Our Staff

Camp Nubar head staff and counselors have been selected based on their background, experience, training and interest in working with children. They have completed a comprehensive training session on safety, activities procedures and child care. Most of our staff is certified in First Aid and CPR.

Our staff consists primarily of Senior Counselors (ages 18+) and Junior Counselors (age 17), many of whom have evolved from campers and counselors-in-training and have developed a deep love and respect for our Camp. We also employ international counselors through Camp America, an organization dedicated to providing camps with highly qualified staff from countries around the world. These staff members provide campers with exposure to a variety of cultures and a fresh and unique perspective on the world around us. In addition, our Director, Assistant Director, Waterfront Director, Boys’ Head Counselor, Girls’ Head Counselor and Camp Nurse all oversee the ongoing operations of the camp and provide leadership and guidance to our counselors.

Meet Our 2017 Staff

Jennifer Omartian, Director (Longmeadow, MA)

Jen brings experience, dedication and a true love for Camp to the job. Her connection to Camp began long before her first time as a camper in 1993 hearing stories from her mother and family. After her own first summer, Jen’s love for Camp Nubar, its traditions and connections became a permanent part of her life.She has returned summer after summer since 1993 climbing the ranks as counselor, Activities Director, Girls’ Head Counselor and Assistant Director. Jen understands every facet of the operation of Camp – from welcoming new campers to managing activities in efficient and fun ways. Her true appreciation for Camp Nubar and the Armenian experience it provides to campers and counselors each year is made clear not only during her time at Camp but throughout the year as she maintains her connections from the past 23 years.

Jen grew up in Longmeadow, MA and earned a master’s degree in Middle School Education at James Madison University. She currently teaches eighth grade English and history in West Hartford, CT. Her longstanding commitment to Camp, education and professional experience make her an integral part of the Camp Nubar family.

Gregory Basmajian, Caretaker (Commack, NY)

Camp Nubar is maintained year-round by our caretaker, Greg Basmajian. Greg’s connection to Camp Nubar spans decades and generations. In the 1970s, Greg spent four summers at Camp, working in the kitchen, as a Senior Counselor and as Boys Head Counselor in 1979. His father, Robert Basmajian, with much help and support from his loving wife, Jean, was our dedicated Camp caretaker from 1984 to 2002.

Greg is a successful architect and drafted the blueprints for every new building in Camp, starting with the Infirmary and most notably the Nazarian Center. Greg and his wife, Rosemary, own a home just off Fall Clove Road and have been part of the local community for years. Their children, Zach, Jackie, and Danny have joined in the family tradition, attending Camp throughout their childhood. His professional background and commitment to Camp make him a valuable member of the Camp Nubar family.

Brenda Yazujian, Girls’ Head Counselor (Towamencin, PA)

Brenda is extremely excited to spend another amazing summer at Nubar. This will be her 12th summer at camp, and she will be following her parents footsteps of being Boys/Girls Head. Brenda is from Towamencin Pennsylvania, and recently graduated from Marist College with a BS in Fashion Merchandising.

Patrick Agababian, Boys’ Head Counselor (Scarsdale, NY)

Patrick is very excited to be coming back as Boys Head Counselor, as this will be his 6th summer back at camp. In his previous years as a counselor, Patrick has taught sports, arts and crafts, basketball, camp craft, and archery. He is excited to use what he has learned from his past summers as a counselor to help contribute to another great summer. Patrick recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management and is from Scarsdale, New York.

Aris Mardirossian, Waterfront Director (Annapolis, MD)

Pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters Degree in Material Science and Engineering. This is Aris’ 10th year at camp – Camper for 4 years, Counselor for 5 years prior (on Waterfront!) He extremely excited to be back with the camp family and can’t wait to help make the lake everyone’s favorite place!

Lisa Stansfield, Health Director (Berne, NY)

Lisa will be joining us for her seventh summer as the Health Director. She has been a practicing Nurse since 1992. Lisa is looking forward to another safe and fun summer at Camp.

Alex Di Stasi, Program Coordinator (Astoria, NY)

Alex has been a part of the Camp Nubar family since he was 11 years old. He has spent the last 16 summers in a number of different roles, including Camper, Counselor, Boys’ Head, IT/DMV Coordinator, and his current role as Program Coordinator. Alex is absolutely pumped for his third year working full time for Camp Nubar and can’t wait to make the trip up to camp for another amazing summer! He is from Astoria, Queens and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from NYU.