Our staff is our greatest asset. Windsor Mountain’s camper to staff ratio is less than 4:1, and we carefully select a team of warm, talented, creative, and mature staff members who love working with children. They come to camp with special talents and skills that they share with campers, and we work closely with them to develop a fun and meaningful summer program that excites and engages campers.
My (Jake’s) dream of owning and directing an overnight summer camp dates back to my early years as a child. I developed a great love for the magic of the camp experience over the eight summers that I spent at camp in New Hampshire. Those sunny summer days have made me a strong believer in the amazing impact camp has on the growth and development of children. I am truly living a lifelong dream of improving the lives of kids. Kerry grew up on a farm in the Midwest, where she also attended camp as a child. When not on the phone chatting with parents, she can be found having fun with campers and staff. We have two camper-age children and a goofy Labradoodle, all of whom love spending their summers at camp in the woods of New Hampshire. As parents, we are keenly aware of the responsibility given to us by camp parents and take the safety, happiness and well-being of every camper to heart. We are accessible, hands-on and committed to creating fun, meaningful and enriching experiences for the entire Windsor Mountain community. We would love to speak with prospective families to share what makes Windsor Mountain so special.
Gabby Jack is the Assistant Director at WMI. She came to Windsor Mountain in 2014 from the land down under (Australia) and spent her first two summers as a counselor in the Performing Arts department. Before becoming Head Counselor, Gabby served as a bunk counselor, Co-Director of Theater Fest and the Living Unit Coordinator in the Dorms. During her first few years at WMI, it became clear Gabby was made for camp life and she’s never looked back. A beloved counselor, Gabby became Windsor Mountain’s Head Counselor in 2017 and as of 2021 became Assistant Director. As the Assistant Director, she works closely with our incredible staff and campers, providing guidance and support on all things camper and staff related – from homesickness to fun sneak-outs and everything in between, Gabby is a go-to staff member and an incredible member of the leadership team. We are grateful she found this place among the pines. When Gabby is not working with staff and campers, you can find her leading an epic lip sync battle or cuddling up to her dog Aero.
Decs McNally joins us from Peterbourgh, England as the WMI Program Director. Decs first came to Windsor Mountain in 2017 as a counselor in the Tent Unit. After working as a bunk counselor for two summers, along with being the self-proclaimed deputy head of sports, Decs took some time away to finish his University Degrees in England. Decs returned to WMI in 2021 as the Living Unit Coordinator of the Cabins. From the moment Decs stepped foot at WMI in 2017, he felt like he had found a second home – a place where he feels like he belongs and can make a difference in others’ lives. As Program Director, Decs will collaborate with our Department Heads to create our incredible camp program of activities for campers. He will help counselors realize their goals and execute all their great and wacky class ideas and lessons, while ensuring our program of activities meets the interests of our campers. Decs will also be working closely with our incredible staff, providing guidance and support. Decs’ energy, enthusiasm and love of WMI makes him a perfect fit to lead our Programming Department.
Caitlin Thomson who has been a member of WMI since 2016 will be back in the role of Head Counselor. Caitlin is from New Zealand who in her past years at WMI has been a lifeguard down at the waterfront, dorm and tent counselor, and Co Dorms LUC in 2019. As Head Counselor, Caitlin will be working closely with all campers and staff, guiding them through this Summer with her 5 years of experience with WMI, with an additional 7 years experience working with children and managing staff back in New Zealand. Caitlin also has been working as a Senior lifeguard and 2IC at her local waterpark for the past years. During her time away from WMI she has been focusing on achieving certifications where she will be able to teach English to foreign learners, continuing her love for travel. We are excited to have her be back in the WMI bubble, meet more beautiful new friends and see the familiar faces of the campers again!
Hannah cannot wait to return to WMI! Originally a Green Team member and bunk counselor in the Tent Unit in 2018, Hannah instantly fell in love with the community and the many traditions of Windsor Mountain. After her camp summer, she taught English on a Fulbright grant in Malaysia in 2019 and returned to the Cincinnati area in 2020. She recently completed a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education and is a lead teacher to the littlest humans in the 3-6 classroom. As the lead teacher, Hannah has gained a lot of experience partnering with parents for their child’s success. Throughout the course of her time away, the magic of Windsor Mountain remained on Hannah’s mind. This year, the stars finally aligned! Hannah looks forward to forging partnerships with WMI families while simultaneously having a blast with campers in the woods. You can be sure to find her jumping into Black Pond as well as loving on all the farm animals.
Abbi Heisser could not be happier to be returning to her favorite place for the summer—WMI. Summer 2021 was her first year at WMI, where she quickly fell in love with the community, her role as a bunk counselor in the dorms and lifeguarding at the waterfront. This summer, she will be one of the Living Unit Coordinator for the Dorms…a dream come true! Abbi has been working with kids ages 6-12 for the last four years and has found that it really is her passion. Born and raised in West Texas, Abbi quickly left her small hometown and moved to the city of Austin where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Texas. She still calls Austin her home, where she loves to swim in Lady Bird Lake, hike in Barton Greenbelt, and see tons of live music. You can find her doing similar things at WMI—swimming in Black Pond, hiking the Yellow Dot trail, and sitting front row at all the campfires. Last summer, Abbi taught in a multitude of departments, but her favorites were creative and messy classes in the art cave, or boating classes to the marsh.
Davi Hertz is excited to be returning to camp as one of the Living Unit Coordinators in the Tent Unit. While originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, Davi has spent a lot of her time in Memphis, Tennessee, and in St. Croix, USVI where she is often living and working aboard 150ft Tall Ships. Davi came to Windsor Mountain in 2020 after graduating from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Business. Since she started at WMI, she has taught in nearly every department area, but spends most of her time teaching classes in Culinary Arts or on the Ropes Course. Davi has been a bunk counselor in both the Dorms and the Tent Unit but really found her place to thrive at WMI while engaging with the teens in the Tent Unit. She cannot wait to use her previous experience to help with the success of all staff and ensure that every single camper has an incredible and memorable summer. During her down time, you can usually find her at the waterfront swimming, sailing, or doing the occasional flip off the dive tower.
Kees is beyond excited to be returning to woody woods of Windsor Mountain. This will be his 5th summer at Windsor Mountain. After taking the last 3 years off, this will be his second summer as the Tent Unit LUC. Over his first 4 years at camp, Kees could be found on the sports field, at the waterfront, or on the ropes course. This summer, when not in the Tent Unit, you will mainly find him on the ropes course while trying to sneak in a sports class or two. Kees was born and raised in The Netherlands but has been exploring the world the last couple of years. He has spent the past three years coaching CrossFit classes in the U.K to kids and adults alike. Outside of camp, Kees likes to do anything outdoors, be active and explore new places – Windsor Mountain is a perfect combination of the three! He cannot wait to join the community and create incredible memories with counselors and campers.
Maggie is absolutely pumped to be returning to “Sweet Windsor Mountain.” This summer she will be one of the Dorm LUCs. Maggie started her journey at WMI in the summer of 2020 as a member of the art department and bunk counselor in the dorms. You can find Maggie leading goofy art activities around the deck, teaching campers that ANYTHING can be art. This will not only be her 4th year at WMI but her 6th year in the wonderful world of summer camps. Throughout the year she travels around the states working with different outdoor education programs teaching students, 4th – 8th grade, about our beautiful planet. In between her adventures she spends her time at home in Springfield, Missouri. In the summer of 2022, Maggie was on our activities and special events team, leading morning meetings, and evening activities. Something that Maggie holds need and dear to her heart is the wacky, fun, weirdness that creates the spirit of Windsor Mountain. Whether that be dressing up as Pitbull, turning ordinary songs into slam poetry, or simply just letting out her inner child, Maggie is fully committed in showing campers that it’s fun to be yourself no matter how silly that may be. She is excited to share her experience with staff leading them to success in making this the best summer ever for the campers!
Salvador is thrilled to come back to the forests of Windsor Mountain as the Cabins LUC this summer. This is Sal’s third summer at WMI and his 7th year working at camps. Originally hailing from Oregon, Salvador can now be found working at a boarding school in New York where he helps lead the Outdoor Leadership Program, as well as serve as a dorm parent and tennis coach. He has been a passionate member of the sports department at WMI, where he spends most of his time on the court teaching tennis and pickle ball. This past summer he organized multiple tournaments that encouraged campers and counselors alike to try out new sports! Salvador loves working with the Cabins, especially getting to organize fun surprises. He is excited to bring his skills from previous summers and his work outside of camp to make sure every cabin camper and staff member feels supported and has an amazing summer!
Sarah Kaltenbaugh can’t wait for the 2022 summer to start at WMI! It’s Sarah’s 10th year in the summer camp world. Before WMI, they worked at a Girl Scout camp in North Carolina. They started at WMI in 2016 with the ropes course and as a counselor in the Tent Unit. Sarah quickly fell in love with the community at WMI and spent a few years with the other group of oldest campers, the Guardians, before transitioning to the Leaders-in-Training program. The LIT program is an opportunity for our oldest campers to engage in adventure based programming to develop their leadership skills. Sarah enjoys helping the teenagers find ways to give back and lead younger campers. Whether it is creating morning magic to wake up to or leading the whole camp in a game, LITs find many ways to shine. When not hanging out with the LITs, you can find them in the trees on the ropes course or in the garden with their partner, Scott. During the months when we are all waiting for camp, Sarah teaches 6th grade in Vermont and dreams of being in the trees by climbing circus ropes and jumping on trampolines.
Our staff is our greatest asset. Windsor Mountain’s camper to staff ratio is less than 4:1, and we have an outstanding reputation in the camping world. We carefully select a team of warm, talented, creative, and mature staff members who love working with children. They come to camp with special talents and skills that they share with campers, and we work closely with them to develop a fun and meaningful summer program that excites and engages campers. Counselors, whose average age is 23, arrive from more than a dozen countries each summer. More than half of our staff returns each season and many grew up as Windsor Mountain campers. We provide one of the most thorough orientation programs in camping. Staff is trained in all aspects of camp life, with a focus on how to best foster campers’ growth, development and happiness. Safety is our top priority, and most of our staff is CPR and first-aid certified. Come see for yourself why our staff is the best around. Interested? Join our Staff!