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


Michael Youngman, 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.


Candy Lebel, Program Director:

Candy is starting her second year at Holiday Hill. During the school year she works as a second grade teacher for Derby Public Schools.  She is also on the schools health and wellness team and plans programs to promote healthy lifestyles for children in conjunction with the Valley Parish Nurses and Griffin Hospital.


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.


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. 


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, 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.


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.


Carolyn Levy RN, BSN:

Carolyn has been a pediatric nurse for the past 12 years and has experience in hospital, school and camp settings.  She previously spent her summers at Camp Laurelwood and is very excited to be joining Holiday Hill for the first time this 2018 camp season. During the school year, Carolyn works as a school nurse at Ezra Academy in Woodbridge, CT and is a Pediatric Nurse practitioner student at Stonybrook University


Daly Cunningham, Head Counselor:

Daly grew up in Cheshire, CT and has spent 18 summers with Holiday Hill Day Camp as a camper, a C.I.T, a counselor, and a lifeguard. Daly just graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY with a degree in Educational Studies and Women's Studies. She is going back in the fall to pursue her Master's Degree in teaching.