Camp Cranberry Staff
Camp Director, Valerie Murphy
I am Valerie Murphy, the Recreation Program Coordinator, and director of Camp Cranberry. I have been an employee with Cranberry Township for ten plus years, working in a variety of roles with the Parks and Recreation Department, including the Before and After School Kid’s Club program as well as the Community Waterpark.
I graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University. I am currently working on my MBA at Slippery Rock University. Before coming to Cranberry Township, I taught part-time for two private schools and was involved in various roles at the local YMCAs.
I look forward to a fun, safe, activity-filled summer with our campers!!
Mini Movers Coordinator, Katie Corcoran
My name is Katie Corcoran and I am a recent graduate from Robert Morris University. I just graduated with my degree in Early Childhood and Special Education! I have been working at Camp Cranberry for the last four years, and this is my second year as the coordinator of the Mini Movers Camp! I am so excited to be back and work to make a memorable summer for all of the campers!
Little Achievers Coordinator, Megan Wise
I am Megan Wise, and I am the Camp Coordinator for the Little Achievers 5–6-year-old camp. I have been an employee of Cranberry Township organization for 7 years now. This will be my eighth summer working this summer camp at this age group. I have over 7 years of experience working with children. I am also the 4-day Pre-K Teacher for the Cranberry Early Learning Center. I went to Clarion University and studied Early Childhood Education. I look forward to another great summer at Camp Cranberry!!
Youth Camp 6-8 Coordinator, Gianna Mastroianni
Hi, my name is Gianna Mastroianni, and I am the coordinator for the 6–8-year-old Youth Camp. I will be a senior at Slippery Rock University in the upcoming fall. There, I am studying Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I have been working with children for the past five years and this summer with be my fourth year with Cranberry Township. Looking for another great summer with our campers!
Youth Camp 9-12 Coordinator, Joe Demeis
Hi, my name is Joe Demeis, and I am the coordinator for the 9–12-year-old Youth Camp. I am graduating in May of 2021 from the University of Mount Union with a Bachelor of Arts in National Security and Foreign Intelligence. I have worked with Cranberry Township since 2018 both with the before and after school program and Camp Cranberry. This will be my second year as the 9–12-year-old coordinator and I am looking forward to a great summer with all our awesome campers!
Future Leaders Coordinator: Jimmy Border
Hi, my name is Jimmy Border, and I am the coordinator for the Future Leaders Camp. I currently attend Slippery Rock University and am majoring in Middle Childhood Education and Special Education. I have worked for Cranberry Township for 5 years in both the after-school program and Camp Cranberry. This will be my third year as the coordinator for the Future Leaders and I am looking forward to another great summer!
Each year, we conduct a parent survey at the close of the season. Parent comments and suggestions help us develop new programs and activities.
Here is a sampling of their comments.
“I felt you did an outstanding job of taking COVID-19 precautions. I know it was a lot of training, money, planning, and frustration and I am grateful that you didn't just fold up and skip this year. I really appreciated all the safety protocols.”
“I thought the preparations and safety measures were very well done and I applaud the staff and directors. I know what a HUGE undertaking this was, and it went very smoothly for my daughter and she had a fabulous time.”
“As a parent for me your drop off and pick up times were ideal and if I were working in the office I had the option of extended care.”
“Both of my kids had a great experience! They loved all the activities, especially the pool. Thank you for making this program available for working parents. There has been so much uncertainty lately and it’s commendable that you kept the program going this summer.
"We have also enrolled them in Kids Club plus and we couldn’t be more grateful for that as well! Keep up the great work. We recommend your programs to all our friends.”
“My son was so excited to be in camp this year. He had great time every day- enjoyed spending times with his friends and true play time ( w/out electronics). He liked all activities while in camp.”
“Great program for the kids to keep them occupied during the summer!”