Kevin Brooker, Facility and Program Manager
Since 2015, Kevin has been supporting Ohana grounds, buildings, and people. “Watching people learn is one of my favorite activities and the wide variety of programs run at Ohana fuel my desire to give hands on experience to our campers. After dinner it is always a joy to hear campers showing their family and friends the spoon they carved, leather wallet, or mug they have made while at camp.”
“One of the most gratifying experiences at Ohana was observing a 9 year old boy on the verge of tears when he didn’t immediately grasp relating his orienteering map to the terrain. By the end of the week he was leading his parent and anyone else who would join him around camp to locate all 23 controls scattered around the property. That was awesome.”
Kevin fully believes the best way to be open to new experiences is to relax in a beautiful space. With stunning views of Lake Fairlee and up the Middlebrook Valley as a starting point, he finds peace maintaining the grounds and space for others to enjoy.
Gretchen Grote, Event Coordinator and Registrar
Gretchen is a small town Vermonter, growing up in South Royalton, VT. After studying Sport Management in college, Gretchen went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, while working as a graduate student in the Athletic Department at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Her event management background comes from working a variety of events at SNHU, including political, athletic, and mainstream events. Once returning home to Vermont, Gretchen has worked in schools for the past five years as an athletic director and support staff member. She started in 2013 working at Ohana as the Head of the Waterfront and has moved on to become Registrar and Events Manager. She enjoys every aspect of camp, along with every detail for each wedding we host. Her favorite part of Ohana and the summer will always be the waterfront and the campers she meets along the way.
Vanessa Mendillo Riegler, Director
Vanessa grew up in North Haven, Connecticut. She loves to create one-of-a-kind experiences and moments that fill the person you are at Ohana. She welcomes families to come as they are to Ohana- full of loud, tired, happy, messy, quiet, fun, curious times. She know that while families are each unique all want a place to be themselves and space to be together.
Vanessa is at her best outdoors with her husband Nolan and 3 children- Stone, Coral and Zephyr. You may find her paddling on the lake, hiking in the beautiful VT and NH hills, pulling together a friendly game on the court or beside a board game, or simply hiding out with a good book.
Vanessa studied at UConn and Yale, then set out on adventures near and far. To Cape Cod, where she worked with the South Shore YMCA as an outdoor educator and frequently biked dunes and roads across the cape and islands. On to nearly 10 years with Outward Bound in Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and South Africa, first as a field instructor and, later, as director of new center development—creating leadership opportunities for youth, educators and families in new places. All before finding home in Vermont and rooting herself at Ohana in 2012.
“Each year at Ohana there are new inspirations and familiar traditions. Our families and our selves growing and changing- and we are all doing it together- with friendship and laughter- in this beautiful place.”
Steve Trage, Head Chef
Many years ago, while making his way through a degree in archaeology, Stephen realized his true passion in life was to eat and cook for others. Since that time he has attended New England Culinary Institute and worked in Chicago, Las Vegas, and finally the Upper Valley. He loves all kinds of foods, and in particular ethnic cuisines, which allows him an inside look into other cultures. He lives in East Thetford with his wife, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 rabbit. As someone who vacationed at family lodges and camps in his youth, Stephen feels at home at Ohana.
mailing address: 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT 05045
physical address: 341 Quinibeck Road, Post Mills, VT
Fax: (802) 333-3404