Owners & Leadership Team
Say hello to our Leadership Team! We are made up of people from all walks of life. From Teachers to Psychologists, we have it all! As the Leadership Team of Driftwood Day Camp we strive to make each day better than the one before. With a total dedication to Camp and the amazing things we can accomplish with children, the fun starts here!
Mike “Wags” WagenbergOwner/Director
Former President of the Long Island Camp and Private School Association (LICAPS), as well as Ron’s son-in-law, Wags has decades of camp experience, beginning as a camp counselor at Miss Sue’s Summer Fun twenty-five years ago. A Graduate of Syracuse University, and a former management consultant for Marriott Resorts, Wags ultimately realized his true passion was CAMP and fulfilled his lifelong dream by becoming an owner/director of Driftwood Day Camp. Wags passion for kids is always evident, making sure that each child’s individual needs are met. Wags is always available to talk to parents, campers and staff to help with whatever they need.
Ron KuznetzOwner/ Director
A past President of the Long Island Camp Association, Ron has been a Camp Director for over 40 years. Ron is a former athlete and marathon runner, and was a participant in NASA’s Teacher in Space program. Guest speaker at various American Camping Association national and local conventions, Ron is well known throughout the camp industry as a program innovator and together with Wags is a creative force behind Driftwood.
Neil has been a part of the family since 2006. His passion for camp begin at a Premier Sleep-a-way camp in Pennsylvania, where, as Director, his hands-on approach and love for seeing the growth in campers helped form his career within camp. Moving here from England in 2010, Neil was able to dedicate his life to the industry he loves. Now, as a Director at Driftwood, Neil is always available to parents, campers and staff alike, helping to create the special unique environment that is Driftwood.
A gifted athlete and self-proclaimed “lifelong camper”, Sean was a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor at Driftwood from 2002 through 2006. A graduate from Hofstra University with a BBA in Finance, Sean discovered that mentoring and working with kids was his true calling and rejoined the Driftwood Family in 2008. Sean is always available to talk with any parent, camper or staff member. In additional to being at Driftwood year-round, during the winter Sean is the Director and Head Coach of the Syosset Rookie Basketball Program.
Dave LeWinter is an Elementary School teacher in Valley Stream and is an Assistant Director at Driftwood. Dave works in many capacities at Driftwood and his greatest pleasure comes from interacting with Campers, Parents and Staff. Proud to call Driftwood his second home for more than 20 years, Dave’s favorite quote is, “there is no other place I would rather be.”
Marc Edelman is another Assistant Director at Driftwood. Marc graduated from Brandeis University Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and received his Masters in Secondary Education from Hofstra University and his Educational Administration degree from C.W. Post. Marc currently teaches math at Roslyn High School. Marc’s fun, spirited personality brings enthusiasm to camp and helps make Driftwood the warm and comfortable summer home that it is.
Guy Tantillo has been part Driftwood’s family since 2002. A former Group Leader, Teen Travel Coordinator, and now Assistant Director and Master of Ceremonies at all Driftwood shows, Guy takes great pride in bringing joy and achievement to all Driftwood campers. Guy is a sixth grade teacher in Wyandanch. Guy is an avid sports fan who also coaches youth soccer and basketball for the Longwood Youth Sports Association. Guy’s ultimate goal is for every child to feel welcome, safe, and be themselves at Driftwood.
Nisha Tantillo, Guy’s wife, is also an Assistant Director at Driftwood Day Camp. She has been a Driftwood Staff member since 2002. Nisha currently teaches in the New York City School System. A graduate of Adelphi University with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, Nisha also volunteers her time as an assistant coach for her daughters’ soccer and basketball teams. Nisha diligently coordinates all special out-of-camp trips at Driftwood.
Driftwood’s Program and Scheduling Director, Zach has spent all of his summers at camp every year since he was five. Despite receiving degrees in Finance and Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University, he found his passion working with children during his days as a camp counselor. Zach currently is a math teacher in Brooklyn. He joined the Driftwood Family in 2011 as a Group Leader and became Program and Scheduling Director in 2015. Zach is committed to making every day incredible for each group at Driftwood.
JoanneHead Nurse/Medical Director
Joanne Kelly has been a member of Driftwood’s family since 1999. As a graduate of Adelphi University with a B.S. in Nursing, Joanne began her career as a Registered Nurse at NYU Medical Center. Joanne later joined St. Francis Hospital as the Assistant Head Nurse in a cardiac step-down unit. She is now Driftwood’s Medical Director. Joanne is married to a former police lieutenant, has been a Girl Scout Leader, was team mom for her daughters high school and college lacrosse teams, and continues to volunteer her time and organizational skills to various charities, scholarships, and events supporting the welfare of children.