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Camp Cory boasts a group of extremely dedicated full-time and seasonal staff. Many of our staff members attended camp as campers and we are thrilled that over 70% of our staff return each summer. In addition to three reference checks, Camp Cory completes a rigorous criminal background check on every staff member prior to being offered employment.


Michele Rowcliffe: Vice President of Camping Services

This will be Michele’s 17th summer leading Camp Cory. Michele, her husband Shawn (Camp Ranger), and daughter Olivia can’t think of a better lifestyle than living and working at Camp Cory. Although many amenities at camp have changed throughout Michele’s tenure, the same outstanding tradition and program that has always been Camp Cory lives strong today. Michele and her family look forward to sharing their passion for camp and all that it can offer to campers of all ages.

Phone: (585) 263-4240 | Email:

Pat Foster: Camp Director

Pat has been working at Camp Cory for more than ten years, however he has been going to camp since he was 10. He has an extensive background working with kids, holding a variety of different roles during his time at camp and being a former Special Education Teacher. As Camp Director, Pat supervises the seasonal staff and all of its programs to make sure that families feel great about the camp experience. Pat holds a Master's Degree in Special Education from Lesley University, in addition to his Bachelor's from Nazareth College. He and his wife, Nicole, live in Henrietta with their daughter Brooklyn.

Phone: (585) 263-4241 | Email:

Kelly Balconi: Director of Development

Kelly coordinates our fundraising efforts and helps Alumni reconnect to Camp. Kelly also oversees our camper scholarship program and financial assistance process. She also holds down our business office in Penfield, NY during the summer months. Feel free to contact Kelly to discuss a gift to Cory, a visit to Camp, how to apply for a camp scholarship, or any general camp information – she would be happy to help! Kelly joined our team in the fall of 2010. She has a great love for the outdoors, camping, and people. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Management from SUNY College at Brockport. She resides in Penfield with her husband and 2 children, plus their lovable yellow lab, Travis.

Phone: (585) 263-4239 | Email:

Shawn Rowcliffe: Camp Ranger

Shawn Rowcliffe has been improving the Camp Cory facilities on a daily basis since 2003. Coming to Camp Cory from YMCA Camp Arrowhead, Shawn has dedicated himself to maintain the integrity of our 95 year old facility, while bringing the amenities of many buildings into the 21st century. Whether it is electrical, landscape art, plumbing, or creating unique program supplies, Shawn live and breathes the Camp Cory experience.

Ellen Ellison: Overnight Camp Coordinator

Ellen worked seasonally at Cory for many summers before beginning her full-time role in the fall of 2014. At Cory she has been a Counselor, Waterfront Director, and Program Director while spending her winters specializing in Outdoor Education at various YMCA camps. Ellen is devoted to bettering camp programs and ensuring that the campers and CITs have the best summer of their lives.!

Phone: (585) 355-0029 | Email:

Nicole Foster: Director of Administration

Nicole grew up on Keuka Lake and has been going to Camp Cory since she was 7 years old. She worked for several years as a Counselor, Village Head, and Leadership Director. Nicole looks forward to assisting Parents and campers to ensure that everyone has a great summer at Camp Cory. During the winter Nicole lives in Henrietta with her husband Pat and daughter Brooklyn. Please feel free to contact Nicole with any questions.

Phone: (585) 263-4242 | Email:

Joclyn Jackson Chapman: Financial Assistance Specialist

Joclyn joined the Camp Cory family in February, 2016. Joclyn specializes in assisting all Camp Cory’s financial assistance families and scholarship campers through the Financial Assistance (FA) process from start to finish. She will stay in our business office in Penfield, NY throughout the summer, please don’t hesitate to call or email her. Joclyn, her husband and their son and daughter are a transition military family. Joclyn is currently a full time student majoring in Business with a concentration in Administration. Joclyn has a love for helping families and ensuring ALL are able to part take in the Camp Cory experience.

Phone: (585) 325-2889 | Email:

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Events Calendar

Westside Family Night

February 24, 2017

Join Overnight Camps Cory and Gorham at the Westside Y on Friday, February 24th from 6-8PM! We will be hosting a fun-filled family night for […]

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Feb 28 2017

Canisius College Griff Fair

Calling all Canisius College students! Camp Cory will be at the Griff Fair recruiting compassionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic counselors for the summer of 2017. Come […]

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Mar 08 2017

Fredonia Summer Job Expo

Are you a SUNY Fredonia student looking for the most exciting, most meaningful, and FUN summer job out there? Look no further! Come talk to […]

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