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MEET THE FULL TIME LEADERSHIP TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: PAT FOSTER

Pat has been working at Camp Cory for more than ten years, however he has been going to camp since he was 10. He has an extensive background working with kids, holding a variety of different roles during his time at camp and being a former Special Education Teacher. Pat holds a Master's Degree in Special Education from Lesley University, in addition to his Bachelor's from Nazareth College. He and his wife, Nicole, live in Fairport with their children Brooklyn and Teddy.

Phone: 585-506-5430 | Email: patrickf@rochesterymca.org

CAMP DIRECTOR: BLAKE VAN HORN

Blake has been working at Camp Cory since 2007 in various roles: Specialist, Village Head, Leadership Director, Day Camp Director, and Program Director. She was working full-time for the YMCA previously in the Before and After School Department and running the Youth and Government Teen Program. She is dedicated to providing high-quality programs and experiences to all of our campers. Blake has her BA in English and Secondary Education from SUNY Geneseo as well as a Masters in Curriculum Development from the University of Michigan. When they are not at camp, Blake lives in Canandaigua with her husband Joshua and their dogs Anubis and Harper.

Phone: 585-341-3080 | Email: blake.vanhorn@rochesterymca.org

CAMP RANGER: FREDDY STEIN

Freddy first became involved with the YMCA when he attended Camp Cory as a young camper in 2004. While new to Camp Cory, Freddy has worked for almost a decade at summer camps starting as counselor in 2011. Over these summers, Freddy held many roles and became a full-time Ranger at Camp Babcock-Hovey. Freddy’s focus at camp will be on maintaining and improving the facilities. Freddy earned his Bachelor’s in History and Inclusive Adolescent Education from Nazareth College; he also holds a degree from MCC. Freddy is excited to be moving to camp with his fiancé Paul, dog Zeus, and cat Ghost.

Email: freddy.stein@rochesterymca.org

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION: SYDNEY BARRETTE

Sydney attended Camp Cory as a camper starting in 2007. After completing the CIT program in 2011, she continued at Camp in various roles like Craig Village Head and Staffing Director. You may have also seen her at other Y branches like Bay View, Eastside or Schottland during the off seasons. As Director of Administration, Sydney is here to help families with the enrollment process and to answer any and all questions that you may have about camp. Sydney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from St. John Fisher College. Sydney is most excited that her dog, Winnie, will now be a camp dog!

Phone: 585-263-4242 | Email: sydney.barrette@rochesterymca.org

MEET THE SUMMER 2022 TEAM

DAY CAMP DIRECTOR: MIKENNA DONZE

Mikenna is so excited to be joining the Cory team for her 5th summer! She will be back at her Cory roots this summer, up at Day Camp! She is very excited to help bring new ideas and families, as well as reconnect with the returners. Mikenna is originally from Ohio and grew up going to summer camp there, but is now loving being a Rochestarian. She is looking forward to all the amazing things Camp Cory is doing and giving more kids their best camp experience.

LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR: MIKAELA LOPRIORE

Mikaela is 24 and is a recent Masters graduate from Springfield College in Massachusetts. While at Springfield, she was involved in many YMCA programs and events as a club member as well as part of the Executive Board including DEI, leadership trainings, camp activities, and facilitating workshops. She was also a member of the Track & Field team during her undergraduate studies, and was the team’s throwing coach as a graduate student working with the Shot Put, Weight, Hammer, Discus, and Javelin throwers. She has been involved with camp for 6 years, but this is her first summer with Camp Cory! In her free time, she loves painting, making music, hanging out outside, and laughing with her family and friends. She is very excited to be at camp this summer and cannot wait to help our campers become even greater leaders!

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Cass Prather: Cass is so excited to be back for her fourth summer at Camp Cory! She can't wait to take on this new role and spend the summer at her favorite place! Cass is from Penn Yan, but she is living in Ohio and getting her Masters while playing lacrosse for one final season! Cass loves going on adventures with friends, trying new restaurants, taking pictures and making playlists! She is so excited to be back at Cory this summer and can't wait for another magical summer!

Evan Cunningham: Evan is coming back for yet another year at Camp Cory, making this his 15th summer! Evan is from Pittsford, NY, and loves doing anything that is associated with nature. This year, Evan is going to be one of the Program Directors and is more than excited to help the summer run as smoothly as possible. Fun Fact: Evan is a board game fanatic and is willing to challenge anyone in a friendly board game challenge.

WATERFRONT TEAM

Waterfront Director, Lis Hartke: Lis is more than ecstatic to be returning to the shores of Keuka Lake for her fifth year on staff at Camp Cory! Lis is from Avon, New York and is a student at Colgate University studying history. In her free time she is a captain of her university cheerleading team, enjoys making art, and spending lots and lots of time with friends. This summer, as one of the Waterfront Directors Lis is excited make this summer the most fun and safest summer yet! A fun fact about Lis is that she is the current reigning champion of the Annual Camp Cory Keuka Lake Solo Synchronized Swimming Competition.

Waterfront Director, Anna Harovas: Anna is thrilled to come back for her 9th summer at camp as Waterfront Director! She is from Connecticut and is a Junior at The University of New Hampshire, where she is studying Recreation Management. Anna enjoys blasting music in the car, going to her college hockey games, and skiing! She can't wait to splash around in Keuka Lake and reunite with camp friends! A fun fact about Anna is that she is a twin!

Sailing Master, Charlie Shrader: Charlie is absolutely thrilled to be returning for his 4th summer on staff as Sailing Master! He is from Longmont Colorado and is a sophomore at the University of Colorado where he majors in environmental studies. In his free time, Charlie enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and spending time with friends. This summer, Charlie is looking forward to running a great sailing program and creating many memorable experiences for campers. He can't wait to see all of the returning faces and is looking forward to welcoming many new campers to Camp Cory! A fun fact about Charlie is that he actually sleeps at the bottom of Keuka Lake all summer long!

VILLAGE HEADS

Maijgren Village Head, Grace Jentsch: Grace is thrilled to be returning to camp Cory this summer as Maijgren Village Head! She is super excited to be spending another summer at Cory which will make this her 15th summer! Grace is from Rosendale, Ny and is a junior at Penn State University studying psychology and theater. She really enjoys hiking, listening to lots of music, and baking. Grace is super excited for all of the Maijgren camp fires, village nights, and to create incredible memories with her campers. Fun fact about Grace is that she has never broken a bone (but trust me she is shocked that she has not due to her constant clumsiness).

Conifer Village Head, Willy Enriquez Pinta: Willy is an enthusiastic English teacher from Pasto, a little city on the south-west of Colombia. He enjoys very much playing his tenor ukelele and baking cookies and cakes. He is very keen on musicals (his favorite one is "Newsies"). He is looking forward to giving his best as a village head and getting the chance to know new people at camp. Two fun facts about him are that he can say "I love you" in ten languages and he has written two heart-wrenching songs.

Walmsley Village Head, Sophie Barnum: Sophie is beyond excited to be returning to camp this summer!! This will be her 14th summer at camp and her 4th on staff! Sophie is from Buffalo NY and is currently a sophomore at the University at Buffalo studying biomedical sciences. During the winter Sophie loves to ski and even coaches the freestyle ski team at Holiday Valley. A fun fact about her is that she actually has her own cheer at camp.

Aviator Village Head, Olivia (Liv) Morton: Liv is SUPER excited to be coming back to camp for her 7th summer and joining the Day Camp team for her 2nd summer! Liv is from Ithaca, New York, but has spent all of her summers on beautiful Keuka Lake! She is currently a freshman at SUNY Brockport studying Earth and Environmental Sciences, but when she's not in school, you can catch Liv hiking around the Finger Lakes, swimming, taking photos of her friends, going on road trips, and nannying for families during camps off-season. She is most excited to meet new Day Camp friends this summer! Fun Fact: Liv can talk to trees!

Craig Jr. Village Head, Grace Walsh: Grace is so excited to return for her 5th summer at Cory as Craig Jr. Village Head! Grace is from Silver Spring, Maryland and is looking forward to another amazing summer. Her favorite thing about Cory is working with some of her best friends and meeting new campers every week. She cannot wait to make this the best summer ever!

Wells Village Head, Jordan Davis: Jordan is beyond excited for her third summer on staff at Camp Cory! She is originally from Rochester NY, but is attending college all the way down in Florida for environmental science! Jordan enjoys playing beach volleyball and being on a boat pretty much anywhere. Camp has been her happy place for the last seven summers and she cannot wait to make tons of memories with all her campers this year! A fun fact about Jordan is that she hibernates during the winter months while only eating popcorn chicken and mac & cheese!

Keuka Village Head, Mollyrose McCarthy: Mollyrose is SO excited to be joining Camp Cory as the Keuka Villege Head! She’s from Westfield, MA. She went to Springfield College for her undergrad and is STILL there, studying in the Master of Social Work program! She loves to read, binge watch Marvel movies/T.V. Shows, and spend time with friends and family. This is her first year at Camp Cory and she is ready to dive in and create the best summer ever for her campers! Fun fact: Mollyrose is hilariously bad at Connect 4. She would play with her grandfather as a kid, he would have to get five in a row to win, and she would still lose.

During the summer of 2019 the Camp Cory Staff encompassed more than 100 people from 14 countries! We are thrilled to welcome back our international staff for summer 2022! We're very excited for the return of this important piece of our camp culture.

Please note: All Camp Cory staff are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

Day Camp Counselors

Counselors who supervise our Day Campers, who may or may not live at camp.

Overnight Camp Counselors

Staff members who live in the cabins while supervising campers.

Program Area Specialists

Staff who run our program areas, making sure that campers learn and achieve goals.

Support Staff

Staff who support the camp experience through care of the property or serving in out infirmary or kitchen.

Village Heads

Staff who oversee counselors and junior counselors in their village and ensure quality camp experience for the campers.

Camp Cory Benefits Package Pay Structure

  • Junior Counselor – Base Pay of $265 per week
  • Senior Counselor – Base Pay of $280 per week
  • Program Specialist – Base Pay of $310 per week, with higher range for more specialized positions
  • Leadership Staff – Base Pay of $400 per week, with higher range for more specialized positions

 

End of Summer Bonus

Staff with specialized qualifications and increased availability are eligible for end of summer bonuses. All bonuses are contingent on staff completing the terms of their original contract. Any contract changes need to be confirmed by April 1, 2022. Confirmation of skillset and certification will occur during staff training week. Staff are eligible for the following bonuses after working at least five sessions.

  • Skills Bonus:
    • ​Sailing – $50 flat bonus pending skill approval from Director
    • Belay – $50 flat bonus pending skill approval from Director. Trainings available at no cost to staff at Cory during the month of June
    • Waterfront Lifeguard – $50 flat bonus. Must have current Waterfront Lifeguard Certification with CPR for the Professional Rescuer by June 27, 2022. Courses available at no cost to staff at Cory during the month of June
    • High Ropes Supervisor – $100 flat bonus. Must receive a “Supervisor” level certification during pre-summer ropes training with Adventure Network.
  • Session Bonus:
    • ​7 total Sessions: bonus of 25% of weekly salary
    • 8 total Sessions: bonus of 50% of weekly salary
    • 9 total Sessions: bonus of 75% of weekly salary
    • 10 total Sessions: bonus of 100% of weekly salary
  • Staff Referral Bonus – when staff refer another staff to work at Camp Cory they receive a bonus of a to be determined amount, with an additional bonus if the referral completes their contract.