• Newsletters 2023

2023 Pemi Staff

We’re under two days away from the opening of Pemi’s 116th summer! Our staff has been hard at work preparing for the boys’ arrival on Saturday, and we can’t wait to welcome them here shortly. There has been tremendous energy and spirit during our preseason weeks, with staff completing lifeguard training, wilderness first aid instruction, sessions on a wide range of counseling skills, and a number of buildings and grounds projects to prepare for June 24th. It’s a picture-perfect day here in Wentworth, and now all we need are some campers!

As you anticipate your upcoming journey to Pemi (or, for our alumni, as you daydream about one more summer on the shores of Lower Baker), we want to take the time to introduce you to some of the incredible individuals that make up the 2023 Pemi staff. While this newsletter introduces you to our directors, cabin counselors, assistant counselors, trip counselors, program staff, and health center team, we have many more folks who make a Pemi summer happen. You’ll meet them in subsequent posts. This summer’s staff is a highly experienced, talented, and kind group who all have a deep commitment to our mission. We have expert musicians, top-level athletes, dedicated naturalists, seasoned outdoors leaders, and veteran educators. For the first time in recent memory, and likely much longer than that, every single cabin counselor this summer is a returning staff member. Hailing from all over the United States and the globe, our team is united by a shared desire to provide the campers with a safe, welcoming, and fun environment at Pemi this summer. Read on to learn all about our stellar crew!

Directors & Administration

Kenny Moore – Director – The 2023 summer marks my 31st summer at Pemi and my 25th year on staff, with the last 10 years being a year-round Director! I love sharing the joy of Pemi with staff, alumni, parents and boys and can’t wait to have new and returning campers for the summer. During the non-summer months,
my wife Sarah, son Winston, daughter Sally, and dog Burger, live in Cleveland, OH.

Charlie Malcolm Camp Pemi Assistant Director

Charlie Malcolm – Assistant Director – I have been teaching history and coaching soccer for thirty-three years in independent schools. For the last twenty-three years I have been teaching at the Northfield Mount Hermon School. My first summer at Pemi was in 1976, and I spent three summers as a camper. My father attended Pemi in the late 1930s and early 1940s; Tom Reed Sr. was his counselor in Senior II. After three years as a camper, I returned to Pemi to work in maintenance before becoming a counselor in 1987. Since 1990 I have been the Camp’s Athletic Director until recently being named Assistant Director in 2021. This year I will be a utility player, supporting the program, the kitchen, grounds and maintenance, and trips.

Pat Clare Assistant Director Camp Pemi

Pat Clare – Assistant Director – 2023 will be my third summer as assistant director, and my 14th summer at Pemi overall. I’m thrilled to welcome our amazing community of campers, staff, families, and alumni back to Pemi throughout the summer. I work year round for Pemi, so the summer months are a wonderful culmination of all the planning and preparation through fall, winter, and spring. Nothing beats the excitement of having us all together again. During the off-season I live in Boston. I’m joined at camp by my dog, Kemba, who’s excited for his third Pemi summer!

Johanna Zabawa – Lead Administrator & Camper/Staff Wellness Coordinator – I am a veteran staff member and great-granddaughter of one of Pemi’s founders,
Edgar Fauver. During the fall, winter, and spring, I’m Pemi’s Lead Administrator and Registrar. During the summer, I am a member of Pemi’s senior leadership team with a primary focus on camper and staff health and wellness. In 2004, I participated in Pemi West, and the following year joined the Pemi staff. I led trips for a number of years, coached baseball, and in 2011, served as the first female Head of Staff at Pemi. I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work in 2013 and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). For the past 9 years, I have been practicing clinical social work in a variety of therapeutic and community settings. Since 2017, I have been providing
outpatient mental health therapy to adolescents at a public high school in Minneapolis, MN. I live in St. Paul, MN with my husband Nick and daughters Charlotte (3), and Holly (9 months).

Cabin Staff

Junior 1: Rhys Jones – Co-Counselor – Hi! My name’s Rhys and I’m an Environmental and Development MSc student from Wales! I love rugby, nature, music, drama, and soccer and support the best team in the UK, Cardiff City. I’ve represented my university in soccer and football and was a member of the National Youth Theatre of Wales. So, I’ll aim to help you on anything from your passing skills to your acting skills! I’m also a fluent Welsh speaker, so you may even learn a new language this summer! I can’t wait to get back to Pemi, after a great first year last summer, and get back into the Polar Bears! See you all soon!

Junior 1: Owen Gagnon – Co-Counselor – Hi i’m Owen, i’m from Brooklyn New York and will be attending my sophmore year of college at Clark University this fall. This will be my 9th year at Camp Pemi, 6 as a camper, and third as a staff member. I cannot wait to spread my love of the outdoors and sports, specifically baseball, with the campers this year! Can’t wait to get the summer underway!

Junior 2: Raymond Tan – Cabin Counselor – Hello my fellow Pemi people! My name is Raymond and this is my second year on staff at Camp Pemigewassett. And under the new found knowledge that this bio could be a major component of Bean Soup, I shall be more elaborate this time around. This year, I’ll continue my role as cabin counselor to certain incredibly lucky campers. And additionally you can always find me in the Nature Lodge where I can show you some cool tricks on the camera, or find me on the field for a game of football – just be warned that I am incredibly competitive – to staff and campers alike 😉

Junior 2: Daniel Menzie-Brown – Assistant Counselor – Hello Pemi Family! My name is Daniel Menzie-Brown. I am a 17 year old, and I’m from Roslindale, Ma. I attended Pemi for 3 years starting in Lower 3, and ending in Lower 6. I plan on being an AC, helping out in the cabin and activities, along with teaching all sorts of sports.

Junior 3: Ry Dean-Slobod – Cabin Counselor – My name is Ry Dean-Slobod, I’m 19 years old, and I’m from South Portland Maine. This is my second year at Pemi and my second year on staff. My hobbies include painting, woodworking, baking and cooking, ultimate frisbee, guitar and skateboarding. At camp I’ll be instructing and helping in wood shop, art, music, and frisbee.

Junior 3: Jacob Kunkel – Assistant Counselor – Hi, Im Jacob! I’m from Florida and currently go to school in New Hampshire. I’ve spent most of summers in Wentworth and look forward to be heading back for another summer. I plan to help with athletics and nature this summer and can’t wait to see everyone!

Junior 4: Nick Gordon – Division Head – Hello! My name is Nick Gordon and I am from Hopewell, New Jersey, but currently live in New York City. I just finished my final year at New York University studying Religious Studies and Social Movements Throughout History as I discern a call to ministry in the Episcopal Church. In the fall I will be continue working within the Episcopal Church ‘world’ both on the denominational and parish level. In addition to my studies and work I would consider myself an amateur naturalist who specializes in birds, butterflies, and botany. This summer will be my 15th at Pemi and you will most likely find me either in the Nature Lodge or down in Junior Camp!

Junior 4: Jay Williams – Assistant Counselor – My name is Jayson (Jay) Williams, and I am from Cleveland, Ohio. I go to school at Cleveland Early College and am currently attending Tri-C taking an English and Sociology Class. I also currently play baseball for John Hay as a first baseman. I have 3 years under my belt at Pemi, making this year, 2023, my fourth. I look forward to teaching soccer, baseball, archery, and ultimate frisbee.

Junior 5: Ted Applebaum – Cabin Counselor – Hello there, I’m Ted. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio, and I’m super pumped to be back for my 9th summer at Pemi. During the year, I’m currently studying physics with a minor in computer engineering, and I enjoy skiing, hiking, and building assorted inventions out of whatever parts I can find (I swear it’s not trash). This summer, I’m looking forward to generally counseling a cabin and teaching lots of swimming and rocketry.

Junior 5: Victor Campanile – Assistant Counselor – Hey, I’m Victor and I’m super excited to be returning to Pemi this summer for my 6th year, and my first year on staff as an AC. I’m from Brooklyn, New York and enjoy playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. I hope to encourage my campers to have the best time possible and try new things!

Junior 6: Eli Brennan – Cabin Counselor – Hello! I’m 20 years old, and I am from Weston, CT. I am a rising junior at the University of Maryland where I am studying Public Policy. I am excited to return as a cabin counselor for my twelfth summer on the shores of Lower Baker. When I’m not in the cabin, I spend most of my time teaching astronomy in the Nature Lodge or coaching swimming at the waterfront. I look forward to Pemi all year long and am psyched to spend another summer here!

Junior 6: Will Chapin – Assistant Counselor – Hi Guys! My name is Will, and I’m from Hopkinton, New Hampshire. I will be an assistant counselor in Junior Camp this year. Before the pandemic I went to Pemi for three years and spent a lot of time playing soccer, waterskiing, woodworking, and hiking. I plan on being involved in all of these activities this summer. I also have learned about astronomy recently so I am hoping to dabble a bit in that field as well. More than anything though, this summer I look forward to making new friends of all ages and just having a good time with the boys by the lake

Lower 1: Jacob Smalley – Cabin Counselor – Hi, my name’s Jacob Smalley and I’m super excited to be returning to Pemi for my second summer on staff! I was a camper at Pemi for 5 years and was a member of Pemi West in 2019. I’m 20 and a rising Junior at St. Lawrence University. I’m thrilled to be back with the Pemi community as a counselor again!

Lower 2: Nolan Katcher – Co-Division Head – Hello! My name is Nolan Katcher and I am from Needham, MA, just outside Boston. I just graduated from American University in DC where I studied legal studies and psychology. I am so excited to return to Camp Pemi for my 11th summer, and thrilled to fill the role of Lower division head. This summer I am looking forward to coaching Ultimate Frisbee and Tennis, and helping out in the Nature and Music programs.

Lower 2: Fernando Hokello – Assistant Counselor – I am from Cleveland Ohio. I found out about Pemi when I was about 12, and I had Mrs. Moore as my history teacher. I am interested in sports and swimming. At Pemi, I hope I get to coach track, lacrosse, swimming, and other sports.

Lower 3: Nelson Snyder – Cabin Counselor – My name is Nelson and I am from Portland, OR! I was a camper at Pemi for 5 years, a counselor for two, and I am more than excited to return to Pemi for another amazing summer. I am interested in all sports and thrive in coaching lacrosse and soccer. I am also experienced in Photography. So excited to meet the campers and staff!

Lower 3: Tommy Christopher – Assistant Counselor – Hi, i’m Tommy, a new staff this year at Pemi! I’m from Boston, Ma where I am a rising senior at Boston Collegiate charter School. I’m excited to teach different athletics this year at Pemi, where I hope we all get better at, and grow to love, a wide range of activities.

Lower 4: Oliver Giraud – Co-Counselor – Hi, my names Oliver, I’m from Florida and I have been a part of the Pemi family since I was 9. Next year I will be starting at Kenyon College; I plan on studying political science and philosophy but I am not 100% certain. This summer will be my first year on staff, and I am so excited to be a part of the other side of things. In my free time I enjoy reading, rock climbing, and trying/learning new things. This summer I plan on coaching baseball and basketball and hope to be a part of a little bit of everything at camp.

Lower 4: Jake Cronin – Co-Counselor – I am delighted to return for my ninth summer at Pemi, marking my third year as a member of the staff. Hailing proudly from Westchester, New York, I recently completed my studies at Penn State University, specializing in Applied Mathematics with a minor focus on statistics. I’m an avid sports fan and support an interesting mix of teams including the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Eagles, Everton FC, and Penn State Football. My specialties here at Pemi are soccer, tennis, and music, as I play the piano and saxophone. With that said, I am always willing and eager to try new things!

Lower 5: Luke Larabie – Cabin Counselor – Hi everybody, I’m Luke and I’m from Vero Beach, FL. Back home my hobbies include skateboarding, playing guitar, surfing, and building my motorcycle.I currently attend the University of Alabama as a mechanical engineering major, ROLL TIDE!! I plan on helping out with music, sailing, and nature this summer.

Lower 6: Pierce Haley – Co-Division Head – Hello! My name is Pierce Haley. I’m 22 years old, and I’m from Boston, MA. I am thrilled to be returning for my eleventh summer at Camp Pemi where I will be a cabin counselor and the Lower division head. I’m looking forward to being involved in a little bit of everything that camp has to offer. I graduated this May from Colgate University where I studied political science and Spanish. In my free time, I enjoy singing, playing guitar, spending time with friends, and enjoying the outdoors. After camp, I will be moving to Madrid, Spain where I will be teaching English for the school year!

Lower 7: Dexter Wells – Cabin Counselor – Hey everyone! I’m Dexter Wells, a student at Yale University hailing from Brooklyn, New York. This summer I’ll be everywhere from the archery range, to the Nature Lodge, to the trail head! I can’t wait to get back to Pemi and all the familiar faces I’ll see this summer. I also can’t wait to make my campers listen to my eclectic musical library.

Upper 1: Ali Sheikh – Cabin Counselor – My name is Ali Sheikh and I was a camper at Pemi in 2011 and 2012, and this will be my third year serving on staff as a counselor. I am from Concord, MA and I have recently graduated from Bates College. At Pemi, I usually find myself running waterfront activities such as swimming and water skiing, as well as land based ones like soccer, rugby, and lacrosse. I also love acting and may take part in the show this summer. I am so excited to be back on the shores of Lower Baker and relish each day, just as Metal Boy did many years ago.

Upper 1: Alex Newman – Assistant Counselor – Hello, I am Alex Newman, and this is my 5th year at Pemi and my first on staff. I’m from New York City, and I love to play basketball, be outdoors, and swim. I’m excited to be back on Intermediate Hill in Upper 1 helping my campers discover new passions and continue to develop their existing ones. I’m so happy to be back at Pemi and on staff!

Upper 2: Henry Moore – Cabin Counselor – Hi, I’m Henry Moore, and I’m from South Portland, Maine. I just finished my freshman year at Dartmouth College, where I study pure math and Chinese culture/language. This will be my tenth summer on the shores of Lower Baker and my third time on staff. I put a ton of time into D-1 ultimate frisbee this year, so I’m super excited to incorporate my newfound knowledge into coaching at Pemi. I also lead environmental sculpture most weeks and occasionally help out in the wood shop. I look forward to and fun-filled summer with all of you!

Upper 2: Evan Lovine – Assistant Counselor – My name is Evan Lovine. I was born in Boston and moved to sarasota, Florida when I was 11. My interests are heavily revolved around sports, especially soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and football. I plan to teach the lacrosse and soccer teams.

Upper 3: Andrew Kanovsky – Division Head – Hi! This will be my 13th summer at Pemi starting from J1 back in 2009. I am originally from New York and just graduated from USC (the California one). I’ll be teaching a variety of sports and nature activities along with some art, but I’m most excited just to be back on the shores of Lower Baker before starting work full time in the fall!

Upper 3: Jack O’Neill – Assistant Counselor – Hi, I’m Jack O’Neill. I am from Burlingame, California, (just south of San Francisco). This will be my second summer at Pemi, and first as a staff member. I love to hang out with my friends, watch my Toronto Maple Leafs, and play football. I plan on taking part in a handful of different sports while at Pemi, possibly including soccer and baseball!

Upper 4: Simon Taylor – Cabin Counselor – Hello, my name is Simon Taylor, and I am from Alexandria, Va. This will be my 9th summer at Pemi and third year back on staff. I am a rising sophomore at Gettysburg College. I am on the wrestling team and plan to major in business and economics. At camp, I plan on teaching lacrosse, woodworking, swimming, and sailing.

Upper 4: Danny Carey – Trip Counselor – I grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and am the fourth of five children. I recently completed my freshman year at St. Michaels College in Vermont where I focus on environmental sciences. I have significant experience at summer camps and outdoor adventure programs across the United States. I am excited to share my love of the outdoors with my fellow Pemi community members in my first summer here at Pemi!

Upper 5: George Fauver – Cabin Counselor – Hi, my name is George Fauver. I’ve been a Pemi camper for 5 years and this is my second year on staff. I graduated from Deerfield Academy and I’m currently rowing at Bates College. Last year I was a basketball coach and spent a lot of time helping out on the waterski boat. I can’t wait for what this summer has in store.

Upper 5: Will Faucett – Assistant Counselor – I’m Will Faucett, and this will be my fourth summer at Pemi. After a small hiatus from camp to pursue my rowing endeavors, I am thrilled to be back for my first year on staff. I am pumped to be spending time in all aspects of camp, specifically on the water and other athletics. I am going into my senior year at the Berkshire School and am hoping to continue my rowing career in college following graduation. I am looking forward to seeing camp fill up with Pemi guys soon!

Senior 1: Sam Maynes – Cabin Counselor – I am from nearby Hanover, New Hampshire, and a 2023 graduate of nearby Plymouth State University where I studied Geography. After camp, I will begin the Master of International Affairs program at American University. Growing up in New Hampshire, I love to be outdoors as much as possible. My favorite activities in the summer are hiking, swimming, hammocking, and playing sports. This will be my third summer on staff, and I look forward to coaching baseball and soccer, hiking in the Whites, and being back on the shores of Lower Baker!

Senior 1: EJ Burnett – Trip Counselor – Hello!! EJ here! I am from Seattle, Washington. This will be my third year at Camp Pemi and my second year as a trip counselor. In my free time I like to exercise, play baseball, hike and explore the great outdoors. I am very excited to meet you all this summer.

Senior 2: Henry McLeod – Cabin Counselor – Hi! I’m Henry McLeod. I’ve recently finished my Masters in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath. I come from Windsor, UK and I’m looking forward to returning to the shores of Lower Baker Pond for my second summer at Pemi. I’m going to be a cabin counselor and water sports instructor. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, enjoying camp life, and having a great summer at Pemi.

Senior 3: Charlie Scott – Division Head – Hello! My name is Charlie Scott and this will be my 13th year at Pemi and my fifth on staff. I just graduated from Plymouth State University with a degree in Communications and Media Studies. At Pemi I will mostly be working in the soccer activities, however, I will also be working with the waterfront and helping out in the Nature Lodge. I am looking forward to this summer at Pemi and cant wait to bring energy to the shores of Lower Baker Pond!

Lake Tent: Jarrod Henry – My name is Jarrod Henry, and I hail from the flatland state of Missouri. I am a pilot currently working as a Certified Flight Instructor. As this is my eighth summer at camp, Pemi is very near and dear to my heart, and I am honored to return on staff and teach tennis, swimming, water sports and ultimate frisbee this year. Can’t wait for another great summer on the shores of Lower Baker!

Program Staff

Evan Anderson – Program Staff – I am a Boston and Hartford based music educator, composer, and multi instrumentalist. I received my bachelor’s degree in composition from New England Conservatory of Music and my master’s at The Juilliard School. I am currently pursuing my doctorate at the University of Hartford. I am excited to be beginning his first year at Pemi! I will teach piano, music theory, songwriting, and improvisation with hopes to inspire campers to love these activities. When not pursuing music I enjoy hiking, exploring and learning about nature, map making, and reading about history.

Scout Brink – Trip Counselor – This is my 7th summer at Pemi and my first year as a trippie! I teach middle school science in Massachusetts this year, after having just moved from upstate New York. When I’m off the trails and on camp I’ll be on the archery range or in the Nature Lodge.

Steve Clare – Head of Archery – Hi, I’m Steve Clare, returning for my 8th summer as Pemi’s Head of Archery, one of the soccer coaches & perhaps campfire MC again. I’m a freelance teacher based in Cornwall, SW England & support many secondary schools with specialist lessons.
I’ve coached youth soccer for 14 years, coaching a variety of teams & ages & coordinate a weekly community soccer programme for kids aged 5 – 11. I love dance music & occasionally DJ at events.
I’m looking forward to another great summer helping the boys achieve their various goals, be it on the range, soccer pitch or elsewhere.

Larry Davis – Associate Head of Nature Programs – This is my 54th year at Pemi. I was Director of Nature Programs and Teaching from 1970-2019 and am now Associate Head of Nature Programs. I currently live in Concord, NH. I am Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New Haven and hold a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Rochester. In 2018 I received the Non-formal Environmental Educator Award from the New England Environmental Alliance.I serve on the Board of New Hampshire Environmental Educators. I am a serious amateur flutist, love to cook, love to travel (got my 49th state in March, 2021), collect waterfalls, and ‘geologize’ whenever I can. Outside of geology, I learned almost everything else I know at camp. I hope to pass on that legacy to campers this summer and into the future.

Daisy Fauver – Program Staff – Hi! my name is Daisy and I am from Bedford, NY. I just graduated from St. Lawrence University where I studied Sociology with a minor in Education, and I ran the radio station, so if you want to talk music I’m all ears! Although this is my first summer at Pemi, I have worked as a camp counselor before, driving ski boats and teaching waterskiing and wakeboarding. I love being outdoors especially camping and skiing but most of all, I love being on the water so make sure you come find me down by waterskiing. I can’t wait for my first summer at Pemi and am so excited to meet everyone!

Michaella Frank – Program Staff & Head of Assistant Counselors – This is my eighth summer Camp Pemi and I am so excited to be back. This summer I will be teaching yoga, coaching basketball, lifeguarding, and anything else I can lend a hand in! I look forward to seeing returning campers and welcoming in new campers to the Pemi Family!

Patricia Frank – Program Staff – In the summer of 2022, it was such an awesome experience directing the musical Newsies JR. at Camp Pemi that I couldn’t miss the opportunity to join my daughter Michaella and the amazing campers and staff at Camp Pemi again this summer. Theatre is my passion, but I also have a B.S. in Secondary Education – Biology and a M.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. I have performed as an actress and dancer in too many shows to list; and I have directed and choreographed over 35 major productions at high school, community and regional theaters. For the past 7 years, I have been employed as the manager of the Dr. Daniel B. Ross Performing Arts Center in Avon Lake, OH. In addition to my managing duties, I teach a drama class and continue to direct 2 major productions a year. I also enjoy serving as a wedding consultant and creating floral bouquets and decorations for weddings, parties and other special events. I am looking forward to the challenge of directing HMS Pinafore, one of Camp Pemi’s traditional Gilbert and Sullivan shows, this summer and producing a Camp Pemi Showcase.

Daniel Fulham – Head of Music – I am excited to return to Pemi for my eighth summer! This year, I will be the Head of the Music Program. I am thrilled to work with our campers to both foster their musical talents and promote fun live music opportunities! During the year, I am a faculty member at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA where I teach English literature and run the technical theater program.

Margot Hoogers – Program Staff – I’m Margot and I’m from England, living just southwest of London in Windsor. I am currently at Nottingham university studying English literature and language but don’t get me wrong I’m still obsessed with all things sporty. I’ve been a competitive swimmer since I was 9 and am now 19. I am going to be teaching/coaching swimming at camp this year! I’ve never been a staff member at Camp Pemi before but I’ve heard fantastic things, and I’m so excited to get stuck in with teaching, working with campers, and most of all swimming!

Tom James – Head of 16s Program – I’ve been teaching math to teenagers for 11 years in public, charter, and independent schools. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and now live in New York City. I love hiking and backpacking in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and of course the White Mountains. I spent last summer in the backcountry of Yellowstone and the Wyoming Range, and this summer I’m thrilled to be leading the Pemi West trip.

Chris Johnson – Athletic Director – This will be the 10th summer I have had the privilege of being a part of Pemi. I plan on being on the tennis courts, various athletic fields, and helping the boys enjoy all of what Pemi has to offer. I am from Avon Lake, Ohio where I teach 4th grade, coach high school tennis, and serve as Vice President of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to coach my team to 3 State Championships and have been named Ohio Coach of the Year twice. I am married to my wonderful wife Ashley and have two children, Clayton and Lauren. We are lucky to have 2 horses and 2 dogs as we are animal lovers. I love live sporting events and I am a Cleveland Browns season ticket holder.

Deb Kure – Head of Nature – Studying Geology at the University of Rochester sparked my love of Field Trips, and of learning and teaching outside! I’ve led outdoor science programs since then, through camps, museums, and trips programs throughout the U.S. Working in 25 different program types, with 15 institutions, has built my perspective on the value of shared transformational experiences in the outdoors, for all ages! My husband Brian and I currently live in Austin, TX. During the schoolyear I bring earth science and space science outreach programs into elementary and middle schools all over the eastern half of Texas! I’m thankful to be in my 16th summer with Pemi, now as Nature Program Director.

Jud Landis – Head of Trips – I am a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, but have lived in the Western US for most of my adult life. I was a Pemi Trip Counselor in the late 1980s and early ’90s, and returned to the shores of Lower Baker in 2021 after my retirement from a career teaching Science at Sheldon High School in Eugene, Oregon. I live with my wife, Jeanne, in Eugene, tutoring students at my old school, gardening, and skiing when Jeanne and I aren’t traveling. I return as the Head of the Trip Program in 2023, and look forward to offering up a busy season of mountain expeditions in the best Pemi tradition.

Phil Landry – Head of Fishing – This will be my 11th summer at Pemi and my 7th on staff. I am from Mississippi originally, but now live in Franklin, Tennessee. I began fishing Lower Baker Pond as a boy in the late ’80’s and have guided fly-fishing trips for almost 20 years now in multiple states. I will be teaching all things sport-fishing this summer from rod-building to fly-tying. Watching kids catch fish is my favorite part.

Molly Malone-Buss – Head of Waterskiing – Hi! My name is Molly Malone and I will be the head of waterskiing for the 1st half of camp. My passion in life is slalom waterskiing, and I enjoying sharing my passion of skiing with others through getting people on the water. This past summer I took 7th at Nationals in Slalom! I am from Wisconsin, and my ‘real job’ is a high school orchestra teacher where I have four concert orchestras and an auditioned, dancing orchestra called Wire Choir. My primary instruments are violin and piano, which I continue to play in our local symphony and weekly at church. I am thrilled to be back in the White Mountains and on the water of Lower Baker Pond!!!

Hattie McLeod – Head of Waterfront – Hi I’m Hattie, from England, and I can’t wait to be back at Pemi for my third year this summer! I’m excited to be continuing my role of being the Bugler as well as taking on more responsibility as Head of Waterfront and Canoeing. I look forward to seeing old faces, meeting new ones and having another great summer on the shores and waters of LBP before starting my teaching career in the fall!

Enrique Polletta – Head of Wood Shop – My name is Enrique Polletta and I’ll be working in the wood shop first & second sessions. I am a Second Grade teacher in Norwich, VT. My family and I live in the Upper Valley in Vermont. This will be my second summer at Pemi in the Shop and I cannot wait to get into the newly renovated shop working with the kids and all of the genuinely kind Pemi people.

Alice Riley – Office & Program Staff – I am so excited to be returning to Pemi for my third summer! While the past two I’ve worked as a trip counselor, I will be helping out in office for the 2023 season, as well as throughout camp in various program areas such as art and track & field. I graduated this May from Kenyon College in Ohio and will be starting a teaching and coaching position at Greenwich Country Day School this August.

Josh Scarponi – Head of Staff – My name is Josh ‘Scarp’ Scarponi, and I couldn’t be happier to return to Camp Pemi for my fifth summer. I will be Head of staff this year. As a teacher during the year, I am excited to get some much needed time outdoors. I am looking forward to spending some time on the soccer field, jumping in the lake and working in the wood shop.

Megan Spindler – Program Staff – Hi! My name is Megan Spindler, and I am from New Hampshire! This will be my second summer at Pemi after doing family camp a few years ago! I am a rising junior at Connecticut College, and I am majoring in both Botany and Music Studies. I will be working in the Nature program and also teaching some beginner music lessons. In my free time I love to go on walks outside, write poetry, play piano, and play on the ultimate frisbee team at school. I’m so excited to meet you all this summer!

Wendy Young – Head of Program – I joined Pemi in 2018. As Head of Program, I work with all of the program heads to create and oversee the weekly schedule for the boys and staff. A former UNH college athlete, I enjoy all sports as well as the summer camp life. During the school year I serve as the Head Athletic Trainer at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, with 26 years of experience.

Ludmila Zamah – Photographer, Office & Program Staff – I am from Kansas City and Toronto and live in Connecticut, where I teach Arabic and French, supervise community service programs, and serve as an in-dorm parent for a boys’ dorm at the Loomis Chaffee School. I have worked for 10 summers at Concordia Language Villages, including as French business manger and most recently the Arabic dean. In my spare time, I study classical Indian dancing, jog, do yoga, and freelance in photography. I am excited to work as camp photographer and assistant office administrator for my first summer at Camp Pemi and enjoy the outdoors with my twin boys (Saleem and Yaseen).

Health Center Staff

Tami Harrah – Nurse – Hi! I’m thrilled to be a part of the upcoming summer at Camp Pemi, my second here. I’ve been a school and camp nurse for my entire career. I live and work as a nurse at an all boys, independent school in NY state. I enjoy reading, golf and hiking.

Jake Hurst – Nurse – This is my first year here and I am exited to be one of the nurses on staff at Pemi this year! I grew up in Idaho and I’m a former Army combat medic, firefighter, and boy scout. I am excited to spend the summer outdoors and help with Pemi’s healthcare needs!

Lynn Madigan – Nurse – I am thrilled to be returning to Camp Pemi for my second of hopefully many summers to come. I am excited to be working with Tami again in the health center and looking forward to meeting new staff. I live in Warner, NH with my husband Kyle and our chocolate lab, Floyd. We have two children in college, Ellie and Troy. I am employed at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical as a nurse and have been a nurse for over 30 years. I love being active outdoors. I love to play tennis, ski, practice yoga, read as much as I can.

Kendra Wiesel – Nurse – My name is Kendra Wiesel, and I am so excited to return to the Camp Pemi Health Center for first session this summer! I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years, the last 7 of which have been spent as a school nurse. My family and I live in Connecticut with our chocolate lab, Hadlee. My twin sons, Max and Luke, are both going into 9th grade and will be first-session campers this year as well. When not at camp, I enjoy spending time at the beach on Cape Cod, reading and spending time outdoors.

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