Leadership & Staff

We are devoted to creating a safe, enriching and caring community. Our team of experienced summer camp and education professionals supports over 100 activity specialists and counselors.

Downtown Day Camp Director
Mae-Sue Guery

After 6 years as our Peck Slip After-School Program and Vacation Camp Director, along with 10 more years at Downtown Day Camp before that, Mae-Sue is now settling into her new role as our year-round camp director. New York born and raised, she was even a student at PS 234 when it opened way back when, so she has truly come full circle. Mae-Sue's combination of professionalism, warmth and intelligence make her a favorite among the children, parents and staff who know her.

Program Director
Gabi Sasson

Working with Manhattan Youth since 1998, Gabi was Director of our IS 289 After-School Program, and has also directed our Senior Division Day Camp. Her extensive experience in youth and recreation programs compliment her enthusiasm for working with our children, families, and staff. Gabi works closely with our camp team leaders, specialty staff, and counselors to ensure that we provide a safe, exciting, and fun-filled environment.

Enrollment Coordinator
Allison Simmons
Allison has been one of our most admired camp leaders for eight years and personifies the joy and spirit of our camp. Whether chatting about registration, or meeting her at one of our special events, you'll enjoy the type of positive and caring communication with Allison and our camp office that you can count on.  

Team Leaders
Each group in camp is assigned to one of our Team Leaders/Division Supervisors, most of whom have worked with us for over 10 years! Our Team Leaders have a wealth of experience working in schools and summer camps as teachers and administrators. This added level of supervision ensures that our counselors are coached to meet the highest professional standards. It is typical for 100% of our team leaders to return each season.

Activity Specialists and Counselors
We have experienced teachers and counselors working with the children at our summer camps. More than 80% of our activity specialists and counselors return each season. When other summer camps hear about our staff return rates, they're simply speechless. Building the type of community that both campers and staff want to return to each summer is vitally important to us.

Supervision Ratio
We believe the most important thing at camp is proper supervision, and lots of it. We are proud of the fact that our overall camper to staff ratio is 3 to 1 at the Downtown Day Camp.