Staff Profiles

Administration

Head Counselors

Head Counselors

Peter Buehner Orono, ME Assistant Director
High school guidance counselor during the year. Former training director at New York’s Reebok Sports Club. Master’s in counseling from the University of Maine. Back for his 16th summer on Echo Lake, Peter is our mainstay and stability and works closely with Jem, Debbie and the Head Counselors to make Laurel hum. Peter is one-of-a-kind and an incredible asset to the Laurel community.

Lauren “Poppy” Keane Black Rock, CT Acadia & Baxter Head Counselor
Affectionately known as Poppy for her “Mary Poppins” qualities. After making the jump to Acadia and Baxter Head Counselor in 2016, Poppy can’t wait to return for summer #9 on Echo Lake. A Maine native who loves the outdoors, Poppy works in our winter office year-round helping us get ready for each summer in Readfield. What’s her favorite day of the year: camper arrival day, of course.

Joie Picatti Boulder, CO Apache & Sequoia Head Counselor
Joie returns to the Head Counselor team in his 11th season at camp. Former 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! And we couldn’t be happier!! He has become a camp legend.

Jon Miller Battle Creek, MI Bec & Bago Head Counselor
Joining Poppy and Joie on the all-star Head Counselor team, Jon returns for his 10th summer in the Pine Tree State. Has become a staple as Bec and Bago Head Counselor after five summers leading Sequoia and Bago. Teaches high school English and health in Michigan and coaches track and field. 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 fifth summer in the program office and his second summer 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 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 #30, Geoff joins Taco in year two as Co-Program Director after moving from Small Crafts to the Program Office in 2015. 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 third summer as a Program Assistant. A current Freshman at University of Michigan, 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.

Charlie Keeler Barrington, IL Program Assistant
Four year day camp counselor and Laurel all-star in ’15 and ‘16. Iowa State Cyclone; coaches a middle school basketball team throughout the year. Chuck’s making the jump in summer #3 to the program office and we can’t wait to have him!

Kristen Siegert New York, NY Program Assistant
Previous volunteer with the Theatre for Young Adults and Playshop Youth Theatre programs. Theatre graduate from James Madison University now works as an Executive Assistant on Broadway. Known for her creativity and cheerful spirit, Kristen is a great addition to the program team!

Campus Administrators

Campus Administrators

Tim Eldredge Atlanta, GA Communications Director
Portland, Oregon native. Joined our full-time team in 2012. Works as Staffing Director during the winter and Communications Director during the summer. 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 Stamford, CT Head Campus Administrator
Returns for year #14 at Laurel; eight as a camper and six on staff. Joined our full-time team last year. 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!

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