Meet Our Directors
Dana Miller, Camp Director
Dana Miller has been a part of organized camping for as long as she can remember, growing up attending Meadowbrook and Oak Crest Day Camps and later joining the summer staff team as a lifeguard and ropes specialist. During college Dana knew she wanted to make camp her full-time profession and rose through the ranks eventually becoming the outdoor adventure department head at Camp Lindenmere in the Poconos.
Dana is a consummate camp professional and has been the Director of Center Day Camp in Maine, the Associate director of Pine Tree Camp in Maine, the Assistant Director of Camp Summit in Paradise Texas and the Outdoor Director of YMCA Camp Eberhart in Michigan. She has served as an ACA accreditation visitor, and on the EPIC and education committees for ACA New England.
Dana and her husband David currently live about 20 minutes from camp in Hackettstown with their dogs Story and Forrest.
Matt Gray, Assistant Director
Matt grew up at “camp kid” spending nearly everyday of his childhood summers attending various day camps in North Jersey. He worked at local sports camps during his high school and college summers, first as a counselor then as an assistant director. After earning his degree in Education from Syracuse University, Matt jumped at the opportunity to become the Youth Program Director at Hillsborough YMCA and direct his own summer camp. He spent nine years working his way up the ranks at the Y from Program Director to Senior Program Director to Associate Executive Director. During that time, Matt supervised multiple before/after school programs, sports and arts programs, teen civic engagement programs and three summer camp sites.
Matt’s passion for camping is directly related to his experience as a camper. Never great at sitting still, he always felt most comfortable and confident at camp. More than anything, Matt loves to help campers (and counselors) develop a strong self-identity and pursue their passions while at camp.
Outside of camp, Matt can be found on the golf course, in the kitchen cooking for friends and family, or on the couch binging the latest Netflix show with his wife Lauren and their dog Macy.
Jonathan M. Gold MBA, PhD
Owner/ Associate Director
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.
Email Jonathan directly at Jonathan@tamarackdaycamp.com.