Meet the Staff
The key to the success of our waterfront, is the entire staff. All staff are hired for their training, performance, and teaching skills in a specific waterfront activity. Please scroll through to read about each waterfront department's staff to learn more about their particular certifications, training and skills.
Eva Nilsson has just the right skill set to manage the waterfront. She is kind, supportive, fun loving and no nonsense. In her native Sweden she is a school superintendent who has the responsibility of running both the schools and preschools in her jurisdiction. On the Brown Ledge waterfront, Eva keeps an eye on the five waterfront departments and supports the twenty senior instructors to make sure that everything runs smoothly and safely. You may find her behind the wheel of the ski boat or you may see her with an ear to the weather radio and an eye on the sky, gauging incoming weather fronts and ready with the air horn to signal an approaching storm. Eva is an athlete; formerly a competitive volleyball player and now active in aerobics and long distance running. Hans Nilsson (see diving) works together with Eva to direct the waterfront.
Santiago Amaya returns for a seventh summer, his fifth on the canoe/kayak dock. Santiago began his BLC career in the kitchen and one evening he was invited to join some other counselors heading out for a paddle. Santiago fell in love with the sport immediately and he became determined to perfect both his paddling and teaching skills. Santiago is from Colombia and he lives in the capital city of Bogota. He graduated from university with a degree in English education and he is now an English teacher and tutor. This year, Santiago teamed with a friend to begin the creation of their own English instruction company.
Noa Cohen grew up in London, England and she has been coming to Brown Ledge since she was 11. Noa was a canoeing and kayaking junior counselor and she received her Vanguard in 2012. She spent her first staff year in the office and she is returning to her home on the canoe and kayak dock for a second summer. Noa has just finished her junior year at the University of Edinburgh where she studies politics. In addition to kayaking on Lake Champlain, Noa has been whitewater kayaking in Scotland and she has led children’s sea kayaking groups in Israel.
New to Brown Ledge this summer is Julia Blanding. Julia grew up in Rochester, New York and she is a rising junior at the University of Vermont where she studies psychology and music. Julia aspires to a career in the field of music therapy. Julia honed her paddling skills at summer camp and she is now a UVM Outing Club canoe instructor and she is certified by the American Canoe Association. Wilderness camping in Vermont and the Adirondacks have helped make nature (and its protection) a priority for Julia.
Andreas Landin returns for a seventh summer on the ski dock. Andreas is currently in his last year as a law student at Uppsala University in his native Sweden. Growing up in a “summer town” that comes alive with water sport enthusiasts encouraged his love of waterskiing, wakeboarding and boating. Sports are an important part of Andreas’s life and he enjoys tennis and running as well as skiing and snowboarding in the Alps. Brown Ledge also allows Andreas to indulge two other passions; teaching and meeting people from around the world.
Christy Harris is from Plymouth, Vermont and this will be her ninth year at Brown Ledge, her third on the senior staff in waterskiing. Christy grew up as a downhill skier and she became passionate about waterskiing at Brown Ledge. Christy is entering her senior year at the University of Vermont where she studies Spanish and English literature. Christy worked in a vineyard in the Spanish Pyrenees and will study in Salamanca, Spain in the fall. Christy volunteers in an ESL (English as a second language) elementary classroom in Burlington.
Ashley Dubois returns to Brown Ledge after a skipped summer. Her home base is Milton, Vermont and she is entering her third year at the University of Vermont. Ashley is majoring in social work and she will be starting a year-long internship in the fall. Ashley was a camper for two summers and she graduated from the JC program in 2012. Ashley is at home on the waterfront; she taught canoeing and kayaking in 2014 and she has been waterskiing on Lake Champlain since the age of eight. Ashley is excited to spend her seventh BLC summer in the waterskiing department.
Kate Pastore also learned to ski on Lake Champlain before coming to Brown Ledge though, unlike Ashley, Kate’s point of contact was the New York side of the lake. Kate may have first learned to get up on skis before her days at camp but she developed a passion for the sport as a camper and during her two summers as a waterskiing JC. Kate returned as a counselor on the ski staff last summer. She has just completed her sophomore year at the University of Vermont where she studies psychology and archeological anthropology.
Many of our diving counselors are "home grown", learning over the years not only how to execute complicated dives, but how to communicate well to break down all the components of a dive. If a counselor has not been coached at Brown Ledge then he/she has competed at the high school or collegiate level, coaches diving during the off-season, or has a high level gymnastics background with excellent teaching skills.
Hans Nilsson is returning for a 36th summer at Brown Ledge. Hans began coming to camp when he was a college student in the 70s and he has returned almost every summer since. He is a gymnast who was on the Swedish national team and then transferred his gymnastic and coaching skills to the diving board. In his native Sweden, Hans is a school superintendent. Hans also created a ski tourism business many years ago. He coordinates and leads multiple group trips from Sweden to the Alps each winter.
Henley Shull grew up in Berryville, Virginia. She is the third of the Shull sisters to attend Brown Ledge, starting as a camper in 2005 and continuing through to her JC years in 2011 and 2012. Henley was a self- described “diving dock rat.” She spent her two JC years on the dock, and is now beginning her third year as a diving senior counselor. Henley is entering her senior year at the University of Virginia where she focuses on elementary education and psychology. Henley spent this past semester with Semester at Sea, traveling to Asia, Africa, and Europe.
All of our swimming counselors are certified American Red Cross Lifeguards. In service trainings are conducted during pre-camp training, and throughout the summer.
2016 Swim Staff
Charlie Smith grew up in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in December where he studied biology and nutrition and he will begin his first year of dental school in August. Charlie worked as a personal trainer while an undergraduate. He has been a lifeguard and has had a variety of other teaching and coaching experiences including giving swim lessons and coaching youth soccer. Charlie is happy to enjoy a reprieve from academic life and to “enjoy the positive and energetic atmosphere that Brown Ledge offers.” `
Sarah Haeckel grew up in Newton, Pennsylvania and she has just completed her first year at Colgate University where she intends to study political science and sociology. Sarah was a swimming junior counselor for two summers and our now annual “Swimming with the Campers” (based on Dancing With the Stars) was Sarah’s brainchild. The melding of dance and synchronized swimming makes sense; Sarah is a dancer as well as a swimmer and when asked about her own dance history, Sarah notes experience in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and musical theatre. Sarah is also a member of two theatrical groups at Colgate.
Megan Quinn began her Brown Ledge career in 2007 as a camper in Skunk Junction and now she looks forward to her eighth summer at camp, her first on the senior staff. Megan is a certified life guard and she has spent the past two summers lifeguarding at a club near her home in Weston, Connecticut. Megan has completed her freshman year at Boston College where she intends to study psychology. Megan says that field hockey and waterskiing are two other athletic interests.
Charlotte (Lottie) Granger grew up in the small village of Alewas in the Staffordshire area of England and writes, “I love the rural village life.” She has completed her second year at the University of Cumbria where she studies drama. Lottie has extensive experience teaching and caring for children through swim, drama, and girl guides. In swimming, Lottie worked to first dissect and then perfect her strokes in order to be a better instructor, swimmer and competitor.
Sam Walker is here for his first Brown Ledge summer.
Alex Grosvenor grew up in Stowe, Vermont and he attended Brown University where he majored in mechanical engineering and sailed with the Brown University Sailing Team (BUST!). After graduating, Alex moved to San Francisco where he worked as a project manager in two construction firms. Alex has spent the last year traveling in Asia and then working with fellow Brown Ledger, Wayne Banks in a small ski town in Switzerland, “perfecting my French and eating cheese!” We welcome Alex back to the sailing dock after a hiatus of several years.
Samantha Newbery is returning for a second summer on the sailing dock. She comes to us from Carmarthen, a small town in South Wales. Sam has completed her second year at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David where she studies outdoor education. She began sailing at age 10 and by 13 she had gained the highest award at youth level, RYA Stage 4. She sailed throughout secondary school, representing her school in competitions while also teaching beginners the fundamentals of sailing. Sam is an avid rugby player, and she captained her university team this year. In the winter months, Sam works part-time as a rock climbing instructor.
Marie Stuart Morency is back for a second summer on the sailing dock. She grew up in Montreal, Canada and she has completed her degree in business at Marianopolis College. She plans to further her business education in the fall and hopes to secure a position in marketing within the art or fashion industries. Marie Stuart first came to camp in 2007. She was a sailing JC in 2012 and 2013 when she was recognized for her skill as a sailing instructor. For the past four winters, Marie Stuart has been a ski instructor at Mont-Tremblant in Canada, working with children ages three to seven.
Sam Kellett is from the small village of Llandyrnog in Wales and he is headed to Oxford Brookes University to study biology. Sam learned to sail in school at age 12 and this will be Sam’s second year on the sailing staff at Brown Ledge. He writes, “there is no way I could be anywhere else!” This year, Sam has been teaching sailing at a local watersports center. Sam is a multi-sport athlete; he lists rugby as a favorite and he has been playing the sport for over ten years.
Olivia Osburn is returning for a sixth summer at Brown Ledge, her first as a senior staff member. Olivia was a sailing JC and Vanguard recipient. She is currently on the sailing team at the University of Miami where she is a rising sophomore. Olivia is an anthropology major in the university’s pre-medical program. Olivia is a multi-sport athlete and she has competed in both tennis and swimming. As the daughter of two military parents, Olivia has called many places home, most recently Helotes, Texas.
Olivia Pepin grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark. She began her BLC career as a staff kid (her parents met at Brown Ledge!) and she transitioned to a camper, finding a home on the sailing dock. Olivia became a sailing JC, graduating from the program in 2014. Olivia’s academic interests are in the social sciences. She plans to take a gap year before heading to college to focus on political science. Olivia writes that camp is her home (very far) away from home and she looks forward to giving campers the amazing experience she had.