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.
Molly Donovan - CounselorEducation: Western New England University 2013 graduate with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology.
Certifications: New York and Massachusetts Teaching License (1-6) & CPR/First Aid certified.
Experience: 3rd summer working at Camp Northwoods, Substitute Teaching, Student Teaching, Teacher's Aide in Kindergarten, First and Fifth grade classrooms, years of babysitting, Queensbury Elementary Spanish club helper, Homework Club helper, and a Peer Leader for Fifth Graders.
Interests: Spending time with my family and friends, traveling, playing soccer and softball, dancing, skiing, and going to Cape Cod during the summer.
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.
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
Matt McGarry – Counselor
Education: SUNY Potsdam Graduate. Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood/Childhood Education.
Certifications: New York State Teaching License (Birth-Sixth Grade), CPR/First Aid Certified.
Experience: 4th summer working at Camp Northwoods. Substitute Teaching, Student Teaching, and Before/After-School Program Counselor.
Interests: Being outdoors, playing baseball, golf, and snowboarding. Traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time with my 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.
Chelsea Ranck – Substitute Counselor