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. Click here to learn more about all of our summer camp staff!
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.
Featured 2016 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:
April is a camper parent, west coast camper shuttler, and resident artist at Hidden Valley Camp for 14 years. From San Francisco, she teaches advanced and beginner level experimental arts for both the HV Alive program and the main camp.
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 glass program, and is also a contributing artist to many art installations around camp.
Born and bred in Maine, Celie will soon graduate from Colby College nearby where she majors in Greek language, culture and history. At HVC she's a fixture at the tennis courts and also leads Outreach-Outdoors, our community service program.
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 astronomy and arts in Maine.
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 San Francisco, CA where he works as a Videographer/Project Coordinator, in addition to working as a professional wedding photographer/videographer on the weekends. At camp, he manages the video production classes and produces camp video material.
Luke is a Poet. With an MFA from UMass in Creative Writing, he is now an Adjunct Professor of English and Writing at UMass and Smith College. Formerly, Luke was a Montessori Kindergarten teacher in Beijing. He is fluent in Chinese and French and is a former camper and counselor.
Third-year counselor Olivia is a former camper now helping us organize all-camp programs such as lazy days and evening programs. Olivia will beginning her senior year at Oberlin College where she majors in Art History. Her interests include playing guitar, improv comedy, and hiking.
Phillie joins us from New Zealand. When she is not at camp she is traveling and lifeguarding and is particularly interested in swimming, cycling, and hiking. As a Red Cross certified lifeguard and lifeguard instructor, this will be her 6th year as the waterfront director here at camp.
Robin lives in North Yarmouth, Maine. She is a graduate of Keene State College, where she studied education and history. Her hobbies and interests include horse riding and reading. At HVC, Robin teaches horse riding and llama care classes.
Here's a partial list for 2019... Aisling, Anna G, Ilana, Danica, Sophie, Callan, Elise, Cassie R, Dani, Phillie, Hannah, Carmi, Tom, Philippe, Kristy, Carla, Kirsten, Karen, Margo, and Joanne. More names to follow... Awesome summer on the way!
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.
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.
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. Additional "key staff" TBA and some photos to follow.
Third-year PD Alanna has been at HVC for six summers, teaching horse riding, directing theater productions, teaching archery and wood-shop and living with groups of 9 to 11 year old boys and girls. She has worked with several top-level trainers in dressage, eventing and hunter/jumper, worked on an off-Broadway production. She's a Registered Behavioral Tech, specializing in autism, and supports LGBTQ children on the autism spectrum.
Welcome back to 3rd year PD Georgia who began here 13 years ago as a pioneering Australian camper and then a counselor for many years, working at the waterfront and ropes areas, teaching sports and looking after campers of all ages, particularly our teen programs recently. 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.
This is the 8th HVC summer for returning PD Katie who spent four of those seasons as Director of our ropes course. She's looked after HVC's camping program, looked after cabins of 10-11 year olds, coached soccer and been central to elaborate productions of the infamous "Wheel of Misfortune" here (see photo.) Katie has a degree in biology from the university of Connecticut and is currently completing IT certification while teaching arts and science classes to middle schoolers.
Kevin has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with an advanced diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies. After the summer, he will commence a Masters program in Applied Child Psychology at Nottingham Trent Univ. He's coached Gaelic Football and honed his organizational skills filling many roles at a manufacturing plant. In his previous two summer at Hidden Valley, Kevin has taught sports, bikes and ropes and looked after the youngest boys at Hidden Valley.
Michelle returns to HVC for her second 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. She has used care animals in these contexts and is an accomplished dog obedience trainer. She's also an accomplished stage manager and led HVC's "backstage ninjas" as well as being a lifeguard here and looking after our farm animals.
This is the 8th HV summer for PD Emeritus, Charlotte (aka Charlie) who will help us set up in June. Over the years, she's acted as a lifeguard and coordinated class scheduling. Charlie has a degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and is now providing OT services in a trauma/orthopedics unit.
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, one of Lucia's favorite things to do is share her love of the state with staff and parents by offering maps, directions and suggestions about fun things to do while visiting the area. Her main responsibilities in the office include processing camper enrollments, managing databases and speaking with inquiring parents interested in 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 10th summer at HVC where she helped establish our archery program and organizes activities during daily afternoon Interest Groups. For the past two 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. When she’s not at camp, you can find her adventuring with her brothers and friends, and the family dog, Gracie.