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About Us & Our Staff

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the highest quality experiential learning programs in a global environment. With our 51 years’ experience and exceptional customer care, we prepare our students for a successful transition into college.

Customer Care

Delivering exceptional customer care

We know that you expect a certain level of service in all aspects of your life.  We are committed to providing the highest level of personal attention and individual support for every student and family, from your first call to our office to the time your son or daughter arrives home safely at the end of the program.

Customer care means communication

While our primary mission at Musiker Discovery Programs is to create the best environment for students to learn, grow, and have fun on our summer programs, we also recognize that communication with our families is crucial.  We pledge to provide professional customer service that is helpful, quick to address your questions and concerns, and responsive to your needs.

We know that you have options

We take the safety, care, and education of our students very seriously. As we prepare for our 51st summer on campus, our family owned and operated company continues to grow and thrive because of our commitment to customer care. To be successful, exceptional customer care must be more than something we talk about, we have to demonstrate it every day.

Experienced Staff

Our directors average more than 15 years of experience

Each campus has its own leadership team of experienced directors, knowledgeable academic advisors, and dedicated resident counselors. Our on-campus administrative staff is the most experienced in the pre-college field.

Terrific Teachers

Classes are taught by college professors, graduate teaching instructors, top secondary school teachers, artisans, and professionals. Most classes are small and interactive, making learning meaningful and fun.

Resident Counselors (RCs) / RC Groups

Our Resident Counselors are mature, enthusiastic upperclassmen, graduates, and teachers from leading universities. Many are Summer Discovery alumni, and all attend our intensive On-Campus Orientation prior to the program. All RCs are over 21 years of age and non-smokers. On international programs, RCs are over 25 years of age. 

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

Program Leadership

  • Bob Musiker

    Executive Director

    Bob is a founder of Summer Discovery. He earned his BA in Political Science at Colgate University, studied communications at UCLA, debating and literature at Cambridge and music at the University of Madras, India.

    37th year

  • Jimmy Musiker

    Executive Director

    A founder of Summer Discovery, he has traveled and studied all over the world, including Asia, India & Cambridge University in England. Jim earned his BA in Political Science from Hobart College.

    35th year

  • Mary Floratos

    Director of Operations

    Mary earned her BFA in Computer Graphic Design and her Master's in Interactive Multimedia Arts from Long Island University. She has been affiliated with Musiker Discovery Programs for over 10 years.

    7th year

  • Adriane Thorpe

    Director of Recruiting and Enrollment

    Adriane received her BS in Finance (with minors in Economics and Spanish) at the University of Delaware. She has provided experiential travel opportunities for students for 10 years.

    5th year

  • Liz Clifford

    Director of Staff Recruitment

    Liz is in charge of hiring several hundred staff each summer. She earned her BA at the University of Vermont. 

    2nd year

  • Ron Jones

    Director

    Ron received his BA from the University of Maryland in Criminology and was a fraud investigator and security consultant in the insurance industry.

    22nd year

  • Jenn LeBlanc

    Director

    Jenn earned her BA in Communications and Marketing from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is currently working on a Master's in School Counseling at Long Island University.

    13th year

  • Jesse Candelario

    Director

    Jesse received his BA in English (with a minor in Secondary Education) from Hofstra University. He worked in college admissions and test preparation for four years. 

    7th year

  • Robert Friedman

    Director / Educator Relations

    Robert received his BA in History from UMass - Amherst. He also studied Art History in Florence, Italy and has been involved in camp and enrichment programs for 13 years. 

    6th year

  • Tom Fuchs

    Director

    Tom received his BS and MS from SUNY Cortland. He is now a lecturer for the Department of Physical Education at SUNY Cortland.

    29th year

  • Dan Simmons

    Director

    Dan earned his BS in Physical Education and MS in Adaptive Physical Education from SUNY Cortland. Dan is certified in First Aid and CPR, teaches, and coaches football and baseball in Canastota, NY.

    26th year

  • Amy Simmons

    Director

    Amy received her BS in Mathematics from SUNY Cortland and Masters in Special Education from Sage Graduate School. She is a high school teacher and varsity volleyball coach in upstate New York.

    25th year

  • Andy Cornblatt

    Director

    Andy is an expert in college admissions. He earned his BA from Harvard and his JD from Boston College School of Law. He is the Dean of Admissions at the Georgetown University Law Center.

    23rd year

  • Rouel Belleza

    Director

    Born in the Philippines, raised in California, Rouel received his BS in Social Science from Cal. State Polytechnic, his MA from Boston University, and his Ph.D. from Liberty University. Rouel works as an Assistant Principal.

    22nd year

  • Ellie Belleza

    Director

    Ellie received a BS in Communications Studies from the University of Central Florida and an MS from the University of South Florida. She is a certified Speech Pathologist.

    22nd year

  • Jonathan Shulman

    Director

    Jonathan earned his BA at Tufts University and his MA at King’s College London. He is now the Chairman of the history department at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego.

    22nd year

  • Jen Block

    Director

    Jen earned her BS from the University of Maryland. Having previously worked in the Summer Discovery office, she is now a Health & Wellness coach in Massachusetts. 

    16th year

  • Doug van der Vossen

    Director

    Doug received his BS from Frostburg State and his MBA from Robert Morris University.  He is a high school teacher in Maryland.  In the past he has coached baseball and basketball and also worked for the Baltimore Orioles.

    16th year

  • Victor Luna

    Director

    Victor received his BA in Business Economics at Cal State Long Beach, and his Master’s in Social Work from USC. He is a school Social Worker for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    16th year

  • Tim Hoke

    Director

    Tim earned his BS in Secondary Education/Math from York College of Pennsylvania and has worked for over 10 years as a math teacher in Pennsylvania.

    16th year

  • Jose Garcia

    Director

    José earned his BA in History from Cal State Northridge. He is currently a teacher for PUC Charter Schools in Los Angeles, where he also coaches soccer. José is fluent in Spanish.

    13th year

  • Sam Berey

    Director

    Sam graduated with a BS in History and Social Studies Education from NYU. He lived in Costa Rica, where he taught English and Social Studies at The Country Day School. He now teaches in Florida.

    13th year

  • Maureen Stewart

    Director

    Maureen received her BA from the College of Saint Rose, a Master's from Fitchburg State, and a second Master's from Endicott College, all in Education. She is a high school English teacher near Boston, MA. 

    12th year

     

  • Theresa Exenberger

    Director

    Theresa received her BA in Human Services from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, and her Master's in School Counseling from Lynchburg College. She is a high school counselor in Minnetonka, MN. 

    11th year

  • Allison Yaffee

    Director

    Allison earned her BA in Political Science from Colgate University and a Master's in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Fordham University. She is an alumna of Summer Discovery.

    8th year 

  • Maura Denny

    Director

    Maura received her BS from Penn State University and her MS from University of South Florida. She is currently a research assistant in a lab in Pennsylvania.

    8th year

  • Anna Marie Candelario

    Director

    Anna Marie earned a BA from Roosevelt University and a MA from Northeastern Illinois University. Originally from Chicago, she met her husband Jesse at Summer Discovery Georgetown, and now lives and teaches in New York.  

    7th year

     

  • Tiffany Greaney

    Director

    Tiffany received her BA in Mathematics at Framingham State University. She then earned her Master's of Education from Cambridge College. 

    7th year

  • Erin Gresh

    Director

    Erin earned her BA from UConn and her MA from Towson University. She currently works as a high school ESL teacher and a Quality Confirmation Specialist for Johns Hopkins University. 

    4th year

  • Mary Jo Champlin

    Director

    Mary Jo earned a BA from SUNY Potsdam and a MS from Syracuse University. She is currently a special education teacher in the Syracuse area.

    4th year

Associate Directors and Administrators

  • Cliff Goldschmid

    Chief Financial Officer

    BA, Tulane University

    MBA, St John’s University

    3rd year

  • Arthur Giordano

    Travel Coordinator

    BA, City College of New York

    20th year

  • Stacey Todisco

    Associate Director

    BA, SUNY Buffalo

    15th year

  • Susan Kornick

    International Admissions

    BA, University of Wisconsin

    8th year

  • Dan Koh

    Associate Director

    BS, Temple University

    6th year

     

  • Maggie Pericli

    Associate Director

    BA, Dowling College

    6th year

  • Miranda Chesson

    Associate Director

    BA & MA, University of North Texas

    5th year

  • Casey Chan

    Associate Director

    BA, Stony Brook University

    4th year

  • Jared Eiriksson

    Associate Director

    BA & M.Ed, Emory & Henry College

    4th year

  • Megan Corrigan

    Associate Director

    BA, St. Joseph’s College

    3rd year

  • Lauren Kober

    Associate Director

    BS, Penn State University

    3rd year

  • Riley Blancett

    Associate Director

    BA, University of Alabama

    3rd year

  • Casey Musiker

    Associate Director
    BA, University of Colorado Boulder
    2nd year

  • Ricky Gunzel

    Associate Director 

    BA, SUNY Purchase 

    2nd year

  • Jordan Shapiro

    Associate Director

    BS, SUNY Plattsburgh

    2nd year

  • Mitch Castanon

    Associate Director

    BA, Emory & Henry College

    2nd year

  • Nick Manuszak

    Associate Director

    BS, Ball State University

    2nd year

  • Victoria Santorelli

    Associate Director

    BS, University of Tampa

    2nd year

  • Sean Grady

    Associate Director

    BA, Salford University
    Cert. of Ed, Cambridge U
    MS, London University

    27th year

  • Scott Horodyski

    Associate Director

    BA, MA  St. John's University 

    7th Year

  • Ryan Wells

    Associate Director

    BA, Canisius College

    6th year

  • Lauren Schwab

    Associate Director

    BA, Quinnipiac University

    5th year