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Meet the Camp Director!

​Julia Weekes

Camp Director, Camp Mom, Camp Alum

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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Appel Farm Staff

Cori Solomon, Executive Director
Julia Weekes, Programs & Creativity Director, Camp Director
Jennie Quinn
, Public Outreach Director
Heather Yelle, Operations and Finance Director
Kristina Hill, Arts Integration & STEAM Education Director
Curtis Williams, Community Programs Director
Bailey Cunningham, Arts Programs Coordinator
Rachael Basescu
, Music Director
AJ Nichols
, STEAM Assistant
Audrey Angeloni
, Engagement & HR Director
Kelly Rich, Administrative Coordinator
Samantha Miller
, Public Outreach Assistant
Frank Baratta
, Accountant
Natasha Thompson, Program Operations Director
Donald Nees, Facilities Caretaker
Joe Hill, Facilities Caretaker
Susan Miranda
, Technology & Program
Danielle Walkden, Food Service Manager
Skylar Stiles, Operations 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.