Staff Profiles



Climbing Staff

Kat McClain Bethlehem, NH Department Head
Returning for her fourth summer at Laurel. Kat worked in climbing for two summers and was ACL of Baxter in 2014. Climbs and boulders “whatever she can, whenever she can!” Wildlife and conservation biology graduate from the University of New Hampshire. Cannot wait to reunite with her Laurel family and we could not be more excited!

Matthew Mellor Stafford, England  
Personal trainer at the University of Bath. Loves to integrate climbing into his training sessions. Achieved the Duke of Edinburgh award for his proficiency in outdoor adventure activities. Spent last summer coaching soccer and other sports to children in Zambia.

Grant Rees Tuscon, AZ  
Rising senior at University of Arizona. Heard the good Laurel word from superstar staff members Miranda Beck, Ashley Alexander and Chelsea Cook. Very active in student government and various on campus organizations. Loves the outdoors and loves to climb. Also plays basketball, tennis and squash – Grant likes to move! A great addition to the Laurel family.

Benji Spetter-Goldstein Newton, MA  
After four summers as a camper, BSG returns to his favorite activity at Laurel. Facilitator at high school’s climbing course. Tutors children in science and math throughout the year. Excited to “share his enthusiasm and love of Laurel” with current campers.

Keirsha Thompson Tucson, AZ  
Started climbing at the age of 13 and has kept up with the sport ever since. Recent graduate of the University of Chicago where she is the primary childcare provider for many faculty. Spent last summer at a wildlife conservation camp in Colorado and can’t wait to experience camp in Maine!

Anna Young Upper Arlington, OH  
Member of the climbing club at Indiana University. Loves to climb and boulder. Has spent the past two summers working as a full-time nanny. Volunteers teaching soccer and cheerleading to youth throughout the year. Loves working with kids and “their vibrant energy!”

Aerial Park

Aerial Park

Matthew Butler Nottingham, UK Department Head
Returning to the Aerial Park for summer #2. Ropes course enthusiast – loves both high and low ropes courses. Veteran camp counselor; has spent the past three summers working at camp. A man of many talents, is also lifeguard certified. We’re thrilled to have Matthew leading our Aerial Park team!

Danielle Adams Fayetteville, GA  
Navigated her first ropes course at the age of 13 and has taken high and low ropes classes each year since. Led youth dance and lacrosse clinics in high school. Volunteered at local day camp for the past three summers. Industrial engineering major at Arizona State.

Teddy Dahle Winona, MN  
Facilitator and instructor at the UC San Diego Challenge Course throughout the year. Loves all things adventure. Recent recreation tourism graduate from Winona State. Stand-out actor in high school, two-time medalist at the state competitions for acting. Welcome to the Aerial Park, Teddy!

Walker Rose Greensboro, NC  
Has spent the past five summers at a YMCA camp in North Carolina where he taught climbing. Talented soccer player – won a state championship in high school. Rising senior at UNC Wilmington. Says he “loves all things camp and can’t wait to make memories that will last a lifetime!”

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

George Roscoe Andover, England  
Returns to Mountain Biking after a sabbatical. Outdoor enthusiast; loves mountain biking, camping and hiking. Has ridden trails all over the United Kingdom. Plays Division 1 rugby at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Has coached several youth rugby clinics. Excited to return to Maine for the summer!

Sherman Spears Monmouth, ME  
Maine native – has ridden trails all over the state. Considers himself a bike maintenance junkie – loves to get his hands dirty and ensure a safe ride for all. Eagle Scout with a wide range of experience in outdoor adventure programs. Political science major at the University of New Hampshire.

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