Accomplished. Driven. Passionate. These three words describe the individuals that work alongside Kate and Josh on the Somerset leadership team. They are committed to offering the highest level of instruction in a safe, dynamic, and supportive space. Most of all, they are committed to ensuring that every camper can do the things she loves, take healthy risks to try something new, and grow every day. Time spent at Somerset should be full of fun and opportunity and our remarkable program heads will see to that.
Stacey Levy was born to coach children and, as Somerset’s Head of Athletics, she can do just that.
Growing up in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Stacey’s future was defined by the spirit of teamwork, a love of competition, and the influence of countless coaches and educators.
Considered one of the best student-athletes ever to come from Cape Cod, Stacey lettered in girls varsity soccer, and both indoor and outdoor track & field, and was inducted into the Falmouth High School Hall of Fame.
At the University of Vermont, Stacey earned her bachelor of science in physical education with nutritional sciences and athletic training and was again a three-sport letter winner for soccer and track & field.
Upon graduating, and while teaching at Thayer Academy in Massachusetts, Stacey went on to Boston University where she earned a master of education in counseling with a specialization in sport and exercise psychology along with a certificate of advanced graduate study in counseling. Stacey has been an educator and coach for 17 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has primarily taught Physical Education and Health & Wellness and coached a variety of sports ranging from varsity girls soccer to middle school basketball. Presently, she teaches 3rd, 4th & 5th-grade Physical Education at Stanley British Primary School in Denver, Colorado where she lives with her husband Corey, daughter Sydney, and son Jack.
“I feel so strongly about providing girls with leadership roles and fostering their self-confidence and ability to take risks. I am passionate about positive psychology, sportsmanship, and empowerment, and I can’t wait to watch our campers try all the incredible activities that camp has to offer.”
Seeking adventure. Challenging herself. Loving life. These are the values that drive Nadia Domaschenz to make the most of every day and will allow Somerset campers to make the most of their time at our amazing waterfront.
Growing up in Victoria, Australia, at a very young age, Nadia fell in love with being outdoors and being on the water. She graduated from Mount Clear College before beginning her studies in psychological science and criminology. Overtaken by the travel bug, Nadia then set out to explore the world on what has turned into a three-year adventure.
For Nadia, the past three summers have been spent on staff at Camp Manitou for Boys as a swim instructor, lifeguard, waterski instructor, and assistant waterfront director. Her winters have been spent working the ski fields of Banff, Canada and traveling through Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico.
“Traveling has taught me so much about different cultures, and has allowed me to grow as a person through meeting different people and experiencing new cultures. It has given me a great sense of appreciation for what I have, and made me work harder towards what I want.”
Having made her way back home, Nadia is now working at Ballarat Specialist School for children with intellectual disabilities. Taking a break from three busy years overseas is the perfect way to prepare for Somerset’s first summer.
“Opening a new camp means we get to put our values and ideas into camp. I am excited to create an environment where girls feel comfortable to play, be themselves around each other, and have fun outdoors! After all, having fun and learning new things is the best part of camp!”
If you ask Sam Coran about her love of dance and camp; two of her favorite things in life, she will credit her mom, long before she was even born. Throughout her mom’s pregnancy, she spent many hours of each day teaching and performing dance, and as soon as Sam could walk, she was enrolled in a creative movement class; and a lifelong passion was born. Growing up in Philadelphia, Sam began dancing seriously around six years old and studied ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and West African dance. “I always felt that dance gave me an avenue through which I could express myself in ways that words wouldn’t allow.”
Sam went to overnight camp in Maine when she was nine years old and remembers the feeling of discovering “a magical universe, removed from the “real world” where children can grow, learn and thrive in a positive and supportive environment.” She would go on to spend multiple summers there as both a camper and counselor.
Having fallen in love with Maine, and searching for a great dance program, Sam landed at Bates College in Lewiston where she graduated with a degree in Dance and US History and was a member of their Modern Dance Company as well as was selected to attend and perform in the American College Dance Festival.
After college, Sam knew that her passion for dance and working with children were destined to intersect. After some time living and working in Rwanda, she obtained a Masters in Dance Education and a K-12 public school teaching license from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “I love to dance, but for me, I feel a greater sense of accomplishment when I see my students on stage, performing dance choreography they worked so hard on in the classroom.”
Sam resides in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband and daughter and works at a public high school. She is beyond excited to return to Maine to join the Somerset family! “For the past few years, I have really wanted to return to camp, especially in Maine, and to go back to an experience that was so pivotal to my youth. I can’t wait to breathe in that fresh Maine air and work in an environment where girls can be the best versions of themselves.”
Andi Weingarten was born in the Philadelphia suburbs and began her first summer of overnight camp just ten days after her 7th birthday. She immediately fell in love with the entire camp experience from hikes in the Maine and New Hampshire mountains to friendships, waterskiing, landsports, arts and crafts, swimming in the lake, sailing, and living with her peers. After spending eight summers as a camper, Andi spent the next five summers working at a day camp before returning to Maine to work at the same overnight camp she attended as a child.
Andi attended the University of Wisconsin and Temple Law School after which she practiced law until her oldest daughter was born. She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband, Neil, and their two children. Andi has always dreamed of returning to camp and feels so fortunate for the opportunity to share her passion for camp with the Somerset family.
“Camp was the greatest gift that my parents gave me,” Andi says. “Learning to live outside of your comfort zone, be flexible and live by camp rules helped me transition to college dorm life. Having camp friends all over the country helped expose me to different cultures and ways of life. I am most excited about helping an entire new generation of campers at Somerset create a culture and traditions that will last for years to come.”
If there are two places in the world that Crystal Thomas feels most at home, it’s at camp and on the stage.
Growing up in Minnesota, Crystal first started performing at seven years old in both school and community theaters, eventually enrolling for high school at the Minnesota Center for Arts Education in Minneapolis. From there, she received a BA in Theater with an emphasis in dramatic literature from Northern Kentucky University before returning to Minneapolis to perform in the city’s most legendary theaters.
“As a quirky little girl, theater gave me a creative outlet and taught me so much about working on a team. I was never as happy or felt more like myself than when I was working on a play.”
While teaching pre-school, a fortuitous advertisement on a job board brought her to a girls’ summer camp in Maine, and she hasn’t looked back since. There, she spent four summers directing the theater program and supervising the oldest campers. Eventually, having met her now husband, Crystal found her way to our brother camp, Manitou, where she has spent the last ten summers wearing multiple hats, from associate director to, most recently, creative director. In addition, she was a founding volunteer for Experience Camps, a week-long non-profit camp for grieving children where she has worked for the past 11 years alongside Josh. A former world traveler, Crystal now makes her winter home in beautiful Hawaii along with her husband, Pete, and little boy, Koa.
“I’m so thrilled to be back in all girls community where I have the opportunity to help campers to express themselves creatively while gaining the skills and confidence that they can take home.”
Alexis Vonbrockdorff has been passionate about living life outdoors since her early childhood growing up on a farm in Michigan. After falling in love with camp from early on, Alexis began working at her childhood camp after high school, falling in love all over again and turning it into her life’s passion.
Alexis has worked in a variety of camp roles including waterfront manager and adventure manager. After graduating with a degree in general studies with a focus in studio arts, music, and intercultural communication, Alexis began working as the after-school programs coordinator for the YMCA of the Rockies in Colorado. Most recently, after being part of the Somerset original staff in 2018, she has been teaching environmental education in North Carolina.
“There is something incredible that happens when girls participate in adventure programming. It builds confidence and gives them the freedom to challenge themselves. It also provides a safe place to take healthy risks and overcome fears.”
Alexis has worked in the adventure course industry for seven years, both managing courses and leading outdoor educational trips, including camping and hiking. Alexis is a certified as a lifeguard and adventure course manager, as well as in wilderness first aid and FEMA multihazard planning for children.
“Adventure is an important part of life, and the valuable skills learned of communication, trust, resilience, problem-solving, and teamwork transfer to the future, no matter what path you take in life.”