David & Allison, Owners/Directors
We take pride in our hands-on approach to camping. Our personal leadership and spirit is reflected in Camp Starlight's rich traditions, extraordinary staff, and quality program. We focus on the individual camper, striving to make each child and parent feel that they are an important part of the Starlight family. As parents ourselves, we understand the significance of a warm and safe camp community where young people can have fun, make friends, develop skills, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
David, a native of Newton, Massachusetts grew up as a camper in Maine, where he spent 12 summers as a camper, counselor, Hockey Specialist, and Division Head. He graduated from New York University and, prior to entering the camping industry, worked in the entertainment industry as a casting director, talent manager, and independent film producer. His lifelong dream to be a director of a summer camp became a reality in 1999 when he purchased Camp Starlight. He currently resides in Florida with his wife Allison and his two children Hayley and Griffin.
Allison, originally from Old Westbury, N.Y., focuses on camp operations and administration as well as staff and camper relations. She graduated from N.Y.U. and then earned a law degree from Cardozo School of Law. She spent her legal career as an associate at a prestigious national law firm and served as in-house counsel at a major auction house. She later became V.P., Head of Human Resources for that same company, where she was responsible for hiring, training, and development of the North and South American staff. However, she sees her role as the mother of two children, Hayley and Griffin, as the most valuable experience she brings to Camp Starlight.
Starlight's Key Staff
Hayley Miller, Assistant Director. Hayley received her MBA and Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Miami. Hayley grew up at Camp Starlight, spending her summers as a camper, counselor assistant, bunk specialist and Assistant Division Leader for the Lower Inter Girls and Senior Girls. Hayley was also a Sing Leader for the Blue Wave and General for the Epic Whites! She loves everything camp! Whether she’s on stage hosting the Friday Night Show or spending time talking to campers, you can easily see Hayley’s passion for camp and making sure our campers have the best summer. During winter months, Hayley is in charge of hiring staff and keeping our Starlight Family connected throughout the year.
David Weinstein (DW), Operations and Programming Director, comes to Camp Starlight with over twenty years of camp experience in a variety of roles, including Head Counselor and Assistant Director. His background in performing arts and music, as well as sports, brings a well-rounded perspective to creating and maintaining the diverse and exciting programs at Camp Starlight. On a daily basis he oversees the planning of our dynamic program, maintenance of our facility, and facilitation of our pre and post camp season groups.
Russell Yorston, Business Manager, has worked at Camp Starlight since 1999. His accounting and information technology experience from Australia provide a great foundation for his handling of all our camp business administration. He keeps equally busy managing the technical aspects of camp, both on campus and in our winter office.
Roy Kaplan, Program Manager and Internship Coordinator, has a thorough background in the camping industry. His most recent role was serving as Boy's Head Counselor at a traditional sleep away camp in Pennsylvania. Roy has taught 1st and 2nd grade. He also worked as an Academic Advisor at Florida Atlantic University. Roy has his Bachelors degree in Education and his Masters in Higher Education Administration. Roy's main role is staff hiring, coordinating internships and summer programming.
Lou Meagher, Head of Special Events and Administration: with over 8 years’ experience in the event management industry Lou joins our full time team after her inaugural summer in 2015. Working for the PGA of Australia and more recently Tennis Australia, she brings with her trademark skills of problem solving, creativity, and flexibility to help produce & coordinate our summer events program. She excels at logistics and operations, and her attention to detail means that events and activities go smoothly from concept to completion.
Austin Nelson, Staffing Coordinator and Programming Administrator. He is a recent graduate of Ohio Northern University with a major in business management and a double minor in marketing and entrepreneurship. He has a passion for athletics, and was an athlete through college.
Summer Leadership Team
Our Summer leadership team is comprised of experienced, fun, creative, energetic, and caring professionals, many of whom work with children year-round and return to Starlight each summer. Mostly educators and coaches who are also parents, our Head Counselors, Division Leaders, Program Heads and Administrators have decades of experience. Most importantly, they love working with our campers, whose fun and safety are never anything less than their top priorities.
The Best Counselors Ever
We strive to hire the best staff in camping. Successful prospective staff members are upper level college and graduate students who have experience working with children and valuable skills to share. Our staff to camper ratio is better than 3:1 with a large percentage of our counselors returning year after year. Many of our staff members have also grown up at Camp Starlight and understand our philosophy and traditions. Each candidate is personally interviewed by our Directors then selected on the basis of personality, teaching abilities, enthusiasm, patience, and love of children. All hired staff members attend an intense, comprehensive, and fun week of training prior to camp and are not only well prepared but eagerly awaiting the arrival of our campers.