Leadership Team

  BEN THOMAS

Director
Ben Thomas is a British native who attended The University of Wales, where he studied Business Management. He started his camp career at Tyler Hill Camp in Pennsylvania, where he held the positions of Programming Specialist, Friendship Coach and Programming Consultant. In addition to camp, Ben has taught Math and Physical Education to children in Wales and Poland. Ben brings an incredible sense of warmth and spirit to camp. Fun fact: Ben met his wife while they were both working at a sleepaway camp!

301-320-1044  |  benjamin_thomas@landon.net

 


 

 

MEGAN CONWAY

Assistant Director
Megan’s first summer at Landon was in 2015 and was the Office Manager and a Preschool Day Camp Assistant Teacher before becoming Assistant Director. She loves her job of overseeing the behind the scenes aspects of camp – programming, registration, marketing, and hiring – and takes pride in creating a fun and safe summer experience for campers and staff. Megan has an associate degree in early childhood education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Fun facts: Megan loves visiting art museums and spending time with her rescue pup, Luma.

301-320-1375  |  megan_conway@landon.net


 

  ANDY KATZ

Director, Boys Day Camp
Andy has 34 years of teaching experience, including 26 years at Landon School. He has worked with the Boys Day Camp for 23 years and has been Boys Day Camp director for the past 18. He teaches mathematics in Landon’s Upper School and is the 12th grade Class Dean. He is also the head wrestling coach. Fun fact: Andy is the father of four girls! 

 


 

 

  DAVID BARNHOUSE

Assistant Director, Boys Day Camp
David is in his 8th year of teaching. 6 of those years were spent in Loudoun County Public Schools. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in education and teaches Social Studies at Northwest High School in Germantown, MD. David has worked with the Boys Day Camp for the past three summers as soccer coach before stepping into his new role as Assistant Director in 2019. Fun facts: David is originally from Michigan and loves to watch premier league soccer with his son!


 

  ALLY FARIAS

Co-Director, Girls Day Camp
Ally began working at Girls Day camp as a teacher in 2017 and has been back every year since. She taught arts and crafts along with various clubs such a STEM and American Sign Language. Ally graduated from Towson University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. During the school year, she is a 3rd grade teacher at Woodlin Elementary School. Ally's favorite part of camp is the people. She loves working with the Girls Day Camp staff and getting to see campers having fun and making friends! Fun fact: Ally loves to travel! She's been to 10 countries and hopes to keep adding more to her list!

Outdoor head shot of Ally Farias wearing a Landon Summer staff t-shirt.

 


 

Outdoor head shot of Eliza Foster wearing a Landon Summer staff t-shirt.

 

  ELIZA FOSTER

Co-Director, Girls Day Camp
Eliza is a middle school History teacher and the Form I Dean at Landon School. Eliza graduated from Williams College and holds a master’s degree from Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. She attended summer camps when she was younger and has worked at sports camps and summer school sessions since she was in high school. Eliza is a big fan of all things related to camp—activities, teamwork, new friendships, themes, being outside, and anything that will get young people excited about learning and growing! Fun fact: Eliza has a dog named Chance who has 4 middle names!


 

  RYAN MANALO

Director, Preschool Day Camp
Ryan is the Director of Campus Programs and Diversity at The Primary Day School. He joined Primary Day as a P.E. teacher and Director of Extended Day. He has worked in a variety of educational non-profit organizations serving middle and school age students in schools across Baltimore City and the Washington, D.C. region. He has held positions directing extended day and summer programs, managing staff, and working closely with families. Ryan has enjoyed his time at Landon Summer, starting as a lead teacher and then becoming the Director. Fun facts: Ryan enjoys golf, basketball, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.

 


 

 

  DANI CONWAY

Assistant Director, Preschool Day Camp
Dani began working at Landon Summer in 2014 and has held several roles in the Preschool Day Camp. She was Assistant Teacher in the wolves group and then Sports/Camp Games teacher. Dani earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Towson University. She currently lives in California with her husband who is a sailor in the Navy. During the school year, she teaches at Francis Parker School in San Diego, but can’t wait to return to spend another summer with us! Fun facts: Dani loves playing softball and spending time with her family.