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 Bryna 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. Ryan has three children, Whitney, Wesley, and Wade. Whitney also attends the West End House Girls Camp.
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) and they have three children, Maya, Jacob, and Samuel. Maya attended 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.
Oronde Alfred from Dorchester, MA is a teacher at Epiphany Middle School located in Dorchester (neighborhood in Boston, MA). He played football at Archbishop Williams High School and Salve Regina University. Oronde likes sports, video games, and chess and is most excited about getting to meet the campers and counselors and engage in friendly and safe competition with them. He plans to improve the camp experience by making sure everyone is safe and secure, contributing to a great camp experience.
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!
Hannah Cowan joined the team as the Administrative Coordinator of WEHC. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her family and their dogs, Pippin and Bowie. Hannah is a graduate of Evangel University where she studied Advertising/Public Relations and Film Business and Production. She has spent ten years as a documentary-film Production Manager and an adolescent human services professional before coming to camp. Hannah works with families and the leadership team to support everyone going to programming! In her free time she enjoys reading, watching scary movies, bike riding, and traveling . She is looking forward to meeting all the wonderful families who call Long Pond “home.”
REGISTERED SCHOOL NURSE
Brock Major II is a school nurse (RN) who is entering his third summer at camp. 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!
LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
Katelyn Jones is an LPN in the Windham/Raymond School District, and is proud to be joining West End for her first summer. She loves working with kids in school! She has previous Summer Camp experience and has also worked in a Family Practice medical office. She lives in South Hiram with her husband and two kids, Grayson and Molly, and their two dogs. They spend all of their time outdoors together soaking in all the beauty of Maine!
Tabatha Mason is a Medical Assistant/EMT in her second season at camp. She works as a Medical Assistant at the Sacopee Valley Health Center, and as an EMT at Sacopee Rescue. She is a single mom of 3, and lives near camp in Hiram.
LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER
Bobbie-Jo Rand was born and raised, and continues to live, in the Sacopee Valley area, very close to camp. She has worked with children since 1999, after graduating from the University of Maine in Presque Isle. To continue her education, she went back to school at the University of New England, graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2007 (while also raising her 4 beautiful daughters alongside her husband, Chris).
She started working at Sacopee Valley Schools as a Social Worker in 2008 and continues to work at the school system as a Social Worker and Substance Abuse Counselor. She lives in West Baldwin, ME with her family. She enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her children and three grandchildren.
Holly Carle Born and raised in Maine, and enjoys spending time with her husband Bryan and two sons Aiden and Logan, and their dogs Murray and Chase. Holly has degrees in Dietetics/Nutrition as well as Culinary Arts and is currently studying to be a Registered Dietetic Technician. During her free time, Holly enjoys going for walks with her dogs, the beach, cheering for her boys from the sidelines, and working in her garden.
Dr. Evan Hack is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He enjoys caring for children of all ages, with particular interests in ADHD, learning disorders, children’s mental health, nutrition, and obesity prevention and treatment. Dr. Hack is our on call doctor in case of emergencies and has helped with all COVID safety protocols and procedures. He lives in New Milford, CT with his wife and has two grown sons.
Chris Rand was born and raised in Aroostook county in northern Maine. He moved to southern Maine in 1998 where he married his amazing wife and raised his 4 beautiful daughters. Chris is a licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience and has worked in many capacities overseeing construction – both new and old. For the last 5 years he worked running the maintenance department at the local health center.
When Chris is not working he enjoys spending time on the lake during all seasons – fishing-open water and ice, canoeing, and camping. He also likes to garden, raise his chickens and spend time in the woods.
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!
WEST END HOUSE CAMP, INC.
Members of the West End House Camp Corporation are people who have all had a long affiliation with the West End House organization and who volunteer extraordinary time and efforts throughout the year for the benefit of the West End House Camp. The Officers, Trustees and Directors, as of January 1, 2021.
President: Stuart Snyder – Attorney, Stuart L. Snyder, P.C.
Vice President: Josh Swiecicki – Contracts Counsel, HarbourVest Partners
Treasurer: Geoff Dancey – CFA Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager, Cutler Capital Management
Clerk: Martha Day
Immediate Past President: Dr. Jeffrey Kublin – Optometrist, Pro Optical Boston
Past President: Michael Berger – Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Realty
Past President: Marty Jacobs – Attorney (retired), co-author of Camp history book
Past President: Henry Barr – Esquire, Barr and Cole
Brett Barenholtz – CEO Above All Transportation/ Boston Car Service
Robert Goober – Professional Engineer, Weston & Sampson
Robert Ryter – CPA, President and founder, Ryter & Company, P.C.
James Stoller – VP, Rodman Insurance; a division of Brown and Brown Insurance
John Zinman – Head of Service Provider Channel Sales, US, Canada, LATAM and Asia Pacific, Zoom
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ariel Bernstein – Guidance Counselor, Newton Public Schools
Andrew Chaban – CEO, Princeton Properties
Jeffrey Chin – Nonprofit Executive, Blue Star Families
Scott Eagerman – Senior VP, Digitas
Michael Gordon – Teacher, Boston Public Schools
Dr. Evan Hack – MD, Pediatrician, Candlewood Valley Pediatrics
Baba Ly – Property Manager, Portland Housing Authority
Susan Ng – Accounts Payable, Hofeller Company
John Parker – President, Crocker and Winsor Seafoods (retired)
Jeffrey Seifer – Sr. Development Manager, Oracle
Bill Swiecicki – MBTA Electrical (retired)
Jared Wilk – Real Estate Broker, The Shulkin Wilk Group at Compass