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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

Mike Amy and Elijah

Michael, Amy and Elijah Youngman:

Michael has worked at Holiday Hill for 10 years, 2 as director.  Prior to HHDC, he was the director of YMCA Camp Mt. Laurel and the Hamden Green Dragon Camps for a combined 8 years.  Amy is going on her second year at the camp as the Associate Director.  During the year Amy is a Principal for Waterbury Public Schools.  Elijah will be in the munckins this year.  His favorite things about HHDC are the food and pool.


Candace Lebel, Program Director:

Candy loves working at The Hill and this will be her fourth year. During the school year Candy works as a second grade teacher in Derby CT. She has been teaching second grade for more then 15 years. At her school, she is a member of many committees at her school including the PTO and the High Quality Instruction team. During her spare time she enjoys traveling with her sons and spending time with her pets.


Sharee Baskin, Assistant Director:

Sharee will be spending her third year at Holiday Hill. She has taught for ten years and is currently a 3rd grade teacher for ACES Schools. As a camp employee and educator, Sharee loves to spend the summers surrounded by smiling children who are having the ultimate camp experience.


Mathew Nierenberg, Aquatics Director:

Mathew has 28 years of aquatic experience.  Most of those years have been at Camp Laurelwood as waterfront and aquatics director.  He have been a lifeguard and swim instructor since the age of 16.  During the year Mathew works as a Special Education/PPT chairperson for the city of New Haven.  Mathew has a wife and two boys.    


Melissa, CIT/Upper Camp Director:

Melissa Rhone is starting her first summer working at Holiday Hill, though as a kid spent a couple of summers as a camper! She works as a 5th grade teacher for Cromwell Public Schools during the school year. She has a husband and two children. 


Karissa Stolzman, Lower Camp Director:

Karissa has worked at Holiday Hill for the past 10 summers as an administrator. Prior to working at Holiday Hill, she spent her summers working as a summer school reading teacher. During the school year, Karissa the Assistant Principal at Brennan Rogers Magnet School in New Haven,


Joe Raffone, Project Adventure Director:

Joe has been working at Holiday Hill for the past 13 years as the Ropes Course Director.  Over those 13 years the ropes course has dramatically changed from just a few low elements, to now include 19 high elements and 22 low elements.  Joe  has been teaching Physical Education with a focus on adventure learning in New Haven Public Schools for past 20 years.


Carolyn Levy RN, BSN:

Carolyn has been a pediatric nurse for the past 13 years and has experience in hospital, school and camp settings.  She previously spent her summers at Camp Laurelwood and is very excited to be starting her second year at Holiday Hill Day Camp. 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


Kasia Tubis, Assistant Aquatics Director:

Kasia has been a lifeguard and swim instructor at Holiday Hill for the past six years. She recently started the junior lifeguard program for the older campers, inspiring them to remain safe around water. During the school year, Kasia teaches Biology, Anatomy and Forensic Science at Sacred Heart Academy, and coaches the girls swim team in the fall. Kasia plans on going back to school this year to become a Naturopathic Doctor.