Camp Leadership

Nathan Latta

Director

Nathan Latta year round bio

With nearly a decade of Sewataro experience under his belt, we are delighted to announce that Nathan will be returning this summer as camp’s full time Director. “I am so grateful for my experience at Sewataro over the years,” he says. “Camp has been instrumental in shaping who I am as a person and as a professional, and I’m thrilled to be in a position to focus fully on paying that experience forward”. Holding a Master of Education degree in Elementary Moderate Special Needs, Nathan’s favorite aspect of camp has always been forming unique connections with campers and counselors, helping them to grow socially and emotionally. He also greatly enjoys heading the creative team responsible for writing and directing our Friday Special Events. In past summers, Nathan has served as our Eagle Section Supervisor, Adventure Challenge Head Counselor, and end-of-the-day Song Leader.

Nathan is a proud graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional H.S., and the oldest of three siblings. He is a musician, a rock climber, and a lover of breakfast foods. Nathan’s warmth, patience, kindness, and experience, combined with his love of working with children, have made him an invaluable member of our Leadership Team.

Amy Podolsky

Director

Amy Podolsky year round bio

Amy Podolsky’s magic bag/toolbox full of Sewataro experiences is overflowing. As a camper parent, Activity Counselor, Fox Tribe Leader, Fox Section Supervisor, Front Office Supervisor, and Community Engagement and Event Manager, Amy’s heart belongs to Camp in all things, big and small. She steps into the role of Director, alongside Nathan, with a great sense of pride, privilege and joy. “I love this camp, I love working with this team, and I cannot wait to do what we do best in 2020…making sure that each day is both special and unique, and that, above all, every camper has an amazing, fun-filled, and meaningful camp experience.” Amy’s infectious enthusiasm is palpable, and she is thrilled to continue to cultivate that sense of community, from the youngest camper to the dedicated staff members who make Sewataro their summer home.

Amy is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication. After spending several years working in television, as a Special Projects Producer, and as a Researcher for the PBS Kids show ZOOM!, Amy’s life changed direction with kids. Thankfully, those signs all led to Sewataro! And, on diving into her Camp career in 2009, Amy says, “I had no idea I was stepping into something that would become such an important part of my life…Sewataro is like home, and this is my summer family." :)

In her free time, Amy enjoys dance, yoga, creative writing, watching movies, and helping out in her community. Above all, she loves her family and friends. Amy hails from Cherry Hill, NJ, and has been living in Sudbury for eighteen years with her husband and their two sons, Josh and Danny.

Emmy Niinimaki

Operations Director

Emmy Niinimaki year round bio

Emmy began her Sewataro career as Assistant Director in 2007, a position she would hold and excel at for many years. Emmy’s role has since evolved, and we are pleased to announce that she is now our Director of Operations. Emmy will continue working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure Camp’s smooth operation and success. She says her favorite part of working at Sewataro is watching campers grow, particularly those that go on to become CITs, and then staff members. "To see how Camp helps to shape campers to be such kind, joyful, confident and respectful people…and to feel like my work plays a part in that growth, is very fulfilling,” she says. As for Traditions, Emmy enjoys them all, and especially Olympics, Chicken Fat and the camp songs. :)

Emmy hails from Cummington, MA, a small town in the western part of the state. She received her BA in Elementary Education and Communications from Keene State College in New Hampshire, and then spent three summers working at a YMCA overnight camp in New Hampshire as the Girl’s Camp Director. Emmy now lives in Westminster, along with her husband, 2 children and their dog, Gabby. Her daughter is a third year camper, and her son is a future Sewatarian. In her free time, Emmy enjoys the outdoors, especially camping, hiking and skiing.

Jeannine Lawless

Assistant Operations Director

Jeannine Lawless year round bio

Jeannine Lawless says she’s in her “second lifetime” at Camp Sewataro, having once been a camper herself, and then a staffer in her teens, working alongside her mom, Pam Madow, who used to run our summer office. In 2014 Jeannine came back to Camp, as both a parent and invaluable member of our office staff. Jeannine has served in several roles since that time, most recently as our Transportation Coordinator. She brings a background in communication and project management and has worked closely with Emmy for many years now. We are thrilled she’s part of the team!

Jeannine hails from Maynard, and holds a B.A. in Communications from Hamilton College. In her down time, Jeannine enjoys reading books, doing Pilates, and spending time with her husband and their two boys. “I love being able to share camp with my kids. Sewataro is truly one-of-a-kind, and the amount of growth children experience over the course of a summer often rivals that of an entire school year. I’m thrilled to watch my kids experience ‘growing up’ at Sewataro like I did!”

Cheryl Percuoco

Business Office Manager

Cheryl Percuoco year round bio

Cheryl joined the Sewataro office team in 2010. Before Sewataro, she studied Psychology at Stonehill College and then went into accounting for 9 years. When her first child was born, Cheryl became a stay-at-home mom, which she continued through the childhood of her 3 children. She returned to the field of accounting in 2004. Cheryl’s role at Sewataro has grown over the years and she now manages the business office and handles camp enrollment.

Cheryl lives in Hudson with her husband, daughter and 2 cats. She enjoys vacationing in New Hampshire, kayaking, reading and spending time with her family. Her favorite part of camp is watching the campers have fun!