Metalsmithing, Ceramics, ChefCamp & Studio Art


Tom Ferrero
Metalsmithing Dept. Head
Vienna, ME
A true Laurel stalwart, Tom returns for summer #19 as Laurel’s Head of Metals. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his MFA from Indiana University. Tom teaches drawing, painting, darkroom photography and sculpture at Maranacook High School in Maine. His art has been exhibited throughout the USA, South Korea, New Zealand and Canada. Check out his work at

Julia Dry
Fort Myers, FL
Maine College of Art and Design

Drew Mahlmeister
St Louis, MO
Washington University in St Louis

Sarah Wagner
Muncie, IN
Ball State University


Dylan Gifford
Ceramics Dept. Head
Kents Hill, ME
A University of Illinois ceramics graduate, Dylan is back for summer #11 and his ninth leading Laurel Ceramics. He’s an experienced instructor in clay mixing, hand building, throwing and glazing. Dylan’s work has been featured in numerous galleries in Maine. An incredible artist and teacher at Kents Hill School near camp, Dylan is a Laurel mainstay!

Ruby Denneen
Oberlin, OH
Oberlin College

Nicole Farnsley
Louisville, KY
Washington University in St. Louis

Hannah Lyons
Charleston, IL
Eastern Illinois University


Dani Gross
ChefCamp Dept. Head
Scarsdale, NY
Dani graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. She also studied macrobiotics at the Kushi Institute. An experienced baker and pastry artist, Dani has directed back- and front-of-house operations. A personal chef and health coach in Hollywood for years. Dani will have two daughters join us as Laurel campers. We’re thrilled to see what Dani will be cooking up with our campers this summer!

Lauren Brickett
Lincoln, NE
Union College

Taylor Hendrix
Eugene, OR
University of Oregon

Asia Posey
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota

Sydney Smith
Essex, England
South Essex College

Arts & Crafts and Studio Art

Cindy McInerney
Arts & Crafts and Studio Art Dept. Head
Kents Hill, ME
An experienced and beloved art teacher and administrator, Cindy has worked at the Kents Hill School for more than 20 years. She returns to Laurel in 2022 for summer #6. Cindy always has a smile on her face and is one of Laurel’s very best! Everyone loves Cindy!

MacKenzie Edgcombe
Oakwood, GA
Georgia Southwestern State University

Lauryl Jensen
Boise, ID
Boise State University

Sophie Nixon
Bedfordshire, England

Chloe Chai
West Valley, NY
Denison University

Maeve DiSandro
Milton, MA
Colby College