Staff Profiles

Waterskiing

Department Heads

Department Heads

Warren Williams Newport, RI Department Head
Back for his 39th Laurel summer, Warren has been involved in nearly every aspect of camp. He now serves as Waterski Department Head, in addition to his role as Assistant Camp Director. Former dean of students at an excellent New England prep school, Warren currently teaches and coaches at St. George’s Prep in Newport, Rhode Island.

Tom Fellew Sydney, Australia Asst. Department Head
Grew up on the water in Australia. Has been skiing since the age of five and pulling skiers since the age of 12. He is a master boats-man and skier! Deputized as the family instructor, has taught his cousins of all ages to ski. When not on the water, you can find him on the motocross course coaching children ages 5-18. Welcome to Laurel Waterski, Tom!

Cody Paggen Forest Lake, MN Asst. Department Head
President of the waterski club at Iowa State where he recently graduated with a degree in agricultural systems. Competes in slalom, jump and trick. Also loves to wakeboard, wake surf and knee board. Spent last summer leading youth waterski clinics. Has spent the past four years teaching and pulling fellow skiers on the waterski club team. Will be a great addition to our team.

Jaimee Van Pragh Hamilton, New Zealand Asst. Department Head
Comes from a waterskiing family – her brother, DVP, is a Laurel Legend in his own right – and has been skiing for more than 20 years. Has taught many friends and family to ski, slalom and wakeboard. Also has experience coaching youth hockey and water polo. Works as a physiologist throughout the year.

Brandon Zackon Boca Raton, FL Administration
Returning for his 10th summer on staff and 17th summer at camp. Brandon is a true jack-of-all-trades; has co-led our waterski program, managed camp operations and returns this summer to assist at waterskiing and with camp tours. Works in resort and hospitality management in Boca Raton, Florida throughout the year. Welcome home, Zackon!

Staff

Waterskiing Staff

Jordan Coalter Enniskillen, Ireland
Competitive skier and wakeboarder at the University of Nottingham. Grew up spending his summers on the lake skiing with family and friends. Experienced coach in golf and “football”. Brother, Matthew, taught Laurel Ski last summer and Jordan is excited to follow in his footsteps.

Blake Griffith Maryville, TN
Grew up on a lake and learned to slalom at age five. Received his boater’s license at age 12. Has a plethora of experience pulling and teaching family and friends. Just completed his sophomore year at the University of Alabama; is in their honors college studying aerospace engineering. Volunteer for with his local Boys and Girls club as a mentor and a soccer referee.

Alex Henson Sun Prairie, WI
Learned to ski at about the same time he learned to walk. Has spent countless hours behind a boat and pulling family and friends. Talented skier, wakeboarder and wake surfer. Spent last year teaching waterskiing, wakeboarding and snowboarding. Versatile and athletic – played college lacrosse, loves archery and motorcycles.

Ashton Hill Madison, IN
Loves to be on the water in any capacity. Considers wakeboarding a passion and has been skiing and wakeboarding since childhood. Lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at his local city pool last summer. Actuarial science major at Purdue.

Makilyn Koep Oak Grove, MN
Competitive skier, wake-boarder and wake-surfer on the Iowa State University waterski team. Began driving and pulling other skiers when she turned 13. Very versatile, spent the past three summers as a basketball counselor at a day camp. We’re thrilled to have Maki’s enthusiasm and know-how at the ski docks this summer.

Rileigh Ladyga Centennial, CO
After a stellar summer in the Ceramics Studio, Rileigh returns for summer #2 on the ski docks. Grew up summering on a lake in Michigan waterskiing, wakeboarding and everything in between. Volunteers with local elementary, middle and high school classrooms and with children with disabilities. Clinical mental health counseling graduate student at the University of Colorado.

Billy Muth Downers Grove, IL
Two-year captain of the Purdue waterski team. Lead driver and instructor for beginner skiers. Has skied competitively for the past three years and grew up on the water. Senior aeronautical and astronautical engineering major.

Tiera Salitros Andover, MN
The Iowa State waterski team brings us another Laurel staffer. Has been waterskiing since she can remember. Experienced driver and instructor. Spent past two summers teaching swim lessons and waterskiing. Loves to travel and can’t wait to add Maine to her list of places visited!

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