Meet Our Directors

Troy Camp is overseen by elected undergraduate students at the University of Southern California Scroll over the pictures to learn more about each Director and how to get in contact with them.

Claire "Purpella" Chatinover - Co-Executive Director - coexecs@troycamp.org   As Co-Executive Directors,  Claire and Taylor will help oversee the Executive Board and ensure that Troy Camp continues its commitment to friendship through educational, extra-curricular, and leadership programs. From Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Claire is a Political Science major with a minor in Education. This will be her fourth year in Troy Camp, and in the past, she has been a Wacky Counselor and  a third grade cabin counselor. Also, last year, she was the Executive Director of Yearlong Programming. For Claire, yearlong events will always hold a special place in her heart. Last year, she not only got to plan every yearlong event, but got to spend time with her own cabin of third graders. Disneyland was a very special event for her, because some of her campers that she had not seen in a long time were able to come to the event. Seeing their faces and how much they had grown and matured since their week at camp was a spectacular sight to see. Claire loves this organization because the counselors, as mentors, have the ability to play a role in the growth of the campers and are lucky enough to grow as well.

Claire "Purpella" Chatinover - Co-Executive Director - coexecs@troycamp.org

 

As Co-Executive Directors,  Claire and Taylor will help oversee the Executive Board and ensure that Troy Camp continues its commitment to friendship through educational, extra-curricular, and leadership programs. From Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Claire is a Political Science major with a minor in Education. This will be her fourth year in Troy Camp, and in the past, she has been a Wacky Counselor and  a third grade cabin counselor. Also, last year, she was the Executive Director of Yearlong Programming. For Claire, yearlong events will always hold a special place in her heart. Last year, she not only got to plan every yearlong event, but got to spend time with her own cabin of third graders. Disneyland was a very special event for her, because some of her campers that she had not seen in a long time were able to come to the event. Seeing their faces and how much they had grown and matured since their week at camp was a spectacular sight to see. Claire loves this organization because the counselors, as mentors, have the ability to play a role in the growth of the campers and are lucky enough to grow as well.

Claire "Purpella" Chatinover Co-Executive Director coexecs@troycamp.org
And "Diglett" Furber-Director of Camp Programming - camp.programming@troycamp.org   As Director of Camp Programming, Andie is responsible for planning both the Fall and Spring retreats for counselors, facilitating all counselor training, certification, and preparation for camp,and most importantly, planning and executing our annual weeklong summer camp for 200 children in the San Bernardino mountains. Andie is currently a senior majoring in Communications and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship, and is from San Francisco, California. This is Andie’s fourth year in Troy Camp, and she has previously served on EBoard as Director of School Programming and as Director of Counselor Affairs. At camp, she’s had two 3rd grade cabins, and been on blue team family. Andie values Troy Camp’s commitment to friendship above all else. Through being a mentor, she has learned so much about loving and supporting other people. To her, Troy Camp is something that fills both herself and others with so much joy and passion every single day.

And "Diglett" Furber-Director of Camp Programming - camp.programming@troycamp.org

 

As Director of Camp Programming, Andie is responsible for planning both the Fall and Spring retreats for counselors, facilitating all counselor training, certification, and preparation for camp,and most importantly, planning and executing our annual weeklong summer camp for 200 children in the San Bernardino mountains. Andie is currently a senior majoring in Communications and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship, and is from San Francisco, California. This is Andie’s fourth year in Troy Camp, and she has previously served on EBoard as Director of School Programming and as Director of Counselor Affairs. At camp, she’s had two 3rd grade cabins, and been on blue team family. Andie values Troy Camp’s commitment to friendship above all else. Through being a mentor, she has learned so much about loving and supporting other people. To her, Troy Camp is something that fills both herself and others with so much joy and passion every single day.

Andie "Diglett" Furber Director of Camp Programming camp.programming@troycamp.org
Andrew "Chalupa" Sonnabend - Director of Fundraising (Pass the Can) - passthecan@troycamp.org   As Director of Fundraising-Pass the Can, Andrew is responsible for organizing and planning Pass the Can, an event in the fall which serves as a primary method of raising funds to continue the mentorship that Troy Camp promotes. Also, he is responsible for planning a smaller fundraiser in the Spring. From Los Angeles, California, Andrew is majoring in Economics, and minoring in the Cinematic Arts. This is his fourth year in Troy Camp and in the past, Andrew has been a cabin counselor, and been on Green team family. Andrew’s favorite TC memory is when one if his campers told him that he was like a big brother to him and the rest of the cabin. Andrew believes that the connections and friendships created through Troy Camp are some of the strongest out there, and he is truly grateful to be a part of such an organization.

Andrew "Chalupa" Sonnabend - Director of Fundraising (Pass the Can) - passthecan@troycamp.org

 

As Director of Fundraising-Pass the Can, Andrew is responsible for organizing and planning Pass the Can, an event in the fall which serves as a primary method of raising funds to continue the mentorship that Troy Camp promotes. Also, he is responsible for planning a smaller fundraiser in the Spring. From Los Angeles, California, Andrew is majoring in Economics, and minoring in the Cinematic Arts. This is his fourth year in Troy Camp and in the past, Andrew has been a cabin counselor, and been on Green team family. Andrew’s favorite TC memory is when one if his campers told him that he was like a big brother to him and the rest of the cabin. Andrew believes that the connections and friendships created through Troy Camp are some of the strongest out there, and he is truly grateful to be a part of such an organization.

Andrew "Chalupa" Sonnabend Director of Fundraising: Pass the Can passthecan@troycamp.org
Megan "Popcorn" McSherry - Director of Grants and Itemized Gifts - grants@troycamp.org   As the Director of Grants and Itemized Gifts, Megan writes applications for many different grants, requests tangible gift donations, and assesses the impact of Troy Camp’s programs through different survey collection. From Larchmont, New York,  Megan is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Culture, Media, and Entertainment. Megan’s favorite Troy Camp memory was our last kids event at Disneyland. The cabin she was with decided to wait in the two hour line for Space Mountain, and one camper mentioned to her that she had never ridden a roller coaster. Nervous, the camper sat next to Megan on the ride and they were holding hands and screaming the whole time. When the ride was over, she turned to Megan and said “If I can do this, I can do anything, right?” This moment helped Megan to realize the impact of this organization has on the campers. Small moments like after school tutoring or SP Dance practices or big moments like a camper’s first roller coaster show the kids that they can accomplish more than they think, and that is very special.

Megan "Popcorn" McSherry - Director of Grants and Itemized Gifts - grants@troycamp.org

 

As the Director of Grants and Itemized Gifts, Megan writes applications for many different grants, requests tangible gift donations, and assesses the impact of Troy Camp’s programs through different survey collection. From Larchmont, New York,  Megan is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Culture, Media, and Entertainment. Megan’s favorite Troy Camp memory was our last kids event at Disneyland. The cabin she was with decided to wait in the two hour line for Space Mountain, and one camper mentioned to her that she had never ridden a roller coaster. Nervous, the camper sat next to Megan on the ride and they were holding hands and screaming the whole time. When the ride was over, she turned to Megan and said “If I can do this, I can do anything, right?” This moment helped Megan to realize the impact of this organization has on the campers. Small moments like after school tutoring or SP Dance practices or big moments like a camper’s first roller coaster show the kids that they can accomplish more than they think, and that is very special.

Megan "Popcorn" McSherry Director of Grants and Itemized Gifts grants@troycamp.org
Jason "Gnomeo" Mierczynski - Director of Communications - communication@troycamp.org   As Director of Communications, Jason is responsible for managing the Troy Camp website, email accounts, and membership rosters. Jason is responsible for keeping track of counselor attendance to programs, as well as notifying Troy Camp members of announcements and events. He also handles keeping minutes at general and executive board meetings. From Coto de Caza, California, Jason is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in The Cinematic Arts. This is Jason’s second year in Troy Camp, and in the past, he has been a third grade cabin counselor. Jason’s favorite Troy Camp memory was at camp this past summer. On the last full day of camp, one of his campers came up to him, hugged him, and said that camp was the best week of his life. Here, Jason really felt the impact that camp had on the kids, and how much it means to them. To him, moments like this are what make Troy Camp so special.

Jason "Gnomeo" Mierczynski - Director of Communications - communication@troycamp.org

 

As Director of Communications, Jason is responsible for managing the Troy Camp website, email accounts, and membership rosters. Jason is responsible for keeping track of counselor attendance to programs, as well as notifying Troy Camp members of announcements and events. He also handles keeping minutes at general and executive board meetings. From Coto de Caza, California, Jason is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in The Cinematic Arts. This is Jason’s second year in Troy Camp, and in the past, he has been a third grade cabin counselor. Jason’s favorite Troy Camp memory was at camp this past summer. On the last full day of camp, one of his campers came up to him, hugged him, and said that camp was the best week of his life. Here, Jason really felt the impact that camp had on the kids, and how much it means to them. To him, moments like this are what make Troy Camp so special.

Jason "Gnomeo" Mierczynski Director of Communications communication@troycamp.org
Taylor "Panda Express" Serafin - Co-Executive Director - coexecs@troycamp.org   As Co-Executive Directors, Taylor and Claire will help oversee the Executive Board and ensure that Troy Camp continues its commitment to friendship through educational, extra-curricular, and leadership programs. Taylor is a Business Major with a Theatre Minor, and is part of the class of 2017. Taylor is from Tustin, California, and this is her fourth year in Troy Camp. At camp in previous years, she has been a fifth grade cabin counselor, and has been on orange team family twice. Last year, she was the Executive Director of Grants and Itemized Gifts. Her favorite Troy Camp memories are all the times she’s gotten to see her G9 Sunshine campers at LIT every other Thursday. Meeting and mentoring those girls has been one of the highlights of Taylor’s USC experience. 

Taylor "Panda Express" Serafin - Co-Executive Director - coexecs@troycamp.org

 

As Co-Executive Directors, Taylor and Claire will help oversee the Executive Board and ensure that Troy Camp continues its commitment to friendship through educational, extra-curricular, and leadership programs. Taylor is a Business Major with a Theatre Minor, and is part of the class of 2017. Taylor is from Tustin, California, and this is her fourth year in Troy Camp. At camp in previous years, she has been a fifth grade cabin counselor, and has been on orange team family twice. Last year, she was the Executive Director of Grants and Itemized Gifts. Her favorite Troy Camp memories are all the times she’s gotten to see her G9 Sunshine campers at LIT every other Thursday. Meeting and mentoring those girls has been one of the highlights of Taylor’s USC experience. 

Taylor "Panda Express" Serafin Co-Executive Director coexecs@troycamp.org
Emme "Frogger" Paige - Director of School Programming - school.programming@troycamp.org   Emme is the Director of School Programming. With this position, she manages the elementary schools where we provide after school tutoring and extra curricular activities. She ensures that a sufficient number of counselors are attending SMASH tutoring sessions and Specialized Programming to make sure we maintain the 4:1 ratio we strive to uphold. From Mercer Island, Washington, Emme is a Global Health major and Spanish minor. This is her fourth year in Troy Camp, and in the past, she has been a third grade cabin counselor, a fourth grade cabin counselor, and been on red team family. Emma’s favorite Troy Camp memory was during her first camp when one of her campers wanted to go on a hanging swing contraption similar to a zip-line. She was terrified, but wanted to give it a try. While she was climbing up, the rest of the girls in her cabin began cheering the camper on and encouraging her with plenty of support. Emme will never forget hearing the entire cabin cheering on another camper through something she was nervous for. This experience proved how bonded her cabin was.

Emme "Frogger" Paige - Director of School Programming - school.programming@troycamp.org

 

Emme is the Director of School Programming. With this position, she manages the elementary schools where we provide after school tutoring and extra curricular activities. She ensures that a sufficient number of counselors are attending SMASH tutoring sessions and Specialized Programming to make sure we maintain the 4:1 ratio we strive to uphold. From Mercer Island, Washington, Emme is a Global Health major and Spanish minor. This is her fourth year in Troy Camp, and in the past, she has been a third grade cabin counselor, a fourth grade cabin counselor, and been on red team family. Emma’s favorite Troy Camp memory was during her first camp when one of her campers wanted to go on a hanging swing contraption similar to a zip-line. She was terrified, but wanted to give it a try. While she was climbing up, the rest of the girls in her cabin began cheering the camper on and encouraging her with plenty of support. Emme will never forget hearing the entire cabin cheering on another camper through something she was nervous for. This experience proved how bonded her cabin was.

Emme "Frogger" Paige Director of School Programming school.programming@troycamp.org
Sean "Donkey" Salisbury - Director of Fundraising (Gala) - gala@troycamp.org   As Director of Fundraising-Gala, Sean is in charge of organizing Troy Camp’s Annual Gala. This Gala brings together alumni, administrators, counselors, and supporters who have worked to make Troy Camp a success for a special night of celebration. At Gala it is common to find a counselor from the 1970s talking to a current camper, united by their shared passion for Troy Camp. Gala is an incredible evening that allows old friends to catch up while giving back to an amazing organization. The night features silent and live auctions, dinner, and keynote speakers. From Clarksville, Maryland, Sean is a Mechanical Engineering major and International Policy and Management minor. This is his third year in Troy Camp, and in the past, Sean has been a fifth grade cabin counselor. Sean’s favorite Troy Camp memory was at this past year’s camp. One of his campers was scared to ride the horses, but after encouraging him to step outside his comfort zone and challenge himself to get on the house, he finally got on. The camper's smile and excitement while on the horse helped Sean realize how special the Troy Camp experience is.

Sean "Donkey" Salisbury - Director of Fundraising (Gala) - gala@troycamp.org

 

As Director of Fundraising-Gala, Sean is in charge of organizing Troy Camp’s Annual Gala. This Gala brings together alumni, administrators, counselors, and supporters who have worked to make Troy Camp a success for a special night of celebration. At Gala it is common to find a counselor from the 1970s talking to a current camper, united by their shared passion for Troy Camp. Gala is an incredible evening that allows old friends to catch up while giving back to an amazing organization. The night features silent and live auctions, dinner, and keynote speakers. From Clarksville, Maryland, Sean is a Mechanical Engineering major and International Policy and Management minor. This is his third year in Troy Camp, and in the past, Sean has been a fifth grade cabin counselor. Sean’s favorite Troy Camp memory was at this past year’s camp. One of his campers was scared to ride the horses, but after encouraging him to step outside his comfort zone and challenge himself to get on the house, he finally got on. The camper's smile and excitement while on the horse helped Sean realize how special the Troy Camp experience is.

Sean "Donkey" Salisbury Director of Fundraising: Gala gala@troycamp.org
Emily "QWOP" Hamilton - Director of Counselor Affairs - counselors@troycamp.org   Emily is the Director of Counselor Affairs. With this position, Emily is in charge of recruiting a new class of counselors in the fall semester. Also, she is responsible for facilitating the training and bonding amongst all counselors throughout the school year. From Providence, Rhode Island, Emily is a Theatre major with minors in the Cinematic Arts and Culture, Media, And Entertainment and is a senior. This is Emily’s third year in Troy Camp, and in previous years, she has lead the FAME station as part of spectrum, and been a fourth grade cabin counselor. Emily’s favorite memory of Troy Camp was on the last day of camp this last summer, where she was sitting with her 10 campers of G7 as they all passed around a pinecone. There, each used the pine cone to say their thank yous and goodbyes from camp. Hearing these girls speak to how thankful they were to Troy Camp for helping them be more confident or feel more comfortable with who they are made Emily appreciate the impact she made on them. She was so happy to see how much her cabin had grown, and excited to see how much they had matured. Emily is most excited to continue her mentorship with her campers throughout their experiences in Troy Camp. 

Emily "QWOP" Hamilton - Director of Counselor Affairs - counselors@troycamp.org

 

Emily is the Director of Counselor Affairs. With this position, Emily is in charge of recruiting a new class of counselors in the fall semester. Also, she is responsible for facilitating the training and bonding amongst all counselors throughout the school year. From Providence, Rhode Island, Emily is a Theatre major with minors in the Cinematic Arts and Culture, Media, And Entertainment and is a senior. This is Emily’s third year in Troy Camp, and in previous years, she has lead the FAME station as part of spectrum, and been a fourth grade cabin counselor. Emily’s favorite memory of Troy Camp was on the last day of camp this last summer, where she was sitting with her 10 campers of G7 as they all passed around a pinecone. There, each used the pine cone to say their thank yous and goodbyes from camp. Hearing these girls speak to how thankful they were to Troy Camp for helping them be more confident or feel more comfortable with who they are made Emily appreciate the impact she made on them. She was so happy to see how much her cabin had grown, and excited to see how much they had matured. Emily is most excited to continue her mentorship with her campers throughout their experiences in Troy Camp. 

Emily "QWOP" Hamilton Director of Counselor Affairs counselors@troycamp.org
Alex "Tiny Dancer" Chen - Director of High School Programming - tc.leads@troycamp.org    Alex is the Executive Director of High School Programming, where he works with students that have matriculated from our middle school program, Leaders in Training. As a high school/college prep program, Alex works to plan a 1:1 tutoring service for our students, SAT/ACT prep, college preparation workshops, as well as general leadership workshops to help prepare our students for a world beyond Troy Camp. Alex is currently a junior with a Geodesign major and minors in Natural Science and Public Health. This is his third year in Troy Camp, and previously at camp, he has been a fourth grade cabin counselor and a Wacky counselor. Alex is from Scottsdale, Arizona. He believes that the importance of this organization is that it is more than just a fun camp experience. To him, Troy Camp’s importance lies in the comprehensive mentorship that focuses on developing the whole person, not just single facets. One of his favorite memories was during Yearlong, when he looked to his kids and noticed how much all of his campers had matured and grown throughout their yearlong programming. To him, it's the small moments-a camper laughing uncontrollably, a SMASH student figuring out a challenging problem, or a high schooler getting into his or her dream college-that make Troy Camp perhaps the most inspiring organization to be a part of.

Alex "Tiny Dancer" Chen - Director of High School Programming - tc.leads@troycamp.org 

 

Alex is the Executive Director of High School Programming, where he works with students that have matriculated from our middle school program, Leaders in Training. As a high school/college prep program, Alex works to plan a 1:1 tutoring service for our students, SAT/ACT prep, college preparation workshops, as well as general leadership workshops to help prepare our students for a world beyond Troy Camp. Alex is currently a junior with a Geodesign major and minors in Natural Science and Public Health. This is his third year in Troy Camp, and previously at camp, he has been a fourth grade cabin counselor and a Wacky counselor. Alex is from Scottsdale, Arizona. He believes that the importance of this organization is that it is more than just a fun camp experience. To him, Troy Camp’s importance lies in the comprehensive mentorship that focuses on developing the whole person, not just single facets. One of his favorite memories was during Yearlong, when he looked to his kids and noticed how much all of his campers had matured and grown throughout their yearlong programming. To him, it's the small moments-a camper laughing uncontrollably, a SMASH student figuring out a challenging problem, or a high schooler getting into his or her dream college-that make Troy Camp perhaps the most inspiring organization to be a part of.

Alex "Tiny Dancer" Chen Director of High School Programming tc.leads@troycamp.org
Nemesis "Sweet Pea" Salguero - Director of Camper Recruitment - camper.recruitment@troycamp.org   As Director of Camper Recruitment, Nemesis oversees camper applications, accepted campers and plans camper check in before camp starts. Nemesis and her committee work to present to our 20 partner elementary schools about all things Troy Camp, and from there, she coordinates the grading of applications. She then chooses the campers that go to camp. After acceptances, she schedules and presents at parent information sessions and new camper orientation. Nemesis knows the application process very well, as she has been on both sides. In 2007, Nemesis attended Troy Camp as a camper. From Los Angeles, California, Nemesis is an American Studies major with an Ethnicity minor: Education and Society. This is her third year as a counselor in Troy Camp, and in the past, she has been a fifth grade cabin counselor. Nemesis loves this organization because of the relationships it creates with the local Los Angeles communities. For her, Troy Camp sparked her love of USC and inspired her dream to be a Trojan. After going to camp in fifth grade, a week full of fun, trying new things, tears, and lots of love, she knew she wanted to attend USC. It was her goal to be a cabin counselor and give this same opportunity to students of the LA community. This past year, she got the chance to make this happen and create a lasting relationship with some of the kids in her cabin. One of her favorite things about this organization is that the relationships and bonds she made at camp only begin with the week of camp. She loves Troy Camp because of its long-term commitment to friendship and mentorship.

Nemesis "Sweet Pea" SalgueroDirector of Camper Recruitment - camper.recruitment@troycamp.org

 

As Director of Camper Recruitment, Nemesis oversees camper applications, accepted campers and plans camper check in before camp starts. Nemesis and her committee work to present to our 20 partner elementary schools about all things Troy Camp, and from there, she coordinates the grading of applications. She then chooses the campers that go to camp. After acceptances, she schedules and presents at parent information sessions and new camper orientation. Nemesis knows the application process very well, as she has been on both sides. In 2007, Nemesis attended Troy Camp as a camper. From Los Angeles, California, Nemesis is an American Studies major with an Ethnicity minor: Education and Society. This is her third year as a counselor in Troy Camp, and in the past, she has been a fifth grade cabin counselor. Nemesis loves this organization because of the relationships it creates with the local Los Angeles communities. For her, Troy Camp sparked her love of USC and inspired her dream to be a Trojan. After going to camp in fifth grade, a week full of fun, trying new things, tears, and lots of love, she knew she wanted to attend USC. It was her goal to be a cabin counselor and give this same opportunity to students of the LA community. This past year, she got the chance to make this happen and create a lasting relationship with some of the kids in her cabin. One of her favorite things about this organization is that the relationships and bonds she made at camp only begin with the week of camp. She loves Troy Camp because of its long-term commitment to friendship and mentorship.

Nemesis "Sweet Pea" Salguero Director of Camper Recruitment camper.recruitment@troycamp.org
Lilian "Whac-a-Mole" Aluri - Director of Yearlong Programming - yearlong@troycamp.org   As Director of Yearlong Programming, Lilian plans, coordinates, and facilitates monthly Kids’ Events for campers in their year following camp. These fun and educational times are for camp cabins to reunite with each other and with their counselors to promote their long term mentorship. During the year she also plans a few events from previous years of camp called super cabin events. Lilian is from Columbia, South Carolina, and is a junior majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Communication Design. This is her third year in Troy Camp, and in the past has been a cabin counselor and on yellow team family. One of Lilian’s most precious Troy Camp memories was from our 2015 yearlong event at Disneyland. One of her campers went on a roller coaster for the first time and was very afraid. Afterwards, she was so proud of herself for facing her fear and trying something new. Lilian was so excited to watch a child be afraid and accomplish something so big. 

Lilian "Whac-a-Mole" Aluri - Director of Yearlong Programming - yearlong@troycamp.org

 

As Director of Yearlong Programming, Lilian plans, coordinates, and facilitates monthly Kids’ Events for campers in their year following camp. These fun and educational times are for camp cabins to reunite with each other and with their counselors to promote their long term mentorship. During the year she also plans a few events from previous years of camp called super cabin events. Lilian is from Columbia, South Carolina, and is a junior majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Communication Design. This is her third year in Troy Camp, and in the past has been a cabin counselor and on yellow team family. One of Lilian’s most precious Troy Camp memories was from our 2015 yearlong event at Disneyland. One of her campers went on a roller coaster for the first time and was very afraid. Afterwards, she was so proud of herself for facing her fear and trying something new. Lilian was so excited to watch a child be afraid and accomplish something so big. 

Lilian "Whac-a-Mole" Aluri Director of Yearlong Programming yearlong@troycamp.org
Animesh "Titanic" Agrawal - Director of Finance and Donor Relations - finance@troycamp.org As Director of Finance, Animesh allocates Troy Camp’s finances to ensure that all of our programs thrive. He assists with our big fundraisers and works to increase our cash flow to best mentor more students in the area each year. From Saratoga, California, Animesh is a Business Administration major with a minor in Computer Programming. This will be Animesh’s fourth year in Troy Camp, and in the past, he has been a fifth grade cabin counselor and on orange team family. Animesh’s favorite memory from Troy Camp was during the first yearlong event after camp, where he got greeted by hugs from each of his campers. It made him feel like he had made a huge impact in their lives.

Animesh "Titanic" Agrawal - Director of Finance and Donor Relations - finance@troycamp.org

As Director of Finance, Animesh allocates Troy Camp’s finances to ensure that all of our programs thrive. He assists with our big fundraisers and works to increase our cash flow to best mentor more students in the area each year. From Saratoga, California, Animesh is a Business Administration major with a minor in Computer Programming. This will be Animesh’s fourth year in Troy Camp, and in the past, he has been a fifth grade cabin counselor and on orange team family. Animesh’s favorite memory from Troy Camp was during the first yearlong event after camp, where he got greeted by hugs from each of his campers. It made him feel like he had made a huge impact in their lives.

Animesh "Titanic" Agrawal Director of Finance and Donor Relations finance@troycamp.org
Sergio "Firecat" Ramirez - Director of Public Relations and Alumni Relations - public.relations@troycamp.org   As Director of Public Relations and Alumni Relations, Sergio is in charge of designing Troy Camp gear for campers and counselors, keeping online audiences up to date with what’s going on in the organization, and handling alumni newsletters. From Sunnyside, Washington, Sergio is a Creative Writing major with a Communication Design minor. This is his second year in Troy Camp, and in the past, he has been a third grade cabin counselor. It’s hard for Sergio to choose just one favorite memory from Troy Camp, but dancing to “Work” by Rihanna with his B1 campers at camp this past summer was one of the highlights of his week. He loves this organization because of the fantastic people in it and the amazing kids we get to work with.

Sergio "Firecat" Ramirez - Director of Public Relations and Alumni Relations - public.relations@troycamp.org

 

As Director of Public Relations and Alumni Relations, Sergio is in charge of designing Troy Camp gear for campers and counselors, keeping online audiences up to date with what’s going on in the organization, and handling alumni newsletters. From Sunnyside, Washington, Sergio is a Creative Writing major with a Communication Design minor. This is his second year in Troy Camp, and in the past, he has been a third grade cabin counselor. It’s hard for Sergio to choose just one favorite memory from Troy Camp, but dancing to “Work” by Rihanna with his B1 campers at camp this past summer was one of the highlights of his week. He loves this organization because of the fantastic people in it and the amazing kids we get to work with.

Sergio "Firecat" Ramirez Director of Public Relations and Alumni Relations public.relations@troycamp.org
Megan "Narwhal" Linderman - Director of Middle School Programming - lit@troycamp.org    As Executive Director of Middle School Programming, Megan works to plan weekly workshops and tutoring sessions as well as a fall and spring retreat for students who attended Troy Camp in past summers and are now in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Megan and her committee work to help prepare these students for their future by building leadership, public speaking, teamwork, or other life skills. Megan is an Occupational Therapy major from Orange County, California entering into her junior year of college. At camp in previous years, Megan has been a fifth grade cabin counselor, as well as the Junior Counselor coordinator. Megan’s favorite Troy Camp memory was the LIT Retreat of Fall 2014, where she was placed on a bus of kids that ended up getting lost and having to turn back to USC. There, they all had snacks, make up stories, and sang and laughed with all of the kids. This unexpected adventure became a memory Megan will never forget.

Megan "Narwhal" Linderman - Director of Middle School Programming - lit@troycamp.org 

 

As Executive Director of Middle School Programming, Megan works to plan weekly workshops and tutoring sessions as well as a fall and spring retreat for students who attended Troy Camp in past summers and are now in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Megan and her committee work to help prepare these students for their future by building leadership, public speaking, teamwork, or other life skills. Megan is an Occupational Therapy major from Orange County, California entering into her junior year of college. At camp in previous years, Megan has been a fifth grade cabin counselor, as well as the Junior Counselor coordinator. Megan’s favorite Troy Camp memory was the LIT Retreat of Fall 2014, where she was placed on a bus of kids that ended up getting lost and having to turn back to USC. There, they all had snacks, make up stories, and sang and laughed with all of the kids. This unexpected adventure became a memory Megan will never forget.

Megan "Narwhal" Linderman Director of Middle School Programming lit@troycamp.org

Meet Our Advisors

Troy Camp's advisors are current USC faculty and staff committed to seeing our organization fulfill its mission in the community

Dr. Celso "Grinder" Delgado, Jr. - Assistant Professor - USC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Robert “Sensei” Hernandez - Adjunct Lecturer, USC School of Social Work

USC Campus Activities Representatives

Gabriel Valenzuela - Student Programs Director for Student Affairs

 Jennifer Perdomo - Student Programs Advisor for Student Affairs

USC Partners

Adlai "Zip a Dee Doo Dah" Wertman - Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Founding Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

Financial Consultants

Kati "Jack in the Box" Perri - Financial Consultant and USC Alum

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can go to Troy Camp?

    Troy Camp accepts students from a number of LAUSD schools in the USC area. Students can be in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. We're non-demoninational and welcome students from all backgrounds.

  • How do you select who goes to camp?

    Due to limited space, applications are given out in the spring by school administrators and teachers to a select group of students. Our application is based on written answers by the student and his or her teacher . We carefully read each application and make our selections based on which students we believe will benefit most from his or her time at Camp, taking everything we can into consideration.

  • How much does Troy Camp cost?

    All of our programs are 100% free for all accepted students! We rely on donations from our friends in the USC community and beyond.

  • Can students participate in Troy Camp's other programs if they did not attend camp?

    Unfortunately, our limited space only allows us to accept students who went to our camp in elementary school. However, our after-school programs are available to everyone.

  • Who runs Troy Camp?

    Troy Camp is run entirely by students at the University of Southern California. Our counselors come from diverse places and backgrounds. We undergo rigorous training to ensure the safety and growth of the students. To learn about some of our current counselors, go to the "Our Counselors" section of this website.

  • How can I become a counselor?

    The application process for the 2015-16 year has passed. Applications for the 2016-17 year will be available in August 2016. For more information about becoming a counselor, please contact Emily "QWOP" Hamilton, Director of Counselor Affairs at counselors@troycamp.org

 

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