Founder and President of The Family Schools, Inc., Marcia Galazzi holds an MEd from Harvard University, and a BA from Simmons College. Marcia has over a half-century of experience in recreation programming and is a national leader in early childhood education. She is a passionate organizer in our local community serving as past president of the board of directors of the Orleans Academy of Performing Arts and of the Nauset Rotary Club. Marcia has five grandchildren, all of whom have attend BDC and some of whom are now on staff at camp. When not at work, Marcia can be found with her husband, Stefan enjoying a kayak paddle or sail in Little Pleasant Bay. She is passionate about reading, writing, and cooking her favorite Italian recipes with her extended family close by. Marcia is an alumna of Three Pines Camp for Girls in Gray, Maine.
Camp Director and Treasurer of The Family Schools, Inc., Milisa “misa” Galazzi holds an MA in Art and Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design, a BA from Brown University in Studio Art, and has 25+ years of leadership experience at BDC. Milisa and her husband, David Michel, along with their Standard Poodle Indigo, are often joined by their two college-age sons, Dan and Max – both of whom attended and work at BDC. In addition to directing camp, Milisa is a professional artist who sells and exhibits her work internationally. She also enjoys hiking, yoga, meditation, swimming, biking, running, and baking delicious desserts. She is an alumna of Nashoba Day Camp in Littleton, Massachusetts and Pleasant Bay Camp in South Orleans, Massachusetts.
Business Advisor and Board Secretary of The Family Schools, Inc., Chris Galazzi holds a BS from Georgetown University with a dual major in Economics and Philosophy. Chris oversees the physical plant at 3570 Main Street as well as provides strategic thinking for long term planning and offers thoughtful feedback on day-to-day operations. In addition to his work at camp and school, Chris is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and is an elected official to the Nauset Regional School Committee. Chris and his wife Alisa, have three teenage daughters: Francesca, Michela, and Eliana – all of whom attended TFS and BDC. When relaxing, Chris can be found cooking a huge dinner for his family, biking on the Rail Trail, surfing off Nauset Beach, sailing any boat that is close by, or fixing anything that is broken. Throughout his high school and college summers, Chris joined his sister Milisa, working together at BDC, and creating many of the camp traditions which still exist today.
Assistant Camp Director & CFO, Rob Glancy works year-round with BDC and TFS Inc. After a hiatus in the banking world, Rob has over a decade of professional experience in camping. A native New Englander, Rob has summered on Cape Cod his entire life. He holds a BS in Journalism & Public Relations from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a graduate of the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. He may be most familiar to our camp parents, as he mans the Winter Office, waves the BDC flag at camp fairs and conferences across the country, and leads our Winter and Summer Office Teams coordinating camper enrollment, staff hiring, and manages all vendor relationships. In addition to juggling a million little pieces for BDC, Rob enjoys travel, food, skiing, golf and being on the water. Rob is an alumnus of Winona Camp for Boys in Bridgeton, Maine.
Associate Director, David Michel holds an MA from the University of Chicago in Political Theory and a BA from Amherst College. He serves as Co-Director of College Counseling and teaches History at The Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island. David has been a member of the BDC Family for more than two decades and has been a teacher/administrator since 1987. David oversees all of BDC’s accreditation materials and Standards Visits from the American Camp Association. An avid fisherman and football aficionado, David also enjoys canoe camping, woodworking, and cooking. David is an alumnus of Camp Nebagamon for Boys in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin.
Camper Life Director, Jen Cronin holds a Master of Education in Counseling from Providence College and a BA in Psychology from Stonehill College. Jen is a high school guidance counselor in the off-season. Prior to her current role at camp, Jen spent two summers as a BDC Tent Counselor and then joined the year-round Family School faculty as an assistant teacher and after-school program coordinator. Jen values time with her family and friends, is an avid sports fan, and enjoys beach days, photography, skiing, and running.
Equipment & Safety Director, Adam Pettengill holds an MS from Wheelock College in Early Childhood Education and Child Development as well as a BS in Geology from Bates College, where he was on the sailing team and was a member of the outing club. Adam is part of the year-round faculty of The Family School, working with all ages of young children. For many years, Adam was a stay-at-home dad raising his two children who are now in college and in graduate school. He is an active member of the Cape Cod Vikings Rowing Club and likes to spend as much time on the water as possible! During the summer months, Adam can be found on our waterfront ensuring the safety of campers and staff on and around our fleet of sail boats, canoes, and kayaks.
Off Campus Activities Director, Morgan Rae Chase holds a BA from Elon College dual degree in Journalism & Photography, and an MA in Elementary Education from Lesley University. Morgan has worked in the BDC Pool for more summers than we can count, and has been a year-round toddler teacher at The Family School for an additional four years. She could swim before she could walk and has been teaching swim lessons since the age of fourteen. Morgan values her friendships, family, and her continuing professional development while being a true New England sports fan no matter the seasonal outcome. Morgan loves the beach on a hot day, the laughter of children, and the excitement of the unknown!
Camper Leader Director, Taryn vanEsselstyn holds a BA in Studio Art from The City College of New York. Taryn is a native Cape Codder having played basketball for Harwich High School. During her college summers, Taryn worked at BDC as a Tent Counselor. Certified in belaying and facilitating high and low ropes, Taryn managed BDC’s Low Ropes Course prior to overseeing our 9th and 10th grade Camper Leaders in BDC’s popular job-skills, life-skills training program for young teenagers. Taryn draws and paints whenever she has a spare moment as well as turns forgotten furniture into restored pieces which she sells at consignment shops on Cape Cod.
Co-Facilities Director, Richard Peterson has been working at BDC for fifteen years. During that time, he has held several positions including: Tent Counselor, Archery and MUGS Head, and Camper Leader Director prior to his current work at BDC. Rich holds an MA in Education. When he is not at BDC, he can be found at the Nauset Regional Middle School teaching 8th grade U.S. History and coaching the Track & Field Team. Richard lives year round on Cape Cod with his wife and three children who also attend BDC!
Co-Facilities Director, Scott Rizzo holds a BA in Political Science and U.S. History from Roanoke College. In the summer of 2003, Scott joined the BDC family and has remained close to camp for more than a decade. Scott began his time at BDC as a Tent Counselor, then became Admirals Hill Head for four summers. After three seasons as Program Director, he now joins Richard as Co-Facilities Director making sure that our campus is beautiful and functional. In the winter months, Scott works as an after-school program teacher for elementary age children. Scott is passionate about shaping the lives of young people. He enjoys playing ice hockey, and spending time with his close friends and his nieces and nephews.
Directors of the Young Children’s Program (campers under age five click here for details) School Director, Carolyn O’Leary, and Assistant School Director, Jane Douglass, lead the year-round Family School and Salt Box Schools, which include the summer Young Children’s Program for BDC campers under the age of five.