2020 Camp Dates

Session 1: June 29 - July 10
Session 2: July 13 - July 24
Session 3: July 27 - Aug 7
Session 4: Aug 10 - Aug 14

Note: Camp is closed Friday, July 3rd.

Summer Camp 2020 Open House Dates
Sunday, February 2, 2020; Noon - 2pm
Location: Physical Education Building
Saturday, April 4, 2020; Noon - 2pm
Location: Physical Education Building

Important Dates

Medication Drop Off Days

Tuesday June 23th and Wednesday June 24th; 6:00-9:00pm.

Location: Summer Camp Office, Oak Street Center

Note:
A Medication Request Form must be filled out by your childs physician, and must either be sent into the camp office ahead of time or accompany the medication being dropped off.

Medication must be in the original container, including the label with your campers name, doseage, and the perscribers name.

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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. 

Kim Balan, Director of REACH for Teens

Kim Balan is a Special Education Teacher who is currently pursuing her license as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has 18 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other disabilities and their families to provide the support and structure they need in the home and school environment. In 2018, Kim joined Hofstra Summer Camps as the Director for the REACH for Teens program. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an Applied Behavior Analysis specialized extension. Currently, she works as a behavior consultant for Marra and Glick Applied Behavior Analysts where she provides consultation, parent/family training and professional development training for staff. Previously, Kim served as a teaching assistant for the Levittown School District and an ABA therapist and parent trainer for multiple agencies to include KidsTherapy, LifesWorc, and Blue Sea Educational Consulting.

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.

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.

Nicole Kaye, Recreation Director

B.A. Elementary Education and Psychology, Manhattanville College. M.A.Special Education, Hofstra University. Fourth grade teacher at Denton Avenue School in the Herricks School District. Varsity Girls Coach Basketball and Lacrosse. Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2009.

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.

Patty Brick, Senior Assistant

Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2002.

Seth Liebstein, Program Coordinator

Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2004.

Melisa Pratt, Assistant Program Coordinator

Has been a member of the Summer Camp family since 2006.

Kelly A. Jones, Secretary

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