Staff Profiles

Inter-Arts II

Metalsmithing

Metalsmithing Staff

Tom Ferrero Vienna, ME Department Head
Tom returns for summer #16 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.

Jack Felch Pleasantville, MI
A College of Wooster junior studio art major, Jack has been working with metals since high school. An avid rock climber, guitarist, photographer, hiker and ultimate frisbee player, he’s truly the Jack-of-all-trades!

Tracy Saracino Scarsdale, NY
Tracy graduated the Fashion Institute of Technology with a jewelry design degree. She’s tutored jewelry design courses, worked as a jewelry repair intern and earned scholarships for her pieces. Excited to welcome Tracy to our metals team!

Alix Soule Rochester, NY
A Rochester Institute of Technology sophomore studying jewelry design, Alix is also on the track and field team at RIT. She’s worked previous summers at an arts camp and as a long jump coach. Alix is pursuing a master’s in art education and is thrilled for her first Laurel summer.

Ceramics

Ceramics Staff

Dylan Gifford Kents Hill, ME Department Head
A University of Illinois ceramics graduate, Dylan is back for summer #8 at Laurel and sixth 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 works as a teacher at the Kents Hill school near camp. He’s truly a Laurel mainstay.

Colby Fortin Plattsburgh, NY
An Oberlin College freshman, Colby is a day camp veteran having counseled there for three summers through SUNY-Plattsburgh. Member of the Oberlin Pottery Co-Op. Colby is the perfect fit in ceramics!

Liza Gallandt Orono, ME
Liza is a Dartmouth freshman and spends her free time in the college pottery studio. She has years of experience as a Nordic ski coach and as a babysitter. A celloist and Maine native to boot, Peter Buehner was Liza’s high school guidance counselor. Welcome Liza!

Sierra Weston San Jose, CA
A UC Davis junior, Sierra studies design and has taken pottery classes throughout high school and college. A youth swim instructor for four years and babysitter for nearly a decade, Sierra also has her own radio show in California. Excited to welcome this ceramicist and DJ to Echo Lake.

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 #4, Chef!

Riley Bell Pineville, LA
A Northwestern State junior, Riley is a culinary minor with years of experience in the kitchen. She’s also a certified lifeguard and dance instructor. A day camp counselor last summer, she’s excited for her first summer in Maine! Riley does it all.

Eileen Bergman La Grange Park, IL
Eileen is a pre-med freshman at St. Louis University. Instructed youth cooking classes at a day camp and has restaurant experience. She’s a student ambassador, babysitter, and swim instructor to boot. Welcome Eileen!

Luke Brundy El Centro, CA
Luke returns to Laurel’s ChefCamp team after an amazing summer in 2018. Business management major at Texas Christian University, he aspires to own his own restaurant. We’re pumped to welcome Luke back.

Marisa Howell Charlotte, NC
An Appalachian State freshman studying nutrition and foods, Marisa has been cooking and baking her entire life. A chef at an organic kitchen, she’s also involved in Appalachian’s baking club. Grew up going to and then volunteered at a local day camp. Marisa is thrilled for her first summer in Maine.

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 for her second Laurel summer!

Sydney Dood West Hartford, CT
Sydney hails from West Hartford, Connecticut…a stone’s throw from our full-time office. Terrific to have her as a ChefCamp assistant for summer #2!

Studio Art

Studio Arts Staff

Chris McInerney Kents Hill, ME Department Head
A Laurel InterArts guru and veteran, Chris joins Laurel for summer #11. Rhode Island School of Design graduate and previous head of the Laurel 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! We are all better for having Chris in the family.

Elizabeth White Clarksville, MD Department Head
A Boston University graduate, “Biz” is furthering her education through BU’s #1 nationally ranked Art Education program. She has experience teaching in classrooms, supplemental art programs and day camps. Can’t wait to see what this BU Terrier has in store for Laurel’s Arts and Crafts program!

Isabella Plachter Scarsdale, NY
A four-year Laurel camper, Isabella returns for her first summer as a counselor. A UC-Boulder freshman and avid artist, Isabella honed her skills in our InterArts Alley. A cheerleader in high school, she also coached elementary and middle school cheerleading for three years. Welcome home, Isabella.

Sydney Levine Jupiter, FL
Sydney is a Florida Atlantic sophomore elementary education major. A lifetime camper, she grew up at a sleepaway camp and worked there for two summers. Excited about her new opportunity with Laurel. Sydney coordinates all crafts for an elementary after-school program. Excited to have her love of camp and artistic skills with us.

Ruby Siegel Eastchester, NY
A University of Albany sophomore, Ruby’s interned as a teacher’s assistant coordinating art projects. She’s worked at day camps and is ecstatic for her first overnight experience as a counselor. Welcome, Ruby.

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