MEET OUR STAFF


At Young People's Day Camp of Queens our staff makes the difference. Our entire staff is dedicated to giving your child a safe, enriching, fun-filled, and memorable summer. Camp operation is directed by Licensed Teachers and Administrators with more than 65 years combined experience. All Counselors are directly supervised by Division Heads consisting of experienced teachers and childcare professionals. College age counselors are provided with small groups and are aided by Assistant Counselors and CIT's. All staff is carefully interviewed and screened including a search with the NYS Department of Criminal Justice. During the selection process preference is given to teachers and education majors. To ensure a well rounded staff and enriching camp program our staff includes many specialty instructors including art, music, dance, drama, martial arts and swim. All staff undergoes an extensive training and orientation process annually. Please take a moment to meet some of our key staff members below.

Denice Coles Jeffries El

Executive Director

More than 20 years experience working with children ages 2months-16 years old in Nursery & PreSchool, Afterschool and Summer Camp as well as 20 years Director/Supervisory experience. Wife and mother of two, a teenage boy and a young daughter. Masters Degree graduate in Education from St. John’s University, Aquatic Director Certified, First Aid/CPR certified & School Age Child Care Certified. Summer Camp is an exciting passion, the ability to provide fun and unforgettable memories each year is unmatched!


Brandon Coles

Executive Assistant Director

Dedicated his entire life to working with children. Born in his Family childcare program and graduated college with a Degree in Business Management. Three time Division 1 College Basketball Champion and Member of Delaware State University Basketball Hall of Fame. Instructional Basketball Coach and Certified Basketball trainer. CPR and First Aid Certified with 10+ years Summer Camp Supervisor.


Kelly McCue

Assistant Director

18 years experience working with children ages 3 months to 16 years old in schools, after-schools and camps. 5 years Supervisor experience in a school and camp setting.  Certified Educator with a masters in education and psychology. Current alumni member of Team USA  and Former Olympic gold medalist. Certified sports and fitness coach, Certified sports and activity's specialist, certified swim instructor, certified in first-aid and CPR for the professional rescuer, certificates in camp leadership and outdoor recreation.  My goal is to ensure that each and every camper have the safest, most fun experience at camp where they can grow, learn, make new friends and lasting memories.

Lesley Sealey

Assistant Director

More than 10 years experience with Young People's Day Camp. Former Administrative Facilitator, Division Head, Lead Counselor and Head Counselor.  Assistant Teacher at a local private school.  Certified in CPR & First Aid.


Evelyn Bissoondharry

Health & Safety Director

Ten years experience with Young People's Day Camp. Former Lead Health Care Provider. NYS Licensed Practical Nurse, NYS Certified Emergency Medical Technician,  Certified in CPR & First Aid. American Heart Association/American Health & Safety Institute CPR/First Aid Instructor. Adjunct EMS Instructor at Queensborough Community College. Graduate of CUNY York College.


Monica Holland

Aquatics Director

More than 7 years experience with Young People's Day Camp. NYC Certified Lifeguard,  Certified in CPR & First Aid.  American Red Cross Lifeguard Management Certification. Seven years Ocean Lifeguard experience Four years Pool Lifeguard experience. Graduate of West Virginia University. Mother of two.


Rena Gordon

Assistant Aquatics Director & Lead Progressive Swim Instructor

More than 6 years experience with Young People's Day Camp. NYC Certified Lifeguard,  Certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI),Certified in CPR & First Aid.  American Red Cross Lifeguard Management Certification. Early Childhood Certification from Queens College. Graduate of C.U.N.Y. Hunter.


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