Director and leadership team
Andy was a camper for 8 years and a counselor for 4 years. In the 1990’s, he worked for Outward Bound, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, obtained a Masters of Science in International Development, and focused on sustainable development projects in Central America, the Caribbean and domestically as an AmeriCorps staff member. In 2000, he began a three year transition with his father, Phil, and became the Camp Director in 2003.
As a third generation owner, Andy brings a love of camp and an emphasis in experiential education and youth development to Winnebago. With an eye to the future while upholding Winnebago’s core traditions, he is committed to maintaining a high standard of excellence. Andy’s work in the camping world extends outside of Winnebago. He has chaired a national committee for the American Camp Association, served as a board member to the Association of Independent camps (AIC) and is the former president of the Maine Youth Camp Foundation (MYCF). Andy and his wife Laura have two sons, both Winnebago campers.
As board-certified pediatrician, camp mom and Andy’s wife, Laura serves many roles at camp. In the Health Center, she is the Medical Director — working closely with our two camp nurses to prevent and treat illness. Laura trained at the University of Minnesota (MD/MPH), did her residency at Maine Medical Center and maintains a practice at InterMed Pediatrics in Portland. As a mom, she knows first-hand what it means to have boys in the Winnebago program and takes a wide view of wellness, from homesickness to trimming nails to ‘healthy’ bunk treat! She hopes your camper experiences many great challenges and adventures at Winnebago and she strives to help him do it in the healthiest way possible.
EJ has been at Winnebago for over a decade. Before arriving at Winnebago, he enjoyed a diverse professional pathway, beginning his career in the music and television industry promoting, marketing, and creating content. After completing a Masters in Counseling, EJ spent over a decade working in residential and out-patient mental health treatment and has created a couples’ counseling program that he co-facilitates with his wife, Tarah, in Tucson, AZ.
EJ finds great meaning in his work as Winnebago’s Head Counselor. He is deeply invested in creating a positive, educational and value building experience for campers. His goal each summer is to train and manage a staff of youth development professionals that help boys develop into compassionate, well-rounded, interesting and creative problem solvers. He believes that the Camp Winnebago community makes an overwhelmingly positive contribution to the world.