Staff Profiles


Head Counselors

Head Counselors

Peter Buehner Orono, ME Assistant Director
A high school guidance counselor during the year, Peter joins us for his 17th summer on Echo Lake. He holds a master’s in counseling from the University of Maine. Formerly the training director at New York’s Reebok Sports Club, Peter is a mainstay and works closely with Jem, Debbie and the Head Counselors to make Laurel hum. Truly one-of-a-kind and an incredible asset to the Laurel community. He is beloved!

Lauren “Poppy” Keane Black Rock, CT Acadia & Baxter Head Counselor
Affectionately known as Poppy for her “Mary Poppins” qualities. Poppy is a graduate of the University of Maine and works in our winter office year-round helping us get ready for each Laurel summer. This is magical summer #10 for Poppy, and she’s beyond excited for camper arrival day!

Joie Picatti Black Rock, CT Apache & Sequoia Head Counselor
Joie returns to the Head Counselor team for his 12th summer at camp. A collegiate soccer player, Joie transferred and graduated from Naropa University. Formerly a youth soccer and basketball director in Oregon, Joie now works in the winter office with us. Heyyyy-oooo! Joie is back!

Jon Miller Battle Creek, MI Bec & Bago Head Counselor
A staple as Bec and Bago Head Counselor, Jon celebrates summer #11 at Laurel. A high school English and health teacher in Michigan, Jon stays active coaching basketball, track and cross country. A true Laurel legend, Jon always goes the extra mile!

Program Department

Program Directors

Matt “Taco” Scheff New York, NY Summer Co-Program Director
A true camp lifer, Taco has worked at camps since 2007 and attended camps his whole life. He returns for summer #6 in the program office. He earned his undergrad from Indiana University Kelly School of Business and holds a master’s in social work from NYU. Energetic, creative and fun – Taco has a knack for planning and executing great camp events and programs. We’re psyched he’s on our team!

Geoff Williams Wayne, ME Summer Co-Program Director
Speaking of camp lifers, Geoff has been at Laurel since birth and grew up on the shores of Echo Lake. Returning for summer #31, Geoff joins Taco for the third year as Co-Program Director after heading up our Small Crafts for several summers. He graduated Rochester Institute of Technology where he captained the sailing team. Geoff brings a lifetime of Laurel knowledge to the Program Office.

Charlie "Chuck" Keeler Barrington, IL Program Assistant
After being a day camp counselor for four years, Chuck joined Laurel in ’15 and ’16 as an all-star counselor. An Iowa State graduate, he coaches middle school basketball and works at a high school during the year. We can’t wait to see what Chuck has in store for 2018.

Kristen Siegert New Canaan, CT Program Assistant
Kristen is a Theatre graduate from James Madison University and re-joins the Laurel program office for summer #2. Previously worked as an executive assistant to an NYC Broadway producer. Kristen is known for her creativity and cheerful, can-do attitude.

Libby Harrington Flemington, NJ Program Assistant
A University of Northern Colorado senior, Libby makes the jump to the program office for summer #3. Libby is the social media manager for UNCO where she also plays club lacrosse. We know she’s ready for another amazing summer!

Campus Administrators

Campus Administrators

Alex Arnowitz Stamford, CT Head Campus Administrator
Alex returns for year #15 at Laurel; eight as a camper and seven on staff. A part of our year-round team, Alex has worked Tennis, Fitness and as Campus Leader of Sequoia – a true jack-of-all trades! He is a founding member of the U Miami Hurricane wrestling club and received all-conference honors four years in high school. We’re so thrilled to have Alex as a core member of our team.

Jess Kemper Brooklyn, NY Campus Administrator
Jess returns to Laurel after spending 4+ years in the finance industry in Manhattan. A Mizzou graduate, this is her fifth Laurel summer. Jess brings incredible experience to our campus administrator team and is excited to be back at camp!

Anna Redington Cincinatti, OH Campus Administrator
Anna is a Miami of Ohio senior studying professional writing and returns for summer #3 after two amazing summers as a specialist. She played competitive volleyball for nine years. Anna is a volleyball coach and tutor. So happy to have this important asset on our campus administration team!

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