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LEADERSHIP

 

Board


Gabrielle Moss, ChairpersoN

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Gaby started as a camp volunteer in 2004, working first as a cabin counselor, then as group leader. After spending 5 years in the advertising industry in New York City, Gaby stepped into the role of Camp AmeriKids director in 2006 and served as Executive Director from 2006 until 2015. She has extensive summer camp and management experience, having spent many summers as a unit leader and administrator at Camp Regis in the Adirondacks. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University.

 

Chris Cali, board member

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Chris is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Spark Digital, an experienced group of product and business strategists, designers and developers. Spark Digital specializes in building software products to distribute, monetize and analyze digital content in all forms. Prior to Spark Digital, Chris was the CEO & Co-Founder of Panvidea, a venture-backed company that was sold to T3Media. He also previously worked at Yahoo! and Sony Music Entertainment. Chris is also a TechStars Cloud mentor and the organizer of the NYVC Tech community. Chris was introduced to our community through his wife Abby, a long-time Camp AmeriKids volunteer.

 

Bayard Dodge, board member

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Bayard Dodge is retired after a 32-year career in international commercial insurance. He held various positions in client management, brokering, operations, business development, underwriting and international business assignments. He worked at firms including AIG, Johnson & Higgins, Marsh, Towers Perrin and Swiss Re. He holds a BA from Princeton University and is a Director at the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation and a Trustee of International College, a school in Beirut, Lebanon.

 

Chloe Ettari, board member

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Chloe has been volunteering at Camp AmeriKids since 2009, first as a cabin counselor then as both group leader and working on the wellness staff. She is a Licensed Social Worker and received her B.A. in Psychology from Penn State University, a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University and a Masters in Public Health from New York University. Previously she was a social worker serving young adults in NYC who were working towards their GEDs or high school diplomas and recently switched careers to Global Public Health. She now works at Americares focusing on general health programming and disaster recovery in Asia. She is thrilled to join the Board for The ELM Project, as this organization has been the inspiration and motivation for her career path.

 

Justine Landegger, board member

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Justine has been an active volunteer at Camp AmeriKids since 1999 and it was the Camp programming that sparked her professional focus on public health.  Most recently, she served as the Immunization Technical Advisor & Team Lead at the International Rescue Committee. Justine has worked for relief and development agencies for more than 15 years, including World Vision, the CORE Group, the American Refugee Committee as well as the World Health Organization. Her work has spanned posts in Darfur, Uganda, Cameroon, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Ethiopia and Haiti. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Masters certificate from Georgetown University in Refugee Studies & Humanitarian Affairs.

 

Alaina Spaziani, board member

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Alaina is the Director of Development Operations and Direct Response at Americares. She has spent her career focused on non-profit operations and business processes, consulting and working for organizations in spaces from healthcare to higher education to advocacy. She graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a BSJ in Public Relations and Marketing. Alaina has been volunteering with Camp AmeriKids since 2015, and wishes she hadn’t waited so long to get involved in such a fantastic program.

 

Medical Team


DEAN STRAFF, MD, MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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Dr. Straff is currently the Associate Director of Emergency Medicine at White Plains Hospital after initially serving as the Assistant Director of Education and Simulation for the Emergency Department. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Straff completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, where he served as Chief Resident. Prior to joining White Plains Hospital, he was an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell for over 7 years.  Dr. Straff is board-certified in Emergency Medicine. Known to the kids as “Dr. Dean”,  he has been a member of the Camp AneriKids community since 2007.

 

ANN BELLO, RN, MA,  NURSE FACILITATOR

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Ann is Professor Emeritus of Nursing at Norwalk Community College. Her career began as a staff nurse in New York City where she was among the group of health professionals who opened Martin Luther King Health Center in the Bronx. In addition to teaching nursing, she has been a consultant to home care agencies in their development of programs for mothers and children. Currently she is a volunteer at the AmeriCares Free Clinic in Norwalk, CT. She graduated from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York, obtained a BSN from Hunter College and an MA in nursing from Teachers College at Columbia University. Ann has been volunteering with Camp AmeriKids since 2006.

 

Programming + Operations


Miyoko Brunner, Co-Director of Programming

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Yoko began volunteering at Camp AmeriKids in 2010 as a cabin counselor and now serves as a Co-Director of Programming as part of a three person team overseeing and planning the camp's program. Additionally, Yoko participates year-round in the Leader-in-Training program, which encourages youth to grow professionally and personally through monthly activities and experiences. She earned a BA in Economics from Carleton College and has over 11 years of non-profit experience. She is currently the External Relations Manager at the international human rights organization WITNESS. 

 

Winston Lewis, Co-director of Programming

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Winston Lewis has been volunteering with Camp AmeriKids for over 10 years. He began as the Sports Program Director and is thrilled to join the operations team as Co-Director of Programming while still running the sports program area. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, in his teens Winston began working in athletic programs specifically geared towards children with mental and physical disabilities. Upon moving to the US in 1996, he continued his involvement in youth sports programs  and became a Nationally Certified Soccer Trainer and Coach. From 2002-2017, Winston volunteered and directed “at risk” youth outreach soccer programs and mentor programs  and worked with Ursuline Academy and Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans. In 2018, Winston moved to Brazil where he works in youth community outreach programs and coaches soccer at the American school part-time.

 

Tommy McCartney, Co-director of Programming

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Tommy McCartney has been actively volunteering at Camp AmeriKids since 2008. He began as an Operations Assistant, helping to set up and create all of the camp events and including  audio visuals. Tommy is proud to now share the title of Co-Director of Programming with Winston Lewis and Miyoko Brunner. The two create and plan the entire week of camp while helping oversee and execute the all events and programming. Tommy graduated from Syracuse University in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in International Relations. Tommy works as a high school lacrosse coach in Stamford, Connecticut. His true passion is to work with and help children. Tommy is currently pursuing his master's degree in Education with a focus in Social Studies at Fairfield University and will be graduating in the Spring of 2019.

 

wesley jacobs, director of operations

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Wesley attended Camp AmeriKids for many years as a camper before joining our Leader-In-Training program in 2010.  After graduating “Most Likely to Win Jeopardy” from the LIT Program, Wes continued to give back to the camp community as a volunteer counselor and a member of the operations team. For several summers, Wes proved himself an invaluable part of the camp program, and in 2014 was promoted to the position of Director of Operations.  Wes studies criminal justice at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY. He intends to become a police officer in NYC with the goal of creating a better bond between people in the community and the officers who serve them.