Here’s to the fun-loving people who love kids. The adventurers who stir up adventure for their campers. The ones who lead by example and help develop leaders. They have curious minds and inspire curiosity in those around them. They’re superstars who shoot for the stars, creating a one of a kind camp experience. Here’s to our Fairmont Summer Team!

With nearly seven decades in camp leadership, our team brings the level of experience and understanding of education you want for your child. They also come with an innovative, out of the box way of thinking, which keeps things fresh and exciting at our summer camp. Every counselor has completed an extensive interview process (including fingerprinting and background checks with the Department of Justice and FBI) and comprehensive training (including CPR and first aid certification for summer camp directors, along with diversity and safety awareness training for all staff). No wonder Fairmont’s summer camp has been voted best day camp in Orange County five times, and carries the distinction of being accredited by the American Camp Association.

Take a moment and get to know the team!

Chris Keramidas – Director of Summer & Afterschool Programs

Favorite childhood memory of summer?

My favorite childhood memory was attending summer camp for the first time. I was 8 years old and attended theatre camp at the Pasadena Armory Center. It was here that I was inspired to be in the performing arts and make camp a part of my life forever!

Favorite place you’ve traveled?

Barcelona, Spain! This was the first time I traveled out of the country by myself. I learned that I could do anything I set my mind too and that the world we live in has so much to offer.

Ice cream you can’t live without?

Rocky Road!

Favorite summer purchase?

Travel, travel, travel!

Most insightful person you follow on Twitter?

Ha! Not much of a Twitter person but I love to follow great teachers and great leaders! Too many to name!

Splurge summer treat?

Popsicles at the beach!

Camping or travel hack?

Bring bug repellent & sunblock

What’s the biggest lesson you learned from your time as a summer camp director?

Let the campers drive the experience. Take their lead and you will always get it right!

One meal to eat for the rest of your life?

Pizza

Jonalie Resurreccion – Summer & After School Program Coordinator

Favorite childhood memory of summer?

Every summer I would visit my aunt and go to the beach with my cousins. We would eat, play with sand castles, and find seashells.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?

My favorite place I’ve travelled to would be the Bahamas. And getting to visit the Atlantis Resort and swim with the dolphins.

Ice cream you can’t live without?

Butter Pecan

Favorite summer purchase?

Any airplane ticket to travel

Splurge summer treat?

S’mores during a camping trip

Favorite national park?

Zion National Park

One meal to eat for the rest of your life?

Shrimp tacos with a side of beans & rice

Something unique about you?

I’ve gone skydiving twice and bungee jumping off a 100-ft bridge while being deathly afraid of heights. Don’t let fear stop you from doing something you truly want to do or experience!

Vicky Mantell – Summer Programs Director/Student Services and Activities Director – Anaheim Hills

Favorite childhood memory of summer?

Lazy summer days, with tons of playing with friends on the street, the garden hose was our favorite toy and riding our bikes all over the place without a care in the world.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?

Athens, Greece; Santorini Greece; Madrid, Spain! SO many adventures and challenges, when I look back on the challenges and laugh out loud. Like not reading the departure time correctly and seeing our plane flying off the island as we were arriving at the airport…the ONLY flight off the island for two days.

Ice cream you can’t live without?

Butter Pecan

Favorite summer purchase?

Summer adventures, anywhere! And buying a new swimsuit…’hopefully’ in the same size as last year.

Most insightful person you follow on Twitter?

Twitter?!?!

Splurge summer treat?

Balboa Bar with peanuts on Balboa Island.

Favorite national park?

Grand Canyon

Camping or travel hack?

Camping, ya got to be kidding. Too dirty.

What’s the biggest lesson you learned from your time as a summer camp director?

Breathe. A Lot. Don’t Panic. Be OVER prepared. An all-time favorite “Drop the Rope” with the campers! Know there are ALWAYS two sides to every story.

One meal to eat for the rest of your life?

Lobster with lots of butter!

Something unique about you?

My dad was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force and I grew up moving every 3 years of my childhood! He was also a pilot so I always am in awe of planes in the sky.

Karen Saturday – Summer Programs Director/Student Services and Activities Director – Historic Anaheim

Favorite childhood memory of summer?

My favorite memory of summer was just playing outside. We would play endless games of baseball and afternoons were filled with epic hide and seek games.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?

That’s tough. But definitely traveling to Washington, D.C. with my kids was AMAZING.

Ice cream you can’t live without?

Gold Medal Ribbon from Baskin Robbins

Favorite summer purchase?

Baseball tickets

Most insightful person you follow on Twitter?

I plead the 5th.

Splurge summer treat?

Vacations or if we’re talking food — ice cream out with my kiddos!

Favorite national park?

The Redwoods

Camping or travel hack?

Biscuits on a stick. You take a long dowel and wrap pre-made biscuit dough around it and put it over the campfire. It bakes to perfection.

What’s the biggest lesson you learned from your time as a summer camp director?

Be prepared. Think of the most outrageous thing that could happen and make sure you have a plan to combat it just in case.

One meal to eat for the rest of your life?

A really good steak and roasted potatoes with scrumptious bread.

Something unique about you?

I have played fantasy baseball with friends for nearly 20 years. And my last name! 🙂

Brittany Ickes – Summer Camp Director/Student Services Supervisor – North Tustin

Favorite childhood memory of summer?

My favorite memory of summer was going on our family trips to Laughlin. We did this every summer for many years. Loved spending time with my family.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?

My favorite place I have traveled has to be Wyoming. I went there with my best friend and enjoyed Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It was an amazing experience with lots of obstacles, but we had the best time.

Ice cream you can’t live without?

Chocolate

Favorite summer purchase?

I would have to say travel.

Most insightful person you follow on Twitter?

Haha … don’t do Twitter.

Splurge summer treat?

Vacation for sure, but ice cream sundaes for food.

Favorite national park?

Grand Teton

Camping or travel hack?

Just be prepared for anything. You never know when that DEF light is going to go on while you’re driving to Wyoming in a motorhome.

What’s the biggest lesson you learned from your time as a summer camp director?

Not to stress too much and always ask for help.

One meal to eat for the rest of your life?

TACOS! Also, chips, salsa, and guac.

Something unique about you?

I have a twin sister who looks nothing like me. Also, I threw javelin in college.

Our summer team is excited to get going! Let us know if you have any comments or questions about Summer 2021!