Alyssa Ross, Youth Program Director, Brandywine YMCA

Alyssa joined the Brandywine YMCA in July of 2017 after a ten-year career at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee where she worked in school age child care and summer camp. “I love seeing how much the children grow over the summer,” she says, “as well as seeing them make new friends and have new experiences. I especially love when a child goes from red to green swimming band!”

Favorite Camp Tradition: Camper of the Week

Alyssa can be reached at 610-380-9622, ext. 2411 or

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Kirstan Dolinger, Senior Childcare Director, Jennersville YMCA

Kirstan started her Y career at the Jennersville YMCA in 2004 and has served in multiple roles including camp counselor, preschool coordinator, Early Childcare Learning Center Director and her current role as Senior Child Care Director. “I love that we create lifetime memories for our campers,” she says.

Favorite Camp Tradition: Cheer Wars

Kirstan can be reached at 610-896-9622, ext. 2543 or

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Jess Jones & Stephanie Magorry, Camp Coordinators, Kennett Area YMCA

Jess started her journey at the Kennett Area YMCA in 2005 and loves working in the Camp & SACC Departments. “I love watching the kids grow up right before my eyes through our programs. My greatest hope is always that they stick around throughout their childhood years and then come back to be YMCA Staff!”

Favorite Camp Tradition: Cheer Wars

Jess can be reached at 610-842-5991 or

Stephanie started her journey at the YMCA in November of 2013 and enjoys working in the Camp & SACC departments. “It’s great seeing your SACC students transition to camp and then watch them grow over the summer!”

Favorite Camp Tradition: Camper of the Week

Stephanie can be reached at 610-842-6100 or


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Steph Bewley, Camp and Enrichment Director, Lionville Community YMCA

Steph began working at camp when she was a student at West Chester University. After graduating, she decided she wanted to come back to the Y and spent worked at a Y in New Jersey before joining the team at Lionville Community YMCA. “I love how camp brings kids from all backgrounds together and allows them to make new friends,” she says. “It's great to see campers learning and developing new skills over the course of the summer.”

Favorite Camp Tradition: The Color Competition

Steph can be reached at 610-363-9622, ext. 2923 or 

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Janet Kabakjian, Camp Director, Octorara YMCA Program Center

Janet became a director at the Octorara YMCA Program center in 2001 and currently directs the summer camp program, as well as the preschool and school age childcare program. She loves every age in child development. “It has been a joy to spend a fun filled summer with a child, watch them grow into a young adult and then become a camp counselor giving back the fun and joy they experienced at Y camp.”

Favorite Camp Tradition: Camp Cheer Wars

Janet can be reached at 610-596-9622 ext. 2701 or

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Carrie Kefford, Childcare Director, Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center

Carrie is the childcare director at Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center where she oversees camp, before and after school care, Kindergarten Academy and CELC programs.

Carrie can be reached at 610-696-9622 ext. 2810 or

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Mark Hoy, Camp and Childcare Director, West Chester Area YMCA

Mark started his journey at the Y as an intern. During his internship he was asked to work at Camp Quoowant where he found a passion for camp. He continued working with YMCA summer camps as a counselor, coordinator, Sports Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director and Camp Director. “I love seeing campers grow from year to year and make new friends and connect with old friends each summer,” he says.

Favorite Camp Tradition: Color Wars

Mark can be reached at 610-431-9622, ext. 2219 or

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