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We employ over 200 exceptional staff members each summer, chosen for their depth of experience, quality of education, strength of character, and love of children. Here are several profiles of current staff that will give you a sense of why they are the ideal role models for your camper:

kris-cookKris Cook, Middle Camp Head Counselor

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Education (Northeastern University); currently pursuing a Master of Education (Lesley University)

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I spend most of my time at the Michael J. Driscoll K-8 School in Brookline, MA. During the afternoons, I am a Coordinator at the Driscoll Extended Day Program for students in kindergarten through second grade, and in the mornings my schedule is typically divided throughout the week between hours of nannying and substitute teaching. I am also currently pursuing my M.Ed. at Lesley University!

Favorite camp moment: Carnival Day is one of the best days out of the whole summer!

Interesting fact: I have gone skydiving at 10,000 feet in the air! I’ve also climbed both Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu!

jess-ulcickasJessica Ulcickas, Senior Camp Head Counselor

Education: Boston College

Years at Beaver: 5

When not at Beaver: I’m the math department chair at Mount Alvernia High School in Newton.

Favorite camp moment: There are far too many to choose from! But most of my most memorable moments happen on the senior camp field trips! I really love our end of the summer beach party at Duxbury beach. It’s just so much fun to play beach volleyball, splash around in the water, and get a big bowl of ice cream when it’s all over.

Interesting fact: I love football and have won my fantasy football league twice in the past four years (beating some of the other senior camp counselors)!

nat-brownNat Brown, Upper Camp Junior Counselor

Education: Beaver Country Day School, Class of 2015

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I love watching, playing and writing about sports. I spend a lot of time with my family and enjoy reading a good book!

Favorite camp moment: Watching my campers succeed in activities that are difficult. It makes me so happy to see their smiles!

Interesting fact: My mom works at Beaver as a teacher and my sister, brothers and I all go to Beaver for school, we can’t get enough of this place!

megan-williamsMegan Williams, Peak and Paddle Instructor, Aqua Adventures Instructor.

Education: Lesley University

When not at Beaver: I currently work in the Lexington Public school system as an Instructional Assistant in a 4th grade classroom. I am also attending Lesley University to receive my Masters degree in Special Education.

Years at Beaver: 2

Favorite camp moment: My favorite camp memory is sitting at the top of North Kinsman mountain with my co-counselor and the group of children that were part of peak and paddle that week. We played card games, told jokes, and laughed about our hike so far. We had a really great time together.

Interesting fact: I really enjoy practicing yoga so maybe next summer we’ll do some yoga at the top of the mountain!

sean-coyleSeán Coyle, Sports Specialist

Education: B.Sc. in Management Science and Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin 2015

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I am busy studying, playing soccer and badminton and tutoring in mathematics and accountancy.

Favorite camp moment: Getting to take part in and dressing up for the theme days.

Interesting fact: I am from Ireland and live there during the year! I love to travel and I have visited over 20 different countries.

elisabeth-guenetteElisabeth Guenette, Dance Specialist

Education: B.A. in French from Muhlenberg College, and in December I will be completing my Elementary Education Certification

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I am currently student teaching!

Favorite camp moment: The before, during, and after of camp dance performances. I love how excited the campers get before, I love watching them shine as they share what they’ve been working so hard on, and I love how proud they are of themselves afterwards for taking such a rewarding risk.

Interesting fact: My favorite foods are artichokes and fresh mangoes…but not at the same time 🙂

haley-kleinHaley Klein, Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Education: Senior at Syracuse University, studying Inclusive Elementary Education, minor in Jewish Education

Years at Beaver: 3

When not at Beaver: I am in school to be a teacher!

Favorite camp moment: When we have camp-wide activities, such as Carnival, 4th of July celebration and special guests.

Interesting fact: I want to travel the year after college and teach in Eastern Asia.

drew-dempseyDrew Dempsey, Upper Camp Junior Counselor

Education: Senior at Brookline High School

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I am a rower, which takes up most of my time, but I also enjoy writing, dancing, and playing soccer!

Favorite camp moment: Gathering all the Middle, Upper, and Senior campers into the gym every year for the Fourth of July celebration. It’s great to have all the kids together, having fun, and watching Upper Camp win the dance competition.

Interesting fact: I am currently applying to college to become an English teacher!

alison-funkAlisan Funk, Boston Children’s Circus Co-Director and Coach

Education: Barnard College, Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, Ecole Nationale de Cirque

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I teach aerial skills to students of all ages and levels in Montreal and all around the United States through workshops and Master Classes. I have been creating and consulting on solo and group circus acts for more than a decade with Circus Smirkus and other companies, and recently directed a show that appeared in the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. Sometimes I still take to the air on my trapeze or aerial silk!

Favorite camp moment: Watching what spectacular shows all the other performing arts programs create in such a short amount of time!

Interesting fact: I graduated from Barnard College pre-med and teach structural anatomy and neuro-muscular awareness as a fully certified Pilates instructor.

joanna-lustigJoanna Lustig, Senior Camp Head Counselor

Education: Currently earning M.Ed. in School Counseling, Boston University; Sc.B. in Psychology, Brown University

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I’m finishing up my master’s degree in school counseling. I’m taking classes and doing my internship at a Brookline K-8 school.

Favorite camp moment: Dancing outside to some of my all time favorite songs and getting to see everyone’s creative costumes on Decades Day!

Interesting fact: I played in my college band, which is the world’s only ice skating band, so I can ice skate while playing the saxophone!

gabriel-verdaguerGabriel Verdaguer, Extreme Sports Instructor

Education: MPA, New York University; BA, Boston College

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I work as a special education teaching assistant at Pierce Elementary School in Newton

Favorite camp moment: Watching campers catch huge waves on surfing Fridays

Interesting fact: I make very convincing animal sounds. One day while hiking in the woods, one camper asked me to bark, and sure enough a real dog started barking back from a distance. We all laughed (and got a little frightened).

laurel-sullivanLaurel Sullivan, Lower Camp Junior Counselor

Education: Junior at Beaver Country Day School

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I…Go to school at Beaver.

Favorite camp moment: Getting to play games with all of my campers.

Interesting fact: I have eaten ostrich in South Africa.

olivia-saundersOlivia Saunders, Circus Arts Instructor

Education: In the process of getting a DEE certificate from l’École de cirque de Québec.

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I am training to be a professional circus artist. During the year I train 5 days a week.

Favorite camp moment: I love watching our kids perform the show for the first time. It’s amazing to see it all come together, and to see how proud they are to be showing off what they’ve learned in such a short period of time.

Interesting fact: I have a twin brother who also works in the Beaver circus program.

kim-birkettKimberly Birkett, Middle Camp Head Counselor

Education: UNH ’14, and currently getting my M.Ed at UNH

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I teach 9th grade writing in North Berwick, Maine

Favorite camp moment: Reliving my dance glory days by choreographing last summer’s Golden Beaver Challenge winning routine with the Stargazers.

Interesting fact: I have 11 little cousins under the age of 4, and we all live in the Dedham/Norwood area. I can’t get enough of them!​

mackenzie-rickertMacKenzie Rickert, Lower Camp Senior Counselor

Education: Fourth year Psychology major at Northeastern University

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I am the director of a student run organization called Peace Through Play, so I spend the majority of my free time working with fantastic K-5 students throughout Boston! We provide after-school and recess programing to various schools and use games and art to teach conflict resolution skills and promote socio-emotional development. I also work part time as a teaching assistant for children with severe disabilities and health care needs.

Favorite camp moment: My favorite thing about camp is greeting the kids in the morning. It’s always so much fun to be greeted by their huge smiles and see just how excited they are for camp each morning. I also love to see just how much our youngest campers grow in such a short period of time, making new friendships and trying new and exciting activities!

Interesting fact: Although it is in no way a talent of mine, I love singing karaoke!

ali-struykAli Struyk, Beaver Off Broadway Instructor

Education:  B.A in Theater & English with a minor in Dance from Ithaca College

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I help others get fit and healthy!  I run my own dance and fitness company and choreograph Beaver Country Day School’s musicals.

Favorite camp moment: After our two productions, each time seeing how excited our campers were when they finished the show.  It was written all over their faces how proud they were.  AND from a parent’s perspective, equally as magical, to see how proud the parents were of their talented kids.

Interesting fact: I took 2 years of Russian in college.

chloe-sassonChloe Sasson, Lower Camp Junior Counselor

Education: Brookline High School (2014), Tufts Undergraduate (2018)

Years at Beaver: 11 summers at Beaver, 3 summers on staff!

When not at Beaver: I am a student at Tufts University

Favorite camp moment: 4th of July Celebration

Interesting fact: I’ve been on every ride at Water Country!

kathleen-kosbergKathleen Kosberg, Communications Staff / Writer of Newsletter

Education: Middle School Teacher (B.A. in English/Education from St. Anselm College; MEd from Boston College)

Years at Beaver: 1 (but I’ve also been a teacher at Beaver during the year for 9 years)

When not at Beaver: I run, read, watch movies, play and care for my two young sons – and clean my house.

Favorite camp moment: Closing events on the final day of summer, 2014 when it all came together and we felt great about the carefully balanced hard work and fun over the previous 8 weeks. Saying goodbye to colleagues was much harder than I thought it would be. My boys (campers) and I felt very melancholy for a few days, missing our days with friends on campus.

Interesting fact: I can read upside down (with an upside down book or page, that is – I usually sit upright). I realized this when tutoring students and sitting across from them.

kayla-nicholsonKayla Nicholson, Middle Camp Head Counselor

Education: BS in Elementary Education, currently earning my graduate degree as a Teacher of Reading

Years at Beaver: 3

When not at Beaver: I work as a literacy aide at the Lincoln-Eliot School in Newton, teach 3rd grade Hebrew school at Temple Israel in Boston, and take classes at Wheelock College towards my graduate degree.

Favorite camp moment: Attaching a camera to a bunch of balloons during one of our video classes, and filming the top of the roof. It was so cool!

Interesting fact: I have a twin sister (no, she doesn’t go to Beaver too!)

justin-quinnJustin Quinn, Middle Camp Senior Counselor

Education: I am a senior at UMass Amherst

Years at Beaver: 6

When not at Beaver: I am studying accounting at UMass Amherst and have interned at a large public accounting firm

Favorite camp moment: Every year, I look forward to the 4th of July dance off!

Interesting fact: I am training for a marathon this winter!

gabby-yurritaGabriela Yurrita,  Lower Camp Sports Specialist.

Education:   Associates Degree in Exercise and Health Sciences, getting my Bachelors now in Early Childhood Education.

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I work at Memorial Spaulding Extended day program.

Favorite camp moment:  I love that while being a specialist I get to interact with all the amazing campers and staff.

Interesting fact:  I used to be a model and I used to dance Irish step dance competitively.

kacie-baileyKacie Bailey, Social Media Manager

Education: BA, University of Southern Mississippi; MA, Emerson College

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver:  I’m either in class or working on the marketing and social media for a consulting group.

Favorite camp moment: My favorite camp moments were when the Lower Camp children would stop to talk to me in the hallways. They always greeted me like we were best friends and always made me laugh.

Interesting fact: I spent six months working in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as part of the Disney College Program!

kerri-gavinKerri Gavin, Middle Camp Head Counselor

Education: Graduated from Providence College in 2014 with a degree in Elementary/Special Education; Currently attending Graduate School at Boston College

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I intern in a fourth grade inclusion classroom at an elementary school in Newton.

Favorite camp moment: Winning the Golden Beaver with my Whalers!

Interesting fact: I studied abroad in both Florence, Italy and London, England.

nikki-caminetskyNikki Caminetsky, Middle Camp Junior Counselor

Education: Newton South High School, Class of 2015

Years at Beaver: 1 (but I have been a camper at Beaver ever since I was 3 years old!)

When not at Beaver: I actively participate in the Theater program at my high school, South Stage, where I am both on stage, and behind the scenes as a crew member for costuming and makeup. I am also on my Temple youth group board, and I participate in Regional Temple youth group events (NFTY).

Favorite camp moment: As a camper, I loved dress up days, and I still do! Seeing everyone get dressed up in silly costumes for a theme day is so much fun!

Interesting fact: I have been doing circus aerials for 8 years after I started at Beaver Summer Camp! It’s such a fun art, and I have Beaver to thank for showing it to me!

shannon-mcanultyShannon McAnulty, Lower Camp Senior Counselor

Education: Stonehill College

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I am a student at Stonehill College and babysit!

Favorite camp moment: I love the big hugs and smiles I get from the campers in the morning!

Interesting fact: I am the youngest of six girls in my family and first became an aunt when I was in 8th grade!

matt-comenitzMatthew Comenitz, Archery Specialist

Education: Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Skidmore College, Masters degree in Language and Literacy from Wheelock College

Years at Beaver: 3

When not at Beaver: I teach 1st and 2nd Grade at The New England Hebrew Academy in Brookline.

Favorite camp moment: Seeing campers AND staff get excited when they hit a bullseye and receive their bullseye sticker!

Interesting fact: I once kicked a man o’ war jellyfish half a mile down a beach before realizing it was a jellyfish… I realized because my foot began throbbing in pain.

chris-lamarChris Lamar, Sports Specialist

Education: The University of Memphis.  I studied Business Principles and Marketing

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I work in the Athletic Department of Beaver Country Day School.  I also own and operate two start-up companies…. Hoodiezz.com, and Rockstar Fitness Apparel.

Favorite camp moment: On the last day of camp when some of the kids give you hugs, and tell you how much fun they had, and that they can’t wait for next year.  Knowing that you helped create an amazing memory for a child is a great moment.

Interesting facts: I’m studying for my black belt in Krav Maga, I used to be able to speak German, and I can’t really cook, but I can make a mean burger.

sarah-binetteSarah Binette, Adventure/Challenge Specialist

Education: BS in Kinesiology, UMass Amherst 2011; BS in Pre-med MCPHS University 2016

Years at Beaver: 1

When not at Beaver: I’m a professional student studying to get my doctorate in Physical therapy.

Favorite camp moment: Setting up and breaking down the adventure/challenge course because I got to learn and use the lobster claws and go all the way up on the course without a belay. During the camp season my favorite part was seeing all the kids wear different fun clothing for the theme days.

Interesting fact: An interesting fact about me is at age 25 I quit my job and put myself back into school full time to pursue my dream of becoming a physical therapist.

bridget-mcnultyBridget McAnulty, Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Education: Senior at Merrimack College majoring in Human Development, Elementary Education with a minor in Moderate Disabilities.

Years at Beaver: 2

When not at Beaver: I’m studying at Merrimack College and volunteering with students at the Wetherbee Elementary School in Lawrence, MA where I teach an after school science program.

Favorite camp moment: I love the first day of each session of camp because I get to meet all the new campers as well as continue to get to know the returning ones!

Interesting fact: I am the fifth of six girls in my family!

emma-raceEmma Race, Lower Camp Senior Counselor

Education: Connecticut College

Years at Beaver: 3 (along with many years as a camper and CIT)

When not at Beaver: I like to travel, read, and ski.

Favorite camp moment: During archery one of my campers became discouraged when he couldn’t hit the target, but on his very last day after weeks of hard work he got a bullseye. He spent the rest if the day smiling.

Interesting fact: I’ve fed baby giraffes.