Featured Speakers

The NEYCC 2019 Featured Speakers

Roz and Jed Buck

Roz and Jed worked side by side as the Owners/Directors of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp in Long Valley, NJ from 2004-2016.  Their work in Camp dates back to High School when they met as teenagers working at Jeff Lake Camp.  After retiring from full-time Camp ownership, Roz and Jed launched Roz and Jed Training and Consulting to help other Camps make a difference.  Their speaking experience includes many different American Camp Association (ACA) conferences as well as YMCA, JCCA, and Park & Recreation conferences.  In 2016, they were honored as joint recipients of the prestigious ACA Thelma Hurwitz Leadership Award and both serve as Mentors for the Touro University Masters in Camping Program.  They have lived in Millburn, NJ for over 25 years, which is where they raised their 2 children, Melanie and Marc.


Roz is an accomplished leader in the Camp Industry and a proven expert in Camp Culture, Staff Training, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Program Design & Execution, Coaching, Debriefing, Mindfulness, and Writing & Editing.  Roz is known as a sensitive, approachable, hands-on leader.  In addition to her over 30 years of Day Camp experience, she has been a member of the teaching staff of the West Orange Jewish Community Center in their Early Childhood Department and has held many volunteer leadership positions in her community.  She is also a certified leader of intenSati, a cardio workout that inspires mindfulness and intention.

Roz is an active volunteer with the ACA and is on the Board of Directors of SCOPE, a not-for-profit organization that helps send children from underserved communities to not-for-profit resident Camps. She is a past SCOPE Dinner Chair and is a co-founder of the NY/NJ American Camp Association’s Women in Camp affinity group.  She is a published author on a variety of parenting topics.  Roz is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.


Jed had a successful 20-year career in business prior to leaving to work full-time in the Camp industry.  His vast and diverse experience includes Brand Management at Procter & Gamble, Sales & Marketing positions at the ABC Radio Networks, and various positions during 11 years with NY City based MediaAmerica, a Network Radio and Internet pioneer where he rose to President.

Jed chaired the Tri-State Camp Conference from 2014-2016 and the Morry Stein Management Conference in 2011.  He currently serves on the NY/NJ ACA Board and on the ACA National Standards Commission.  He is also an ACA Standards Instructor and Visitor.  In 2015, Jed received a National Service award from ACA National and was also the recipient of the 2012 ACA NY/NJ Howard Patton Award for Outstanding Service.  He is a founding Board Member of NJ-GAP.

He is a proud Syracuse University Alumnus and Orange Fan.  He is a member of his local SU Alumni Board, a Charter Inductee of the S.I. Newhouse School Alumni Gallery and has taught at his Alma Mater as a Visiting Professor.  Jed is committed to making every Camp the best it can possibly be and loves sharing his extensive experience and love for Camp with others.


Sylvia van Meerten

Sylvia van Meerten has been a camp counselor, director, executive director and board member at camps around the country. She has helped to start successful new camps, and currently runs a small camp for kids with autism, peers, and siblings. Sylvia routinely delivers workshops about autism, diversity, leadership, compassion, and happiness for the camp community. She believes in love, loyalty, the Detroit Lions, and the power of great jokes between friends. Sylvia is well-known at her camps for organizing the chores and being a nerd-fan of difficult conversations. She earned her BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, and her Psychology MA from Vermont College. Sylvia lives with her wonderful husband and kids in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Jack Schott

Jack struggles with rules, hearing no, and sitting still, in all the best and worst ways. He and Laura Kriegel are the founders of Camping Coast to Coast, where they spent 2½ years traveling the country. They visited more than 200 summer camps, searching for ways to bring more kids to better camps.  Passionate about creating a place where play could thrive, Jack and Laura put these ideas into action, founding Stomping Ground, an overnight camp dedicated to radical empathy, self-direction, and reimagining a world where more is possible. He is a Directors’ Camp facilitator and co-founder of The Summer Camp Society.  Jack has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an entrepreneur, an ideas-generator, and a creative yet systematic problem-solver.