Meet the LINX Camps Staff

   
 

Joe Kahn

Owner and Founder

Joe is the owner and founder of LINX, LLC. Before starting LINX, Joe worked as a financial consultant for KCI (acquired by FTI) and worked for McKinsey & Co in Boston; he was the COO/CFO of an eldercare startup and did some turnaround work as well. Drawing on his business experience, his passion for teaching and desire to help children expand their interests, in LINX Joe has created an innovative enrichment environment of classes and camps in which children explore and experience new things and learn along the way. He has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX. Joe is a board member of Camp Casco, which provides free camp experiences for children with cancer. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S.in Management, with a minor in Computer Science, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Joe is married and the proud father of two daughters.


 

Josh Schiering

Vice President and Executive Director of LINX Camps

Josh is the Vice President of LINX and the Executive Director of LINX Camps. He has worked in the camping industry his entire career, managing and directing programs designed to help children thrive, and has received national recognition for the staff training and character development he designed. He is a published author on character development. Josh holds a B.S. in Economics and Business. He is a proud husband and father of five.


 

Melissa Habersaat

Melissa Habersaat is the Vice President of Operations for LINX and skillfully handles many of the day-to-day operations. She has extensive experience developing programs and systems to help staff and children succeed. Melissa has led the G.I.R.L. Power and Entrepreneurs Club, two classes that teach children how to become more confident leaders. She has a B.S. from Babson College in Business and Marketing.


 

Lisa Gatto

Lisa is a Class Director at LINX. Before coming to LINX, Lisa worked with younger children and their caregivers in discussion groups, directed child development programs at Isis Parenting, and worked as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children's hospital. Lisa graduated from Wheelock College with a bachelor's in Human Growth and Development.


 

Mark Waldeck

Mark is a Camp Director for LINX Camps’ Dana Hall Campus. When camp is not in session, he works as a middle school science teacher in Lexington, MA.


 

Ben Gatto

Ben is a Camp Director for LINX Camps’ Regis Campus. He has been working in public education. As a classroom teacher, Ben taught first through fourth grades, and most recently worked as a Vice Principal in an elementary school. Prior to LINX, Ben was an Assistant Director at the SPACE summer program in Newton. Ben has three wonderful children who keep him busy and entertained.


 

Michelle Farrell

Michelle is on the Customer Service Team at LINX. Before coming to LINX, Michelle worked as a nanny. She also aided in the opening of a children's gym and indoor playground and designed a kid-fit program for the gym, and was an assistant general manager at a children's gymnastics studio. Michelle is a graduate of Framingham State College.


 

Heather Emley

Heather is the Dance Director at LINX and the Director of Dance Programs at LINX Camps. Her unmatched expertise and training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, yoga, and award-winning performances across the country make her the perfect leader for Dance programs here at LINX. Heather has a bachelor's in Dance and a bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Adelphi.


 

Jessica Tibbetts

Jessica is a Dance Instructor at LINX. Before coming to LINX she competed and performed in local community and charity events throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, and choreographed award-winning competitive dance routines on a regional and national level. Jessica served as Dance Coordinator at the Old Colony YMCA in Taunton. She currently teaches at local dance studios, summer camps, workshops, and after-school programs, and is a dancer in the Larkspur Dance Company and continues her dance education through instructor workshops in Boston, New York City, and Orlando. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business.


 

Dannea Reali

Dannea is a Dance Instructor at LINX. Before coming to LINX, she was the captain of her college’s Competitive Dance Team and has danced and choreographed professionally, including for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team. Dannea is a current member of the MLL Boston Cannons Dance Team. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.


 

Carrie Klimeczko

Carrie is an Instructor at LINX where she incorporates the elements of music, movement and theatricality to create a magical musical experience for children. She received a Masters of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with an emphasis in Theatre and Dance.


 

David Gerth

Dave is the Director of Finance at LINX. Before coming to LINX he was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of both very large public companies and successful "start-ups" throughout New England. Dave is an MBA graduate of Dartmouth College and has his undergraduate degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


 

Megan Mountzoures

Megan is a Freedom Supervisor at LINX Camps. During the school year she is an Elementary School Teacher while also helping in the LINX Camps department.


 

Jennifer Downin

Jen is the Junior Camp Director at LINX Camps. She has worked as a nanny She is EEC Director certified, a children’s certified yoga teacher, and former pre-school owner. Her professional background includes teaching at preschools, private elementary schools, libraries, and daycare facilities, and the development of a gross motor movement program for a daycare. Jen is the mother of 5 children.