About Us

Camp Starfish is a unique environment, and one of the only camps to offer a one-to-one camper-to-counselor ratio.

Our History

Founded in 1998 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, we are led by a fantastic and talented Board of Directors and Year-Round Staff team.

The organization was named after a widely-known adaptation of The Starfish Thrower, originally by Loren Eiseley, inspired by the vision that individualized attention can help children to begin to see themselves as valued and valuable members of the community.

At Camp Starfish, the tale reminds all of us, variously, that we:

  • Can make a difference in the lives of others
  • Can take on that which society tells us cannot be done and effect life-change
  • Will never be left alone to fend for ourselves
  • Can do one small thing that inspires others to act, creating a ripple effect
  • Are part of something bigger than any individual barriers we may face

Our Mission

Camp Starfish fosters the success and growth of children with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges by providing individualized attention as part of structured, nurturing and fun group programs.

Meet Our Year Round Team

We often get asked “what we do” all year-round.

It takes a team of dedicated and hard-working individuals to make Starfish run! During the “off-season,” the year-round staff spends time fundraising to ensure that each child in need can receive scholarship dollars, hiring our summer team of over 100 young adults, getting to know and enrolling campers for the upcoming summer and working with their families, service providers and schools to ensure a positive transition to camp; and developing new and improved summer and year-round programs. In addition, we run respite weekends and year-round activities.

You can reach us by email or by phone at 978-637-2617 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, all year long. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jamie Mahnken

Executive Director
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Sarah York

Director of Operations
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Kristie Martin

Program Director
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Rachel Roberts

Director of Staff Experience
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Danielle Lubbers

Camp Director
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Joe Clark

Assistant Director
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David Mahnken, LICSW

Mental Health Consultant
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Laura Petersen

Staff Experience Support

Emily Golinsky

Development & Special Projects

Board of Directors

Starfish is very lucky to have such an involved, active, hard-working Board of Directors. These dedicated individuals ensure that Starfish is a vibrant, forward-thinking organization and a positive place for children.

Janet Boswell


Michael Ross


Angel Santos Burres


Dr. Carrie Endries


Melody Leferman

Courtney Apgar

Aimee Tang, MD

Marie Bober

Christoper Aguilar

If you are interested in serving the organization at the board level, please reach out to our Executive Director.

Danielle Lubbers

Danielle joined Camp Starfish in the spring of 2023 as Camp Director. Originally working with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Danielle has ten years of experience providing programming to children, outdoor skills training for adults, and directing overnight summer camp experiences.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her two-year old Dalmatian, Mia. Danielle’s favorite activity at camp is raft building, as she enjoys seeing campers and staff work together to complete a team goal. Her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is “We are here to learn, grow, and have fun!”

David Mahnken

David Mahnken is Camp Starfish’s Mental Health Consultant. He provides staff training each summer on topics such as self-care, trauma-informed care practices, and health & wellness. David also provides support and consultation to the organization throughout the year. David holds a BA from St. Olaf College and an MSW from Simmons University. David is a LICSW who works in emergency services in addition to his own private practice in Massachusetts.

Prior to becoming a social worker, David’s first experience at camp was as a counselor in the early 2000s before becoming an administrator and member of the year-round team. His favorite camp activity is swim-I (swim instruction), and his favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We make camp a safe place.”

Staff photo of Joe

Joe Clark

As the Assistant Director at Camp Starfish, Joe is a seasoned professional who is well-versed in all aspects of camp life. With five years of summer work at Starfish, he brings extensive experience and expertise to the camp year-round. Joe is from the UK, and holds a degree from Keele University. Joe works as a support worker in the UK, providing care to individuals with disabilities, since 2019. Joe also engages in volunteer work, including spending three months in Abrobiano, Ghana.

Joe is known at camp for his charming English accent, which campers often try to replicate! His favorite camp activity is playing soccer (football) on the field, and his favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “I take responsibility for my actions.”

Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts is the Director of Staff Experience at Camp Starfish, responsible for all things staffing and groups. With a degree in Anthropology, and a Certificate in Global Citizenship from Franklin Pierce University, Rachel brings a unique perspective to her role. She oversees hiring, onboarding, retention, and staff appreciation for the 100+ seasonal staff at Camp Starfish each summer. Rachel has been a part of the Starfish team since 2016, working in various seasonal roles. She joined the Year-Round Team full-time in 2022.

As a lifelong New Hampshire resident, Rachel enjoys hiking in the woods with her dog, Clover. Her favorite camp activity is Free Play, and her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We respect each other’s differences.”

Kristie Martin

Kristie Martin is Camp Starfish’s Program Director, responsible for ensuring that each camper receives a structured, supportive, and fun program during both summer and year-round weekends. With her degree in Applied Psychology & Human Development from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, Kristie has a deep understanding of child development and uses this knowledge to create a nurturing environment for all campers.

Kristie grew up in the Monadnock region and takes pride in being a local. Kristie’s favorite camp activity is the Camper Talent Show, which she believes is the perfect opportunity for campers to showcase their skills and feel comfortable sharing with the community. Her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is, “I try my best, I do not have to be the best.”

Sarah York

Sarah York is the Director of Operations at Camp Starfish, joining the team in the Spring of 2022. She brings with her a wealth of professional experience working in both mental health and human resources. Sarah’s role at Camp Starfish is crucial in ensuring that camp runs smoothly, and she is available to assist families every step of the way through the registration process. If you call the Starfish office, Sarah will likely be who you speak with first!

With her dedication to helping others and her commitment to creating a positive camp experience for every child, it’s no wonder that her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We are members of a team.”

Jamie Mahnken

Jamie Mahnken is Camp Starfish’s Executive Director, and has been an integral part of the Camp Starfish community since 2010, serving in a variety of roles. With a degree in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University, Jamie is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for every camper, staff member, and volunteer.

As a North Carolina native, Jamie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Her favorite camp activity is kayaking to Blueberry Island, which is a meaningful and memorable experience for many campers, as well. Jamie’s favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “I am flexible and open to change.”