The Rhodes/Rothman family has owned and operated Deerkill Day Camp since its founding in 1958. Founded by Irwin and Midge Rhodes, Deerkill Day Camp is now directed by their granddaughter, Rebecca, and her husband Todd Rothman.
Robert Rhodes (Director Emeritus)
B.A. Univ. of Michigan, M.A. Columbia Univ., Ph.D. Princeton Univ.
Bob was a counselor at Deerkill Day Camp during his college years. He returned after ten years as a college professor to join his parents as a Director in 1977 and has never left. Bob and his father Irwin Rhodes co-authored Fundamentals of Day Camping published by the American Camp Association. Bob’s hobbies include photography, hiking and reading.
Karen Rhodes (Director Emeritus)
B.S. Barnard College, M.A. Brooklyn College, and Ph.D. Fordham
Karen has been a Director since 1977. Karen is a licensed psychologist. She has post-doctoral training in family therapy (FIW) and has taught child development courses in college. Karen was also a school psychologist for many years and currently has a private practice specializing in family therapy. Karen is an avid watercolor artist who loves painting outdoor scenes and enjoys traveling abroad.
Rebecca’s grandparents Irwin (J.D. NYU) and Midge (A.B. Hunter College) founded Deerkill Park Day Camp in 1958 (later dropping the “Park”). Irwin had previously followed his parents as Director of the sleep away camps High Lake and Winona. He and Midge purchased Deerkill as a summer camp for the boys and girls who visited the bungalow colony across the street every summer. Irwin was also a trustee of the Robert Louis Steven School for many years as well as a local homebuilder - perhaps his most famous building is Deerkill’s own basketball pavilion, an area landmark.
Our Year Round Staff
Jennifer is in her 24th year at Deerkill. She works year round as our Head of Transportation. Jennifer knows every short cut in the Tri-State area and is amazing at creating safe and efficient bus routes for our campers. She is an automotive enthusiast and loves her Dunkin Donuts coffee.
After working for two summers as our Specialty Head in Computers, Deloris joined us in our business office in 2010. In her role as Business Office Manager, Deloris helps facilitate camper enrollment, serves as a liaison to our parents’ off-season needs and publishes the camp newspaper among many other things. Her son also works at Deerkill.
“Uncle Mike” joined the Deerkill team officially as our Head of Maintenance & Grounds in 2019 however he’s long been known for his efforts and spirit at our annual Fall Fest. He and his Maintenance team take great care to ensure Deerkill’s grounds are pristine, safe and ready for our campers.
Dennis is our Head of Programming. He holds a Master’s in Integrating Technology in the Classroom and was a Social Studies/Technology teacher for 20 years. He enjoys playing sports, reading, and seeing live music. He has been at Deerkill for 13 years and has been working at camps for over 30 years.
Our Leadership Staff
Mat is the Head of the Waterfront. He has a Masters in Teaching from STAC. Mat has been a camper since 1988 and has worked on the waterfront for over 20 years. As an American Red Cross instructor, he has trained many of our own lifeguards as well as other local camps’ staff. He is a teacher in a local elementary school and is looking forward to winning the inter-camp softball championship for Deerkill!
Steve is in his 16th year at Deerkill and is the Head Counselor for the Upper Camp boy groups. He is a 6th Grade Teacher at Felix Festa Middle School with an M.S. in Education and Special Education. He also coaches wrestling and softball. Steve enjoys spending time with his twin daughters (who are also campers) and his wife Mallory.
Mallory has been at Deerkill since 2005 and is the Head Counselor for the Upper Girls groups. She has a Master’s in Special Education and is a Special Education Teacher in Monroe, NY. She loves spending time with her family and friends, but her favorite activity is chasing her and Steve’s twin girls.
Colleen started at Deerkill as a camper in 1997 and is now the Head of Junior Camp. She has been a counselor with us for over ten years, working with the girls going into Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade. Colleen has a Masters in Educational Technology and is a 2nd Grade teacher in Monroe, NY. She is very excited to celebrate her son and daughter becoming Deerkill High-Fivers this summer!
Mike is our Scheduling Coordinator and Head of our Club program. He is currently a Math Coach for NY City Department of Education. He has been at Deerkill since 1991 as a counselor and co-manages & plays on the staff softball team. This is his 26th year as a group leader for the 7 year old boys group. Mike’s two daughters are also at Deerkill this summer.
This is Josh’s 24th year at Deerkill as a counselor. He leads our Quest elective program. Josh has a Master’s Degree from the University of Albany and teaches in the Bronx. He is crazy about softball and co-manages the Deerkill staff team along with Mike Litt.
Diane Murray has been the Theater Arts Specialist at Deerkill for 12 years and both of her daughters have “graduated” from the camp program. In 2022, she took on a new role as our Head of Specialty Programming. During the school year, Diane teaches 6th grade at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken and is also an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC, in the School of Education.
Our Summer Office Staff
Dara is returning for her 9th summer as our Forms Administrator and Attendance Coordinator. She has an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia and her daughter Carly attends Deerkill.
Rosina is in her 25th year at Deerkill as our bookkeeper. She has her own consulting company. Both of her children attended and worked at Deerkill.
This is Pam’s 8th summer at Deerkill. She is our Summer Office Manager. Pam has her Master’s in Elementary Education. Her son works at Deerkill and her daughter attends as a camper.
Judy is a long time Deerkill camper that has returned to be part of our staff with her daughter Rachel. She does just about everything during a typical camp day!
We are so proud of the fact that so many of our staff return year after year to be part of our extended Deerkill Day Camp family.