Kellie Grochocki

Camp Director

I am the 2019 Discovery Camp Director. I have worked at the Westfield YMCA for 6 years. During my time here, I have worked as a counselor and director for the school year aftercare program and summer camps. Outside of the Y, I am a middle school math teacher. My staff and I are super

Lena Fagan-Nelson

Camp Director

I grew up and attended high school in Roselle.  I earned an Associate’s Degree in Sport Management from Union County College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  While in college I worked part-time at the Westfield Area YMCA.  After college I started full-time as a program coordinator.  Sports

Tarajee Russell-Wertz

Unit Director

My name is Tarajee Russell-Wertz. I am the Puddle Jumpers director for Summer 2018. I have been working with children 3-5 years of age for over ten years. I have worked at the Westfield Y for 13 years in both the camp and teen departments.  I am very excited for this camp season to start.

Megan Gallagher

Unit Director

Hello! My name is Megan Gallagher and I will be your 2018 Camp Explorer Unit Director! I have been a full year employee of the Westfield Area Y since 2006 and in those 12 years have worn many hats, including over a decade of hands on camp experience. My super staff and I are prepped

Dylan Hirtler

CIT Unit Director

My name is Dylan and I’m looking forward to being the C.I.T. Unit Director for Summer 2018. I’ve been with the Westfield Area YMCA for five years now, working throughout the camps during the summer and simultaneously with the Westfield and Mountainside after care programs during the school year. This will be my first year

Nicole Jacinto

Welcome to Explorer Camp! My name is Miss Nicole and I will be your 2017 Explorer Camp Unit Director.   Camp is my absolute favorite time of year!  I have been with the Garwood Family Center Y for 7 years working in both our School Age Child Care as the Program Coordinator and Explorer Camp as

Julie Staines

Ms. Julie is an experienced Early Childhood teacher with a BA in Early Childhood/ Psychology including multiple Summer Camp Sessions that provided Campers with great memories. Julie joined the Y staff in 2012. During the school year, she is a Preschool Teacher at our Garwood facility. She has extensive experience working with young children. She

Jerry Casale

Unit Director

This Summer Camp will be lead by our Unit Director, Jerry Casale.  During the School Year, Jerry has been an Assistant Teacher in the Broad St. Kindergarten class and is the McKinley Aftercare Coordinator.   We would like to welcome back to Discovery:   Miss Rachel, Miss Melissa, Mr. Joe and Mr. Mike.

Thomas Greene

Sunshine Director

My name is Thomas Greene. I’m thrilled to be your Camp Sunshine Director! This will be my sixteenth summer with the Westfield Area Y Camps. You also may have seen me around the SACC Department and Garwood Family Center Y Preschool Program. I currently work as a Preschool Teacher at the Garwood Family Center Y

Amanda Aguirre

Senior Director Member Services

Amanda joined the Westfield Area Y in 2009 as a Welcome Center Representative.  She was promoted to a Director in 2011 and held the position of Director of Physical Programs through 2019.  In 2020, Amanda became the Senior Director, Member Services. Amanda holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Health from Montclair State University.