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2019 Morning Program Bios

A.J. Albano – Morning Program Director
A.J. will be returning to RYC for his 16th summer at the club. In his first summer in 2004, AJ was the ‘games instructor’ for the Morning Program before transitioning to Pool Director for the next 8 summers. A.J. always had a desire to return to the Morning Program and he was able to 6 summers ago in 2013 as the Morning Program Director. During the school year, A.J. teaches P.E. at Brien McMahon HS and coaches football at New Canaan HS. Be sure to wave to A.J. every morning in the parking lot on your way in!

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Tanya Striffler– Arts & Crafts Cordinator
Tanya joins RYC this year for her second summer and will be heading our Arts & Crafts position. Tanya has worked at Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn, NY for over 10 years as a counselor and group leader. She has taught Pre-K in Roslyn, NY and Cos Cob, CT for a total of 8 years. Tanya has recently received her Masters in Elementary Education and spent the last year Interning at Hart Magnet Elementary School. Tanya is very excited to be taking over our Arts & Crafts activities of camp. 

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Cathy Ferraro - Tadpoles 
This will be Cathy's 9th year as the Tadpole's head counselor at RYC. Cathy taught preschool for 3 years, and is currently finishing her 5th year as a Special Education teacher for Stamford Public Schools. Cathy enjoys playing softball and volleyball, being outside, and spending time with family and friends! She is looking forward to another fun-filled summer at RYC. 

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Danielle Regginao - Polliwogs I 
Danielle is very excited to join RYC’s Morning Program this summer as a head counselor.  During the school year, she works as a second-grade teacher here in Greenwich and has worked in Greenwich Public School’s Summer School Program for the past five years.  Danielle graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and continued on to receive her Master’s degree and teaching certification through the University of Bridgeport.  In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends at Tod’s Point or anywhere that she can enjoy the great outdoors.  Danielle is looking forward to meeting her group and sharing a summer of memorable and meaningful experiences with them!

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Natalie Uva - Polliwogs II 
This will be Natalie’s first summer as a head camp Counselor and she is so excited to be a part of the RYC family. Natalie is finishing up her first year as a 3rd grade teacher. She enjoys playing volleyball on the beach and listening to music. She loves to spend time with loved ones, her rescue dog, and being outside. Natalie is looking forward to a fun filled summer at RYC!

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Nicole DiMeglio– Minnows I 
Nicole DiMeglio will be our head counselor for Minnows 1 this year. Nicole comes to Riverside Yacht Club from Norwalk, CT. She is a first year certified Physical Education teacher within Stamford Public Schools. Outside of teaching, she enjoys playing sports, working out and coaching others in CrossFit.

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Kevin Arita – Minnows II 
Meet Kevin Arita, from Norwalk, CT. He is a first year Health and Physical Education teacher in the Stamford Public School System. Kevin loves to spend time with his family, participate in sports, be physically active, and travel. Kevin is very outgoing, has a great sense of humor, and truly cares for his students. Kevin is excited to be joining the Riverside Yacht Club Team, so do not hesitate to say hello! 

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Reg Tucciarone– Flying Fish 
Reg Tucciarone joins us for his first summer at the RYC and he is excited to have the opportunity to go out on the water with the Flying Fish. Reg graduated from UConn and received his Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport.  He previously worked as a counselor at Camp Playland in New Canaan, CT for seven years.  Reg spent last year working as a Media Paraeducator at Hart Magnet Elementary School in Stamford and is currently pursuing his second masters in Physical Education. Reg can’t wait to meet his new group and have an enjoyable summer out on the water.

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Jeni Allen - Swim and Water Safety Coordinator
Jeni Allan comes to us with a wealth of experience. Most recently, Jeni has been in charge of teaching swimming and water safety in the Pre-School 3s & 4s program at the YWCA of Greenwich. She is also a certified Lifeguard and Swim Instructor there as well. She loves children, especially her own 3 daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and spending time with her family.

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Dan Sheldon - Grass and Games Coordinator
Dan is a Physical Education Teacher for Darien Public Schools. He currently travels between Holmes Elementary and Hindley Elementary where he teaches K-5 as well as Adapted PE. Dan also coaches freshman football in the fall at Darien High School. Dan is a graduate of Ithaca College where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in PE and Health Ed, while playing on the varsity football team. Dan has strong experience working at a variety of summer camps and looks forward to his first summer at RYC as the games coordinator!

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