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Owners & Directors

Owner / Director
Kenny Etra

Rick & Ken, along with their wives, Karen and Susan, have owned Camp Pontiac since 1995 following a lifetime in camping including 12 years as camp physicians. They are practicing ear nose and throat specialists on Long Island but devote their entire summer and a significant part of the off season to their true passion, Camp Pontiac.

They possess an extensive background in athletics and childcare. They were division 1 college basketball players as well as members of the National USA Maccabiah Basketball Team. Their true love is children and that is where their efforts are devoted along with multiple charitable endeavors. Susan and Karen work closely with their children over the summer and Karen co-manages the Camp Pontiac winter office as well as teaching cooking classes and coordinating our arts and crafts program.

Owner / Director
Karen Etra

Karen Etra, Kenny's wife, works full time for camp. She manages the winter office and during the summer directs Pontiac's extensive cooking program and coordinates our arts and crafts program.

Owner / Director
Ricky Etra

Rick & Ken, along with their wives, Karen and Susan, have owned Camp Pontiac since 1995 following a lifetime in camping including 12 years as camp physicians. They are practicing ear nose and throat specialists on Long Island but devote their entire summer and a significant part of the off season to their true passion, Camp Pontiac.

They possess an extensive background in athletics and childcare. They were division 1 college basketball players as well as members of the National USA Maccabiah Basketball Team. Their true love is children and that is where their efforts are devoted along with multiple charitable endeavors. Susan and Karen work closely with their children over the summer and Karen co-manages the Camp Pontiac winter office as well as teaching cooking classes and coordinating our arts and crafts program.

Owner / Director
Susan Etra

Susan Etra, Ricky's wife, spends her summers at Pontiac assisting in multiple capacities.

Camp Director
Marc Sklar

Marc brings an extensive camping, educational and childcare background to his directorship at Pontiac. He has been at Pontiac since 1973 in multiple capacities serving as Director since 1997.

His Background as a special education supervisor, educator and family counselor brings great experience to Ponitiac.

Camp Director
Sheila Manchel

Sheila brings fifty plus years of camp experience and energy having directed and owned her own residential brother-sister camp for many years. The main thrust of her energy is devoted to childcare at Pontiac in a twelve month capacity.

Associate Director,
Boys Head Counselor
Matthew Etra

Matthew Etra has been involved in camping since 1987 joining his family's camp in 1995. He has been over seeing the boy's campus since 2010. He spends his summers at Pontiac with his wife, Ali and son, Brody.

Associate Director,
Girls Head Counselor
Lindsay Etra
Lindsay has been in camp in all capacities since she was seven years old and has been working at Pontiac since the inception of the Etra family's ownership in 1995. She and her husband Jarrett met at Pontiac and have two sons, Jordan and Spencer, both of whom are Pontiac campers. Lindsay is an Associate Director and as Girls Side Head Counselor, she directs both campers and staff in their entire program. Lindsay is a third grade teacher during the winter. ​​
Associate Director,
Boys Head Counselor
Michael Etra
Michael has been working in his family's camp since 1995, first as a group leader and then as a legal consultant. He also has managed Pontiac's pre- and post-camp events since 2008. He left his career as an attorney and real estate professional in 2015 to pursue his passion of working alongside his family to help run Pontiac as Associate Director. Year-round, Michael connects with parents, campers and staff, hires the Boys Side counselors and manages the site budget. During the summer, he adds Boys Head Counselor to his responsibilities. Michael and his wife Marissa's twins, Whitney and Sammy, started at Pontiac as a Deb and Brave in 2016.
Asst. Head Counselor Counseling Team
Ali Etra
Ali Etra, Matt's wife, has been at Pontiac since 2002. She is involved in camp recruiting and works closely with campers lending her experience as a middle school guidance counselor on Pontiac's Camp Counseling Team.
Athletic Director
Walter Bachman

Walter Bachman coaches in New York and is a member of the NY State Basketball Hall of Fame. Walter has been in education and coaching since 1972. His credentials include former Social Studies Chairperson, Athletic Director and a four sport varsity coach. He is widely regarded as one of the premier high school basketball coaches in New York. Walter has been at Pontiac since 1995.

Associate Director
Jimmy Wolf

Jimmy Wolf has been at Pontiac since 2003. Jimmy has spent a lifetime in camping having directed a coed residential camp for seventeen years. He is a retired assistant principal and former varsity basketball coach. Among multiple responsibilities he supervises many operational aspects of camp.

Girls Head Counselor
Stefanie Friedman
Stefanie joined the Pontiac family in 2004 first as a group leader and then as the Head Counselor of our lower camp girls since 2006. During the winter she co-directs the camp office along with Karen Etra and oversees the hiring of staff.
Asst. Head Counselor
Jason Geller
Jason Geller has been in camping his entire life and joined the Pontiac family in 2016. He works with Matt and Michael on boy's side and is a high school guidance counselor lending his expertise to work on Pontiac's Camp Counseling Team.
Program Director
Michael Bongino

Michael joined Pontiac in 1996 having been in the camping industry his entire life. He has been a Group Leader and Head Counselor and is now our program director. During the winter he is an Athletic Director on Long Island.

Site Manager
Howard Scofield

Howard Started at Pontiac in 1996 as Visual Arts, Special Event coordinator and staff recruiter. Howard manages the videography department, responsible for creating daily camp videos, as well as all the photography. Howard also takes a major role in our Event Planning for groups in the pre and post season and has become Pontiac's full time site manager.

Associate Director
Alex Almond

Alex has been at Pontiac since 2002 in multiple capacities. Along with Directing a staff of 50, Alex also plays a role in Staff Recruitment, Website Production and Event Planning for groups in the pre and post season.