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Meet our Camp Leaders

Keri Wood

Director of Camping Operations

Keri joined the YMCA movement as a high school student working in summer camp and afterschool programs with the Y of Metro North. She began her professional career with the Y of Greater Boston where she served in a variety of capacities within the realm youth development, most recently as the Director of Youth and Family Services. Keri joined the West Suburban team in March of 2015 as the Director of Operations for the Camping Services department. She has a breadth of knowledge of governmental agencies and compliance organizations including the Department of Public Health, Department of Public Safety and Department of Labor as well as Early Education Care and the American Camping Association. 

Ben Kaloupek

Camp Chickami Director

After working seasonally at Camp Chickami for the previous 12 summers, Ben joined the full-time Y staff in October 2018 as Camp Chickami Director. In this role, Ben works to ensure that Chickami offers the same safe, creative, and engaging programming that it has for over 60 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Education from Northeastern University, Ben worked two years as a paraprofessional at the Heath School in Brookline. He holds a License in Elementary Education in the state of Massachusetts and brings his passion for education and development to all the participants of Chickami every summer.

Stephan Lockney

Camp Frank A. Day Director

Stephan joined the team here at the West Suburban YMCA in December 2017 after 23 years working for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts. As a career YMCA camping professional, Stephan believes that summer camp offers a unique chance for children to build social and emotional skills that help them mature into thriving young adults. He has a passion for training peers in the industry in staff training, recruitment, retention, motivation along with child development and child protection. His past work in Central Massachusetts at a camp serving the special needs populations was recognized by the State of Massachuetts as a Distinguished Program. He works to continue that inclusive-based work with the West Suburban YMCA and Camp Frank A Day. One thing that excites Stephan about residential camp is creating and participating in traditions and programs that campers enjoy for years to come.

Marie Minardi

Camping Services Registrar

Marie left a successful position with a private company to pursue a career that would employ her passion for supporting youth and families along with her strong background in office management. As our Camping Services Registrar, she is the main point of contact for all camp registration needs. Marie holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University.

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