Andy Pritikin (Owner, Director, Founder) Andy is the President of the American Camp Association NY/NJ, and has served as ACA Professional Development Chair, and the Chairman of the Tri-State Camp Conference, the largest annual gathering of Camp professionals in the world. For 20 years, Andy has served on numerous ACA national and regional committees and facilitates workshops across the country. Andy is also the Founder and past president of the New Jersey Camps Government Affairs Project, an organization created to protect the interests of all New Jersey Camps. At the local level, Andy is a Board Member of the Northern Burlington Regional Chamber of Commerce and is active with the Crafts Creek/Spring Hill Brook Watershed Association.
Prior to starting Liberty Lake Day Camp, Andy worked for 10 years with two of the most successful Day/Resident Camp organizations in the country. Andy is an active supporter of Morry’s Camp and SCOPE, two non-profit organizations which raise money to send inner-city youths to Camp each summer, and recently created the Liberty Lake Foundation to do the same for local area children. Andy has been honored with numerous awards by the regional and national Camping organizations, including the 2008 National Service Award and the 2014 National Honor Award. In 2013, Andy was honored as the NJ Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Man of the Year.” In 2011, Andy co-founded Everwood Day Camp in Sharon Massachusetts, which has quickly become the “Liberty Lake” of the greater Boston suburbs. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and an Masters in Education, Andy began his professional career as a tenured Instrumental Music Teacher in the Wall Township and South Orange/Maplewood school districts. At the same time, Andy was a member of a successful rock band, performing hundreds of shows on stage, radio and national TV, as well as with a critically acclaimed NYC Jazz Group.
Jill Pritikin (Owner/Director) A former CPA with years of experience as a Human Resources Coordinator, Jill serves as a steady conduit of information and understanding for our Liberty Lake Camp Families. Jill is a Team Beach Body Coach, a trained Zumba instructor, and strong advocate of healthy living through natural foods and exercise. She and Andy have two children who also work at LLDC.
Joseph Craig (Administrative Director) As the Administrative Director, Joe is at the heart of all the administrative aspects that keep Liberty Lake flowing smoothly. He’s responsible for registrations, scholarships, PerformCare, Inclusion Program(financial), financial contracts, office management, customer service, inquires, communication, CampMinder and transportation – all with an optimistic outlook and upbeat personality. He takes a genuine interest in each family’s unique set of circumstances and needs and is available throughout the year to assist as needed. Joe has six children and six grandchildren, enjoys history, lived in England, and volunteers for charities and public events whenever he can.
Brandi Carnivale-Anderson (Asst. Director) The longest tenured employee of “the Lake,” Brandi is the personification of Camp. Her engaging personality, positive attitude, leadership skills and dedication are legendary at LLDC. Brandi makes a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of campers and teammates each summer just by being herself. Having held most every position at LLDC, Brandi currently oversees the “Freedom of Choice” Elective Program, the daily “Spirit Events Calendar,” and the Teen Leadership Program. She is also instrumental in making the Liberty Lake Foundation an important part of our local community. Brandi recently became the chairperson for the American Camp Associations Teen L.E.A.D. Conference in NYC. Brandi met her husband while working at Liberty Lake, and got married where else… at Liberty Lake, of course! She is expecting her first child this summer.
Sean (Stu) O’Brien (Grounds Director) For 20 years, Stu has spent his summers working the grounds at LLDC. Stu is the Mr. Fix-it of LLDC and is always there when you need a hand. Stu works with Andy and his team of workers and contractors on improving the facility in every aspect possible. Stu is Serve Safe Certified and a Certified Pool Operator. He resides in Pemberton Twp. with his wife and their two dogs.
Kathy Breen (Junior Girls Division Leader) Kathy has worked alongside her Camp partner Terance in the Junior Division since 2007. Her extensive skill set and experience make her an excellent Division Leader and an invaluable member of the LLDC Leadership Team. Kathy’s work ethic and dedication, as well as her positive outlook and creativity, have greatly contributed to the success of the campers and team members in the Junior Division. Kathy has three children (all of whom have been campers) and is a science teacher at Reynolds Middle School in Hamilton Township during the school year.
Tracy Calabria (Elective Scheduling Coordinator) Tracy oversees the “Freedom of Choice” Elective Program and is responsible for coordinating the scheduling of 60+ electives for all of our Campers and Team members each and every week of the summer. As you might imagine, this is quite the undertaking! With her patience, work ethic and positive demeanor, Tracy does an incredible job in meeting this challenge. An East Windsor elementary school teacher in the off-season and mother of two young children, both of whom attend Liberty Lake themselves, we are most lucky to have Tracy on our Team!
Cathi Fischer – (Support Supervisor) Cathi is a certified Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is an exceptional resource for our LLDC families. She works side-by-side with our directors and division leaders to help campers, families, and team members work through and grow from challenging situations. Cathi has more than two decades of experience working with youth, families and camping organizations across the northeast. Her services have been sought out by camps coping with crisis situations, and she leads workshops each year that prepare camping industry team members working in three states to support children and families.
Betsy Turgeon (Inclusion Director) A Special Ed. teacher for almost 20 years, and mother of two, Betsy oversees our exceptional inclusion program which integrates dozens of special needs children into the regular camp program each week. Betsy’s big, loud personality comes in handy, as she’s beloved by her little army of campers and advocates who often accompany them. For those who know Betsy, she is a big teddy bear who will do anything for Liberty Lake, and the special children who get to enjoy it each summer!
The Best and the Brightest! Every LLDC group is led by a “Group Leader” (older college students or young teachers), and assisted by one or more “Counselors” (entering 11th or 12th graders). Activity areas are led by “Specialists” (mostly teachers). Turtle groups average 10-12 campers, the rest of the Camp averages 15 campers per group.