Our Team

Meet our experienced and passionate leadership team. We've spent more than 180 years at Buck's Rock. We’re so excited to meet you!

NOAH SALZMAN
Executive Director
5 Years at Buck's Rock

SCOTT KRAITERMAN
Camp Director
23 Years at Buck's Rock

BEVERLEY CANEPARI
Administrative Director
26 Years at Buck's Rock

ROB KUROPATWA
Program Director
28 Years at Buck's Rock

NICOLE SINGER
Program Director
15 Years at Buck's Rock

SAM KUSNETZ
Director of Performing Arts
22 Years at Buck's Rock

ANDREW MARATHAS
Director of Creative Arts
11 Years at Buck's Rock

SONYA KUROPATWA
Director of Dance
25 Years at Buck's Rock

BEN SCHERER
CIT Program Coordinator
12 Years at Buck's Rock

CASEY REDPATH
CIT Program Coordinator
9 Years at Buck's Rock

IZZY ATKINSON
Junior Camper Program Coordinator
14 Years at Buck's Rock


Noah Salzman

I’m a glass-blowing, ping-pong-playing, CAMP director

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In 1981, I discovered my passion at Buck’s Rock. It was glassblowing. Sure, I did other things like woodworking, jewelry making and playing softball, but it was blowing glass that captured my imagination. Little did I know that my first summer at Buck’s Rock would shape my entire life. It opened up opportunities to work with glass superstars like Dale Chihuly and led to my attending RISD. Buck’s Rock also gave me the confidence to trust my instincts, which led me to pursue another passion—education. I have been a teacher, a principal and now I’ve got an educational consulting company. What’s really amazing is that my story isn’t unique. There are 75 years of young adults who went to Buck’s Rock and have gone on to pursue their passions.

YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 5

CURRENT POSITIONS: Executive Director. 

HOMETOWN: I was born in New York City. Live in San Francisco but consider Buck’s Rock my home.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK: I look for great Buck's Rockers.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I wanted to be a teacher.

FAVORITE FOOD: Buck’s Rock roasted corn.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: I love to blow glass, play ping pong, shoot archery, cook, practice martial arts, sail, create, explore, experiment, learn, teach, and share.

FAVORITE SAYING: Once a Buck’s Rocker, always a Buck’s Rocker.

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: Glass blowing, but culinary is a close second.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: My mom wrote a book about my life. Well her’s too.

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: Mastering a new hobby.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Ringing the gong.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Buck’s Rocky Road.

PROUDEST MOMENTS: The births of my son and daughter.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Underdog.

WHERE'S YOUR HAPPY PLACE: The Farm.

SECRET AMBITION: To be on stage at Buck's Rock.

OBSESSION: Gadgets. I’m a gadget geek.

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Scott Kraiterman

I’m a guitar-playing, Softball-loving, camp director.

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 23 summers: 5 as a Camper/CIT, 18 as Staff

CURRENT POSITION: Camp Director

HOMETOWN: Sharon, MA

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I’m a school psychologist and therapist in a self-contained therapeutic and behavior disabilities school in Piscataway, New Jersey. 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? A paleontologist, rock star, or pediatrician. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Sushi and steamed dumplings.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: I love to ski, travel, play guitar, go to the movies, build computers, go running, cook, and follow Boston sports.

FAVORITE SAYING: How can I help?

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: Metals/Jewelry. I worked there for five years as a junior counselor and staff member.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I’ve been attending Buck’s Rock since I was 12 years old.

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: I can shred heavy metal guitar.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Walking around camp during shop hours and spending time with campers. I love seeing what projects are being worked on and encouraging campers to think outside the box!

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Mint chocolate chip.

PROUDEST MOMENT: Receiving my doctorate in psychology in May, 2015.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: Buck’s Rock!

SECRET AMBITION: To play lead guitar on “Master of Puppets” at the Buck's Rock Tribute Show.

OBSESSION: The New England Patriots.

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Beverley Canepari

I’m a blogging, dancing, administrative director.

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 26, all as staff.

CURRENT POSITION: Administrative Director

HOMETOWN: Glasgow, Scotland…now, New Milford, CT.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I’m always at Buck’s Rock! I have the dream life of living here year round with my husband, Forrest Canepari, Buck’s Rock's Operations Director. 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? Fashion designer, dancer, or administrator (like my dad).

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Warm bread & butter.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Blog, Jazzercise, travel, eat.

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: Animal farm and batik.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I started my career at Buck’s Rock when I traveled from Scotland to work in the kitchen for the summer… in 1992!

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: I can twirl a baton and milk a goat, just not at the same time.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Seeing people experience the magic of Buck’s Rock for the first time.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Chunky caramel.

PROUDEST MOMENT:  I co-founded a successful blog, Unlocking Connecticut.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: Kayaking on the Housatonic River.

SECRET AMBITION: Social media mogul.

OBSESSION: Blogging, iPhone, and whatever I’m currently binge-watching on Netflix!

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Rob Kuropatwa

I’m a music-teaching, naomi-raising, camp program director

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 28 summer: camper 1979-1982; staff 1983, 1994, 1996-present.

CURRENT POSITION: Program Director

HOMETOWN: Rye Brook, NY

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? Be dad, teach music and run an in-home arts education company.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? A musician.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Tandoori Chicken.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Eat Tandoori Chicken, explore new places with Naomi, spend time in nature.

FAVORITE SAYING: Cheese kills.

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: Mushed.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I briefly worked for Dr. Landy as Brian Wilson's personal assistant.

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: Determining the color temperature of a light bulb (when it's on).

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Getting to meet and become friends with our BR community each summer.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Chocolate Jalapeño.

PROUDEST MOMENT: Naomi's Bat Mitzvah.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Banana Splits.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: California.

SECRET AMBITION: To win the lottery (without playing) and relocate to California to help Noah build Buck's Rock West!

OBSESSION: High definition audio releases.

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Nicole Singer

I'm a pottery-making, sea-chantey-singing, program director. 

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 15 summers over the course of 18 years: 4 as a camper, 2 as a CIT, 9 as staff. 

CURRENT POSITION: Program Director

HOMETOWN: New York City

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I teach art at a public elementary school in Amherst, Massachusetts, and I love it. 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? A teacher! Though it took me a while to figure out that I wanted to teach art. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Pasta. Any kind. 

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Teaching, learning, teaching other people about teaching & learning, making art, geeking about old sailing ships and folk music. 

FAVORITE SAYING: Time exists so that everything doesn't happen all at once; space exists so that everything doesn't happen TO YOU. 

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: Ceramics! I worked in that shop for many years. 

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I have an archery instructor license, and will sometimes teach archery at camp. 

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: Finding exactly the right sized storage container for whatever amount of leftovers I have.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Helping staff learn how to teach, and hearing their teaching stories. 

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Raspberry sorbet and anything chocolate. 

PROUDEST MOMENT: When a student tells me they've mastered something that they didn't think they could do at first. 

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: The tunes my students hum when they're performing their own animated shorts and puppet shows in my art classes. 

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: The Ceramics shop, either up by the gas kiln or on the front porch. 

SECRET AMBITION: If I ever had the time to work on it, I'd love to be a tattoo artist. 

OBSESSION: Traditional folk music! I sing old songs, and I organize folk music and dance festivals when I'm not teaching art. I get especially nerdy about maritime music. 

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Sam Kusnetz

I’m a guitar-playing, picture-taking, director of performing arts.

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 22 summers: 2 camper years, 1 cit, 19 staff.

CURRENT POSITION: Director of Performing Arts 

HOMETOWN: New York City

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I work for a theater software company, and in many off-broadway theaters as an associate sound designer.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? A scientist.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? I love pasta.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Walking my dog, going to the movies with Alana, playing music with friends, driving to camp.

FAVORITE SAYING: The faster a salmon swims upstream, the sooner he forgets why he was swimming so fast in the first place.

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: I don’t like to play favorites, so I’ll answer this one only from an architectural perspective: I think the painting studio is one of the nicest buildings on camp.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I once built a musical instrument out of an Arduino and a dozen bell peppers.

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: I can do a killer moose call.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Walking campers and CITs home after a late rehearsal. Camp is so peaceful at night.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Vanilla! I love vanilla!

PROUDEST MOMENT: Seeing former campers become counselors and teach younger campers.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: The original Duck Tales theme song is sixty seconds of pure brilliance.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: The booth porch at the summer theater.

SECRET AMBITION: To have a photograph I took published in National Geographic.

OBSESSION: Flashlights. I’m obsessed with flashlights.

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Andrew Marathas

I’M A paint-mixing, ARTIST-FIRST, DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE ARTS.

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 11 summers, all as staff.

CURRENT POSITION: Director of Creative Arts

HOMETOWN: Easton, Massachusetts.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I’m a contributing faculty member at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? Honestly?? Oceanographer.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Seaweed salad. Relish. Daisies.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Ordering art supplies and using them. Jotting ideas. Teaching others.

FAVORITE SAYING: Experience is the mother of wisdom.

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: I always marvel at how elaborate all of the productions in the summer theater end up being. The kind of organizational effort slamming together on-stage to make cool memories happen is something that I rarely encounter outside of camp.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I used to work in what is now the Computer Arts & Maker Shop, among other select areas around camp.

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: I can whistle, but only by pulling in air, as opposed to out.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Unboxing new supplies with campers in a huge group. Tearing cardboard. Admiring fresh sketchbooks. Cultivating possibility.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Dark cherry.

PROUDEST MOMENT: Being humbled by how seriously campers take to evening drawing and painting sessions. Sensing real growth in a painting.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Batman: The Animated Series, or ‘90s X-Men. Futurama.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: The remote path from the gong to Computers. There’s happiness in beginnings.

SECRET AMBITION: To write like Cormac McCarthy.

OBSESSION: Movie popcorn.

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Sonya Kuropatwa

I’m A choreography-craving, Sanskrit-spouting, director of dance

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 25 summers, all as staff.

CURRENT POSITION: Director of Dance

HOMETOWN: Atlanta, GA

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I’m a Yoga Teacher, I facilitate Yoga Teacher Trainings, I choreograph, and I raise a 13 year old Buck’s Rocker!

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? Dance teacher and choreographer.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Sushi.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Laugh, dance, teach, move, sing, meditate, and share my quirky outlook with anyone willing to tolerate it.

FAVORITE SAYING: Be who you needed when you were younger.

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: The Dance Studio, with LSD (Lighting & Sound Design) as a distant but beloved 2nd place.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I have very mild synesthesia (number/color and auditory/visual).

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: I can find a metaphor or analogy in pretty much any mundane thing.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Being a rung on the ladder of a dancer’s rise to success. Rehearsals are where that happens, by the way. What happens on stage is only a peek through the window of the entirety of their experience.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Green tea.

PROUDEST MOMENT: I get very Professor Slugworth-y about former students who go on to make good on their talents. I brag obnoxiously, but I can’t help it... because current and former Buck’s Rockers are *always* making good on their talents.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Animaniacs.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: Anywhere fellow Buck’s Rockers gather. Two months out of the year, that’s the Buck’s Rock campus. In the other 10 months, the spirit of the place goes where our citizens go.

SECRET AMBITION: To sing at Staff On Stage.

OBSESSION: The West Wing.

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Ben Scherer

I’M A MUSIC-CREATING, COFFEE-PREPARING, CIT PROGRAM COORDINATOR.

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 12 summers: 2 camper, 1 CIT, 9 staff.

CURRENT POSITION: CIT Program Coordinator.

HOMETOWN: Pleasantville, NY

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I work as a barista in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan and run a small recording studio in Pleasantville, NY. By night, I can occasionally be found somewhere in NYC onstage performing live music.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? When I was very young I used to say I wanted to be a paleontologist. I was obsessed with Jurassic Park, The American Museum of Natural History, and all things dinosaur-related.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Smoked salmon and anything pickled.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Creating/performing/nerding out about music, playing basketball (that’s right I like music AND sports), making plans and following through on them.

FAVORITE SAYING: When you’re here, you’re family.®

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: I’ve spent a decade in Studio 59, the camp recording studio, so that shop means a lot to me. As an observer, I’ve always been fascinated/impressed by the work coming out of the dance studio and batik.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: My older sister was a camper at Buck’s Rock for three summers!

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: I’m an incredible snapper, and I’ll gladly demonstrate this for you.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Being a presence in young people’s lives as they learn more about themselves, piece by piece. I’m routinely in awe of how much growth is possible in one summer.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Chocolate chip cookie dough or mint chocolate chip.

PROUDEST MOMENT: Watching (or performing with!) my campers and CIT’s in Rock Café and the Tribute Show.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Pokémon.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: Upstairs at The Cookhouse during a thunderstorm with a group of Buck’s Rockers.

SECRET AMBITION: To own and operate a state-of-the-art, multi-room recording facility.

OBSESSION: NBA basketball.

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Casey Redpath

I’m a jewelry-making, dog-loving, CIT Program Coordinator.

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 9 summers– 2 as a camper, 2 as a glass CIT, 2 as a metals counselor, 2 as a house counselor, and 1 as a junior camper counselor. This year makes 10!

CURRENT POSITION: CIT Program Coordinator.

HOMETOWN: Needham, Massachusetts

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I’m a clinician in a therapeutic high school.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? A therapist, artist, or preschool teacher.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Any kind of bread.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Spending time with my dog, watching Food Network, taking naps, cooking/baking new recipes, and thinking about the summer.

FAVORITE SAYING: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: I don’t think I’ll ever be able to choose between metals and glass.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: My hands are so small that I have to buy kid-sized gloves.

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: I can instantly taste if food/drinks are artificially sweetened.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Getting to see all the incredible accomplishments of campers and counselors alike over the course of the summer.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Brownie batter.

PROUDEST MOMENT: Earning my Master’s degree in Social Work.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Spongebob Squarepants.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: Buck’s Rock!

SECRET AMBITION: To get a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy.

OBSESSION: All things coffee, my Cricut machine, fidgets, dogs.

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Izzy Atkinson

I'm a painting, sketching, junior camper program coordinator.

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 14 years: 5 years as camper, 2 years as a CIT, 7 years as staff.

CURRENT POSITION: Junior Camper Program Coordinator.

HOMETOWN: London, England.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I am currently training to be an elementary school teacher.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? Artist/teacher.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Sushi.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Draw, read, watch a good movie.

FAVORITE SAYING: If you can dream it you can do it!

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: Painting.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I have worked at camp in visual arts, performing arts, and guidance!

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: My left thumb is double jointed.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Working with the coolest kids!

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Hazelnut.

PROUDEST MOMENT: Becoming an Auntie... all three times!

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Pokémon.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: Buck's Rock!

SECRET AMBITION: To illustrate children's books.

OBSESSION: Chocolate and Tea.

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