Assistant Directors and Head Counselors

Peter Buehner
Assistant Director
Orono, ME
A high school guidance counselor during the year, Peter joins us for his 20th 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 one of the incredible key assets to the Laurel community.

Alex Arnowitz
Assistant Director
New York, NY
Alex returns for year #18 at Laurel; eight as a camper and 10 on staff. A part of our year-round team, Alex has worked Tennis, Fitness, Campus Administrator 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 happy to have Alex’s vast Laurel knowledge as part of our core administrative team.

Lauren “Poppy” Keane
Girls Head Counselor – Acadia, Baxter
Black Rock, CT
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 summer #13 for Poppy, and she’s beyond excited for camper arrival day! To know her is to love her.

Joie Picatti
Boys Head Counselor – Apache, Sequoia, Bago
Black Rock, CT
Joie returns to the Head Counselor team for his 15th 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-ooooh! Joie is back! And we’re thrilled!

Program Department

Leslie Doone
Program Director
Glendale, AZ
It’s summer #3 for Leslie! She completed her undergrad at Wooster and is pursuing her master’s at University of New Hampshire. Ski Instructor of the Year at Deer Valley Resort in Utah! A Laurel tripping counselor in 2018, and Assistant Director at an all-girls Maine camp in 2019, and a Day Camp Director in 2020. Leslie brings a wealth of knowledge to the Laurel Program Team. Amped up for her return.

Sara Saltzman
Asst. Program Director
New York, NY
Sara brings an extensive wealth of camp knowledge to her first Laurel summer. Her experiences include day camps, residential camps, teen tours and leading a 6-week tour of Israel. Sara previously worked as a head counselor, unit head, and teen tour leader. Sara will shine in the Laurel program office!

Rob Jackson
Asst. Program Director
Kenly, NC
A Western Carolina University senior, Rob returns for summer #4 at Laurel and his second in the Program Office. A varsity football player in high school, he’s currently the student assistant for Western Carolina’s football team. Rob’s enthusiasm, energy and love of Laurel are a great fit in our Program Office.

Lizzy Parnell
Simpsonville, SC
Clemson University


Rich Strean
Elizabethtown, NY
Rich Strean joins us for summer #19. A Haverford graduate, Rich has a Ph.D. in history. Long-time teacher at Rye Country Day School and professor at Baruch College. Rich has been a Laurel mainstay as a program consultant and logistics extraordinaire. We’re ecstatic to have Rich’s immense Laurel experience with us this summer!

Craig Cadman
Sioux Rapids, IA
University of Northern Iowa

Nick Pascarella
Augusta, ME
University of Southern Maine