Willow Lake has been under the same family ownership for over 30 years offering healthy summer experiences filled with personal growth, character development and fun. Willow Lake is small in size and big in heart. Our directors love working with kids and unconditionally believe in the impact camp can have on everyone involved.
Wendy Saiff – Owner & Director
Wendy has a master’s degree in education and was a teacher for 20 years before becoming the full time owner and director of Willow Lake in 1996. Willow Lake Day Camp has been in her family since 1980. Wendy has seen firsthand the positive impact a camp experience has on children- developing independence, confidence and competence. The mother of 3 children herself, Wendy realizes that selecting an appropriate camp program can be difficult. She is happy to answer any questions and discuss any concerns you might have regarding Willow Lake specifically or your child’s readiness to begin a day camp experience.
Charles Maltzman – Director
Charles Maltzman has spent his entire life at camp and is thrilled to be part of the Willow Lake family. His extensive background in day and resident camp make him a valuable friend and advisor to our campers, staff and parents. Charles is passionate about camp and is committed to providing a healthy, safe and fun camp experience. He is actively involved with American Camp Association and is a former member of the Tri-State Conference Steering Committee and a former committee member of SCOPE, an organization that helps send disadvantaged kids to camp. Charles has two daughters who will be Willow Lake campers for many years.
Jake Weissman – Director
Jake is the third generation of his family carrying on the Willow Lake tradition – his grandmother founded Willow Lake and Jake started attending camp at age 4. As an adult, Jake has grown up through the ranks beginning as a camp counselor and then a specialist, an outdoor adventure supervisor, and now the director. He holds a wealth of camp experience and knows personally the long history of Willow Lake.
Jake studied environmental science and recreation management at the University of Vermont and received his master’s in elementary education from Rutgers. He is deeply passionate about the wondrous effect camp can have on children, and is committed to making sure Willow Lake will always be a place where campers can be themselves, make friends, and discover new things, all while in a safe, warm, nurturing environment. This was his own experience growing up at camp and his mission is to pass it forward.
Jake and his wife reside with their son, who can’t wait to be a Willow Lake Camper once he is old enough.
Zach Handler – Athletic Director
“Coach Zach” as he is known, grew up in North Caldwell and has spent almost every summer of his life attending camp. Zach is a Montclair State graduate and has spent the past 10 years coaching children of all ages and abilities in a variety of sports. He has led classes, been the “commissioner” of sports leagues, hosted birthday parties, led team training and taught private lessons.
Zach is excited to join our year round team as Athletic Director. He brings with him a wealth of experience and is passionate about the camp experience and the benefits it can have on children. Zach is committed to the Willow Lake Day Camp philosophy of believing the best way to coach sports is to help campers build confidence while teaching fundamentals in a fun, safe and supportive environment.
Zach is an avid Jets and Yankees fan and resides in Hoboken with his wife.