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Camp Directors & Staff

Camp Directors & Staff

Meet the Camp Directors!

​Julia Weekes, Programs & Creativity Director

Julia is an educational management leader, educator, and artist. Julia brings nearly thirty years of experience in leadership and management, arts education, arts and science integration, early childhood education, project-based learning, cooperative learning, and progressive education to her new role as Appel Farm Art and Music Center Programs and Creativity Director.

Julia is a Philadelphia-area native and resides in the Mt. Airy section with her two teenage sons, Judah and Isaiah. Julia received her BFA from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts and her MAT from University of the Arts. She has spent decades teaching visual art and science with a focus on community-based programs. She has extensive experience in leadership positions as founder and executive director of an experiential education organization and early education center director.

Julia is also a proud Appel Farm alumna, attending the camp in the early 1980s. It was Appel Farm that inspired her to pursue the arts and foster a commitment to diversity and equity in education. She shared her love of Appel Farm with her children through nostalgic stories and trips to music festivals. Three summers ago, Judah and Isaiah began their own journey as Appel Farm campers. Appel Farm has become their home away from home and eagerly look forward to each summer, returning to their Appel Farm family…now bringing along their mom.

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Cara Corradetti, Camp Relations Director

Cara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, in English and History, from The University of Vermont. She joined the Appel Farm team as Assistant Camp Director in 2015.

Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Cara has spent the last eighteen years at sleep-way camp, as a camper, CIT and Counselor. In 2006, she joined the staff at Camp Canadensis where she served as Theatre Specialist and Evening Activities Director. In 2008, she joined their full-time staff and became Head Counselor of the CIT Leadership Program. In her free time, Cara serves as Alpha Delta Pi’s Recruitment and Marketing advisor at West Chester University. Cara looks forward to combining her own background in the fine and performing arts with her knowledge of and passion for summer camp at Appel Farm.

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Jessica Cook, Assistant Camp Director

Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, in Psychology, from Muhlenberg College. She joined the Appel Farm team in 2019. Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Jess is a lifelong camper. Since graduating in 2014, she has focused on education, psychology, and non-profit work. In her free time, Jess performs jazz and blues and serves on the Board of Directors for Simon’s Heart Foundation. Jess looks forward to combining her background in music, education, and knowledge of and passion for summer camp at Appel Farm.

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Appel Farm Staff

Cori Solomon, Executive Director
Jennie Quinn, Public Outreach Director
Heather Yelle, Operations and Finance Director
Kristina Hill, Arts Integration & STEAM Education Director
Curtis Williams, Community Programs Director
Audrey Angeloni, Engagement & HR Director
Natasha Thompson, Program Operations Director
Don Nees, Facilities Caretaker
Donald Nees, Assistant Facilities Caretaker
Susan Miranda, Technology & Program Coordinator
Danielle Walkden, Food Service Manager
Kelly Rich
, Administrative Coordinator
Bailey Cunningham
, Arts Programs Coordinator
Rachael Basescu, Music Director
Samantha Miller, Public Outreach Assistant
John Puglise, Operations Assistant
AJ Nichols, STEAM Assistant
Emily Bell, STEAM Assistant
Bali Kumalo, STEAM Assistant
Tiffany Rodriguez, STEAM Assistant

Camp Staff

Appel Farm finds the very best Counselors, Instructors, and Leadership Team members from all over the world to work at camp each summer! So many of our Camp Staff come back year after year, like Head Counselor Sarv, who will be back for his 32nd summer in 2019! Our staff are at least 20 years old, working toward a college degree, and have experience teaching and working with children. Many of our staff are experienced teaching artists with advanced degrees in their craft.