Welcome to the Group 2A for Junior Girls!
Below you will find the counselors and staff that will be with your kids at summer day camp. You'll also find the schedule specific to this group so you can see what your kids are doing at camp!
My name is Emma Vankirk and I am going into my junior year of college at East Stroudsburg University. I am majoring in Psychology and have a minor in Social Work. This is my first year working for the YMCA but I have been working with children since I was fourteen years old. I had attended summer camp since I was five years old and up until my senior year of high school. I always loved camp, the friends I made there and even my counselors. I’m hoping to bring my great experiences to camp and help make it a great summer!
Hi, all! My name is Julia Di Ienno and I am currently a Sophomore at the College of New Jersey. I am majoring in Journalism and Professional Writing to pursue my passion for writing, something that I have been interested in since I was a kid. I’ve been babysitting and nanny-ing kids for about five years now, but this is my first time working at a summer camp. I am excited for a great summer and looking forward to all the great memories we’ll be making together!
Specialist - Fun & Fitness
Hi everyone! My name is Carmela Pagliarulo and I attended Rowan University. My major is Health and Physical Education. I am a big sports fanatic. I love watching sports, playing sports, and coaching sports. I played soccer, basketball, and spring track. I am a Physical Education teacher for Apple Montessori School. I am also a fitness trainer at the Max Challenge of Wayne gym. As you can see, health and fitness are a huge part of my life. I have worked for the YMCA for three years now. I am a Site Director for Lincoln Park Elementary School for Kids Club. This will be my third year at summer camp! I can’t wait to bring Fun and Fitness to a whole new level here at camp and make it the best summer yet!
Specialist - Interactive Tech Time
Hello! My name is Jill Catlett and I am the Interactive Tech Time Specialist. This is my fourth year working at the LHYMCA. In the past, I have been a counselor for Group 6. I am so excited for my first year working as a specialist. I have created and planned new engaging and interactive games/activities for my rotation. I graduated from Susquehanna University majoring in Elementary Education. I love working with kids and am excited to enjoy camp 2018!
Specialist - Cooking
Hello Everyone! My name is Jaritza and I can wait to see all the new and returning faces. I am a returning camp staff but this summer I will be one of the cooking specialists. I can’t wait to make so many wonderful foods with your children and see them have fun learning new recipes. This summer is going to be awesome! See you all at camp!
Specialist - Challenge
My name is Jessica Prentice. I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Education. Since then I have worked in several school districts in the Morris and Sussex county area for about 10 years. I am currently working as a 6th grade English teacher. Outside of school, I love arts and crafts, football, and gardening. I look forward to the warm weather, so I can spend all my time outside with my family and friends. As a child, I attended several summer camps for soccer and girl scouts which were always the highlight of my summer vacation. I look forward to making my second summer at the YMCA awesome for everybody!
Specialist - Arts & Crafts
Hi! This is my fourth summer as an Arts/Crafts Specialist at the Lakeland Hills YMCA. I am so excited once again to be introducing campers to artists and art techniques. I have a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Psychology, as well as an MA in Education with Special Education certification from Caldwell University. Over the years, working as a graphic designer, a floral designer, an elementary school art teacher, and an art specialist at the Y have kept my creativity alive! Parsippany Troy Hills School District is my employer during the school year. But, during the summer, I get to combine my two great passions—art and teaching. I look forward to working once again with the fantastic staff at the YMCA and hope to make art fun and rewarding for all the campers!