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Summer 2019 Team

Camp Cory’s most important feature is our fantastic staff. We make sure that we hire committed, enthusiastic young people that look to make strong connections with their campers. All staff go through a thorough interview and background check process to make sure that they are qualified.




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.

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 has been 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.

Mikenna Donze: Day Camp Director

Mikenna is excited to come back for her second summer as the Day Camp Director to help with more expansion! She has lots of plans in the works and cannot wait to rekindle the experiences and relationships from last summer as well as form new ones. Mikenna has officially made the move from Ohio to Rochester and is looking forward to all it has to offer. In her free time, she loves to go on adventures or hang out with Blake's dogs (they're the cutest). Most recently, she has started a competition to find what places have the best soft pretzels and cheese, because those are her favorite food.

Sydney Barrette: Staffing Director

Sydney is very excited for the opportunity to return to Camp this summer! This will be her 8th summer working at camp. She is from Webster, NY and is currently working at the Bay View YMCA as a Site Coordinator for Cobbles Elementary School. Sydney is looking forward to providing a unique experience for both the staff and campers who are at camp this year. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her dog, Beau. She can’t wait to see some familiar faces this summer!

Patrick Jones: Waterfront Director

Patrick Jones (left) is thrilled to be back at camp for his 6th year on staff. He is a Rochester native, and is currently a junior at SUNY Geneseo where he studies biology and music. In his free time, Patrick loves to spend time outside and performing. Patrick can't wait to be back at the waterfront and help everyone enjoy the beautiful Keuka Lake.

T-Mike Metzger: Sailing Master

T-Mike is ready to come back to camp this summer with a hop, skip, and maybe even a jump! He is from Conesus, NY and especially enjoys playing guitar and singing in his free time. T-Mike can't wait to spend his summer on Keuka lake with amazing campers and counselors! Wondering what the 'T' stands for? Ask him this summer!

Katie Schuller: Assistant Senior Counselor

Katie Schuller (middle) is looking forward to spending her 11th year at Camp Cory this summer as an assistant senior counselor! She is a junior at Leonia High School, where she is on the cross country, swimming, and track teams. In her free time, she loves to run, swim, listen to music, and read. The thing she is most excited to do this summer is sail on the beautiful Keuka Lake! A fun fact about Katie is that she has both been in the same room as and made eye contact with Ryan Seacrest. Ask her about it this summer!

Sophie Barnum: Assistant Senior Counselor

Sophie is from Buffalo, New York and is currently a junior at Starpoint High School. Sophie loves to ski during the winters with the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team. She also likes to dance, swim and read. Sophie has been going to camp for 10 years and is really looking forward to having an awesome summer with some amazing people! A fun fact about Sophie is that her favorite color is pink.

Graham Gunderman: Assistant Sailing Master

Graham is from Cincinnati, Ohio and a college freshman at Miami University. He is the secretary of his university's club sailing team where he regularly travels around the Midwest to compete in competitions. In his free time, Graham enjoys playing ice hockey, rock climbing, photography, and spending time with his friends. This will be his first summer at Camp Cory and he is very excited to spend time getting to know campers and teaching them how to sail!

A fun fact about Graham is that he has visited 5 countries and 21 US states.

Fernanda Carolina Neves Silva : Senior Counselor

Fernanda is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil and it will be her first time at Camp Cory. Fernanda is a junior at the college Unibh where she studies Veterinary medicine.
Besides loving animals, and the nature, she also loves music, she can sing and to play 4 instruments.
Some fun facts about her, is that she sings in a pop rock band, and she has 13 cats and a dog, they were all rescued. Another fun fact is that she loves superheroes movies.
At this summer Fernanda is looking forward to teach a bit about her culture, make new friends, and have new and unforgettable experiences, but her main desire is to provide the best summer ever to all the campers.

Abbey Divens: Assistant Senior Counselor

Abbey is from Fairport New York, she enjoys working on art in any medium. She also loves to ride horses, and has been doing so since she was 7 years old. Fun fact Abbey has ten pets including her chocolate lab Bailey, Cat Joey, her five chickens, Remi the crested gecko, and her two ball pythons Oliver, and Ivy. Abbey loves all animals, even the creepy crawly ones. Abbey has been going to camp since she was five and was a CIT last year. When Abbey graduates high school she wants to study Marine Biology and travel the world. This summer Abbey is looking forward to camp fires and making new camp friends!

Caroline Stevens: Assistant Senior Counselor

Caroline is so psyched to spend her 10th summer at Camp Cory as an assistant senior counselor. She is from Horseheads, NY. Caroline is currently a junior at Horseheads High School. In addition to playing lacrosse, and soccer, she is also a committed dancer. Her favorite place to be besides camp is Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Caroline is also a huge Boston Red Sox fan. Fun fact about her is she stayed in the same beach house where one of the first Bachelors was filmed! This summer Caroline cannot wait to make the best of memories and catch a sick Chaco tan!

Anna Harovas: Senior Counselor

Anna is extremely excited to return for her seventh year at camp as a Senior Counselor! She is a senior at Bethel High School in Connecticut. Anna is a member of her school's track team and she is a sprinter and a pole vaulter. She also does musicals, and she is currently in the show Footloose! Anna plans to study Allied Health and Neuroscience at college in the fall. A fun fact about Anna is that she is a twin! Anna is looking forward to being out on the lake and seeing old camp friends! She hopes she can give campers the best summer of their lives!

Savannah Fisher: Assistant Senior Counselor

Savannah Fisher is a Assistant Senior Counselor this summer. Savannah is from Williamson, NY. For fun she enjoys reading, cooking, running, and working with children. Savannah's favorite color is blue and her favorite animal is a giraffe. This is her second year at Camp Cory. Savannah is looking forward to getting to know her campers and is excited to spend time at Camp Cory this summer!

Caio Amaral Marins : Senior Counselor

Caio is really excited for his first year at Camp Cory. He is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Caio likes to play guitar, piano and sing. He also loves to practice sports, his favorite one is soccer. Caio is a junior at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he studies Engineering. A fun fact about Caio is that in his vacations he goes to the beach almost everyday and he loves to watch the sunset there. Caio is looking forward to make new friends, have amazing experiences and he hopes to give campers the summer of their lives!

José Emilio Águila Jiménez : Senior Counselor

Emilio lives in Mexico City, he is a freshman at the Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and wants to specialize in clinical psychology. Emilio loves animals, videogames and sports, especially swimming and beach volleyball. Emilio is a loyal Disney fan and his favorite movie is Monsters Inc, and his favorite videogames are Pokemon games. This would be Emilio´s first summer at Camp Cory, and he´s really excited to be part of this amazing team! Fun fact: Emilio´s biggest dream is to take care of a baby elephant.

Myranda Baker: Assistant Senior Counselor

Myranda is from from Webster, NY and will be a senior this September. She is excited for her tenth summer at Camp Cory. In her free time, she likes to play volleyball for her school and club teams. She also loves to travel and will be going Italy this summer. She can’t wait to get to know everyone and jump in the lake! Fun fact, Myranda played football in elementary and middle school.

Griffin Frey: Assistant Senior Counselor

Griffin is from Brooklyn, New York, and is looking forward to his 11th year at camp. In his spare time He plays soccer and hockey for his school. Griffin enjoys Cooking tasty meals and crafting handy tools. A fun fact about Griffin is that he knows a joke in six different languages! Griffin is thrilled to be a part of the 2019 staff and is looking forward to campfire songs, cabin level, and the village cup! Griffin is very excited to create new memories at camp and make new friends

Christina Wessman: Senior Counselor

Christina (far right) is from Hilton and is going to be attending Keuka College in the fall! She is excited to spend her 12th year at Camp Cory and meet many new friends. In her free time, she likes to workout and hang out with her friends, and travel. Fun fact, she has been to many countries in Europe including Spain, Portugal, and England

Francesco Ambesi Impiombato : Senior Counselor

This will be Francesco's (left) second year as a counselor and 4th year at camp and after having so much fun last summer he can't wait to fly back this year and make new friends. He was born in Naples and now lives in Udine, in Italy. Francesco's hobbies are Judo and Archery and he enjoys spending his free time drawing or playing video games. A fun fact about Francesco is that he tried archery for the first time at camp and now has started competing in tournaments during the year! Francesco is also really looking forward to cabin levels, singing songs and spreading his happiness.

Alejandra Prieto Roldan : Day Camp Senior Counselor

Alejandra is from Mexico and she lives in Cuernavaca (The city of the eternal spring). She's studying Psychology at UNINTER University and she wants to get a master's degree in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She loves to dance areal dance, to run, singing and traveling. This will be Alejandra's second year at Camp Cory and she's really excited to see her old camp friends, make new ones, and giving her campers an amazing summer!
Fun fact: Alejandra can eat 10 tacos in less than 10 minutes.

Anna Gilbert: Walmsley Village Head

Anna is so excited to be joining our camp for a second summer! She is from Dundee and is currently a senior at SUNY Geneseo while studying communication and sociology. Fun Fact about Anna is that she will be a teaching assistant, abroad in Amsterdam for the month of June!


Chris is coming from Cali, a big city in the South-West of Colombia. He loves dancing, teaching and doing sports. A fun fact about Chris is that he is a professional dancer and powerlifter. This is going to be his second year at Camp Cory, he is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, making new friends and for sure having a blast. Not just with Conifers village but in general with all camp.

Samantha Raven: Senior Counselor

Samantha is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She loves watching TV and going to the beach and the waterfall near her house. She also loves every kind of animals, that's why she will start Biology in College. A fun fact about Samantha is that she has two cats, named Ragnar and Bucky. This will be her first year at Camp Cory and she can't wait to make new friends and sing camp songs.

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Camp Cory Spring Clean Up Day

April 27, 2019

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May 10 2019

First Time Camper Overnight #1

Join us for a one night stay at Camp, Friday, May 10- Saturday, May 11. This event is FREE for the whole family! We will […]

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May 11 2019

First Time Camper Overnight #2

Join us for a one night stay at Camp, Saturday, May 11- Sunday, May 12. This event is FREE for the whole family! We will […]

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