A Partner In Empowerment

Timely Talks

Lauren Bernstein

Camp Walden


Summer camp is in Lauren’s heart and soul. Her passion for camp, combined with her wealth of training and experience in education and summer camping, allow her to skillfully oversee all facets of camper care and staff development. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She also has a Master’s degree in Reading from SUNY Albany and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Administration from the Bank Street School of Education in New York City. Lauren has taught in public and private schools and has served as the Vice Principal. She has been devoted to summer camp nearly all of her life. She grew up as a sleep-away camper and stayed on to become a counselor and a group leader at her childhood camp. Her camp experience includes full-time positions as the Girls’ Head Counselor, Boys’ Head Counselor, Assistant Director, and Director of both for-profit and non-profit day and sleep-away camps.

Marc Honigfeld

Trails End Camp


Marc is the Director and Owner of Trail’s End Camp, a residential summer camp, which he became associated with in 1994. Trail’s End has been in existence since 1947 and owned by Mr. Honigfeld’s family since 1986. Mr. Honigfeld opened a second camp, Chestnut Lake Camp, during the summer of 2008. Chestnut Lake serves as a session camp offering 4 and 7 week sessions, while Trail’s End operates as a 7 ½ week session.

Andrew Yankowitz

Owner & Director
Tall Pines Day Camp


Andrew has been the Director of Tall Pines since it opened as a scratch camp in 1996. He also serves as a camp consultant and has designed multiple camps for other clients.

Cathi Fischer, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
AMSkier Clinical Camp Consultant

The primary focus of my work is on assisting children, families and staff while supporting the social/emotional development of children. Trained as a Family Therapist I work with children, adolescents, and their families along with their support systems in a variety of settings; including but not limited to Private Practice, Camps and School Systems.

Josh Male

Gate Hill Day Camp


Josh Male, with his wife Alison, are the Owner/Directors of Gate Hill Day Camp. Josh is a 2nd generation owner and has 24 years of experience working at camp. Currently, he is an ACA board member, an active volunteer with Project Morry and the incoming Chair of the Rockland & Westchester Day Camp Association.

Skip Vichness

Skip Vichness
Former Director Harbor Hills Day Camp


Camping professional for over thirty five years. Had the pleasure of working at both for profit and not for profit resident camps and for profit day camps. Currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Hillel International the largest Jewish student organization in the world

Mark Transport

Crestwood Country Day Camp
Camp Taconic


Mark Transport has owned and directed several camps for over 25 years. He has been dedicated to helping children and the industry as a whole. Mark is on the Board of Directors of SCOPE, is the acting president of The Long Island Camps And Private School Association (LICAPS), and is on the ACA Resident Camp Tour committee.

Will Pierce

Pierce Camps


Will represents the 4th generation of the Pierce Family to own and direct Pierce Country Day Camp. Will attended Dartmouth College where he won two Ivy League Championships in Rugby and earned a degree in English in 2006. He then spent seven years working for a commercial real estate fund in LA where he reached the role of Executive Vice President before leaving to come home to the only job he ever really wanted. Will is a current board member of both NYSCDA and ACA – NY/NJ and lives on camp with his wife, Kristie, and their two children, Brooke and Ben.

Bruce Lipton

Director of Finance & Operations
Camp Ramah in the Poconos


Bruce Lipton is the Director of Finance & Operations for Camp Ramah in the Poconos for the past 22 years. Camp Ramah is one of the 32 member camps of the Wayne County Camp Alliance in northeastern Pennsylvania. Bruce brings a unique perspective to his camp and his position having lived overseas for 10 years and traveling back to work at his camp during summers in the 1980’s. Though never a camper, Bruce has been with his camp for 31 years, watching young people grow from campers to young adults, helping to shape and watch counselors evolve into leaders. Bruce is also a summer regular basketball player on Court Skier.

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