Meet Our Directors

Jonathan M. Gold MBA, PhD

Jonathan Gold, a Randolph resident since 1995,  received his MBA from Fordham University in 1987 and his Ph.D. from Walden University in 1996 with a dissertation on “Quality Management Systems in Summer Camping.”

Jonathan has over 44 years of experience in organized camping, beginning in 1969 as a camper at Camp Becket in the Berkshires. He rose through the ranks as a camper and counselor there. Jonathan is also the owner of Oak Crest Day Camp, Somerset NJ, since 2002. An internationally recognized speaker and writer, he is an authority on Management in camping, speaking frequently at both the local, national and international, level to both for-profit and not-for-profit camps. In 2008 he was featured on the Fox Business Network in an interview about how parents should go about finding a quality camp for their children. This past spring he was interviewed by Forbes Radio about the intricacies and challenges of running a Summer Day Camp.  From 2005 to 2007, Jonathan served as the Program Director of the Tri-State Camp Conference, the largest gathering of summer camps in the world. In addition to running Oak Crest, he has worked at or been a director for 7 other summer camps, each one adding a unique dimension to his current leadership and management style. Jonathan also served as a tenured professor of management at Caldwell College from 1990 to 2000, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in management and marketing. Jonathan is also the President of NJ Camps Association for Govt Affairs, Past Chairman of the Camp Owners and Directors National Conference and founder of the Operation Blue Skies Program which helps the children of Police Officer and Military Families in need.

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Jessica Grannum, Assistant Director

Jessica Grannum joined Tamarack in 2016 as our Biking Specialist.  Jess’s passion of biking was evident as she developed our Biking Program into what it is today.  What was once reserved for our oldest campers is now open to campers as young as 1st grade.  Jess created the Learn to Ride Program teaching countless campers how to ride two wheelers and then use the gears, while our more accomplished riders were introduced to our network of trails, learning to do log jumps and challenging themselves on hill climbs.  Summer 2017, Jess joined our Leadership Team as our Munchkin Division Head, overseeing our 3, 4 & 5 year old campers, and started working in the office full time in the Spring. As Munchkin Division Head, Jess oversaw 25 staff members ensuring that all of the campers’ needs were met and communicating camper progress to the parents.  She led the Munchkins to a 2017 Tamarack Cup victory (it is a really big deal).

Prior to joining Tamarack, Jessica owned and operated an Occupational Therapy Practice, which focused on toddlers and school aged children.  Jess is the proud mother of two Tamarack Campers, Joshua and Jason.

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Questions to Ask the Camp Director

Summer Camp can be one of the most influential experiences of a young person’s life, so choosing the right one is extremely important. Whether at the beginning of your summer camp search or narrowing down the final choices, getting to know the camp director is one of the most vital steps. Questions to Ask the Camp Director will help parents better understand the philosophy of the Director and what a summer camp is really all about.