Meet Our Staff
Jonathan M. Gold MBA, PhD
Jonathan Gold received his MBA from Fordham University in 1987 and his PhD from Walden University in 1996 with a dissertation on “Quality Management Systems in Summer Camping.” He has over 44 years of experience in organized camping, beginning in 1969 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 level to both for-profit and not-for-profit camps. In 2008 he was featured on the Fox Business Network in an interview about how parents should go about finding a quality camp for their children. 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 served as a tenured professor of management at Caldwell College from 1990 to 2000, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in management and marketing. Jonathan is also the President of NJ Camps Association, Chairman of the Camp Owners and Directors National Conference and founder of the Operation Blue Skies Program which helps the children of Police Officer Families in need.
Amy has been a cornerstone at Oak Crest for the past 20 years. Amy has worked as a Counselor, Specialist, Office manager, Assistant Director, Director and Associate Director. If anyone knows Oak Crest and has a passion for the camp, it’s Amy Schulman. Amy also directed Oak Crest Country Day School and holds a degree from Nassau College in Long Island. Amy currently serves as the camp office manager and coordinator, as well as overseeing all camp communication and registration. For most of Oak Crest both staff and campers alike, Amy functions as a bottomless source of camp information as well as a strong and loyal friend and camp mother. Both of Amy’s children grew up and worked at Oak Crest and Amy considers all the children who have attended Oak Crest for a summer as part of her family. Amy is the glue that holds camp together and the warm personality that brightens everyone’s day!
Danielle Griffith comes to Oak Crest with over 10 years of middle school and high school teaching experience as well as over 10 years of experience in organized camping. Danielle earned a BA in Education and a BA in Spanish from Bloomsburg University in 2004 and received her MBA from Montclair State University in 2007. Danielle began her career in camping as a Swim Instructor at Oak Crest Day Camp in 2006. After her Color War win as Captain of the Silver Squids, she quickly earned her title as the Aquatics Director where she supervised the swim program of over 500 campers, 6 pools, and an aquatics staff of over 25 swim instructors and lifeguards. In Summer 2014, Danielle was promoted to Transportation Director where she organized the transportation of over 500 campers to and from camp, supervised over 60 bus drivers and managed over 60 bus routes. Now, as Assistant Director, Danielle performs an infinite number of tasks ranging from marketing, bus routing, and programming to staffing and staff training. Danielle has grown to understand the true power of camp while watching her two children grow up at Oak Crest.
Brian 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.