Meet Our Camp Staff
Each summer brings a tremendously devoted group of summer camp staff to our little corner of the world. Many of these folks have deep roots here, having been campers and/or counselors for many years. Others are brought here by friends who know "HVC is the best place to spend the summer.” And many counselors are brand new to camp, drawn by the opportunity to work with young people in a nurturing community setting.
I have never felt a staff group more connected and more solid than the one I was a part of at HVC. I attribute that to your amazing managerial style and hiring choices.
- HVC Staff
Peter and Meg Kassen, Camp Directors
Camp Directors Meg and Peter Kassen have owned and directed HVC since 1988, dedicating full-time efforts to the camp and its people. They raised their daughters at HVC and live in Maine year-round. Learn more about the Kassens here.
Staff Returning in 2019
Here's a partial list... Aisling, Haley, Natalie, Julia, Paulina, Anna G, James, Allwynne, Ellie, Lia, Megs, Eliana, Kaytee L (2017), Charlotte, Haley, Sam O., Kyle, Michelle, Hope, Georgia, Aileen, Ilana, Danica, Sophie, Callan, Elise, Cassie R, Rachel M., Dani, David R., Phillie, Hannah, Carmi, Tom, Philippe, Gabe, Amanda, Moses, Kristy, Carla, Kirsten, Melissa, Jake, Jess D., Karen, Margo, and Joanne. More names to follow... Awesome summer on the way!
Featured 2018 Summer Staff
Our staff of over 100 are fantastic, and we work hard throughout the winter to find the right people. Many return year after year to share their talents, skills and passions. Most of all, they love being part of the Hidden Valley community. Here's a glimpse of just a few:
Longtime caretaker Al lives at camp year-round with his family, plowing snow (or skiing on it!) and looking after our many animals. During the summer, you can find Al mowing our beautiful lawns, repairing bikes, MacGyvering something on our 350 acres or wrangling llamas for their annual haircuts.
April is a camper parent and resident artist at HVC. Now based in Ireland, she has taught advanced and beginner level experimental arts for both the HV Alive teen arts program and younger campers for many summers.
Carla has taught art to children in a variety of settings for 25 years. A camp mom, she teaches pottery and fine arts at HVC. She currently runs her own art studio offering workshops for mothers and pregnant women combining wellness and energy work.
Carmi is a former camper and this is his millionth summer here at camp (actually, we lost count at 13 or 14 years). From Detroit, Carmi leads our glassblowing and glass bead programs, and is also a contributing artist to many art installations around camp.
Born and bred in Maine, Celie graduated from Colby College and currently works for Google's Misinformation Department. (She's one of the good guys!) At HVC she leads Outreach-Outdoors, our community service program.
Dani has been teaching stained glass here for so long that now his children are HV teachers and his grandchildren are campers! Dani grew up on a kibbutz in Israel and is now based in Michigan where he creates huge public art glass murals such as the ones that he has inspired at HVC.
Having started here as a counselor in the 90's, Gabe has now spent many years as a professional artist in our pottery and glass programs. His wife and two young sons are part of the camp scene as well. In the off-season, Gabe teaches high school arts in Maine.
Equestrian Director Hannah has worked with many of England's leading horse riders and trainers including William Fox Pitt, and Jonty Evans. She's worked with the Queen's cavalry, and has been at HVC for 10 summers.
Jake returns to HVC for his 8th summer. Originally from Michigan, he attended Western Michigan University, majoring in Film/Video Production. He now lives in Joshua Tree, CA working as a professional wedding photographer/videographer. At camp, he manages the video production classes and produces camp video material.
Pottery professional Kirsten has a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from RIT in NY. 14 years ago she foundedThe Clay School outside of Boston and assists Harvard's Anthropology Dept when they analyze ceramics.
HVC’s Director of Health Services, Michele, lives nearby with her husband who was a counselor here in the 70’s. Their four daughters were HVC campers and worked for our food service as well. An RN, Michele has worked in several school and health care settings nearby.
Fused glass master Philippe has worked with glass for over 25 years, studying in Seattle and Italy. He now teaches at Mandarin Glass Gallery in Lakewood, Wa.
Originally from New Zealand, Phillie now spends much of her winter at HVC. As a Red Cross certified lifeguard and lifeguard instructor, she has had 7 summers as the waterfront director here at camp.
Sam has been at HVC every summer since he was 9. Now at Colby College, he teaches archery, basketball and aquatics at camp. He's fluent in Spanish and has taught kids in Peru.
Master carpenter and maintenance guru, Tim, looks after our 70 buildings and many other features of the HVC facility. When not building a new art studio, upgrading our beautiful old red barn or solving a mysterious plumbing problem, Tim can be found giving staff sailing lessons on their evenings off.
Camp's Program Directors (PD's) work closely with Peter & Meg on all aspects of staff training and daily life at HVC. Each acts as "director contact" for cabin groups, providing ongoing support and advice. Program Directors also supervise program areas such as arts, sports, horses, etc. And the PD's are a major presence at HV's special activities and evening programs.
Aileen - shown here with husband David and dog Moose - has been at camp for 6 summers and supports HVC as a PD year-round. Originally from Scotland, Aileen now lives in Maine and over the years she has directed recreation programs, taught yoga and fitness and enjoyed the outdoors with her family. At HVC she's has been an aquatics director, and taught horse riding and video,
Welcome back to 4th year PD Georgia who began here 14 years ago as a pioneering Australian camper and then a counselor for many years, working at the waterfront and ropes areas. An accomplished debater and speech writer, Georgia has degrees in history and literature and has completed her Masters degree in Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.
Former camper and Equestrian Director Hope has deep roots at HVC. Currently touring Asia, she will return to Maine in May and begin a Masters of Social Work degree in the fall. Hope has worked with immigrant students in Chicago and taught English in Sarawak, Malaysia as a Fulbright Fellow. When not circling the globe she enjoys horse riding, cooking and cross-country skiing.
Ilana is an Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Nurse Assistant now studying at Colorado College. A former camper and counselor, Ilana devoted much of the past two summers to organizing evening programs and other special events at HVC. A dedicated hiker and climber, she has worked on the HVC ropes course, written for the HVC Blog and counseled camp's younger children.
Michelle returns to HVC for her third summer. For many years she worked in the mental health system as a case manager for emotionally disturbed children and their families and as a counselor for at-risk middle schoolers. Michelle is a dog obedience trainer and also an accomplished stage manager and led HVC's "backstage ninjas" as well as looking after our farm animals.
Year-Round Office Staff
These are the folks you’ve been talking to this winter and during the camp season as well!
Lucia started working at Hidden Valley in 1989 while she was a student at nearby Unity College. After graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor's degree in Park Management she began her full time position as Office Manager at Hidden Valley.
A life long resident of Maine, Lucia shares her love of the state with staff and parents by offering maps and suggestions about fun things to do while visiting the area. Her main responsibilities include processing camper enrollments and speaking with inquiring parents about Hidden Valley. She and her husband Matt live in nearby Unity. In her free time, Lucia invents splendid recipes, explores "haunted houses" in Maine, and spends time with her many nieces and nephews.
Cassie is a native Mainer and certified social studies teacher. This will be her 11th summer at HVC where she helped establish our archery program and organizes activities during daily afternoon Interest Groups. For the past 4 years, she’s been an essential member of the year-round staff, contacting new families and setting up programs as summer approaches. Cassie is a big fan of Disney, strong coffee, kayaking, baking, and a wide range of crafts.