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 Weeklock 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.
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.
Michelle is a Customer Service Expert at LINX and works with her team to provide the best customer service experience possible for our LINX community. She works as the Assistant Director of Customer Service and understands the ins and outs of day to day operations here at LINX. Michelle has a Bachelor's in Women Studies and Education from Wellesley College and has another degree in Music with a concentration in Cello from the Manhattan School of Music.
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.
Katie Canavan is currently an undergraduate at Loyola University Chicago. She has a passion for trying and learning new things. Once acquainted with these things, she loves to share her passion with others and teach others about her passions. Her desire for discovery, learning, and teaching is what drove her to go to college in Chicago, try many different sports and activities through out her life, and work at Linx as a lifeguard. Katie is excited for the opportunity to teach swimming and share her passion for swimming and summer camp with the campers. Katie swam through out her entire childhood, from ages 6 to 16, and cannot wait to see others find joy in swimming and have fun while doing it.
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.
Pauline has a degree in Management from Simmons College. She enjoys cooking, yoga and hiking and has been a Food Service manager in the Elementary School in Wayland for over five years.
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.
Gage Condon is a student attending Medfield High School. He will be entering his Junior year of high school in the fall of 2015. Gage plays many sports such as baseball, soccer, skiing, and golf. Of all these sports baseball comes out on top for Gage. Gage will be an assistant sports counselor for the baseball program at LINX. He believes that he can put his knowledge and skill of the game to work and teach kids the great game of baseball. Gage Condon attends Medfield High School and enjoys playing sports like soccer, golf and baseball. Baseball is his specialty and he wants to use his expertise as an assistant sports counselor for the baseball program at LINX. Gage looks forward to helping the campers enjoy the great game of baseball this summer!
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.
Victoria studies psychology in pre-medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans and is entering her fourth year as a member of the LINX staff. She loves the outdoors, tennis, and sight-seeing in New Orleans. Victoria is invaluable to the LINX foundation and is excited to be sharing more experiences with us 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.
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!
Jeffrey R. Downin
Jeff, a father of five, 9 nine time marathon runner and teacher and coach at Marlborough High School, is a pivotal piece of the LINX organization. He has been the Archery Instructor at LINX camps for over four years and wants to continue his hard work as a key player in the LINX community 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.
Emma studies Computer Science at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. This summer, she will be working with both the App Design and Movie Making camps, using her technological skills to help the campers into the digital age. Emma is excited to share her love for computing with the LINX collective!
Nancy is a dedicated Early Childhood Specialist and graduated from Yale. In England, she trained and worked the National Childbirth Trust as a childbirth educator. She has taught pre and post-natal classes for ISIS parenting and has a CAPPA certification. A loving mother of two and an immensely experienced childbirth educator, Nancy brings indispensable experience to the LINX atmosphere.
Madi is a lead Movie Making counselor at LINX in Wellesley. She grew up in Natick and is studying at Wheelock College. She has worked as an assistant teacher at Weston Public Schools, a CIT at Wizards and Warriors camp and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, appearing in both television and film. Madi is looking forward to bringing her skills to the LINX community this summer.
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.
Emily Griffin graduated from Wellesley High School and now attends Sacred Heart University as a nursing major. This will be her fourth summer working at LINX, and she's dedicated to making it her best yet!
Erin graduated from Needham High School and is now attending college. In high school she was on the Field hockey team and track team. She was a member of the National Honor Society and is returning to LINX this summer to continue her dedication to working with campers of all ages.
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.
Lily is a graduate from Phillips Exeter Academy and is both an academic and a devoted athlete. She plays on Exeter's women's squash team, is a member of the Student Council and tutors community children. Lily is thrilled to bring her array of enthusiasms to LINX again this summer.
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.
Wellesley Tree House and LINX Dance Instructor
Jenna grew up in Dover, Massachusetts and attended Dover-Sherborn High school. Jenna is currently a student at Providence College, going into her senior year. She is studying Elementary/Special Education. After graduation, she hopes to continue school and receive her masters in education. When done with schooling, Jenna wants to be a first grade teacher.
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!
Memphis a a graduate of Wellesley High School and currently studies history at the College of Wooster in Ohio. She loves culture and traveling, and is overjoyed to study abroad in Spain in the fall. Memphis hopes to share her enthusiasm for diversity with the LINX campers.
Isabelle returning to the LINX team this summer as a tennis counselor. In addition to her love of tennis, she enjoys traveling and the outdoors. She will be studying at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the fall. Isabelle can't wait to play tennis with the LINX campers all summer long!
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.
Marykate graduated from Ursuline Academy and will be studying at Santa Clara University in the fall. She has worked as an assistant coach for her high school's junior varsity lacrosse team and has played a multitude of organized sports including soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse and basketball. She has worked as a CIT in an overnight camp and loved working with young kids in a camp atmosphere. Markyate is always excited to try new things, and looks forward to spending another summer of adventures at LINX.
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.
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!
Kayley McGonagle is a current student at Williams College, where she competes in track and field and is considering studying Biology and/or Studio Art. In her free time Kayley loves to be outdoors and enjoys doing activities like hiking, riding her bike, swimming, and running among others. Kayley's brings enthusiasm to her role as a counselor and loves sharing her passion for life with others.
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!
Holly McHenry is a current second year student at Lake Forest College in Chicago, Illinois and is majoring in Sociology and Anthropology with a Communication minor. She works closely with the schools the admissions office as a student ambassador giving tours to students and their parents as well as making phone calls to prospective students. Next semester she is set to become the Tour Coordinator on the student tour guide executive board. She has previously been a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Woodstock in Connecticut for three after attending as a camper for seven years. She believes that a summer camp experience is one of the most special and important experiences a child can have and is so happy and excited to help create those memories with her campers this summer.
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!
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!
Megan is a double major at Boston college where she studies Elementary Education and Applied psychology/Human development. She's a big advocate of outdoor activities and is thrilled to spend another summer as the CIT Coordinator at LINX!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Alana is a student at Stonehill College pursuing a degree in Foreign Languages, which include Mandarin Chinese, German, Arabic and more. Alana has been deeply involved in theater throughout her whole life and particapted in productions such as Legally Blonde, Once on this Island, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz and many more. She's glad to be working to her strengths as a Theater counselor this summer.
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!
Claire studies Psychology and Anthropology at Kenyon College in Ohio. She has worked as a camp counselor at many summer programs since age 15 and also volunteers tutoring first grade students in both math and writing. She loves to incorporate her own experiences into teaching young kids, and is a welcome addition to the Spy camp this summer.
Cate is a member of the swimming and track teams at Milton Academy where she'll graduate from in 2017. She was also on the Longfellow Stingrays swim team for eight years, and she briefly coached the younger children on the team. Cate adores swimming and all things aquatics, and she loves to help campers to find their own joy in the water.
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!
Gabe is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies at Skidmore College and has studied abroad in England. This is Gabe's second semester at LINX, where he will again be working as a theater counselor. He loves playing theater games with all the campers and is glad to be pursing his passions within the workplace. Gabe is more than ready for another fun filled summer at LINX!
Mackland Steele is currently a rising senior at University of Miami. He is a biology major on the pre-medicine track. He loves all Boston sports teams and enjoys playing basketball, football, and tennis. He is so excited to be working at LINX summer camps again because he loves to spend most of time outdoors!
Danielle is extremely excited for her first summer at LINX this year. She will begin studying in the fall at the University of Maryland where she will be majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Being actively involved in her high school's television studio, Danielle loves how being on camera has made her a more confident, outgoing person. Danielle loves to sing and is part of an a cappella singing group, playing field hockey, waterskiing and wakeboarding, and making people laugh with puns! Danielle loves when people are spirited and enthusiastic about activities and cannot wait to bring her own energy to the camp this summer!
Samantha is a graduate from Natick High School and a rising freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine. Outside of school, she enjoys singing in musical theater, choral groups, and a student-run a cappella group. She also enjoys playing softball. She loves spending time with children and hopes to continue to do so throughout her life!
Emily Temkin, an energetic and positive Newton native, is thrilled to be joining the LINX team this summer. Emily has attended summer camp for a total of 14 summers and credits her fondest memories to her times at camp. Emily is excited to have the opportunity to help the campers at LINX have an amazing summer as her counselors did for her. Emily will graduate from high school this May and will attend Lafayette College in the fall to study math.
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!
Haley returns to LINX for a third year this summer!. She holds a degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Haley currently works as an elementary school paraprofessional while studying for an M.Ed. in Moderate Disabilities. She was also a varsity athlete, and her diverse range of interests makes her the perfect fit for a summer at LINX!
Marketing Team Member
David is a graduate from Wayland High School, he loves sports and outdoor activities. He is currently pursuing a double degree from Stonehill College in Business Management and Psychology. He is an active member of the Stonehill Men's Rugby team and is looking forward to an epic summer working with the campers at LINX.
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!
Assistant Dance Director