Megan Sones - Assistant Director  

The best part of camp is being the you, you always wanted to be! 

If you could only eat one food what would it be?
Chocolate, preferably Reese’s, even better White Chocolate Reese’s                                      (I love them SO much, my husband and I named our dog Reese)

What is one thing people may not know about you?
I would like to be a professional eater

What is your favorite part of camp?
2 words - Color. War. 

If you could be a Disney character, who would you be and why?
Jasmine- who wouldn’t want to be able to fly on a magic carpet?!

Megan in the off-season, when not soaking up the sun at Camp Coconuts, is a 5th grade teacher! By night, she loves to spend time with her family, go shopping, cook, go to the beach, and go skiing! If Megan could eat only one food, it woud be chocolate - What is better than 



Valerie Rogers  - Aquatics Coordinator & Head Swim Coach 

Valerie is a camper at heart and had been involved in day camps for the past 13 years.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Old Dominion University and has been teaching for over 20 years! The past 20 of those have been in Keyport and she is also the Varsity Field Hockey Coach there.   Valerie has a strong aquatics background and swam competitively at Middletown HS North and in college.  In her free time she plays Rugby and likes to spend time with her daughter Kristina and their pets Zeus and Binx.  Her goal is to have every camper at Camp Coconuts have an incredible experience and to enjoy camp as much as she does!

Noreen Higgens  - Division Leader   

Seaponies (1st-grade girls), Swordfish (1st-grade boys), Mantarays (2nd-grade boys), Eels (3rd-grade boys), Mermaids (5th-grade girls), Wahini (8th-grade girls)



Mark Dambaugh  - Division Leader   

Spidermonkeys (K boys), Angelfish (2nd-grade girls), Butterflies (3rd-grade girls), Hammerheads (4th-grade boys), Soul Surfers (6th-grade girls), Firewalkers (8th-grade boys)


Ryan Bruno - Division Leader 

Pufferfish (Pre-K boys and girls) Starfish (Kindergarten girls), Rainbowfish (2nd-grade girls), Dragonflies (3rd-grade girls), Great White Sharks (5th-grade boys), Jaguars (7th-grade boys)

Ryan, a lifelong resident of Monmouth County, graduated Rider University with a B.S. in Social Studies and Secondary Education and spent over 10 years as a social studies middle school teacher in Neptune City where he was able to combine his passion for history and his commitment to inspire students to learn creatively. Ryan has recently left the teaching profession in order to devote more time raising his five daughters.  Ryan is excited to be a part of the Camp Coconuts family!

Dylan Warren - Division Leader 

Seaturtles (1st-grade girls) Barracudas (1st-grade boys), Stingrays (2nd-grade boys),  Dolphins (4th-grade girls), Samoans (6th-grade boys), Pele (7th-grade girls)

An education major at Montclair State University and has been a part of the camping community for the past 10 years through the Boy Scouts of America.  in 2016, Dylan earned the rank of Eagle Scout! In his free time,  Dylan enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends. During his time at Camp Coconuts, he has been a Coach, Specialist and now Division Leader. To Dylan, camp e is one big family full of love and laughter where campers grow and learn important lessons, all while having fun! 

Meet the Directors

Craig Doyle – Director 

Has been a part of the camp community for fifteen years as a camper, coach, and member of the senior team! Craig began his adventure with Camp Coconuts in the Spring of 2015! Craig studied child psychology and advocacy at Montclair State University. On his off time, he enjoys instructing swim to children and adults. Craig’s personal mission in life is to help every child achieve their personal goal. Craig’s favorite things about camp are: it’s one big family, a place you can express yourself, be amongst your peers, and the friendships you make will last the rest of your life. 

Deana Valente - Owner & Director

Bob Meyer - Director & "King Coconut" ​

Bob Meyer grew up in Middletown, New Jersey. He graduated with a degree in exercise physiology from Montclair State University. Teaching Martial Arts since 1994, he has operated his own school since 1996 - Renzo Gracie Middletown Martial Arts. Bob is a fifth degree black belt and also enjoys coaching his son and daughter’s soccer teams.

Christopher DiGiorgio - Director​ With a B.S. in Exercise Science Sports Studies from Rutgers University Christopher began his professional career with the launching of Camp Coconuts in 2012. Prior to Camp Coconuts he was a martial arts instructor for over 10 years where he worked with individuals of all ages. What he enjoys most about camp is the endless opportunity for campers to learn and foster critical skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and collaboration. Providing campers the necessary tools to succeed outside of camp in all areas of their life!