Pam Hall is the go-to person both for the Colemans and for parents! As Associate Director, she has her finger on the year-round pulse of Coleman Country. Accessible and knowledgeable about all facets of camp, Pam has been an integral part of the team for the past 30+ years. While her home base is the office, which we appropriately call Town Hall because it is the center of operations, she brings her expertise to all areas of camp and is a knowledgeable liaison for parents. Coleman Country is a family affair for the Hall family as well: husband Dan is a leader of the year-round ace maintenance staff that keep our grounds pristine and continually enhanced; daughter Julia and sons Glenn and Lucas are all former campers and current staff members.
Anna Coleman (no relation, but we would happily have her as part of our family!) has been at Coleman Country for 25 years, first as a counselor of the Pioneers and now as their co-supervisor. Anna holds an M.S. in Education, and during the school year, she teaches kindergarten for the New York City Board of Education. Her three children have "grown up" at camp with us; Jenna, Lindsay, and Matt are all former Coleman Country campers and counselors.
Michelle Berger has been at Coleman Country for more than two decades! She began her tenure as a Pioneer, our youngest camper, and now is a co-supervisor of this division! Working her way through the ranks, Michelle has been a CIT, an assistant counselor, and a counselor. During the school year, she is a special education teacher in South Huntington. Michelle received her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education, and her M.S. in Educational Technology. She is the mom of camper Ben.
Felicia Simon was a master counselor who currently is a co-supervisor of the Scouts division. She is a 15-year veteran at Coleman Country, where her daughter, Samantha, and her son, Jake are also staff members. Active in local school and volunteer activities, she is a coach of youth athletic programs. Felicia has a B.A. in Sociology from Ithaca College.
Ed Stankewick co-supervisor of the Scouts, is an elementary music teacher and reading specialist in the New York City schools, with a B.A. in film and music and an M.A. in elementary education. He writes, records, and performs children's music. Ed, who was a second grade counselor at Coleman Country before becoming a supervisor, is known camp-wide for his musical sing-alongs! His children, Eddie Jr. and Anthony, are longtime CCDC campers.
Jenn Adelstein is a co-supervisor of the Explorers. Jenn, who holds an M.A. in Elementary Education and History from Hofstra University, is entering her fifth year at Coleman Country, where she has been a Pioneer counselor. She has been an elementary teacher for 20 years in the Seaford School District. Her children, Zachary and Ryan, are campers.
Dimitri Bernadel, one of the co-supervisor of the Explorers, has been at Coleman Country for 17 years, having held positions here since he was an assistant counselor. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University, and an M.S. in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University. He is the dad of two future campers, Oliver and Madeline.
Bob Ednick, A.K.A. "Big Bob," is celebrating 23 years with Coleman Country, and currently serves as a 49ers co-supervisor. A teacher of physical education and health, he has a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from Long Island University. Children Marci and Mathew are former campers and counselors, and grandchildren, Hannah, Scott, Sydney, and Lily are all Coleman Country campers.
Margie Noble is a co-supervisor of our oldest campers, the 49ers. Margie began in Coleman Country as a counselor, and has been at camp for 24 years. She is a retired high school special education teacher for the New York City Board of Education. She has dual certification in Special Education and Elementary Education and is a peer mediator. Her grandson, Dylan, is a Coleman Country camper.
Melanye Stromberg, also a co-supervisor of the 49ers, has been part of the Coleman family for 30 years! During that time, she has worked her way through every facet of camp from camper, C.I.T., assistant counselor, and counselor, to supervisor of what she coins her "favorite division!" Melanye is a special education teacher in Queens for children in grades 3- 8. She holds a B.S. in Deaf Studies from Towson University and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University.
Michael Mayo, completing the foursome on the 49ers leadership team, began his stint at Coleman Country 18 years ago as a camper. A recent graduate of Indiana University where he received a B.A. degree in kinesiology with a focus on physical education, Mike is a middle school physical education teacher in Queens. Having basically grown up at Coleman Country and now joining the leadership ranks, Mike proclaims, "Nothing could be finer than to be a 49er!"
Kevin Freeman, aquatics supervisor, has been at Coleman Country for 20 years. A speech pathologist in the New York City schools, he also is an adjunct instructor at Kingsborough Community College. He has a B.A. from Emerson College and a M.S. in Speech and Language from C.W. Post. Kevin's three children have all been campers and staff members.
Samara Rizzotti, supervisor of specialties, is currently marking her 18th year at camp. Prior to taking on this role, she was athletics supervisor. A fourth grade inclusion teacher in Bayside, she has a B.A. from C.W. Post and a M.S. in Special Education from Long Island University. She is the new mother of prospective Pioneer-In-Training Aidan.
Melanie Sirof is supervisor of staff operations. She, along with her three children, have been part of the camp community for more than a decade. Melanie is a teacher in the Bellmore Merrick Central High School District. She earned her B.A. from the University of Colorado and holds an M.S. in English Education from Queens College as well as an M.F.A. in Writing from Hofstra University.
Paul Baron, with 30 years at Coleman Country, heads up the wagon train of buses as supervisor of transportation. Besides overseeing the pick-up and delivery of every camper at his or her home, Paul is an integral part of training our CDL-licensed drivers, a role he has had for the past 10 years. Having begun at CCDC as a 3-year-old camper, he "basically spent [his] entire life at camp!" Arguably with the most diverse camp skill set of all, Paul has been supervisor of tennis, programming, and the outdoor adventure course zipline, in addition to spending his "off-season" at Coleman Country in the office. He has a B.A. in psychology from Hofstra University and a J.D. from Hofstra as well.
Meredith Wilk, program director, is marking her 13th year; she says she “grew up at Coleman Country.” She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Lehigh University and a Master's in Education from Hunter College, where she received dual certification in childhood education and special education. Meredith currently is a fourth grade teacher in New York City. She also supervises our "Shadow" program for campers with special needs. She is an advocate for the camp experience year-round, serving on the Camp Games for a Cause and Dare to Dream Project Morry committees.
Ellen Schlef, a 10-year veteran Scouts counselor for both the first grade girls and first grade boys, is dietary supervisor. Ellen holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Queens College and an M.A. in education from Adelphi University. She currently is working on her certification for special education and is a 4th grade teacher in Manhasset. Ellen’s children, Jack and Carlie, both are campers in the 49ers division.
"My counselors could teach me ANYTHING I ever wanted to learn – and I always wanted to be like them." Coleman Country Alumna