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Camp Supervisor Message

As we approach our 50th year as an organization, I can’t help but reflect on what an amazing summer we had last season. Despite the many obstacles we faced due to the ongoing pandemic, we were able to provide free of charge vacations to over 90 deserving campers, keeping their health and safety as our top priority. We welcomed Jim Moreland as our Director last year and Amanda Strunk as our assistant as I moved into a more ‘behind the scenes’ role as Camp Supervisor. Our kitchen staff was entirely new yet experienced and the counselors were positive, energetic and so careful to follow all of our COVID protocols in order to keep our campers healthy. It is an absolute privilege to open our doors again this season, our 50th year as a camp, with our continued mission intact. 

There were so many changes last season, yet one important aspect stayed the same: the meaningful friendships, memories, and learning experiences we provided to our campers. We have all been learning how to effectively pivot these last few years and if it was not for the board, staff, families and our beyond generous donors and community, the Helen Diller Home would not be the organization it is today. 

Thank you to everyone for supporting us throughout the many years our doors have been open, but especially when facing obstacles like what we dealt with last year and continue to navigate this upcoming summer. We are so excited for 2022!

Warm Regards,

Emily O'Donnell
Camp Supervisor 

We are currently accepting camp counselor applications for our 2022 season! Apply using the link below. (Applicants must be 18 years or older and available for our entire summer season; June 15-August 13) https://dillerblindhome.campmanagement.com/staff

2022 Dates

Week 1: June 19-25
Week 2: June 26- July 2
Week 3: July 3 - 9
Week 4: July 10 -16
Week 5: July 17-23
Week 6: July 24-30
Week 7: July 31-Aug. 6
Week 8: Aug. 7-13

 

Jim Moreland - Director

Hello! My name is Jim and this is going to be my 2nd year as director and 7th overall with Diller. I am beyond excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Diller Blind Home this summer. I graduated from Penn State after majoring in elementary education and minoring in special education. During the school year, I am a 3rd grade teacher in the Spring-Ford Area School District. The best part of this job is being able to provide the connections and bonds that this camp provides. A lot of our campers (and staff) leave their time at Diller with life-long friends. Outside of camp, I enjoy traveling, going to the beach, and am an avid Cowboys, Sixers, and Phillies fan. I also enjoy golfing or kayaking during most of my free time throughout the warm months. It’s been a pleasure being able to spend my summers down the shore in such a welcoming community and working with such a fantastic staff and enthusiastic campers. 

Amanda Strunk – Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Amanda Strunk and this will be my fifth summer at the Diller Home! I spent my first three years as a girl’s counselor, and this will be my second summer as the Assistant Director! In 2019 I graduated from Liberty University with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and have been teaching the past three years. I love being outside when I have free time and I also enjoy spending time with my family, especially my nephew who is two and a half! I have so many great memories from camp, but my top two would have to be going to the beach to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July and going down the slip n slide at water wars! Looking forward to another great summer, can’t wait to see all of the returning campers and meet new ones as well!

Maya Green – Counselor

Hiya! My name is Maya Green and this summer will be my first year as a counselor at Diller. For years, I attended Helen Diller’s siblings week with my brother, De’nez. At first, I was there to keep his rambunctiousness in check, but I also loved to help out the counselors with their duties. I remember one summer that I earned a Diller award for the “Most Likely to Become A Counselor.” So, this is all a dream come true! A little bit about me is that I graduate from Towson University in May 2022 with a degree in English but I’m staying for a Master’s degree in Professional Writing. My dreams are to incorporate afrofuturism and afrofantasy into mainstream media like film and literature. That being said, I love to read, write, watch (overanalyze) movies, wrap crystals, and spoil my three cats and two dogs: Chunky, Louie V., Calliope, and Hermès and BaLli. Let’s all have a great summer together!

Peyton Eidle – Counselor

Heyo! My name is Peyton Eidle and this is my first summer at Diller (I could not be more excited!) I am a senior at Temple University where I am finishing up my majors in Recreational Therapy and Dance. After graduation I'm planning to work in Recreational Therapy as well as pursue a career as a dancer, choreographer and artist. My goal is to be an advocate for inclusivity and accessibility in the dance industry. In my spare time you can find me cooking & eating, driving anywhere & everywhere, probably buying more plants and sleeping in my hammock. I am so excited for this summer and all the adventures it will bring! I Can't wait to meet everyone! :)

Tianna Graham – Counselor

Hi! My name is Tianna Graham. I am 20 years old and I am from Maryland! I am studying elementary education at McDaniel College. This will be my third summer at Diller, but only my second in person. I am so excited to be back this summer and cannot wait to see all campers again! 

Hannah Scott – Counselor

Hi! My name is Hannah Scott & this is my 3rd year working at the Diller Home. I recently graduated from Temple University with a Bachelors degree in Recreational Therapy, and I plan on staying in Philly this fall to (hopefully) work with children with developmental disabilities! My absolute favorite memories from camp were made riding all the rides with campers at Wildwood and going to the beach with everyone to watch fireworks on the 4th of July! I’m so excited to be back at Diller for another summer, and I can’t wait for the season to begin!

Jack Voight – Counselor

Hello! My name is Jack Voight. This will be my first summer at Diller, and I could not be more excited! I am currently attending Liberty University and plan to graduate in the Spring of 2024 with degrees in finance, sport management, and economics. I love keeping up with all of my favorite professional sports teams and players. One of my favorite things to do is explore and go on adventures in my free time. I am super eager to meet all of the campers and have an amazing summer in Avalon!

Mark Pesacreta – Counselor

Hey everyone! My name is Mark Pesacreta and this will be my first year as a counselor at Diller! I’m originally from Pittsburgh, and I just graduated from Bucknell University this spring.  I have 4 siblings and I love Pittsburgh sports teams, the beach, dogs, and spending time with friends. I can’t wait to meet everyone this summer!

Daniel Strunk – Counselor

Hi, my name is Daniel Strunk! I am 20 years old and live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but have been vacationing to South Jersey for as long as I can remember. The 2022 season will be my second summer at the greatest camp on earth and I am excited to be returning to the Diller team! Outside of Diller I am a commercially licensed Pilot and recently earned additional instructor ratings to teach prospective pilots! I am excited to get back to Avalon and see all of the new and returning campers! See everyone soon!

Gabriella Santacecilia - Counselor

Hi everyone! My name is Gabby Santacecilia and I am so excited for this upcoming summer at the Diller Home. This is my fourth year as a counselor and I could not be more excited to return for another year! I am currently in the doctoral phase of my occupational therapy degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. And this upcoming summer, in addition to being a counselor, I will also be completing my doctoral capstone project at Diller. I am from Wilmington, Delaware where I live with my mom, dad, older brother, younger brother, younger sister, and my dog, Finley! In my free time I love reading, cooking, and hanging out with my friends and family. I am beyond thrilled to be able to spend my summer with our campers, old and new!

Lily Corrigan – Counselor

Hi! My name is Lily Corrigan and this will be second summer working at the Diller home! Some of my favorite activities at Diller include beach days, ice cream nights and Fourth of July fireworks with all of the campers and staff! I graduated in 2021 from Chestnut Hill College with a bachelors degree in Special Education/Elementary Education where I played lacrosse as well. I am currently a Special Education teacher and teach 3rd-5th Grade Life Skills/Autistic support. During my free time I love running and CrossFit, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family! I’m super excited for this summer and I can’t wait to see all of the campers and counselors for another unforgettable summer.

Savannah Murphy – Counselor

Hi! My name is Savannah Murphy and I am 22 years old. This will be my fourth summer at the Diller Home! I am from Kennett Square, PA and I just recently graduated from West Chester University with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary education. In my free time, I love to hang out with friends and family and go to the beach and pool. I cannot wait for another amazing summer at Diller with all of the campers.

Juan “Big Vaz” Vazquez

Kitchen Manager

Hello! My name is Juan “Big Vaz” Vazquez and this will be my first summer at the Diller Home as your chef! I am also the chef manager of the cafeteria at the Avalon-Stone Harbor Schools.

I have lived and worked on the island for the last 18 years and I have been in the restaurant/kitchen world for 29 years. Outside of work I like to eat at different places and watch TV, I’m also a Pizza and Hot Dog Lover! I can’t wait to meet you all, and I’m looking forward to an awesome summer!

The Diller Home is a registered 501c3 charitable corporation under the name Challenged Children’s Charities Corporation.