Staff Profiles

Waterskiing

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Andy Johnson Greenwich, CT Department Head
Andy currently teaches at New Canaan Country School and comes to us as a teacher, coach and experienced camp administrator with 25 summers behind his belt at a fine Massachusetts camp. Andy graduated Gettysburg College and earned his master’s from Manhattanville College. Wife Liz leads our swimming program and the three Johnson children join the Laurel family as campers. We’re thrilled to welcome the Johnsons to our family!

Stone Reese Starkville, MI Asst. Department Head
A Mississippi State senior, Stone was a camp favorite in 2018 and is thrilled for summer #2. President of the Mississippi State waterski team, Stone knows there’s nothing better than helping others progress in his favorite sport. Has extensive knowledge of MasterCrafts with five-plus years pulling waterskiers and wakeboarders. Welcome back, Stone!

Justin Busuttil Santa Venera, Malta Asst. Department Head
Justin returns for his second Laurel summer. Solent University graduate with a yacht design degree, Justin competed in wakeboarding for the British University Competitions. A talented sailor, Justin raced in national championships, European championships, international regattas and world championships. So excited to have Justin back on Echo Lake.

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Waterskiing Staff

Mike Bowler Spencer, MA
A UMASS graduate, Mike grew up competing in waterski tournaments. Mike’s family owns a MasterCraft and he’s instructed off the boom and behind the boat. An all-around athlete, he played high school basketball and lacrosse. Youth lacrosse coach and waterski instructor, Mike is the perfect fit for Laurel waterski.

Colleen Cullinane Bethesda, MD
Colleen is a University of Wyoming sophomore elementary education major. She learned to waterski at sleepaway camp and earned awards in slalom events and water shows. Captained her high school cheer team. Student teacher and babysitter. Welcome, Colleen.

Derek DeKam Eden Prarie, MN
Derek runs for the Dordt College cross country team and grew up waterskiing and wakeboarding in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Five-plus years of experience driving and instructing on ProStars. He competed for two waterskiing teams, loves to sail and served as head lifeguard for four summers. Welcome to Laurel, Derek!

Franklin Farrel Locust Grove, VA
A George Mason freshman, Franklin loves wakeboarding, wakesurfing, slalom waterskiing and trick skiing. Learned to drive and hone his skills on his family’s MasterCraft X10 and has driven, performed and instructed for years. A volunteer instructor for adaptive waterskiing, Franklin’s passionate about giving everyone an extraordinary experience behind the boat.

Cody Hickman West Palm Beach, FL
Cody’s been wakeboarding and waterskiing since he could stand up and went on to compete in sponsored events. Very familiar with ProStars and Xt20’s. High school varsity football athlete and volunteer youth leader. Cody now runs his own carpentry business in the Boca Raton area. Excited to have him in Maine this summer.

Harrison Hill Morgan Hill, CA
Harrison is Cal-Poly’s wakeboard team president. He’s teamed with professional wakeboarders and taught several people himself. Plays club roller hockey. An Eagle Scout, birthday party leader and babysitter. We’re pumped to see Harrison on Echo Lake.

Chandler Krogh Charleston, SC
A Charleston Southern University graduate, Chandler’s worked as West Marine’s water sports specialist – behind the wheel and behind the boat. He lettered in high school football and is an avid fisherman to boot. A camp counselor for the past three summers in South Carolina, Chandler’s ecstatic about joining the Laurel team this summer.

Cori Marr Locust Grove, VA
A Virginia Tech freshman, Cori’s waterskied competitively for six years. Her primary events include jump, slalom and trick ski. She has four years’ experience as a youth waterski instructor. Volunteered as an adaptive waterski coach for children and adults. Attended a waterski summer camp in high school. She’s also worked as a babysitter and lifeguard. This Hokie is a sure-fire winner for Laurel waterski!

Kyla Jo Miller Lake Stevens, WA
Another winner! President of the Cal-Poly women’s waterski team, KJ’s team took first place in nationals and she earned three individual titles. Frequently blogs for the National Collegiate Waterski Association. Watersports run in the family, as her father won nationals multiple times and is a world team member. An incredible downhill skier, she’s competed internationally and instructed winter ski camps. Excited for KJ to do her thing on Echo Lake.

Riley Woodward Valparaiso, IN
A collegiate football player, Riley found Laurel through our extensive Wabash network. Riley’s been driving MasterCrafts for five years. Experienced waterskiing, wakeboarding, and wakesurfing instructor. Welcome to the Laurel family, Riley!

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