Beth Johns–Thomas (President) is the Director of Summer Programs at the Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge MA serving children ages 22 mos-14 yrs old. Beth has over 25 years of directing camps in both private and not-for-profit camps. She established and directed Camp Ponemah a day camp in Milford NH for 10 years, directed Summer Fenn day camp an independent school camp located in Concord MA and has directed Girl Scouts Camp Farnsworth and Camp Green Eyrie. In addition Beth serves on the ACA National Standards Commission, the ACA New England Standards Committee, the ACA-NE Professional & Educational Committee, a New Camp Directors trainer and ACA Visitor.
Bill Hoch (Vice President) is the Director of Camp Watitah a coed overnight camp in the Berkshires. He has served the MCA Board since 1989 and been our Vice President since 1989. In addition Bill is the President of the Western Massachusetts Camp Director’s Association.
Mark Toporoff (Treasurer) is a Co-Director of Camp Danbee a girl’s overnight camp in the Berkshires. Mark was a middle school teacher, soccer coach, and camp professional before joining Danbee full-time in 1999.
Joanna Lenahan (Secretary) is an Outdoor Program Manager for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, managing six day camps throughout Eastern MA and managing year-round programs for girls at nine properties. She currently serves as the Vendor Hall Chair for ACA New England and is a member of Camp America’s Board of Advisors.
Scott Brody (Government Affairs) is the owner & founder of Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA. He is also the owner and the director of Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, a private residential program. Scott recently complete six years as the National Vice President of ACA, was an ACA National Board Member for 9 years, served for over ten years on the ACA National Public Policy Committee, and was a member of the 20/20 Vision Task Force. He currently serves on the ACA Non-Cognitive Skills Task Force, and recently authored an article for Camping Magazine entitled “Teaching Skills that Children Need to Succeed”. Scott is a thought leader in developing 21st Century Skills through the camp experience, and has shared his insights with audiences throughout the country, including the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Chicago Youth Centers and many education foundations and parent groups. He is a regular presenter at the ACA National Conference, The Tri State Camping Conference, the Southern California Leadership Conference and other educational events. Most importantly, he is the father of A.J., who loves second grade!
Nancy Hartmann (Member at Large, Membership Chair, Past President) is the Director of Auxiliary Programs at Glen Urquhart School. In addition to her leadership at Glen Urquhart, Nancy is an ACA volunteer, having served on the National Board Development Committee, ACA New England Board and is currently a Standards Instructor Trainer and Visitor. Nancy has 30 years experience working with agency and private not for profit youth camps. Teaching swimming at Latitudes Sports Club, coaching for the GATORS Volleyball Club, Pingree High School volleyball and being a youth group leader for her church, extends her commitment to youth.
Ellen Felcher (Member at Large, Business Member Chair) is the Director of Resident Camp Pembroke, celebrating 80 years of serving over 400 young Jewish girls each season. Ellen has been a member of the Pembroke Camp Community for sixteen years, directing for the past eleven. She is active in ACA and Jewish Camp Director Roundtables. Before her commitment to direct Camp Pembroke she taught Pre – K through – 1st grade for 25 years.
Matthew Scholl (Member at Large) is the Director of the Christodora Manice Education Center and overnight summer camp in the Berkshires. Matt has over 10 years experience in programs serving urban youth from Pittsburgh and New York City. He is currently serving as the Vice President of the Florida, MA PTA and is a Hoosic River Watershed Association Board Member.
Cassandra Abodeely is the Summer and Auxiliary Program Director at the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, a small independent day school serving campers from 3 – 16 years old and students from Pre-K to 12th Grade. In addition to her role as Camp Director, she oversees all After School programming, including the Extended Day, After School Clubs and After School Music programs and teaches in the Upper School during the academic year. She spent several incredible summers at Camp Wingate*Kirkland on Cape Cod as a counselor, C.I.T. Director, and Program Director which piqued her interest and love of camping. Prior to Brimmer and May, Cassie spent ten years as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx, New York, specializing in anti-Human Trafficking prosecutions.
Kellsie Sedlak is the Group Manager of the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster MA. She oversees the off-season user group rentals that serve: school field trips, college and youth retreats, sports clinics, and private groups. This will be Kellsie’s 5th summer at the Cape Cod Sea Camps where she first joined as an assistant head counselor. Before joining the Sea Camps team, Kellsie was a part of not for and for profit camp teams in Missouri and Wisconsin.