Meet Our Co-Directors

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Carmen Ortiz co-director

Carmen Ortiz is a graduate of Maria Regina High School and served in The United States Army Reserves for six years. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle. Carmen has worked with various age groups in several camp settings both as a teenager and as an adult. She has worked for the last eight years for the Mamaroneck School District.  Carmen and Danielle have worked together in the classroom for the past 4 years and ran a camp together the last 3 summers. Her passions include spending time with family, focusing on health, enjoying recreational volleyball, and organizing! She looks forward to bringing her experience and love for empowering girls to Next Level Camp this summer.

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Danielle Beshar co-director

Danielle Beshar is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and holds a Master of Professional Studies in Literacy from Manhattanville College.  At an early age she discovered that her true passion was working with children. She began her career in the Mamaroneck School District and is currently teaching first grade in the dual language program. She has worked with Carmen in the classroom setting for the past 4 years and helped run a camp together for the past 3 Summers. Danielle has always enjoyed the energy and dynamic of a camp setting. She looks forward to bringing her experience and passion to Next Level.

 

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Ed Metzendorf

After years of coaching his daughters in a variety of sports he was excited to have the opportunity to Launch Next Level Camp for Girls.  Ed is committed to providing a unique and customized experience for young girls that fosters self-esteem and contributes to their overall growth and success as healthy and productive leaders in their community.

Prior to launching Next Level, Ed was involved in different facets of the summer camp business for the last 17 years. After spending three years as a Director at Westcoast Connection Camp,  Ed helped develop a summer camp software business for the past 14 years and has taught sessions at over 100 summer camp conferences. Ed is on the Board of The Summer Camp and very involved in Camp Champions which both give kids from less fortunate environments the opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience.

Ed lives in Larchmont with his wife Beth (a Social Worker and former Division Leader at Camp Scatico) and his two daughters, Kate (11) and Julia (8). Ed and his staff look forward to creating memories, friendships and most importantly many smiles!