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.
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.
Mel Davis, Camp Caretaker
Mel has been the smiling face of Camp Whitman for the past 3 years. He is the backbone of camp, helping to keep our property running, clean and beautiful. But Mel is clear that the reason he returns year after year is because of the campers. His love for camp and the campers is always evident, especially when he drives the tractor for our Wednesday hayrides with our Pine Campers - his favorite day of the week.
Michael Cooper, Program Director
Michael turned 8 years old his first summer as a camper at YMCA Camp Storer in Michigan. In his early 20’s Michael spent 5 summers serving at risk youth in Maine working as a waterfront and medical director. He has carried over the lessons from both his youth and years working at camp to present day. For the past decade Michael has worked as a paramedic in metro Detroit where he continued to do what he loves, helping others who are in need. In his free time you can catch him spending his time with his 2 year old French bulldog, Bella. He also enjoys anything outdoors! He enjoys hiking in Michigan’s upper peninsula or out east on the Appalachian Trail. In the summer he enjoys paddle boarding, swimming and the many lakes is southeastern Michigan. Summer camp has been a huge part of Michael’s child and adult life. From his silly nature to fun loving spirit both he and Bella look forward to joining the Camp Whitman summer team.
Maeve Brownell, Pine Camp Coordinator
Maeve will graduate from Allegheny College in May 2019 with a degree in Communication Arts and Education Studies. She hopes to teach early childhood special education in the future. Maeve loves making art, laughing loudly, talking your ear off, and most of all, hugs from her Pine campers.
Alena Ragan, Traditional Camp Coordinator
This is Alena's fourth summer at Camp Whitman. She has been a counselor in both Pine and Traditional camps for the past three years and is excited to take on this new role as Traditional Coordinator. Alena currently attends Saint Lawrence University, studying English and French, and after graduation she plans on becoming a teacher. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading, singing, dancing, and traveling.
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 four summers as the camp’s Aquatic Coordinator. He is excited to be returning to Camp Whitman again this summer.