These are just some of our amazing staff...
Outstanding individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.
Burn Brae Day Camp’s highly qualified staff members are experts at dealing with children as well as being experts in their own field. Our certified teachers are educational professionals, highly trained artists, and performers who nurture and develop our campers’ creative gifts. Our mature staff cares about each individual child as is evident in the camper/staff relationships that form each summer.
Lisa Kasser started Burn Brae Day Camp in 1981 and has been the Owner and Director ever since. She's thrilled to be celebrating the camp's 38th summer. Lisa majored in Theater and Dance at the University of Michigan and has starred in productions in the United States and Canada and appeared in a two person off Broadway play on PBS. In the early ’80s, Lisa was the Associate Producer of Channel 17’s Dancin’ on Air. She has also taught and directed children’s theater. Lisa attended camp throughout her childhood and teenage years and continues to find enjoyment and inspiration in camp life everyday! She has one adult daughter who had attended Burn Brae since the age of two months. Lisa is also the owner of Maggie, a loving Bichon/Poodle, who is the camp mascot!
Mike B. has been at Burn Brae for the past 18 summers. This is his 9th year as our Assistant Director. Prior to that, Mike was our Athletic Director. He has worked at the Upper Moreland Intermediate School as a School Psychologist for 21 years. He earned his PhD in school psychology from Temple University. He has two daughters who both grew up at Burn Brae. His younger daughter, an accomplished guitarist, learned to play here at camp. Mike is an avid coach, sports lover, basketball player, and is looking forward to another fun and exciting summer at camp!
Julie R. has a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the College of New Jersey, and has taught elementary and middle school. She is currently teaching at a school in Elkins Park, PA. She is our camper advisor for all ages, and French teacher to our Pre-Majors. She also runs the very popular Teen Quest program for our 13-15 year olds. She has 2 children who have grown up here. This is Julie’s 9th summer at Burn Brae!
Laurel K. is a registered nurse, and has been a nurse on a surgical unit, as well as, a hospital nurse in a cardiovascular recovery unit. She has a BS in Nursing from the York College of PA. Laurel is currently a substitute nurse for the Upper Dublin School District. She has two children who attend Burn Brae.
Barbara S. is a retired NYC administrator, staff developer and teacher. She received her BS from Finch College. Barbara has two Masters Degrees in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College and Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. She is active in the Pennsbury Instrumental Music Boosters and Youth Orchestra of Bucks County. After spending many summers at Burn Brae, Barbara's son has become an accomplished musician who will be attending Temple University majoring in Horn Performance. This is Barbara's 10th year!
Assistant Office Manager/Special Events/Theme Days
Bari L. has owned Party Rockin’ Event Planning, an event planning and custom decorations company, for the past 12 years. Prior to that, she worked in office management and sales. She is the mom to 3 Burn Brae campers. This is Bari’s 2nd year at Burn Brae.
Office Assistant/Pastry Arts/Special Events/Theme Days
Tara B. has her Master’s Degree in Special Ed from Arcadia and is certified to teach home economics, consumer science, and cooking. She is a special education teacher at a Bucks County high school. In addition to teaching Pastry Arts here at camp, she also helps organize our summer special events and year-round birthday parties. This is Tara's 11th year at Burn Brae!
Office Assistant / Camp Academic Tutor
Erica E. has her MED in English from Meredith College and a Grad Certificate in Special Education from George Washington University, and a BS in Math & History from Albright College. She is currently an ESL teacher in the Souderton School District. Erica has one child attending Burn Brae!
Pre-Major A Lead Counselor (ages 3-4 campers)
Jess M. received her Masters in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University, and teaches English, Reading, and Creative Writing at a Main Line high school. She is the mom of 2 Burn Brae campers, has worked at Burn Brae for 4 summers, and is very happy to be back again this year!
Pre-Major B Lead Counselor (age 5 campers)
Laura C. received her Doctorate from Temple University Law School. She is a Daisy Girl Scout Leader, the Cheerleading Commissioner and Coach for Upper Dublin. Her team was in the National Championships two years in a row! She is the mom of 3 Burn Brae campers. This is her 5th summer with us!
Pre-Major C Counselor (age 6 campers)
Lisa M. has a B.A. in Psychology from Gwynedd Mercy University, a Masters in Public Health from West Chester University, and a M.Ed in Special Education from Arcadia. She is a certified special education teacher and works for the School District of Springfield Township. Lisa also tutored children at Sylvan Learning Center and privately as well. This is her 5th summer with us and she loves working with her 6 year olds in Pre- Major C, the “chipmunks”. Her favorite camp activities include reading and discussing beloved children’s books with campers, making art and bonding during circle time each morning. Lisa is the mom of one Burn Brae camper.
Step-Up Instructor (ages 7-8 campers)
Shannon K. graduated from Montgomery County Community College with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and from Arcadia University with a dual degree in general education, Pre K - 4th and Special Education Pre K - 8th. She is the lead Pre K teacher at a Bucks County private school. This is Shannon's 2nd year with us!
Teen Quest Co-Counselor (ages 13-15 campers)
Scott J. has worked at Burn Brae for the last 5 summers as a head counselor of Teen Quest and a sports counselor. Scott has both a BA in Radio-TV-Film, and his Master’s in Elementary Education from Temple University. During the year, Scott is a middle school history and English teacher. From 2002-2005 he did live on-air traffic reports for KYW-AM radio. He is the dad of 2 Burn Brae campers.
Meredith B. received her BA from Rider University, and was the Aquatics Director at a local camp for 5 summers. She was also a swim counselor and instructor for many years.
Doug S. has a BA from Indiana University of PA, as well as a Master’s Degree in curriculum and Instruction. Doug is a High School Spanish teacher in Bucks County and the High School Track Coach for Boys at a local public high school. Prior to Burn Brae, he was the pool director at another local summer camp. This is Doug's 4th summer at Burn Brae, and he is the dad of 2 Burn Brae campers.
Mike R. has a BS degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University and a masters degree in Education from Cabrini University. He is the physical education teacher at an elementary school in Philadelphia. He also coaches the boys' and girls' volleyball teams and their boys' basketball team. This is Mike's 4th year with us, and he is the dad of a Burn Brae camper.
Brass/Woodwinds/Piano/Jazz Band/Voice Instructor
Karen M. received her Master’s in Education from Wilkes University. She is certified to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade and teaches general music and band in the Central Bucks School District. In addition, Karen is CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. She is also on the faculty of Chestnut Hill College of Music and Technology. She has taught instrumental lessons, directed bands, musicals, and choirs in several schools as well as being the music director in many churches, and conducting adult choirs. This is Karen's 8th summer with us, and she is the mom of a Burn Brae camper and a Burn Brae Apprentice.
Brass/Woodwinds Assistant Instructor & Pastry Arts Assistant
Stephanie J.S. is an Architecture Major at Thomas Jefferson University. She was in the marching band at her high school and has been studying and playing flute for the past several years. Stephanie has been a Burn Brae camper, Apprentice, and currently an assistant.
Cyndi N. has a Master’s Degree in Music from Temple University. Cyndi is an Elementary Strings Specialist who teaches orchestra full-time in the Upper Dublin School District and performs at various venues. We have been happy to have Cyndi with us for the past 3 summers.
Ben P. received his Masters in Music Education and Teaching from the University of the Arts and his BS in Music from Excelsior College. He has taught music at Temple University Music Prep and has taught General Music at a local elementary school. Ben has performed as a chorister and soloist with local and regional opera companies and symphony orchestras as a tenor and guitarist for the past 14 years. He has also played guitar in several orchestras and rock bands. Ben is a private music and vocal teacher. He has one child attending Burn Brae!
Kendra W. is receiving her Bachelors in Music Education from Honors College at West Chester University. She is the recipient of the Board of Governor's Scholarship. She plays saxophone, piano, clarinet, flute, and has been in the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band. Kendra plays professionally in a local Jazz and Rock Band group that performs all over the Philadelphia area. She was the Robotics team captain at her high school and mentors their robotics team for 9th and 10th graders. This is Kendra’s 2nd summer at Burn Brae!
Painting/Drawing/Fashion Design Instructor
Emily E. has a BA in Art Education from Kutztown University. She is an art teacher in the Philadelphia School District. Emily is an accomplished artist. This will be Emily's 8th summer with us, and she is the mom of a Burn Brae camper.
Abbie E. received her BFA in Art Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She currently works at a well-known clay studio and school in Philadelphia as a ceramics teacher for children and adults. Abbie was on the faculty of a prestigious clay studio in New England for 3 years and has won awards for her own ceramic work. This is Abbie’s 2nd year at Burn Brae.
Tori S. is a recent graduate of Temple University where she received her BFA in Dance and was the recipient of the Teresa Benzwie Excellence in Dance Education Award. She has trained and performed with local Philadelphia dance artists and choreographers as well as internationally in England, Israel, and Spain. As well as having taught dance and other movement-based classes at Koresh School of Dance, Addicted 2 Dance and masterclasses at The Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg. Tori is excited to return for her 2nd year at Burn Brae!
Musical Theater Lead/Special Effects Makeup Instructor
Maggie S. - Bio Coming Soon!
Musical Theater Assistant/Special Effects Makeup Instructor/Pastry Arts Assistant
Emily L. is receiving her BS in Secondary English Education at West Chester University, and is one of the student managers at the Student Union. Emily has been at Burn Brae for 14 years!
Movie Production, TV/Video, Improv Theater Instructor
Eric V.W. has a BFA from University of the Arts. He is a drama and comedy improv teacher and performer. He has performed at Theater Ariel, Comedy Sportz, Historic Philadelphia Storyteller, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Wilma Theatre, 1812 Productions, Act II Playhouse, various TV commercials, and radio voice overs. He is the Business Manager and a performer of Fred's Magic World, a well known comedy magic show for the past 16 years. This is Eric's 5th summer with us, and he is the dad of a Burn Brae camper.
Anne Margaret O. received her BFA in Dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She also received training in many forms of dance, both nationally and internationally. Anne Margaret is an associate professor at Temple University where she teaches an arts curriculum. She is on the faculty of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Anne Margaret has been a professional actress, dancer, choreographer, and musician for over three decades. She is a Teaching Artist of Flamenco at Ole Tapas Restaurant and can be seen performing locally with Latin Fiesta. This is Anne Margaret's 8th summer with us, and she is the mom of a Burn Brae camper and a Burn Brae Apprentice.
Archery/Sports/Computer Animation Instructor
Hal L. received a BA in Elementary Education and ESL certification from Penn State University. He also received his MA from Gratz College, and teaches Digital Literacy at a public school during the school year. This is Hal's 4th summer with us, and he is the dad of a Burn Brae camper.
Alyssa C. - Bio Coming Soon!
Tennis/Brain Games Instructor
Rick T. graduated from Ursinus College, and is a retired teacher, and now substitutes in many different area school districts (K-12) each day of the school year. He used to race sailboats and has coached six different sports during his life, including tennis. He was also the tennis pro at the former Willow Grove Day Camp for several summers. Rick has taught brain games (games of strategy) for several years at a tutoring company. We are happy to have Rick back for his 4th summer at Burn Brae.
Lauren A. received her MA in Environmental Education from Arcadia University, and a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from East Stroudsburg University. She has been teaching at a Philadelphia public school for the past 11 years as the Department Chair and Head of Science. She also teaches AP Biology, Physical & Environmental Science. Lauren is the Head Varsity Softball Coach and is the proud recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers. She has 2 children who attend Burn Brae!
James M. - Bio Coming Soon!
Jake M. attends the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in math. He has worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local golf and country club for the past 3 summers. Jacob was on the Upper Dublin High School varsity swim team and their varsity water polo team. He has also been a lifeguard and lead swim instructor at a Boy Scout of America camp for several summers. Jake is a national merit scholar and an Eagle Scout.
Camp Photographer/Social Media
Lisa S. has a BFA in Photography and Art Education from Arcadia University. She has been a small business owner, of Lisa Schaffer Photography, since 2004, and is also a vinyl DJ at a Philadelphia music venue. She photographs events, weddings, corporate and fine art, and has been a day camp photographer for 12 years. This is her 3rd year with us, and she is the mom of a Burn Brae camper!