Kieve Wavus Education employs people who instinctively care for others.

Our educators are strong, independent, kind and caring role models who facilitate students developing into their best selves.  Many TLS educators come to us by word of mouth through existing staff, most have previous summer camp experience, and all of them have a desire to positively impact the lives of youth.  While the job description is short, the days are long and staff are committed to treating everyone and everything with kindness and respect.


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.

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!

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.

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!

Julia Cerveira-Bianchi

Brown University, 2019 American Studies and Urban Studies
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

Originally from the Berkshires, in Western Massachusetts, Julia recently graduated from Brown University with degrees in American Studies and Urban Studies. At Brown, she served as a Residential Peer Advisor, tutored high school students in environmental science, and could often be found cooking sustainably-sourced food in the Environmental Program House. The past two summers, Julia led outdoor adventure trips for middle school students, in Yellowstone National Park and across New England. She never passes up an opportunity to hop on her bike, head to the beach, or dig into a good bowl of rice pudding. She couldn’t be more excited to build on these experiences as she works with the students and educators of TLS.

Henry Colt

Bates College, 2019 Anthropology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

Henry graduated from Bates College in 2019, where he majored in anthropology, ran track and cross country, and played Scruggs-style banjo in a bluegrass band. Henry loves to cook (cast iron pans only!) and is enthusiastically but safely learning to catch big air on his mountain bike. His favorite ecosystem is the taiga forest, and his favorite banjo player is Eli Gilbert. He is beyond psyched for his first season at the Leadership School!

Jack DeAngelis

University of Richmond, 2019 English and Law & the Liberal Arts
Started at The Leadership School: October 2019

Jack grew up in Connecticut, but left New England to study nineteenth century American literature at the University of Richmond.  After graduating in 2019, he coordinated outdoor education programming for a middle and high school in southern California.  For the past three summers, he has worked for Apogee Adventures, leading trips in Maine, along the Pacific Coast, and through the Alps.  He is passionate about experiential education and is excited to return to his New England roots at The Leadership School.  In his free time, Jack can be found with his favorite book at Kistler Point on Kieve campus, running along the camp roads, or surrendering to his self-proclaimed kryptonite: banana pancakes!

Nell Houde

Bates College, 2018 Environmental Studies
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

Nell grew up in the woods of New Hampshire before she found her way to Lewiston Maine to study environmental studies and education at Bates College. Her time at Bates introduced her to working with students in classroom and outdoor settings, but it also introduced her to the vibrant and hardworking state of Maine. After graduating in 2018, she decided to stay! She spent her first-year post college living and working on Peaks Island as an Island Fellow. As an Island Fellow she worked primarily in the Pre-K to 5 grade school on the island. At the school, she was in charge of running the afterschool and integrating a sustainability curriculum into each of the combined classrooms. Her love of working with young students outside led her to this job at The Leadership School. She started at The Leadership School in the fall of 2019 and can’t wait for the adventure that is going to unfold.

Nick Menice

Hi everyone! My name Nick Menice and I am from Monmouth, Maine. I just finished an undergraduate degree in Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross. I’m so excited to be back at Kieve for my second summer and to get back on the ropes courses! I like everything outdoors but especially love hiking, running, and playing ultimate. I look forward to seeing everyone this summer!

Lindy Perry

Junior Wavus Director

Lindy has been with Wavus since 2006 where she started as a JW camper. She was a camper for six years before going on the KW West trip in 2012. Lindy was a counselor from 2013-2017 and is now the Junior Wavus director. Originally from Greenville, SC, she graduated from Furman University in May 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. During the school year, Lindy is an Educator for The Leadership School.  She loves the outdoors, art, and working with kids.

Garrett Phillips

St. Lawrence University, 2018 Geology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2018

Hey, I’m Garrett and this is my fifth year being affiliated with Kieve. I’ve lived in CT and VT and love to hike and bike. I’m so lucky to be working at Kieve during the school year because I have only been summer staff. I can’t wait to meet you all and have fun.

Sarah Phillips

St. Lawrence University 2019, Global Studies and French
Started with TLS: August 2019

Hailing from central Maine, Sarah grew up reading bookshelves worth of books, canoeing in nearby lakes, and hiking with her family. Sarah is an adventurous spirit who is always seeking new and meaningful experiences which has led her to many corners of the world. So far Sarah can find a home in France, Senegal, Quebec City, the Four Corners region of the US, Virginia, upstate New York, and the San Juan Islands of Washington State; who knows where she’ll be next! Sarah studied French and Global Studies at St. Lawrence University and is passionate about creating positive change, youth empowerment, and the importance of strengthening soft skills. Sarah is looking forward to being back in Maine and working at TLS this fall!

Sam Pierce

Bates College, 2019 Environmental Studies, Education
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

My name is Sam and I grew up on a small farm in New Gloucester, Maine and recently graduated from Bates College. I am excited to begin working at The Leadership School and getting to know a new part of Maine. I love the outdoors and working with students to help show them all that the outdoors can offer. I am new to Kieve this year and can’t wait to become part of the community.

Ross Richins

Bates College, 2017 Sociology
Started at The Leadership School: Fall 2017

Ross is from Westerly, Rhode Island. Throughout his time in both high school and college spent a significant amount of time working with children in both an educational and a more relaxed setting. He enjoys helping kids reach their full potential and realize what they are capable of. Ross currently works as a camp counselor at Kieve and is ecstatic to be returning in the fall.

Phyllis Sabattis

University of Maine 2018, Studio Art
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

I graduated from the University of Maine in 2018 with a studio art degree, minoring in psychology and art history. I am from the Passamaquoddy tribe and grew up on the Indian reservation in Princeton, Maine called Indian Township. When I’m not creating art, you can find me fishing, cooking, running with my dog, or snowshoeing.

Austin Winchester

Columbus State University, 2017 Theatre Performance
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

Austin grew up in Tallapoosa, GA. He attended Columbus State University where he studied acting. He has been a working actor in the New York and metro Atlanta areas. He just finished his fourth summer at Eagle’s Nest Camp where he was on the peer leadership support team but is so excited to be in Maine and to work at TLS!

Rachel Zuckerman

Hamilton College, 2019 Philosophy
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

Led backpacking and pre-orientation trips for incoming first- year students, competed on the Marathon Canoe team, wrote for the Spectator— our college newspaper, spent spring break senior year trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal after taking a class on Himalayan Mountaineering and served as a mentor for transfer students. For the past three summers I’ve worked for Apogee Adventures leading bike tours and backpacking trips in Cape Cod, Colorado, and the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps. I just finished leading high schoolers on the Tour du Mont Blanc!

Hayden McKee

Hi! I’m Hayden, and this will be the 12th summer I’ve spent at Kieve so far. For the past few years I’ve been working here year-round at The Leadership School and am excited to keep that momentum going into the summer! I spend most of the warmer months backpacking, and when the weather cools down you’ll catch me inside playing board games, card games and video games. This summer will be the 7th and 8th times that I have been on Maine Trails, and every time is better than the last!

Nelson Bandy

Carleton College, 2016 Geology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2017

Nelson grew up in Loudonville, Ohio near the Mohican State Park. He graduated from Carleton College in 2016, where he studied geology. After graduating he traveled to Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which led to him getting a job at TLS. Nelson enjoys his summers in Alaska sea kayaking with Stellers’ sea lions. He is also a thrift shopping, rock examiner, and fitness guru. He is quite enthused to come back and work at TLS again for another season with cherished friends and acquaintances.

Katrina Smith

Admin Assistant

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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. 

Ella White

Western Kentucky University, Elementary Education
Started at The Leadership School: August 2018

Ella is from Lexington Kentucky. Her two closest friends from college introduced her to Kieve-Wavus Education in 2017 and she never looked back. She’s been an counselor at Wavus Camp for girls and Kieve Camp for Boys the past two summers. This is her first year as a Leadership School educator and she is eager to learn from her staff as well as her students. Ella likes traveling, circus arts, and mentoring others in the gym and classroom. She looks forward to teaching in her favorite place with others who love character building and outdoor education as much as she does!

Lexi Kemp

Bates College, 2019 English
Started with TLS: May 2019

Lexi has been with KWE for over a decade and has cherished his time teaching and wilderness tripping throughout Maine. At Bates College, his alma mater, he graduated with a degree in English. He was an outspoken member of the Outing Club and Public Radio team as well. These days one can usually find Lex on one of the many great mountains of Maine, hiking or climbing, or paddling one of the many rivers or lakes which span the state, or conversely, you can sometimes find him down at Brunswick Regal Cinemas, where he see films as often as he can. 

Isaac Bierer

Brown University, 2018 Psychology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2018

Isaac grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and spent summers in the mountains of New Hampshire. He attended Brown University, where he studied psychology and researched mindfulness meditation. At college he started leading trips for the outdoor club, which led to working at TLS. He’s excited to be in Nobleboro and to work with such a lovely and exciting group of people!

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.

Megan Bates

Hamilton College, 2018 Cultural Anthropology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2018

Originally from Stamford, CT, she graduated from Hamilton College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. During her time at Hamilton, she led climbing, backpacking, and canoe racing trips. She also spent time working as a tutor for GRE classes, and worked as a research assistant on her professor’s education project. This past summer she led hiking trips in Yellowstone National Park with middle school students. She is excited to be at The Leadership School and can’t wait to meet her students!

Miranda Moss

Dordt College, 2018 Biology, Environmental Science
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

Miranda grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa and graduated from Dordt College in 2018 with a double major in biology and environmental science. She loves hiking, biking, running, and swimming. She is also passionate about environmental education and kids which pairs well for outdoor adventure-based programing. She just completed a one-year term of service with Midcoast Conservancy’s AmeriCorps Outdoor Adventure Program just down the road in Edgecomb. She is very excited to be working in, living in, and exploring Maine!

Hartel Smith

St Lawrence University 2018, History

Hartel graduated from Saint Lawrence in 2018, where he studied history and the physics of frisbee flight. When he wasn’t in the library, Hartel played on a nationally-prominent Ultimate frisbee team and lead summertime athletics at the Kingswood Camp for Boys.   While frisbee still plays a prominent role in Hartel’s life (his weekends are often spent at tournaments across the east coast) Hartel hopes one day to become a teacher.

Whitney Pander

Ithaca College, 2015 Outdoor Education

Whitney grew up in Richmond, VA and graduated from Ithaca College in 2015, where studied Outdoor Education. Since college, Whitney has spent her time traveling the country, exploring the natural wonders of the planet, teaching science education and leading various wilderness trips. Whitney is passionate about experiential character education in wilderness settings, and The Leadership School combines each of those in an exciting format!

Rachel Lannino

Hamilton College, Geoscience
Started at The Leadership School: August 2017

Rachel spent the summer as Program Director at Adirondack Camp on Lake George and she’s really excited to be back at TLS. She loves kites, dogs, skiing, and ice cream. And she enjoys getting to work with lots of students from all over the Northeast on bettering themselves and their communities through experiential social-emotional learning at The Leadership School.

Claire Kirby

Smith College, 2019 Sociology
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

Claire was born and raised in Portland, ME, and graduated from Smith College with a degree in Sociology in May 2019. While at Smith, Claire particularly enjoyed being out and about in the beauty of Western Mass, as well as having a blast playing for LunaDisc, Smith’s ultimate frisbee team. Claire has spent the last two summers working at a summer camp, and they are excited to extend the zaniness of camp beyond the summer months! 

Aubrie Howard

University of Maine, 2015 Journalism and Peace and Reconciliation Studies
Started at The Leadership School: August 2018
EIR Location: Medomak Middle School
Hey! My name is Aubrie, and I’m pumped to be joining the TLS community. I grew up in western Maine close to the White Mountains and that is where my love for the outdoors began. I have worked five seasons for the AMC in their backcountry huts department, a season out west doing wilderness therapy facilitating, and most recently returned to the north country to become a certified WEMT, ski patrol, and trip leader. I am truly excited to work with students and help them gain healthy communication skills to be positive influences in their communities!

Harry Hill

Colby College, 2017

Harry graduated from Colby College in 2017, where he majored in economics, worked for the sports medicine clinic, and rock climbed as much as he could. He started his time at KWE at summer camp and liked it so much that he joined the team at TLS. And shh, don’t tell anyone, but medical school may be on this educator’s not-too-distant horizon. Harry’s colleagues would like the readers of this bio to know that he has a heart of gold.

Kalina Emaus

Northern State University, 2019 Elementary Education
Started at The Leadership School: August 2019

Kalina is originally from Hudsonville, Michigan and graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota where she swam for four years. She attended T Bar M camps in New Braunfels, Texas for seven years where her love for the outdoors, ropes course and others grew. She has a passion for helping people work better together, realizing the strength of a team and finding the light in each person. She counts it as a privilege to have the chance to work with an amazing organization that will allow her to work with students in an environment that feels like coming home and be with people who she can learn so much from. In her free time, Kalina enjoys a little bit of everything including being with friends, doing anything outside, volunteering, doodling, listening to 80s music, going on road trips, antiquing, creative writing, being with her dogs, collecting license plates and running marathons.

Pascal Tessier

Started at The Leadership School: Fall 2019

Pascal comes to the Leadership School fresh off stints teaching at the Living Earth School and tour guiding in Iceland. He brings with him a love of the outdoors, a passion for mindfulness and meditation, and a tendency to smother himself in mud and grass and scare the living daylights out of his coworkers. A former Kieve camper and counselor, Pascal’s ultimate goal is to help others find happiness and meaning through connection to the natural world.