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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. 

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.

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. 

Evan Kantor - Assistant Program Manager

Evan is thrilled to be returning for his 10th Summer at camp. Evan was a camper for 4 years, a counselor for 4 years, and the Waterfront Director in 2015. After spending the past 2 summers earning his masters in education, he is very excited to be back at Kieve as the Assistant Director of Camp Programming. Evan has been a teacher since he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2014, and is currently teaching high school math at a public school in the Bronx. He is looking forward to another incredible Summer on Lake Damariscotta!

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.

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 began his current role in the summer of 2011. Sam is a 2009 graduate of Bates College and earned his MAT from Loyola University in 2016.  In the offseason Sam is the Dean of Students at St. Paul’s School where he also teaches history, is an assistant coach for varsity lacrosse and the head coach for varsity hockey.  Sam lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Kate.

Chris Sanchez - Assistant Curriculum Director

Chris Sanchez has been a camper at Kieve for 5 years. He is a 2014 graduate with an Associates degree in Fire Science. This will be his fifth summer on staff. Chris is very much looking forward to working on combining parts of our work at TLS with Summer Camp to make an even better experience for our Campers and Staff. His experiences at Kieve through both Summer Camp and TLS have inspired him to further his education in Social Emotional learning and youth development. 

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! 

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. 

Jack Marston - Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director

Jack was a camper for ten fine years, and this will be his 9th 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.   

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. 

Michaela Peabody - Kieve Camper Connection

My name is Michaela Peabody, and I have been at Kieve for 4 summers now. I am a junior at RIC 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!