Friends of Camp Little Notch Staff
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!
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Board of Directors, Friends of Camp Little Notch
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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.
Dan Berryann, Treasurer, was interested in two things, as a boy: Dinosaurs and Nature. His career aspirations would change daily from paleontologist to zookeeper to oceanographer but his love of nature never wavered. As he grew older his relationship with nature changed. There would be the occasional hikes or camping trips but much of his focus was on building his career and then starting a family. Since coming back to the Capital District in 2010, Dan has reconnected with nature and has spent several weekends camping at Camp Little Notch. Dan’s wife Amanda, her sister, and her mother are all former Little Notch campers and they have shared its history, traditions, and how much camp means to them. Dan and Amanda have also been regular contributors to Friends of Camp Little Notch’s efforts to buy back and fund the camp. Now that he has kids of his own, he has found they also share his love of nature (and his son also loves dinosaurs).
Dan graduated from Syracuse University in 2006 with dual bachelor degrees in CPA Accounting and Finance. He then moved far from nature to the urban jungle, New York City, with his wife. He has worked in several roles in external and internal audit capacities, with a current focus on non-profit hospitals. Throughout these various jobs his responsibilities have changed but one thing remained constant: he helps people identify problems and work with them to come up with a solution. This is what he has to offer to the Camp Little Notch Board and to all of the campers, young and old, who frequent the camp. He intends to apply his critical thinking to the current issues facing Camp Little Notch and try to predict bumps in the road ahead. Sometimes that may not be what is required. Sometimes it’s blood, sweat, and tears invested into hands-on work. Thankfully, Dan enjoys working with his hands as much as, or even more, than working out problems in his head or on paper. Dan looks forward to applying both to meet the needs of Camp Little Notch now and in the years to come. Dan’s hope is that whatever his future role with Camp Little Notch will be, he will have an opportunity to spread that love of nature to others.
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.
Emma Dixon (Rafiki) has been involved with Camp Little Notch since she was nine years old. She attended CLN as a camper from 2003 until the last year that the Girl Scouts ran camp in 2008. After her years as a camper, she stayed involved by fundraising and volunteering her time with what would later become Friends of Camp Little Notch. She has since worked at camp as a counselor, lifeguard, on the ropes course, as Assistant Director, and has done some maintenance here and there. Little Notch has helped Emma to grow in so many ways: During the summer of 2017, she decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and Little Notch prepared her for the challenges that she experienced along the way. Emma believes that every child should have the experiences that she did while attending and working at camp.
Emma attended Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and holds a BS in Biology with a minor in math. She is currently living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she enjoys skiing in the winter and hiking, camping and rafting in the summer. From cleaning latrines, to mucking out the lake, to planning events, Emma has always loved Little Notch, and now she can’t wait to contribute in a new way. She believes that Little Notch is a special place, and with a little love and some elbow grease we can share what Little Notch has to offer.
Val Healy (Eagan) worked at camp from 2012-2014 under various titles: Ropes Course Specialist, Counselor, Unit Leader and Ropes Course Specialist. She has since been involved as a Steward and social media volunteer, and now board member. She graduated from MIT with a degree in Comparative Media Studies (minor in Women's Studies) in early 2017 and currently works as a software engineer in Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, playing guitar, hiking, cycling, fiddling with data science/visualization projects, reading, building/repairing/refinishing things, and hanging out with her cat.
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!
Katie Mooradian (River) River grew up in Clifton Park, New York. Her first experience at CLN was troop camping with her Girl Scout troop as a Daisy. Katie attended CLN as a camper from 2000-2008. She enjoyed trying out the different program areas and particularly enjoyed participating in trips such as "On Belay." Katie returned to CLN as staff in 2013. She worked on staff for three years working various positions including Waterfront Director and Ropes Course Supervisor. Katie has enjoyed watching Girls Program regrow from its infancy to a more established program including trip options for campers. Katie also enjoys her work with the Steward team fixing waterlines and crawling under buildings. Katie's vision for the future of CLN includes investing in our Ropes Course and re-establishing a Project Adventure Program, and developing relationships with local colleges interested in using our property for orientations and other large groups.
Susan Smith-Franks (Sassy), 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.
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.