Andy and Wendy Siegel, our full-time Owners/Directors, have an extensive background in summer camping. Having been campers, counselors, division leaders and ultimately head counselors at camps in Michigan and West Virginia, Andy and Wendy have experienced the full range of what camp has to offer. All three of their daughters grew up at THC and as college students they now work there, so they really understand how it feels to be camp parents! Most important, Andy and Wendy consider all of their Tyler Hill campers and counselors to be their second family.
During the winter months, they work together in the office staying in contact with parents, campers and returning staff while also spending a great deal of time interviewing and hiring new staff members for the following summer.
Andy brings to camp a large capacity to have fun, and ensures that each camper at Tyler Hill feels like he or she is the only camper at our camp. He spends his days and nights at camp working with campers and their families, guaranteeing that their needs and expectations are being met.
Wendy spends her summers as THC’s “camp mom,” a role that allows her to take care of our campers while also maintaining close ties with their parents. She does everything from clip campers’ fingernails to lead campfires and her passion for Tyler Hill is evident from the minute that you meet her. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Masters Degree in Social Work provide her the base to give her all to each and every one of our campers.
Andy is the former president and a current board member of SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education), an organization that funds “camperships” for children in need to attend not-for-profit sleep-away camps in the tri-state area. Andy has served on the Board of the American Camp Association and recently finished his term as President of the Wayne County Camp Alliance.
Michael Davidowitz is Tyler Hill’s full-time Associate Director. He started at Tyler Hill as a 9 year-old camper and made his way from camper to counselor, and ultimately to Associate Director. He knew from the day he first entered the gates of Tyler Hill that he wanted to be there forever. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland…his dream came true, and he began working year-round at Tyler Hill.
Michael adds an incredible sense of spirit, warmth and fun to everyone and everything at Tyler Hill. Whether he’s running our Sunday Night Football program, teaching new campers how to play his infamous “Davido-ball” game, emceeing a full-camp evening activity or just making sure all campers are laughing and feeling good, in a positive and safe camp environment, Michael is an icon at THC. During the winter months, Michael works in our office communicating with parents, hiring staff, planning trips, and guaranteeing that our summer programming is fresh and unique. There is nothing that Michael won’t do to ensure the happiness of each THC camper! Michael is involved with the American Camp Association and has served on the board of EPIC (Emerging Professionals In Camping). Mike is the current treasurer of the Wayne County Camp Alliance.
Michael married his camp sweetheart Deanna. Deanna is bright, warm, passionate and engaging. In the summer she is the Girls’ Head Counselor for Tyler Hill. She knows each of the campers and counselors on a personal level, and brings fun and nurturing to THC. She is available to campers and staff, and supports them in making and keeping long lasting bonds and friendships. Deanna is a certified teacher, and during the winter months Deanna is a pre-kindergarten teacher, providing young students with creative and exciting educational and learning experiences.
Mike and Deanna are parents to both a daughter born in 2016 and a son who was born in 2019. They are excited that they will grow up at Tyler Hill from their early months through adulthood — just like Mike! They will undoubtedly inherit both Mike and Deanna’s passion for camp.
Ben Thomas and Haley Thomas are our full time Assistant Directors. They have both worked for THC in a variety of capacities, from counselors to programming to division leaders. Haley and Ben are both trained teachers and have taught ages 2-12. Haley has a degree in Early Childhood Education from The College of Charleston, and Ben has a degree in Mathematics & Statistics from University of Wales as well as a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from Cardiff University. They have taught in public and private schools in both the US and abroad. While working for the British International School system, they even spent a year teaching in Warsaw, Poland!
Haley and Ben met at Tyler Hill while they were both camp counselors in 2015. Their history at THC is more than employment-related, however. Years ago, Ben proposed to Haley on the dock by Silver Lake, and now, their son (born in 2020), Macsen Tyler Thomas is also part of our team!
Haley and Ben reside at camp in the summer, and in the off season, spend their time recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training staff from around the globe. They also design programs, activities, excursions, and experiences to ensure campers have exceptional experiences every summer.