Tara Carr became the proud leader at Camp SAM in 2008, after spending 8 years as a Guidance Counselor in the New Jersey Public School System. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Princeton University and her graduate degree is in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. Tara’s passions at camp include program development, staff training and camper engagement. Tara and her husband Michael are proud parents of two daughters who both attend Camp SAM.
Monica Riela began her journey at Camp SAM in 2007 as a counselor and has filled several administrative roles on her way to her current position as Co-Director. Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Rider University. In addition to her year-round camp responsibilities, Monica is also a School Therapeutic Worker in the Philadelphia School System.
Together Tara and Monica have dedicated their professional lives to improving the health and happiness of children in various settings including, social services, psychiatric hospitals, group homes, the public school system, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and more. They continue their work as the proud leaders of a group of dynamic professionals in camping at Camp SAM. Their sound guidance, steady leadership, and unwavering commitment guarantees the enduring traditions held so dear to all current and previous campers of Camp SAM.