The Leadership Team

Creative Themes is a family owned and operated Day Camp. Robert Remis and daughter, Denise Bellavia, have run the daily camp operations for 36 years. Bob has three grandchildren that attend camp every day and plan on carrying on the family tradition (pictured below). Robert and Denise provide on-site, hands-on guidance, involvement, and innovation each day.

From left to right: Brigid Colgan, Denise Bellavia, Randy Lewis, Eric Kohl, Courtney Bellavia, Danielle Chiesi Wingo, Liz Davis, Ali Smith, and Robert Remis. Missing from picture: Cindy Kohl.

Robert Remis, Owner/Director

As a consultant in the areas of Teambuilding, Problem Solving, and Creative Thinking training, Robert adds a unique style to the camp’s philosophy and operation. Bob is also the camp’s lead Adventure Program designer, instructor, and facilitator. Additionally, his skills and experience in magic, juggling, comedy, fishing, archery, canoeing, and outdoor adventure make him an excellent role model for the staff and campers. Providing a safe and creative environment for every camper is Bob’s number one goal. 2019 will be Bob’s 36th year at camp and hopes of many more to come.

Denise Bellavia, Owner/Director

As the Co-Director, Denise has been a camper, LIT, CIT, and counselor. She now serves in the capacity of Camp Director, Admissions Coordinator, and Health Director. As an instructor in First Aid and CPR, she stays current on the camp’s health requirements. Her years of camp experience help her create great camp memories for campers and staff alike!

Denise is a mother of two children, Courtney (21) and Ryan (18). They have both spent their summers with her at camp. During her spare time, Denise has been a girl scout leader, PTSA Chair & Co-President, and chairs many sports booster clubs (baseball, softball, and football).

Denise prides herself on knowing campers and their names year to year. This is what makes CT a family atmosphere. When campers come back each summer, our staff greet them with excitement and astonishment at how big they have gotten. Denise loves to see how much our campers grow up!

Danielle Chiesi Wingo

Danielle is in her 20th year as a Physical Education Teacher in the Rochester City School District, currently teaching at World of Inquiry School #58. Additionally, Danielle is a physical education mentor and peer reviewer and coaches the following teams: boys’ varsity volleyball, modified boys’ basketball, modified girls’ basketball, and JV golf. She was recognized as the 2010 Willie W. Lightfoot Youth Advocate of the Year and 2016 New York State Western Zone Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Danielle co-owns Kidden Prep, LLC, where she leads the Organizing Services segment of the sister-owned company. Danielle enjoys traveling with her husband, is an avid sports fan, and enjoys bike rides along the canal path, orienteering, playing basketball, and snowshoeing.

Danielle began at Creative Themes in 2002 as a lead counselor and has been in her current role as Assistant Director for 11 summers. She loves how campers grow into confident, independent, and self-sufficient life explorers because of their Creative Themes experiences.

Eric Kohl

Eric began attending Creative Themes Day Camp in 1992. He was a camper, leader-in-training, counselor-in-training, general counselor, lead counselor, and is currently an Assistant Director. Eric studied Physical Education and Health Education, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the State University of New York at Brockport. When not at Creative Themes, he teaches Physical Education at Monroe #1 BOCES and is a wrestling coach at Fairport High School.

Eric currently lives in Webster with his wife. In his free time, Eric loves the outdoors! He enjoys, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and anything else that gets him outside and moving!

Eric uses his background in physical education, adventure education, improv comedy theater, and creativity to provide positive and exciting experiences for campers and staff. At Creative Themes, Eric loves to share his knowledge of games and activities to engage and educate campers and the staff.

Randy Lewis

Randy started working at Creative Themes in 2000 as the leader of the Leadership in Training (LIT) program. Over the last 18 years, he has worked with the LIT program, FACT area director, and now as an Assistant Director for the camp. Randy is also an American Red Cross instructor and teaches our staff Life-guarding, CPR, and First Aid. Randy has his masters in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University at Mankato and his Psychology degree from Nazareth College, where he studied to become a Special Education teacher. When not working at camp, he works at Rochester Institute of Technology in the Wellness Education department as an assistant director of wellness and as an instructor teaching class to the college students.

As a father of two kids, Randy brings a different “set of eyes” to camp. He uses his experience from all over the country to build new activities and ideas. You may see him in one of the crazy outfits that he loves to wear at camp. His philosophy is: If you can’t have fun at camp, then you may not know how to have fun!

Ali Smith

Ali has attended camp for 10 years as a camper and 10 years as a member of the awesome CT staff team. Ali attended SUNY Geneseo for her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Special Education as well as her master’s degree in Literacy.

Ali works as Special Education teacher at Gananda middle school where she also coaches the Varsity Track and Field team. She is also a volunteer ski patroller at Bristol Mountain and uses her first aid skill around camp when needed. Ali enjoys running and hiking with her wife and their dog Shanti.

At camp Ali enjoys working as part of the Creative Themes adventure team, playing games on the game field and canoeing around the pond. She likes to find ways for both younger and older campers to build friendships and explore their surroundings.

Brigid Colgan

Brigid, or “Biddy” as we call her, has worked at the camp for over 10 years. Starting out as a group counselor, she became a lead counselor and is now a member of our administrative staff. Biddy is a certified School Psychologist and has worked as a behavior specialist at Monroe #1 BOCES for the past 5 years.

Biddy enjoys interacting with children of all ages at camp. With her experience and background, she is able to provide staff with support and new ideas on transitioning, problem-solving, and creating a wonderful experience for each and every camper. Her favorite part of camp is being able to watch children open up to new things and the excitement on their faces when they are having pure, genuine fun!

Outside of camp, Biddy enjoys spending time with her family, snuggling with her dog, eating at new restaurants, and kayaking.

Courtney Bellavia

Courtney has attended camp since she was a baby in the baby pool!! Courtney has been a camper, LIT, CIT, counselor, and now serves as one of our lead counselors. With her knowledge of camp, Courtney adds a lot of experience to our leadership team, even though she is our youngest! In high school, Courtney was an integral member of the Webster Schroeder Softball team.

Courtney is currently in her senior year of college at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania where she is studying Athletic Training. Outside of camp, Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending music concerts, and taking care of her little cousins!

Liz Davis

Elizabeth (Liz) is in her 3rd year as a lead counselor at Creative Themes. A Syracuse native, Liz was a standout basketball player for Nazareth College where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduating from Nazareth College, she went on to be a coach for several high school sports including basketball, softball, and girls lacrosse. She also was an assistant coach and mentor for the women’s basketball program at Nazareth College for 2 years.

Currently, she is in her 15 years of practicing as a New York State licensed Speech Language Pathologist and is employed by the Rochester City School District. She has a great deal of background knowledge in the areas of Autism and other developmental disabilities, as well as additional factors that impact a child’s ability to effectively communicate and function in his/her environment.

Liz lives in the Rochester area with her husband of 13 years and their two beautiful daughters, and one crazy Golden Retriever named Yogi. Liz loves spending time wither her family and friends, especially anytime she can get to the Adirondacks!!!

Cindy Kohl

Cindy has been working at the pool here at Creative Themes for quite a while! Her two sons, Eric and Adam, started out as campers and continued on to become counselors. Cindy recently retired from Monroe #1 BOCES where she worked as the Pool Director and Adapted Physical Education Teacher for 35 years. When she is not working at Creative Themes, Cindy is a Lifeguard and swim instructor at Perinton Recreation.