We wanted to introduce you to the 2017 Wa-Klo staff before you even arrive at camp this summer! They are so eager to meet our new campers and to see returners back again for another amazing summer. Enjoy reading a little more about them. Counting down to the start to summer of 2017!
Gabby Bonavire – Activity Counselor
From: Boston, MA –> Palm City, FL
What is she doing now: Studying biology at the University of Delaware.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I recently moved to Palm City, Florida from Boston, MA. This will be my 12th summer at Wa-klo but second as a counselor. You will find me hitting on the tennis courts or driving the boat for waterskiing. I can’t wait for summer 2017 and to meet all the new campers and staff!
Jane Colgrove – Professional Consultant
From: Rockville Center, NY
Emma Comrie – Activity Counselor
From: Salem, Massachusetts
What is she doing now: I’m currently finishing up my senior year of high school and I’m excited to start college this fall.
Tell us a bit about yourself: This is my 12th summer at Wa-Klo, and my 2nd as a counselor. I’m currently 18, but I turn 19 at the beginning of camp, and I look forward to spending my birthday at Wa-Klo! Also, I teach swimming so you can usually find me by the water. I’m super excited for this summer and I can’t wait to see old friends and meet new ones!
Emily Cruickshank – Activity Counselor
From: Glasgow, Scotland
What is she doing now: I’m a student in my 3rd year at the University of Glasgow, studying History. I also have a part time job in a supermarket, and I volunteer with a local Brownie unit!
Tell us a bit about yourself: Hey everyone! I absolutely loved my first summer at Wa-Klo last year, and I am so so so excited to come back and see you all again (and meet new people too)! Here in Glasgow, I spend most of my time at work and studying, but when I have any free time, I love going on mini road trips with my friends, and exploring beautiful places – none as beautiful as Thorndike Pond though! I’m really excited to go back to camp life, being out on the boats, and generally seeing you all have lots of fun and achieving amazing things…see you soon!
Kathryn Eccles – Activity Counselor
From: I am from the UK, grew up in Lincolnshire but currently living and studying in Newcastle.
What is she doing now: I’m studying Dentistry at Newcastle University, and in my spare time I row A LOT. When I’m not training or studying, my friends and I love taking trips to the beach or exploring new places – I especially love traveling and can’t wait to have my first experience of an American Summer Camp.
Tell us a bit about yourself: Having grown up in a small village in the Lincolnshire countryside with my parents and younger sister, I really enjoy being outside and taking every opportunity to do exciting and adventurous things with my friends and family, particularly camping and hiking. I enjoy a wide range of sports and love trying out new activities, but am a particularly avid fan of anything near water – I even swam the English channel as part of a relay when I was 12! My favourite colour is yellow, which is rather fitting as my friends have described me as being like the mr men character ‘little miss sunshine’ as I am always so cheerful.
Sian Elliott – Activity Counselor
From: Northern Ireland
What is she doing now: I am currently in my first year of studying Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a 19 year old female from the small island of Ireland. Water sports are my main hobbies, be it wake-boarding, sailing or kayaking. I love meeting new people and making unforgettable memories!
Aimee Friel – Activity Counselor
From: Kirkintilloch, a small town just outside of Glasgow in Scotland
What is she doing now: I’m studying dance at college full time and keeping busy with part time teaching projects also.
Tell us a bit about yourself: When I’m not dancing all day I like to relax by meeting up with friends or watching my favourite TV show, “One Tree Hill.” I also like reading “The Secret” books. They’re great! They are all about positive mindset, changing the way that you think. I live at home with my parents and my twin sister. It will be my first time being without my family for a full summer so I’m a little scared, but I can’t wait to get started, it will be an adventure!
Maren Ganshirt – Activity Counselor
From: Frankfurt, Germany
What is she doing now: I finished my studies of economics in March in this year. Before I will come to the USA, I am going to travel to Indonesia for a few weeks.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I love to spend my free time with family and friends. During the weekdays I like to do sports or go to the cinema with my friends. On the weekends I work in a childcare center in a sports center. I would describe myself as a helpful, humorous and empathic person.
Sharon Green – Office Staff
From: Dublin, New Hampshire
What is she doing now: Elementary Teacher
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a fun loving, outdoorsy girl who loves to be near the water. I enjoy a mixture of playing the piano and being involved in sports.
Kathryn Heaton – Activity Counselor
From: London, England
What is she doing now: Studying Food Science and Business at Reading University
Tell us a bit about yourself: I have just finished my first year of university in England. My main hobbies include; fencing, dancing and cooking. I love being outdoors and having fun with my friends. I’m very excited for camp this summer and can’t wait to meet you all.
Viktória Horváth – Support Staff
What is she doing now: I am third year Law Student and I work in part-time at Camaieu. When I am not studying or working I usually spend my time with my sister’s children.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a Law student in Budapest, at the capital of Hungary. I like doing sports, reading books in my free-time and of course spending time with my friends. We usually plan trips to countries nearby Hungary. I was a dancer earlier. I did dance Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll. We travelled through Europe for different competitions. Nevertheless I am addicted of different cuisines. I visited various countries with amazing cuisines.
Blair Isken – Activity Counselor
From: Wilmington, Delaware
What is she doing now: I am a rising sophomore at Bucknell University!
Tell us a bit about yourself: In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing and re-watching my favorite episodes of Gilmore Girls. I also love to go on drives with my friends and play the radio. I listen to all types of music, especially 60’s, but my favorite band is Florence + The Machine. But my absolute favorite thing is photography! I love to take portraits of my friends, of landscapes- basically anything that catches my eye!
Gabby Jarvis – Creative Arts and Special Programs Supervisor
From: Bournemouth, England
What is she doing now: I currently run pre school and after school kids activity clubs!
Tell us a bit about yourself: I like to think of myself as being super friendly, caring and full of energy- all of which I will bring to my 6th summer at camp! I can’t wait to get back to camp and have another incredible summer. My role is to organize the program for the girls- to make it an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to share all of the new exciting ideas i have gained from my job this winter. I love the outdoors and living 5 minutes from the beach in England is pretty cool. See you all soon 🙂
Kelsey (KJ) Johnson – Activity Counselor
From: Houston, Texas
What is she doing now: I am a student at the University of Central Arkansas studying Kinesiology and PE K-12, Exercise & Sport Science. I played Division 1 soccer for 4 years and was a captain for 2. I coach soccer at Arkansas United Soccer Club in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am currently a physical education intern at Springhill Elementary and Perryville High School.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I have played soccer for 17 years and love coaching. Having lived in Texas my whole life, I was never exposed to mountains. While in college, I discovered my passion for hiking as well as mountains in general. I want to hike the highest peak in every state before I turn 30 (those that I can’t hike I just want to see them in person). I love John Denver, Mexican food, llamas/alpacas, and all things farm grown.
Eliza Kowalcyk – Support Staff
What is she doing now: I study Biomedical Engineering in Cracow
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am optimistic and energetic girl. I like doing sport, especially running. I love spending time with my friends and family. I like meeting new people so that is why I can’t wait to go to Wa-Klo Camp this summer.
Emma Lewis – Activity Counselor
From: New York
What is she doing now: Attending the University of Michigan, go blue!!
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a freshman in college and this will be my 10th summer at Wa-Klo but 2nd year as a counselor. I am the middle child with one older and one younger sister (the youngest is attending Wa-Klo this summer!). I love watching football, traveling, and exploring different restaurants. I can’t wait to meet everyone and have an awesome summer!!
Carolyn Long – Activity Counselor
From: Keene, NH
What is she doing now: I am a School Nurse.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I enjoy spending time outdoors. I love hiking and finding new trails and adventures. I enjoy reading and crocheting during my leisure time as well.
Grazyna Lopata – Activity Counselor
What is she doing now: I study speech pathology at the University of Warsaw, I work in the Canadian School of Warsaw as a speech pathologist and I teach swimming to children.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m Grazyna and I’m 23. I study and I work. In my free time I like to swim and go out with my friends. The thing that I like the most is windsurfing- I always wait for summer when it will be possible to go and windsurf.
Stella Lowe – Activity Counselor
From: Invercargill, New Zealand
What is she doing now: Working in a cafe
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m from a small town Invercargill in New Zealand and have a really bubbly personality. I love trying news things so I can’t wait to start camp! I am a really outdoors person and love animals. I love meeting new people and having new experiences so bring on Camp Wa-Klo!
Katka Malikova – Support Staff
From: Slovakia, Lučenec
Emily March – Activity Counselor
From: Wales, United Kingdom
What is she doing now: Studying Performing Arts at University
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a creative, fun-loving and hard working person. I love the arts and the great outdoors, and I’m so excited to make some theatre magic this year at Camp Wa-Klo. I’m looking forward to having a positive, inspiring and super fun summer with staff and campers from all over the world!
Siobhán Marmion – Activity Counselor
What is she doing now: I am currently studying Fine Art, I’m in my first year and am hoping to go on and become an Art Therapist. Aside from college life I am busy sailing, horse riding, swimming and hiking/walking.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a very energetic,bubbly person who loves interact with people and have fun. I love to try out new things, go on adventures and talk! I’m a great listener too and have patience. I love to be on the water doing sports or on a horse or be drawing.
Kay McCann – Water Supervisor
From: Bournemouth, England
What is she doing now: Nannying for a family I’ve been with off and on for the last four years. I’ve just bought my first flat so loving making that feel like home.
Tell us a bit about yourself: This will be my 8th summer working on the waterfront at Wa-Klo (can’t get enough). I live right by the beach in Sunny Bournemouth and love spending as much time there as I can, whether it is Kayaking or Longboarding its my 2nd favourite place to be (Wa-Klo is obviously 1st). Can’t wait to be back in my favourite place.
Hannah McInnes – Activity Counselor
From: Glasgow, Scotland
What is she doing now: I’m currently in my 3rd year of university studying Business. However, I mostly spend my time wishing I was back on Thorndike Pond rather than in the rain in Scotland!
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a bit of a geek as I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter, Disney, Sherlock and so much more! There’s nothing I love more than being a big kid and that’s why I’m super excited to head back to camp this summer! I also work in Pizza Hut and have been named our stores ‘Funniest Hutter’ 2 years in a row so you all better be ready to hear some of my terrible jokes. In my time off from uni and work I love going to the theatre, seeing my friends and trying new things. I can’t wait to get back to camp this summer to see all the old and new faces and make epic memories together!
Katherine Mellor – Activity Counselor
From: Nottingham, England
What is she doing now: Working with racehorses in Sydney, Australia
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a down to earth person who loves to laugh!
Imola Mihalecz – Activity Counselor
From: Hungary, Budapest
What is she doing now: I learn psychology at the University and I am a sport trainer.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I love being active. I always work on something new and interesting. I am sociable and open-minded. I really like to spend time with my friends. I am delighted if I can help other people and make them happy.
Rosie O’Mahony – Camp Photographer
From: Cork, Ireland
What is she doing now: I’m in my third year of studying ‘Film & Television Production’ at the National Film School. I’m making lots of films at the moment! I’m also highly involved in the college’s drama society, performing in stage productions.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a fun, friendly and hard-working person. I am passionate about every job I undertake. I have big dreams of becoming a successful film-maker some day. I love meeting new people and I’m so excited for the Summer ahead.
Barbara Osztrovski – Support Staff
What is she doing now: I’m studying Chinese at university
Tell us a bit about yourself: I have a wide array of interests ranging from Chinese philosophy to psychology. I love to read, to be outdoors with my dogs, jog and ride a horse.
Tia Parker – Activity Counselor
From: New Zealand
What is she doing now: NZ Army
Tell us a bit about yourself: From a family of 5 and I’m part Rarotongan. I love playing sport. I play Netball, Volleyball, Rugby League, Touch Rugby and Basketball. Loving being outside and sleeping under the stars. I also have a fur baby (dog) her name is Maddie.
Emma Parkin – Activity Counselor
From: Yorkshire, England
What is she doing now: I’ve been travelling since October and so far have been to America, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, India and have now landed in Nepal. I have also completed a months cookery course in Somerset.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am 18 years old and have taken a gap year to travel and experience new things. I am going to be studying business in September at a College in Oxford and then I hope to find employment in London. I loved playing lacrosse and hockey at school and I have been dancing since I was 3.
Annabel Pattison – Activity Counselor
From: Newcastle, England
What is she doing now: At university studying Psychology
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 20 years old and have been riding since I wasn’t 10. I love traveling and can’t wait to spend the summer at camp!!
Amber Peachey – Activity Counselor
From: Melbourne, Australia
What is she doing now: In my ‘non-camp’ life I study Veterinary Nursing!
Tell us a bit about yourself: Hey Guys, when I’m not working or studying you’ll usually find me hanging out with friends or travelling. I love to get outside and explore and learn about different cultures. I live in country, so most people like to refer to my house as a ‘mini zoo’ as we have that many animals! (only fitting I became a Vet Nurse, right!) Anyway, can’t wait to get back to camp and spend my summer again with all you guys this year! Not long now!!
Sue Penney – LTG Supervisor
From: Sterling, MA
Sophie Poole – Activity Counselor
From: Glasgow, Scotland
What is she doing now: Studying to become a music teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland!
Tell us a bit about yourself: This will be my third summer at Camp Wa-Klo and I am so excited. Among music, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, card games and tennis, camp is one of my favourite things in the world.
Liz (Biz) Ridley – Activity Counselor
From: Essex, England
What is she doing now: Teaching Maths and Geography
Tell us a bit about yourself: Hello!!! I’m Liz, and this will be my third year as a camp counsellor! You will usually find me teaching crew, cycling around camp or driving boats for water ski! I cannot wait to be back at Wa-Klo and even more excited to meet you all! Summer 2017 is going to be AMAZING!!!
Dominika Schmidtová – Support Staff
From: Czech Republic
What is she doing now: I am living in the Prague, where I study. Most of the time I spend on the ice, because I am figure skater’s coach. Free time I glad spend with my friends a my family including my two dogs.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am friendly, reliable, positive, smiling person. I am hardworking. I love sports and figure skating is the best for me, because I am coach on ice. I like dancing and walking with my two dogs. I love children. I simply to try new things.
Emily Scott (but most of camp calls me Em Scott!!) – Activity Counselor/Waterski Supervisor
From: Garden City, New York
What is she doing now: I’m getting ready to graduate in May from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work!
Tell us a bit about yourself: This will be my 11th summer at camp, and after not being there last summer, I am so ready to be back! I love the water, and you can catch me on the ski boats, sailing around Sages island, or on a kayak adventure! You can also find me singing and dancing in Roy-Kit because there is nothing better than a good camp song. I also love dogs, pizza, traveling, hiking, swimming–anything outside really! Can’t wait to meet all the new faces and be reunited with returners 🙂 Counting down the days!
Alexandra Simpson – Activity Counselor
From: Birmingham, England
What is she doing now: I’m currently in my last year of university studying advertising and marketing at the University of Worcester.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I would say I’m quite a fun and outgoing person ( slightly weird but let’s not repeat that) I love being outdoors having a laugh and I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I love to dance and pretty much dance around whenever I get the chance. If I had the choice I would live in the film Grease! Not going to lie I do love a bit of country and western Brett Young , Hunter Haynes and YES I’m a belieber !! (Guilty). So that pretty much sums up, in sort a slightly weird adventurous belieber ! So excited to see you all at camp.
Liz Sloane – Activity Counselor
From: Hamden, Connecticut
What is she doing now: In my non-camp life I am finishing up my senior year of high school and running outdoor track.
Tell us a bit about yourself: This will be my 10th summer at Wa-klo and I’m very excited to return to our little corner of the world! I love being around nature and being active.
Roisin Smith – Activity Counselor
From: Longford, Ireland
What is she doing now: Studying Fine Art with Education in NCAD
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a student in NCAD which is the National College of Art and Design, i’m in the glass department and am studying to be an art teacher. My hobbies are Reading, Art, Drama, Swimming, the Gym and Music. I would consider myself to be an energetic upbeat person. I’m bubbly and outgoing and i love to meet and connect with new people.
Timea Suckea – Support Staff
What is she doing now: I am currently studying at university
Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Timea and I am 20 years old. I study english and literature and during my free time I work at cinema and spend time with my friends playing volleyball or just hanging out.
Emma T. – Landsports Supervisor
From: Bournemouth, England
What is she doing now: I’m currently working In a primary school supporting a young autistic boy in class, as well as getting super excited for summer 2017!
Tell us a bit about yourself: I would describe myself as friendly, supportive, caring and happy. I love sports and I love camp, so what better job than Landsport Supervisor at Camp!!!!
Erin Watson – Activity Counselor
From: I’ve moved all over England, Scotland and France! I’m currently living in Shropshire in England though.
What is she doing now: I’m at University in Coventry studying Graphic Design
Tell us a bit about yourself: When I’m not working hard on my University course, I’m either spending time with my family or horse riding with my university team at various local competitions. This will be my first summer working at a camp and excited is an understatement! The thought of spending my whole summer in America working with kids and horses is just perfect. I really can’t wait!
Ronja Weiblen – Activity Counselor
From: Lübeck in Germany
What is she doing now: Missing my camp life of course! Other than that I am in my 4th year of studying Neurocognitive Psychology and I work as a research assistant at the Center of Brain, Behavior and Metabolism.
Tell us a bit about yourself: Apart from university and work I am quite active and enjoy hanging out with my friends. After camp last year I started playing Ultimate Frisbee in my university team and (of course!) I am in love with swimming. I started teaching swimming to refugees here in Lübeck, which is super fun! My friends and I like cooking together and we love our weekly Doppelkopf evening (a popular German card game).
I can’t wait to have another adventurous and fun-filled summer with you.
See you in June!