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Meet our Teachers
Leadership School Educator

Hanne Bailey
St. Lawrence University, 2013
BA in Chemistry
Started at The Leadership School: August 2014

Hanne is from Jordan Elbridge, NY. She enjoys to travel, run, bike, ski, listen to music, and be on the water. Hanne is interested in sustainable innovations and biomimicry. She is very excited to start working at Kieve Wavus and to explore coastal Maine

Dave Berndtson
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2012
BS in Biology and Psychology
Started at Kieve: August 2014

Dave was born and bred in Chicago and could not be happier to find himself here in Maine. He was a tennis instructor for six years and spends most of his time listening to and playing music, longboarding, and enjoying the beauty of the natural world around us. He is incredibly excited to be a part of the Kieve family and cannot wait to spend his time here learning from other staff as well as kids.


Taylor Boucher
Earlham College 2015
Biology and Environmental Studies
Started working at The Leadership School: August 2015


Taylor was born and raised in Portland, Maine. She loves adventuring outside, the ocean and traveling near and far. She studied Biology and Environmental Studies at Earlham College where she found passions for many things, such as environmental justice and conservation. Although the midwest is super flat, Taylor does not mind because it makes long-distance biking much easier. Taylor is so excited to be living back in Maine and exploring her passions of experiential education at TLS this year!

Sam Copland
Bowdoin 2014
BA in Psychology and Gender & Womens Studies
Started at The Leadership School: August 2014

Sam is from Uxbridge, Massachusetts. An education minor at Bowdoin College, she is very excited to combine her passion of working with students with her love of being outdoors. Sam worked with students in various capacities during college, including tutoring at local schools in Brunswick and being a counselor at Slovenski Camps during the summers. In her free time, Sam can be found running, cooking, or hanging out with friends.

Sarah Cowan
Started at The Leadership School: August 2014

Sarah hails from central Indiana. She lives for adventure and all things camp. She just completed her 6th summer working at Happy Hollow Childrens camp and is stoked for this fall at the Leadership School.

Neil Dacierno
Unity College - 2015
Started at the Leadership School: Spring 2016

Neil is from Southampton, NY and developed a love for Maine while at Unity College. He enjoys eating (a lot), surfing, fishing, and baseball. Neil is excited to be at The Leadership School to learn from both fellow staff and the students!


Skyler Dunfey
Wheaton College, MA - 2015
BA in Studio Art
Started at the Leadership School: 2015

Skyler is a native Mainer who loves the outdoors, creating art, and singing and playing guitar with friends. She has worked as a Wavus counselor for two summers and even attended The Leadership School in 2006 as a student. With minors in education and psychology, Skyler has a passion for experiential learning and is excited to be a part of the TLS community as an educator.

Lauren Fisher
Colby College 2013
BA in Government & Creative Writing
Started at Leadership School, Fall 2015

Lauren comes to the Leadership School from Westwood, MA. After spending 12 summers at camp in Massachusetts, and college at Colby in Waterville, ME she felt that working at The Leadership School was a perfect fit for her. In her spare time Lauren enjoys hiking, making banana bread, writing cards to her friends and imitating her Jewish Grandmother.

Will Hackett
Muhlenberg College - 2010
Started at The Leadership School: August 2011

Will is a native of Belle Meade, NJ and spent six years as a camper at Kieve. During his seven years as a counselor and two as the Assistant Tripping Director for Kieve Boys Camp, Will worked with children ranging from 8 - 16 years and led several extended trips into the Maine Wilderness. He is a 2010 graduate of Muhlenberg College. Will enjoys playing and watching sports and exploring the wilderness.

Ben Horowitz
Southern Vermont College - 2015
BS in Criminal Justice
Started at the Leadership School - Spring 2015

Ben comes from West Hartford, CT and felt that one of the best ways to use his Criminal Justice degree was to work with students early in life to help shape their future. When not working with the students, Ben enjoys playing lacrosse and reading.

Laura Karson
Carleton College 2013
BA in Geology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2015

Laura is from New York City, but has been romping around Maine for the past 7 months while working at Coastal Studies for Girls and Wolfes Neck Farm Summer Camp. She enjoys sailing, biking, playing frisbee, and jamming out at campfires. She loves working with kids of all ages and is pumped to start at The Leadership School.

Matthew Markot
Trinity College, 2012
BA in Political Science
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

Matt is from Bridgton, Maine and enjoys spending his free time outdoors or at the gym. During the summer he lives on Hog Island as Kieve\'s environmental educator. This is Matt\'s 3rd year at the Leadership School.

Mims Montgomery
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Structural Systems Engineering and Environmental Studies
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

Mims is from Atlanta GA. 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, co AD of the CIT Program and Assistant Tripping Director at Wavus. In her spare time, Mims interests include anything outdoors, reading, and photography.

Kelci O\'Neill
University of Maine at Farmington
Secondary Education - Biology, Minor in Environmental Studies
Started at Kieve: August 2015

Kelci is from Freeport, ME, and went to The Leadership School in middle school herself! She enjoys being outside and working with nature (especially if said nature is turtles; she is obsessed). Kelci also enjoys teaching, which is something that she would like to do for the rest of her life. She would also like to learn how to scuba dive and surf, as she loves spending time in the ocean. She hopes that Kieve will allow her to grow as a person, and as an educator.

Tyler Pace
Connecticut College - 2007
Started at the Leadership School: 2010

After Tyler graduated from Connecticut College in 2007, he spent a year working as a Student Services Assistant at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. He then spent some time back home in Kentucky before heading to graduate school in Boston. Tyler joined the Leadership School as an Educator in 2010. He is veteran Kieve camper, counselor, KW West Trip Leader, co AD of the CIT program, and Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director for Boys Summer Camp. Tyler has his Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications and is a Certified Maine Guide. In his spare time, Tyler loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, make friends with dogs, read Dante and Wendell Berry and listen to all kinds of Bluegrass music.

Macenzie Peters
Hobart & William Smith Colleges; 2015
BS in Environmental Studies
Started at Leadership School Spring 2015

Mac was introduced to the Leadership School while working as a counselor at the Wavus Camp for Girls. During college she spent a Semester abroad in Ecuador and Peru and well as doing her internship in Outdoor Education in Alaska. We are please to have her bring her outdoor and youth mentoring experience to the Leadership School.

Carly Petroski
Hobart & William Smith College 2015
BA in Women’s and Africana Studies with a minor in LGBT Studies.
Started at Leadership School, Fall 2015

Carly is from Philadelphia and started at the Leadership School after spending the Summer of 2015 at Wavus. She has brought a lot of energy to her roles at both both Summer Camp and with the Leadership School. She loves swimming and spending time exploring the woods of Maine.

Cole Phillips
St. Lawrence University 2015
BA in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies
Summer Camp Staff 2012-Present
Started at The Leadership School August 2015

Cole currently lives in Vermont and will be spending some time in Montana this winter to ski and live with some friends from college. Cole loves the outdoors and everything they have to offer every season be it fly fishing, skiing, canoe tripping, some more fly fishing, and then a lot more fly fishing after all that. Cole can not even begin to explain how stoked he is to be at Kieve, a place that has transformed him as a person, for the fall and spring seasons. It will be an awesome time here at the Leadership School.

Jessica Richter
Seattle University, 2014: History and French
McGill University: MA in History

Jessica was born in Montreal, but grew up in Colorado. It was in the Rockies that she fell in love with hiking, camping, skiing and snowboarding. At Seattle U, she led school leadership retreats and excursions in the Cascades, then worked as a TA at McGill. She also enjoys reading, singing, and spontaneous traveling.

Haylee Rosenblatt
Tufts University - 2016
BS in Biology and Child Development
Leadership School - Spring 2016

Haylee is from Wayland, MA and is excited to spend her Spring Semester at the Leadership School working with Middle School Students. She will be entering Tufts Medical School this fall and plans on becoming a pediatrician. She was the Executive Director of Tufts EMS spending her days responding to medical emergencies around campus as an EMT. Haylee will be at Wavus for her second summer as part of the infirmary team looking after the health and safety of the camp as well as teaching some First Aid and preventative health skills.

Nick Sanchez
National Outdoor Leadership School
Started at The Leadership School: August 2012

Nick is from Dumbarton, NH and has spent eight summers at Kieve, including two as a counselor. Nick is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and has spent time backpacking in Colorado and the South West US. He is excited to take on the new challenge of the Leadership School and is looking forward to working with youth full time.

Chris Sanchez
Lakes Region Community College-2014
A.S. in Fire Science

Started at Kieve June 2013

Chris is from Dunbarton, NH and started at Kieve as a camper in 2007 as a camper and started on staff in 2013.He is excited to start The Leadership School this Fall as it will be a new experience with Kieve. Chris is looking forward to learn new things from both the staff and the kids and hopes he will enjoy The Leadership School as much as summer camp.

Katrina Smith
University of Maine at Farmington, 2015: Anthropology/Sociology
Started at the Leadership School: August 2015


Katrina grew up in coastal Maine, and attended the Leadership School as a student in middle school. She loves animals, crafting, and exploring new places. Katrina is excited to join the Leadership School team this year, and get to know both the students and the staff!

Brian Sperry
Southern Utah University, 2014
B.A. In English
Started at The Leadership School: August 2014

Brian is from WestPoint, UT. He grew up with a love and respect for the outdoors and has always loved hiking and backpacking. Brian has a passion for learning and teaching, loves reading, and is ecstatic about becoming a part of the teaching team at The Leadership School.

Ben Swanson
Gettysburg College, 2013
BA in English
Started at The Leadership School: August 2013

Ben was a camper at Kieve for 10 years, a counselor for five years, and is currently an Assistant Wilderness Tripping Director during the summer months. While at Gettysburg College he worked for the Gettysburg Recreation and Activities Board leading outing trips and Experiential Education exercises. He loves working at The Leadership School at Kieve - his second home.

Kasie Taylor
Christopher Newport University- Dec 2013
BS in Psychology; minor in Sociology
Started at Leadership School Spring 2016

Kasie has an extensive background with both the outdoors, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and also working with children. She is excited to be working and gaining more skills at the Leadership School with a goal of one day working with Veterans in a wilderness therapy environment.

Zamir Twiggs
Unity College
BA Environmental Studies and Humanities
Started at the Leadership School, March 2016

After graduation from Unity College, Zamir worked with children in animals in both zoos and museums settings. He loves watching the sense of discovery kids get during informal education. His favorite pass times include writing, reading, hiking, traveling, fencing, archery and tabletop games. We are pleased to welcome him to the Leadership School.

Nathan Wertheimer
Started at The Leadership School: March 2016

Nathan comes all the way from San Francisco, California and is very happy to be an educator at TLS this Spring. He enjoys playing sports, being outside, reading fantasy books, and making and eating ice cream. Nathan went to Lick-Wilmerding High School where he also coached wrestling.

Chris Yeatman
Chris Yeatman
Sewanee: The University of the South, 2015
B.S. in Natural Resources

Chris was born and raised down south in Little Rock, AR, and is looking forward to exploring a new region with great people. He loves spending time outside climbing and fishing, and is always with a hefty supply of good reads. Chris is super stoked to begin learning from educators and students alike. He loves to give a robust Wooo pig sooie every once in a Saturday during football season.

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