Advisory Board Of Directors

Meet our advisory board of directors who have special expertise in creating therapeutic programs, and developing new programs that help to improve their quality of life.

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Dr. Bruria Bodek-Falik
President

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Daniel Falk
Vice President

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Melissa Gagne

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Dr. Bruria Bodek-Falik

President

Dr. Bruria Bodek-Falik, was the Executive Director and program owner of Camp Huntington from 1982 to 2007.

She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Child and Family Psychology and is a licensed New York State Certified School Psychologist, Behavioral Psychotherapist and Teacher.

She has had many years of teaching and clinical experience with special populations. During her career, Dr. Bodek-Falik has been extensively involved in parent education, staff training, program development and workshop instruction. Dr. Bodek-Falik founded the non-profit origanization High Falls Center for the Developmentally Disabled in 1990 to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to attend beneficial therapeutic recreation and life-learning and residential programs, including staff training and dvelopment. In her civic and avocational activities Dr. Bodek-Falik has presided over the Mid-Hudson Psychological Association, served two terms as a board member of the Dutchess County Mental Health Board and the Mental Health Association, and held membership in the Dutchess County Association for the Learning Disabled, and is a member of the American Camping Association, Hadassah and B’nai Brith. Dr. Bodek-Falik served on the NY State Camp Director’s Board for 14 years. In 2009 Dr. Falik was given the Legend in Camping award by the American Camp Association, honoring her long service and dedication to running summer camp programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Daniel Falk

Vice President

Daniel Falk has run services for individuals with developmental disabilities since 1997. As executive director of the Camp Huntington program (www.camphuntington.com), he developed and supervised therapeutic residential summer camp programs for children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities. His background in music help guide the program‘s activity content and design. The camp program offers beneficial recreation to campers and respite to parents. The program also helps advance a child’s year-round academic goals through life and social skills instruction embedded into recreation activity lesson plans. This life-learning approach is a trademark of the Camp Huntington set in place by long-time executive director and former program owner, Dr. Bruria Bodek-Falik and refined by Falk. In 2010, Daniel was awarded a fellowship in social media and education in Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s office and helped implement an English language learning program for adults for the NY City Public Library system for new immigrants. Daniel helped Camp Huntington become acquired by the CRC Health Group in 2007, a subsidiary of Bain Capital, and acted as the camp’s executive director through 2011. In 2012, Daniel purchased the Camp Huntington program from CRC Health Group and is the program owner today. Daniel holds a BA from NYU, a BA from SUNY New Paltz in music and an MA from Columbia University in Special Education. He has been a member of the board of the New York State Camp Directors Association, lobbying for equal representation for those with special needs, and a member of the NY State Health Department‘s Medical Advisory Council. Daniel’s goals for the High Falls Center include continuing to aide individuals with special needs in attending therapeutic programs, and developing new programs that help to improve their quality of life.

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Melissa Gagne

Daniel Falk has run services for individuals with developmental disabilities since 1997. As executive director of the Camp Huntington program (www.camphuntington.com), he developed and supervised therapeutic residential summer camp programs for children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities. His background in music help guide the program‘s activity content and design. The camp program offers beneficial recreation to campers and respite to parents. The program also helps advance a child’s year-round academic goals through life and social skills instruction embedded into recreation activity lesson plans. This life-learning approach is a trademark of the Camp Huntington set in place by long-time executive director and former program owner, Dr. Bruria Bodek-Falik and refined by Falk. In 2010, Daniel was awarded a fellowship in social media and education in Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s office and helped implement an English language learning program for adults for the NY City Public Library system for new immigrants. Daniel helped Camp Huntington become acquired by the CRC Health Group in 2007, a subsidiary of Bain Capital, and acted as the camp’s executive director through 2011. In 2012, Daniel purchased the Camp Huntington program from CRC Health Group and is the program owner today. Daniel holds a BA from NYU, a BA from SUNY New Paltz in music and an MA from Columbia University in Special Education. He has been a member of the board of the New York State Camp Directors Association, lobbying for equal representation for those with special needs, and a member of the NY State Health Department‘s Medical Advisory Council. Daniel’s goals for the High Falls Center include continuing to aide individuals with special needs in attending therapeutic programs, and developing new programs that help to improve their quality of life.