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Wavus Girls Camp Director and 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.

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.

Kate Adair - Summer Camp Program Director

Kate joined the Wavus staff in 2010 as a Counselor and was a Tripping Assistant from 2012-2013. In 2014, she was an Assistant Director for the Wilderness Tripping program. She also spent a year as an educator at The Leadership School from 2011-2012. Kate is a graduate of Gettysburg College and is pursuing a Masters of Education at Johns Hopkins University. She currently teaches Middle School Social Studies and coaches the varsity cross-country team at McDonogh School in Baltimore, Maryland. Kate is excited to be back for her eighth summer at Wavus!

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.

Mims Pace - Wilderness Tripping Director

Mims is from Atlanta GA and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Structural Systems Engineering and Environmental Studies. She worked for Moondance Adventures for three summers in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Wyoming and as a KW Trip Leader in the Pacific Northwest. At Kieve-Wavus she is a TLS Educator,  was a co-AD of the CIT Program and Assistant Tripping Director at Wavus. Mims lives in Jefferson, ME with her husband, Tyler and new baby Griffen. In her spare time, Mims interests include anything outdoors, reading, and photography.

Caitlin Dunn - Junior Wavus Director

Caitlin grew up in Southern Maine and graduated with a degree in Recreation Therapy in 2015 from the University of Southern Maine.  She joined the Kieve-Wavus team in June 2016; first as a Head Bunkhouse Counselor at Wavus and then as an Educator for the Leadership School. She enjoys hiking, skiing, reading with a cozy blanket and corny jokes. She has spent time in California and Washington teaching Outdoor Education and is looking forward to working with our Junior Wavus campers this summer.

Samantha Copland - Assistant Director Challenge Course

Sam is from Uxbridge, Massachusetts. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 2014 with a BA in Psychology and Gender & Womens Studies and a minor in education. Sam started working with Kieve-Wavus in August 2014 at the Leadership School, where she was very excited to combine her passion of working with students with her love of being outdoors. She has been working at summer camps in Maine for the past four summers, directed the Ropes Course at Wavus in 2015, the CIT program in 2016 and is back leading Ropes this summer. In her free time, Sam can be found running, climbing, cooking or exploring Maine with her friends. She is also a Registered Maine Guide.

Joy Bengston 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.             

Jenny Hutz - Assistant Director Waterfront

Jenny is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a 2016 graduate from Temple University with a Bachelors Degree in Communications Studies. This is her third year at Wavus and we are pleased to have her back overseeing our Waterfront! She loves hiking and taking on new adventures! 
 

Courtney Bliss - Assistant Director for CIT Program

Courtney, or Courts as she is know around camp is from Lakeville, CT and will be a senior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she is a History major and double minoring in Government and Education. She was a camper for eight years and joined the coucil staff in 2014. She loves all thing camp oriented and brings a lifetime of Wavus experience, history and passion to pass on to the Counselor in Training group.

Taylor Boucher - Environmental Educator

Taylor was born and raised in Portland, Maine. She was a camper for two years, a Wavus Counselor for the two summers and has been the Environmental Educator on Hog Island since 2016. She studied Biology and Environmental Studies at Earlham College where she found passions for many things, such as environmental justice and conservation. She loves adventuring outside, the ocean and traveling near and far. Taylor is so excited to be living back in Maine and exploring her passions of Experiential Education at TLS where she started in the fall of 2015. She is excited to welcome campers to Hog Island this summer.             

Sarah Adelberg - Assistant Director Infirmary

Follow the sound of acoustic music up past the new climbing wall, and you will find Sarah, having returned for a third season in the Wavus Infirmary. As a passionate advocate of wild places, Sarah is driven to support a community where young outdoorswomen are encouraged and guided in staying safe and healthy during wilderness experiences. Though current medical certifications include Wilderness First Responder and EMT,  she acknowledges that sometimes the best medicine can simply be a friend with a listening ear. Sarah has a BA from UMaine in Jazz & Contemporary Music, and enjoys endurance activities, woodworking, and frequent campfires.

Delia Montavalli - Assistant Infirmary Director

Delia is so excited for her first summer in the Wavus Infirmary! She is a rising senior majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Delia is a practicing EMT, responding to emergencies on her college campus. She is on the pre-med track and hopes to one day become a pediatrician. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, and go on runs outside!

Lauren Geddes - Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director

Mackenzie Peters - Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director

Mac comes from Sodus, NY and joined the Wavus staff as a counselor in 2012. She attended Hobart & William Smith Colleges and graduated in 2015 with a BS in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology. Mac spent a semester abroad in Ecuador and Peru as well as doing an internship in Outdoor Education in Wales during the summer of 2014. Mac started working at the Leadership School in 2015 and we are please to have her bring her outdoor and youth mentoring experience to the Trip Shack at Wavus.

Emily Rodrigue - Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director

Hey everyone! My name is Emily Rodrigue and Wavus has been my summer home for over a decade. I had the privilege of 5 incredible summers at Wavus as a camper, and this will be my 4th year on staff. As of this May, I will be a graduate of Boston College, having completed a degree in Environmental  Studies. This summer you can find me in the trip shed with Lauren Geddes helping send everyone out on some stellar adventures into the Maine Woods! After spending a summer away from Wavus in 2016 to study abroad in New Zealand, I cannot contain my excitement about coming back home to the little slice of heaven that is Wavus!

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.   

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. Betsy retired in the Fall of 2017 to pursue life in a little warmer climate. We wish her the best!