CDC Director, Chris Thurston

We are so pleased to be welcoming a new Director to Center Day Camp!  Chris Thurston is excited to bring the Maine camp experience to Maine kids! Graduating from the University of Maine in 2011, and eager to make a difference, he moved to Massachusetts and joined AmeriCorps City Year working with young people at the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury, which lead to a teaching position at The Community Academy of Science & Health in Dorchester. Most recently, Chris has served as Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield MA for several years.  

For eight summers Chris attended and worked at Camp Manitou, a residential camp in Oakland, Maine. He served as part of the leadership team and worked directly with campers and counselors from around the world. As the Camp Director at The Boys and Girls Club of Wakefield, he increased enrollment each summer, improved programming, developed community partnerships, and supported families through the campership initiative.

Chris is impressed by the history and community commitment of Center Day Camp, and is thrilled to be returning to Maine. He is excited about being actively involved with JCC Camping, the Summer Camp Society, The American Camp Association (ACA), Maine Summer Camps, EPIC New England, and other camping organizations, as well as increasing programming opportunities and camp engagement activities in the offseason. Chris will begin his tenure at Center Day Camp in late November, just in time to open registration for summer 2020, and he looks forward to meeting alumni and new and returning campers and staff!

Summer 2020 Leadership Team 

EMT, Amie Girard

Amie will be joining CDC for her fourth summer working as our onsite health care professional. During the school year, Amie is a bus driver for the Lakes Region school district and volunteers with her certified therapy dog, Eva. Amie's experience in emergency management and her compassion ensure a safe and caring environment at Center Day Camp.

Program Director, Max Freeman

Max graduated from the University of Maine in 2014 with a degree in elementary education. Currently, he is a middle school math teacher in Milford, ME. This will be Max's tenth summer working at Center Day Camp. Over the years he has held many positions, most recently has taken on the challenge of Program Director. Max's energy and commitment to both CDC and our campers brings excitement to our program. 

Head of Junior Camp (K - 3rd), Marlena Lantos

Marlena graduated from Skidmore College in 2016 with a degree in education and psychology. She taught kindergarten through second grade at the Boxberry School in Harrison, ME for two years. This year she is working as an ed tech in Portland, ME. This will be Marlena's eighth summer working at Center Day Camp. She has worked as a general counselor, unit leader, and assistant director. Marlena's wealth of experience in both child development and Center Day Camp tradition makes her a great leader for our junior campers.

Head of Senior Camp (4th - 9th), Sydney Sellinger 

Sydney is a recent graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in elementary education. In her free time, Sydney volunteers at a local literacy program in Orono, ME. She will be joining the staff of Center Day Camp for her fourth summer. Sydney has previously been both a counselor and unit leader. Her ability to help campers reach for their goals and step out of their comfort zone makes her a great leader for our senior campers.

Head Counselor, Dakota "Potato" DuPlissie

Dakota graduated from Thomas College in 2016 with a degree in Sports Management. Since then, he has been an ed tech and soccer coach in Windham, ME. Dakota will be working at Center Day Camp for his seventh summer. He has held various positions at camp including counselor, athletics, and LIT coordinator. Dakota's ability to connect with counselors and act as a role model makes him a great leader for our staff. 

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