MEET OUR STAFF
2019 will mark Barbara Schiavone’s 14th year as a counselor. During the academic year, she works as a Paraprofessional in Special Education. Barb earned an associate degree at Endicott College and has experience as a coach of soccer, field hockey, and basketball at Minuteman High School, where she attended high school. She especially relishes working with the Group 1 campers whose chatter and curiosity always delight her; our youngest campers achieve so many ‘firsts,’ and she loves sharing those moments with them. In lead-up games, Barb enjoys how she can break down the skills so the campers can learn and be successful. Her favorite aspect of the Summer’s Edge Olympics is “seeing all the ages of camp come together with good sportspersonship.”
Group 1 is fortunate to have DJ Kenney joining them from his extended day post last summer. He majors in math and economics at UMass Amherst and is a member of UMass For the Kids, a student-led organization dedicated to helping children at Baystate Children’s Hospital. A native of Wilmington, DJ was the high school’s “Essayist” in 2017 and the town’s Referee of the Year for the Youth Soccer Association. DJ values trustworthiness, as “it requires you to both trust someone else and be able to be trusted by others. Being trustworthy provides the foundation for good relationships, and that is important in all aspects of life.”
With her years and years of time spent at Summer’s Edge, Madison Knibbs showers all of her camp experience upon the campers. She is entering her junior year at Quinnipiac University; she studies occupational therapy and received an award for her 3.96 gpa. At college, Madison participated in Qthon: a dance marathon that benefits Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The Character Counts word “Caring” is especially meaningful to Madison: “I love to see two campers looking out for one another because it shows the strong bond they have made. Caring for others is what makes this world a brighter, happier place.”
Tori Asci returns to work with Group 1. Tori is a long-time Summer’s Edge camper, so she is always excited to return to camp. She attends St. Anselm College, where she majors in communication with a minor in Spanish. While at Swampscott High School, Tori was a Peer Mentor, a member of National Honor Society, captain of the dance team, and part of DECA. The latter is a program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready, and Tori excelled in the program’s competitions, including qualifying for nationals. She believes in the value of sportspersonship, as “I find it extremely important to be a fair and respectful team member or opponent. The game is more fun when everyone is treated fairly.”
Ol’ friend Lauren Harkins leads Group 2 again this summer. Lauren attends Westfield State University, studying elementary education and psychology. Lauren makes a tremendous impact in the pool during swim lessons; in fact, she competes at the Division 3 level of the NCAA and qualified for the New England Division 3 swim meet. A true scholar-athlete, Lauren earned a 3.8 gpa during the swim season! At camp, Lauren especially smiles when she watches the campers foster friendships while having fun in the myriad Summer’s Edge activities.
We are thrilled to welcome Sophia Schiavone to her new role at Summer’s Edge: junior counselor. Sophia is in the dental assistant program at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield. She plays varsity soccer (goalie) and varsity basketball (shooting guard). For the latter, Sophia has received the coaches’ award two years in a row! A little known fact about Sophia is that she loves to sing. She even auditioned twice for American Idol: “I didn’t make it either time, but I’m not giving up.” That’s the spirit we love here at Summer’s Edge!
Jenna Crocker Crocker joins us for her first summer. Jenna graduate from Southern New Hampshire University. In the fall of 2019 she will be teaching fifth grade in Lawrence Public Schools. During the 2018-19 academic year, she taught fifth grade at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden. Jenna also taught physical education in Watertown Public Schools and currently leads Barre Workout Classes for adults. In high school, Jenna played lacrosse for the North Reading Hornets. When Jenna is not teaching or participating in physical activity, she enjoys baking.
Andy Steisel always infuses camp with his wealth of Summer’s Edge experience. This will mark Andy’s 14th year with us: he began way back in Group 1 at age 3 ½! He is entering his senior year at Belmont High School, and he enjoys studying precalculus and economics. As someone who is inspired by music and singing, Andy is a member of the chorus at BHS. He plays goalie in soccer (as the JV captain), and this penchant for defense has been evident to us for years and years: Andy is renowned as the greatest teddy ball fielder in the history of Summer’s Edge with his amazing ability at catching the tennis ball with his bare hands!
Summer’s Edge veteran (with her many years as a camper, C.I.T., and a junior counselor) Andrea Schiavone guides Group 4. She recently completed her first year at Salem State University. Andrea played on the Salem State varsity basketball team. Community, sportspersonship, and caring are all essential to who Andrea is and who she wants to be: “I want to give back to my community by volunteering and helping out with teams that I’ve been on. I want to be a teacher to help kids grow and have fun, too!”
Katie Lulsdorf leads Group 5. A graduate of Salem State University, she holds a B.S. in elementary education and sport movement science, with a concentration in physical education, making her an ideal fit for all of our summer activities at camp. She earned her M.Ed in moderate disabilities from Merrimack College. Katie teaches special education in Bedford and enjoys coaching high school and middle school volleyball. Her favorite word of the week is “caring” because “showing people you care about them, that you care about how they feel or that you care about what they are interested in, is a key part in building and growing relationships.”
We joyfully welcome back Jack Hayes to our team this summer. Jack attends UMass Lowell, where he studies elementary education. A true scholar-athlete, Jack graduated from Woburn Memorial High School with a host of academic and athletic accolades. He made the honor roll for all four years of high school and, as a three-sport athlete and a team captain for football and lacrosse, he earned Middlesex League all-star designation in football and lacrosse, while also being the Woburn’s MVP in the latter. He stresses the value of caring to the campers: “It’s important to display and show kindness to all people you meet. Caring is one of the most important qualities any friend can have.”
Group 89 (Senior Campers and L.I.T.s)
Kate Foley is always on the move, as she loves any recreational activities, such as surfing, swimming, and hiking. Speaking of ‘on the move,’ she walks 26.2 miles in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk every September and became a six-time “Pacesetter” (raising over $1500 from just friends and family). She and her dog, Crosby, took a road trip to Montana last August. Kate graduated with honors from the Sport and Movement Science program at Salem State University, and she completed her master’s degree in educational leadership. During the academic year, she is a lead physical education teacher in Newton. Kate leads our Adventure Week in Bristol, NH: “It’s great to pass on my love of outdoor wilderness play/knowledge to campers.”
Mike Carr is a physical education teacher in Newton and holds a B.S. from Salem State with a major in sport, fitness, and leisure studies. At Plymouth State University, he earned his master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in adventure education. His favorite memory as a Summer’s Edge counselor was his very first game of krack-a-bout, which he calls “a life-changing experience!” Another life-changing experience for Mike: he and his wife welcomed their child Truman during the past year! Mike especially enjoys introducing cooperative activities that involve the whole group’s interactions. In his free time, Mike partakes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which he calls “the ultimate truth,” and he has earned the prestigious brown belt.
Joe Gallo is the founder of Summer’s Edge Tennis School. Joe is a U.S.P.T.A. certified Tennis-Teaching professional. Joe is a professor and the program coordinator of the Athletic Training Program at Salem State University, where he teaches courses in athletic injury, examination, and rehabilitation. Joe completed his doctorate in sport physical therapy at Rocky Mountain University. He received his B.S. in physical education and athletic training from West Virginia University and possesses a master’s degree in physical therapy from Delaware University. He was honored as the 2015 Little East Conference Tennis Coach of the Year at Salem State University. Joe co-authored the 2014 publication, Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation. Joe and his wife have two children, AJ and Michael.
With her wealth of experience as a teacher and tennis coach, Erin Phillips joins the courts a S.E.T.S. Erin teaches Health and Fitness and manages athletics and extracurriculars at Excel Academy Charter School. She previously served as the Head Women's Tennis Coach (as well as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach) at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She holds a graduate degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. Erin will be stressing caring to the tennis players this summer: “People can achieve so much when they know someone cares about them.” She enjoys long-distance running and finished the Boston Marathon this spring!
Olivia Celeste, a 10-year veteran of Summer’s Edge experience as a camper, tennis camper, and junior counselor, returns to work with S.E.T.S. Olivia will be entering Emmanuel College in the fall where she plans to study secondary education and English. While at Burlington High School, she served as a student council representative. Last December, Olivia single-handedly conducted a winter clothing and toiletries drive to benefit two shelters (Woods-Mullen Emergency Shelter and the Victory House) in Boston. Her favorite word of the week is citizenship “because each individual has something positive to contribute to the greater good, and it is very important to instill that confidence in campers from a young age.”
Arts and Crafts
Our director of arts and crafts is Allison Watts. If you time-traveled into the past, you would find Allison leading Group 3, being the maven of arts and crafts, or working with senior campers. Allison earned her M.Ed in Moderate Special Education at Simmons College upon completing her undergraduate work at Wheaton College. During the academic year, she is an elementary special education teacher at the Brooks School in Medford. Allison’s children, Jacob and Lilly, are Summer’s Edge campers. She coaches Lilly’s lacrosse team in Lexington, tapping into her experience back in the day as a Wheaton College star! Allison thrives on switching gears from teaching to delving into crafts in the summer, particularly helping campers of all ages get creative with a variety of approaches to her projects.
The morning and afternoon extended day programs will be the specialty of Russell Abbott throughout the summer. Russell is entering his junior year at College of the Holy Cross; he majors in political science. He performs on the track and field team at Holy Cross with jumps, including both indoor and outdoor long and triple jumps. A former four-year high school class president, Russell understands the important value to teamwork: “Sportspersonship allows kids to be safe while being active and promotes teamwork. It also incorporates the other ideas of fairness and respect, which are beneficial beyond the world of sports.”
Libbey Beinert leads hip-hop dance at Summer’s Edge. She also is an instructor of Zumba at Best Fitness in Chelmsford three times a week. When she is not on the dance floors, Libbey teaches physical education and health at Bedford Middle School--and also is the Cub Scout leader for her son’s troop! Her undergraduate work was completed at Springfield College, and she earned a master’s from Plymouth State University. When her feet are aching from all the dance moves, Libbey enjoys settling into the calming activities of yoga, knitting, scrapbooking, and paint nights.
Ben Thomas, a 10-year veteran of Summer’s Edge as a camper, C.I.T, junior counselor, and counselor, will be guiding Adventure Week. Ben attends Colorado College with a double major in computer science and music. He loves to ski, rock climb, and play the drums. Ben will be imparting the essence of respect while in Bristol, NH with the campers: “Respect is often the basis of building a relationship. It develops a relationship into one that is caring, trustworthy, dependable, and truly worth-while. If you respect others, then people will respect you, which will translate into healthier relationships that are built upon a mutual understanding of one another.”
Phyllis Gallo, the mother of Ann Marie and Joe, retired after working 54 years for the same company…and she wishes she was still working! The firm moved to Norwell, which would make for a very long commute using public transportation since she does not drive. We have put her years of clerical skills to perfect use in the camp office. Phyllis has been filing, collating, shredding at record speeds, and assembling paper mailers which she enjoys the most.
Sarah Harkins joins us for her third summer. Sarah will be a senior at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she is studying exercise physiology with a minor in psychology. Sarah will be graduating in the winter, a semester early. She joined the club field hockey program at UMass Lowell and went to the tournament at Virginia Beach. Sarah demonstrates her prowess during swim lessons; she is an avid swimmer, having competed for 12 years on swim teams and coached swimming. For the latter, one of her swimmers mentioned Sarah in the yearbook as the person that she admired most! Sarah believes earnestly in the value of respect.