ACA, NY and NJ Staff
Susie Lupert is the Executive Director of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. Susie attended resident camp for 12 years as both a camper and staff member. She attended the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and New York University where she received a Masters in Public Policy and Non Profit Administration. Prior to joining ACA, NY and NJ, Susie spent close to a decade at Housing Works, one of the nation’s largest AIDS service providers. She worked to create small for profit businesses which funneled money back to the nonprofit. Susie lives in Brooklyn with her partner Beth and their son Nathan, who will someday be a camper!
Director, Camper Placement
Renee Flax is the Director of Camper Placement for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. She has been assisting area families find the right camp experience for their children since 1998. Renee has an extensive knowledge of camp programs and philosophies. Each summer, Renee travels to dozens of ACA accredited camps. She knows the camp directors and senior staff personally and has a keen understanding of each camp's philosophy, program and facilities. She is recognized as an authority on camping and has been featured in The Associated Press, The New York Times, The New York Post, Newsday, The Journal News, Parent Guide and New York Family. Renee graduated Syracuse University (1971) with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Renee attended summer camp for 15 years as a camper, counselor, and group leader. She is the mother of two daughters who were also long time campers and grandmother to four grandchildren.
Senior Director of Member Services
Prior to becoming a full-time camp professional with the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, Quinton spent several summers as a Site Director with the YMCA and as a coordinator with the Boys and Girls Clubs before moving onto a career in teaching. He has created numerous camp staff orientations, consults with camps around the region and led workshops across the northeast. His high quality, high content, high-energy programs and innovative ideas are well regarded within the youth recreation industry. In Quinton’s position as the Senior Director of Member Services, he speaks with the community, parents, and other camp professionals about the benefits and importance of the ACA and plans and provides trainings throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. During the summer, he switches gears and serves as a residential camp director in Upstate New York.
Director of Operations/Comptroller
Beth has been working at the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey since 2006. Prior to joining ACA, NY and NJ, Beth worked as the Director of Operations at the Advance Group, a political consulting firm. Beth enjoyed four years as a lifeguard at a day camp on Long Island. She is has a BA in History from the University of Scranton. Beth lives in New York City and enjoys ancient languages and fencing.
Director of Communications
Prior to joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, Jess Michaels was the Associate Director of Publicity for the publishing company Penguin Young Readers Group, where she executed national and regional publicity campaigns for bestselling and celebrity children’s book authors. In this role, she also managed a team of six publicists and coordinated various press and book events. Before working at Penguin Young Readers Group, Jess worked on national publicity for Thirteen/WNET, the flagship PBS station in New York. At Thirteen/WNET, she pitched and secured national media for television documentaries and series, worked with celebrities and television producers and coordinated press conferences and screenings. Jess is a lifetime camper. Beginning at age five, she attended day camp on Long Island for three years. By age eight, she was off to resident camp for eight weeks each summer and loved every minute of it. Jess was a camper at resident camp for nine years and a counselor and girls’ athletic staff member for three years. She is thrilled to be able to combine her publicity skills with her love of camp. Jess lives in New York City with her husband. When not publicizing camp, Jess enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, traveling, running in Central Park, and skiing.
Director of Events
Samara has joined the American Camp Association of NY and NJ after working for 7 ½ years at the Institute of International Research, a corporate conference company, as part of the Operations team. She rose the ranks and held the position of Senior Meeting Planner for the past 3 years in which she honed her operations expertise and expanded her skill set into all aspects of the conference and tradeshow industry. Samara is a passionate former camper and spent 4 summers at day camp and 9 incredible summers at a sleep away camp in the Poconos where she was a camper and CIT. She then worked at a day camp for 2 more summers. Samara LOVES camp and as an only child credits it with preparing her for a lot of what life had to offer in the future. Samara attended Binghamton University (where she used to spend her days off from camp) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Rhetoric. Samara recently moved to the 'burbs with her husband and dog and outside of works loves cooking, decorating her new house, entertaining and traveling!
Associate Director of Training and Consulting
Prior to joining the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, Allison was a preschool teacher in White Plains, New York. Having spent a lifetime of summers at camp, she is extremely passionate about the benefits of the camp experience. After attending day camp for eight years, she went on to experience a resident camp in the Adirondacks for three years. Allison then returned to her day camp where she held several positions including Group Leader, Division Head and Administrative Assistant. In her time at camp, she coordinated the staff recreation program, ran special events and assisted with staff training. Allison enjoys training staff all over New York and New Jersey and working with camps to enhance their programs and operations. She is happy to be part of the ACA, NY & NJ team, and loves connecting with fellow youth professionals all year long.
Membership and Standards Assistant
Eric Oppenheimer is the Membership and Standards Assistant of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. Eric attended day camp for numerous years, and sleepaway camp in the Catskills for twelve years as both a camper and staff member. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he received a degree in marketing and management.
Tara is the Events Assistant for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. She spent spent nine summers as camper, CIT, counselor and Division Leader at three different YMCA camps along the east coast. She has her degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tara enjoys yoga and getting outside as much as possible. She lives with her furry roommate, Tobi, in New York City.