Full Time Staff Team

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.

Pat Foster: Executive 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 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 Fairport with their children Brooklyn and Teddy.

Phone: 585-506-5430 | Email: patrickf@rochesterymca.org

Blake Van Horn: Program Director

Blake has been working at Camp Cory since 2007 in various roles: Specialist, Village Head, Leadership Director, Day Camp Director, and now Program Director. She was working full-time for the YMCA previously in the Before and After School Department and running the Youth and Government Teen Program. She is dedicated to providing high-quality programs and experiences to all of our campers. Blake has her BA in English and Secondary Education from SUNY Geneseo as well as a Masters in Curriculum Development from the University of Michigan. When they are not at camp, Blake lives in Canandaigua with her husband Joshua and their dogs Henry Higgins and Anubis.

Phone: 585-341-3080 | Email: blake.vanhorn@rochesterymca.org

Susan Knepple: Director of Administration

Susan and her husband Will recently moved back to their hometown of Penn Yan after working in Monroe County for 15 years. Susan loves the outdoors, lake life, motivating others, spending time with friends and family, and anything summer camp! Susan earned her Degree in Recreation Management from SUNY Brockport and looks forward to fulfilling her lifelong dream of working full-time at Camp! After growing up going to and working in summer camps, Susan looks forward to sharing her love for camp and the positive impact it has on our next generation with the local community and beyond!

Phone: 585-263-4242 | Email: susan.knepple@rochesterymca.org

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 almost 100 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 lives and breathes the Camp Cory experience.

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