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.
We are excited to welcome back Caitlin Thomson from New Zealand, who has been a member of WMI since 2016. We are happy she will be joining the team in her new role as Head Counselor. In her past years at WMI, Caitlin has been a lifeguard down at the waterfront, dorm and tent counselor, and Dorms LUC in 2019. As Head Counselor, Caitlin will be working closely with campers, staff and Living Unit Coordinators, supporting them through the summer with her 4 years of experience with WMI and 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 several years. During her time away from WMI during the pandemic, she has been focusing on achieving certifications where she will be able to teach English to foreign learners and continuing her love for travel. We are beyond excited to have her be back in the WMI bubble where she is excited to be able to push herself in this new role, meet more beautiful new friends and see the familiar faces of the campers again!
Originally from the Wild West of Wyoming, Rachel Christoph is the Family Liaison for Windsor Mountain Summer Camp. Rachel fell in love with the life of a summer camp counselor in 2019 and has loved making connections with campers and staff alike. Though she spends her year working with Special Needs students in Denver, Colorado, Rachel can’t wait to be swimming, hiking, and enjoying the New Hampshire summer at WMI! Rachel attends Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee where she is pursuing a degree in Public Administration and Organizational Leadership. She is an avid reader and travel enthusiast, hoping someday to explore the European countryside. Rachel has two orange tabby cats who love to cuddle up on the couch on a rainy day or hop in their cat backpacks and take to the trails! As Family Liaison, Rachel will collaborate and support campers and their families throughout the summer. She is so excited to learn the traditions and nuances of WMI that make it so special. When she isn’t making secret handshakes or wandering the woods with her cats, Rachel will be found singing, painting, or just strumming the guitar near a campfire.
This is Ben, your Living Unit Coordinator of the cabins. Ben comes to Windsor Mountain from Montreal, Canada where graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. In addition to studying in Montreal, Ben has developed his love for nature and the outdoors and grown his French language skills. He found his passion for working with children and the outdoors working with children in a variety of settings, including as an after-school program staff and day camp counselor for a boys and girls club. He is super excited to combine his experience working with children with his love of the woods during his first ever summer at Windsor Mountain! Ben believes that camp is the perfect opportunity for campers to learn something new, develop skills they already have, and start lasting friendships. As cabin LUC, he plans to foster an environment of respect, fun, and exploration for the younger campers and their counselors. Ben is someone who finds joy in the little things in life and plans for this attitude to be contagious all summer! If not around the cabins, you’ll find Ben teaching piano, looking for birds with campers, or practicing roller-skating.
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 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.
Maria Jose Ricaurte Botello, also known as Majo, will be one of the Tent Unit Living Unit Coordinators this summer. Hailing from Colombia, South America, Majo began working at WMI in 2015 in the Windsor Mountain kitchen. Majo’s infectious personality and ease connecting with children made it clear she belonged in a counselor role at camp. Since then, Majo has been a counselor in both the Dorms and the Tent Unit while being an active member (and department head!) of the Sports Department. With her years of counseling at Windsor Mountain, Majo brings her experience and love of camp to the LUC role this summer. She is passionate about supporting campers and staff alike to create an incredible camp community. She is currently living in Spain finishing a Masters Degree in Neuropsychology. In her free time, you can find Majo dancing around camp or playing volleyball on the sports field. She loves pasta, traveling and cats.
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!