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Camp Administration

Camp Director

Caitlin Zima

Cait is super excited to be taking on the role of Camp Director this summer to help guide and inspire campers and staff to have their best summer, a summer where they work towards becoming their best selves.

Cait was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut (#MaloneySpartans) and has four older brothers, who are her best friends. During her free time, she is probably hanging out with or talking to one of them. She also currently has two nephews, Lex and Ryder, who mean the world to her. Growing up Cait was a competitive dancer at Lakeside Academy of Dance in Middletown and Jazz N Motion Studio of Dance (now Artistic Dance Company) in Meriden. Her passion for dance expands across everything she does.

At the age of 5 Cait began attending Camp Laurel, a Girl Scout camp, in Lebanon, Connecticut. When Cait was little, instead of playing doctor or house, she often played Camp Director. Cait believes that summer camp is the most important thing to give to a child, and now, more than ever, children need an environment where they feel safe and that they are a part of a community. Cait’s time at Camp Laurel continued until 2021 when they sadly announced they would soon be closing.

Cait has her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Elizabethtown College. She also has her M.Ed. in Education from The College of William and Mary and will be graduating with her EdS. in School Psychology in May 2023. She is currently exploring EdD programs to reach her goal of being a Superintendent and lifelong Camp Claire Director. Cait currently works as a dance instructor at Broadway Dance Arts, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and as a School Psychologist for the Williamsburg James City County schools.

Assistant Camp Director

Allyson Zadravec

Ally is very excited to step into the role of Assistant Camp Director this year. Ally began her journey with Camp Claire as a camper, went through our LIT and CIT programs, has been a Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor and in 2021 became Program Director.

Ally expects to receive a Bachelor of English with an Education Minor from the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst in May 2023 as well as a Master of Education in May 2024.

She currently works as a counselor for Capacidad After School Program supervising children grades K-6 and was a Deck Supervisor/Swim Instructor at Goldfish Swim School.

Registrar

Lisa Gaskin

Lisa will be returning to us in 2023 for her 8th summer as Registrar. She previously served on Camp Claire’s Board of Directors from 2013 to 2019.

Lisa’s grandparents owned a summer cottage on Oakland Avenue and that is where, at the age of 7, her love of Camp Claire began. She transferred that love to her son by sending him off to our residential camp as soon as he was old enough and he is now a senior counselor and Waterfront Director with us!

Lisa holds a BS in Elementary Education from Pace University as well as an MSE in Elementary Education from Long Island University.

“I am so excited to be returning to Camp Claire for another wonderful summer! Camp Claire is my happy place, and I am always striving to share this hidden gem.” – Lisa