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Jon and Sara Deren

Jon and Sara Deren exchanged vows at Manitou on the shores of East Lake. Jon, a former Manitou camper and counselor, has owned and directed the camp since 1998. Known at camp as “JD,” he oversees all camp operations during the summer while coordinating Manitou’s one-of-a-kind winter program during the off-season. He was a collegiate skier at Tufts and received his MBA from Columbia University. Jon served on the Board of Directors for the American Camping Association – NY/NJ Section and is active on several ACA committees.

Sara serves as Executive Director of Experience Camps, a network of non-profits camp for children who have lost a parent or sibling. She graduated from Lafayette College, and received her MBA from Columbia, where she also met Jon. She and Jon have three children – Tyler, Dylan, and Max – who love spending the summer at their 100-acre playground.

During the year, Jon, Sara, Tyler, Dylan, and Max live in Westport, CT.