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Jenna Dunlay

Events Associate
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Jenna is thrilled to be a part of the American Camp Association of NY and NJ! After spending 11 summers as a day camper, Jenna dedicated her next 11 summers to working at camp in a multitude of capacities including counselor and head counselor, theater director and choreographer, Swim Director and Aquatics Director. Branching out into the full time world of camps after spending time travelling is a dream come true! In August 1995, at the completion of Jenna’s first summer at camp she received the “Most Spirited Camper Award”- the rest is history.

Samara Feinberg

Director of Events
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Samara joined the American Camp Association of NY and NJ after working for 7 ½ years at the Institute of International Research, a corporate conference company, as part of the Operations team.  She is a self-proclaimed meetings industry "geek" and loves all aspects of the conference and tradeshow industry and loves applying that knowledge to organizing our annual CAMP Conference. Samara LOVES camp and spent 4 summers at day camp and 9 incredible summers at a sleep away camp in the Poconos. She then worked at a local day camp for 2 more summers.  As an only child, Samara credits the time she spent and the skills she learned at camp with preparing her for what life had to offer in the future. Samara lives in the 'burbs with her husband and daughter (who also loves camp, thank goodness).  

Renee Flax

Director, Camper Placement
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Renee Flax is the Director of Camper Placement for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. She has been assisting area families find the right camp experience for their children since 1998. Renee has an extensive knowledge of camp programs and philosophies. Each summer, Renee travels to dozens of ACA accredited camps. She knows the camp directors and senior staff personally and has a keen understanding of each camp's philosophy, program and facilities. She is recognized as an authority on camping and has been featured in The Associated Press, The New York Times, The New York Post, Newsday, The Journal News, Parent Guide and New York Family. Renee graduated Syracuse University (1971) with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Renee attended summer camp for 15 years as a camper, counselor, and group leader. She is the mother of two daughters who were also long time campers and grandmother to four grandchildren.

Susie Lupert

Executive Director
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Susie Lupert is the Executive Director of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. Susie attended resident camp for 12 years as both a camper and staff member. She attended the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and New York University where she received a Masters in Public Policy and Non Profit Administration. Prior to joining ACA, NY and NJ, Susie spent close to a decade at Housing Works, one of the nation’s largest AIDS service providers. She worked to create small for profit businesses which funneled money back to the nonprofit.  Susie lives in Brooklyn with her partner Beth and their two sons.

Kyle Medeiros

Director of Standards

Before joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey team, Kyle spent last three years as the Afterschool and Summer Camp Coordinator in New York City. Being in camping for most of his life, Kyle has a deep passion for the lessons that can only be taught at camp, and works to enhance the experience not only for campers but for parents and staff as well.  With a background in music, he is always looking to bring a creative aspect to his work and personal life.  He is very excited to be part of the team, and can’t wait to continue to develop and strengthen this field.

Jess Michaels

Director of Communications
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Prior to joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, Jess Michaels was the Associate Director of Publicity for the publishing company Penguin Young Readers Group,  where she executed national and regional publicity campaigns for bestselling and celebrity children’s book authors.   In this role, she also managed a team of six publicists and coordinated various press and book events.  Before working at Penguin Young Readers Group, Jess worked on national publicity for Thirteen/WNET, the flagship PBS station in New York.  At Thirteen/WNET, she pitched and secured national media for television documentaries and series, worked with celebrities and television producers and coordinated press conferences and screenings.   Jess is a lifetime camper.  Beginning at age five, she attended day camp on Long Island for three years.  By age eight, she was off to resident camp for eight weeks each summer and loved every minute of it.  Jess was a camper at resident camp for nine years and a counselor and girls’ athletic staff member for three years.    She is thrilled to be able to combine her publicity skills with her love of camp.  Jess lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.  When not publicizing camp, Jess enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, traveling, running in Central Park, and skiing.

Allison Wittenberg

Director of Member Services

Prior to joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, Allison was a preschool teacher in White Plains, New York.  Having spent a lifetime of summers at camp, she is extremely passionate about the benefits of the camp experience.  After attending day camp for eight years, she went on to experience a resident camp in the Adirondacks for three years.  Allison then returned to her day camp where she held several positions including Group Leader, Division Head and Administrative Assistant.  In her time at camp, she coordinated the staff recreation program, ran special events and assisted with staff training.  Allison enjoys training staff all over New York and New Jersey and working with camps to enhance their programs and operations.  She is happy to be part of the ACA, NY & NJ team, and loves connecting with fellow youth professionals all year long.