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Meet our 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. 

Kirstie A. Truluck - Wavus Camp for Girls Director

Kirstie joined the Kieve-Wavus family in 2010 when her youngest daughter attended Junior Wavus and fell in love with summer camp. Kirstie joined the Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. Advisory Board in 2013 to further serve the organization. She has spent the last twenty-five years teaching elementary, middle and high school children both inside and outside of the classroom. Since earning her Master’s degree in education, Kirstie has served as a master teacher and lead administrator at the Hyde School, an independent boarding school in Bath, ME. In addition to her work with young children and adolescents in schools, Kirstie has run wilderness trips in the woods and on the waters of Maine for schools and camps, managed ropes courses, been a bunk counselor for Tanglewood 4-H Camps and coached youth sports for the Bath Recreation Department. She resides in Bath, ME with her husband Rich and her daughters Merrill and Logan.

Ed Ross - Business Manager

Ed and his wife Sandra are North Carolina natives who moved to Damariscotta from NYC in 2010. Ed has a B.S. in mathematics from Wake Forest University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Advanced Professional Certificate in finance from New York University; he is an inactive CPA. Ed has had a variety of financial and accounting responsibilities while working as a manager and an owner in three for-profit corporations; he has also been an active volunteer in several non-profit entities. In his spare time Ed enjoys the RedSox, sailing, gardening and volunteering for SCORE.

Sam Kennedy - Associate Camp Director

Sam was a Kiddie-Camper in its inaugural 1991 summer, and since then has spent most of his summers at Kieve-Wavus as a camper, counselor, Advisory Board chair, and after some time away, as Associate Camp Director. Sam provides leadership and supervision for Kieve Camp for Boys, while supporting other Kieve-Wavus programs throughout the year. Sam's favorite wilderness trips are the Long Voyage and Allagash. Sam has a B.A. from Colby College and an M.Ed. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Sam lives in Portland, ME with his wife, Sarah.  

Reid Anderson - Director of Logistics and Risk Management, Wilderness Trip Director

Originally from the Main Line of Philadelphia, Reid began at Kieve as a camper in 1992 and effectively 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, moved to Maine where they both work full time for KWE.  Reid is a Registered Maine Guide with Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) certification, a Maine Youth Camp Trip Leader and Trip Leader Instructor, an American Canoe Association L3 Canoe Instructor and avid whitewater paddler, and a general outdoor enthusiast.  Utilizing his FireFighter I certification, Reid volunteers with the Dresden Fire Department where he is the Training Officer and he is the Trail Master for the Dresden Sno-Valley Riders snowmobile club.  Reid, Jess, and their son Peter live in nearby Dresden, ME during the year and on site at Kieve during the summer.

Rebecca Kurtz - Development Associate

A Maine native who spent a number of years in the Rangeley region, Rebecca joins Kieve-Wavus with an extensive managerial background in development, grant writing,  environmental education, natural resource conservation and communications.  A graduate of Colgate University and University of Maine, Farmington, she returned to the coast 3 years ago, and is thrilled to support our summer camps as well as focus her development efforts on the 9,000+ children and adults we serve through  The Leadership School, the Educators In Residence program and the retreats for Veterans, 9/11 Families and folks healing from cancer.

Diane Impallomeni - Head of Food Service & Hospitality

Diane has been with Kieve since 1999. She oversees food service at Kieve, serving as the supervisor at both the KLC and Pasquaney dining hall. Diane liaises with clients before their arrival at Kieve and helps them to determine their needs regarding menus and amenities. Her food has been described as phenomenal and amazing, and she has been duly praised by clients for her attentiveness. Be sure to ask about her seafood chowder.                

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.

Joy Bengtson Giffen - Executive Assistant

Joy joins the K-W team to share her experience in non-profit fundraising; secondary and graduate level development and alumni relations. She brings a high level of energy and professionalism to the position, and enjoys connecting with people... especially those that share her deep love of the outdoors. Joy earned her degree in Environmental Management from Harvard University. Joy lives in Pittston, ME with her husband Matt. She loves spending time hiking, Nordic skiing, traveling, tending her vegetable garden, cooking elaborate meals, spending time with family and playing with her rescue Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Marfa.             

Summer Morton - Office Manager

Summer is a graduate of Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, where she graduated with her Business Management degree. She joined the Kieve staff full time in May of 2002, after working part-time for the preceding three years. Summer, and her husband Ryan, love chasing their two boys and their crazy sport schedules.

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!

Scott Henry - Director of Facilities - Wavus

Scott has worked for Kieve-Wavus since 1995 and has spent time caring for both of the organization's properties. He now insures that the physical plant at Wavus is maintained and improved year round. He earned his BS degree in Environmental Sciences from SUNY at Syracuse. In his time off Scott, enjoys hunting and fishing in both Maine and Canada. Scott shares his affection for Wavus with his wife Robyn, son John and daughter Josey who is a Wavus girl in every way.

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.   

Kate Phenix - Executive Assistant

Kate Phenix originally from Northern California, Kate spent summers in Maine with her family at their camp in Harpswell. After going to college in Washington state, where she acquired both a love of the outdoors and a husband (Erik), she moved back to Northern California where she ran a monthly wine club at a vineyard in Napa Valley, got her Masters in Literature, and had a daughter, Dylan, and son, Izaak. Kate and Erik moved the family to Maine in 2005, settling in Bath. Last year they moved to Phippsburg to have more space for their ever-growing teenage children and easy access to hiking trails and Popham Beach.