Staff Profiles

Small Crafts


Sailing & Paddling Staff

Paddy McHugh Hamilton, New Zealand Department Head
Paddy learned to sail at the age of 11 and has experience sailing small vessels to yachts. He’s been on numerous overnight voyages around the gulf of New Zealand as well as a week-long trip in the Mediterranean. He’s also an experienced rugby and water polo player and coach. Paddy can’t wait to be back on Echo Lake for summer #2.

Catie Bristow Sugar Land, TX Asst. Department Head
Catie has competed in several conference and national regattas with Texas A&M. After receiving her undergrad, Catie took a gap year as an au pair in Italy leading up to camp. This fall she’ll continue her education at Texas A&M’s veterinary school. She’s pumped for her second Laurel summer.

Sophie Shapiro Fort Lauderdale, FL
Returning for her ninth Laurel summer after seven as a camper. Sophie attends Northwestern and was a member of our sailing team in 2017. Was named all-district in high school lacrosse. Welcome back to your summer home, Sophie!

Zack Chapman Culpepper, VA
Zack grew up sailing and windsurfing and is currently studying aviation. A veteran day camp counselor, Zack is also a member of his hometown soap box derby committee where he helps build soap box cars and mentors the student drivers. Happy to have him sailing on Echo Lake this summer!

Cole Meller Sheboygan, WI
A University of Wisconsin graduate where he studied finance and international business, Cole has three summers instructing sailing under his belt and 12 years of regatta experience. He’s an avid hiker, long-distance runner and great photographer. Welcome, Cole!

Jacob Pelto Santa Barbara, CA
Jacob captained his high school sailing club and continues as a competitive racer today. A music education major at Point Loma University, he plays seven instruments proficiently. Jacob also teaches sailing and private music lessons. We’re thrilled to have Jacob in New England this summer.

Autumn Hirchert Waterloo, WI
A Marquette sophomore, Autumn competes on her university sailing team which won the national championship in New Orleans in 2018. A huge fan of all water activities, she’s a lifeguard and swim instructor as well. Excited to have her hoisting the Laurel sails.

Shea Goodner Goleta, CA
A member of the UC San Diego sailing team, Shea also lettered in high school water polo and swimming. She’s also a babysitter, swim coach and tutor, and joins us with boundless enthusiasm for her first summer on Echo Lake.

Jack Gibson Belfast, Northern Ireland
An instructor for the distinguished Royal Yachting Association of Ireland, Jack comes “across the pond” for his first Laurel summer. He’s previously worked as a camp counselor and is a university engineering student. Pumped to have you with us, Jack!

Christine Whitehair Beverly, MA
Christine is a UC-Davis sophomore with years of experience sailing and kayaking. She’s previously worked with children in Germany and El Salvador. We’re thrilled to have her experience at Laurel in 2018.

Discovery & Fishing

Discovery & Fishing

Harrison Hill Manhattan, KS Department Head
Harrison returns for his fourth Laurel summer and second leading our discovery program. He’s previously worked with us in baseball and as an Apache Specialist. Collegiate baseball player; his dad is the head coach at Kansas State. An avid outdoorsman, Harrison hiked the majority of the Appalachian Trail. He’s excited to share his passions at his summer home.

Kiley Doherty Litchfield Park, AZ
A University of Arizona junior, Kiley excelled in high school cross country and volleyball. She worked as a camp counselor in Arizona last summer, but couldn’t resist Laurel after hearing great things from Baxter ACL Miranda Beck. Welcome, Kiley!

Hannah Przeslawski Tampa, FL
Hannah joins our Discovery team after an amazing first summer in Chefcamp. An Eastern Michigan University graduate, Hannah loves kayaking, paddleboarding and yoga. Currently a substitute teacher in Ann Arbor. We’re thrilled for Hannah’s second summer!

Christian Maglich Sarasota, FL
A Florida Southern College junior, Christian has been fishing since childhood. He’s a member of the Florida Southern baseball team, Christian started every game his freshman year and batted .350 in his sophomore year.

Adam Poltrack Mountain View, CA
Adam’s a Case Western Reserve University junior studying engineering with a passion for the outdoors. Currently plays defensive end for Case Western’s football team. He loves fishing and was a swim instructor at a children’s pool. We know you’re going to love Echo Lake, Adam!

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