LINX Leaders are proudly committed to each child's intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. LINX Leaders are carefully selected among the best candidates based on their teaching ability, creativity, energy and ability to create and facilitate programs designed to help kids thrive!
Kids and safety always come first for all of our LINX Leaders as they all have extensive backgrounds and training in their respective fields of expertise. Within each class, our LINX Leaders are also able to incorporate a focus on inclusion, cooperation, respect and a sense of community.
All LINX Leaders are personally interviewed by a member of the executive team, reference checks are completed, CORI and SORI background checks are done and each member of our team also takes part in extensive LINX Leadership Training.
Owner and Founder
Joe Kahn is the Founder and Owner of The LINX Enrichment Club for Kids. He is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School and has his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. Joe believes that he has found a way to bring together his passion for teaching and desire to help children expand their interests. Through LINX, Joe has created an innovative enrichment environment in which children explore and experience new things and learn along the way. He has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX.
Vice President/Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer CampsJosh serves as the Vice President of LINX and the Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps. With over 20 years of experience managing and directing programs designed to help children thrive. His responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of a varied program that serves our community and families. Josh prides himself on his ability to assemble a team that puts children first. Josh’s staff training and character development programs have received national recognition. Josh holds a B.S. in Economics and Business.
Melissa Habersaat is the Vice President of Operations for LINX and skillfully handles many of the day-to-day operations. Melissa has her BS from Babson College in Business and Marketing. She has spent the past 7 years developing programs and systems to help staff and children succeed. Along with her unmatched attention to detail, Melissa has led the G.I.R.L. Power and Entrepreneurs Club, two classes that teach children how to become more confident leaders.
AnneMarie has been performing since age three- and it remains her passion ever since. She graduated Emerson College in 2006, earning a Bachelor's in Theatre Education with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. She went on to teach and direct at theatres, schools and camps across Massachusetts including Stoneham Theatre, Kidstock, Runkle Extended Day, The Brooks School and Beaver Summer Programs. She is also a Director of Development and Media to the FUDGE Theatre Company. Her biggest strength is igniting a fire within her students to uncover their love of performing arts. AnneMarie is already using her substantial experience in theatre to inspire LINX campers!
Meesh has a true passion for working with children and is excited to bring that passion to work everyday! She a is teacher for Treehouse and LINX Enrichment Classes, as well as the Birthday Party Coordinator. She works her best to provide an environment that is safe, fun, and warm for children to explore and learn. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business and is certified in group and children’s fitness. She designed and implemented a kid fitness program at children’s gym and playground and has been an assistant general manager at a children’s gymnastic studio. She looks forward to seeing you at LINX!
Lisa is an integral figure in the LINX community; she is a Class Director that has worked with younger children and their caregivers in discussion groups for over twelve years. She has directed child development programs at Isis Parenting, worked as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children's hospital, and graduated Weelock College with a Bachelor's in Human Growth and Development. Lisa's knowledge and passion for child development is unparalleled and she brings this passion directly to the LINX campers every day.
Megan graduated from Boston College in the Spring of 2016 double majoring in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology & Human Development. She will complete her Masters of Education from BC in the Spring of 2017. She is so excited to be a part of the dance department for her fourth year at LINX.
Dannea is originally from Connecticut where she grew up dancing and competing with her hometown dance studio. She took her passion with her to college at Eastern Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communications. During her time at ECSU she danced and was captain of the ECSU Competitive Dance Team. She also danced and choreographed professionally for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team.After graduating, she continued to dance with DanceWorks Boston and choreographed for their annual workshop. She is a current member of the MLL Boston Cannons Dance Team. Dannea is excited to be working at LINX as a full time dance instructor!
Kaely has participated in many competitions including Dance Masters of America, JUMP, and Onstage America. After living in Florida throughout her entire life, Kaely has just made the big move to Massachusetts to join LINX. Kaely will be working full time as a dance instructor and in the customer service department.
Assistant Dance Director
Faith is excited to join LINX as a full-time team member working in both the dance and customer service departments.
Matt, a philosophy major at the University of Vermont, is channeling his passion for music as a member of the theater program. His number one goal is to encourage campers to pursue all of their theatrical ambitions. Using his experience in musical theater and extensive training in violin, Matt looks forward to sharing both his knowledge and enthusiasm for the arts with the campers so that they too can discover their potentials.
Tatiana is an operational assistant at her school and plays on three varsity teams; soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She wants to use her athletic prowess at LINX to help motivate the campers to unleash the athlete within.
Dory Becker is a junior at Westwood High School. She has been playing volleyball for 3 years now and loves every minute of it. She participates on her school team as well as a club team during the offseason. Dory was previously part of an Early Childhood Education class as part of her 2014-2015 Junior courses. In this class she learned the basic fundamentals involved in the development of children. Thanks to this class, Dory is very well educated in the development of children in many different areas such as cognitive abilities, motor skills, and communication. She truly enjoyed the time she spent at the Tobin Preschool reading, working and playing with the kids. Previously she worked as an assistant for the Mini-Athletes program: a branch of Athletic Republic. In this role she interacted with the kids and helped lead group activities and games. Dory is also a proud alumni of Camp Pembroke. She attended for 8 years followed by a leadership program involving a 5 week trip to Israel accompanied by counselor in training and experience back at camp. She loves the camp environment, the ability to make great friendships, and now, as a member of the LINX swim staff, to help make a great summer for all of the campers!
A native New Yorker, Stephen James trained at School of American Ballet in New York City and American Dance Theater in Herricks, NY. He studied at Ailey School as a fellowship student and graduated from State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) Purchase College in White Plains, NY with a B.F.A. in Dance.Stephen spent summers training with Miami City Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Dance International New York in Spain and New York. He performed with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, apprenticed with Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett in Nürnberg, Germany and danced as a member of the second company at Ballet Hispanico “BHdos”. Stephen has also performed with the Eglevsky Ballet, RG Dance Project, and company dancer with Verb Ballets of Cleveland, OH, and company dancer with Ballet Nebraska of Omaha, NE.
Carissa graduated Boston University with a Master of Science in Human Physiology and will be continuing her education Dedicated to imparting her knowledge, she is equipped to make science fun and engaging for the entire LINX community.
Juliet is a hard worker. skilled athlete and a dedicated jack-of-all trades. She partakes in a variety of extracurricular activities such as Chinese, piano and violin. She will be playing Division 1 Lacrosse for Winthrop University in the fall. Juliet can't wait to to work with the LINX team this year.
Danielle is studying Elementary/Special Education at Providence College and wishes to become an ABA therapist. She's a part of our LINX staff as an Assistant Counselor and absolutely adores working with children of all ages. Danielle looks forward to working with the LINX campers this summer.
Chris "Cornbread" is a Business Management major at Mass Bay Community College and has been working with LINX for over five years. He has become a legend within the LINX community and remains popular with the campers. He's worked as a counselor, birthday party leader and both a science and sports instructor. Cornbread is an essential piece of the LINX collective, his contributions and enthusiasm to our mission are always valuable.
Kelly is super-mega jacked up to be spending her fifth summer at Linx and her first summer as a Freedom Camp Supervisor. During the school year, Kelly teachers Spanish at Blessed Sacrament School to students in Pre-K all the way up to the 8th Grade. Kelly received her bachelors degree in Spanish and Psychology from Providence College. Kelly's favorite ice cream flavor is moose tracks.
Gage is a senior at Medfield High School. He has worked at LINX for over two years. He has worked as a camp counselor as well as a sports instructor during the school year. He always brings enthusiasm to the table and believes that he can use his skills to work and develop similar skills among kids. He thoroughly enjoys interacting and collaborating with others to create the best environment for kids to learn and grow at LINX.
Heather studies Health Science at Quinnipiac University and plans to be a physician's assistant in pediatrics after school. She's happy to bring her positive energy to the LINX community this summer.
Ingrid holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration with a minor in Art History from Stonehill College, and also has a Master's in Children and Family Studies from Wheelock College. She worked for seven years as a Child Life specialist in Boston's Children's Hospital and has taught art and music for over five years at ISIS Parenting. Ingrid is looking forward to extending her enthusiasm for helping children develop with the LINX community as an Early Childhood Specialist.
Emily graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre and Religious Studies. She then went on to direct theatre throughout New York with companies and festivals such as FringeNYC, New York Classical Theatre, Jewel Box Theater, Alchemical Theatre Lab and Royal Family Productions. After making the move to Massachusetts, Emily is so excited to bring inspiration and fun to the LINX Theater program!
Megan graduated from Boston College with a double major in Elementary Education and Math/Computer science, with a minor in Special Education. She has taught across Boston for K-5 kids and loves helping children learn to problem solve. She studied alongside a math professor in the Lynch School and studied methods to enhance students mathematical learning in an elementary setting. She also loves to zip-line and has worked as a Challenge Course instructor for over three years. Megan looks forward to sharing her dedication to learning with the children and LINX family this summer!
Chris is a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the LINX team and is currently in his 7th year with LINX. In his role as Chief Motivator, he excels at getting kids fired up for fun and learning in the science center, Sports Zone, or at a Birthday Party. In addition to LINX, Chris currently works in the special education department at Wayland High School. Chris holds a professional teaching license and is currently working on a Master's of Special Education. Chris is exceedingly serious about having fun while fostering development.
Ben comes to LINX with an enormous background in both camps and education. He has a Master's in Education from Wheelock College and has been working in public education for nearly two decades. As a classroom teacher, Vice Principal and Assistant Director at the SPACE summer program in Newton, Ben is a highly qualified member of the LINX foundation and has the expertise to work with children of all ages.
Elizabeth teaches young children at the Wellesley Tree House, specializing in early childhood art programs. She has an extensive background in child development, and holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Clark University and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. Elizabeth is certified as a lead preschool teacher, and her work experience includes teaching preschool to two and three year olds as well as leading "mommy and me" developmental playgroups. Elizabeth also has over eight years of experience providing therapy to young children and their families and is looking forward to imparting her experiences to the campers at LINX.
Katie grew up dancing at the Diane Kelley Dance Studio in West Boylston, Massachusetts. During her time there she received many awards and acknowledgements including American Dance Awards Dancer of the Year at the 2013 regionals. She has taken class from and performed in a show with various dance choreographers such as Teddy Forance, Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Kyle Robinson, and many more. Katie is currently a student at Dean College in Franklin Mass, where she studies dance as her major. She immensely loves the art of dance and is so happy to be a part of the LINX dance staff.
Erika attends Wellesley High School and runs for the cross country and track teams. She loves to write music, and has performed originals at many open mic events, including some at the Berklee School of music. Erika's diverse interests make her a welcome addition to a LINX community that encourages optimism.
Joe holds a BS in Kinesiology with a Minor in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joe is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Bridgewater State University where he is a candidate for Massachusetts initial teaching in Physical Education and Health. Joe has a real niche in health & wellness, physical activity, recreation, coaching, and also loves to teach. He has worked as a youth sports coach and participated in played organized sports throughout his entire life which include ice hockey, golf and baseball. His vast experience working with children translates perfectly to LINX, where he engages campers every single day.
Kristen was raised in Massachusetts and received her early training from Bill Fowler, and then later, from Boston Youth Moves. While training at BYM she was honored to work with master choreographers including Hope Boykin, Kirven Boyd, Chet Walker and Richard Havey. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received the Chancellors Talent Award. While attending the University, she performed works by Camille A. Brown, Adrienne Hawkins and Billbob Brown at the Massachusetts Dance Festival and on tour with University Dancers. While in the process of receiving her BFA, Kristen taught dance classes to non-major students, and was the Stage Manager for their largest dance performance of the year, University Dancers. After graduating, she became a company member of Hyperbole Dance Company under the direction of Nikki Sell, and a dance teacher at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. She has also performed with Jazz Inc., a Boston based dance company under the direction of Stephanie Heroux, at the Massachusetts Dance Festival (2011). Kristen joined The Boston Conservatory in 2014 and is a jazz dance instructor in the Musical Theater Department. She is also a current member of BoSoma Dance Company and is excited to begin teaching at LINX.
Family Music Makers, LINX Dance Instructor and LINX Theater Instructor
Melissa has a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and a Master's in Special Education Teaching from Simmons College. She has worked for more than a decade as a special education teacher and counselor, and now, during the year, works as a substitute in the Needham Elementary School system. A true classroom enthusiast, Melissa is proud to expand on her skills and integrate her current experience into the LINX community to make this summer the best yet!
Karin began her dance training in ballet and modern at the Brattleboro School of Dance in Vermont. She studied Cunningham technique and improvisational dance in England at the University of Northampton, as well as ballet and modern dance at Adelphi University. She then pursued her BA in dance from UMass Amherst and through their Five College Dance Department, Karin studied ballet, modern and jazz dance, pedagogy, and dance and music theory. She performed in many original student and faculty works during her time at UMass. During that same time, Karin taught non-major ballet to university students and served as the vice president and choreographer of the student run and produced concert, “Alive With Dance." More recently, Karin has performed with local companies in the Boston area. She has taught ballet, modern and creative dance over the last few years and is currently working as a visiting dance movement therapist in a local memory care facility, and as a therapeutic consultant in Concord’s public schools. Karin holds a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University and a BA in dance from UMass Amherst.
Todd (Mr. T) has a background in martial arts, with black belts in both Kempo Karate and Jiu-Jitsu. He studied for almost two decades under Master Nelson Chan in Wahlum Kung fu. He has an excellent relationship with the campers, and focuses on making martial arts fun for all, while helping to truly refine the skills of those are deeply invested in the craft. An outstanding teacher and essential member of the LINX collective, Todd is going to continue to share his love martial arts with the LINX campers this summer.
Pete is an accomplished singer, guitar player and skilled musician who is a real Rock Star to the campers at LINX. He has taught pre-school, in after school programs, and has worked as a classroom music teacher. He's also a professional performer and has played thousands of clubs across the country. Pete is an advocate for sustainable living, and created a "Clean Green Music Machine" show for kids, featuring a bike-powered sound system. He is excited to bring his own brand of "Kiddie" Funk to LINX as an Early Childhood Music Specialist.
Ben is a second year LINX tennis counselor. He is a current senior at Needham High School and is waiting to hear from colleges for next year! Ben loves teaching tennis and coaching youth basketball. He loves movies, mixing music and eating pizza! Ben loves mentoring kids and really enjoyed his sumer at LINX last year, making great new friends every week!
Brock attends Medfield High School. During the fall Brock plays soccer and in the spring he plays track. Brock loves to hang with friends outside and play sports with his friends too. He likes to meet new people and make new friends.
Carla is a performer, teacher, and choreographer currently residing in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Professional Music (Vocal Performance) and a minor in Drama. Carla is a classically trained dancer with over 15 years of experience. Her repertoire includes a wide range of skills, including choreographing large-scale productions and teaching private lessons. In addition to LINX, she is on the teaching staff for the ArtBarn Community Theater, Wheelock Family Theater, and the Stoneham Theater. When she isn’t teaching, she can be seen on stage with prestigious companies including the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theater, and Moonbox Productions.
Julia is a student at Needham High School. She has been a camper for 14 years and was certified as a lifeguard last summer. She loves to swim and play tennis in the summer time. She is also on the softball and volleyball teams for her high school. Julia is looking forward to work as a swim instructor at LINX this summer!
This is Megan's second year with the summer camp. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She has worked for the past 14 years as an Emergency Room Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center. Megan is delighted to spend another summer with the LINX community!
Christy studies Graphic Design at Keene State College and is gymnastics enthusiast, as well as a softball vet of nearly fifteen years. She has played softball for junior Olympic teams and for her college team. Christy was also a Girl Scout for 13 years and graduated with both a bronze and silver award. She's happy to spend another summer at LINX!
Jennifer is a graduate of Saint Elizabeth's Hospital School of Nursing. She has been working in the pediatric field, specifically in school nursing for more than 10 years. She has spent the last five in the elementary setting. This is her third summer with LINX, and her second summer heading up our Nursing team. She is excited to spend another summer with your children!
Erin is a contemporary dance artist and educator. A Boston University graduate, Erin most recently studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, earning a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance with distinction in July 2016. Performance credits include work with Bethan Peters and Will Aitchison (2016), Kairos Dance Theatre (Principal, 2011-2015), Kelley Donovan & Dancers (2013-2015), and Paula Josa Jones/Performance Works (2012). A dedicated teacher, Erin has taught for the Trinity Laban children’s programme, Providence College Dance Company, Wilmington Dance Academy, and Cambridge Performance Project. Erin is also a Teaching Artist with the Boston Ballet's Education & Community Initiatives.
Dance InstructorSpecialties: Tumbling, Jazz
Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 3 at a studio in North Chelmsford. She was a member of her school Dance Team. She started training with competitive faculty to become a better dancer and choreographer. She started as a teachers assistant and has evolved into a well rounded teacher. Alyssa took to the training and fast became a beautiful performer and technician. She has a bubbly and fun personality, which makes her a great teacher. She understands the struggle of learning proper technique a little later in her career and brings this understanding into the studio! She is always working to improve and gain more knowledge, which makes her an amazing staff member! She is balancing nursing school and teaching!
Nichola has a massive amount of experience in dance, theater and teaching both. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor's in Dance and Arts Management, and has worked as a professional dancer in many theaters and for multiple organizations. She has taught dance at public schools to both boys and girls clubs and returns to LINX this summer as a specialty teacher for dance technique.
Caitlin currently attends Middlebury College as part of the class of 2016. A Classics major and English minor, she spent the fall of her junior year studying abroad in Rome. As the oldest of nine children, Caitlin has lots of experience with children of all ages. During the school year, Caitlin works part-time at a preschool. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and photography. This is Caitlin's third summer working at LINX, and she is thrilled to be back!
Rob has over 20 years experience working in various summer camps and has been a proud member of the LINX community since 2012. During the school year, he teaches math at Needham High School and coaches baseball. He's thrilled to be back for yet another summer!
Shayla is a graduate of Needham High School and studies Early Education at Saint Anselm College, aspiring to one day teach elementary school. Shayla works in the LINX birthday party division and is passionate about making each and every birthday celebration special for the campers.
Zachary, also known as Zack, is currently attending Clark University. He plans on becoming a high school English teacher, and eventually teaching at a performing arts school. He loves dance, theater, and working with kids- he'll fit in perfectly here at LINX!
For over the past ten years, Chris has been writing, performing, and teaching music in the Boston area. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, he is comfortable in a wide array of genres and styles. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, he has released one full length album and is currently working on a follow up. He is a frequent performer at The Lizard Lounge and The Burren in addition to other local music venues and has written music for both film and theater. As a teacher, Chris is very passionate about guiding students towards unlock their true potential and though emulation and exploration of various influences, finding their own individual voice.
Anna is a graduate of Natick High School and looks forward to attending Syracuse University in the fall. This is her third summer at LINX Camps, and her second year as an Outward Adventures counselor. Anna hopes this summer will be the best one yet!
Ally is a Senior at Lesley University. She is studying Early Childhood Education and Creative Writing. She enjoys working with children and is excited to become a full time teacher in her future. She loves soccer, swimming, skiing, tennis and spending time with family and friends! She can't wait to get to know her campers this summer and make it a fun filled experience!
This is Mike's third summer at LINX, where he dedicates his skills as a free agent counselor, mostly working with soccer and All-star sports campers. During the school year he works at the Wayland School Community programs. Mike is dedicated to helping kids, and feels at home doing it at LINX.
Callie attends Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School and has been a CIT at LINX for three years; prior, she was a theater camper. She fell in love with the atmosphere at LINX and enjoys guiding campers down the same paths she took as a camper. Callie has participated in many LINX theater production and is happy to be moving on to a leadership role.
Emily Shanno graduated from Natick High School this year. In high school, she was a member of the ski team and she also played soccer and softball. In the fall, she will attend Boston College where she will major in biology. She is a new addition to the LINX collective and is excited to be a spy counselor. Emily looks forward to sharing many spy adventures with campers.
Talia is a 2015 graduate of Needham High School and will be attending Connecticut College in the fall. She is very excited to be back at LINX Camps for her third summer of fun! Talia spent many years going to LINX's after school programs and works there now. In her free time, Talia enjoys singing a cappella music, walking her dog Charlie, and working at LINX during the school year.
Dan returns to LINX Summer Camp for his second year as a counselor. He began as a LINX Gladiator in the after-school program and also spent two years as a CIT at Linx Summer Camp before becoming a camp counselor. Dan is a member of Needham High's T-10 Robotics team and and plays frisbee in his free time. He also plays baseball in the spring at Needham High and in the summer with his AAU team, the Tigers. Dan is overjoyed about spending another summer at LINX!
Melissa has a Studio Art /Graphic design degree and a Pre-K through 12th grade Visual Art Teaching Certification. Melissa wants to use visual arts as a positive force for children, and LINX is the place that will help her achieve this goal.
Rod has both a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Education. Dedicated to mastering as much as possible, Rod has pursued various careers in visual arts, music and teaching. He worked as a freelance illustrator for fifteen years, and ten as a master picture-framer. He's also obsessed with physics and always engages the campers with whacky experiments!
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Ashley is returning to LINX for a third summer as a Dance counselor. She began dancing at age 3 and has competed and trained in tap, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and lyrical. She has worked as an assistant dance teacher specializing in working with children ages 4-13. Ashley is excited to motivate campers at the dance studio for a third summer!