Why Us - Leadership

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.

RC’s live next to students in the residence halls, (several RC’s per floor), to ensure a smooth transition to college living. Students are divided into small RC 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 Faculty

Authentic classes are taught by university faculty, 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.

    38th year

  • Jimmy Musiker

    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.

    36th year

  • Mary Floratos

    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.

    8th year

  • Adriane Thorpe

    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 over 10 years.

    6th year

  • Liz Clifford

    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. 

    3rd year

  • Tom Fuchs

    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.

    30th year

  • Dan Simmons

    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.

    27th year

  • Amy Simmons

    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.

    26th year

  • Ron Jones

    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.

    23rd year

  • Rouel Belleza

    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.

    23rd year

  • Ellie Belleza

    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.

    23rd year

  • Jon Shulman

    Jon 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.

    23rd year

  • Jen Block

    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. 

    17th year

  • Doug van der Vossen

    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.

    17th year

  • Tim Hoke

    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.

    17th year

  • Stacey Todisco

    Stacey Todisco

    Director

    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.

    16th year

  • Jenn Le Blanc

    Jenn Le Blanc

    Director

    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.  

    14th year

  • Sam Berey

    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.

    14th year

  • Jose Garcia

    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.

    14th year

  • Maureen Stewart

    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. 

    13th year

  • Theresa Exenberger

    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. 

    12th year

  • Maura Denny

    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.

    9th year

  • Jesse Candelario

    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 before working full-time for Summer Discovery. 

    8th year

  • Tiffany Greaney

    Tiffany Greaney

    Director

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

    8th year

  • Robert Friedman

    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. 

    7th year

  • Dan Koh

    Dan Koh

    Director

    Dan earned his BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Temple University. He works full-time at Summer Discovery, and is the Director of the UCLA program.

    7th year

  • Miranda Chesson

    Miranda Chesson

    Director

    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

  • Erin Gresh

    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. 

    5th year

  • Theo Rabinowitz

    Theo Rabinowitz

    Internship Coordinator

    Theo received his BA in Communications from Hofstra University and a Master's in Education from Lehman College. He has over 10 years experience in camp leadership and development.

    6th year

  • Halley Campbell

    Halley Campbell

    Internship Coordinator

    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.

    6th year

  • Scott Klein

    Scott Klein

    Internship Coordinator

    Scott received his Bachelor's in Communication from Penn State University. His past experiences include working in sales and media positions. 

    2nd year

Associate Directors + Administrators
  • Cliff Goldschmid

    Cliff Goldschmid

    Chief Financial Officer

    BA, Tulane University

    MBA, St John’s University

    4th year

  • Arthur Giordano

    Arthur Giordano

    Travel Coordinator

    BA, City College of New York

    21st year

  • Teresa Macchio

    Teresa Macchio

    International Recruiting

    BA, Baruch College, C.U.N.Y.

    2nd year

  • Susan Kornick

    Susan Kornick

    International Admissions

    BA, University of Wisconsin

    9th year

  • Maggie Pericli

    Maggie Pericli

    Associate Director

    BA, Dowling College

    7th year

  • Jared Eiriksson

    Jared Eiriksson

    Associate Director

    BA & M.Ed, Emory & Henry College

    5th year

  • Megan Corrigan

    Megan Corrigan

    Associate Director

    BA, St. Joseph’s College

    4th year

  • Lauren Kober

    Lauren Kober

    Associate Director

    BS, Penn State University

    4th year

  • Riley Blancett

    Riley Blancett

    Associate Director

    BA, University of Alabama

    4th year

  • Casey Musiker

    Casey Musiker

    Associate Director

    BA, University of Colorado Boulder

    3rd year

  • Ricky Gunzel

    Ricky Gunzel

    Associate Director

    BA, SUNY Purchase 

    3rd year

  • Jordan Shapiro

    Jordan Shapiro

    Associate Director

    BS, SUNY Plattsburgh

    3rd year

  • Mitch Castanon

    Mitch Castanon

    Associate Director

    BA, Emory & Henry College

    3rd year

  • Nick Manuszak

    Nick Manuszak

    Associate Director

    BS, Ball State University

    3rd year

  • Victoria Santorelli

    Victoria Santorelli

    Associate Director

    BS, University of Tampa

    3rd year

  • Sean Grady

    Sean Grady

    Associate Director

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

    28th year

  • Ryan Wells

    Ryan Wells

    Associate Director

    BA, Canisius College

    6th year

  • Lauren Schwab

    Lauren Schwab

    Associate Director

    BA, Quinnipiac University

    5th year

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