Camp Jewell YMCA
A BRANCH OF THE YMCA OF GREATER HARTFORD

Our Staff

Camp Jewell YMCA’s staff is made up of over 20 full time year round staff that combined have over 100 years of camp experience.  In addition we have a staff of up to 20 program instructors that work fall, winter and spring providing programs to our guests and over 160 staff in the summer. Each member of our staff team is dedicated to ensuring the best possible experience for you regardless of the program you participate in.

Year-Round Staff

Ray Zetye

Executive Director
ray.zetye@ghymca.org

(888) 412-2267 ext. 206

The Summer of 2014 will be Ray’s 25th spent at Camp Jewell YMCA. Ray holds a bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Management from Springfield College.

“When I was a young person, I felt safer at Camp Jewell than anywhere else in the world, I spend every day trying to make every child that walks through our gate feel the same way about camp”.

Ray resides at camp with his wife Julia. Julia and Ray met at camp, married, and spent many years running Camp Jewell YMCA’s Ranch Camp together. Camp Jewell is a part of who they are.

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Ray Zetye

Ray Zetye

Executive Director

Craig Dawson

Associate Executive Director
craig.dawson@ghymca.org

(888) 412-2267 ext. 207

Craig is originally from England, he grew up not far from Sherwood Forest where he spent his childhood running through the woods pretending to be Robin Hood!! Craig has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Geography from the University of Leeds in England and has worked for YMCA Camps in both New York and Wisconsin in various roles from counselor to summer camp director, most recently directing operations for both YMCA Camps Matawa and Minikani. He has two boys who are excited to be Jewell campers and his goal is to ensure that everyone who attends camp has an amazing experience.

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Craig Dawson

Craig Dawson

Associate Executive Director

Jodi Gove

Business Operation Manager
jodi.gove@ghymca.org

(888) 412-2267 ext. 209

Jodi has been working with the YMCA since 2003 where she met and married Peter who also works at Camp Jewell. She graduated from Bethel University with Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Business. During the summer she oversees all aspects of Ranch Camp. During the fall and spring she oversees all horseback riding activities while over the winter she is responsible for our draft horse program. During her free time she likes hiking, horseback riding, and reading and playing with her son Jonah.

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Jodi Gove

Jodi Gove

Business Operation Manager

Rich Krudner

Program Director- Weekday Programs & Summer Teen and Trip Director
rich.krudner@ghymca.org

(888) 412-2267 ext. 211

Rich, originally from Staten Island NY has a bachelors from Stony Brook University, and is a Certified Biology and Chemistry Teacher.  Rich has been a staff member in various capacities in the YMCA since 2004, but just arrived here at Camp Jewell in May of 2014.  Rich has been working with outdoor education programs at places like Frost Valley YMCA, and The Alabama 4-H Center since 2011.  Rich loves to get kids active, outside, and even learning a little bit, and he thinks Camp Jewell is the best place for that.

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Rich Krudner

Rich Krudner

Program Director- Weekday Programs & Summer Teen and Trip Director

Paul Cappadona

Summer and Family Camp Director
paul.cappadona@ghymca.org

860.379.2782 ext 210

 

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Paul Cappadona

Paul Cappadona

Summer and Family Camp Director

Kelsey Roderer

Weekend and Day Camp Director
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Kelsey Roderer

Kelsey Roderer

Weekend and Day Camp Director

Becky Barton

Assistant Office Manager
becky.barton@ghymca.org

(888) 412-2267 ext 200

Becky has been with Camp Jewell since 1992 as a program instructor, team building director, and Outdoor Center Director. She and her husband, Mo, and their two boys, Max and Kyle, love living near camp. The Barton’s favorite things at Jewell include the rope swing at the waterfront and the gaga pits. Becky loves working in the office because she gets to talk to lots of camper parents, family campers, and group leaders. Her favorite thing about Jewell is being able to work with Kathie Reese.

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Becky Barton

Becky Barton

Assistant Office Manager

Peter Gove

Property Manager
peter.gove@ghymca.org

(888) 412-2267 ext. 237

Peter Gove is the Assistant Property Manager here at Camp Jewell. Originally from South Africa, and born in Durban, on the east coast, he moved to Johannesburg when he was 9.  Peter started working at Camp Jewell in 2003 as a Ranch Counselor like many of our international staff. He officially moved to America in 2005 when he married Jodi, who also works at Camp Jewell.  He then started working for the Maintenance Department in April of 2006 and has not looked back since.  Jodi and Peter have son named Jonah who was born June 20th 2013.  They are proud to call Camp Jewell their home and are excited to raise their family at camp.

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Peter Gove

Peter Gove

Property Manager

Denise Weaver

Head Cook
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Denise Weaver

Denise Weaver

Head Cook

Steve Faunce

Food Service Manager
steve.faunce@ghymca.org

(888) 412-2267 ext. 231

Steve is originally from Philadelphia and has over 30 plus years of food service management and cooking experience. From fine dining to fast food and everything in between, Steve has experienced the total food service palate and he and his K-CREW are ready to pass that on to our guests and campers. Comfort food done at the highest level of freshness and excellent service are the goals of the department. "Food is the fuel that runs the engine that drives the train" and Steve and his staff are here to ensure your stay here with us is memorable. "YMCA camp has always been a goal of mine and I feel blessed to be able to serve all who walk through these gates"

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Steve Faunce

Steve Faunce

Food Service Manager

Samantha Schaeffer

Marketing and Financial Development Specialist
samantha.schaeffer@ghymca.org
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Samantha Schaeffer

Samantha Schaeffer

Marketing and Financial Development Specialist

Ruthie Napoleone

Alumni & Fund Development Communications Specialist
ruthie.napoleone@ghymca.org
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Ruthie Napoleone

Ruthie Napoleone

Alumni & Fund Development Communications Specialist

Pat Winn

Assistant Property Manager
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Pat Winn

Pat Winn

Assistant Property Manager

Program Staff

Alex Lattimore

Senior Program Instructor
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Alex Lattimore

Alex Lattimore

Senior Program Instructor

Chloe Shortall

Program Instructor
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Chloe Shortall

Chloe Shortall

Program Instructor

Sarah Tomlin

Program Instructor
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Sarah Tomlin

Sarah Tomlin

Program Instructor

Grace Tierney

Program Instructor
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Grace Tierney

Grace Tierney

Program Instructor

Food Service Staff

Abbey Medara

Foodservice
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Abbey Medara

Abbey Medara

Foodservice

Robert Tew

Foodservice
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Robert Tew

Robert Tew

Foodservice
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