Meet Our Staff - Oak Crest Day Camp

Meet Our Staff

Jonathan M. Gold MBA, PhD, Owner/Director

Jonathan Gold received his MBA from Fordham University, and his PhD from Walden University, with a dissertation on “Quality Management Systems in Summer Camping.”

He has over 40 years of experience in organized camping, beginning i as a camper at Camp Becket in the Berkshires. He rose through the ranks as a camper and counselor there.

Jonathan has been the owner/director of Oak Crest since 2002. A nationally recognized speaker and writer, he has become an authority on Quality Management in camping, speaking frequently at both the local and national and international level to both for-profit and not-for-profit camps. Most recently he was featured on the Fox Business Network, CNBC, NBC, and NJ New 12 on the Opening of summer camps in Summer 2020.  From 2005 to 2007 Jonathan served as the Program Director of the Tri State Camp Conference, the largest gathering of summer camps in the world. In addition to running Oak Crest, he has worked at or been director for 5 other summer camps, each one adding a unique dimension to his current

leadership and management style. Jonathan also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in management and marketing at Caldwell university. Jonathan is also the President of NJ Camps Association, and founder of the Operation Blue Skies Program which helps the children of Police Officer Families in need.

Scott Rothschild, Assistant Director

For as long as I can remember (literally), camp has been home to me. My father was the Owner/Director of Pine Brook Day Camp in Rockland County, New York and I spent over 10 years as a camper, beginning when I was three years old. Prior to returning to Pine Brook as a staff member, I spent six amazing summers at Kennybrook, a residential camp in Upstate New York. As a camper and counselor, I loved all aspects of camp life, from swimming and sports activities to crafts and performing arts. One of my greatest thrills was being chosen to be a Color War General!

I enjoy skateboarding, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, volleyball and camping, in addition to making sure I have tons of time at the end of the day for my wife, Deborah and our two sons, Ethan and Adam.

Between my younger camp days and my arrival at Oak Crest Day Camp, I was the Director of Professional Development at the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey (ACA). I was responsible for conferences and developing new educational initiatives for Camp Directors and their staff. This included the Tri-State Camp Conference, the largest annual gathering of camp professionals in the world. Along with my work at the ACA, I spent seven summers as Director of KenMont and KenWood Camps, a large residential summer camp located in Connecticut.

Jonathan Nakonechy, Athletic Director

Jonathan is a hardworking, dedicated, and enthusiastic graduate of Montclair State University and is currently a full time Physical Education and Health teacher at Memorial Junior School in Whippany, NJ.  Outside of the Gymnasium, he serves as the Athletic Director at Oak Crest Day Camp in Somerset, NJ since the summer of 2015.  This position has allowed him to create and develop the camp athletics curriculum, lead and advise the Athletic Specialists, and most importantly, work hand in hand with our campers.  Prior to becoming the Athletic Director, he worked as a Counselor with our Teen Division.  These roles have provided him with the foundations in camper management, instructional design, and hands on experience in leading our campers throughout the summer.

Brian Dailey, Program Director

BrianBrian has been in organized camping for over 25 years. He is currently a public school music teacher and has been the driving force behind the Oak Crest Camp Program for the past 10 years. Brian is known for his wildly creative special events and for making camp a truly spontaneous and magical place for children. Whether through the morning “Wordle” (word riddle), the campwide special events, or the amazing skits and antics at every assembly, Brian’s well of creative energy and ideas never runs dry. Brian has worked with Jonathan at 5 different camps including Becket in the Berkshires, Camp Discovery, Pine Forest, Meadowbrook Day Camp and Camp Good Time in California for children with cancer. Brian and the program staff truly help create all the success opportunities at camp through the active management of the daily camp program.