Summer Trails Leadership Team
  
    

Scott Berman



Master of Ceremonies

Scott is originally from The Bronx where he taught Physical Education and currently lives in Yorktown Heights. He has a Master's in Health Education and Physical Education from Lehman College. Scott has the distinguished honor of being the longest Summer Trails employee—He’s been working in a leadership capacity for over 35 years! When he’s not at camp you can catch him on the golf course (he’s got a mean swing) or traveling the globe.


Victoria Dosso



Athletic Director

Victoria grew up and currently resides in Yorktown Heights. She has a BA in Mathematics and Adolescent Education from SUNY Geneseo and Master’s Degree in Math Education. Victoria has been a part of the Summer Trails family since 1996 when she started as a camper in Girls 1 and became a staff member in 2005. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, exercising, and playing a variety of sports including rugby.


Joe Grillo



Head Coach

Coach Grillo, the anchor of our Baseball Program, brings his supreme baseball knowledge, enormous experience and true passion for the game. He was drafted in the 70’s and played in the Texas Ranger system and was the Varsity Baseball Coach at Byram Hills High School for over a decade. Additionally, he has authored his own series of Baseball Training Videos. Joe’s focus is on skill development, drills and individual camper growth


Samantha Johns



Upper Grove
Group Leader

Samantha is originally from Morristown, NJ and now lives in Chappaqua, NY with her husband and three children.  Samantha earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Samantha spent most of her childhood attending summer camp and is very excited to be at Summer Trails.  When not at camp Samantha can be found substitute teaching in Chappaqua Schools, volunteering with the Junior League of Northern Westchester, reading, or playing with her kids.


Kristen Johannes



Head Lifeguard

Kristen grew up and currently resides in Yorktown Heights. She has been part of the Summer Trails family since 1994 first as a camper, then counselor, lifeguard, swim instructor and now Head Lifeguard and Southwoods Trip Co-Leader. Kristen currently teaches science at St Patricks School in Bedford and is pursuing a duel Masters in Secondary Biology Education and Special Education. Kristen enjoys
all kinds of outdoor activities and especially going to the beach.


Amy Kaufman



Little Grove
Group Leader

Amy is originally from Long Beach, NY and currently lives in Somers. She has a BA from SUNY Buffalo and an MA from Emerson College. Amy is a Teaching Assistant and looks forward to summer because she loves seeing everybody’s smiling faces. Amy joined the Summer Trails family in 2005 as a Little Grove Group Counselor and in 2007 became the Little Grove Group Leader. When not at work, Amy can be found baking in the kitchen, reading, taking long walks, and practicing yoga.


Debi Kelly


Aquatics and Program Director

Debi was born, raised and currently resides in Yorktown Heights. She considers Summer Trails her second home as she grew up here spending more than 30 summers at camp as both a camper and staff. In addition to being Program and Aquatics Director, Debi oversees our Extended Day Program. Debi has a B.S in Psychology and a M.S. of School Psychology. Debi joined the Summer Trails full-time staff team in Fall of 2008. When not at camp you may find Debi teaching a Red Cross Certification course, reading, and playing with her Rottweilers.


Dan Kreiness



LIT
Director

Dan grew up in Mahopac, NY and currently resides in Danbury, CT. Dan has a BA in Journalism from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Education from Mercy College. Dan is an 8th grade English teacher in the Bronx and also an instructor with the Mahopac High School Marching Band. He has been a member of the Summer Trails family since he was a camper in Nursery Boys and has been a member of the Summer Trails staff since 1996. He has been a counselor, specialist and is currently the LIT Director.



Brittany Kugler



Upper Grove
Group Leader

Brittany grew up and currently resides in Somers. With a BA in Elementary Education and a Master's in Special Education, Brittany is working as a Permanent Substitute in the Somer's School District. She has been a part of the Summer Trails family since 2004. In her free time Brittany likes to spend time in Montauk on the beach, relaxing or hanging out with friends.


Heather O'Neill



Summer Office Manager

Heather grew up in Mt. Vernon and now lives in Danbury, CT. She attended Salve Regina University. and graduated with a Bachelor's in Arts and Science in English and Secondary Education. She also has an Master's of ED in Curriculum and Instruction and teaches High School English. During the summer, Heather enjoys talking to parents while working as the Summer Trails Office Manager. When not at school or camp Heather enjoys hanging with her dogs, skiing, reading, fishing, and most of all shopping.


Christine Wedvik



Lower Grove
Group Leader

Christine has a B.S. in Elementary Education with Minors in Child Development and Early Childhood Education, a M.S. in Educational Psychology and is certified in Special Education. She currently teaches a combination class of Pre-K/Kindergarten at Elizabeth Ann Seton School. She has been part of Summer Trails since 2000 when she was as the Nature Specialist. In 2009 Christine joined the Leadership Team as the Lower Grove Group Leader. Christine enjoys being outdoors, gardening and traveling.

Jamie & Dave Sirkin

- Owners/Directors -

Jamie completed her undergrad at Indiana University and then received a Master's of Social Work from NYU. As a camp “lifer” she has spent over 30 summers at camp, more than a decade as a Camp Administrator. Jamie is committed to positively impacting children through the summer camp experience.

 

Dave Parent
- Baseball General Manager -

- Controller -

Dave was born in Wyoming and raised in Florida. He graduated from the University of West Florida with an Economics and Finance Degree. After working at Southwoods Camp as the Bookkeeper, Dave joined the Summer Trails Staff in 2008. Dave's responsibilities include Accounting and Operations. Dave will also focus on the operation and programmatic aspects of our baseball program, making sure everything runs right. His year-round commitment to our Baseball Program began in 2008 and is unparalleled. Dave is an avid golfer, guitar player and Jimmy Buffett fan.




 

Andrea and Scott Ralls
- Owners -

Andrea and Scott have dedicated their professional lives to empowering children. Between them they have more than 50 years teaching and camp experience. They spend their summer in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains at Southwoods the premier residential 4-week children’s camp that they have founded, own, and direct.

Ann & Dave Silverstein

Judy & Marty Davidson

Pauline & Jim Durling

- Founders -

Ann, Dave, Judy, Marty, Pauline and Jim banded together in 1974 to start a small camp named Summer Trails.  Five of them being teachers, they looked to continue to impact lives of children during their summer vacations from school.  They landed here in Granite Springs at the doorstep of Dr. Molly Cohl.  Dr. Molly Cohl had previously run a small camp and petting zoo on this property.  They fell in love with the site and started work immediately on opening camp.  Decades later Summer Trails has grown to accommodate campers age 3-14, offer a wide variety of programs, and impact the lives of thousands of Westchester families.  With their ingenuity Summer Trails has become the benchmark in day camping.