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Boys Summer Camp Staff

Henry R. Kennedy - Executive Director

Henry Kennedy has served as Executive Director and Boys Camp Director at Kieve since 1990 and is the third generation of his family at the helm.   He spearheaded Kieve’s 2005 merger with the Wavus Foundation.  He was a Kieve camper 1967 - 1972 and a counselor 1973-1980.  Henry also served as the Treasurer of Kieve’s Board of Trustees while he was a CPA in California and Portland, ME during the 80s.  His volunteer service includes Colby College Board of Overseers, Cumberland, ME school board, President of Maine Youth Camping Assoc., Allagash Wilderness Waterway Advisory Committee, Maine Great Ponds Taskforce, Maine Huts and Trails trustee, founding trustee of Family Ice Center, and Maine Equity in Education taskforce.

BJ Kennedy arrived at Kieve in 1983, the year she and Henry were married in Kieve’s outdoor chapel.  Beej wears many hats here:  recruiting new campers and staff, hosting and feeding visitors, mothering homesick kids, helping in the office, baking chocolate cakes for the loudest and sweetest Sunday voices, and happily chipping in wherever we need her.  She and Henry have 2 grown kids who are both active on the KW Alumni Council, son Sam and daughter Blair.

Charlie Richardson - Director of Education and Operations

Charlie has been an integral member of the Kieve-Wavus family since 1983, first as an intern in Kieve's Leadership School program then as a counselor,  and ultimately as C0-Director of the Boys' Camp.  He currently is involved in helping to provide the best educational experience for each and every person and group that comes to our incredible campuses. In the community Charlie has been a board member at the Central Lincoln County YMCA and board member and chairman of the Nobleboro, Maine School board. His teaching and administrative experience have taken place in the Hull Public School in Massachusetts, the Linsly School in Wheeling, WV, and McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. He now resides year round at Kieve with his wife Annie and their two children Laurie Beth and C.J. 

Tom Hartenstein - Assistant Director

Tom was a camper in the 1980s to early 90s and was a counselor from 1997- 2005. He became an Assistant Director of Boys Camp in 2007 and oversees the day-to-day operation. Tom spent 8 years in South America where he learned to speak fluent Spanish. His family then settled in Coral Gables, Florida. Currently Tom and his wife Terrill reside in Raleigh, North Carolina with their twins, Jake and Andy. Both teach at Riverside High School in Durham, NC where they both received the honor of Teacher of the Year (Tom in 2008 and Terrill in 2011). During the off season Tom spends much of his time mountain biking and trail running. 

Jess Anderson - TLS Program Director and KW Health Care Manager

Originally from the Adirondack region of New York State, Jess began working at Kieve in 1999 while attending Hamilton College. After graduating in 2002, Jess became the Kieve Infirmary Director in the summers while teaching the rest of the year at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Connecticut. In 2010 Jess, along with her husband Reid, fulfilled their lifelong dream of moving to Maine full time. Jess is an EMT, Red Cross Instructor and also volunteers in a local church. She loves her current roles as The Leadership School Program Director and KW Health Care Manager, having the opportunity to appreciate the big picture impact of the TLS experience on schools and the everyday details of student and camper wellbeing. Jess, Reid, and their son Peter live in nearby Dresden, ME during the year and on site at Kieve during the summer.

Rob Reilly - Adventure Course Director

Our Adventure Course Director Rob Reilly, is a native of Manchester, England where he started rock climbing at the age of 13. He moved to the US in 1993 and has been working in the field of outdoor education for over 15 years with groups ranging from corporate managers to adjudicated youth. Rob joined the Kieve-Wavus team in the spring of 2010 as a Leadership School teacher and Challenge Course Manager. He is a nationally certified challenge course & adventure program manager and a certified AMGA (American Mountain Guides association) rock climbing instructor. He lives in Hope, ME with his wife of 20 years, Sarah, and their three children.

Reid Anderson - Wilderness Tripping Director

Originally from the Main Line of Philadelphia, Reid began at Kieve as a camper in 1992 and never left. He was a camper for five years (1992-1996), a counselor for five years (1998-2002) while attending Hamilton College, and then became a director in 2003, spending summers at Kieve and teaching the rest of the year at Pomfret School in Connecticut. In 2010 Reid, along with his wife Jess, fulfilled their lifelong dream of moving to Maine to work full time at Kieve. Reid is a Registered Maine Guide, avid whitewater paddler, and general outdoor enthusiast. Reid also volunteers as a firefighter with the Dresden Fire Department and is an active member of a local snowmobile club. Reid, Jess, and their son Peter live in nearby Dresden, ME during the year and on site at Kieve during the summer.             

Sam Kaplan - Junior Kieve Director

Sam, a 3rd generation Kieve man, was a camper from 1998 through 2001, then again in 2003 for Maine Trails and in 2004 for Kieve West. He returned as a counselor in 2006, became an Assistant Tripping Director in 2009, and finally arrived at his current role in the summer of 2011. Sam is a 2009 graduate of Bates College and an Upper School History Teacher, College Counselor, Grade Dean and Head Varsity Hockey Coach at St. Paul's School in Baltimore, MD.

Faye Woodman - Administrative Assistant, Summer Camp for Boys

Faye began her career with Kieve in 1995 as the Executive Assistant to Henry Kennedy and the Administrative Assistant to the Kieve Summer Camp for Boys and the addition of the KW West Program.   She diligently works to support all the parents by comforting them with a myriad of requests, unraveling any issues and melting any potential crisis areas with effortless expertise.  She attended the University of Maine at Augusta for Computer Science.  In her off time, Faye works with her husband Wayne to provide assistance to his Ministry and the Parishioners of the West Waldoboro Community Church in Waldoboro, ME.  She also works with the From our Hearts Organization creating beautiful designer cards for all the service men and women who are deployed, providing them with multiple all-occasion cards to send home to their loved ones. For pleasure and relaxation she is learning to skillfully play the piano and delights in communicating and spending time with all her children and grandchildren. 

Blair Johnson - Assistant Director Waterfront

This will be the third summer at Kieve for Blair. She spends her time between Greenwich, Ct and Biddeford Pool, Me. This fall she will be a fourth year at the University of Virginia where she majors in Biology. She love everything about Kieve, but her loyalty lies at the waterfront and we are pleased to welcome her as the Assistant Director for Waterfront this summer. 

Eliza Sneeden - Assistant Director - Waterfront

Eliza is a native of Exeter, NH and was a Wavus camper in 2010 and started on the Kieve council staff in 2015. Eliza is a May 2017 graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she studied English with a focus in Journalism. Eilza's greatest joy at camp is to be out on the lake for some sailing, swimming, and standup paddle boarding so she couldn't be more excited to be back at the waterfront this summer. 

Chris Sanchez - Assistant Director for CIT Program

My name is Chris Sanchez and I was a camper at Kieve for 5 years. I am a 2014 graduate with an Associates degree in Fire Science. This will be my fourth summer on staff. I am very much looking forward to being part of the C.I.T. program and hoping to use my experience as both a counselor and a TLS educator to give our future camp leaders the tools and skills they need to be successful. 

Drew Schmid - Environmental Educator

Drew grew up 30 minutes south of Kieve in Boothbay, Maine, and came to TLS as a seventh grade student in 2004.  His professional aspirations have ranged over the years from mountain man to game warden to artist to ornithologist to photojournalist to renegade history teacher to falconer to farmer.  At Kenyon College he majored in International Studies, with minors in Studio Art and Arabic, and studied abroad in Amman, Jordan.  His passions also include outdoor sports and education, and since graduating in 2014 he has sought to share these interests and contribute to his communities through various educational roles.  He is happiest when he can be both a teacher and a student, and is therefore very excited to be working on Hog Island this summer! 

Katrina Smith - Assistant Infirmary Director

Katrina grew up in coastal Maine, and attended the Leadership School as a student in middle school. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Anthropology/Sociology. Katrina started at the Leadership School in the fall of 2015 and joined the Kieve Infirmary team in 2016. She loves animals, crafting, and exploring new places. Katrina is excited to join the Kieve camp for Boys team this year, and get to know both the campers and the staff!             

Will Hackett - Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director

Will is an native of Belle Meade, NJ and spent six years as a camper at Kieve. During his seven years as a counselor for Kieve Boys Camp, Will worked with children ranging from 8 - 16 years and led several extended trips into the Maine Wilderness. He is a 2010 graduate of Muhlenberg College and has been on the staff of The Leadership School since the fall of 2011 and has been on the Wilderness Tripping team since 2014. Will loves watching and playing sports, especially football and getting out into the Maine Woods. 

Tyler Pace - Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director

After Tyler graduated from Connecticut College in 2007, he spent a year working as a Student Services Assistant at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. He then spent some time back home in Kentucky before heading to graduate school in Boston. A veteran Kieve camper, counselor and teacher at The Leadership School and KW West Trip Leader, and co AD of the CIT program, we are glad to have Tyler back in the Trip Shack this year. Tyler has his Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications and is a Certified Maine Guide. In his spare time, Tyler loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, make friends with dogs, read Dante and Wendell Berry and listen to all kinds of Bluegrass music.

Jack Marston - Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director

Jack was a camper for ten fine years, and this will be his eighth summer on staff.  Having led all of the longest trips several times over, he will continue his service in the Trip Shack this summer.  His campers are now counselors, and he will continue to mentor them as they grow as leaders.  Although Jack prefers the swift current of the Allagash, the dirt roads of the Maine woods are his new avenue of travel as he supports our groups up north.

Walter Dickerson - Director of Facilities - Kieve

Walter, a close friend of Tom Hartenstein's and North Carolina native, joined us in 2008 and did a wonderful job filling in wherever he was needed. He was an Assistant Director, primarily in the wilderness trip program from 2009-2012.  At the end of the 2012 season Walter joined the Kieve Facilites Management team full time. An experienced hiker, jack of all trades, eternal optimist, and exceptional role model, Walter is famous on the Appalachian Trail for backpacking barefoot!

Bill Chapman - Snow Goose III Captain

Bill holds a Coast Guard boat license and has worked as a commercial fisherman for more than twenty years. He brings a wide range of experiences and talents to Kieve all year long. He has always had a mechanical bent, working as a maintenance mechanic in a local hospital while attending Northeastern University. He is a jack of all trades, able to handle a wide variety of projects on his own. In the past he has served as a law-enforcement officer in Washington, D.C., worked with Project Leap in Massachusetts , and overseen a number of properties in Coastal Maine.  Bill is also a licensed Maine Guide, specializing in hunting expeditions both for upland birds and Sea Ducks.   

Michaela Peabody - Camper Connection

My name is Michaela Peabody, and I have been at Kieve for 3 summers now. This fall I will be a junior at Colby-Sawyer College majoring in Child Development. This summer I will continue with Camper Connection and help keep the parents updated on what is going on at camp with photos! 

Russ Williams - Development & Communications Director

In addition to being the Development & Communications Director, Russ coordinates all the the program brochures, newsletters and website updates. For the summer camps, he oversees the implementation of the Camper Connection (thru CampMinder), a very popular service for parents, updated daily during camp and that allows parents to stay updated on some of the happenings around camp and view thousands of camper pictures all year round. Russ is also the 9/11 & Family Camp Director.

Betsy Lee - Camp Staff Administrator

Betsy joined us after six years as the Administrative Assistant for The Wavus Foundation and brought a wealth of experience in the areas of development, accounting and event planning. Betsy is the administrator for the Summer Camp Staff and is managing the Wavus Camper Connection. Betsy is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Animal Medical Sciences. Her two daughters, Anna-Marie and Laura are former Wavus Campers and Staff members.