2018 Camp & Open House Dates

Session 1: July 2 - July 13
Session 2: July 16 - July 27
Session 3: July 30 - Aug 10
Session 4: Aug 13 - Aug 17

Note: Camp is closed Wednesday, July 4th.

Summer Camp 2018 Open House Dates

Saturday, April 21, 2018; Noon - 2pm (RSVP)

Location: Physical Education Building

BOCES Summer Camp 2018 Open House Dates

Saturday, April 28, 2018; Noon - 2pm (RSVP)

Location: Nassau Boces Joseph M Barry Technical Center

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CAMP SESSIONS Session 1: July 3 - July 14 Session 2: July 17 - July 28 Session 3: July 31 - Aug 11 Session 4: Aug 14 - Aug 18 Note: Camp is closed Monday, July 4th. - STEM/STEAM OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1-2:30 p.m., Hofstra University, Oak Street Center

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Our Administrative and Support Staff


Terence Ryan, Director

B.S., athletic administration; M.S., elementary education, St. John’s University; P.D., supervision and administration, Dowling College. Former teacher and assistant principal in the Levittown and Valley Stream School Districts. Former middle school football, basketball, softball and baseball coach, and former high school basketball coach. Former assistant for Hofstra Men’s Basketball. Adjunct faculty, St. John’s University and Farmingdale State University. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 1999.

Kerry Jansen, Camp Health Director

RN, BSN, Adelphi University. Sixteen years at Mercy Medical Center. Six years working for the Nursing Sisters. Currently working as the Head Nurse for Sewanhaka High School. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2014.

Julie Duenges, Director of Pupil Services for REACH and REACH for Teens

Julie Duenges is a board-certified behavior analyst with more than 10 years of experience in designing and implementing educational and recreational programs for students with autism and other disabilities. In 2007, Julie created, and continues to supervise, the REACH Program for Hofstra Summer Camps. She received a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an advanced degree in teaching students with autism from Brooklyn College. She is currently a special education teacher in the Herricks School District’s STRIVE program, designed specifically for educating children with autism spectrum disorders. Julie has served as senior ABA therapist and family trainer for Variety Child Learning Center in Syosset, recreational director for United Cerebral Palsy in Staten Island, and dance instructor for Camp ANCHOR of Lido Beach. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2007. 

Joanna Lux, Associate Director of REACH / Pupil Services

Joanna Perrella holds a B.S. in health education and biology and an M.S.Ed. from Hofstra University. She is a special education teacher at Centereach high school in the Middle Country School District, and has experience teaching biology, anatomy and physiology, and environmental science to students with disabilities. Currently she is the associate director of pupil services for Hofstra’s REACH program for students with autism and other disabilities. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2006.

Bradley Kaye, Administrator

B.A., history and English, Hofstra University. Assistant director of lifelong learning and community programs, PEIR at Hofstra University. Former educator, Port Washington School District. Hofstra University paralegal graduate, New York state-certified coach, Certified EMT. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2002.

Jessica Dease, Assistant Director of Saturday Classes for Young People

Assistant Director of Saturday Classes for Young People B.A., elementary education and psychology; M.S., special education, Hofstra University. Former teacher, Hewitt Elementary School, Rockville Centre, New York. Assistant Director of Saturday Classes for Young People at Hofstra University. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2001.

Jeremy Melnick, Recreation Director

B.A., child psychology, University of Rhode Island; L.M.S.W., child clinical social work, Fordham University. Certified in child and family counseling from Fordham University; Certification in school administration SBL/SDL, Stony Brook University. Certified teacher of NYS SAVE Program (Safe Schools Against Violence Education). Certified instructor of the CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Program; former director of the Sid Jacobson JCC special services programs and director of Camp Kehilla (a camp for children and teens with special needs). Currently a school social worker in the Smithtown Central School District. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 1999.

Danna Steppe, Swim Director

BA Elementary Education, CW Post LIU, MS Physical Education, Hofstra University. Certified Physical Education, Brooklyn Preparatory High School (NYC). Athletic Director for Harry Van Arsdale Campus, as well as coach for Co-Ed Double Dutch Team. WSI-certified, CPR/AED and First Aid Certified. Over 20 years of camp staff and has been a member of our Summer Camp family since 2011.

Gina Brick, Recreation Director

Certified School Counselor. She received her B.A in Psychology and Criminology from Hofstra University. In addition, she has earned  her MSed in Counseling from Hofstra University as well. Currently Gina is working as a Youth and Family Engagement Specialist for STRONG Youth. Gina has grown up in the Hofstra Summer Camp family since she started as a camper in 2002.

Chelsea Auth Raisfeld, REACH for Teens Director

B.A., from Hofstra University in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, certified speech teacher and special educator who specializes in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, TSSLD Certificate from Marymount Manhattan. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2017.

Patty Brick

Senior Assistant – Camp Office. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2002.

Kelly A. Jones

Secretary – Camp Office. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2014.