The three members of our leadership team have more than 100 years of combined experience working with individuals with special needs, and 86 years in the camping industry!
Ari Segal, MSW
Hi, I’m Ari, and I have been the Director of Camp Lee Mar
I first became involved in working with the special needs community because of my lifelong exposure to my dad’s pioneering work with The Guided Tour, Inc.
, a supervised vacation program for adults with special needs. From the time I could walk, I was going on Guided Tour trips with my dad, and spending a lot of time with these adults. As I became older and started leading trips, I began to truly understand the importance of working with this population. Today, I direct The Guided Tour and continue to carry out my father’s work.
In 1998, my wife Abby and I welcomed our first child, Zachary, into our family. Zachary has special needs and was a camper at Lee Mar
. Zachary has enhanced my first-hand knowledge and understanding of what it is like to be a parent of a special needs child. This has reinforced my mission of providing a growth-producing, memorable life experience for our campers with special needs.
I received a degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!), and a Master of Social Work from Temple University. When I am not at camp, I live near Philadelphia with my wife, Abby, and our three children.
My Favorite Camp Meal: Turkey Sloppy Joes
My Favorite Camp Activity: Social Dance
My Favorite Special Event: Fourth of July
Lynsey Trohoske, PGCE
Head of Admissions
Hey there, I’m Lynsey, and I have been at Camp Lee Mar since 1998! I started out as a general counselor, but now I work year-round with the program, interviewing new campers and families, hiring staff, and planning each exciting summer! I work hard to ensure each camper’s program is tailored to their individual needs, and I am in close contact with parents throughout the summer.
My daughter, Maddie, was born in 2010. Despite having worked with the special needs population for a decade, hearing Maddie’s diagnosis of autism was not easy. I can truly empathize with Lee Mar parents, which is why I love communicating with them and making sure they are comfortable with everything happening at camp.
Lee Mar has played such a pivotal role in Maddie’s growth, and it is incredibly important to me that every camper has an amazing experience at camp, just like she has had.
I received a degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wales, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Manchester. When I’m not at camp, I live outside Philadelphia with my husband, Don (whom I met at Lee Mar), and our three daughters.
Favorite Camp Meal: Baked Oatmeal
Favorite Camp Activities: Music, Art, and Drama
Favorite Special Event: Carnival
Laura Leibowitz, M.Ed
Hi everyone, I’m Laura, and I have been at Camp Lee Mar since 1982! In addition to being Assistant Director and Academic Coordinator, I lead the Camper Worker Program that provides career training and job preparation for our older campers.
I have been a special education teacher in New Jersey for more than 30 years, and I am certified in school administration (Principal and Supervisor Certification). I am also on the AttachAvi Autism Board of Directors, where I support life enhancement programs for people on the autism spectrum.
I received both a Special Education degree and a Master in Education from Rutgers University. When not at camp, I live in New Jersey with my husband, Seth (whom I met at Lee Mar), and our three children.
My Favorite Camp Meal: Pasta
My Favorite Camp Activity: Academics
My Favorite Special Event: Camp Sing