Summer Camp For Kids | New Jersey Summer Program - Eagle’s Landing

Our Leadership

Barry Wasserman, Ph.D., and Ruth Ann Weiss, M.A., 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 over 20 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 at camps in both New Jersey and Delaware. Ruth Ann received her certification as a Pre-School teacher and as a Kindergarten teacher. She also supervised an after-school program working with children in grades K-8. Click here to meet Ruth Ann!

Hanna Wasserman

Hanna Wasserman - Assistant Director

Hanna is a lifelong camper. After 12 years as a camper and 12 years as camp staff, she pursued her passion and worked locally at State Theatre New Jersey for 5 years. Camp called her back and she is excited to return as Assistant Director! Hanna graduated from Boston University with degrees in Communications and Theater Management. Her primary focus at camp is on IT, facilties, and operations. She loves going outside with the campers and staff, but her favorite jobs by far are at the pools and up on the ropes course.

Shira Wasserman

Shira Wasserman - Assistant Director

Shira is truly a lifelong camp person. She was at camp when she was only weeks old and has never left! She has worked in many different areas of camp from being a Junior counselor to the Division Leader of Boys 1st and 2nd grade. After graduating from Rutgers University, where she received her Masters Degree in Special Education, Shira taught 6th Grade Special Education in Ithaca, New York. But Shira had the camp itch to come back and work full time as an Assistant Director. Shira loves to be hands on with campers and staff, and you can always see her dressed up on special days! Shira is excited to be working on expanding the inclusion program, overseeing special days, and creating new and exciting lesson plans. Click here to meet Shira!

Carlen Smith

Carlen Smith - Program Coordinator

Carlen is excited to be a part of our leadership team for another summer. You can always see Carlen smile as she walks around camp every day. She loves to watch the campers learn new skills as they participate in the variety of activies around camp. During the school year, Carlen teaches anatomy and AP Science classes at East Brunswick High School. Carlen comes to camp with her son. Click here to meet Carlen!


Tammy Calefato - Inclusion Director and Behaviorist

Tammy is returning for another summer to run our Inclusion Program. Tammy has vast experience working with children who have disabilities either behavioral, emotional or physical. Tammy is a certified Social worker and Behaviorist and a huge advocate for children who need additional assistance. She lives locally in North Brunswick with her husband and two daughters (yes, of course they are ELDC campers). Tammy is constantly finding new ways to involve our inclusion campers in mainstream activities and help them to make new friends at camp. Tammy was a camp parent before working at ELDC so she understands our philosophy of putting campers first and to make everyone feel at home while at camp. Click here to meet Tammy!

Jamie Fig

Jamie Figliolino - Special Events Coordinator

Jamie joins us as the Special Events Coordinator after 4 summers supervising the Ropes Course. She is creative, caring, a great planner, and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our camp family. Jamie is a Kindergarten teacher in Woodbridge Township and a softball coach for both middle school and high school students. She is passionate about making children feel good about themselves and she has amazing camp spirit (you will often see her running around in a tutu). Jamie lives with her family locally in East Brunswick and her daughter is a camper here as well.

Sara Strum

Sara Strum - Division Leader

You may know Sara as the Coordinator of our Swim Program for the past couple summers, but she is making the switch to be the Boys Kiddie Kingdom Division Leader! Sara has been with our camp family for over 25 years. She has 4 children and works at a local preschool as a teacher. She is known for her calm demeanor and her problem solving skills.

Rachelle Tilbor

Rachelle Tilbor - Division Leader

Rachelle is outside playing with our 3, 4, and 5 year old girls 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 has been at camp for over 15 summers! Click here to meet Rachelle!

Spencer Brooks

Spencer Brooks - Division Leader

Spencer joins our camp family this year from his camp in Union, NJ. Spencer is one of the former Directors of the Union County YM-YWHA and brings years of experience to Eagle's Landing. Spencer has a great sense of humor and looks forward to working with our 1st and 2nd grade boys. During the off season, Spencer is a music teacher in Woodbridge Township.

Becca Schnier

Becca Schnier - Division Leader

Becca is always smiling and laughing! Her dream to become a teacher has now come true at Barclay Brook Elementary School in Monroe Township, where she teaches 1st grade. She enjoys teaching because she feels that 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. Becca returns to working with the 1st and 2nd grade girls, and has been with us for over 5 summers. Click here to meet Becca!

Justin Hirsch

Justin Hirsch - Divison Leader

Justin is returning to his 3rd and 4th grade boys for another summer! Justin has been a part of our leadership team for over 10 years. He currently teaches English and Special Education in Newark. His energy, creativity and empathy are reflected throughout his campers and counselors. Justin lives locally with his wife and two sons, who are current ELDC campers. Click here to meet Justin!

Christina Paella

Christina Patella - Divison Leader

Christina spent her summers growing up at Eagle's Landing. After 12 years as a camper and over 5 years as staff, she will now be spending time with our 3rd and 4th grade girls. Christina is incredibly organized and very supportive - a great combination for middle school campers. During the off season, she teaches Math in Randolph High School. Click here to meet Christina!

Todd Gural

Todd Gural - Divison Leader

Todd is returning to camp for another fun-filled summer. Eagle's Landing is excited to have Todd back supervising the 5th and 6th grade boys, which he's been doing for over 10 years. Todd teaches middle school in Metuchen during the school year. He is easy going and adaptable to all personalities. Joining him at camp this summer are his two daughters. Click here to meet Todd!

Rachel Botnick

Rachel Botnick - Division Leader

Rachel is the Division Leader for the 5th and 6th grade girls. Growing up, Rachel was both a camper and staff in both day and overnight camps. She was previously a Division Leader for Kiddie Kingdom Boys and a Specialist working with different age groups. Rachel has been teaching elementary school in Jersey City for over 15 years. Rachel lives locally in East Brunswick with her twin daughters and literally always has a smile on her face! Click here to meet Rachel!

Dan Schmeidler

Dan Schmeidler - Divison Leader

Dan has been with our camp family for 10 years. Dan is known for his mellow demeanor and likes being outside. Dan is returning once again 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 has a daughter who is an ELDC staff member, and a son and a daughter who are ELDC campers.Click here to meet Dan!

Abby Salgado

Abby Salgado - Divison Leader

Abby is returning for her 13th year to lead our 7th and 8th grade girls. Best described as upbeat and funny, Abby currently teaches Physical Education in East Brunswick. She returns to camp with her 2 sons! Click here to meet Abby!

Kevin Lynn

Kevin Lynn - Divison Leader

Kevin has been with our camp family for over 20 years and is returning to lead our oldest division, the Leaders in Training (LITs) and Counselors in Training (CITs). Kevin has a strong background in both day and overnight camps and brings that experience to Eagle's Landing! Kevin lives in East Brunswick with his wife and three kids (one of which is brand new)! During the year, Kevin is a school psychologist in Perth Amboy. Click here to meet Kevin!