Costa, Director's Office

Robyn Costa, Director's Office

Team Member since 2009

Robyn held the position of Senior Girls Director for the last 10 years and is a Preschool teacher at Park Shore during the school year.  She has a degree in Special Education as well as Early Childhood Education and has been teaching a total of 18 years. Robyn lives in Commack with her husband and 2 boys who both attend Park Shore Day Camp in the summer months her oldest is now a counselor. Robyn will now facilitate the daily operations in the Director’s Office.  She will assist with parent communication between Park Shore and our group leaders as well as daily activities that must be coordinated each day as well as the end of the day dismissal Her love for Park Shore along with her professionalism will bring a new level of expertise to our Directors Office.

Carrie LaManna, Director’s Office

Carrie LaManna, Director’s Office

Team Member since 2013

During the camp season Carrie works as part of the Director’s Office Team.  She helps ensure that the children arrive to their groups safely as well as taking care of any special requests the parents may have. During the school year Carrie is the Executive Chef at Park Shore.  She designs the lunch menu making sure our children have nutritious and delicious menu options.  Carrie has a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management.  Carrie has three children two of which attend Park Shore during the school year and camp season.

Joan Lyons, Director’s Office Staff

Joan Lyons, Director’s Office Staff

Team Member since 2010

During the camp season, Joan assists in the Director’s Office with photo scheduling, parent phone calls, and a variety of other duties to help with the smooth running of that office. In addition, her artistic talents are utilized in a variety of ways, especially for the Performing Arts production. During the school year, Joan is a member of the Main Office Staff and wears many hats as she assists with staff interview scheduling, answering the phones, decoration of many of the teacher’s boards in their classrooms, and meal preparation for our preschoolers.

Cathy Gucker, Culinary Director

Cathy Gucker, Culinary Director

Team Member Since 2013

Cathy is responsible for overseeing the staff, purchasing and preparing the food.  She is a Certified Food Manager and adheres to all the Health and Safety regulations.  She is also in direct contact with the Park Shore Health Office for any allergies or dietary needs for our campers and staff.

Cathy has over 10 years experience in the Half Hollow Hills School District in the food service department preparing and cooking nutritional meals for the faculty and students grades K-12.

Cathy also works for a non-profit organization assisting homeless families to fulfill their goals towards obtaining permanent housing and independent living.  Her job requirements include assisting in parenting, money management, resources for mental health counseling, educational and employment endeavors.  Even though each day is filled with challenges, she gets a great deal of satisfaction in helping her clients obtain their goals.

Andrew Adams, Maintenance Director

Andrew Adams, Maintenance Director

Team Member since 2010

Andrew maintains Park Shore’s buildings and grounds of our beautiful 15 acre campus. His responsibilities include managing the maintenance staff as well as making sure all of our amazing facilities are in great working order for the fun and safety of our campers and students. Andrew’s deftness in construction at Park Shore is just one of his amazing attributes.  Andrew has 2 wonderful children who have gone through our preschool and attend our camp as well.