Leadership

John Lefner, Executive Director
ext. 6600 jlefner@cdymca.org

 

John Lefner hails from upstate NY and is a lifelong camp enthusiast.  He has provided leadership to camps and child-focused initiatives for the YMCA in Florida and Rhode Island, Double H Ranch and Saratoga Independent School.

 

John is proud to lead YMCA Camp Chingachgook and is joined by his wife Jennifer and two daughters/campers, Sasha and Olivia.  John enjoys skiing (alpine and water), traveling and spending time with friends and family. He is looking forward to working closely with year-round and summer staff to build incredible memories for the campers served and to maintain the exceptional traditions and reputation at Chingachgook.


Jiné Andreozzi, Summer Camp Director
ext. 6631 jandreozzi@cdymca.org

 

Jiné is a self-described Chingachgook kid, who’s love of the outdoors all started with her experience as a camper in the Adventure Camp program here at Chingachgook. From that trip on, Jiné spent every summer on the lake, going from CIT to counselor and eventually onto the waterfront team for 4 summers, camp photographer for 1 summer and an outdoor educator for 5 seasons. Jiné is beyond happy to be at camp full time and loves working with staff and campers to carry on the traditions that make Chingachgook the best place to spend a summer!

 

Jiné is originally from Albany, NY, a graduate of Ithaca College and spent two years living in Boston and working for the American Camp Association, New England.  Jiné enjoys sailing, hiking, photographing the beautiful Adirondacks, jumping off the rope swing, practicing half court shots and spending as much time on the lake as possible!


Tricia Biles, Outdoor Education & Group Service Director
ext. 6644  pbiles@cdymca.org

Tricia began working at Camp Chingachgook in the summer of 2014. Though originally from Massachusetts, Tricia spent the previous eighteen years on Maryland’s eastern shore leading experiential education programs at Echo Hill Outdoor School. She has a master’s degree in education, and a passion for sharing the wonders of nature.

 

Tricia and her family now call Chingachgook home throughout the year. Her husband Nick builds and restores historic boats locally. Her two children, Finneas and Madeleine attend school in Lake George. Whenever you come for a visit to Camp with your family or group, Tricia will be here to make sure you have an excellent time!


Craig Poole, Adventure Directorbio pic 2

ext. 6646 cpoole@cdymca.org

Craig, originally hailing from the UK, has come to find a new home in the Adirondacks at Camp Chingachgook. After graduating college, Craig travelled to the USA specifically to work for the Adventure program fueling his passion for the outdoors. Working within the Adventure trips program, he was able to become an Adirondack 46er in 2013, later stepping into the adventure coordinator position and ultimately becoming the director of the very program that captivated his spirit all those years ago.

 

In his spare time Craig can be found out in the mountains working towards his winter 46er with his wife, Kaitlin, or hanging off the side of mountains climbing anything he can get his hands on. Craig is excited to be back to support a new generation of wilderness explorers.


Mike Obermayer, Assistant Summer Camp Director

ext. 6633 mobermayer@cdymca.org

Mike started coming to Camp as a Junior Boy camper in 2004 and immediately fell in love with the Adirondacks and Camp Chingachgook. He has grown up as a part of the Chingachgook family, spending many summers as a camper and staff member, always striving to make each summer better than the last! He is proud to be a part of a welcoming community that provides so many character-building opportunities for our campers through our traditions and innovative programs.

Mike is originally from Ballston Spa, NY. While studying at the University of Vermont, and the National Outdoor Leadership School, he served the Y movement as an assistant site director with the Greater Burlington YMCA and has served various roles with BBL Hospitality throughout the Capital District. After traveling the country backpacking, sailing, rock climbing, kayaking, and taking plenty of Instagram photos, Mike decided that Lake George was the most beautiful place out there! Mike can’t wait to welcome the next generation of campers to Chingachgook.


Kaitlin Pope, Group Services Program Assistant 
ext. 6634 kpope@cdymca.org

Kaitlin grew up in central Pennsylvania where she attended Penn State University and first discovered her passion for the outdoors. After graduating college, Kaitlin traveled around the country visiting outdoor schools and fueling her love for the outdoors.  Kaitlin originally came to Chingachgook as an adventure trip leader in 2012 and instantly fell in love with the Adirondacks.  After working seasonally as a lead outdoor educator, and wilderness coordinator until 2014, Kaitlin took a two year hiatus to work as an assistant director at Mountain Trail Outdoor School in Western North Carolina.

 

Kaitlin is excited to join the Chingachgook family again as a year round member and have the Adirondacks as her backyard once again. In her spare time Kaitlin can be found hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, climbing and working on her winter 46er with her husband, Craig.


Carol Lewis, Office Manager / Registrar
ext. 6602 clewis@cdymca.org

Carol began working at Camp Chingachgook in 2004 and has been the heartbeat of our office ever since.  Almost every family that attends Chingachgook has spoken to Carol prior to their arrival or on the opening day of summer camp.

 

Carol loves to hike, kayak and boat on Lake George during the summer months, and ski and snowshoe in the winter.  When you give Chingachgook a call, be sure to say ‘hi’ to Carol!

 


Jjohn-dwyerohn Dwyer, Food Service Director
ext. 6622 jdwyer@cdymca.org

John joined the Chingachgook team in April 2014 after many years with the Boy Scouts of America. John’s career has brought him to work in the hospitality industry in both restaurants and hotel, as well as food service management for higher education. John is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. In his free time he enjoys boating, camping, and skiing.

 

 

 

 


Chris Thompson, Property Director 
ext. 6660 cthompson@cdymca.org

Chris was born and raised not far from Camp Chingachgook, in Queensbury, New York. After high school Chris traveled the world while serving in the United States Navy. After his service he graduated from Adirondack Community College and moved north into the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks.

 

In 1999 Chris moved back to the Lake George area with his wife Maria and cat Oddie to begin working at Camp Chingachgook. He considers himself the luckiest man in the world to not only get to work in the outdoors on Lake George but to also have a great time playing here. Chris loves camping, fishing, boating and travelling with Maria.