NY Staff Bios

Staff
Shavoyae
Assistant Director
I’m thrilled to be the Assistant Director at Camp Shane. I’ve been a regular counselor, specialty counselor, section leader and group leader at several camps, as well as the previous Camp Director at Camp Shane Georgia. All in all, I have twelve years of summer camp experience! Currently, I’m a high school testing facilitator where I assist students in finding a career path, college or university before they graduate.
I enjoy working with others. It’s truly a pleasure for me to create an atmosphere where we all can be safe, have fun, and be supportive of each other. I live by three rules, and I will encourage all campers and staff to adopt these same rules: 1. Do what’s right. 2. Be the best YOU can be. 3. Treat people the way you want to be treated. I look forward to meeting you all!
Staff
Nelson
Operations Manager
This will be my 9th summer at Camp Shane (cue the applause). I am very excited to return to my second home and spend another summer with my Camp Shane family. My time at camp started back in the summer of 2003 as an overweight, unhappy 6th grader. I was switching schools in the fall and told my mom all I wanted was to be ‘skinny’ so kids would stop making fun of me. That first summer at Shane had its ups and downs but it changed my life forever. I spent three weeks at Camp Shane and lost 20 pounds. I felt accepted at Shane so I came back for three more summers as a camper. My goal was to give back to the place that helped shape me into the person who I wanted to be. I’ve always wanted to give campers the same amazing experience I had. A staff member since 2011 – I’ve been a Cabin Specialist, Group Leader, Boy’s Head Counselor, and this summer will be returning as Operations Manager.
Staff
Anat
Fitness/Athletic Director
Anat is a Certified Physical and Health Education Teacher (Grades K-12) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and an emphasis in Physical and Health Education. She is certified by the IDF (Israel Army) as a Combat Fitness Instructor and is specialized in self defense and repelling. She is also certified to use the ‘Heart Rate Monitor for Children’ as part of a fitness program. Anat creates, runs and advises Camp Shane’s fitness and exercise programs to ensure they are safe and effective. Her own daughter has been a Shaner so she knows first hand how successful and life changing our program can be!
Staff
Don
Boys Group Leader
During the year I live in Arizona, but have spent my recent summers at Shane. I currently am a student at Arizona State and will be teaching middle school social studies in the fall. For many years I have coached tennis and soccer. I even played DII tennis at Millersville University before deciding to transfer to ASU. Outside of school, when I’m not playing sports, I often go hiking or cook healthy meals! I love to be active so you’ll probably see me running around camp all summer long.

This will be my third summer at Camp Shane. Over my previous summers at Shane I worked as the tennis and soccer specialist and this year I will be the boys Group Leader. I can’t wait for this summer because I’m super excited to meet everyone and ready make 2016 the best summer yet!

Staff
Caroline
Aquatics Director
I will be the Camp Shane Aquatics Director and I am so excited to start a new adventure. I am 23 years old and I currently reside in Utica New York. Growing up in the Upstate NY region I was lucky to start and play various sports, eventually choosing to focus more on the aspect of competitive swimming. After graduating in 2011 I left to serve in the United States Coast Guard and I served for three years. I was stationed in California and all over the country. The experience was one that I was able to experience different aspects of the military. I have always been a water lover, growing up I was a lifeguard and a swim lesson instructor. I am currently striving to become a paramedic and then becoming an ocean lifeguard down in Florida or in California.
Staff
Dan
Theater Director
I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, living in Brooklyn, NY. Making use of my degree in theater, I wait tables for a living in Manhattan. Most recently, I directed my old middle school’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ introducing 10-13 year olds to the language and complexities of Shakespeare. Having struggled with my weight all my life, I am very excited to immerse myself in an environment conducive to beginning a healthy lifestyle.