2019 camp staff

Camp Staff

Camp Founders

Dr. Ben Coren

  • College professor
  • Coach
  • Athletic director
  • All American football selection
  • Many years as head counselor and director of overnight camps
  • Trustee of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains
  • West Chester University Distinguished Alumni Award winner
  • Member, PA. Sports Hall of Fame

Dr. William Mackrides

  • High School Guidance Counselor
  • Coach
  • 7 year NFL Career
  • Philadelphia Eagles 1948 & 1949 NFL Champions
  • President Eagles Alumni Association
  • University of Nevada Hall of Fame inductee
  • Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame inductee

Camp Director

Mike Mackrides

  • Education:  BS Business Administration & Accounting
  • Professional Career:  President & General Manager Gould Paper Company (Retired)
  • Camping Experience:   40+ years 
  • Youth Sports Coaching:   Lacrosse (High School All-star Coach & co-founder of nationally ranked Dukes Lacrosse Club); basketball and baseball
  • Current Responsibility:  Indian Springs Day Camp Director 

Head of Facilities

Brian Mackrides

  • Education:  BS Civil Engineering, BS Geology
  • Professional Career:  Senior Director of Global Engineering, Campbell Soup Co. (Retired)
  • Camping Experience:   30+ years
  • Current Responsibility:   Indian Springs Day Camp Facility Management

Head of Athletics/Special Events

Mike Nicholson

  • Education: BSEd from West Chester University; M.Ed from Cabrini University
  • Professional Career: 18 years teaching Social Studies at Clearview Regional Middle School in Mullins Hill, NJ
  • Camping Experience: This is Mike's 11th year at Indian Springs Day Cammp
  • Current Responsibility: Athletic Director

Director of Administration

Lori Plans

  • Education: BSEd from West Chester University; BSN from West Chester University with certifications in Pediatric Nursing, Emergency Nursing and Inpatient Obstetrical Nursing
  • Professional Career: 16+ years of nursing experience in Pediatrics, Emergency medicine and currently a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Paoli Hospital; taught 4th grade for Marple Newtown School District prior to becoming a nurse
  • Camping Experience: Worked as a camp counselor and special events coordinator at a day camp for over 8 years and attended day camp and overnight camp my entire childhood. This is my children's 3rd year at Indian Springs and my 1st year working here.
  • Current Responsibiity: Executive Administrator