DeVaughn Cooper BA/BS, MBA
DeVaughn became a part of the Camp Harbor View family in 2012 as a group leader. He spent his first three years as a group leader while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 2015, he became team leader while he was in his continued his pursuit in higher education for his Master’s degree in business administration.
As a young professional with experience in working with diverse youth and young adults’ population, he was very interested to get the opportunity to spend his summers giving back to the youth of the community he grew up in; with over three years of work experience with at-risk students at American International College, along with other youth development experience, it is his career goal to support students like himself, who needs support with transitioning to college, persisting beyond hurdles, and understanding how to be successful.
Saira Lopes, MSW, LCSW
Alumni & Outreach Social Worker
Saira Lopes started her journey with Camp Harbor View as a group leader in 2010. Her admiration for what CHV offers the youth and families of Boston has kept her with the organization since then. Over the years, Saira has grown with the organization by taking on various positions such as team leader for two summers, associate director for an additional two seasons and recently she entered her current role as the Alumni Outreach Social Worker.
Saira received her Bachelors Degree from Framingham University in 2012 and spent the next year volunteering with City Year Boston. During this time, Saira served at the Orchards Gardens K-8 school working with students and families to best support them in reaching their educational, attendance and behavioral goals. In the Fall of 2014, Saira began graduate school at Boston College School of Social Work. She graduated with her MSW in May 2016. Saira is very excited about her new role as the Alumni Outreach Social Worker and is determined to strengthen the CHV motto that once you are a part of the CHV family; you are always a part of the CHV family.
Saira is an avid believer that anything is possible and strives to share this enthusiasm with the youth and families that she works with every day.
Elise Sheridan, MSW, LCSW
Leader in Training Program Manager
Elise has been involved with Camp Harbor View since 2012. During her first two summers, she served as a Group Leader. She greatly enjoyed this experience, but wanted a chance to work with the Leaders in Training program. Beginning in the summer 2014 she joined the LIT team as a Youth Worker. Elise has found great joy in this role as it allows her to build relationships with our young people and support them in a multitude of ways.
Elise graduated from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2010 with a degree in Communications. She has always had a passion for working with youth and a desire to give back. In October of 2010 Elise began working at the Joseph A. Browne Middle School in Chelsea, Ma. Elise worked as a paraprofessional in the Middle School Alternative Program for four years and spent one year working part-time at Chelsea High School as a Student Advocate in a Drop-Out Prevention Program. The time she spent growing and learning with the students and staff in these programs put her on the path to obtain a Master’s degree.
Elise earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Ma in May 2016. While at Simmons, Elise completed internships at The Home for Little Wanderers and TechBoston Academy.
Elise loves her work as part of the Leaders in Training team and is grateful for the opportunities Camp Harbor View provides the youth and communities it serves. Elise feels lucky to be part of an organization that empowers and supports youth with such dedication and integrity.
Enrollment and Community Outreach Manager
In his administrative role he utilizes clerical skills obtained in previous positions to maintain organization and efficiency. He loves solving problems and putting in that little bit extra to not just finish a project, but really make it sparkle.
In addition to his administrative background Barak also brings experience working with youth. Through involvement with the Civic Education Program at Northwestern University he has led groups of high school students on service-learning trips in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, and Berkeley, CA.
Scott Thomson, MSW, LCSW
Scott Thomson, a native from New Jersey, received a Bachelors in Social Work from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He first joined the CHV team as a social work intern from Boston College in summer 2015. He joined the full year-round team after earning his Master in Social Work degree in May of 2016. Scott brings with him experience working with adolescents and families in school and community-based settings.
Scott has great experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in social service settings and at camps. While working at summer camps as a teenager, Scott loved the opportunity to form deep connections with people which inspired him to pursue a career in social work. Through his love for nature and expertise in outdoor education Scott has enjoyed leading the CHV Survivor Program which allows him to share his passion with CHV Campers and LITs.
As part of the CHV team Scott is very excited to partner with CHV families to provide them with quality service and ongoing support.