Meet Our Team

John H. Collins Sr,
Executive Director

The Badger Swim program is led by world recognized swim coach John Collins Jr. For the past 30 years John Collins has created a world class swim program in Westchester, New York. During that time John has coached 5 world champions, multiple NCAA champions and Olympic atheletes, including Westchester’s Olympic gold medalist Rick Carey. Himself a former Badger swimmer, Indiana University All American butterflier and American Record holder in the 200 Butterfly. John is currently a member of the United States National Team coaching staff.

John Collins III,

John Collins III is third generation Badger Director who attended camp since he was a tot, moving up the ranks to counselor, lifeguard and assistant director, learning first hand the in and outs of Badger Sports Club, before going on to become the Head Director as he is today. Having been exposed to so many sports at Badger throughout his life, John was not surprisingly an athlete and while attending the University of Hartford John played for the NCAA Division 1 golf team and went on to become a PGA Pro before coming back to become the Camp director, a position he has held for the past 10 years. John can be found working on site 12 months a year preparing for the upcoming camp season. John makes himself readily available to parents for tours throughout the year so parents always get the personal attention that Badger is known for, ensuring the grounds are in top shape for the season, making sure vendors are in place, preparing staff and the overall every day attention it takes to guarantee a smooth and exciting summer experience!

Ali Lupiano-Nocar,
Assistant Director

Ali spent many of her childhood summers as a Badger camper.  She then returned to work for the summer throughout high school and college as an assistant counselor and eventually as a head counselor for the pre-school groups.  She holds a BA from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Adelphi University.  After spending the majority of her career as an HR Manager, Ali returned to Badger as a head counselor for our pre-school groups in 2010. In 2012, she joined the administrative team and works with them to plan summers at camp.  Ali also works in the camp office throughout the year. She has three sons who have all spent their summers at Badger since they were three years old.

Theresa Baer,
Assistant Director

Theresa Baer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Master degree in Education from Manhattan College. She teaches science and physical education at M.S. 180 in the Bronx during the school year. Her summers have been spent at Badger since 1991, teaching gymnastics and, more recently, working as the athletic director. Her two grown children spent 11 summers as campers and have the fondest memories of their time at Badger.

Kristi Bloom, Division Leader,
Pre-School Division

Kristi Bloom is a Larchmont native and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College.  She has over fifteen years of human resources and corporate recruitment experience. Kristi’s area of HR expertise focused on the Financial Industry’s Front Office Sales, Trading and Research.   Currently, she is an active volunteer in the community and local grammar school, while raising three young children.  Kristi possesses a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and is conscientious, dependable, and compassionate.

Sabrina Zavaglia, Division Leader,
Pre-School Division

Sabrina Zavaglia is in her 11th year of teaching Biology at Pelham Memorial HS. Before moving to Westchester, she worked as a NYC high school Biology teacher at the High School of Fashion Industries. She obtained her Master’s in Education for Biology at St. John’s University and then most recently went on to complete her degree in secondary school administration. During her time in education, she has investigated learning strategies and researched cognitive brain activity to create links that can help make students more successful in her classroom. She is excited to bring her passion to young campers at Badger and become part of the Badger team.

Audrey Bruno, Division Leader,,
Division I Girls: Grade 1

Audrey has always known that her calling was to work in education. A graduate of St. John’s University with a BA in Elementary Education with a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from The College of New Rochelle. Audrey began her career in New York City in 1998 as a First Grade Teacher. After her 3 year tenure in the city Audrey spent the next 3 years in the Harrison Central School District where she taught Kindergarten and First Grade. Since 2004, Audrey has been a member of the Mamaroneck School District teaching Kindergarten and First Grade at Mamaroneck Avenue School. One of her greatest joys is hearing from her former students as they reach their formative years and reminiscing on their positive learning experiences in her classroom. This is exactly the reason she became a teacher. In her spare time Audrey enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Audrey has two young daughters who are excited to be apart of the Badger family.

Jennifer McQueen-Sullivan,

Jennifer McQueen-Sullivan has been working with children as a Speech Language Pathologist for over 18 years. She received a Masters degree from Lehman College in Speech Language Pathology after graduating from Iona College with a BS in Psychology. She had worked as a school based Speech Language Pathologist with the NYC Department of Education for 10 years before working exclusively with preschool children in lower Westchester County for 7 years. Recently she began working in a Special Education School in Westchester with children from preschool to age 21 with severe disabilities. As you can imagine, she loves working with children. She fell in love with Badger camp in 2015 when she became a division leader in the preschool division. She is looking forward to returning to Badger along with her own two campers, a Marlin and a Supreme.

Judith Keneally, Division Leader,
Division II Girls: Grades 2-6

Judith Keneally holds a BA from Boston College and a Masters of Education from Fordham University.  She has been teaching for 20 years and her experiences include teaching various grades in elementary schools in the Bronx, as well as being a Math coach and providing AIS services.  She is currently a seventh grade teacher at Hommocks Middle School where she enjoys teaching math.  Judith has worked at various camps at different points in her life and is looking forward to being part of the Badger family.

Alison Ivler, Division Leader,
Division I Boys: Grades K-1

Alison is a graduate of Binghamton University and holds a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Hunter College.   She started teaching at an elementary school in New York City and currently teaches fourth grade in the Mamaroneck School District.  Alison has been a member of the Badger community since 2011. She had her first camp experience when she was five in Upstate NY.  Alison loved day camp and went to summer camps every year through college.  In her free time, Alison enjoys running outdoors and spending time with her family.  She has two boys who have attended Badger since they were five years old.  Alison loves seeing her boys around camp and sharing in all the wonderful activities Badger has to offer.

Jay Ceballos, Athletic Director,

Jay Ceballos has spent many summers working in various day camps and sleep away camps.  Since moving with his family from NYC to Larchmont, he has worked at Badger for 9 years.  Jay has been the Head Counselor for the youngest boys groups.  He enjoys the outdoors as well as swimming.  In 2012, Jay was asked to join the Badger Swim School staff.  He instructs the Pre-Team and Developmental groups.  It has been a great and rewarding experience and he looks forward to continuing to instruct and lead younger campers and swimmers.  Jay is a Teaching Assistant for Middle School Physical Education and also coaches girls soccer.  His two children have also attended Badger and are now part of the Badger staff.  They all have amazing, exciting and challenging memories of Badger.

Jason Krasner, Division Leader,
Division II Boys: Grades 2-6

Jason Krasner holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Masters Degrees in both Middle School Education and Supervisory Administration from Adelphi College and Touro City College, respectively.  He started his teaching career with the New York City Board of Education in 1997.  He is currently working at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle where he has taught English, Reading and Social Studies for the past nine years.  A lifelong camper, Jason grew up attending day camp and sleep away camps on Long Island and upstate New York.  He started working at Badger in 2010 as a Head Counselor and is excited to be returning in 2014 as a Division Leader.  He has two young boys who love spending their summers as Badger.  Jason always looks forward to his summers at Badger and hopes to spend many more years working with our team.

Our Happy Campers

Badger Camp is like a second home to my children with the staff life family. My children love the activities and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. They’ve been going for years and intend to go for many more.

Heather Robins