Bill Margolin, who began as a West End House Camp camper in the 1950s, followed by many years as a counselor, has been the full time Executive Director of West End House Camp since 1973. No one has been involved longer with the West End organization than Bill! He grew up in Boston and is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Bowdoin College. Bill lives in Randolph, MA with his wife Bryan Leeder.
2018 was Bill’s 60th year since he began as a camper at West End House Camp! Watch the 3 minute tribute video that made its debut at our 110th Anniversary Celebration event on 11/17/18 at Showcase Live in Patriot’s Place in Foxborough, MA
Ryan Wilensky, the youngest of three brothers to attend West End House Camp, began as a camper in 1987 at the age of 9. He spent 6 years as a camper and 7 as a counselor, leading most of the sports programs as a veteran staff member. Ryan is a graduate of Stoughton High School, Indiana University, and Simmons College where he received his Masters in Teaching, and currently teaches at Foxboro High School. He also has a great deal of experience coaching basketball at both King Phillip Regional and Foxboro High Schools. He became the Director of Operations for West End House Camp in the fall of 2007, working part-time in the off season and full-time during the summer. Ryan became the Director in September 2020 and lives in Foxborough, MA with his wife Rachel, and three children Whitney, Wesley, and Wade. Whitney attends the WEH Girls Camp over the summers. Rachel is also the Administrative Coordinator at WEHC.
Steve Lepler, whose family has been affiliated with West End virtually since its founding, began his affiliation with the organization in the 1960s as a camper, then as a counselor and small crafts director in the 1970s. Starting in 1999 he returned to became the Assistant Executive Director. In October of 2008 he expanded his role to be the Director full time year round. As of September 2020, he is now the Advising Director to the camp. A native of Brookline, Mass., he is a graduate of Brookline High School, Oberlin College, and Northeastern University with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition to his 30 plus years of involvement with the camp, Steve worked 25 years for a human service agency providing training and consultation to parents, teachers, and staff. Steve lives in Sharon, MA with his wife Ramie. Many pictures of WEHC have been taken by Ramie over the years. Steve’s two children are Evan (a former camper and counselor) and Lexi. He also has two grandchildren.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Steve Dancey has been dedicated to WEHC for decades: a camper from 1989-1992; a counselor from 1993-1998; and a board member since 2005. He brings with him extensive business experience running several successful companies, including On Deck Sports and Cool Tropics, and acting as an outsourced COO and consultant as president of Dancey Growth Group. His focus is updating and optimizing all WEHC business and communications systems, including the camp’s website, camper applications processing, health records maintenance, and alumni relations, to name just a few. Steve lives in Mansfield, MA with his wife, Alycia (herself a former summer camper) have three children, Maya, Jacob, and Samuel. Maya attends Camp Pembroke; Jacob and Samuel are WEHC campers, of course.
Josh Daigle started attending WEHC as a camper in 2001. He returned annually as a camper and counselor through 2007, when he also became Co-Waterfront Director. After a seven year absence, during which time he graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.S. in Secondary Education, got married, and started a family, he returned in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Operations. As of September 2020, he is now the Assistant Director of West End House Camp. During the off season, Josh lives in Auburn, ME with his wife Brianne, two daughters Harper and Nora, and works as a teacher at Lewiston Middle School.
Allan Jacobs, began as a camper and a counselor in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He returned 4 years ago to help us out at the waterfront and throughout camp. In 2018 he started to serve in the role of Waterfront Director, which he will continue this summer! A native of Brookline, MA, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For many years Allan has been a professional juggler and entertainer! Allan and his wife live in New York City, except when they are at their house on Long Pond down the street from the camp. They have two adult daughters, one of whom is married- recently bringing Allan’s grandson into the West End House Camp family!
Natasha Williamson began in 2019 as our Health Care Supervisor. She immediately fit in well as part of our leadership team and is thrilled to be returning to lead us to another safe and healthy summer! Tasha lives in the off season in Gorham, ME with her husband and three children. Her son attends West End House Camp and her two daughters attend West End House Girls Camp.
REGISTERED SCHOOL NURSE
Brock Major II will complement our outstanding Nurse Practitioner, Natasha Williamson, to create and execute a safety plan for the coming summer. Brock is a school nurse who has already worked at our camp during the summer of 2019. He brings with him an incredible array of skills not only as a nurse, but as a certified Maine Wilderness Guide. Also, he has additional waterfront, engineering, and building skills that will augment our Margolin Center activities, which will be more project-based than before. Brock has a wonderful family, including two children, and we welcome them back into the West End House Camp family!
A major key to the operation is the maintenance staff, Steve Chamberlain and John Fredette. Under their watchful and capable eyes, the physical setting remains in outstanding condition. They constantly inspect the many buildings, cabins, courts, and fields which comprise West End House Camp, and through their diligence and many skills the camp has always remained in near perfect condition. They also check on the camp regularly during the winter months, ensuring that Mother Nature does not take a toll on our wonderful camp.
The strength and excellence of West End House Camp lie in the staff. 40 plus dedicated individuals, the vast majority former campers, who devote 2 months each summer to ensuring the safety and happiness of the campers under their care. We view our counselors as Youth Development Professionals. During the off season the administration is in frequent contact with the staff. During the summer months, staff meetings and supervision ensure communication and the constant exchange of thoughts and ideas so very vital to the success of each season. West End House Camp has much more continuity than any other camp!