mailing address: 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT 05045
physical address: 341 Quinibeck Road, Post Mills, VT
Scott Ellis, Ohana Director
Scott was appointed as the new Director of Ohana Family Camp in April 2021. While this role is a new one for Scott, he is not new to the Alohas. Over the past two decades, he has been a camper, counselor, instructor, and participant in several Aloha Foundation programs. Fun fact: he was one of the first-ever caretakers of the Ohana property when it was acquired by the Aloha Foundation.
During the academic year, Scott serves as the Outdoor Program Coordinator at Thetford Academy, where he teaches an interdisciplinary environmental studies and outdoor education course.
One great way to learn more about Scott and his approach to outdoor education is to watch him on NHPBS’s “Windows to the Wild” with Willem Lang. Scott has been a frequent guest and host on the show—and one of the nine episodes he was featured on, Family Vacation, was nominated for an Emmy.
Scott and his wife Jenny Silverstein Ellis, a former Hive camper and counselor, were married at Ohana. They live in Norwich, VT with their six-year-old daughter Maggie, a Horizons camper.
Gretchen Grote, Ohana Event Coordinator
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 Event Coordinator. 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.
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.