Staff Profiles

Small Crafts

Sailing

Sailing & Paddling Staff

Ian Nibbe Annandale, VA Department Head
Ian spent his childhood summers at a prestigious Virginia sailing camp as an instructor for five years. He’s taught on Sunfish, Lasers, Hobie Cats, Flying Scots and more. A George Mason University senior, Ian’s also an accomplished windsurfer and mountain biker. We’re so thrilled to have Ian’s wealth of sailing experience leading our campers on Echo Lake.

Ethan Mendez Highland, MD
A sailor since the age of five, Ethan’s sailed for leisure and competitions. University of Illinois sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering, he worked the last two summers for a pirate adventure cruise leading children’s activities. Currently on the club sailing team for his university. Welcome, Ethan.

Jack Gibson Belfast, Northern Ireland
An instructor for the distinguished Royal Yachting Association of Ireland, Jack returns from across the pond. Engineering student and an Apache favorite in 2018, Jack’s ready to “Go Bananas” again this summer.

Philippa Benson-Smith Hawarden, Wales
A Buckingham New University graduate, Philippa has experience sailing Sunfish, Hobies, 420’s and more. An accomplished photographer, she’s organized and instructed youth photography. Happy to have Philippa sailing Echo Lake this summer.

Rocky Hoffman Barrington, IL
University of Illinois freshman, Rocky found camp through returners Chuck and Maddie Keeler. A swim instructor and lifeguard for four years, she’s also worked as a day camp counselor leading sailing and sports. Welcome, Rocky!

Amy McBride Saint Simons Island, GA
Amy’s a University of Georgia sophomore economics major. She grew up sailing and competed for her high school sailing team. Previously worked as a nanny and volunteers with Children’s Miracle Network.

Faith Johnson Gainesville, VA
Faith is a Hollins University freshman and competes for their downriver whitewater racing team. She loves hiking, volleyball, softball and running. Faith completed a half-marathon shortly before joining us this summer. Pumped for Faith’s energy and enthusiasm at Laurel this summer.

AJ Stueve Centerville, OH
AJ has instructed sailing for two summers and has experience sailing in the Bahaman Islands. An Eagle Scout, he’s also worked as a high ropes facilitator, lifeguard and tuba instructor. Ecstatic to have AJ hoisting the Laurel sails.

Ryan Kennedy Rutledge, PA
Ryan’s been a competitive sailor for eight years and instructor for two. He lettered in high school lacrosse and played collegiately before transferring to Eastern University. Currently coaches middle school lacrosse. Welcome, Ryan!

Issy Delamer Dublin, Ireland
Issy joins us from across the pond after teaching sailing at a yacht club the past three summers. She’s competed in several national and international regattas. Trinity University in Dublin sophomore with experience babysitting and coaching field hockey.

Discovery & Fishing

Discovery & Fishing

Megan Kocina Erie, CO Department Head
Megan graduated Colorado State with an environmental education and conservation degree. She led youth activities with Boulder’s parks department and the Society of American Foresters. A longtime nanny and avid hiker, camper and climber, Megan’s excited to share her passions with Laurel campers.

Megan Przeslawski Tampa, FL
Megan played four years of Division 1 softball at Norfolk State University. She balances teaching and working as an assistant softball coach at Norfolk. An all-star counselor in 2018, we’re so thrilled to welcome Megan back for summer #2!

Sophie Webb Laurel Fork, VA
A Michigan State freshman, Sophie is an experienced kayaker, hiker and climber. Previously worked at a veterinary clinic and ran the front desk of a 5-Star resort. Welcome to the Laurel family, Sophie.

Jasmine McCarthy Lake Stevens, WA
A Washington State University senior, Jasmine was a volleyball and softball letterwoman throughout high school. Passionate about all things outdoors, she grew up on a lake driving boats and fishing in the beautiful pacific northwest. We’re pumped to have Jasmine at Laurel fishing this summer.

Jackson Keeler Barrington, IL
Jackson follows in the footsteps of his three siblings who all have worked at Camp Laurel. A University of Wisconsin graduate, Jackson played varsity football for the Badgers. An avid angler, he instructed youth fishing through his high school fishing club. Siblings Chuck and Maddie are also on the 2019 Laurel staff.

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