Year Round Staff

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Cradle Beach employs 18 year-round staff who work annually at our office in Angola. This staff maintains the property, implements the camper application process, provides marketing, organizes fundraising events, and handles accounting and program support. 

For more information about employment at Cradle Beach, please contact Debbie Filbey at (716)-549-6307 ext 217 or


We hire Project S.O.A.R. mentors through our relationship with AmeriCorps. Mentors serve in Buffalo public schools to provide academic, social-emotional, and attendance support to students. Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a high-school diploma, and some college experience. 

AmeriCorps members receive an education award up to $5,800, professional development, health care, and a living stipend. 

For more information contact Nikki Parlato at or (716) 907-8410


Summer Staff 

Every summer Cradle Beach will hire approximately 115 summer staff. These folks serve as counselors, supervisors, program staff and lifeguards who work directly with campers during the camp session. Cradle Beach counselors are paid a stipend for their work, but all food and lodging are provided by the Cradle Beach while summer camp is in session.

Each of our counselors is required to be at least 18 and have at least 1 year of college.  Each new counselor attends a week long pre-camp training session, led by the Director of Campus Based Services and returning staff. Many counselors are actively pursuing careers in education, special education, recreation therapy, nursing, and social work. 

For more information contact Debbie Filbey at 716-549-6307 ext. 207 with your name and mailing address and we will mail you an application. An interview, in person or by phone, will be conducted before counselors are chosen. A one week pre-camp training session is required for all new counselors.

2018 Staff Application

2018 Nursing Application


Cradle Beach Year Round Staff

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Ann-Marie T. Orlowski Chief Executive Officer

Sue Navarro Director of Strategic Advancement

Rob McFarland Director of Facilites

Felicia Grassia Development Coordinator

Nancy Grimes Assistant Program Coordinator

Molly McCarthy Coordinator of Volunteers and Facility Rentals

Debra Filbey HR & Payroll Administrator

Julie Lohr Finance & Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Kline Administrative Assistant

Dawn Cristiano Housekeeping


Campus Based Programming

Summer Camp & Respite

 Bonnie Brusk Director of Campus Based Services


Project S.O.A.R.

Nikki Parlato Project S.O.A.R Director

Sarah Petersen Project S.O.A.R Assistant Director

Meaghan Boarts Project S.O.A.R. Supervisor

Christopher Knecht Project S.O.A.R. Supervisor

Ryan O'Vell Project S.O.A.R. Supervisor

Ben Pulkownik Project S.O.A.R. Supervisor

Living Classrooms

Intefada Wardia Living Classroom Coordinator





Cradle Beach - 8038 Old Lakeshore Road - Angola - NY - 14006  

Ph: 716-549-6307   Fax: 716-549-6825