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Meet Our Staff

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.

Mike Amy and Elijah

Michael, Amy and Elijah Youngman

Michael has worked at Holiday Hill for 13 years, 3 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.  


Melissa Rhone, Program Director

Melissa Rhone is starting her third 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.


Sharee Baskin, Assistant Director

Sharee will be spending her sixth year at Holiday Hill. She has taught for eleven 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.


Bob Rhone, Group Leader

Director of Fun

Bob is starting his second summer at Holiday Hill daycamp. He comes with the experience as an assistant director of Camp Mount Laurel. During the school year he works as a high school social studies teacher. He is looking forward to a fun summer at the Hill with his whole family!


Adam O'Leary, Aquatics Director:

Adam has been working at HHDC for 8 years.  For the first 4 years, he was a lifeguard and swim instructor.  For an additional 3 years, he has been the water front Director, and now his position is the Aquatics Director.  During the year, Adam is a Physical Education teacher for New Haven Public Schools and he is also a football and baseball coach at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven during the fall and spring.



Jere Ulmer, Group Leader:

Jere will begin her third year at HHDC. She is a former educator and during the school year she enjoys teaching English as a second language overseas. She enjoys spending time with her son, husband, and two dogs. 


Lauren Arpino, Assistant Program Director & Social Media Specialist

Lauren has been an HHDC family member for 15 years. She was a camper in the 8's for 1 year then transitioned to our CIT program, eventually becoming a counselor and then an instructor. Lauren is a certified PE/ Health teacher and loves to see the campers up and moving every day. Make sure you're following us on social media for Lauren's stories and posts!


Daly Cunningham, PreKamp and Lower Camp Coordinator

Daly is starting her 22nd summer at HHDC. She has been with us since she was 4 years, growing from a camper to a C.I.T, counselor, and even a lifeguard. This summer, she will be our PreKamp and Lower Camp Coordinator, working to give our youngest campers the ultimate camp expereince. Daly is an elementary special education teacher with New Haven Public Schools. 


Staci Walden, Nurse 

Staci is excited to be starting her second year at Holiday Hill Day Camp. She is a registered nurse with a background in pediatric emergency care. Currently she is a nurse for Hamden Public Schools. She is the mother of two boys who teach her about life every day. During the summer weekends, she is outdoors enjoying activities with her children.