Our enthusiastic, caring and skilled staff members, help facilitate and guide the development of each camper in their pursuit of strengthening social & life skills, fostering friendships and developing their Christian faith. Many of our staff "grew up" at Camp Whitman, having spent many summers as campers before joining the staff team. We also recruit staff from area colleges and universities who are studying human services such as education or social work. Additionally, we are proud to host international staff from countries like England, Mexico and Australia. Our camp counselors all undergo a thorough interview and reference process, are background checked and successfully complete a week-long training before working with our campers.
Lea Kone, Camp Director
Lea grew up at Camp Whitman, spending 14 years as a camper, CIT , counselor and Program Committee member. Following her years at Camp Whitman Lea went on to earn her M.S. in Outdoor Recreation Administration and established a career as a Camp Director and Non-Profit Director, working throughout the Northeast. 2018 will be her fourth summer as Camp Director at Camp Whitman. She lives in Rochester, NY where she also serves as the Director of Program Development for Downtown Presbyterian Church and as the Assistant Director of the National Organic Coalition.
Aline Trombley, Registration Coordinator and Office Manager
Aline is very excited to be part of this team, working as a Camp Registrar and Office Manager at Camp Whitman! She is proud of her multicultural identities -she is half Lebanese, half Brazilian, and is now living the American dream with her husband and young daughter. She speaks both English and Arabic and would love to learn new languages. She moved to the United States in 2011 to peruse her Master's Degree in Management. Previously, she worked for Keuka College, Catholic Charities, and she started a small business that she runs from home. She enjoys skiing, reading, traveling, and outdoor activities.
Luis Ocaña Flores, Coordinator
Luis is returning to camp from Mexico for his 4th year. He’s excited to be filling a new role and looks forward to seeing all his friends return for a fun summer at camp. He’s currently going into his senior year in Financial Management, but his true passion is working at camp! Luis loves dancing, swimming, ice cream and can’t wait for more Camp Whitman cookouts this symmer!
Ben Brownell, Coordinator
After three years of being a counselor, Ben is excited to begin his new position as a Camp Coordinator! Ben graduated from Hobart College in 2017 with a BA in English. Over the past year he's worked as a 1:1 Aide at Happiness House in Geneva N.Y. Ben is a fan to running, rooting around in the woods, and playing his guitar and banjo.
John DeHority, Aquatics Coordinator
John loves boats almost as much as he loves Camp Whitman. His relationship with Camp Whitman spans multiple decades, during which he has instructed sailing camps, guided Adirondack canoe trips, taught bike and kayak skills, and previously spent three summers as the camp’s Aquatic Coordinator. He is excited to be returning to Camp Whitman again this summer.