Our Philosophy

Holiday Hill Day Camp takes pride in the purposeful focus we place on the relationships forged between our Campers, Counselors, and Instructors. It truly sets the tone for fostering your child’s independence, confidence, and critical thinking skills. We offer both quality daily activities in diverse content areas and also exciting special events across our programming. Our staff strives to ensure that our shared values of teamwork, respect, kindness, honesty, and personal responsibility embody all we do.

Meet the Administrative Staff


Erik Patchkofsky, Director:

Erik has worked at Holiday Hill for 18 years, 15 as director.  Prior to Holiday Hill, Erik was at Camp Laurelwood for 15 years.  During the year Erik serves as the Athletic Director for New Haven Public Schools.


Michael Youngman, Associate Director:

Michael has worked at Holiday Hill for 9 years.  He was the director of YMCA Camp Mt. Laurel and the Hamden Green Dragon Camps for a combined 8 years.  During the school year he works for the New Haven Public Schools as a Magnet Resource Teacher.


Anthony Alessio, Aquatics Director:

Anthony has been working at Holiday Hill Day Camp since the summer of 2005.  He has worked as a group leader, athletic director, and for the past ten years as the Pool Director.  Anthony has been teaching Health and Physical Education for the past 22 years and for the last 15 years at Brookfield High School.  He coaches football, wrestling and been an advisor for multiple after school clubs. 


John Acquavita, Head Counselor:

John has worked at Holiday Hill for 11 years.  During the year John is a language arts teacher of 26 years as well as the head football coach at Wilbur Cross High School.  John has a wife and three daughters.


Karissa Stolzman, Head Counselor:

Karissa has worked at Holiday Hill for the past 7 summers as both the Lead Girls Counselor and Newspaper Instructor. Prior to working at Holiday Hill, she spent her summers working as a summer school reading teacher. During the school year, Karissa teaches middle school language arts at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School in New Haven.


Carla Rosato, APRN, RN:

This is Carla’s second year at Holiday Hill. Prior to this, Carla worked her last two summers at Camp Lohikan, an overnight camp, in Lake Como, PA.  A longtime resident of Prospect, Carla is the APRN at King Robinson School Based Health Center in New Haven during the school year.


Chris Roberts, Waterfront Director:

Chris has been working at Holiday Hill for 9 years. When he isn't working at Holiday Hill, he is working as an Physical Education teacher at Wilbur Cross High School. He also coaches the quarterbacks as a Varsity Assistant Football Coach and coaches varsity baseball as an Assistant Coach at Wilbur Cross.


Joe Raffone, High Ropes/Project Adventure Director:

Joe has been working at Holiday Hill for the past 11 years as the Ropes Course Director.  Over those 11 years the ropes course has dramatically changed from just a few low elements, to now include 8 high elements and 14 low elements.  Joe  has been teaching Physical Education with a focus on adventure learning in New Haven Public Schools for past 17 years.