2016 Newfound staff
A girl's relationship with her cabin mates and counselors makes a world of difference for a fantastic camp experience. At Newfound, a strong sense of community is the direct result of the friendships our staff build with our campers. Campers return year after year and many continue on to become counselors themselves. This is because we make it a priority to hire staff members who can inspire, lead, motivate, mentor, love and laugh with our campers. Staff members travel from all over the world to serve and support Newfound every summer. We are thankful for their hard work, selflessness, and integrity.
Meet our extended staff: year round staff bios
MARY RANKIN Newfound Director
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KARINA OLSEN Assistant Director
Hi! I'm Karina Olsen and this is my fourth summer as Assistant Director at Camp Newfound. I am from Wilton, Connecticut and this is my 13th summer at Newfound. I play basketball, love to bake, and my favorite activity at camp is waterskiing. I am looking forward to another fantastic summer on Long Lake!
HEIDI JOHNSON Program Director
Charlston, South Carolina
Hello, my name is Heidi Johnson and I am returning to camp after 13 years! I am from Charleston, SC where I have been the buyer and manager of a boutique on King Street for the past 10 years. I am ecstatic to be returning to camp and to be the program director.
Georgia Mae Hurley Head Counselor
Jacksonville Beach, FL
Hi! My name is Georgia Mae Hurley and this is my 13th year at Camp Newfound. This will be my fourth year on Newfound Staff and I have enjoyed teaching water-skiing and Rocks & Ropes. I can’t wait for another incredible summer on Long Lake.
WENDY WALCOFF Senior Division
Hi! I'm Wendy Walcoff and this is my 13th summer at Camp Newfound. I am so excited to be back on Long Lake working to support the staff and campers' growth. This fall I will be entering my last semester at Middlebury College as an English/Creative Writing major. I love spending time on the lake sailing and making strong bonds with all the girls. I'm so grateful for yet another summer of good and growth and Newfound!
CASSIDY ALFORD CIT head
Hello! My name is Cassidy Alford. I'm originally from Portland, Oregon and just finished my junior year at Principia College where I am studying political science and global perspectives. This year at camp I'll be co-leading the CIT program and I couldn't be more excited! I know it is going to be a summer full of growth and joy for everyone here at camp... especially our (soon to be) CIT family! I cannot wait to be with your daughters on the shores of Long Lake!
CLAIRE HORTON CIT head
Town & Country, MO
Hi my name is Claire Horton and this is my second summer at Camp Newfound! I will be a CIT counselor and am so exciting to spend the summer growing and giving with your daughters! I am going to be a senior at Principa College and am majoring in Education and Philosophy. My favorite thing about camp is the healing and uplifting atmosphere!
DANIS COLLETT Arts & Crafts Head
Hey there! I'm Danis Collett and it's my 4th summer teaching Arts&Crafts at Newfound. When I'm not at Camp, I'm mostly in my studio at home silk painting and making art that's shown in galleries. Here at Camp we'll be doing pottery, we'll be making our own paper, and lots of other cool projects! Every week will be fun and hopefully a little messy in the art studio!
KYRA EVARTS Fold
Hey y'all!! My name is Kyra Evarts and this is my 12th summer at Newfound! I am from Ridgefield, CT and will be a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire in the fall. This summer I will be teaching Rocks and Ropes and living in Fold cabin!! I am so excited to get to know the girls and share this summer with them!
KATIANA COKINOS Fold
Hi! My name is Katiana Cokinos and I am so excited about my new adventure at Newfound! I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Fold campers! I will be teaching both kayaking and canoeing. I am currently attending Principia College, studying Educational Studies. I am from Bethesda, Maryland, right outside of our Nation's Capital. I am looking forward to new memories, great experiences, and spiritual growth!
LEAH SCHAEFER Cozy
Palos Verdes, CA
Hi I'm Leah! This is my fourth summer at Newfound and I can't wait to spend it in Cozy with your daughters! I'm from Southern California but I'm double majoring in English and Political Science at Principia College in Illinois. This summer I'll be teaching Woodswoman again and I'm delighted to be back in the woods around camp demonstrating survival skills. My favorite part of camp is being able to marvel at the beauty of the lake and the surrounding mountains and being able to share that with your Newfound sisters!
MARY COTT Cozy
New York, NY
Hi, my name is Mary Cott! I can't wait to spend my fifth summer at Newfound in Cozy! I live in New York City and am going into my senior year of high school this fall. This summer I will be teaching dance and am so excited to be back on the beautiful shores of Long Lake! Newfound is such a special place full of so much love and I can't wait to share it with your daughters!
SALLY ABOUCHAR Cozy
Hi, my name is Sally Abouchar! This is my 10th summer at Newfound and I'm very excited to spend it with all the awesome newfie campers. I live in Waterloo, Canada and will begin studying at Principia College in the fall. This summer I will be teaching sailing. I can't wait to share my love of sailing and watch campers learn to love it as well. I will be living in Cozy Cabin and I can't wait to have an amazing summer on the shores of Long Lake!
LIZZIE MacKENZIE Sunshine
St. Louis, MO
Hi my name is Lizzie MacKenzie and I am from St. Louis, Missouri! This is my 7th summer at Newfound and nothing gives me greater joy than spending the summer here with your lovely daughters. I am an incoming sophomore at Elon University in North Carolina, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. This summer I am in Sunshine cabin and will teach Kayaking/Canoeing! What I love most about camp is the close friendships, life lessons, and spiritual growth gained each summer. I am stoked to witness those experiences unfold along the way!
LILAH FOSTER Sunshine
Hi, my name is Lilah Foster and this is my 9th summer at Newfound. I am so excited to share amazing experiences and memories with your daughters. I am from Saratoga, California and I will be going into my senior year in high school. I will be a counselor in the bright cabin of Sunshine! This summer I will be teaching sailing and I can't wait to share my love for this amazing activity with all of the campers!
RACHEL SWOAP Still Waters
Hi, my name is Rachel Swoap and this is my 10th summer at camp! I'm super excited to be here and hangout with all the greats girls who come to camp. I'll be spending my time in Still Waters when I'm not teaching Rocks and Ropes. I am studying Computer Science at Grinnell and would love to talk about programming to any camper who will listen! I love camp because of the beautiful location and the constant exposure to nature. I'm very excited to get this summer started!
KATIE BARTHLEMESS Still Waters
St. Louis, MO
Hi! My name is Katie Barthelmess! This is my 9th summer at Newfound and I'm so excited to spend it in Still Waters! I just graduated from Principia Upper School and will be a freshman at Elon University in North Carolina in the fall. This summer I will be on the H-Dock teaching swimming! I can't wait to spend this summer on Long Lake with your daughters. My favorite part of camp is the love and sisterhood that is expressed in every aspect of camp!
HANNAH HATHAWAY Green Pastures
Hi my name is Hannah Hathaway and I am from South Pasadena, California. I am a counselor in Green Pastures! This is my second summer at Newfound and I am super duper excited to be able to get know and spend time with your daughters. I just graduated from the Principia Upper School and will be continuing my education at the Principia College this fall. This summer I will be teaching arts and crafts and photography!! I can't wait for the summer to begin. My favorite part of camp is the memories and the wonderful friendships that are formed while at camp. :)
MACKENZIE HOLMES Green Pastures
Hi my name is MacKenzie Holmes and I'm from Cape Cod Massachusetts. I'm wicked excited to be your daughter's Green Pastures counselor this summer! This is my seventh summer and I will be teaching archery. I cannot wait to help all of your daughters grow this summer. My favorite things about camp are the life long friendships that get made each summer and also the pure joy and sense of accomplishment the campers experience when they pass a level in any given activity.
KATIE LOVEGREN Green Pastures
Long Beach, CA
Hello! My name is Katie Lovegren. This is my 10th summer at Newfound and I'm so excited to spend my summer in Green Pastures! I recently graduated from Principia Upper School and will be attending Principia College in the fall. I will be a swim counselor this summer and can't wait to see all the growth that's going to take place. My favorite part about camp is all the amazing unique opportunities camp presents to the kids and seeing them put 100% effort into it all :) I'm looking forward to an amazing summer on the shores of Long Lake!
LUCY JANE HURLEY Twin Pines
Jacksonville Beach, FL
Hello! My name is Lucy Jane Hurley! This is my 8th summer at Camp Newfound. I will be a counselor in Twin Pines along with teaching waterskiing! Next fall I am attending Florida State University and planning on majoring in graphic design. I am so excited to be back at camp to give and grow with your daughters this summer!
DINA OGILVIE Twin Pines
Hello, my name is Dina Ogilvie. This will be my fourth summer here at camp. I am extremely excited to spend the summer this year as a counselor in Twin Pines. I am a Rocks and Ropes counselor. I am currently a senior at Principia college majoring in Educational Studies and minoring in History. My favorite part of summer is getting to know and build relationships with the campers.
YANA WOOD Twin Pines
Hi my name is Yana Wood, I am from Newburyport Massachusetts. I just graduated from high school and will be attending Principia College in the fall. This is my 9th summer at camp and I'm excited to be a counselor for Twin Pines. I will also be teaching windsurfing! I am excited to teach and experience being a water sports counselor. I am also very excited for the campers to experience the joy and lasting friendships that camp brings.
KELSEY BETTMAN L'Amitie
Hey! My name is Kelsey Bettman and I am from Cincinnati Ohio. Go Reds! I am a senior in high school and this will be my 6th summer here at Newfound. This summer, I will be teaching swimming so get excited! It is going to be great!! I will be living in L'amitie this year and I am so excited to spend the summer with all your amazing girls! I am super pumped to make some amazing memories!
ELLE TOWLE L'Amitie
St. Louis, MO
Hi, my name is Ellie Towle! I am stoked to spend my summer with the girls in L'amitie! This is my 10th summer at Newfound. I just finished my freshman year at the University of Puget Sound and am transferring, as a sophomore, to the University of Denver this fall. I will be teaching waterskiing and I cannot wait to share my love for it with the girls!
OLIVIA HOFFMAN Gaiety Gables
Hi, my name is Olivia Hoffman! This is my 8th summer at Camp Newfound and I am so excited to be spending it in Gaiety Gables. I just graduated high school and will be attending Furman University in South Carolina this fall. This summer I will be on the waterfront teaching swimming!! I love every part of camp and can't wait to share that love with all the campers.
Montanna Hayes Gaiety Gables
Hello! My name is Montanna Hayes and this is my eighth summer at Newfound!! I just finished my first year at The University of Kansas and I'm working toward a degree in Environmental Science! I love observing evidence of God through nature- it's so cool! I'm super excited to be in Gaiety Gables and teach sailing this summer!
MAKENA PATTERSON Gaiety Gables
Hi, my name is Makena Patterson! This is my 1st summer at Newfound and I'm super excited to be here! I'm currently a student at Principia College. I'm going to be teaching swimming this summer and I've been loving spending time near the lake. So far my favorite part about camp is the beautiful sisterhood and gorgeous views. I can't wait to be a counselor in Gaiety Gables and meet all the campers!
MEGAN SELBY The Hill
Hello! My name is Megan Selby and I'm from Stoughton, MA. I am going to be a junior at Prinicpia College, majoring in education and global perspectives. I play basketball and lacrosse, and I'm always up for an adventure. This past semester I was studying abroad in Finland and had the opportunity to travel all around Europe afterwards. My journey only continues! This summer is my first summer at Newfound and I'm so excited to be here. I will be teaching sailing and will be in the Hill Cabin. I am looking forward to a great summer on Long Lake.
KATIE BUMATAY The Hill
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Hi I'm Katie Bumatay and this is my 11th summer at my Newfound home! This fall I will be starting my sophomore year at Washington University in St. Louis. I can't wait to get back out on the boat and in the sun as waterskiing staff, to be with your girls on The Hill, and to take in (and give to!) the loving sisterhood that is so unique to camp!!
LILY BERMEL The Hill
Chestnut Hill, MA
Hi, my name is Lily Bermel! This is my ninth summer at Newfound and I can't wait to be with your daughters on the Hill! I will be a senior in high school this fall and I just completed a semester abroad. This summer, I will be teaching swimming and I am so excited to get to know your daughters!