Senior Staff Profiles

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Senior Staff Profiles

 DIRECTOR

MARC RAUCH

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Dr. Marc Rauch has a long history at Camp Kinder Ring, working with children and in the camping world. He attended Kinder Ring in the 80’s and 90’s as a camper, counselor and group leader. He is a third generation Kinder Ring alumnus. Marc returned to Kinder Ring five years ago with 10 years of experience consulting with camps and presenting for the American Camp Association. His wife Beth was a camper and counselor at Kinder Ring, and his two children are currently campers. Marc is a New York State Licensed Psychologist who has worked extensively within a school system and in private practice with children. Marc is a staunch child advocate who brings Kinder Ring the highest level of energy, enthusiasm and expertise. His passion for Kinder Ring and long history working with children and professionals make him an ideal leader. Marc strives to continue bringing to the campers the most innovative programming and activities. He has a vision to lead a new generation of Kinder Ring campers and show them why Camp Kinder Ring is “The Shining Star in the World of Camping.”

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

PETER SAUNDERS

  

Pete came over from England in 2000 to spend the first of twelve summers as a tennis specialist at Kinder Ring.  Before becoming Director of Operations, he studied at Cambridge and taught high school Chemistry in the UK and New Zealand.  He loves being able to live at Camp year-round with his wife Kyla and their dog Archie.  

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

JESSICA RICH

Jessica started as a camper in Bunk 2 in 1981 and grew up at camp to become a counselor and group leader.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from New York University.  She and her husband Andrew met as campers and they got married at camp with the Sylvan Lake sunset behind them.  Their two sons are now campers and are the 4th generation to share the traditions of Kinder Ring.  Jessica loves working year-round with Kinder Ring’s families and staff members and can’t wait to spend her 19th summer at camp this year.

GIRLS HEAD COUNSELOR

GERI LISS

This will be Geri's 22nd summer at Kinder Ring.  She started as a camper in 1977 and continued her camp life as a counselor and Group Leader. After taking an 18 year hiatus, Geri returned to Kinder Ring in 2008 with her 3 girls.  Geri lives in South Florida with her 3 daughters and husband Jon. Having worked in the KR Office for 7 years as an assistant and as the KR Office Manager, and then for several years as Girls Assistant Head Counselor.  Geri is so excited to be leading Girls Side and bringing it her tremendous energy, excitement and love for Kinder Ring.  She is so excited to share her love and enthusiasm for Kinder Ring with the campers and staff.  Geri graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelors Degree in Business, and has her JD from the University of Miami School of Law.  Geri looks forward to escaping the Florida heat and enjoying the beautiful NY summers on Sylvan Lake with her Kinder Ring family for many years to come.

 

BOYS HEAD COUNSELOR

MICHAEL TRONTZ

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This year marks the 10th summer at Camp Kinder Ring for Michael. This will be his 6th as the Boys Head Counselor. He had previously spent several summers working as the Upper Camp Boys Unit Head. Michael had spent 5 summers as Athletic Director at North Shore Day Camp in Glen Cove, N.Y. Michael's wife is a Kinder Ring Alumnus, having spent 10 years at camp. He has two daughters that spent years at Kinder Ring, and one is currently a staff member.  When not spending his time at Kinder Ring, Michael teaches Mathematics at Bayside H.S. in Queens and is often seen coaching differing programs for the school – most recently the bowling team. He is very excited to be a part of the tradition that is Kinder Ring and looks forward to many years as part of the family.

 

 

WATERFRONT DIRECTOR

JOSH STONE

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This coming summer will be Josh’s 30th at Camp Kinder Ring.  He started as a nine-year-old camper in 1985, and began working as a lifeguard on the waterfront in 1992, a position he held until 2006.  After a three year leave to complete his Ph.D., in English at the University of Miami, Josh returned to the shores of Sylvan Lake, eventually assuming the directorship of our waterfront in 2011.  In addition to holding Red Cross Certifications in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instruction, and Lifeguarding Instruction, Josh also brings a wealth of experience working with children to our campus each summer.  He is an award-winning, high school, English teacher; an Academic Dean; and the Diversity Coordinator at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, FL.  Josh currently resides in Biscayne Park, FL, with his wife, Alli, and two children.  They love nothing more than spending their time in their “home away from home.”

HEALTH CENTER DIRECTOR

ALISA CHAFITZ

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Alisa and her children started at Camp Kinder Ring together in 2009. Her daughter went through camp as a camper, and then was a lifeguard for 4 years.  Her son also went through camp and is a staff member, for the first time, this summer.  Alisa has been a nurse in our Health Center as well as our trip nurse, chaperoning and caring for our campers on our Teen Florida and Canada trips as well as many others.  Alisa has a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University and a BS in Nursing from Fairleigh Dickenson University.  She has worked for several years in an inpatient child psychiatry unit.  She has also worked as a nurse at a day camp on Long Island, and continues to work as a substitute nurse for Jericho Schools, on Long Island.  Camp Kinder Ring is truly her home away from home. Alisa is very excited to spend her 4th summer as the Health Center Director and to be a part of the Leadership Team.

 ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

BRIAN PURZAK

Brian Purzak is returning to CKR for his 18th summer this year and will serve as our Athletic Director.  Brian began his love for Camp Kinder Ring as a camper in 1970, became a lifeguard and then Senior Lifeguard before leaving camp for a career in education after the summer of 1982.  After a 27-year hiatus, Brian returned to Kinder Ring in 2009 for three years as a Unit Head and Director of Administration, and has coordinated our American Camping Association (ACA) Accreditation.  Brian has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Special Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  He has coached high school football as well as a multitude of youth sports and in his role as a school administrator, Brian has overseen and supervised several high school and middle school programs.  Brian's three children have enjoyed KR summers for years, one is now a staff member and one is a current camper.  We are excited to have Brian at camp with us and are confident that he will continue to make many positive enhancements to our Athletic Program.

  
ASSISTANT GIRLS HEAD COUNSELOR

KYLA BAXTER-SAUNDERS

Kyla began her summers at Camp Kinder Ring in 2015 as a Ropes and Archery Specialist and has felt very lucky to be able to be a part of such a special place. She has worked at both day and residential camps as a counselor and outdoor educator locally and abroad for the past ten years.  She loves what the camp experience has to offer for both campers and staff and is looking forward to being a part of Girls Side for her third summer.  She graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science.

 
ASSISTANT BOYS HEAD COUNSELOR

COREY BLOCK

Corey Block teaches writing, literature, and film in Port Washington, NY.  In addition to teaching for 16 years, Corey has been a camper and a counselor.  In fact, Corey met his wife while working at a camp when they were younger and now the entire family spends the summer at Kinder Ring.  Corey is excited to be a part of the boys side staff and looks forward to helping campers and staff have amazing summers for years to come.

 

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