Mission • Staff • boardPArtners



Chloe Ettari, Executive Director


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 then switched careers to Global Public Health. Most recently she worked at Americares focusing on general health programming and disaster recovery in Asia. She served on The ELM Project’s Board of Directors for nearly two years and is thrilled to take on the role of Executive Director, as this organization has been the inspiration and motivation for her career path.


Nyeka Desther, Community Engagement Coordinator


Nyeka has a BSW from the New York Institute of Technology. Since graduating college, Nyeka has been dedicated to working with families in the non-profit sector. She has several years of experience working as a case worker in a foster care prevention program at the Harlem Children’s Zone in NYC, and as a Family Advocate at the Norwalk Housing Authority – Early Learning Academy. Nyeka remains dedicated to serving underserved populations. Nyeka is responsible for camper recruitment and building/maintaining relationships with families and community partners.




After receiving his medical degree in India, Dr. Chamdawala immigrated to the United States and completed his pediatric residency training and chief year at Kings County / SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He then earned his Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health while working as an attending physician in the pediatric ER at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He went on to complete his fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from Jacobi Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Since 2007, Dr. Chamdawala has been working in safety-net hospitals that play a pivotal role in providing healthcare to sick and injured children in underserved communities. He brings his training and work experience, as well as his passion for pediatric emergency medicine, public health, and research to The ELM Project.

Dr. Chamdawala also serves as a Board Member at The ELM Project. Known to the kids as “Dr. H”, he has been volunteering with Camp AmeriKids since 2016.



Ann Bello, Nurse Facilitator

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.






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 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 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 three 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 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.