Director Alexandra Thomas (Alex) joined the SJ family in February, 2014. She brought with her over 28 years of camp directing experience, having served co-ed and all-girl populations in both private and agency camps. Alex took riding lessons in middle school and owned her own horse during high school and college. More recently, she enjoyed sharing her rescued mini horse and mini donkey with campers. In addition to directing, Alex has been a camper, CIT, cabin counselor, unit leader, waterfront director, archery instructor, first-aider, ropes course facilitator, program director, assistant director, and cook. She taught adventure education at Northwestern Community College for 3 years and currently is on the board of directors of CT Camping Association (CCA), on the CT Youth Camp Advisory Committee, working closely with the Office of Early Childhood, and very active as an instructor and volunteer for American Camp Association (ACA). In 2016 she received the Meritorious Service Award and in 2018 she received the Outstanding Service Award, both from ACA NE. Alex believes in a well-rounded camp program based on mutual respect that offers girls opportunities to improve their riding, try new activities, and make new friends in an environment that celebrates differences. Her dream would be to have girls from many different countries attend SJ. Alex and her husband Terry, who is the Caretaker at SJ, have three grown sons and are enjoying a growing number of grandchildren! Mathew owns a tree service in northwestern CT, Andrew is a consultant in Denver, CO, and Jamie is a security officer in CT! In their spare time, Alex and Terry enjoy gardening, caring for their cats and chickens, and visiting with family and friends. They are very happy to be living and working at beautiful SJ.
Assistant Director Theresa Fletcher DeCesare started attending SJ as a camper when she was 11 years old. She spent four camper years, a CIT year, two JC years, and three more years on staff before taking a few summers closer to home in West Haven, CT to finish her degree. While at SJ, Theresa spent time as general non-riding staff, Archery specialist, Arts and Crafts specialist, and Program Director. During the summers closer to home, she worked at the nearby day camp YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, gaining leadership experience as a unit director and specialist of Archery and Arts and Crafts. For the last ten years, Theresa worked as a high school math teacher, having earned a BA in Mathematics and an MA in Education from Albertus Muagnus College. She loves working with children and applying math in a fun way with craft projects. Theresa met her husband, Chris, through a colleague and together they have two daughters, Eve and Beth. Eve enjoys staying overnight at camp and celebrating her summer birthday with everyone at SJ. Beth enjoys day visits and playing on the tire horses. Theresa has found a home and an ever-growing family at SJ. She is so excited to be part of the leadership team and raise her girls in the SJ family.
Riding Director Haley Glofka came to SJ in 2017 as a riding instructor, and fell in love with every aspect of the camp. After earning her degree in Equestrian Studies from Wilson College in 2018, Haley returned to SJ as the Riding Director. Ever since she was young, Haley’s main passion in life has been horses. After taking a couple years of lessons in elementary school, Haley became more interested in showing. She attended The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT from 2008-2014, where she was successful in IEA, jumpers and eventing. Deciding to pursue a career in horses, Haley attended Wilson College in Pennsylvania, where she earned her degree in Equestrian Studies through a dual-program in Equine Management and Equestrian Management. Along with being valedictorian of her class, Haley spent many hours competing with her horse, an OTTB named Leo, in eventing and jumpers, as well as on Wilson’s IHSA (open flat and fences) and IDA (first level), culminating with a 2nd place out of over 20 riders in first level in the final standings. In the future, Haley’s dream is to continue working with OTTBs (Off-Track Thoroughbreds) and compete in eventing professionally. Outside of horses, Haley enjoys art, photography, baking, nature, video games and race cars. She is certified by CHA, as well as First Aid and CPR through the Red Cross. Haley believes that SJ gives girls the fantastic opportunity to improve their riding skills, make and improve lasting friendships, and explore their interests, all in a welcoming and diverse environment.