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Meet Our Directors

Directors Jared Gelb & Phil Rainone

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Phil Rainone


In 1996, Phil joined Ramaquois as a counselor and has filled several administrative roles since. Outside of camp he volunteers as a Standards Visitor for the American Camp Association. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a degree in Recreation and Leisure and holds a Masters in Health and Physical Education from Hofstra University. Phil and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters who both attend Ramaquois.

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Jared Gelb


Jared started as group counselor at Ramaquois in 1986 and subsequently became a division leader, Boys’ Side Director and finally Ramaquois’ Director. Jared spent over 20 years teaching high school social studies. He earned his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, holds a masters in teaching from Boston University, and another in educational leadership from the College of New Rochelle. Jared and his wife, Staci, have three children.

Arthur & Natalie Kessler

Executive Directors
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Arthur & Natalie's sound guidance, expertise and experience guarantee the enduring traditions held so dear to all current and previous campers of Ramaquois.

Arthur and Natalie Kessler have spent their entire professional lives in camping. They have owned and directed both resident and day camps, developed unique day camp programs, spearheaded the formation of professional camping organizations, and worked hard to enhance the public’s view of camping and the camping profession. Their significant impact on camping, and the standards of excellence that they have set merited them the prestigious recognition of “Legends of Camping” by the American Camp Association in 2005.

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Both my children had wonderful experiences there and we will never forget you. Ramaquois is the warmest, best run, caring, loving, up-to-date, organized of them all. Each summer I was more impressed than the last. You think of everything (and I am a tough customer)! I am proud and grateful to have been a part of the family. Thank you for everything.

Bonnie • Parent

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Matthew Kaufman

Associate Director

Matt has spent his summers at Ramaquois since 1984 — as a camper, counselor, and in various administrative positions. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. At camp, Matt works in program development, staff training and camper engagement. He has served as the program chair of the Tri-State Camp Conference and authored a book about summer camp staff training. Outside of camp, he enjoys hiking, reading, web site development, and spending time with his wife, nieces, nephew and dog.

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Scott Kaplan

Assistant Director

Scott has been at Ramaquois since 1988 — as a counselor, division leader, Director of Girls’ Side, and now Assistant Director. He received a degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester and graduate degrees in education and educational administration from Iona College and Hunter College. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and two sons, Joshua and Dylan — both Ramaquois campers.

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Jann Reissman

Assistant Director

Jann Reissman began her camping career at the age of 4 and her many years as a camper confirmed her passion for children. She received a degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a graduate degree in Social Work from Columbia University. In her personal life, Jann enjoys being with her young daughters, Brooke and Lexi, and her husband, Marc.

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