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The Orchard Academy at Camp Harmony takes great pride in our leadership team who, all totaled, have over 120 years of child care and educational experience. To contact anyone on this page, click here.


Jerry Amedeo, Executive Director
jerry@theorchardacademy.org
(732) 469-9444 ext. 101


After studying at Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) and Fordham University, Jerry Amedeo began his career in education in 1964, taking a teaching and eventually administrative position with Home School of Warrenville, a residential prep school in Warren, NJ.  In 1965 Home School of Warrenville became Somerset Hills Country Day & Boarding School where Jerry continued to work as a teacher and associate head master, becoming Director in 1972 and eventually purchasing the business outright in 1986 as Somerset Hills School & Residential Treatment Center.  Jerry served as Executive Director of Somerset Hills for over 30 years, increasing enrollment, presiding over unheard of staff retention and working hand-in-hand with New Jersey State officials to craft a successful, safe and effective private school for students with disabilities.  Jerry sold Somerset Hills School in 2007 and since then has focused his attention on other state-wide efforts, serving for six years as a Commissioner on the NJ School Ethics Commission, having been appointed by Governor Corzine.  In addition, Jerry served on the Watchung Borough Board of Education for ten years, three of those years as Board President, and was later appointed Commissioner on the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission by Governor Whitman.  In 2005, Jerry won the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year award from the Make-A-Wish foundation for his work with the organization and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Monmouth University.  Jerry continues to serve as Owner and Director of Camp Harmony, celebrating his 52nd summer in 2016.


Carol McArthur-Amedeo, Ed. D., Academic Director
carol@theorchardacademy.org
(732) 469-9444 ext. 102


Dr. Carol McArthur-Amedeo received her doctorate in Educational Administration from Rutgers University in 2008.  She holds a Master’s in Science Education from Fairleigh Dickinson, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Lafayette College (Easton, PA).  After serving as both a teacher and administrator in public and private schools, she began teaching full time at Monmouth University in 2011.  Over the years, Carol has taught preschool and elementary school, science education, and special education.   She holds New Jersey certifications of Teacher of Nursery School, Elementary School Teacher, and Teacher of the Handicapped as well as her NJ Provisional Principal Certificate leading to her standard certification.  Carol has served as the assistant director of a private special education school and has been an administrative intern in public school at the middle and elementary levels.  Carol started at Camp Harmony in 1988, working the first several summers as a Group Leader for the three-year old “Blueberry” groups.  In the mid-1990’s she became the first Division Head for the younger camp and eventually assumed the role of Owner and Director in 1997, which she still holds today.  Currently, she serves on the executive board of directors of Embrace Kids Foundation, providing support to the families of children with severe illnesses.



Joshua Greenbaum, Director
josh@theorchardacademy.org
(732) 469-9444 ext. 104

Joshua Greenbaum spent ten years holding various roles in the non-profit world and in supplemental education.  After studying at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, Josh began his career at Somerset Hills School in Warren, NJ, working as a classroom paraprofessional and spending time in the behavioral services department.  In 2008, Josh left Somerset Hills and began working for Temple Har Shalom, a Reform Jewish synagogue also in Warren, NJ, as Vice Principal of the Religious School where he helped manage over 400 students in kindergarten through twelfth grades.  Josh developed curriculum, managed over 30 teachers and helped to run all administrative aspects of the school.  In 2013, Josh accepted a promotion to the role of Program Director and began directing aspects of the organization’s messaging and communications, creating and implementing global goals and objectives and executing large-scale projects including programmatic, educational and fundraising strategies.  Josh began at Camp Harmony in 1999 and after being a counselor for five years became a Group Leader for the 7 year olds (Pioneer II) in 2004 and 8 year olds (Ranger I) in 2005.  After working with the Program staff on various different responsibilities, Josh was promoted to Program Specialist in 2007 and Assistant Director in 2012, a position he still holds today. He lives in Warren with his wife Elyse, their daughter Shiloh (a Seedling at TOA) and their golden retriever Juno.



Nicole Griffith, Director
nicole@theorchardacademy.org
(732) 469-9444 ext. 105

Nicole Griffith grew up in neighboring Watchung, New Jersey and began attending Camp Harmony at three years old.  Throughout her time as student in high school and later at The University of Delaware, Nicole spent her vacations and winter sessions working as a teachers’ assistant in various classrooms of a private school for children with special needs.  After graduating with a degree in psychology, she began her full time career as a head teacher at a bilingual preschool in New Brunswick, NJ.  Nicole went on to teach elementary special education for twelve years at Somerset Hills School, a private residential school for students with behavioral disabilities.  While there, she earned her Special Education Teaching Certification from Rutgers University and later her Orton-Gillingham Teaching Certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  In her last two years, Nicole worked as a one-on-one reading specialist, helping students with severe learning disabilities through a multisensory, language-based approach.  After more than a dozen years in education, Nicole took on the responsibility of starting a family and with her husband Jack (who she met at Camp) continues to raise three wonderful boys.  In 2012, Nicole restarted her career in elementary education as an in-class resource special education teacher in the Scotch-Plains/Fanwood school district before becoming a Director at The Orchard Academy.  Throughout her life, Nicole spent summers at Camp Harmony, first as a camper and then returning as a gymnastics counselor and specialty head in 1992.  After working as an assistant group counselor, Nicole eventually became a group leader for the 7 year old girls (Willowbrook II) where she would remain until she was promoted to Division Unit Head for the Girls’ side of camp in 2002.  In 2004 she became an Assistant Director, a job that she is still loving today!




Elyse Greenbaum, LCSW, Member – Board of Directors


Mrs. Elyse Greenbaum completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Lafayette College (Easton, PA) and received her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University in spring of 2009.  Elyse began her full-time career in education working as a school social worker and child study team member at Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, NJ, having a wide array of students on her caseload and becoming familiar with the public school structure and NJ Special Education code.  In 2011, Elyse was selected to move to Bloomfield’s in-district school for behavioral disabilities, Bridges Academy at Forest Glenn, serving as their school social worker and managing both a full caseload as well as individualized and group therapy.  Wanting to focus more acutely on the clinical aspects of her job, Elyse took a position in 2013 as school social worker at The Titusville Academy in Titusville, NJ, a private school for students with disabilities and focused on individual therapy, behavior plan implementation and social skills education. Currently, she works as a clinician for Effective School Solutions with a caseload of students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional High School.  Besides having experience in an array of public and private school settings, Elyse received her NJ School Social Worker Certificate, certification in Post-Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) and Psychological First Aid (PFA) from the Traumatic Loss Coalition, New Jersey’s primary youth suicide prevention program funded by the Department of Children & Families, Division of Children’s System of Care.  Elyse began her career at Camp Harmony as a camper at three years old and eventually returned as an assistant counselor in 2001.  Elyse would eventually become a Group Leader for the 8 year old girls (Shangri-La I) in 2006, Division Unit Head for the Upper Camp in 2010 and was promoted to Assistant Director for the Summer 2015 season.


Mr. Jack Griffith, Ed. M., Member – Board of Directors


Mr. Jack Griffith has spent the last ten years working for Somerset Hills School, a private school for disabled students in Warren, NJ.  After studying at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), Jack took a job as a paraprofessional, working in both residential and day student classrooms and helping the teachers with all aspects of instruction and student behavior management.  Jack’s talents were apparent as he was given increasing responsibility school-wide, helping to run programs and clubs and spending time working in the behavioral services department helping to de-escalate student crises and implement behavior plans.  Jack was recognized for his talents and received ASAH’s Region 2 Paraprofessional of the Year Award in 2009 and was one of four finalists for the top statewide honor.  In 2014, Jack completed his Masters of Education in Learning, Cognition and Development from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.  Currently he works as a seventh grade special education teacher at Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, NJ teaching language arts, literacy and writing workshop.  Jack began at Camp Harmony in 2000 as a counselor for the 7 year old boys (Pioneer II) and would, over the next few years, take turns as Archery and Ropes Specialty Head, becoming certified in both until his promotion to Assistant Director, a job he still holds today.