Valerie Rogers - Aquatics and Unit Leader
Valerie is a camper at heart and had been involved in day camps for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Old Dominion University and has been teaching for 20 years. The past 18 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!
Donna Strobel – Aquatics Director
I have been working in aquatics as a lifeguard and swim instructor since high school. Prior to being the aquatics director at Camp Coconuts I was the aquatics director at Camp Arrowhead and have been the waterfront director at Forestburg Scout Reservation. I also was the director at Strathmore Swim and Tennis Club. In the off season (the school year) I am a computer teacher at Bayshore Middle School and the Tech Team advisor. My favorite part of working at a camp is watching the excitement in a camper’s face when they realize they have learned a new skill, accomplished a personal goal, or have gotten over their fear of the water.
Sam Talmage - Theater and Music Specialist
She loves kids and teaches 4-6th grade band at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. She loves music and leads at Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands & St. Michael's Church in Long Branch. She is a soloist and member of the classical choral group, Concordia Chorale. With her husband, she has produced 2 original full-length musicals. When not working at camp, Coach Sam loves to hang out with her 3 kids, paddleboard, and bicycle.
Craig Doyle – Assistant Director
Has been a part of the camp community for twelve years as a camper, coach and member of the senior team! Craig studied child advocacy and policy at Montclair State University. On his off time he enjoys instructing swim to children and adults. In addition, Craig coaches a Special Olympics Swim Team called the Piranhas! 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/Camp 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. He purchased 365 Fitness in 2008 to help fulfill his vision to create an atmosphere for family fitness and well-being. Bob is a fifth degree black belt and also enjoys coaching his son and daughter’s soccer teams.
Mark Dambaugh – Coach
I have been a Health/Physical Education teacher in the Keansburg School District for the last 15 years. I have taught most grades from Pre-K to 8th grade. I have also coached many sports along the way in Keansburg and currently coach softball. I love working with children because, even at my age, I feel like a child at heart. I am extremely excited to be a coconut this year and can't wait to finish out this summer at camp with the kids.
Matthew Tumulty - Martial Arts Specialist
A graduate of Marist College. Matt is an instructor at Renzo Gracie Middletown Martial Arts for over 10 years. Matt has been a part of the team at Camp Coconuts since it's inception in 2012. What he enjoys most is working with children and seeing them learn important life lessons through positive reinforcement. Matt portrays himself as a leader and role model for all those around him. His hobbies include swimming, martial arts, and being outside. He looks forward each summer to giving all the campers a fantastic summer in a fun and safe environment.
Christopher DiGiorgio - Director With a B.S. in Exercise Science Sports Studies from Rutgers University Christopher began his professional career with assisting in starting Camp Coconuts. Prior to Camp Coconuts he was a martial arts instructor for over 10 years where he worked with individuals of all ages, backgrounds and learning abilities. What he enjoys most about camp is that it provides a natural environment where children can educate themselves through play, sports and exploration. All the while in a fun, inviting and safe atmosphere filled with plenty of laughter and friendships!