Staff Profiles



Climbing Staff

Kat McClain Bethlehem, NH Department Head
Kat joins the Laurel five-year club in 2018. She worked in climbing for two summers and was ACL of Baxter before leading our climbing wall last summer. A University of New Hampshire wildlife and conservation biology graduate. Kat can’t wait to reunite with her Laurel family!

Grace Tonna Huntington, NY  
A Loyola University senior, Grace is the student leader for her university’s outdoor adventure experience. She’s passionate about everything outdoors including camping and hiking, and leads several trips for Loyola students throughout Maryland and the east coast. Welcome, Grace.

Conner Yi Algona, IA  
Conner was part of our digital media team in 2017 and couldn’t resist the opportunity to be a counselor this summer. She loves hiking and the outdoors. She’s previously worked as a swim coach and is excited to be with “the best kids” at Camp Laurel.

Andrew Whittington Marshall, VA  
Andrew joins Laurel with a background in ropes, climbing, camping and fishing. He’s a Western Colorado State University junior majoring in outdoor leadership. A true outdoorsman – Andrew’s hiked the Appalachian Trail. We’re so happy to have Andrew at Laurel climbing.

Jacob Donovan Sandown, NH  
A Plymouth State University junior, Jake is a veteran day camp counselor joining the Laurel ranks. Jake captained his varsity lacrosse team in high school. He loves mountain biking, hiking, camping, canoeing and the New England Patriots. Thrilled to have you, Jake.

Amy Hampton Grapevine, TX  
Amy returns for summer #2 after an outstanding 2017. She’s completing her master’s in dietetics and strives to be a dietitian for a professional sports team. Amy joins the climbing staff in 2018 and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her back.

Aerial Park

Aerial Park

Lizzy Robben Boulder, CO Department Head
A CU Boulder graduate, Lizzy returns to head up Laurel’s Aerial Park after a sabbatical in 2017. Lizzy worked the Challenge Course at CU Boulder and has a passion for ropes challenges and ziplines dating back to her childhood. An avid hiker, camper, climber and snowboarder – Lizzy is always up for an adventure. We’re ecstatic to welcome her back and know she’s the perfect fit to run our Aerial Park.

Jen Whelan Oxford, United Kingdom  
Jen skips “across the pond” with several years experience instructing children on her hometown ropes course. Jen is a peer mentor, drama teacher and babysitter. Welcome to Maine, Jen.

Maggie Lyons Riverside, IL  
A Marquette University sophomore, Maggie is a nursing student and member of the Golden Eagles climbing team. She’s tutored children of all ages in English and math. Happy to have you in the Laurel family, Maggie.

Doug Sands Eleva, WI  
Doug spent the previous two summers working a high and low ropes course in Wisconsin. He couldn’t resist the beauty of Maine. Loves the outdoors; Doug’s favorite things are hiking, camping and kayaking.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Owen Edwards Denbighshire, United Kingdom  
Owen has been riding and competing on the national level since he was 13 years old. Owen’s also volunteered with children leading canoe trips, hiking outings and has taught mountain biking privately for years.

Abby Lestina College Station, TX  
A Colorado School of Mines engineering graduate, Abby competitively raced mountain bikes in high school and college. She’s also worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Excited for your leadership on the mountain biking course, Abby.

Christina Robben Puebla, CO  
A CU Boulder sophomore studying journalism, Christina’s sister Lizzy is our Aerial Park Department Head. A jack-of-all-trades, Christina has experience in several areas and will be helping out with mountain biking and archery.

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