Staff Profiles

Inter-Arts II


Metalsmithing Staff

Tom Ferrero Windsor, CT Department Head
Graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology; received Master’s in metals at Indiana University. Returns for summer #14 as Laurel’s head of metals – he’s one of our best. Up-and-coming star in the metals and sculpture world. Currently assistant professor of metals and jewelry at NSCAD University in Canada and recipient of the International Saul Bell Design Award. Check out his work at!

Hattie Eshleman Harrisonburg, VA
Graduating senior at James Madison University; receiving her BFA in studio art with a concentration in metals and jewelry. Has been taking classes in metals for five years. Experienced in soldering, fabricating, welding, electroforming, casting, anodizing, enameling, etching, engraving, powder coating, chasing…Hattie does it all!

Sydney Kasok Rochester, NY
Metals and jewelry design major at Rochester Institute of Technology. Took her first Jewelry class in 2008 and has been practicing ever since. Spent the past two summers working as an art and jewelry counselor at a JCC camp. Comes through department head Tom Ferrero. Welcome, Sydney!

Kacie Neeb Salisbury, MD
Current sophomore at Salisbury University. Has a well rounded art background with experience in cartooning, crafts, drawing, painting and sculpting to go with her Metalsmithing. Talented welder and caster. Fun, high energy and outgoing -- a superb addition to Laurel Metals!


Ceramics Staff

Dylan Gifford Kents Hill, ME Department Head
Ceramics graduate from University of Illinois. Experienced clay mixing, hand building, throwing and glazing instructor. Works as a teacher in Kents Hill, Maine. Dylan is an all-around talented artist! Returns for his sixth summer in 04355 and fourth summer leading Laurel Ceramics.

Alli Hammersla Mount Airy, MD
Has been studying ceramics for the past five years and teaching ceramics to preschool and elementary school children for four. Very experienced in all aspects ceramics, especially on the wheel. Has lead several cheerleading day camps both through The Maryland Allstars and her local high school. We can’t wait to see you in Readfield, Alli!

Nick Kress La Crosse, WI
Junior pre-med student at the University of Wisconsin. Began practicing ceramics in high school where his passion began. Now an avid potter adept at throwing and glazing. Certified EMT, worked at a boy scout camp last summer as a medical provider.

Anna Sewell Boise, ID
Psychology and art graduate from the College of Idaho with a focus in ceramics. Has six years of ceramics studio experience. Now lives in Boise and works as a rehabilitative support specialist. Previously taught art at Michael's Craft Store for children ages four to 13. Has also taught English abroad to children through art, coloring and creative expression.


ChefCamp Staff

Isabelle Lappin New York, NY Department Head
A true master – Chef Isabelle has studied cooking in Paris at Lenotre and in New York at the Institute of Culinary Education and the Natural Gourmet Institute. Gained experience working in restaurants and bakeries in Manhattan and Brooklyn and teaching classes at the 92nd street Y and the Center for Kosher Culinary Art. Now she owns her own company ( where she not only sells vegetarian and gluten-free pastries, but also teaches private baking and cooking classes. Also teaches children how to cook and bake at the Manhattan Youth Community Center in Manhattan throughout the school year. Welcome back, Chef!!

Cam England Pewaukee, WI
Current business marketing major at the University of Alabama. Spent the past five summers working as a camp counselor. Known for her child-like spirit and unwavering patience. Says there isn’t anything she loves more than cooking.

Amy Hampton Grapevine, TX
Completing her Master’s degree in dietetics at Texas Women’s University; strives to be a dietitian for a professional sports team. Spent the year running a children’s health program and assisting with TCU and SMU’s athletic nutrition programs. Has received her food handler and Servsafe certifications. A real nutrition star and great addition to Laurel ChefCamp.

Roza Izydorczyk Lodz, Poland
Current English psychology major at her hometown university. Talented chef with years of experience. Loves to experiment with different variations of her favorite dishes. Looking forward to spending her first summer in Maine and making memories to last a lifetime.

Karen Lawrence Moscow, ID
Passionate baker, has been baking for as long as she can remember. Veteran babysitter with more than six years of experience. Volunteered with her local day camp for the past five summers. Biology and geography dual major at Colgate University. Can’t wait to stir, simmer and sauté in ChefCamp this summer.

Hannah Przeslawski Ypsilanti, MI
Dietetics and human nutrition major at Eastern Michigan University. Has taken several courses in food prep and did an internship as a chef assistant for her major. Also worked in her university’s dinning hall prepping and cooking meals for hundreds of students each day. Welcome to the Laurel Family, Hannah!

Eszter Sebestyen Tarnok, Hungary
Senior at Szent Istvan University in Hungary. Works for a catering company helping in all aspects of the business; has done so for the past three years. Volunteer environmental educator at the Magosfa Foundation’s youth camp. After a stellar 2016, we’re thrilled to welcome Eszter back to ChefCamp!

Studio Arts and Arts & Crafts

Studio Arts and Arts & Crafts Staff

Chris McInerney Kents Hill, ME Department Head
A Laurel Inter-Arts guru and veteran, Chris returns for summer #9. Previously lead our ceramics program, but made the move back to Studio Art in ’15. Created Laurel’s ever-popular Comic Book Illustration program and always wows the crowd with his illustrations on the Laurel bulletin boards. A true camp gem!

Cindy McInerney Kents Hill, ME
Department Head
Experienced and beloved art teacher and administrator; more than 20 years working at Kents Hill School. Has been involved in independent education for more than 30 years. Returns to her summer home after a decade long sabbatical to join her son and Studio Art DH, Chris. One of Laurel’s best!! So glad to have Cindy back with us leading Arts and Crafts for summer 2017!

Dani Dinstman Sherman Oaks, CA
Current BFA painting candidate at Boston University where she is a junior art education major. Has a wide range of experience teaching and working in the art industry. Has volunteered at the Boston Center for the Arts as well as the Skirball Cultural Center. Can’t wait to be back on the east coast in Maine.

Kobi Jekel Pensacola, FL
Currently working toward his Mater’s in studio art and English at Pensacola College. Spent the past two years working as a professionally published illustrator. Worked as a counselor for two years and group leader for one year at his local camp. Loves to bring out the best in each of his students.

Deb Keen Hilton Head, SC
Has spent more than 10 years taking private art classes and perfecting her craft. Now teaches crafts to elementary school children in her community. Heard about camp from superstar specialist Leighton Higgins. Volunteers with various organizations for children through her education major at the University of South Carolina. Says June 22nd can’t come soon enough!

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