Kieve Wavus Education employs people who instinctively care for others.

KWE strives to build and uphold an inclusive community in which everyone feels safe and valued with kindness and respect.

In all that they do, KWE staff seek not only to support but also to live the mission of the organization: to empower people to contribute positively to society.


R. Dixon Thayer, President
Pamela K. Jensen, Vice-President
John W. Geismar, Secretary
James D. Brown, Treasurer
W. Morgan Churchman III
Lynley W. Ciorobea
Chris Dougherty
William A. Knowlton
Louise W. McIlhenny
Matthew J. McKenna
Clifford E. Muller
Kathryn H. Redmond
Mark K. J. Robinson

Libby Schroeder
J. Harrison Stuart
Kristin Valdmanis
Mistye Wilson
Robert W. Bower, Jr., Emeritus
Alexander K. Buck, Jr., Emeritus
John E. Burns, Emeritus
Thomas W. Haas, Emeritus
Donald A. Keyser, Emeritus
Oliver A. Parker, Emeritus
Susan R. Russell, Emeritus
Michael N. Westcott, Emeritus


Kieve Wavus Education always loves meeting caring, energetic and motivated people who strive to empower others by promoting values of kindness and respect.  KWE is committed to the health, well-being, and personal growth not only of our participants but also of our staff.  KWE is an equal opportunity employer.  If you are interested in becoming a part of this amazing team, please be in touch!

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Henry R. Kennedy

Executive Director

Henry Kennedy has served as Executive Director and Boys Camp Director at Kieve since 1990 and is the third generation of his family at the helm. He spearheaded Kieve’s 2005 merger with the Wavus Foundation. He was a Kieve camper 1967 – 1972 and a counselor 1973-1980. Henry also served as the Treasurer of Kieve’s Board of Trustees while he was a CPA in California and Portland, ME during the 80s. His volunteer service includes Colby College Board of Overseers, Cumberland, ME school board, President of Maine Youth Camping Assoc., Allagash Wilderness Waterway Advisory Committee, Maine Great Ponds Taskforce, Maine Huts and Trails trustee, founding trustee of Family Ice Center, and Maine Equity in Education taskforce.

Charlie Richardson

Director of Education and Operations

Charlie has been an integral member of the KWE family since 1983. He has had a number of roles over the years: Leadership School (then LDI) educator, Kieve counselor, Leadership School director, and Kieve director. He is involved in helping to provide the best educational experience for each and every person and group that comes to our incredible campuses.  He is a 1984 graduate of Bates College and has an M.Ed from Cambridge College. In the community Charlie has been a board member at the Central Lincoln County YMCA and board member and chairman of the Nobleboro School board. His teaching and administrative experience have taken place in the Hull Public Schools in MA, the Linsly School in Wheeling, WV, and McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. He now resides year round at Kieve with his wife Annie.

Chris Renyi

Bio Coming Soon

Sam Kennedy

Director, Camp Kieve for Boys

Sam was a Kiddie-Camper in its inaugural 1991 summer, and since then has spent most of his summers at Kieve-Wavus as a camper, counselor, Advisory Board chair, and after some time away, as Associate Camp Director. Sam provides leadership and supervision for Kieve Camp for Boys, while supporting other Kieve-Wavus programs throughout the year. Sam’s favorite wilderness trips are the Long Voyage and Allagash. Sam has a B.A. from Colby College and an M.Ed. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Sam lives in Portland, ME with his wife, Sarah. 

Kate Kaplan

Director, Wavus Camp for Girls

Kate joined the Wavus staff in 2010 as a counselor. She was an assistant tripping director from 2012-2014 and began her role running the day to day life of camp in 2015. She was also an educator at The Leadership School from 2011-2012. Kate is a 2011 graduate of Gettysburg College and earned her Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University in spring, 2020. She lives on our campus with her husband, Sam, and their daughter Natalie- Wav 2028!

Sam Kaplan

Associate Director of Education and Operations

Sam, a 3rd generation Kiever, was a camper from 1998 through 2001, then again in 2003 for Maine Trails and in 2004 for Kieve West. He returned as a counselor in 2006, became an Assistant Tripping Director in 2009, and took the lead on JK in 2011. Sam is a 2009 graduate of Bates College and earned his Masters in Teaching from Loyola University in 2016. Sam lives on campus with his wife, Kate, and their daughter, Natalie- Wav 2028!

Kate Phenix

Executive Assistant

Kate Phenix originally from Northern California, Kate spent summers in Maine with her family at their camp in Harpswell. After going to college in Washington state, where she acquired both a love of the outdoors and a husband (Erik), she moved back to Northern California where she ran a monthly wine club at a vineyard in Napa Valley, got her Masters in Literature, and had a daughter, Dylan, and son, Izaak. Kate and Erik moved the family to Maine in 2005, settling in Bath. Last year they moved to Phippsburg to have more space for their ever-growing teenage children and easy access to hiking trails and Popham Beach. 

Joy Bengtson Giffen

Executive Assistant

Joy joined the KWE team in 2016 to share her experience in non-profit development and alumni relations. She brings a high level of energy and enjoys connecting with people… especially those that share her deep love of the outdoors.  Joy lives in a Tiny House with her husband Matt and her rescue CBR, Martha

Marge Greenleaf

Admin Assistant and Programs Coordinator - Wavus
Veterans Camp Coordinator

Marge joined the KWE team in 2014 and serves as the Administrative Assistant and Programs Coordinator for Wavus.  Born and raised in Jefferson, she grew up swimming, fishing and enjoying all that Damariscotta Lake has to offer.   Marge generously shares this magical place with young outdoors women each summer and many other remarkable groups throughout the year.    Marge lives with her husband and two sons, and she enjoys cheering them on at sporting events and being outside.  If you are up early on Damariscotta Lake, you may even see her kayaking to work!

Summer Morton

Associate Business Director

Summer is a graduate of Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, where she graduated with her Business Management degree. She joined the Kieve staff full time in May of 2002, after working part-time for the preceding three years. Summer, and her husband Ryan, love chasing their three boys.

Scott Henry

Director of Facilities

Scott has worked for Kieve Wavus Education since 1995 and has spent time caring for both of the organization’s properties. He now insures that the physical plant at Wavus is maintained and improved year round. He earned his BS degree in Environmental Sciences from SUNY at Syracuse. In his time off Scott, enjoys hunting and fishing in both Maine and Canada. Scott shares his affection for KWE with his wife Robyn, son John and daughter Josey who is a Wavus girl in every way.

Lee Giberson

Director of Food Services

Lee’s Bio Coming Soon

Diane Impallomeni

Director, KLC Food Services and Hospitality

Diane has been with Kieve since 1999. She oversees food service at Kieve, serving as the supervisor at both the KLC and Pasquaney dining hall. Diane liaises with clients before their arrival at Kieve and helps them to determine their needs regarding menus and amenities. Her food has been described as phenomenal and amazing, and she has been duly praised by clients for her attentiveness. Be sure to ask about her seafood chowder.    

Ellen Kenefick

Food Services

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James Burk


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Robert McDaniel


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Brian Hallowell


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Joe Hilton

Captain, Snowgoose III and Facilities

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Cam Miller

Challenge Course Director, Lead Educator

Snow College, Psychology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2011

Cam Miller has been involved in the field of experiential education since 2011. Cam holds a Challenge Course Manager certification from High Five Adventure Learning. On his off time Cam likes to spend time with his wife and dog.

Sam Mengual

Lead Educator

Hamilton College, 2016
Started at The Leadership School: August 2016

Sam grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. While attending Hamilton College, she discovered a love for the outdoors and experiential education. Prior to coming to KWE, Sam led backpacking trips all over the world for Apogee Adventures.  During the summer, Sam works in the Trip Shed at Wavus and is an American Canoe Association Canoe Instructor.  As a Year-Round Educator with The Leadership School, Sam enjoys developing curriculum and mentoring other educators. This year, Sam will be an EIR at Lincoln Academy where she will continue to mentor the Kieve-Wavus Leads cohort. She has presented at the AEE Northeast Regional Conference multiple times about the crossover between social and emotional learning and traditional curriculum. She is passionate about teaching and traveling. In her free time, Sam can be found with her dog, Birdie, playing cribbage, or making pottery. 

Dave Munger

Lead Educator

Hamilton College, 2016
Started at The Leadership School: August 2016

Dave grew up exploring the mountains, streams, and soccer fields of Colorado before coming east to New York to attend Hamilton College, and to fall in love with the Adirondacks. At Hamilton, Dave earned a Bachelors in Philosophy focused on different methods of education and how people learn best. In the summers, he guided wilderness trips teaching kids how to live well in the backcountry and enjoy sleeping under the stars. He joined Kieve Wavus Education in 2016, and has found his rhythm helping groups and individuals discover and reach their potential as they overcome challenges. Solo time is one of his favorite class blocks to facilitate because of the impact that reflective solitude often has for students. In the future, Dave hopes to stay in education to help kids rediscover their natural curiosity, learn real-life applicable skills, and give back to the world.  In his free time, Dave enjoys cooking good food and drinking lots of coffee to fuel his love of rock climbing, skiing, and whitewater kayaking.

Neil D'Acierno

Lead Educator

Unity College, 2015
Started at The Leadership School: March 2016

Neil is from Southampton, NY and developed a love for Maine while at Unity College. He enjoys eating (a lot), surfing, fishing, and baseball. Neil is excited to be at The Leadership School to learn from both fellow staff and the students!

Liz Curtis

Development Associate

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BJ Kennedy


BJ Kennedy arrived at Kieve in 1983, the year she and Henry were married in Kieve’s outdoor chapel. Beej wears many hats here: recruiting new campers and staff, hosting and feeding visitors, mothering homesick kids, helping in the office, baking chocolate cakes for the loudest and sweetest Sunday voices, and happily chipping in wherever we need her. She and Henry have 2 grown kids who are both active on the KW Alumni Council, son Sam and daughter Blair.

Annie Richardson

Camp Stores

Annie spends her time helping out in many ways. She purchases supplies, manages our camp stores, and gives tours to prospective campers and clients. As a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor, Annie leads exercise classes for campers, staff, and clients and manages our fitness center, always with a smile and friendly word.

Corinna Storer

Food Services

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Reid Anderson

Director of Logistics and Risk Management
KWE Wilderness Trip Director

Originally from the Main Line of Philadelphia, Reid began at Kieve as a camper in 1992 and effectively never left.  He was a camper for five years (1992-1996), a counselor for five years (1998-2002) while attending Hamilton College, and then became a director in 2003, spending summers at Kieve and teaching the rest of the year at Pomfret School in Connecticut.  In 2010 Reid, along with his wife Jess, moved to Maine where they both work full time for KWE.  Reid is a Registered Maine Guide with Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) certification, a Maine Youth Camp Trip Leader and Trip Leader Instructor, an American Canoe Association L3 Canoe Instructor and avid whitewater paddler, an NRA Range Safety Officer, an Archery Instructor, and a general outdoor enthusiast and self-proclaimed gear junkie.  Utilizing his Firefighter I certification, Reid volunteers with the Dresden Fire Department where he is the Training Officer, he is the Trail Master for the Dresden Sno-Valley Riders snowmobile club, and he is on the Board of the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization.  Reid, Jess, and their son Peter live in nearby Dresden, ME during the year and on site at Kieve during the summer.

Jess Anderson

Director, The Leadership School
KWE Health Care Manager

Originally from the Adirondack region of New York State, Jess began working at Kieve in 1999 while attending Hamilton College. After graduating in 2002, Jess became the Kieve Infirmary Director in the summers while teaching the rest of the year at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Connecticut. In 2010 Jess, along with her husband Reid, fulfilled their dream of moving to Maine full time. Jess is an EMT, Red Cross Instructor and also volunteers in a local church. She loves her current roles as Director of The Leadership School and KWE Health Care Manager, having the opportunity to appreciate the big picture impact of the TLS experience on schools and the everyday details of student and camper well-being. Jess, Reid, and their son Peter live in nearby Dresden, ME during the year and on site at Kieve during the summer.

Kirstie A. Truluck

Wavus Camp for Girls Director

Kirstie joined the Kieve-Wavus family in 2010 when her oldest daughter attended Junior Wavus and fell in love with summer camp. She signed on to the Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. Advisory Board in 2013 to further serve the organization that had given her daughters so much.  Kirstie spent the first twenty-five years of her professional life teaching elementary, middle and high school children both inside and outside of the classroom, with much of that time as a leader at an independent boarding school with a focus on character education and family growth.  Kirstie has run wilderness trips in the woods and on the waters of Maine for schools and camps, managed ropes courses, been a bunk counselor and coached youth sports for the Bath Recreation Department. She resides in Bath, ME with her husband Rich and her daughters Merrill and Logan.

Gail Berry

Food Services

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Walter Dickerson

Director of Facilities - Kieve

Walter, a close friend of Tom Hartenstein’s and North Carolina native, joined us in 2008 and did a wonderful job filling in wherever he was needed. He was an Assistant Director, primarily in the wilderness trip program from 2009-2012.  At the end of the 2012 season Walter joined the Kieve Facilites Management team full time. An experienced hiker, jack of all trades, eternal optimist, and exceptional role model, Walter is famous on the Appalachian Trail for backpacking barefoot!

Katrina Smith

Admin Assistant

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Winnie Giberson

Food Services

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Anna Hatch

Food Services

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Meghan Kennedy

First Mate, Snowgoose III

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Alexa Oliver

Food Services

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Colleen Poland

Food Services

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