Staff Profiles

Inter-Arts II

Metalsmithing

Metalsmithing Staff

Tom Ferrero Vienna, ME Department Head
Tom returns for summer #15 as Laurel’s head of metals – he’s one of our best. He earned his undergrad from Rochester Institute of Technology and his master’s in fine arts from Indiana University. Tom teaches drawing, painting, darkroom photography and sculpture at Maranacook High School in Maine. He also lectures 3-dimensional design at the University of Maine. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the USA, South Korea, New Zealand and Canada. Check out his work at TomFerreroStudio.com.

Louise Goodpasture Norfolk, VA
Louise holds a BFA with a concentration in metals from Ohio Wesleyan University. Previous fine arts director of a sleepaway camp in her native Virginia. Louise will be a real creative resource within Laurel’s metals program.

Joshua Lo Calgary, Canada
Josh studies fine art at Alberta College of Art and Design where he is an assistant teacher. Beyond his experience working with metals, Josh is an accomplished ceramicist as well. We’re so happy he chose the shores of Echo Lake to shine this summer.

Robb Soslow Bryn Mawr, PA
Robb returns to his summer home after six years as a camper. Robb’s headed to UPenn this fall, where his older brother, a Laurel alum, was an All-Ivy place kicker for the Quakers. He’s studied and worked with some metalsmithing greats, from Laurel’s esteemed Tom Ferrero to an instructor at RISD. Welcome home, Robb!

Ceramics

Ceramics Staff

Dylan Gifford Kents Hill, ME Department Head
A ceramics graduate from University of Illinois, Dylan is back for summer #7 at Laurel and fifth leading Ceramics. He’s an experienced clay mixing, hand building, throwing and glazing instructor. Dylan’s work was featured in several galleries in Maine this year. Dylan is an incredible artist and also works as a teacher at the Kents Hill school near camp.

Liz Vesneske Buffalo, NY
Liz is a Buffalo State art education major with a concentration in ceramics. She holds a nutrition degree and previously played Division 3 field hockey. Her passion for art and working with children makes Liz the perfect fit for Laurel ceramics.

Mary Megehee Maricopa, AZ
Mary earned her bachelor’s in ceramics from Arizona State University. She’s helped teach ceramics in her local library. Mary’s other passions include drawing, sewing, painting and roasting the perfect marshmallow.

Kayla Robbins Greenville, OH
A senior in the prestigious arts program at University of Cincinatti. Kayla was the lead teacher for a middle school arts program that culminated in an exhibition for her students. Her happiest moments are sharing her passion and knowledge of arts with kids. Welcome to Laurel, Kayla.

ChefCamp

ChefCamp Staff

Isabelle Lapin 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 National Gourmet Institute. She has experience working in restaurants and bakeries in Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as teaching at the 92nd Street Y and Center for Kosher Culinary Art. Chef Isabelle now owns her own company where she teaches private baking and cooking classes and sells vegetarian and gluten-free pastries. She also teaches children at the Manhattan Youth Community Center throughout the school year. Welcome back for summer #3, Chef!

Ana Maria Blasini Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
An Emory University nursing student, Ana Maria has been cooking and baking since she could remember. She’s previously worked as a counselor, soccer coach and babysitter in Atlanta. Ana Maria’s looking forward to spending her first summer in Maine and making memories to last a lifetime.

Alice Gold Oakland, CA
A veteran day camp counselor, Alice leads cooking and sports as an afterschool teacher. Culinary arts are in her genes – her mother is a chef and Alice “grew up” in the kitchen. Thrilled to stir, simmer and saute with Laurel campers this summer.

Catherine Dunlap Little Rock, AR
Catherine holds a culinary degree and is currently working on a baking and pastry degree. Involved in musical theatre from childhood through high school. We’re excited to see what she’ll cook up in ChefCamp!

Luke Brundy El Centro, CA
Luke comes to Laurel after hearing about the amazing summers his brother had the past two years. A sophomore at Texas Christian University, Luke is studying business management and aspires to own his own restaurant.

Lisset Gonzalez Torres San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Business administration major at her hometown university. Liss is an accomplished swimmer and volleyball player. She’s excited to be in Maine for the first time!

Sydney Dood West Hartford, CT
Sydney hails from West Hartford, Connecticut…a stone’s throw from our full-time office. She knows Laurel well, having spent many summers in Mt. Vernon with her family. Terrific to have her as a ChefCamp assistant.

Studio Art and Arts & Crafts

Studio Arts Staff

Chris McInerney Kents Hill, ME Department Head
A Laurel Inter-Arts guru and veteran, Chris joins Laurel’s 10-year club in 2018. Graduate from Rhode Island School of Design and previous head of our ceramics program, Chris created our 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, Cindy has worked at the Kents Hill School for more than 20 years. Cindy returned to Laurel in 2017 after a 10-year sabbatical and we couldn’t have been happier. Cindy always has a smile on her face and is one of Laurel’s best!

Naya Smith-Sellers Cincinatti, OH
A junior in the arts program at University of Cincinatti, Naya’s background is highlighted with drawing, painting and ceramics experience. Her artwork has been featured in murals in the greater Cincinatti area and she has led several art programs for children. Welcome, Naya!

Maya Weis Pittsburgh, PA
A Connecticut College junior, Maya’s history in the arts includes woodworking, ceramics, film and writing. She has earned several scholastic writing and art awards. A middle school volleyball coach and babysitter, Maya does it all.

Savannah Selby Atlanta, GA
An Appalachian State senior studying graphic design and studio art, Savannah captained her high school varsity soccer team. She’s helped coach soccer camps and currently works for Appalachian’s publicity team. Savannah is stoked to soak up the summer sunshine in Maine.

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