Friends of Camp Little Notch Staff

Andrea Cirabisi, Executive Director

Andrea Cirabisi, Executive Director

 
 
Michelle Wood, Business Manager

Michelle Wood, Business Manager

Andrea Cirabisi, Executive Director

Andrea Cirabisi was appointed Executive Director of Friends of Camp Little Notch in October, 2016. An accomplished professional with significant experience in the non-profit sector, Andrea filled a number of roles in the Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL), based in Clifton Park, New York. where she steadily advanced from bookkeeper to Assistant Director of the organization. Prior to that Andrea worked for a number of years in the mortgage banking industry.

Andrea holds a BA degree in Rhetoric and Communication from the University at Albany and has extensive experience in the areas of member relationship-building, communications, marketing, database and web management, and finance. She is a member of the Empire State Society of Association Executives. 

A native of Clifton Park, New York, Andrea spent several summers as both camper and counselor at the community day camp there. She brings a depth and breadth of non-profit experience to a position focused on one of her earliest and most enduring passions - camp!

Contact Andrea at andrea.cirabisi@friendsofcln.org.   T. 518-817-8892

 

Michelle Wood, Business Manager

Michelle Wood was appointed part-time Business Manager of Friends of Camp Little Notch in May, 2017. She brings her experience as a fiscal manager, along with a number of years in the financial services industry.

Michelle holds a Master of Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose and has extensive experience in the areas of budgeting, forecasting, and grants administration. During her time at the College of Saint Rose, she was awarded an Assistantship with the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Her work was included in Dr. Lowe’s article, “Who Were the Black-and-Tans?”

Michelle moved to the village of Hudson Falls from Saratoga Springs in 2012. She quickly fell in love with her new surroundings and began looking for ways in which she could be a part of, and give back to, the community. In 2013, she was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals in the Town of Kingsbury and as an alternate member of the Planning Board for the Village of Hudson Falls. A year later, she was appointed to Kingsbury’s Board of Assessment Review.

Michelle first attended Camp Little Notch as a Brownie, and later as an older Girl Scout in the Riders program. She is excited to be a part of the camp’s success and to help young women experience the awesome power of CLN.

Contact Michelle at michelle.wood@friendsofcln.org.


Board of Directors, Friends of Camp Little Notch

To contact the entire board of directors, send email to: clnbod@friendsofcln.org.

To contact an individual board member, click their name below.

Executive Committee

Kelly Krein-Hart (Pepé), President, has been connected to the magic of Camp Little Notch for approximately 45 years. She was introduced to CLN by her mother and aunt who were campers as children. Kelly started out as a camper and moved on to many positions including Unit Counselor, Unit Leader, Lifeguard, Boating Instructor, Nature Consultant, Trip Leader, Assistant Director, and Camp Director. Kelly was a Camp Director/Rehabilitation Therapist for the Center for Disability Services at their Clover Patch Camp for seven years. She worked at Brandies University as the Assistant Director of their youth Summer Odyssey Program a residential education program for high school students for two years. While living in Massachusetts, she ran 18 residential programs for people with disabilities. Currently, Kelly works full time at Access: Supports for Living as a Program Director providing oversight and supports for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities. She oversees several Residential programs, a Day Habilitation Program, with a team of 80 staff. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending quality time with her wife, Harriett and their 3 children Zachary (19), Catalina (15), and Emma (14) along with their 5 dogs, 5 cats, and 1 rabbit. Her hobbies include: walking, kayaking, eating ice cream, gardening, loving CLN and learning how to ride a motorcycle.

Julie Schwartz (Jimi), Vice President, has spent many summers and parts of a few winters working with girls and women in outdoor settings that challenge them to dig deep and become their most authentic selves. A former Hudson Valley Girl Scout, Julie spent many summers at Camp Little Notch as a camper and CIT, where one of her favorite activities was sleeping with the tent flaps rolled up. As a staff member she led bike trips through Quebec, New York and New England, and once convinced a lobsterman to transport her group of Vagabonds (and their bikes) to a wooded island off the coast of Maine so they could camp there for the night.

Julie has worked with girls and young women of all ages. She has introduced five-year olds to the sublime joys of camping in the rain and has gone backpacking in the snow with teenagers. As a newly minted college graduate with a BA in Theatre, she had great fun teaching stagecraft to first year students at a women’s liberal arts college where the syllabus included climbing ladders, using power tools, building stuff and getting really dirty. Julie is a fierce believer in the idea that people learn best when they are challenged, in the context of a supportive environment, to figure things out for themselves. Julie was privileged to hold the title of Director of Camp Little Notch for eight years, including six seasons under the mentorship of Miss Frances Plummer, and was instrumental in leading CLN through its inaugural season as an independent not-for-profit camp in the summer of 2012.

In addition to her BA in Theatre, Julie holds an MS degree in Educational Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. After spending 10 years as a psychologist supporting special needs students and their teachers in public and private schools, Julie turned her focus to overseeing camping programs for Girl Scout camps in Northern New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, and the Adirondacks. She has served as board member and Standards Visitor for the New York-New Jersey and Upstate New York sections of the American Camp Association. In addition to her work with kids and the outdoors, Julie is a self-taught freelance graphic designer, producing everything from wedding invitations and websites to graphic props for film and television.

Emma Dundon (Pug), Secretary, worked at CLN for four summers in the early 1980s, first as a Unit Leader, then Business Manager and van driver for trips. After growing up with summers spent at various camps, she was so happy to find the magic of Little Notch.  Emma is currently a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts. Her love of children lead to a career in pediatric nursing. She worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in school-based health centers before completing her PhD and beginning her teaching career and research work with adolescent depression and prevention of substance use disorders. Emma lives in Haydenville, MA with her wife, Jenny. They have two grown sons, Kyle and Owen. Emma is happy to finally have time to give back to CLN and looks forward to becoming an active member of the Board of Directors. She hopes to be involved in the Property and/or Membership committees.

Susan Smith-Franks (Sassy), Treasurer, spent a total of 10 summers at Camp Little Notch. She was a camper from 1972 to 1981, including Adventurers (Mt. Marcy), Voyageurs (Algonquin Park) and MANY years of Riders. She was a counselor in 1982 for general program and Riders III. She has invested much time and energy as a member of the CLN Property Committee over the past few years, and also served on the Executive Director Search Committee. Susan is Director of Environmental and Linen Services for ARAMARK at Middlesex Hospital. She has also been involved with Another Octave, a non-profit women's chorus, for most of its 25+ years. She is a singing member, and has served in multiple leadership positions including treasurer and many years as chairperson. Susan is happily married to Lydia Smith-Franks and has two sons, Alex and Ian. Lydia and Susan met and fell in love at CLN! Susan and her family live in Hamden, CT. Susan joined the board to continue the job of preserving and developing the amazing property so that future generations can experience the tranquility, adventure and empowerment that is the heart of CLN.

Directors at Large (listed alphabetically)

Becky Dixon was raised in a military family and grew up in several different locations. She currently lives in Mechanicville, NY. Becky earned her Bachelor degree in Social Work from Eastern University in 1982 and her Masters in Social Work from Temple University in 1983. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor. Becky worked as a social worker in several agencies in Philadelphia before moving to Saratoga County. There she worked as a substance abuse counselor, clinical director and eventually director of a non-profit substance abuse treatment agency. As agency director, she worked with a volunteer board of directors. She organized the agency's major annual fundraiser, a multiple distance bike tour, for over 10 years. Becky has previously served on the Franklin Community Center Board and the Partnership for Prevention Board in Saratoga Springs, as well as several other Boards. She has also been actively involved in various church projects. For the past 11 years, she has been the Coordinator for the Saratoga County Drug Treatment Courts. Becky considers herself very fortunate that she was able to go to Girl Scout camp as a young girl. Even though she had to move and go to different camps, this was still a wonderful experience for her. She appreciated the friendships, the time she was able to spend with nature and the chance to grow in confidence. When her daughter, Emma (Rafiki), was nine, Becky and her husband, Phil, were excited that she wanted to go to summer camp. Emma went to Camp Little Notch for the first time. The rest is history. Emma fell in love with her "home away from home" and her parents followed suit. Becky has always been impressed with the dedication Friends of Camp Little Notch has shown ever since the Girl Scouts decided to sell the property and looks forward to its renewed future.

Benj Gleeksman “I grew up on farmland in central New Jersey and over almost two decades sadly watched my area become overrun with suburban sprawl and all that goes with it. Nature has always been a part of my being and even after years of living in cities, my most rewarding experiences have been in natural surroundings - the more remote, the better. This was a big part of my decision to raise a family in upstate New York, where wilderness and wildness is always a short trip away. I enjoyed spending a steward weekend at CLN this Spring and it reminded me so much of my own time at Summer camp in Maine when I was younger. Camp does so many things to help young people develop positively - many that can be listed, and many that cannot even be put into words. It would be an honor to assist in any way I can with CLN's mission of allowing people to live in harmony with each other and with nature, and to pass CLN's values along to my own kids.”

Tess Lecuyer (Tarot) is from Albany, NY and worked at CLN from 1981 to 1986 and continues to spend many weekends at camp working tirelessly to create a safe, stabile, and much loved place. As a member of the Stewards of CLN, she has logged many hours/days at camp joyously working hard at the most beautiful place on earth.

Tess has years of corporate HR experience from working 18 years at Borders—one of the most progressive companies of its time. Her experience includes executing budgets, insuring company standards and policies, interviewing and hiring, project management, scheduling and file maintenance, instituting and maintaining audit best practices, writing staff reviews, executing progressive discipline and customer service. Tess currently works as an Admin at an environmental company in a department dedicated to health and safety. She believes that Friends of CLN is an organization with an amazing story and a magical promise and wants to help build a solid infrastructure.

Mary Leh (Mokey) Mary’s history with CLN began when she was a Girl Scout and participated in weekend encampments with her troop. She later attended summer camp, in the canoeing and sailing programs and eventually became a counselor-in-training. CLN was Mary’s home for many summers. She held multiple staff positions, beginning as a unit counselor in 1990, progressing through unit leader, CIT director and assistant camp director, prior to becoming camp director in 2008. “Camp Little Notch helped to change me, mold me into the person I am today. From a shy little girl who was so unsure of myself to the teacher I am today, encouraging my students to challenge themselves.” Mary holds bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters in reading education, both from the College of Saint Rose. After a stint of substitute teaching and tutoring, Mary found her place at Charlotte Valley Central School in Davenport, New York. She is beginning her 19th year as a teacher, currently serving as intervention teacher for kindergarten through fourth grade students. A resident of the Colonie, New York, area, Mary enjoys gardening, creating art, and spending time with her husband, Stephen, and their two cats. As a Director at Large, Mary looks forward to supporting Camp Little Notch and its development, in order to help Camp Little Notch remain available to all.

Jennifer Lescovich (Scotti) is a Camp Little Notch alumni who started attending CLN at age 8. She did many different camper programs throughout the years, concluding with the CIT program. Her first summer as staff, Jennifer worked on the waterfront and continued working part-time for many summers after. She held positions as unit staff, unit leader, kitchen aide, food supervisor and program director in 2013. Jennifer loves to come to camp even for just a day to help out wherever and however she is needed (and maybe pull a prank or two!). She has worked as a professional 911 dispatcher for the Saratoga Springs County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. Jennifer is a proud Mom of two adult children, Tom and Lindsey, and her beloved dog, Jack- who LOVES CLN!

Patricia Stott (Ivy) earned a Bachelors of Science from Russell Sage in 1992 and a Masters of Science in nursing from Sage graduate college in 2012. She presently is employed as an adult nurse practitioner for a private oncology practice. She is active in her church with her most recent role as a member of the staff parish committee. Previously, Tricia was the lady leader from 2008-2012. She is also currently a mediator of a support group for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Patricia was first introduced to Little Notch in 1982 as a camper. She was a camper intermittently through out the 1980s and a CIT in 1986 and 1987. She was employed on staff regularly in 1988 through 1992. After that she was employed at Little Notch intermittently as needed including UC, UL, and nurse. In recent years, she has volunteered on the property committee and as a summer Wood Fairy. Patricia believes that every person who comes to Camp Little Notch leaves their mark. The beauty of Camp Little Notch is that everyone who comes is touched by Camp Little Notch. We each carry the land with us wherever we go. So many of us continue to give back so that future generations will experience Camp Little Notch.

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