Your Guides for the Summer of a Lifetime
Each summer, about 60 adults work at Odyssey Teen Camp, helping us fulfill our mission of delivering a one-of-a-kind, transformative summer experience. Our team members work long hours – but they always make time for having fun! Meet the members of our core staff, who return year after year to help us make OTC a success:
Mary Collins Camp Nurse (RN)
Mary is a nerdy, nonbinary, and neurodivergent Registered Nurse (RN). They spend the year working at a community hospital and have cared for patient populations ranging from newborns to end-of-life. A proud disabilities rights advocate, they have played in multiple all-abilities rock bands, performance projects, and creative collaborations. Mary fell in love with summer camp while working at overnight camps for people with disabilities in California and Germany and is delighted to bring their experience to OTC. Their intimate understanding of sensitivity and difference make them an excellent and attuned asset to teens seeking the resource of a healthcare professional while away from home.
Derek Thomas Director of Operations
Derek’s educational background in performance art and fabrication at Massachusetts College of Art and his involvement in experimental theater makes him the perfect producer for the wacky events and classes that have become a tradition at camp. At OTC, you’ll find Derek collaborating with teens to construct ephemeral sculptures and put on our exciting events. Derek and his team of teenage producers have created glitter-covered drag shows, karaoke parties in the woods, and a parade made up of golf-cart-animal floats.
Georgios Tsangaris Director of Communications
Georgios has been at OTC since its inception in 2002. He’s toured the country with two different circuses, is a published poet and is active in the underground theatre scene in New Orleans – a group that also helps run one of the largest Harm Reduction organizations in Louisiana. Georgios’s favorite part of camp is helping creative, idiosyncratic, and shy teens realize how cool they actually are!
Emily Shuster Wellness Coordinator
Emily thrives in an activated, energetic environment. When Emily finally found her way to OTC in 2021, she quickly fell in love with the passion and creativity of this absolutely unique community. Emily is also a licensed social worker who wears many hats during the off-season, and her history includes working as a case manager, therapist, teacher, and labor organizer. Emily is skilled at supporting the creation of strong bonds, routines, and transformation within and between individuals, groups, and systems. She is delighted to serve as OTC’s Wellness Coordinator, which means that she helps out with communication and problem-solving with campers, caregivers, counselors, health staff, and administrators, both during and outside of camp sessions. Emily tries her best to keep colorful hair scrunchies, a water bottle, and her bicycle nearby at all times.
Alexa Biano Staff Manager
During the year, Alexa works as a teacher and a mechanic and is involved in mutual aid networking around the country. Alexa is an expert at growing and building tradition at camp. She knows how valuable communal spirit is and has helped countless teenagers learn more about themselves and form their most cherished relationships. We are so lucky to have her on our team!
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