Why Us - Leadership


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.


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
  • Bob Musiker

    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.

    39th year

  • Jimmy Musiker

    Jimmy Musiker

    Executive Director

    A founder of Summer Discovery, Jimmy 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.

    37th year

  • Adriane Thorpe

    Adriane Thorpe

    Managing Director

    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 15 years.

    7th year

  • Stacey Todisco

    Stacey Todisco

    Director of Campus Management

    Stacey received her BA in Health and Human Services from the University at Buffalo. She has been affiliated with Summer Discovery since she was a student on a program many years ago.

    17th year

  • Jenn Le Blanc

    Jenn Le Blanc

    Director of Talent & Training

    Jenn earned her BA in Communications and Marketing from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has worked in college admissions and event planning prior to working full-time for Summer Discovery and is excited to spend another summer at UT Austin.  

    15th year

  • Susan Kornick

    Susan Kornick

    Director of International Admissions

    Susan earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a certificate in Occupational Therapy from Northwestern University.  She joined Summer Discovery after a tenure in Marketing Communications in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

    10th year

  • Mary Floratos

    Mary Floratos

    Director of Office 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.

    9th year

  • Miranda Chesson

    Miranda Chesson

    Director of Recruitment

    Miranda Chesson is the Director of Penn Summer Discovery. She has a BA and MA from University of North Texas in Communication Studies. She looks forward to another great summer in Philadelphia.

    7th year

  • Cliff Goldschmid

    Cliff Goldschmid

    Chief Financial Officer

    Cliff earned an MBA at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University and is a CPA in the state of NY.  He came to Summer Discovery after a long career in the financial services sector. 

    5th year

  • Liz Clifford

    Liz Clifford

    Director of Summer Operations

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

    4th year

  • Teresa Macchio

    Teresa Macchio

    Director of International Recruitment

    Teresa earned her BA in Marketing Management from Baruch College, C.U.N.Y. She joined Summer Discovery after 15 years in the ESL industry.

    3rd year

  • Liz Ringel

    Liz Ringel

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Liz earned her BA in English from SUNY Oswego. Prior to joining the Summer Discovery team, she worked with high school students and families for 15 years through test preparation and college admissions. 

    1st year

  • Tom Fuchs

    Tom Fuchs


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

    31st year

  • Dan Simmons

    Dan Simmons


    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.

    28th year

  • Amy Simmons

    Amy Simmons


    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.

    27th year

  • Rouel Belleza

    Rouel Belleza


    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.

    24th year

  • Ellie Belleza

    Ellie Belleza


    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.

    24th year

  • Ron Jones

    Ron Jones

    Programming Specialist

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

    24th year

  • Jon Shulman

    Jon Shulman


    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.

    24th year

  • Jen Block

    Jen Block


    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. 

    18th year

  • Tim Hoke

    Tim Hoke


    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.

    18th year

  • Doug van der Vossen

    Doug van der Vossen


    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.

    18th year

  • Sam Berey

    Sam Berey


    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.

    15th year

  • Maureen Stewart

    Maureen Stewart


    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. 

    14th year

  • Theresa Exenberger

    Theresa Exenberger


    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. 

    13th year

  • Maura Denny

    Maura Denny


    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.

    10th year

  • Allison Yaffee

    Allison Yaffee


    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.

    9th year 

  • Jesse Candelario

    Jesse Candelario

    Recruiter, 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 before working full-time for Summer Discovery. 

    9th year

  • Tiffany Greaney

    Tiffany Greaney


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

    9th year

  • Lauren Schwab

    Lauren Schwab

    Campus Manager, Director

    Lauren earned a BA in Communications from Quinnipiac University. Lauren is one of the Directors of Penn Summer Discovery. She is also a Staffing Manager during the year and helps to hire the Resident Counselors for the summer.

    7th year

  • Halley Campbell

    Halley Campbell

    Internship Coordinator, Director

    Halley earned her Bachelor's in Merchandising and Event Planning from LIM College. She has worked and interned in several industries from Real Estate to Wedding Planning and Fashion Sales.

    7th year

  • Erin Gresh

    Erin Gresh


    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. 

    6th year

  • Lauren Kober

    Lauren Kober

    Campus Manager, Director

    Lauren earned her BS in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Penn State University.  She worked catering and events in hotels prior to working for Summer Discovery. She is excited to spend another summer in beautiful Ann Arbor. 

    5th year

  • Nick Manuszak

    Nick Manuszak


    Nick earned his BS from Ball State University. After receiving his teaching certification and teaching in Indiana for 6 years, Nick worked in the Summer Discovery office before moving to Austin, Texas where he is a College and Career Readiness Teacher. 

    4th year

Associate Directors + Administrators
  • Sean Grady

    Sean Grady

    Director of Education, UK

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

    29th year

  • Arthur Giordano

    Arthur Giordano

    Travel Coordinator

    BA, City College of New York

    22nd year

  • Maggie Pericli

    Maggie Pericli

    Campus Manager, Associate Director

    BA, Dowling College

    8th year

  • Jared Eiriksson

    Jared Eiriksson

    Campus Manager, Associate Director

    BA & M.Ed, Emory & Henry College

    6th year

  • Riley Blancett

    Riley Blancett

    Campus Manager, Associate Director

    BA, University of Alabama

    5th year

  • Megan Corrigan

    Megan Corrigan

    Campus Manager, Associate Director

    BA, St. Joseph’s College

    5th year

  • Ricky Gunzel

    Ricky Gunzel

    Recruiter, Asia Business Development

    BA, SUNY Purchase 

    4th year

  • Daniela Lerma

    Daniela Lerma

    Campus Manager, Associate Director

    BA & MS, Illinois State University

    4th year

  • Victoria Santorelli

    Victoria Santorelli

    Campus Manager, Associate Director

    BS, University of Tampa

    4th year

  • Jordan Shapiro

    Jordan Shapiro

    Campus Manager, Associate Director

    BS, SUNY Plattsburgh

    4th year

  • Rebecca Nant

    Rebecca Nant

    Assistant Controller

    BS, Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.

    3rd year

  • Eli Madison

    Eli Madison

    Campus Manager

    BS, SUNY Brockport

    2nd year

  • Brandon Cangemi

    Brandon Cangemi


    BS, University of Hartford

    1st year

  • Ali Romano

    Ali Romano

    Recruiter, Internship Coordinator

    BS, Towson University

    1st year