Melissa has been working as an early childhood educator and camp director and specialist for 13 years. Serving as the Director of River Friends Day Camp is not only her job, but her passion. She is eager to help children develop a life-long love for summer camp and she appreciates the uniqueness of each individual child’s journey. Prior to joining the staff of the Shames JCC 5 years ago, she was the Director of the Riverdale YM-YWHA Preschool Day Camp. Melissa has a Masters of Education from Mercy College and completed her undergraduate education at Manhattan College. She is certified in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid: Emergency Medical Response, and is fully trained to administer Epi-Pens. Between summers, Melissa is a Lead Teacher in the JCC Early Childhood Program where she gets to know each and every family.