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 these remarkable leaders will see to that.
Stacey Levy was born to coach children and, as Somerset’s new Head of Athletics, she will 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.”
Hannah Burns was born in Pearland, Texas and she was born to dance. Though she started dancing at age three, it was in high school when Hannah realized that her hobby had to become her career. “I remember thinking to myself while standing at the barre, how truly beautiful ballet was, and how disciplined and patient one had to be to pursue it.”
At Sam Houston State University, Hannah served as President of the Dance Guild and was a member of XTE, the dance honor society. She also performed at the American College Dance Festival before graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both dance and art.
“I believe that dance and art are great channels for children to express their emotions and find a sense of release. It is important because children need that, they need something that can give them those outlets, something to make them feel confident and proud of themselves.”
Professionally, Hannah has performed with the Cangelosi Dance Project in Baton Rouge, the Rednerrus Feil Dance Company in Houston, and she was selected for the Joffrey Contemporary Ballet and Jazz Summer Intensive 2010. More recently, she served as the Director of Dance for Bay Area Theater and Arts Conservatory in League City, Texas and an instructor for Bonnie Siscoe School of Dance and Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance in Friendswood, Texas.
Hannah attended both Camp Harden in Louisiana and Camp Allen in Texas and worked at Camp Manitou for 3 summers. “Working with children is a huge passion of mine and I can’t wait to share the arts experience with our campers. They need to believe that they can do anything! That’s what dance and art was for me, something that made me feel proud and accomplished. All children need to feel that way!”
Hannah is engaged to her fiancé William and they live in the Houston suburbs with their dogs Baylor and Winston. Opening a camp and planning a wedding take a lot of discipline. If anyone can do it, it’s Hannah!
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!”
Gerry Barrs grew up in San Diego, California, the ideal spot to develop a love for the outdoors and camp. As Somerset’s Head of Adventure, Gerry is excited to share his passion for adventure and exploration with Somerset’s campers and help them experience the thrill and challenge of developing outdoor skills.
Gerry’s first camp experience was at Camp Marston in San Diego County where he grew eventually to become a CIT and eventually returned years later to work as an outdoor instructor for their year-round programs. Gerry also met his wife, Rachelle, at Camp Marston, when they were both assigned to lead a girls’ cabin together.
An avid outdoor rock climber and backpacker, Gerry has fifteen years of leadership experience in the outdoor adventure field. He was the trip director for Camp Wekeela in Maine, the rocks and ropes specialist at Blue Star Camps in North Carolina, and the outdoor adventure director for Camp Lohikan in Pennsylvania. He also served as an instructor for the REI Outdoor School, guiding trips and teaching kayaking, biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor adventure skills.
For the past six years, Gerry has been the program director for Summit, an outdoor adventure program for middle schools students at Norwood School, a coed independent school in Bethesda, Maryland, where he lives with Rachelle and their daughter, AJ.
“Somewhere, someone is doing something that someone else said was impossible,” Gerry says. “Camp is a place where kids can harness the courage to overcome challenges and build their character and their confidence. I hope to create opportunities for the campers to find and overcome those challenges.”