Why Us - Leadership


Summer Discovery has been in the summer experience industry for more than 55 years and has been providing superior pre-college programs for 40 years. Partnering with universities across the globe,  Summer Discovery offers world-class academic options for high school and middle school students.

Our leadership is experienced, compassionate, caring, and responsible. On-campus, Directors average 14 years with Summer Discovery, the most experienced in the pre-college programs.

On-campus leadership team:

  • Director
  • Associate Director
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Resident Counselors

Resident Counselor (RC) Groups

Our Resident Counselors are mature, enthusiastic, and all over 21 years old.

RCs live next to students in the residence halls (several RCs per floor), to ensure a smooth transition to college living. Students are divided into small groups of approximately 10-12, with their own Resident Counselor. Frequent RC group meetings provide a supportive environment for social and academic interaction.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Resident Counselor position, check it our Summer Jobs Page.

Fantastic Instructors

Authentic classes are taught by university instructors, graduate teaching instructors, artisans, and professionals. Most classes are small, collaborative, and interactive, making learning meaningful and fun.

Program Leadership
  • Adriane Thorpe

    Adriane Thorpe

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

  • Bob Musiker

    Bob Musiker

    Executive Director

  • Jimmy Musiker

    Jimmy Musiker

    Executive Director

  • David Kraut

    David Kraut

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Miranda Chesson

    Miranda Chesson

    Chief of Staff

  • Jenn Le Blanc

    Jenn Le Blanc

    Director of Summer Staff Recruiting

  • Kaci McAllister

    Kaci McAllister

    Senior Global Director of Sales

  • Esteban Olivares

    Esteban Olivares

    Dean of Academics

  • Caroline Daniel

    Caroline Daniel

    Director of Academics, SIG

    Summer Institute for the Gifted

  • Liz Clifford

    Liz Clifford

    Head of Program Operations

  • Stacey Todisco

    Stacey Todisco

    Financial Operations Specialist

  • Michael Chen

    Michael Chen

    China Country Manager

  • Susan Kornick

    Susan Kornick

    Senior Relationship Manager - Educational Consultants and Advisors

  • Halley Hoot

    Halley Hoot

    Director of Client Services

  • Megan Mancini

    Megan Mancini

    Program Director

  • Jesse Candelario

    Jesse Candelario

    Recruitment Manager & Program Director

  • Lauren Schwab

    Lauren Schwab

    Program Director- Penn/Wharton

  • Victoria Stone

    Victoria Stone

    Operations Specialist

  • Jordan Shapiro

    Jordan Shapiro

    Operations Specialist

  • Daniela Lerma

    Daniela Lerma

    Client Service Specialist – Penn/Wharton

  • Justin Alexander

    Justin Alexander

    Client Service Specialist

  • Kelsey Graham

    Kelsey Graham

    Client Service Specialist

  • Brandon Cangemi

    Brandon Cangemi

    Recruitment Specialist

  • Diane Rosenblatt

    Diane Rosenblatt

    Summer Planning Consultant

    Summer Institute for the Gifted

  • Kate O'Keefe

    Kate O'Keefe

    Staffing Coordinator

  • Aaron Gower

    Aaron Gower

    Client Service Specialist

  • Dan Bernaudo

    Dan Bernaudo

    Client Service Specialist - Penn/Wharton

  • Ann Carman

    Ann Carman

    Staffing Specialist

  • Leila Barth

    Leila Barth

    Recruitment Specialist

  • Rachel Lovis

    Rachel Lovis

    Director of Academics, SD Branded

  • Diana Murillo

    Diana Murillo

    Client Service Specialist

  • Eugenia (Genie) Macchiarelli

    Eugenia (Genie) Macchiarelli

    Recruitment Specialist

  • Stefanie Vishab

    Stefanie Vishab

    Channel Manager - Schools

  • Danny Lampel

    Danny Lampel

    IT Manager

  • Molly Zemmel

    Molly Zemmel

    Client Service Specialist

  • David Mallen

    David Mallen

    Director of Safety & Compliance

  • Alison Schmierer

    Alison Schmierer

    Academic Coordinator

  • Carina Noyola

    Carina Noyola

    Operations Communications Specialist

  • Miguel Romero

    Miguel Romero

    EdTech Coordinator

  • Arthur Giordano

    Arthur Giordano

    Business Travel Coordinator & Operations Specialist

  • Ashley Lauritano

    Ashley Lauritano


  • Nina Hill

    Nina Hill

    Recruitment Specialist

  • Kandace Lytle

    Kandace Lytle

    Recruitment Specialist

  • Cece Combs

    Cece Combs

    Operations Coordinator

  • Yainette Dieppa

    Yainette Dieppa

    Client Service Specialist - Penn/Wharton

  • Sean Grady

    Sean Grady

    Director of Education, UK

  • Tom Fuchs

    Tom Fuchs


  • Dan Simmons

    Dan Simmons


  • Amy Simmons

    Amy Simmons


  • Jon Shulman

    Jon Shulman


  • Jen Block

    Jen Block


  • Doug van der Vossen

    Doug van der Vossen


  • Tim Hoke

    Tim Hoke


  • Sam Berey

    Sam Berey


  • Maureen Stewart

    Maureen Stewart


  • Theresa Exenberger

    Theresa Exenberger


  • Lesley Doff

    Lesley Doff


  • Beth Bennett

    Beth Bennett


  • Maura Denny

    Maura Denny


  • Rodney Monbrum

    Rodney Monbrum


  • Sean McCabe

    Sean McCabe


  • Allison Yaffee

    Allison Yaffee


  • Sergio Pedroza

    Sergio Pedroza


  • Erin Gresh

    Erin Gresh


  • Nick Manuszak

    Nick Manuszak


  • Chandler Fitzgerald

    Chandler Fitzgerald



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