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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.

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.

Kate Kaplan - Summer Camp Program Director

Kate joined the Wavus staff in 2010 and has spent the last nine summers as a counselor, assistant tripping director, and currently as the director of summer camp programming. She was also an educator at The Leadership School from 2011-2012. Kate is a graduate of Gettysburg College and is pursuing her masters degree in education from Johns Hopkins University. She currently teaches seventh grade social studies, leads the seventh grade faculty, and is the head coach for the varsity girls cross-country team at McDonogh School. Kate lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, Sam.

Lindy Perry - Junior Wavus Director

Lindy has been with Wavus since 2006 where she started as a JW camper. She was a camper for six years before going on the KW West trip in 2012. Lindy spent the past five summers as a counselor and is excited to help out the AD staff this summer. She graduated from Furman University in May 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing a career in teaching in her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. Lindy is excited to return to her favorite place this summer!

Hannah Lovejoy - Wilderness Tripping

Hannah joined the Wavus staff in 2012 as a counselor, and worked in the tripping department for three summers. After a summer away, she is thrilled to be back as Tripping Director. Hannah also spent three years at the Leadership School from 2012-2015. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Hannah lives is Virginia, and teaches preschool at Green Hedges School. Hannah is excited to return for her fifth summer at Wavus!

Greta Brown - Assistant Wilderness Tripping

This is Greta's thirteenth summer at Wavus, and her first working as an assistant director in the trip shed. She has been involved with Wavus since 2002. She was a camper for six years before participating in the KW West trip in 2012. She spent five summers working as a counselor at Wavus and three at the 9/11 Family Camp at Kieve. Greta is a 2017 graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in Elementary Education. She currently teaches third grade in Belfast, Maine. Greta is thrilled to continue spending summers in her favorite place!

Skyler Dunfey - Assistant Wilderness Tripping

Hi everyone, my name is Skyler and I am a native Mainer.  I love the outdoors, creating art, and singing and playing guitar with friends.  I graduated from Wheaton college in 2015, majoring in studio art and double minoring in psychology and education.  With my passion for experiential learning and love for the outdoors I have spent the past couple years working at The Leadership School.  This will be my 5th summer working at Wavus and I am excited to be back! 

Sarah Kaplan - Assistant Wilderness Tripping

Sarah started at Wavus as a camper in 2006. She did Kieve West in 2012, and has worked as a counselor for four summers since. This will be Sarah’s first summer working as an assistant director for the trip shed. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. Sarah is thrilled to spend another summer as a part of the Wavus community.

Dave Berndtson - Assistant Program Manager

Dave, originally from Chicago, has previously worked for Kieve-Wavus as a counselor, TLS educator, and as an educator-in-residence at Nobleboro Central School. Before Kieve, Dave led teenagers on international trips in Costa Rica and Belize, and was an animal conservation volunteer in the Galápagos. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with dual majors in Biology and Psychology, and will be moving to Seattle after camp to pursue his master's degree in marine affairs at the University of Washington. He loves anything and everything outdoors, especially SCUBA diving, canoeing, backpacking, cycling, and skiing. Dave is a registered Maine guide and a certified canoe instructor and is incredibly excited to take on a new role as assistant program manager at Camp 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.

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 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.             

Jenny Hutz - Assistant Director Waterfront

Jen is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (home of the Super Bowl 52 Champs.) She is a 2016 graduate from Temple University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies. This is Jen’s fourth year on staff and is excited to be spending another summer on the docks overseeing the waterfront and getting a sick Chaco tan. She also enjoys helping out on the ropes course and with the sailing crew. She loves running on the Maine hills and the sport of Frolf. Jen cannot wait to return to Wavus for another incredible summer!

Courtney Bliss - Assistant Director for CIT Program

Courts Bliss and she is from Lakeville CT. This spring she will be graduating from St. Lawrence University with a major in history and a minor in education and next year she will be working as an assistant teacher in Greenwich CT. She was a camper from JW all the way to Maine Trails and also participated in KW West. This will be her fifth summer on staff and second as the CIT director. I could not be more excited to spend another AMAZING summer at Wavus!

Sarah Adelberg - Assistant Director Infirmary

Sarah returns for a fourth season in the Wavus Infirmary. As a passionate advocate of wild places, Sarah feels privileged to spend summers in a community where young outdoorswomen are encouraged to safely pursue incredible, life-changing adventures. She's a Wilderness First Responder and EMT with a local ambulance service. When not at camp, she travels around teaching with Wilderness Medical Associates, ultrarunning on beautiful trails, and shaping many hundreds of wooden spoons. Sarah has a BA from UMaine in Jazz & Contemporary Music and currently resides in Readfield, Maine. 

Jillian Schreier - Assistant Infirmary

Jill is incredibly excited for her first summer at Camp Wavus in the infirmary. Originating from a coastal town in Rhode Island, she spent most of her past summers enjoying or working on the nearby beaches where she most enjoyed splashing around in the ocean. Next year she will graduate from Tufts University with dual majors in biology and psychology. Jill is a nationally certified and Massachusetts licensed EMT, and works alongside other students at Tufts to provide 24/7 care to the campus through Tufts EMS. Nearby campus, she volunteers at a daycare working with children aged 2 to 5. In her free time, Jill loves to read anything she can get her hands on, paint, and run, with all three activities preferably occurring outdoors. She always enjoys a good joke or pun, so feel free to stop by the infirmary any time to say hello and hopefully have a laugh!

Lauren Geddes - Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director

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.