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Our Staff 2020

Leadership/Administrative Staff

Susanne Parent, Executive Director

As a native Vermonter of several generations, Susanne brings a diverse background to our camp. As a freshman at Castleton University, Susanne was President of the Social Issues Club, working with the Dismas House in Rutland as well as organizing food and winter gear drives. She was a student committee member on the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, helping to bring Maya Angelou and Taj Mahal to the CU campus. Susanne was a double major in Sociology and Social Work with a concentration in History, graduating with a Bachelors of Social Work. From there, Susanne held many roles from payroll to hiring to conducting training with the Care Connection, the private duty side of the Visiting Nurse Association. At Associates in Dentistry, Susanne was an account and office coordinator. 
Currently, with the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District, Susanne’s abilities are as vast as her positions. Many years she could be found dismissing students as the after-school secretary. For several years, Susanne helped with the development of a new center within the school, providing support to students. Susanne assisted with the implementation of a new support program for children, PBiS. As a para-educator, she worked with students with autism and collaborated for many years with special education teachers. She segued into the Special Services Department at MMUUSD as a Preschool Administrative Assistant as well as a specialist in Time Documentation. In her free time, Susanne likes to spend time outside walking, hiking, or gardening.
Susanne has been with Our Community Cares Camp since the summer of 2019. Each year she has taken on more responsibilities and expanded her registrar role. This year as Executive Director, she is excited to hold camp, even during the time of COVID-19. Susanne is looking forward to meeting and connecting with the wonderful donors in our community. She wants everyone to know the fantastic opportunities offered to children at the camp. Our Community Cares Camp is crucial to children and teens; it benefits the community as well.

 

Wendy Frink, Program Director

 

Grace Butler, Assistant Program Director

This is my 7th year with OCCC. This fall I will be a Junior at the University of Vermont. I am majoring in English with a minor in Psychology. My favorite hobbies include reading, cooking, and dance! I’ve been an Irish step dancer for years, and am currently the treasurer of UVM’s Irish dance team the Celtic Cats. I am looking forward to seeing all our wonderful campers again, and watching the lasting OCCC bonds of friendship form.

 

Buddy Dubay, Music Director

I’ve been with OCCC for a lot of years (not sure how many!). I received my bachelors degree in Elementary Education from UVM in 1984. I just got a puppy and love her. She’s a handful. I’ve nicknamed her Chewie Louie! It’s a good thing she’s cute. I’m looking forward to being with everyone and making music.

 

Brian Letizia, Art Director

Brian comes to Our Community Cares Camp with 15+ years of experience working in the visual arts. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the University of the Arts located in Philadelphia, Brian worked at the Sandy Webster Gallery advocating for African American artists in the national art community. Along with his continued interest in social justice issues and the history of art, Brian has enjoyed diverse professional experiences working in studio and production environments as an artist and teammate. He has developed products, built larger than life installations, and facilitated logistics and design in arts festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lallapalooza to name a few. His love for the outdoors has brought him to Vermont, where he aims to pursue a career as an arts educator. He believes that creative practice has a profound effect on human development, and wants to help others realize their unique gifts and potential. He spends his free time painting, cooking, birding, canoeing, and enjoying good company.

 

Our Community Cares Camp

Sofie Carfaro, Virtual Camp Director

Sofie Carfaro is excited to join the OCCC team this summer! She grew up in Richmond Village and graduated from MMU but now she spends most of her time as a student in Chicago so she’s happy for the opportunity to work for such an integral part of her hometown community. 

 

Madeline Daly, Videographer and Photographer

Renee Langevin, Social Media Manager

I’m thrilled to be entering my third summer with OCCC as the social media manager! I’m the voice you’ll hear from our Instagram (@occcvermont) and Facebook (@OCCCVT) accounts (be sure to follow us!), as well as this website. I’ve been a Technology Integration Specialist in MMUUSD for 6 years, so I know quite a few of our campers, interns, and counselors. I live in Richmond with my husband Shaun (who is also a tech specialist for MMUUSD!), our children Ryan, Sara, Trent and Max, and our two very friendly kitties Percy and Max the Cat. I look forward to sharing all the upcoming wonderful camp activities with all of you!

Leadership Adventure Camp (LAC) – Grades 6+

Asher Carfaro, Counselor

I have been with OCCC for 8 or 9 years? I lost count. I’m usually employed as a cook. I like dinosaurs. I’m fascinated by art, religious and mythological anthropology. I think tacos are always great, but hard shells are pointless and just make a mess. Why would you make it harder to eat your taco? The moment you bite into a hard shell it splits and everything spills out! By that point you should have just made a tostada. Soft shell tacos have none of these problems and are superior in every way. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Sir Terry Pratchett’s books on tape lately. I’m glad that we’ll be setting up a few large tents at camp this summer in order to allow for what would normally be indoor activities, to now be hosted more easily outside, while still having decent shade from the sun.

Peyton Cross, Counselor

This will be my 5th year at OCCC. I’m a junior at MMU. I look forward to the responsibilities that come with being a counselor.

 

Ella Lesny, Counselor

I’ve been with OCCC for three years (two as a counselor, one as an intern). I will be a freshman at Northeastern University this fall, majoring in politics, philosophy, and economics. I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun at camp this year! I can’t wait to play games, do art, and spend time with campers that I’ve known for years!

 

Logan Cross, Intern

 

Otters – Grades 3-5

Kane Cleveland, Counselor

This is my 2nd year as a counselor, but my 12th year being a part of OCCC first as a camper and then as an intern. I go to Mount Mansfield High School. Next year, I’m progressing into being a Senior! I’m thrilled to be able to bring everyone back together during a pretty daunting time so far in 2020 so that we can all enjoy our time together at camp for another year. Outdoor activities are going to be better than ever; I’m excited to get creative with socially safe & fun activities.

Edward Kane, Counselor

I’ve been with OCCC for 4 years. This fall I’ll be a freshman at College of the Holy Cross. I played soccer and ran track at MMU. I’m looking forward to just getting to come back another year despite all of the craziness in the world.

Logan Morrissette, Counselor

This is my 11th year at OCCC! I go to Mount Mansfield Union High School and I will be a senior in the fall. I love sports, telling stories, building with Legos, and telling jokes. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the kids again and having as much fun as possible.

Mallory Jacobs, Counselor

I have been an intern with OCCC for 2 years and this is my first year as a counselor. I go to MMU and I will be a junior this year. I am looking forward to being with the kids.

Amelia Sanborn, Counselor

I’ve been at OCCC for 12 years total (8 as a camper, 2 as an intern, 2 as a counselor). I’ll be entering my sophomore year at BYU Idaho studying early childhood special education. I enjoy singing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the old friends and faces I see every summer as well as making new ones!

Nathan Lesny, Intern

 

Emma Rippie, Intern

 

Chipmunks Grades K-2

Thomas Frink, Counselor

Mia Hubbard, Counselor

I have been at OCCC for 4 years. I am a senior at MMU. I enjoy dancing and spending time with my dogs. I love working with kids.

Iain Pless, Counselor

Olivia Sanborn, Counselor

 

Zory Smith-Miodownik, Counselor

 

Iris Finn, Intern

I have been with the camp for 3 years now. I go to Mount Mansfield Union High School and I will be a senior in the fall. I love to draw and do crafts. I can’t wait to help where I can and bond with my fellow counselors as well as the campers!

 

Our Community Cares Camp

AJ Rippie, Intern

This is my first year at OCCC. I will be heading into 9th grade at MMU this upcoming year. I love basketball and other fun activities. I’m looking forward to playing and having fun with everyone.

 

Our Community Cares Camp

Zoe Rosen, Intern

This is my first year at OCCC. I will be heading into MMU this upcoming year as a freshman. The atmosphere and community that this camp shares makes it such a great place to be. I’m excited for the friends and memories we will be making this year.

 

Camp Support

Zoe Bernstein, Intern

This is my second summer with OCCC. This fall, I’ll be a freshman at MMU. I love working with the kids and getting to know them and their talents. I like seeing them being creative and using their imaginations. I think it will be a great summer!

 

Jaren Skinner, Intern

Daniel Sprano, Intern

I’ve been with OCCC for 6 years. I go to Mount Mansfield Union High School and will be a sophomore this fall. I’m looking forward to learning more about being a counselor and helping the kids in my community, not to mention having fun.