Staff Profiles


Head Counselors

Head Counselors

Peter Buehner Orono, ME Asst. Director
High school guidance counselor during the year. Former training director at New York’s Reebok Sports Club. Has a Master’s in counseling from the University of Maine. Back for his 15th summer on Echo Lake. Works closely with Jem, Debbie and the Head Counselors. Peter is one-of-a-kind and an incredible asset to the Laurel community.

Lauren “Poppy” Keane Stamford, CT Acadia & Baxter Head Counselor
Affectionately know as Poppy for her Mary Poppins qualities. Making the jump in summer #8 to Acadia and Baxter Head Counselor after years as Campus Leader. A Maine native who loves the outdoors. Poppy works in our winter office year ‘round helping us get ready for camper arrival day – her favorite day of the year!

Joie Picatti Boulder, CO Apache & Sequoia Head Counselor
After an awesome 2015, Joie returns to the Head Counselor team in his 10th season in Readfield. Collegiate soccer player. Now coaches in Boulder, Colorado and directs an after-school program. A talented creative writer – has published his own compilation of short stories. Heyyyyo Boys Side – Joie is back!

Jon Miller Battle Creek, MI Bec & Bago Head Counselor
Joining Poppy and Joie on our all-star Head Counselor team, Jon returns for his 9th summer in the Pine Tree State. Made the jump last summer to Bec and Bago Head Counselor after 5 summers leading Sequoia and Bago. Teaches high school english and health in addition to coaching track. Down-to-earth track star; always goes the extra mile! A true Laurel Superstar!

Program Department

Program Directors

Matt “Taco” Scheff New York, NY Summer Co-Program Director
Taco has worked at camps since 2007 and attended camp his whole life. He returns for his fourth summer in the program office, this year as Co-Program Director. A true camp “lifer.” Indiana University Kelly School of Business and NYU Social Work grad. Creative, fun and energetic – has a great knack for planning and executing great camp events and programs. We’re so 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 #29, Geoff joins Taco as Co-Program Director after moving from Small Crafts to the Program Office last summer. Graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology where he captained the sailing team. Geoff brings a lifetime of Laurel knowledge and know-how to the Program Office.

Robert Berger Demarest, NJ Program Assistant
After seven summers as a Laurel Camper, Robert returns for his second summer as a Program Assistant. Robert is a talented public speaker and deejay…skills he utilized many times in his summers at Laurel! Looks forward to bringing his love for camp back to the program office. Headed to University of Michigan this fall.

Connor Limoges Lakeview, OR Program Assistant
Education graduate from the University of Montana. Led week long youth camp program teaching second to fourth graders. All-conference basketball player in high school. Three-year intramural referee. Excited to make the move to the program office in her second Laurel summer.

Layla Tanik Raleigh, NC Program Assistant
Returning for summer #3 in Readfield. Highly decorated tennis player; four-time all conference selection, two-time all-state selection and state champion in high school. Trading in her tennis racquet for a spot in the program office this summer. Currently at Wingate University where she is an elementary education major.

Campus Administrators

Campus Administrators

Tim Eldredge Stamford, CT Communications Director
Portland, Oregon native. Joined our full-time team in 2012. Works as Staffing Director during the winter. Volunteers as a mentor for the Big Brother Big Sister program in Stamford, Connecticut. University of Oregon graduate; spent a year teaching elementary math and science in Portland before joining our year-round family. Tim is a superstar.

Alex Arnowitz New York, NY Campus Administrator
Returns for year #13 at Laurel; eight as a camper and five on staff. Joined our full-time team last September. Has worked in Tennis, Fitness and as Campus Leader of Sequoia – a true jack-of-all-trades! A decorated wrestler receiving all-conference honors four years in a row and a founder of the U Miami Hurricane wrestling club. We’re so excited to have Alex’s vast Laurel knowledge on the team!

Mackenzie Leshe Edwardsville, IL Campus Administrator
Returns for her 6th Laurel summer after a one-year sabbatical. Spent the year teaching in Brooklyn for the Uncommon Charter School Network. Western Illinois University elementary education graduate. High school varsity dance captain. Fun-loving, compassionate, full of energy and a natural born leader. Spent two summers as Campus Administrator and we’re so excited to have her back.
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