Eagles Landing Day Camp - Summer Camp Leadership

Our Leadership

Barry Wasserman, Ph.D., and Ruth Ann Weiss, Owners/Directors

Barry has been a Camp Director for 30 years. Prior to creating Eagle’s Landing, Barry was the Director of both Eagle River Day Camp in Monroe for 8 years and Lake-Vu Day Camp in East Brunswick for 14 years. Barry served on the Board of Advisors for Camp America, a division of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). He has also previously served as President, Vice President and Treasurer of the NJ Association of Private Camps, and as a Board Member of the American Camp Association.

Ruth Ann has been a Camp Director for 21 years. Prior to Eagle’s Landing, Ruth Ann was the Director of Eagle River Day Camp in Monroe for 8 years and the Head Counselor of Lake-Vu Day Camp for 4 years. Ruth Ann grew up in camp and spent many years working in non-profit facilities. She has served as an administrator in camps in both New Jersey and Delaware. Ruth Ann received her certification as a pre-school teacher. She worked as a kindergarten teacher and also supervised an after-school program working with children in grades K-8.

Assistant Director Brian Mallen has been with the Eagle's Landing family for 15 years. He started working with us as a Junior Counselor and has made his way though the ranks, literally working in every area of camp. Brian graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Sociology and Education. His primary focus at camp is on IT, facilties and operations. He loves going outside and seeing the campers and staff, but his favorite job by far is tasting each of the ELDC lunch options.

Specialist Coordinator Carlen Smith is excited to be a part of our leadership team for another summer. Carlen smiles from place to place at camp, and loves to watch the kids learn new things. During the school year, Carlen teaches anatomy and AP Science classes at East Brunswick High School. Carlen comes to camp with her son Elliott.

Division Leader Shari Rykus has been working at camp for the past 6 years. Shari has worked in the Carteret Public Schools District as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant on the Child Study Team (CST) at the Middle School level, and now at the Elementary Schools on CST. This has been a great experience and an asset to being a Division Leader of our Kiddie Kingdom Boys.

Division Leader Rachelle Tilbor is outside playing with our 3, 4 and 5 year olds all day long. She loves working with our youngest campers and it shines through in everything she does. During the year, Rachelle is a pre-school teacher. She is returning to ELDC with her two kids for her 12th summer.

Division Leader Shira Wasserman is known all around camp as being silly and willing to help anywhere. She is a recent graduaute from Rutgers University and currently teaches at Indian Fields Elemenatary school in South Brunswick. Shira is looking forward to her new home with the 1st and 2nd grade boys.

Division Leader Hanna Lustig has been a camper all her life! Her dream was to become a teacher has now come true. She enjoys teaching because she feels she is able to relate to every student on their individual level. Now that she is certified, her first stop was to come back to camp so she can be with children all year round. During the year, Hanna works at Judd Elementary School in North Brunswick. Hanna will be working with the 1st and 2nd grade girls.

Division Leader Justin Hirsch is returning to his 3rd and 4th grade boys for another summer. This will be Justin's 10th summer as part of our leadership team. He currently teaches English and Special Education in Newark. His energy, creativity and empathy are reflected throughout his campers and counselors. Justin lives in Linden with his wife and two sons (a current and future ELDC camper).

Division Leader Julie Ernst came to Eagle's Landing through her two boys. Once they took a tour of camp they were hooked! Julie works in Highland Park during the school year, but she spends her summer with our 3rd and 4th grade girls. Julie is thoughtful and is "drama-free" with her campers. We love seeing her smiling face all summer long.

Division Leader Todd Gural is returning to camp for another fun-filled summer. Eagle's Landing is excited to have Todd with the 5th and 6th grade boys. Todd teaches Middle School in Metuchen during the school year. He is very easy going and adaptable to all personalities. Joining him at camp this summer are his two children.

Division Leader Robyn Silberstein is happy to get back into camp. She teaches in Eatontown during the school year. Robyn is thrilled to be outdoors with her 5th and 6th grade girls crafting, playing sports or swimming. Some of Robyn's best memories as a child were at camp, so she is excited to bring her son to ELDC this summer for the first time.

Division Leader Sue Ancona calls camp her Shangri-La. After teaching high school physical education in Irvington, she loves coming to camp each summer to spend time with her 7th and 8th grade girls. Sue is incredibly organized and very calm - a great combination for middle school campers.

Division Leader Dan Schmeidler has been with our camp family for 9 years now. He has spent his past summers with us teaching Mad Science. Dan is known for his mellow demeanor and likes being outside. Dan is now moving all the way up to work with the Upper Camp boys of 7th and 8th grade. During the school year Dan teaches a 5th grade inclusion class in Summit. Dan’s 3 children are all ELDC.

Division Leader Christina Rishiy is best described as positive and a leader. This summer she will head up our eldest division, the Leaders in Training (LITs) and Counselors in Training (CITs). She currently teaches high school science and was recently awarded teacher of the year!

Special Operations Coordinator Jordan Baer is the person behind the amazing calender you see and get to be a part of every summer. He is known as "Mr. Camp" at Eagle's Landing and has worked with all different ages. He is silly, caring and always on his toes. Jordan teaches math during the school year at J.P. Stevens High School.

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