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Leadership &

Key Staff

The Rhodes family has owned and operated Deerkill Day Camp since its founding in 1958. Founded by Irwin Rhodes, Deerkill Day Camp is now directed by his granddaughter, Rebecca, and her husband Todd Rothman.

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Todd and daughter, Caroline

Todd Rothman

B.A. Tufts University, M.B.A. NYU Stern School of Business

Prior to joining Deerkill as a Director in 2007, Todd’s camping experience included seven summers as a camper and counselor at an overnight summer camp in Cape Cod. In addition to working full-time at Deerkill throughout the year, Todd is on the Board for the American Camp Association (NY/NJ) and has served as President of the Rockland-Westchester Day Camp Association for 3 years. Todd enjoys playing basketball and watching his hometown Boston sports teams but he most enjoys making his children (Isaac, Henry and Caroline) laugh.

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Rebecca and son, Henry

Rebecca Rhodes Rothman

B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, M.S. Teachers College, Columbia Univ.

Rebecca started at Deerkill as a camper when she was 3 years old and is now a 3rd-generation Director. She has worked at Deerkill as a Group Counselor, Specialty Head and Waterfront Director among other positions. You name it, she’s done it. Rebecca is also a speech-language pathologist who works with children of all ages. Rebecca enjoys swimming, skiing, and hiking but her favorite pastime is playing with her and Todd’s sons Isaac and Henry and daughter Caroline.

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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.

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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.

The Founders

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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

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Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer is in her 19th year at Deerkill. She works year round as our office manager and 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.

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Deloris Caro

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.

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Bradley Schnell

Brad has been part of our Deerkill family for over a quarter century and knows camp like the back of his hand. He and his Maintenance team take great care to ensure Deerkill’s grounds are pristine, safe and ready for our campers.

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Mat Malden

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 15 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!

Our Leadership Staff

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Alan Malden

Alan is a Camp Director and our Head Counselor. His presence at Deerkill dates back to 1969 - he recently celebrated his 48th year at Deerkill! His three sons have attended Camp, one of whom is now the Head of Waterfront. Alan previously was the Dean at Kakiat Junior High School and Athletic Director at Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, NY. In his spare time, he takes a special interest in the New York Rangers. He met his wife Cathy at Deerkill.

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Steve Greenberg

Steve is in his 11th 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 two year-old daughters and his wife Mallory.

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Mallory Greenberg

Mallory has been at Deerkill since 2005 and is the Head Counselor for the Junior Camp groups. She has a Master’s in Special Education and is a Special Education Teacher in Harrison, NY. She loves spending time with her family and friends, but her favorite activity is chasing her and Steve’s twin girls.

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Nora Solomon

Nora Solomon has been with Deerkill since 1998; this is her 11th year on our staff. Nora is our Head Counselor for the Upper Camp girl groups and also helps lead our 15-year old STAR group. She has her Masters and is a Teacher in Manhattan. Nora enjoys singing, theater, macramé, and generally having fun!

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Dennis Gordon

Dennis is our Head of Programming. He holds a Master’s in Integrating Technology in the Classroom and is a Social Studies/Technology teacher. He enjoys playing sports, reading, and seeing live music. He joins us for his 7th summer and has been working at camps for over 30 years.

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Mike Litt

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 23rd year as a group leader for the 7 year old boys group. Mike’s wife and daughter are also at Deerkill this summer.

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Josh Dank

This is Josh’s 19th 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.

Our Summer Office Staff

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Dara Gottlieb

Dara is returning for her 5th summer as our Forms Administrator and Attendance Coordinator. She has an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia and has two daughters who attend Deerkill.

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Rosina Hirsh

Rosina is in her 20th year at Deerkill as our bookkeeper. She has her own consulting company. Both of her children attended and worked at Deerkill.

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Pam McAndrew

This is Pam’s 4th 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.

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Nicole Lentini

Nicole is our Transportation Assistant. This is her 5th summer at Deerkill. She has a degree in Sociology and Elementary Education and is very passionate about all things Disney.

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.