Leadership

Leadership

“The Force Behind It All”
Directors

Jennifer Lenkowsky
Jennifer Lenkowsky is the director of Next Level Day Camp NJ and is obsessed with all things camp. Jennifer has spent close to two decades at camp, first as a camper, then in various staff positions, including Counselor, Group Leader, Head of Girls and most recently, as the Director of Camper Relations for Next Level. Prior to joining Next Level full time, Jennifer was a recruiter for 17 years helping some of the most prestigious companies in NYC with their staffing needs.

Jennifer currently serves on the board of USR Basketball and formerly served as the Co-President of the JCO of Northern Bergen County, a local not-for-profit organization based in the Saddle River Valley. She has also served as the Director of Events for a national children’s charity, City at Peace; and actively supports The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jennifer has a Masters degree in Advertising and Marketing from Boston University’s College of Communication and a Bachelors Degree from Binghamton University. She currently resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two daughters, ages 12 & 9. Believing that every child should experience camp, she looks forward to spending her summer making memories with your child.

Lori Cohen
Lori Cohen returns for her second summer at Next Level. Lori has worked in a variety of capacities at Luther Lee Emerson School for the last
13 years. Before joining Next Level, Lori held a variety of roles at Ramapo Day Camp. Lori graduated from the University of Vermont and has
a Masters in Educational Leadership from Ramapo College.

Lori currently resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two daughters, and like Jen, believes that every child should experience camp, and looks forward to sharing laughs and creating memories with each and every one of your children.

Owner/Founder

Ed Metzendorf
Ed Metzendorf, founder and director of Next Level Camp for Girls and Next Level Camp for Boys, is admittedly a camp geek who spent many memorable summers as a camper and counselor before spending three years as a director at Westcoast Connection, where he created the sports and travel division. In 2000, he caught the start-up wave with Bunk1.com, a summer camp technology company that he developed with other former campers to help camp directors with registration, administration, communication and back-office issues. While at Bunk1.com, Ed visited more than 200 camps across North America and was a frequent lecturer at camp conferences. Ed is on the Board of The Summer Camp and very involved in Camp Champions which both give kids from less fortunate environments the opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience.

Ed was a 2-time Captain of his College Tennis team and currently coaches the Hunter College Tennis teams. Additionally, he is very involved in both the Mamaroneck Soccer and Basketball Leagues.

Ed lives in Larchmont with his wife Beth (a Social Worker and former Division Leader at Camp Scatico) and his two daughters, Kate (13) and Julia (10). Ed and his staff look forward to creating memories, friendships and most importantly many smiles!