Head Counselors

Head Counselors
Peter BuehnerOrono, MEAssistant Director
A high school guidance counselor during the year, Peter joins us for his 18th 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.
Lauren “Poppy” KeaneBlack Rock, CTAcadia & Baxter Head Counselor
Lauren is 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 #11 for Poppy, and she’s beyond excited for camper arrival day! She’s an integral part of our operation.
Joie PicattiBlack Rock, CTApache & Sequoia Head Counselor
Joie returns to the Head Counselor team for his 13th summer at camp. A collegiate soccer player, Joie graduated Naropa University. Formerly a youth soccer and basketball director in Oregon, Joie now works full-time in the winter office with us. Heyyyy-oooo! Joie is back…and we’re thrilled!
Jon MillerBattle Creek, MIBec & Bago Head Counselor
A staple as Bec and Bago Head Counselor, Jon celebrates summer #12 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, NYProgram Director
A true camp lifer, Taco has worked at camps since 2007 and attended camps his whole life. He returns for summer #7 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!
Charlie “Chuck” KeelerBarrington, ILAssistant Program Director
After being a day camp counselor for four years, Chuck joined Laurel in ’15 as an all-star counselor. 2019 marks his third summer on Laurel’s program team and fifth overall. 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 2019.
Rob JacksonKenly, NC
A Western Carolina University junior, Rob returns for summer #2 at Laurel. A star varsity football player in high school, he’s currently the student assistant for Western Carolina’s football team. As an Eagle Scout Rob led multiple youth trips. We’re pumped for Rob’s excitement and enthusiasm in the program office.
Rachel FravelNewington, CT
A camp enthusiast, Rachel worked for five summers at a fine Connecticut camp including roles as their waterfront director and program director. She spent the last year in California working in outdoor education. At Central Connecticut she was on the swimming team and club ultimate frisbee team. An expert storyteller and enthusiastic camp personality, Rachel will shine at Laurel this summer.
Emma BlairIrmo, SC
A University of South Carolina sophomore, Emma worked the 2019 Masters Tournament in Augusta this year through USC. She’s a nationally certified fitness instructor and teaches cardio, strength, zumba, cycle and barre. We’re excited to welcome Emma to Laurel!

Campus Administrators

Campus Administrators
Alex ArnowitzStamford, CTHead Campus Administrator
Alex returns for year #16 at Laurel; eight as a camper and eight 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 happy to have Alex as an important part of our family.
Rebecca HobertGlendale, AZ
Rebecca returns to Laurel for summer #5. She graduated University of Arizona and currently works as a teacher and photographer in Arizona. Her two boys Brandon and Dylan join the Laurel ranks in Sequoia.
Melissa DodsParkville, MO
A College of Wooster graduate, “Mel” worked in their admissions office for three years helping prospective students. A talented dancer, she taught jazz, tap and more for three years. She helped lead local events as a girl scout for thirteen years. Welcome, Mel!