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Music and Creative Performing Arts Camps Specialist
Paul is a graduate of the High School of Creative and Performing Arts and The University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. Paul currently serves as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Girard College ( a 1st-12th grade boarding school in Philadelphia for underserved single parent children ) and Director of the Upper and Lower school bands, choir and bell choirs. He has been working for ESF and their Dream Camp Foundation for well over 15 years and is constantly improving on the program to help empower the next generation of artist to express themselves.
Technology Camps Specialist
Ben is an experienced professional video game tester and the technology lead with ESF Camps where he manages robotics classes, STEM and coding classes. Ben is also a musician who has taught children in Play On Philly! In his free time, Ben enjoys composing music on old computers, spoiling his cats, and drawing.
Fashion Design Camp Specialist
Alice is an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University and Drexel University. Possessing thirty years of experience in the fashion industry, Alice’s career includes designing women’s wear and sportswear. Her work has been featured in national catalogues as well as retail chains such as Christopher & Banks and Coldwater Creek.
Music Production Camp Specialist
Jerald earned his BA from Temple University and has served as music teacher for several independent schools in and around the Philadelphia area. He has directed shows including Willy Wonka Jr., The Music Man Jr., Disney’s Camp Rock, & Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. During the summer, he teaches ESF's Music Production, for which he was awarded the Master Teacher Award twice. Jerald is a singer songwriter who has performed at the Ritz Theater, Prince Music Theater, Freedom Theater, and Media Theater. His passion in life is to educate, entertain, and enhance the lives of everyone he meets.
Science Camp Specialist
Michael teaches at The Haverford School Conservatory, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College and others. Michael has his Bachelors of Arts and Philosophy from Villanova University and did his pre-med studies at University of Pennsylvania. Michael is an inventor himself, holding three patents for original tech designs.
Site Director at ESF Chestnut Hill
Hi, my name is Chris Guda and I am the Site Director for ESF Chestnut Hill. I grew up in New Canaan, CT and have always been involved in summer camps; attending both traditional and sports camps throughout my childhood and working at day camps since the age of 14. I began working for ESF in the summer of 2004 in Greenwich, CT, as the Senior Camp Sports Specialist and went on to serve as the Senior Camp Director and then the Assistant Site Director. I made the move to Pennsylvania to join ESF’s Executive Team in September of 2013 and was the Site Director for ESF at Montgomery School for four years from 2014 to 2017 before becoming the Site Director at ESF in Chestnut Hill in 2018 at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy and Chestnut Hill College. I graduated from Miami University (OH) with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Coaching. Outside of summer camps, I have worked with children in many different capacities; I have been a coach for youth soccer and baseball, a soccer referee and a youth mentor. Prior to working with ESF full-time, I designed and ran youth programming for 3rd–12th graders, as the Director of Youth Ministries at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, CT for nine years.
General Manager for ESF Greenwich
Emilia grew up in Stamford, CT and has always had a passion for working with youth. Becoming a babysitter at age 12, almost all of her professional experience has revolved around kids, sports, and fun! Emilia first started working for ESF in the summer of 2007 at Greenwich Academy as a Tennis Instructor. Spending the school year completing her business degree at Penn State, she continued to spend her summers at ESF. Upon graduating in 2010, she was invited to join the ESF Executive Team and made the move to Pennsylvania. Since then, she has served as a Tennis Camp Administrative Manager at Greenwich Academy, a Day Camp Director at the Episcopal Academy, and since 2014 the General Manager for ESF Greenwich.
Operations Manager and Assistant Site Director at ESF Georgetown Prep
Darren grew up in Baltimore, MD and has wanted to be a teacher since age 3. He has spent every summer since the age of 16 working for various summer camps. In 2011, he started his first summer at ESF Norwood in Chestnut Hill, PA, as a Day Camp Support Specialist. He then became the Day Camp Director for two summers and the Senior Camp Director the following three summers after that. He started working full time for ESF in the Leadership Apprentice Program, which allowed him to become the first Program Manager of the ESF After-School Enrichment Program at The Haverford School in PA. In 2017, Darren became the Operations Manager and Assistant Site Director at ESF Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda. He couldn’t imagine a better way to spend his summer than with all of the amazing campers, families and staff members that he has met at ESF!