Laurie Rinke

Laurie, LCSW, began her career in the camp industry as a camper in the mid-eighties. Over thirty summers later she is the Director of Camp Echo Lake, a private residential sleepaway camp in Warrensburg, NY, the summer home that started it all. Laurie grew up in Port Washington, NY, has a dual degree in Psychology and Education from Emory University, and a Master’s of Social Work Degree from NYU. Laurie has worked as a Family Therapist and School Social Worker before beginning her full time work in the camp industry in 2001. Laurie has dedicated her life to working with children of all ages and from a variety of demographic backgrounds. Whether it is empowering campers, staff, or parents, like Camp Echo Lake, Laurie is truly dedicated to human development.

Laurie has been honored with both local and national awards for her work with founding the organization, EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camp), and within the camping industry. She is the former Program Chair for the American Camp Association Tri State Camp Conference, serves on the American Camp Association NY-NJ Board of Directors, serves on the New York State Camp Directors Association Board of Directors, and is also very actively involved with year-round youth development organization, Project Morry. During the year, Laurie focuses on camper recruitment, communication with parents and camp families, and staff hiring. She does so with the same enthusiasm that she brings to her legendary campfires each summer.

Laurie completed the Girl’s Leadership Institute, “Girl Meets World” facilitator training in the early stages of Girls Leadership, and from its inception, has been a big believer in, and supporter of, the organization’s mission. She is thrilled to bring her passion and experience to the Girls Leadership NY Board of Directors.