Leadership Teams at Aloha, Hive, Lanakila, and the Youth Leadership Program

Meet the core leadership teams at our residential camps Hive, Aloha, Lanakila and our newest team heading the inaugural Youth Leadership Program. They are outstanding! We’ve provided a photo and a bit of background on each person.

Our goal in sharing information about all four leadership groups is to demonstrate the experience, commitment, and talent of staff across the organization.

Aloha Leadership Team

SARAH GORDON LITTLEFIELD (GORDO), the Director of Aloha Camp, is in her 29th summer at the Foundation. She fell in love with Lake Morey and the surrounding mountains and rivers as a 12-year-old camper, later choosing Middlebury College in Vermont for her undergraduate studies. She holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she feels the greatest fulfillment in her work when she is helping others and connecting to a higher purpose. She loves making music, chopping wood, and being silly. She lives outside of Boston with her husband Chris and their sons, Johnston and Hayes (both Lanakila Vikings).

SHEL BALL has been running Aloha’s Trip Kitchen for 24 of her 30 Aloha summers. Sixty-two summers ago, she was an eight-year-old Hiver — loving camp and the “old ones” there. Now
Shel is an “old one” herself — still loving camp, and now taking ineffable delight in the young ones who surround her. She earned a B.A. from Smith College in Ancient Greek and Latin at age 57, and she continues to learn new languages. Shel lives in Greenfield, MA, where she works at Eaglebrook School as a substitute preschool teacher. She is a counselor at Hulbert Family Camp every August and December.

TAYLOR BROWN is our Program Director. This will be her 13th summer at camp. In her previous seven years as a counselor, Taylor was the Department Head of Landsports and Head of Midis. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College (MA) and has recently begun a new career as an elementary school teacher in New York City.

MARGE D’AURIA will be Unit Head of Old Hideaway this summer. This is her ninth summer at Aloha and her fourth as a counselor. Marge has served as an Assistant Unit Head and a member of the Landsports department. She just graduated with her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and will start her M.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall. Marge hopes to play SPUD and learn to bugle this summer.

TAYLOR HERRICK will be Unit Head of Crossroads and a counselor in the Swimming department. She last worked at Aloha in 2017 as a counselor in the Sailing department. Taylor is originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and she just graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Science. She is eager to reunite with everyone at camp.

ELIZA KISSICK is our Head of Club. Now in her 15th summer at the camps, Eliza has served as a Kayaking counselor and Unit Head. Eliza graduated from Bates College in spring 2020 with a degree in Rhetoric and Education. She currently lives in Brooklyn, where she teaches first grade at the Berkeley Carroll School. Eliza is looking forward to getting back on the lake.

JOHN MCFADDEN is Head of the Waterfront and a counselor in the Canoeing department. This is his 33rd summer on the shores of Lake Morey, 22 of them at Aloha Camp. John is one of our Master Trippers and a Lifeguard Instructor. All four of his children have Lanakila/Aloha experience and have worked as Aloha counselors. John’s wife Carra will join him as a volunteer in the office for the first part of the summer. During the off-season, they work in their home office keeping track of Friends of Kenya Rising, a Non-Profit 501(c)3 that they have been involved with for over 17 years.

MELISSA MCFADDEN HARRIS, our Office Manager, is returning for her 16th summer after five years away. In the past, she has been Head of Club and taught in the Swimming and Arts and Crafts departments. Melissa works in elementary Special Education in Norwalk, CT. She has a sixth- and seventh-year degree in Special Education, a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted and Talented, and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and English Language Arts. She loves misty Vermont mornings, singing camp songs, and data-based decision making.

BRITA MUTTI is our Head of Arts and Crafts. She has spent 19 summers at the Aloha Foundation. Previously, she taught in the Swimming department, but she can’t wait to get back to the Art Barn and the abundance of creative materials that it has to offer. Brita is a Naturopathic Physician and runs a Naturopathic Medicine Clinic specializing in Integrative Oncology in Colorado Springs, CO. She feels fortunate to be able to take advantage of telemedicine so that she can be with us on Lake Morey this summer.

YARROW RANDALL is Head of Midis. Now in her 10th summer, she has worked in Photography, Crew, Arts and Crafts and has been a Club counselor and Unit Head. Yarrow graduated from American University in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and has spent the last two and half years working in Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. She can’t wait to live outside, sing off key loudly, and roast super sticky s’mores.

KATIE SHEARER is Assistant Director during second session. Now entering her 11th summer at camp, she has served as Program Director, Unit Head, and tent counselor, and she has also worked in the Canoeing, Swimming and Performing Arts departments. Katie holds a B.A. in Sociology and Education from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marlboro College Graduate School. During the non-camp season, she is an Elementary Reading and Math Interventionist in the Upper Valley.

LINDSAY STELLJES is our Pines Unit Head. She is returning for her fourth summer in the Canoeing department and 10th year at the camps. She has served on the Staff Advisory Board representing Aloha Camp for the past two years. Lindsay will start her senior year in the fall at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she studies Writing and Rhetoric and Child Advocacy as student in the Teacher Education Program.

SKYE WALDEN LEE is our Assistant Director during first session. She is returning to Aloha for her ninth summer and taught in the Sailing department previously. Skye earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education from the University of San Diego. She currently teaches middle school Humanities at The Foote School in New Haven, CT. This summer you will find her kids, Scout and Cove, exploring the hillside, singing “Rattlin’ Bog” on repeat, and making fishing rods out of fallen branches.

Hive Leadership Team

ELLIE PENNELL is the Director of Hive. She came to Hive for the first time in 1998, having never been a camp counselor or having stepped foot in Vermont before! That life-changing summer at Hive led to living full-time in Vermont with her husband Andrew and their three children, Susannah, Henry, and Luke. Ellie has her B.A. in Psychology from Miami University and M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She also holds Montessori teaching certificates at both the infant/toddler and primary levels. For 14 years Ellie taught at Montessori schools in Massachusetts and Vermont before becoming Director in 2020. This will be Ellie’s ninth summer at Hive.

CLARA BABBOTT-WARD is our Performing Arts Department Head and is ecstatic to be spending a sixth counselor summer running around, playing music, and making new connections at Hive. At camp, you can find Clara pulling pinecones out of bugles, teaching campers ASL, or simply trapped under a pig pile. During the year, Clara works on a community farm for people with special needs called High Spirit Community Farm, and coaches high school rowing at St. Mark’s School. Clara can’t wait to be creative and silly with everyone this summer!

LAURA BISBEE-SLADE (BEEWIN) is our Topsider Unit Head. This will be her fifth summer as
a counselor and ninth summer at the camps. In previous summers, she has worked in the Performing Arts, Tennis, and Landsports departments. She is looking forward to being in Tennis again this summer. Beewin grew up in Minnesota, but now lives in Vermont year-round as she is working on her degree in Religion and Political Science at the University of Vermont.

MIA CUDA is our Lolander and Dolphin Unit Head. This is her fifth summer as a counselor and 10th summer at camp. She has served as Department Head of Canoeing and as a Basecamp counselor in the past. Mia is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis studying International Development, French, and Psychology. She spends her time outside of class doing advocacy work with her Peer Counseling club and competing with the Ultimate Frisbee team.

ELLIE FRIENDS is the Head of our Farm and Garden department. In her third summer this year, she will be found chasing goats and getting muddy in Farm and Garden, as well as working with new counselors. Ellie spends the school year in Lewiston, Maine, where she recently graduated from Bates College with B.A. degrees in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Dance. Ellie wears green shorts all year long and has been able to stay connected with campers virtually this year as a counselor in Aloha Foundation’s Basecamp program. Ellie is stoked to chase butterflies, sing dining hall songs, and make chicken-inspired art with campers this summer.

AMELIA HUANG is our Head of the Tripping and Exploring departments. This will be her first summer at Hive and 10th summer at the Foundation, after spending four summers as a counselor at Aloha, where she was a Unit Head. An avid nature lover, she has always said that her favorite part of camp is going on trips, so she is looking forward to her role this summer. Amelia completed her master’s in Education this spring while teaching high school Science in Massachusetts.

ALEXIS HUDES is Hive’s Program Director. In the past year, they have taught second and third grade Math and Science at Full Circle Elementary School in Bernardston, MA and ran an outdoor education afterschool program throughout the winter in Brattleboro, VT. Alexis has previously been Head of the Exploring department. They look forward to continuing to find moments to get lost in the woods and enjoy a mud spa with campers. This is Alexis’s fifth summer working
at Hive.

MAGGIE LATZ is returning for her fifth summer at Hive as Head of the Waterfront and Head of Swimming. She has her master’s degree in Middle Grades Education with an endorsement in Science from National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently a sixth- and seventh-grade middle school Science teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys reading and embroidery.

MARIN PENNELL is our Hilander Unit Head, returning to Hive for her fourth summer as a counselor. She could not be more excited to see what adventures the summer has in store, from landsports games on the playfield to making new connections with fellow Hivers and taking part in her first ever Hilander Project! During the year, Marin is a student at Dartmouth College, where she plays rugby and studies Environmental Earth Sciences. Although she lives close to camp, she is pleased to return to the shores of Lake Fairlee and experience that magical camp energy.

MARGARET PENNOYER is our Assistant Director. She first came to Aloha Hive in 1998 as a camper in the Dolphin unit. This will be her 17th summer at Hive (and 21st summer at the Aloha camps). In years past, Margaret was the Head of Tennis, a Unit Head, and a Program Coordinator, and she also led the Floaters (now Midis). Margaret earned her B.A. in Sociology at Bates College in 2010 and a dual M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2013. During the year, Margaret works as a learning specialist at St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School in New York City.

GWEN SADIE is so excited for her sixth counselor summer as Anti-Q Unit Head. She is especially looking forward to helping campers have a memorable and special Anti-Q summer, even when Hive looks a bit different. At camp you can find Gwen frolicking through the forest, sing ing at the top of her lungs, and sharing quiet peaceful moments with campers. Gwen graduated from Trinity College (CT) this spring with a B.A. in Music and Sociology.

Lanakila Leadership Team

BRYAN PARTRIDGE is Lanakila’s Director. He received his B.A. from The College of Wooster, his M.A. in Creative Writing from Dartmouth, and his Ph.D. in the Humanities from Union Institute & University. Bryan taught creative writing at New England College in Henniker, NH for 16 years, and has also worked as a consultant in the area of promoting positive school climate and respectful, engaging teaching. At camp, Bryan worked in Athletics for many years and was a Unit Head in Lakeside and the Bridge. This is Bryan’s 32nd year at Lanakila.

JEREMY CUTLER is Lanakila’s Assistant Director. In his 36 summers, Jeremy has been the Head of Athletics, Woodside, Lakeside, and the Bridge. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, a Master of Urban Education from Harvard, and a Doctor of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Jeremy was a middle school teacher and administrator in Boston and Washington, D.C. and then taught for a decade in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Jeremy consults with independent and public schools, leads winter trainings in Success Counseling, and tries to make time for his other loves: funk music, drums, movies, and wiffleball.

SAM DANFORD is our Head of Woodside, returning for his 10th summer at Lanakila. He spends his summers on the shores of Lake Morey in the Boating department and leading trips throughout New England. Sam earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014. Outside of camp, Sam lives in Boston and works for Playworks New England, where he serves as a Program Coordinator at the Tobin K–8 school in Roxbury. In his free time, Sam enjoys skiing, surfing, and playing basketball.

HENRY DERUFF is the Unit Head of Hillside. In his 12 summers at Lanakila, Henry has been a homesick Brooksider, enthusiastic Bridger, trip leader, storyteller, and Swimming department Head. He holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Henry spent the first two years after college teaching middle school English
in Colorado Springs. This year, he was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and will begin work at Kearns & West this fall as a public affairs consultant and environmental mediator. He lives in northern California, where you can find him running on the trails of Mt. Tam, writing, or cooking with family and friends.

STUART DICKISON is one of our Co-Heads of the Bridge and also Head of Waterfront. This will be his 17th summer at Lanakila, all spent in the Swimming department. He helps train and certify Aloha’s lifeguards each summer, and he even spent a few seasons as a program instructor at Hulbert. During the winter, Stuart resides in New York City with his fiancée and works as a middle school History and Literacy teacher in Brooklyn. He is a dedicated instructor in the athletic program at his school, coaching both basketball and track. Stuart earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012. When he is not working, Stuart stays active by running laps around Central Park and playing softball on the weekends.

JIMMY GERRITY is our accreditation expert and a leader on our program team. This will be Jimmy’s 19th year at Lanakila, where he was previously the Lakeside Unit Head and Campcraft department Head. Jimmy has also been a steady force in the Tripping department over the years and has mentored many new trip leaders. He now works in Athletics. Jimmy is currently a lead fifth-grade teacher at the Phillips Brooks School outside of San Francisco. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy.

HAL JUSTER is the head of the Second-Year Bridge Program. While at camp, he has worked in the Exploring and Swimming departments, and is a regular counselor in Lakeside. After graduating from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Religion, he spent two years designing and teaching courses in Religious Studies and Philosophy at King’s Academy in Jordan. He looks forward to returning to the States for the summer season. In the fall, Hal will enter the Master of Theological Studies program at Harvard Divinity School, a convenient excuse to be closer to the strong camp community in Boston. In his spare time, he likes to bike, birdwatch, and solve crossword puzzles.

NORMAN KALEN is one of our Co-Heads of the Bridge. This summer will be his 10th summer as a counselor and his 14th overall. Norman has been in the Tennis department every year as a counselor and has spent the last few years at camp serving as the Department Head. He has also been Assistant Head of Brookside as well as the Bridge, and he greatly enjoys his role as
a designated trip leader, leading hiking trips from the White Mountains to Northern Maine. Norman earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2017, and has since worked at the Hulbert Outdoor Center, recently taking on the role as Program Coordinator. In his free time, Norman is most likely seen outdoors finding new ways to stay active.

ALEX LIPOFF, Lanakila’s Program Director, is in his 20th summer at camp. He is a graduate of Tulane University, and he later completed graduate work at Temple University. Since then, Alex founded GiftEd, an academic and emotional support services startup that offers highly effective tutoring and counseling services to students and families by pairing them with talented tutors and mentors. GiftEd works with students who live all over the country, but its main offices are in Philadelphia and Boston. At camp, this will be Alex’s fifth summer as Program Director, although he has been a longtime mainstay of the Athletics department and also spent five years as Woodside Unit Head. When not working, Alex spends most of his time with his dogs, Iko and Moose.

BEN SMITH is the Head of Lakeside. This is his 12th year as a counselor, and his 19th summer at Lanakila. Ben has worn a number of hats at camp, including as a member of the Athletics and Boating departments, a designated trip leader, and the Head of Lakeside. He spent the past two years teaching sixth- and seventh-grade Math at Rodeph Sholom School in Manhattan. Ben graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Education. When not at camp, Ben loves spending time hiking, mountain biking, playing basketball, and exploring Brooklyn on his bike. He hopes life as a teacher will allow him to come back for many more summers at Lanakila!

TORI SUMNER will be our Head of Tripping this summer. Returning for her eighth summer at Lanakila, she will trade the lake-side department of Boating for the woods of the trip shack. Tori graduated from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Since then, Tori has been fulfilling her passion for the outdoors at Lanakila and as an Associate Coordinator for the Hulbert Outdoor Center. While in Perth, Tori works in the construction industry, where her ability to solve problems is put to the test daily.

DAVID WESTCOTT is the Head of Brookside this summer. He is excited to spend his 15th summer on the shores of Lake Morey. David received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from The College of Wooster and his M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Over the past year, David worked as a Therapist Intern at Explorations PHP, a sub-acute program for children and adolescents with chronic or acute mental disorders who require active treatment. David is excited to work in the Athletics department this summer.

Youth Leadership Program Team

ADRIAN PFORZHEIMER is Co-Director of the Youth Leadership Program. Adrian is back for his 17th summer at the Aloha Foundation and is excited to be Co-Directing and Trip Leading for YLP. Adrian has worked in Lanakila’s Campcraft, Exploring, and Boating departments, led Designated Trip Leader trainings, and worked for the Hulbert Outdoor Center. He has a B.A. in Government
from Harvard and an M.A. in Political Communication from American University. In the offseason, Adrian lives in Somerville, MA and writes research reports for Frontier Group.

JACKIE SCHRAM is Co-Director of the Youth Leadership Program. Jackie’s been buzzing in and out of Hive for nine summers since 2005, directing the camp musicals and leading multiple units. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a different age group within the Aloha Foundation, and she couldn’t be happier about the team she’ll be working with this summer. Jackie holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from The University of Tampa, an M.F.A in Acting from The New School for Drama, and most recently, a Certified Social Emotional Learning Facilitator/Yoga instructor.

TOMMY REYNOLDS is returning for his 21st summer with the Aloha Foundation as Lead Counseling Staff for the Youth Leadership Program. Tommy is eager for older campers to get their first taste of camp leadership philosophy and he is delighted to help pioneer this program. On a personal note, Tommy just finished up his dissertation on the camper experience and graduated with his Ed.D. in K-12 Leadership. He’s getting married in the fall up in Rangeley, an area that he fell in love with as a camper on the five-day canoe trips.

NICK WOOD is Lead Counseling Staff for the YLP. He spent 18 years as a Lanakila counselor, Unit Head of the Lanakila Bridge program, leader of Aloha’s Wilderness Tripping program, and most recently, Director of the Hulbert Outdoor Center. Nick has deep experience facilitating schools and other groups in leadership development, and will be helping the inaugural YLP group take a similar journey. Nick earned his English degree at Gettysburg College and will be pursuing a master’s degree in the next year. When he leaves Lake Morey, it is often to visit the White Mountains for backpacking and hiking.

CATIE NICKERSON is Lead Counseling Staff for the YLP. Catie’s first introduction to Aloha Foundation programs was at a young age with her family at Hulbert Family Camp. She went on to be a camper at both Hive and Aloha, and a counselor and Department Head at Aloha. Catie has a B.A. in Psychology and outside of camp works in case management and direct care with adolescents and young adults.

JACOB MUSHLIN is a Master Building Instructor for the Youth Leadership Program. A builder, designer, and teacher, he is the owner/founder of Measure Twice: Carpentry, Contracting and Consulting, which focuses on people-centric architecture and unusual endeavors. Jacob has taught with various universities and alternative education programs, but began his career as a
Lanakila camper, counselor, and Head of Arts and Shop. Jacob has studied architecture, the visual arts, and carpentry, and has worked in historic restoration, home design and construction, and community-centric public interest projects. He lives in Burlington, VT where he enjoys road biking, x-country skiing, playing music, and the sorts of conversations that happen while sitting on the kitchen floor.

NAJAT CROLL is a Master Building Instructor for the Youth Leadership Program. She is a Draftswoman, living and working out of Vermont and a proud graduate of Yestermorrow’s Certificate in Residential Design & Construction. Since graduating in 2017, she has forged her own educational path in Architecture. She finds drafting to be a nice balance of creativity and practicality and mainly works in the REVIT/CAD medium. She also has her B.A. in Art, which comes in handy when needing to find creative solutions. Najat used the combination of her skills to design and build her own home in 2019 and is now an instructor at Yestermorrow Design/Build School.

SAM MASTERS is returning to camp as a YLP Trip Leader after a six-year hiatus. He was a camper at Lanakila for eight years and returned to join the ranks of the counselor staff for another five years. During that time, he was a master DTL, led the DTL training program, and was heavily involved in trip programming at camp. While a New York native, his career in medicine and the
outdoor industry has taken him to California, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts and he now resides in Boulder, Colorado where he is pursuing his Master in Environmental Policy. He is working towards a career in state and federal governments, respectively, to help shape environmental legislation to serve underrepresented populations and build global alliances.

LIBBY CHAMBERLIN is a Trip Leader for the inaugural YLP trip with friends she has known since she was YLP-participant age. Libby is a former Aloha camper and counselor and a Vermont native, currently living in Portland, Oregon. When she isn’t in a canoe, on a mountain, or at camp, Libby is a state and federal tax policy analyst and is pleased to report that Success Counseling
works just as well on elected officials as it does on teenagers. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Hamilton College and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.

MAGGIE WHITE is happy to be returning to Fairlee this summer as a YLP Trip Leader. Maggie has spent 12 summers at the camps, including four as a counselor in Aloha’s Woodchuck Hole, where leading hiking trips was her favorite activity! Maggie graduated with a B.A. in History from Colby College and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Health at Brown University, where she focuses on adolescent and child public health issues.