Camp Echo Lake

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Directors
Tony Stein

Tony Stein

Director / Owner

Tony has spent nearly every summer of his life at Camp Echo Lake.  A former camper, counselor, Group Leader, LIT Director, Food Service Director and 4n4 Trip Leader, Tony became the Director of Echo Lake in 1994.

Tony graduated from Skidmore College where he captained the Varsity Basketball team, and then went on to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business to receive his MBA.  Tony has served on the American Camp Association’s National Board of Directors, been President of the ACA’s New York Section, and has served on the Board of Directors of Project Morry since its inception in 1996.

Camp Carnival, Sachem Day, Hoe-down and the Big Al Campfire are among Tony’s favorite activities at camp – but nothing beats the feeling of giving out fuzzies each night at line-up.

Tony and his wife Emily are joined at camp by their son Evan and their daughter Violet.

Amy Medine Stein

Amy Medine Stein

Director Emeritus

Amy has spent over 67 summers (WOW!) at Camp Echo Lake. Her parents, Edith and Bill Medine, founded Echo Lake in 1946 when Amy was a little girl growing up in Brooklyn, NY. She met her husband, Morry, at Brandeis University in the 50’s and they led Echo Lake together from 1964 to 1994, until Morry’s untimely passing. Prior to becoming the Director of Echo Lake, Amy, who majored in Drama and English at Brandeis, was an elementary school teacher and worked in public relations.

Amy is the Chairperson of the Board of Project Morry. Amy LOVES to judge—Group Sing, Tribal Sing—you name it, she loves to judge it!

Laurie Rinke

Laurie Rinke

Director / Main Village Director

Laurie hails from Port Washington, NY and currently lives in NYC. Laurie began her camping career in 1986 and has spent every summer since at Echo Lake. Camper, 4n4, LIT, Mohawk Chieftain, Laurie has green and gold blood. Laurie has worked her way up the ranks, from Cabin Specialist to Group Leader to Program Director to Head Counselor to Associate Director.

Laurie graduated from Emory University with a degree in Psychology and Education in 1997 and received her Master’s in Social Work from NYU in 1999. Prior to joining Echo Lake on a full-time basis in 2001, Laurie worked as a family and child therapist. As the Associate Director Laurie is involved with camper recruitment, staff hiring, staff training, communication with parents and camp families, and brings insight and enthusiasm to all aspects of running CEL year round.

Laurie is the Director of the not-for-profit Echo Lake Idea program and is very actively involved with Project Morry. Laurie is the founder of EPIC, Emerging Professionals In Camp, an ACA-NY initiative designed to support the careers and professional education of developing camp professionals. She has served in a variety of roles in the ACA-NY section, on ACA National EPIC committee, and with the Tri State Camp Conference. Laurie is the current Chairperson of the Joe Kruger Youth Development Confernce. Laurie has been honored with both local and national awards for her work with EPIC and in the camp industry.

Laurie has vivid memories of her days on the Echo Lake stage and is in close contact with many of her camp friends. Though Laurie loves the laughter, songs, and bonding of running campfires (complete with S’mores and Schmallows!) for all Main Village Groups, there is a special place in her heart for Group Sing and Tribal Sing as well!

Brenda Levine

Brenda Levine

Senior Village Director

Brenda came to Echo Lake the first time in 1992. She began as a Cabin Specialist with the Frosh Girls before taking on the role of Group Leader, Evening Program Director and Girls Head Counselor. After several years away from camp, Brenda returned to Echo Lake in 2008 to take on the position of Tour Director and then on to her current role as the Senior Village Director.

Brenda graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary & Special Education and from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a Masters Degree in Education. Brenda taught middle-school aged children before starting her own family. In the past several years, she has taken on roles teaching parenting classes within the Montreal Community.

Along the way, Brenda met her husband at camp. Jay is a long-time Echo Laker himself and looks forward to his visits to camp each summer. Brenda currently lives in Montreal, Quebec with Jay and their three children - Abi, Jacob and Isaac, who all love CEL as much as she does! She is also in the midst of co-founding The Montreal Children's Museum - an exciting compliment to her amazing summers at camp.

Some of Brenda’s dearest friendships were discovered at camp. Brenda treasures her memories of Morning Line-Ups, Camp Carnival, Alawatchakeema, Tribal Sing, and long ago Watermelon Feasts!

John Pezzolla

John Pezzolla

Operations Director

JP has been spending his summers with us in Warrensburg since 1998. He came to Echo Lake as a Baseball Specialist, but over the years he has done just about everything on camp. A native of Albany, NY, JP is a home-grown upstate New Yorker, although he has an almost obsessive passion for the Cleveland Browns. JP earned a Bachelor’s Degree in US History at The University of Albany, he will be more than happy to tell you a few random facts about the Adirondacks as well as New York State!

JP handles all of the summer operations on camp which include overseeing food service, maintenance, transportation, housekeeping, and security. In the off-season he works on purchasing for camp as well as staffing.  JP is also involved with the NY American Camp Association Chapter volunteering his time at the Tri-State Camp Conference each year.  JP joined Echo Lake on a full time basis in 2003 and in addition to his operational responsibilities works with Laurie to recruit and hire our amazing staff.

JP ‘s favorite Echo Lake pastimes are Apache Relay, extreme line-up, roasted turkey dinner, and the fireworks show.

Matt Jackowitz

Matt Jackowitz

Program Director

Matt grew up in Livingston, NJ and has been at Echo Lake since he spent his first summer with us as a Lower Junior Boy in 1992. Matt (better known as “Jacko” at camp) became a staff member in 2000 and has spent his summers as a Cabin Specialist, Group Leader, Senior Village Program Coordinator and Program Logistics before landing on his current role of Program Director. 

Matt graduated from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2005. Prior to joining Echo Lake on a full time basis in 2006, Matt worked as an intern at the American Camp Association’s New York office.  Matt still continues to represent Echo Lake in a variety of ways through his work with the ACA.  He serves as a Standards Visitor, is a member of the EPIC Committee and works on the Program Committee for the Tri-State Camp Conference.  Matt also works with Project Morry as a member of their Young Professional’s Committee.

Over the years Matt has collected countless memories and made great friendships at camp. Some of Matt’s favorite things at camp include Carnival, Morning Line-ups, Tribal Tug, Spaghetti and Meatball dinners, GS in the Lake and Heads Games!