It's that time of year again! Summer camp starts on Monday, which means we have some friendly new faces in the building. Read on to meet our 2017 counselors. 


Kaity Seitz

Where are you from? 
I'm from Canal Winchester, Ohio (near Columbus).

Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
I am going into my sophomore year at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where I am studying environmental and marine science.

Is there a camp activity or week that you're looking most forward to?
I'm super excited for the weeks when the 4-6 year olds come. I love little kids and I can't wait to get them pumped about the ocean!

What do you like to do during your time off? 
I spend most of my free time here kayaking. I have a couple of spots around the island that I can always count on to find some curious dolphins or manatees; it's a great way for me to relax after a long day of work.

Favorite sea creature?
Usually I would say a manatee or a dolphin, but I am reading a book about octopus right now and they are insanely fascinating! 

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach? 
You can't go wrong with a little Jimmy Buffet and Bob Marley at the beach. I'm also big into the Hamilton soundtrack right now, so I'd have to throw some of that in there.

If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go? 
I would love to dive at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.


Chris Pasion

Where are you from? 
Lebanon, Ohio

Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
I go to school at the University of Cincinnati where I study Biology and English.

Is there a camp activity or week that you're looking most forward to?
I am most excited for the surf races each Friday.

What do you like to do during your time off? 
I like to play guitar and collect records in my free time. I also love to fish.

Favorite sea creature?
My favorite sea creature is (currently) the whale shark. I also like manta rays and goliath grouper.

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach? 
The best music for the beach is Bob Marley and the Wailers.

If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go? 
I would visit the Great Barrier Reef.


Nicole Funk

Where are you from?
Lexington, Kentucky

Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
I go to the University of Kentucky and just finished a semester of studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador. I study Natural Resources & Environmental Science with a minor in Spanish. 

Is there a camp activity or week that you're looking most forward to?
I am most looking forward to the week focused on the Calusa. I am really excited to learn more about the native people who used to live in this area!

What do you like to do during your time off? 
I love to sing, listen to music, go for walks, play guitar, read, cook, and of course, eat!

Favorite sea creature?
puffer fish 

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach?
I love R&B and recently started listening to a lot of reggaeton. I like R&B because it's laid-back and full of emotion, while reggaeton is fun and tropical-sounding. 

If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go? 
I would visit the mangroves of Ecuador. I have only been to the mangroves here in Sanibel, but I would love to see some mangroves in another part of the world. 

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?
I was born on Halloween and my best friend's name is Katherine. 


Rachel Tammone

Where are you from?
I am from Newburgh, New York. 

Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I graduated in May 2017 from the University of Miami with a BA in Marine Affairs and a BA in Ecosystem Science and Policy. 

Is there a camp activity or week that you're looking most forward to?
I am looking most forward to The Mighty Calusa week because it reminds me of my elementary school when we had a week dedicated to our local Indian tribe. 

What do you like to do during your time off? 
During my off time I like to read or go paddleboarding. 

Favorite sea creature?
My favorite sea creature is the manta ray. 

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach?
The best music for a weekend at the beach is something with a country vibe, like Zach Brown Band or Jimmy Buffet.  

If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go? 
If I could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet I would like to go to the Arctic and see narwhals. 


Courtney Halle

Where are you from? 
I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts but now live in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
I am a student at the University of Virginia. Although I am undeclared, I am interested in environmental policy and global sustainability. 

Is there a camp activity or week that you're looking most forward to?
Each week is exciting and has something different to offer, but at the moment I am most excited for The Mighty Calusa Week. I’ve heard great things from campers and counselors, and I am looking forward to experiencing it! 

What do you like to do during your time off? 
I enjoy reading and relaxing by the pool. After a long day of camp, I also enjoy seeing my parents and spending quality time with my friends. 

Favorite sea creature?
Either a sea turtle or a dolphin, it is hard to choose just one! 

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach? 
A playlist with Jack Johnson and the Dave Matthews Band. 

If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go? 
The Great Barrier Reef

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?
I am so excited to meet all of the campers and have an awesome summer learning about the ocean and all it has to offer! 

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