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.

    Executive Director Patricia Haines (Pat) grew up at SJ! Her first year of camp was when she was 7
    and it was the camp's first year too. Pat's mother, Mary E Haines, was founder and director of the
    camp.  As an 11 year old Pat was already actively engaged in every aspect of the camp.  She knew
    early on that she wanted to make camp her career. Her master's degree is in community and outdoor
    recreation from Springfield College.
    Over the years Pat's mom sent her to all the trainings she could, including swim instructor, CHA,
    tennis, nature and boating and Pat is currently certified in archery, boating, life guarding and scuba
    diving. At camp, she sometimes teaches campers juggling, balloon art, and rope spinning!
    Pat believes SJ provides girls a special place where they can be themselves and not have to compete
    with or for boys.
    Pat loves to travel and for 8 years she was out of the US for six months at a time, visiting different
    continents each year. She loves to try new things and has taken flying lessons and enjoys dog
    sledding, but found she wasn't great at hang-gliding.
    Now she enjoys taking care of the horses that winter at SJ and playing basketball, and badminton at
    the Senior Olympics level.

    Co-Director Juliane Morton (Julie) grew up in New York City and came to SJ for three weeks in
    1973 as a camper at age 10. She counted the days each year until she could return to SJ for her
    3-week stay. At 16 she was thrilled to become a CIT so she could help the younger campers feel the
    special wonders of camp just like she had and, of course, to stay the whole summer. Julie was
    attending Cornell to become a veterinarian when she was attracted instead to the life of a camp
    administrator. By 19, she was SJ's Program Director, later became the Assistant Director, and is now
    Julie has been teaching riding and working with riding staff since 1982. She is a Certified
    Horsemanship Association (CHA) master instructor and is a certified clinic instructor, a contributing
    author of the CHA Riding Instructor Manual, and has been a presenter at CHA national conferences.
    Julie believes the best instructors provide positive reinforcement and that their classes are designed
    for student success. Success is her magic word. Finding challenges and finding success in meeting
    those challenges is what Julie strives for personally and what she imparts to her staff and campers.
    Julie enjoys running, biking, and triatalon adventures. Her travels have taken her to many places
    including the Ice Hotel in Quebec, a bike trip in Mexico, and a hike down (and up) the Grand Canyon.
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