Noreen Higgens  - Division Leader

Mark Dambaugh  - Division Leader

Tom D'Aloisio- Camp Director of Operations




Ryan Bruno - Division Leader

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 to raising his five daughters.  Ryan is excited to be a part of the Camp Coconuts family!


Etan Goldberg - Camp Director


Etan is a licensed school administrator and educator with 15 years of teaching experience.  Etan has over 20 years of camp experience as a counselor, assistant director, and director.  He graduated with a BA from Binghamton University and earned a Masters Degree in Childhood Education at Syracuse University. Etan has two young children ages 5 and 3.   Etan’s favorite thing about camp is that it offers a structured community environment for campers to form new friendships, build self-esteem, and respect for peers in a safe, fun, and caring environment. 

Our Team


Deana Valente - Owner & Director - Coach "D"

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!