Summer and vacation camps 
for kids and teens, located in Waltham, MA

Our Leadership

Kenna Weber, Director of Summer Programs 
Master's in Human Development and Family Studies
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am proud to share that this year I will be returning as the Director of Running Brook Camps; a role that has been a dream of mine for over ten years. Camp has always been my favorite part of the year. I get to enjoy the outdoors, play games and help campers and counselors create their own moments of success and joy. Not to mention getting to play in bounce houses every week and having the opportunity to go swimming every day!

Prior to this fabulous job of getting pied in the face or breaking out in spontaneous dance parties, I received my Bachelor's of Science and Master's in Human Development and Family Studies, and then received my License in Marriage and Family Therapy. I then spent ten years working in various school settings, residential programs, and outpatient settings, providing clinical support to individuals and families. The heart of my work is connecting with others and helping them enjoy the strengths they have while challenging themselves to grow at the same time. Camp is a place that fosters moments of connection, support, and growth. Running Brook Camps continues to be a family of almost 100 counselors who show up every day ready to bring out the best in each camper. Ready to share a story, ready to teach a game, ready to talk out a friendship glitch, ready to create new lyrics to a song for a talent show performance!
 
My favorite parts of camp are hearing camper jokes, learning a new game, and partaking in the spontaneous dance parties! I love learning the newest dance moves and songs from campers! Outside of camp, I love exploring new hiking trails and discovering beautiful views. We are fortunate to have so many state parks and beaches around us! You will likely see me with my baby daughter in a backpack on my back and a large coffee mug in my hand. 
 
I look forward to seeing you this summer!
Alyssa Nastri, Assistant Director of Summer Programs
Master's in Child Study and Human Development
Master's / Education Specialist in School Psychology

I am so looking forward to my 7th year at Running Brook Camps - it is a dream come true to be able to spend my time thinking about how best to support everyone in the RBC community. 
 
My very first job was at a performing arts summer camp, and I have fostered my passion for working with children in various capacities since then. Down the road a little, I received my Master's degree in Child Study & Human Development with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. For five years, I worked as a kindergarten/first-grade teacher at the FUSE School which focuses on social-emotional development. Besides camp, I am currently continuing my education at Tufts towards a degree and licensure in School Psychology.
 
One of my favorite things to do is learn everything I can about a child - from their favorite color to their biggest worry - and use that knowledge to support them in challenging situations. There is nothing more powerful than a positive and compassionate connection, and that is what I strive to create with campers, families, and counselors alike! Outside of work, I love reading, swimming, going on outdoor adventures, and spending quality time with friends and family. I can't wait to dress up, wear wacky socks, try new things, and meet a whole bunch of new friends at camp this summer!
Ben Staines, Assistant Director - Day Camp
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Greetings! My name is Ben Staines, and I am excited to return to RBDC for my 11th year. I am always amazed at the energy, enthusiasm, perseverance, and creativity that campers bring every day at RBDC. During the school year, I am a school adjustment counselor and have a small private therapy practice. I am also getting my CAGS (certificate of advanced graduate study) in educational leadership and hope to one day become a school administrator. 
 
Much of my “downtime” is spent playing with my three kids and 100lb lab, Bailey. We love our dance parties, going for hikes, and playing music together. I also love to play drums, guitar, and ski. 
 
I can't wait to see you all next summer!
Erin Grogan, Assistant Director - Day Camp
Master's in Physical Education

Hi everyone! This will be my 7th year at Running Brook. In my time at RBDC, I have had many different roles. I started here as an assistant counselor, then a head counselor, an archery and games specialist, a unit coordinator, and now as the lead specialist supervisor. 
 
When I am not at camp, I am teaching Physical Education and Health to students in Brookline.  I started my career working with children after graduating from UMass Amherst with a degree in Kinesiology.  I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Physical Education from Bridgewater State University.  
 
In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog, Brannelly, or taking my canoe out on the lake on sunny days! 
 
I am so excited to be back at camp this year and be able to spend my days outside surrounded by smiling faces! My favorite things about camp are dress-up days, getting to make so many new friends, and playing fun games like Giants, Wizards, and Elves!
Caitlin Sampson, Assistant Director - Day Camp

Hey there friends! I’m super excited for another year back at camp, aren’t you? A little bit about me before we start our summer together. I have such a passion for teaching students, and continue to teach throughout my summers here at camp! Wanna know what I’m looking forward to about camp this summer? Our first Popsicle Tuesday!!! 
 
A bit of background about me, I have my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Music Education and I hope to continue my education in Moderate to Severe Disabilities in the future. Most recently, I began my public school teaching career at a middle school in the Nashoba Regional School District working with students who need extra support in the classroom. 
 
Some of my favorite things to do in my free time is read and spend time outside with my family and friends. I also really enjoy getting ice cream, if you see me around camp, ask me what my favorite ice cream flavor is! My favorite color is yellow, and my favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, although sadly I can’t bring those to camp to protect our friends with allergies. And, last but not least my favorite part about being at camp is fun Fridays, smiling faces, and swim time!
Ben Jorgensen-DuffyAssistant Director & Extended Day Coordinator - Day Camp

I'm excited to be returning to camp for my 6th year! Since my first year at Running Brook, I have known that it is a special community and have loved being a part of it more every day! After spending time as a Junior, Assistant, and Head Counselor,  as well as helping to coordinate the Extended Day program, I am eager to jump into my new role as an Assistant Director and join this incredible leadership team!

RBC was my first real job in high school and it inspired me to pursue a career in outdoor education. Outside of camp, I am a student at Connecticut College, working towards a BA in Education and Human Development, concentrating on how to make the outdoors a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place. When I'm not in class I love exploring nature, biking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Ultimately, I am working towards becoming a Montessori teacher and I plan to continue working at camp for as long as possible!

I can't wait to come back to camp this summer. Nothing beats a job that includes getting pied in the face... even if it means smelling like rotting milk for the rest of the day! My favorite part of camp is playing games, getting to know all of the incredible people here, and challenging myself to try as many amazing new things as possible!
Mary Sieminski, Camper Support - Day Camp
Master's / Education Specialist in School Psychology

Hi everyone, my name is Mary and this will be my second summer at Running Brook! I am so excited to be part of this special community. I am passionate about helping make camp a safe and fun place for everyone!
 
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I have a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Penn State and a Master's degree in School Psychology from Tufts. I am currently at Tufts, working towards an advanced degree in School Psychology. 
 
This year at camp I am most excited to meet and get to know all the campers, to eat some yummy popsicles, and to wear my wacky socks. In my free time, I love spending time with my friends and family, listening to podcasts, doing escape rooms, and visiting the beach! 
"They make the camp feel very personal and welcoming despite the scale. Couldn't be more impressed with camp administration."
Eric Burke, Director of Voyagers and Explorers

I have been a high school art teacher since 2003 and am currently at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody. This is my fourth year as the Head of our Fine Arts Department. I have been working at Running Brook for fourteen years as an Adventure counselor, Adventure Director at the JCC of Marblehead, two summers as a Head counselor for Day Camp, and now as the Director of Voyagers / Explorers at Running Brook. I have taken campers and students on countless Adventures around New England, New York, and internationally to England, France, and Italy. I am very excited to be returning as Adventure Director to continue this timeless tradition of Adventures at Running Brook. 
Michael Buckley, Director of Creative Arts

I am a proud Equity actor, improvisational comedian, and camp counselor! I was born and raised in Massachusetts. I earned my BA in English and Secondary Education from Emmanuel College in Boston. Some of my passions include trivia, books, and team-building exercises. I also enjoy watching movies, exploring New England, building the LGBTQ community, and thrift shopping.
Sarah Coscia, Director of Swim Program
Master's in Exercise Science

I can't believe that 2023 will be my 11th summer at Running Brook and I am so excited to make it even better! During the school year, I am a PE teacher at Greater Lawrence Technical High School. Clearly, physical activity is a passion of mine!
 
Outside of school, I have been teaching swim lessons for 18 years and I have been a lifeguard for 16 years now. I am also the assistant swim coach at the high school. Outside of the pool, I am also very passionate about volleyball. I actively play and coach in the area. I currently coach at Babson College and SMASH Volleyball Club.
 
I love being outside, being active, and finding ways to make my life the best it can be. I love being healthy, even though I have a weakness for pizza and ice cream. 
 
I can't wait to see all the smiling faces at camp this summer! And I am even more excited to watch all the campers grow as swimmers. After last summer, I need to order way more green bands! :)
Denise Goguen, Camp Manager

I am excited to share that this is my 27th year with Running Brook! When I started out, I was doing the accounting work for camp behind the scenes. A few years into it, I began managing the Camp Office year-round. For the past eleven years, I have been both the Camp Manager as well as the Accounts Receivable Manager for Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. I have very much enjoyed being directly involved with the campers, parents, and staff each summer and throughout the year. It is great seeing the kids summer after summer, watching them grow-up and getting to know so many of their families.

Some of the things I enjoy doing outside of camp are cooking (either for my family at home or in East Hall for my family at work), volunteering, traveling and in the summer hanging out by the pool and entertaining.

Maddie Sachs, Business Office and Summer Programs Coordinator 

I am excited to say that summer 2023 will be my 10th summer at Running Brook Camps, and I am looking forward to it!  I grew up in Waltham and graduated from Endicott College in 2017.  After high school and throughout college, I spent my summers working with Denise in the Running Brook Camps office.  Following graduation, I began working full time for Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall School in the Development Office.  After almost two years in Development and missing one summer of camp, I realized I didn't want to miss out on another summer at camp.  Now I am happy to say, as the Business Office and Summer Programs Coordinator for CH-CH, that I am a part of the Running Brook Camps team year-round.  I enjoy being a member of this fun, supportive community, and getting to know our campers, parents, and staff every summer!
 
When I am not at camp, I love spending time with family and friends as well as cooking, watching movies, playing games, finding new restaurants to try, being outside, and playing with my two cats!

"I have had very positive interactions with all of the camp administration - they do a wonderful job."