Andy Pritikin (Owner, Director, Founder) Andy recently served as the American Camp Association NY/NJ President, Professional Development Oversight Chair, and the Chairman of the Tri-State Camp Conference, the largest annual gathering of Camp professionals in the world. For over 20 years, Andy has been serving on ACA national and regional committees, presenting at conferences across the world, and appearing on national TV, in magazines and on websites as a spokesman and leader of the summer camp industry. At the local level, Andy is founder and past president of the New Jersey Camps Government Affairs Project, an organization created to protect the interests of all New Jersey Camps, and an active member of the local Chamber of Commerces. Andy is also the co-founder and Producer of the NJ Renaissance Faire, the largest festival of it’s kind in New Jersey.
Prior to starting Liberty Lake Day Camp, Andy was fortunate to work for 10 years with two of the most camp organizations in the country, learning from industry legends. A supporter of Morry’s Camp and SCOPE, two non-profit organizations which raise money to send inner-city youths to Camp each summer, Andy co-created the Liberty Lake Foundation to do the same for local area children. Andy has been honored with numerous awards by the camp industry, and business community, including being named the 2013 NJ Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Man of the Year,” and the 2017 Burlington County “Voice of Business.” In 2011, Andy co-founded Everwood Day Camp in Massachusetts, which has become the “Liberty Lake” of the greater Boston suburbs. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business and an Masters in Education, Andy began his professional career as a tenured Instrumental Music Teacher, while pursuing a career as a rock musician in the 90s, appearing on “Star Search”, as well as success with a critically acclaimed NYC jazz group. These days, Andy’s musical highlights take place on summer afternoons when he leads the Camp in the “Liberty Lake Song!”
Jill Pritikin (Owner/Director) A former CPA with years of experience as a corporate human resources coordinator, Jill is the behind-the-scenes CFO, bookkeeper, and payroll department, while also providing a valuable balance of sanity in the Liberty Lake office. 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 have attended and worked at LLDC, and who hope to one day become camp professionals themselves.
Joseph Craig (Administrative Director) Joe is at the heart of all the administrative aspects that keep Liberty Lake flowing smoothly. He oversees the registration process, database and all financial and customer service related issues with our camp families. He works closely with state agencies like PerformCare to help our inclusion program. In the summer, he manages the office, with all of the communication going in and out, including bus 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 (Director) The longest tenured employee of “the Lake,” Brandi personifies the Liberty Lake spirit. 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 being herself, spreading camp spirit, and noticing campers and staff when they succeed with our “star points”. Having held most every position at LLDC, Brandi oversees the “Freedom of Choice” Elective Program, the daily “Spirit Events Calendar,” the Teen Leadership Program, and is the curator of most of our big events which take place year-round. She is the co-founder of the Liberty Lake Foundation, and it’s driving force in making it an important part of our local community. An active volunteer with the American Camp Association, Brandi is actually a former aspiring attorney. She met her husband while working at Liberty Lake, got married at Liberty Lake, and is now the mother of the smallest and youngest Liberty Lake camper!
Sean “Stu” O’Brien (Facility Director) For over 20 years, Stu has spent his summers working the grounds at LLDC, and now oversees them, as well as the food and catering service. Stu is the Mr. Fix-it of LLDC and is always there when you need a hand. Stu works with Andy and his dedicated team of workers and contractors on improving the facility in every aspect possible. Stu is Serve Safe Certified, a Certified Pool Operator, and is now learning how water treatment systems work. He resides in Pemberton with his Camp girlfriend and their two dogs.
Nate Potts (Assistant Director) Nate grew up in the same town as Liberty Lake, but went to Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains where he majored in Recreation, Adventure Travel and Ecotourism. He has held a wide variety of positions in the recreation field from being a naturalist and educator for underprivileged youth through Clemson University to installing ziplines and challenge courses at camps across the east coast. During the summer, Nate helps lead the Teen Leadership Program, while spending September-May hiring much of the new staff, communicating with local schools and non-profit organizations, overseeing (and helping build) the High Ropes Adventure course, and being a big part or most everything going on at Liberty Lake. In his free time, he is an avid kayaker, fisherman, and hiker, and takes Nell, one of Liberty Lake’s camp dogs, with him on all his adventures.
SUMMER LEADERSHIP TEAM
Kathy Breen (Division Leader) After 10 seasons, Kathy is our longest tenured Division Leader at LLDC, and an invaluable member of the Leadership Team. Kathy’s work ethic and dedication, as well as her positive outlook and creativity, have greatly contributed to the success of hundreds (if not thousands) of campers and team members. Kathy loves children, and loves being outdoors- so Camp is a natural fit! She lives in Pennsauken with her husband and 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 an 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 Liberty Lake campers, we are exceedingly fortunate 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 staff and families. She works side-by-side with our directors and division leaders to help 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. Cathi works for the New Brunswick school district during the school year, and has a year-round private practice in Princeton.
“Miss” Michelle Fowler (Fine Arts Director) The craftiest lady we know, Miss Michelle has been anchoring the Fine Arts Village at Liberty Lake for more than a decade. Known for her beautiful, original art projects, as well as her big smile and loving personality, Michelle loves interacting with campers and staff, while laughing, joking and teaching. She resides with her husband in Burlington Township, has three children and two grandchildren.
Kevin Kretschy (Division Leader) The anchor of our Senior Division, Kevin was a division 1 college basketball player at Fairleigh Dickinson before spending a few years traveling the world as a member of the Washington Generals (the team that the Harlem Globetrotters beats every night). After his hoops career, while working at a health club Kevin started a day camp for hundreds of campers, which is still in existence today. Now an elementary school teacher in Hammonton, Kevin lives in Medford with his wife and two young boys. A dynamic leader with a great sense of humor, we’ve been trying to get Kevin back on the court for 3 years now, but he always has an excuse!
Terri Southerland (Teen Leadership Director) Liberty Lake’s famous Teen Leadership program is helmed by a remarkable woman, who loves to inspire young people to try new things, push through perceived limits, and find their passions! A high school special education teacher in Pemberton, Terri resides in Roebling where she and her husband (a camp director) co-led a tremendous Boy Scout program, well beyond the participation age of their two grown children. Terri’s thoughtful leadership at Liberty Lake has given young people a great reason to stay on through age 15, while acquiring life skills that will make them into better people.
Gale Szolomayer (Inclusion Co-Coordinator) In her 13th year at Liberty Lake, Gale has moved through the ranks as a counselor, group leader, division leader, and now coordinates our inclusion program with Betsy, Jamie and Joe. A special education teacher during the year, Gale lives in Mount Laurel with her husband and cute little boy. Liberty Lake has truly become Gale’s second family, as she looks forward to the smiles of the campers each summer, and is a big fan of the Giant Swing!
Betsy Turgeon (Inclusion Coordinator) A special education teacher for almost 20 years, and mother of two, Betsy oversees our exceptional inclusion program which last summer integrated over 120 children with special needs into our Liberty Lake camp program. Betsy’s big personality comes in handy, as she’s beloved by her little army of campers and advocates who often accompany them. Betsy teaches in Cherry Hill, resides in Mount Laurel, and is a “big tough cream puff” who will do anything for Liberty Lake, and the special children who get to enjoy it each summer!
Jeni Voorhees (Program Director) Another special education teacher, Jeni teaches in Pennsauken and lives in Florence with her husband and two adorable daughters. Jeni oversees our team of specialists and activity leaders, ensuring their ability to teach not only their specialty area, but our overriding curriculum- the Liberty Lake Star Points! Jeni possess oodles of camp spirit, with her never-ending spunk, and her wardrobe of wacky costumes. She loves seeing kids enjoy live beyond screens, and becoming independent at camp!
Liberty Lake Aquatics Team Led by long time Liberty Lakers Gary Ertz, Jess Wojcik and Liz Dalton, our proud group of Red Cross certified lifeguards and swim instructors (many more not pictured) take pride in keeping the lake and pools safe and fun for everyone!
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.