Camp Northwoods Staff
Ellen Mattison – Camp Co-Director
This is Ellen Mattison's seventh year with Camp Northwoods. Ellen received her Master of Science in Literacy at SUNY Albany in 2013, Bachelor's Degree from State University of New York Geneseo in Childhood Education and Special Education in 2010. Ellen teaches third grade in the Saratoga Springs City Schools. In her free time, Ellen loves spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, playing guitar, and making jewelry. She is looking forward to another fun-filled summer spent at Camp Northwoods!
Jake Zanetti– Camp Co-Director
A Physical Education Teacher at Lake Avenue Elementary School, Jake Zanetti, rejoins Camp Northwoods' staff for his second year. Jake graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 2005, SUNY Cortland in 2009, and Canisius College in 2012 with a Master's Degree in Differentiated Instruction for P.E. When not teaching or coaching (soccer, wrestling, and track) he spends free-time with family and friends, boating, traveling, and exercising. During the summer months, Jake also works at Genesee Valley Rotary Camp, as well as his own instructional pole vault camp.
Travis Briggs - Counselor
Education: SUNY Genesseo Class of 2017, pursuing a degree in Adolescent Education with a focus on mathematics.
Experience: Interned 24+ hours with a sixth grade math teacher, volunteered at Kid's Night Out fundraiser for Saratoga Boys Track and Field, and was a supervisor at the Thursday Twilight Track Series that worked with younger children.
Interests: I love running hundreds of miles and seeing hard work pay off! In my down time, I enjoy relaxing with friends, hiking, finding new things to experience, and playing various forms of music such as guitar, ukulele and piano.
Dominic Gina - Counselor
Education: SUNY Albany, Class of 2015; pursuing a Literacy M.S. Degree
Experience: Worked 4 years as a summer camp counselor. I also worked at an after and before school program with elementary age children. I have classroom experience with first, third, and fifth grade students as a student teacher. I was the site supervisor for an enrichment program at the YMCA.
Interests: I like to challenge myself at new activities, I have recently started playing tennis, racquetball, and the acoustic guitar. My favorite sport to play is basketball, which I play regularly with friends. My favorite hobby is drawing or anything related to arts and crafts.
Shania Hayward - Counselor
Education: Next year, I will be attending Le Moyne College and will graduate with the Class of 2018. I am pursuing a degree in Biology with a Concentration in Adolescent and Special Education.
Experience: I love working with children and have over 4 years of experience babysitting. In addition, I have volunteered over 30 hours in youth sports through the YMCA, Saratoga Springs Recreation Department and coaching elementary runners through the Kinetic Running Club. One day, I hope I can make this passion into a career as a science teacher in my future.
Interests: Some of my interests are I absolutely love to run and enjoy racing on cross country trails. I also enjoy biking, swimming, soccer, being outdoors and drawing. On my free time, I volunteer and hang out with my friends and family.
Courtney Martindale - Counselor
Education: Graduated from Hartwick College in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training graduate from Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Experience: I have worked 5+ years as a Kids Klub member at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park. Also, I have several years of babysitting and working as a Sunday school teacher, in addition I have been a volunteer at the Otsego County Head Start as well as recently becoming a RYT-200hr.
Interests:I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I also enjoy meditation, yoga, rugby and all sports, traveling, nature and the environment, arts and crafts, and game nights with family and friends.
Devan Mattison - Counselor
Education: Skidmore College, Class of 2014; BA degree in Psychology
Certifications: CPR/First Aid & Responding to Emergencies
Experience: Returning Camp Northwoods Counselor (5th year), student learning at the Greenberg Child Care Center, years of babysitting
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, vacationing, going to the beach, arts & crafts, being outdoors, playing sports, & exercising.
Marlaina Murphy - Counselor
Education: Penn State University Class of 2018, pursuing a degree in food science and nutrition.
Experience: Assistant Instructor for Learn to Swim program at Victoria Pool, Member of Hands for Head Start helping children of low-income families prepare for Kindergarten, Babysitter for multiple families.
Interests: Hiking, swimming, playing piano, running, pole vaulting, baking and cooking, playing sports and outdoor games, photography, spending time with family and friends.
Sean Rossley – Counselor
Education: Currently attending The College of St. Rose for Elementary Education with a dual major in special education grades 1 -6 with a concentration in history. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Suny Adirondack majoring in Elementary Education 1-6 concentration in History
Certifications: CPR/First Aid; Peer Leader
Experience: Substitute teacher, Teacher's Aide, Tutor, Schuylerville Summer Camp Counselor, Schuylerville Elementary School's Before and After School Program for 5 years and Camp Northwoods Counselor for 6 years
Interests: Swimming, hiking, acting, singing, astronomy, drawing, ultimate frisbee, soccer, lacrosse, arts and crafts and spending time with family and friends.
Erin Speed - Counselor
Education: Senior at SUNY Potsdam, Pursuing a BA in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Biology.
Experience: Currently work at the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center at school, worked with the Adopt-A-Bear program at SUNY Potsdam, many years of babysitting, and an internship in a 3rd grade class at Lake Avenue Elementary School.
Interests: I love hiking, swimming, geocaching, snowboarding, running and field hockey. I love spending time with friends and family and relaxing with my dogs and cat.
Sophia Gonzalez - Substitute Counselor
Education: Graduated from Skidmore College in 2014 with a B.S. in Education Studies.
Experience: Student taught in both 3rd and 5th grade classrooms, worked as an assistant in a Pre-K bilingual special education classroom, worked one summer with Saratoga Children's Theater (ages 3-18), volunteered in the Early Childhood Center at Skidmore College, and has babysitting experience.
Interests: I LOVE creating theater; acting, directing, stage managing, costuming, etc. I spend the rest of my free time with friends, reading, going to the beach, and enjoying the beautiful Adirondacks.