Activity Directors / Lead Counselors

Luis Gajardo

Athletic Director

luisLuis is the director of the Pure Sports Foundation and is a USA Certified Head Trainer for TOPS Soccer (United States Special Needs Youth Soccer) of the Florida Youth Soccer Association. Luis has created athletics programs across multiple sports across the state of Florida for the last 15 years. In addition to running Top Soccer in South Florida, Luis directs VIP programs (the American Youth Soccer Organization’s – AYSO – Special Needs program) in Boynton Beach, and is a Director and Trainer for the Jewish Community Center of Palm Beach working with both children and adults with special needs.

Outside of his special needs work, Luis has also spent the last fourteen years as an Assistant Coach and Fitness/Conditioning Coach for Florida Atlantic University’s Division 1 soccer program.

Luis hails from Chile and received his Bachelor Degree in Physical Education at Educares University, in Santiago, Chile. As Luis likes to say, “Everyone deserves the same opportunity to have fun!!! Love and a happy face is all you need to be involved with special needs kids.”

Peter Kalvert

Music Director

Ruth, Pete and MadronePete is a singer/songwriter, audio-engineer, and music producer who has been a music educator for over a decade. A former NYC public school music teacher at PS 186 and teaching-artist with ArtsConnection, the oldest arts-in-education organization in NYC, Pete founded his Music Ascension Program in 1999. Since then, Music Ascension has provided more than 4,000 young people in the Tri-State area with instruction in Music, Songwriting, Audio-Engineering, and Music Production and has produced over 60 CDs featuring the music, lyrics, and spoken words of young people.

During the school year, Pete designs and implements the music programs at Chancellor Academy (Since 2002), Chapel Hill Academy (Since 2005), and the Fed Cap School (Since 2012) in New Jersey

Pete, who is a graduate of Brown University, grew up at summer camp in upstate New York and spent better than ten summers as a camper and counselor.

Kristine Lorefice

Improv/Theater Director

Kristine is so excited to be a part of Camp Altitude this year as the Improv/Theater Director!!! After attending Davidson College in North Carolina and a documentary film graduate program at The New School in New York City, she began a career as a casting director. She has cast for Bravo, NBC, Travel Channel, TLC, CMT, theater, film and print. She runs her own business, Acting House, where she teaches acting, leads camps, group lessons and therapeutic creative exercises to teens and students with social and emotional issues. She has a special place in her heart for people on the spectrum, and has helped run social skills seminars and improv groups for teens and young adults with Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism. She loves the wilderness, hiking, animals, photography, making odd films and writing poetry. This fall, Kristine will be attending Columbia University’s School of Social Work to achieve her ultimate career goal to specialize in working in adolescent mental health and therapy. (http://www.kristinelorefice.com/acting_house.html)