Year Round & Summer Staff

Our greatest asset is our staff. We strive to hire and promote the best camp professionals available. Read about our key staff and feel free to contact any of them with questions.

Pam Caldwell Nootbaar

(With her husband Joe, and daughters Taylor, Victoria & Natalie)

Pam Caldwell Nootbaar has spent most of her life at Kennolyn. Today, as our General Manager she oversees all of the camp and event operations on both of our properties. She pays special attention to ensuring that our programs stay relevant in today’s world while remaining true to the vision of her grandparents, Uncle Max and Aunt Marion. Pam is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has an MBA from Georgetown. She lives in Menlo Park.

Pam Nootbaar: ext.400

Andrew Townsend

(With his wife Brenda, and children Samantha, Mitchell and Grace)


Andrew has been a part of Kennolyn since 1985. Like so many people before and since, he found Kennolyn to be a destination rather than a stop on a journey. In that first summer he met his future wife, Brenda, and Kennolyn became their summer home. In 1993, Andrew and Brenda moved to Kennolyn full time and over the next few years Andrew became the Director of all our camps. With their three children, all committed Kennolyn campers of course, Andrew and Brenda continue to live on site. Andrew served two terms as President of the American Camp Association (ACA), Northern California and is the current president of the Western Association of Independent Camps. He also served on the Board of Directors of Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz. During the summer, Andrew is very much hands on as Director of Resident Camp and provides daily oversight and support to our Day Camp Director. Brenda Townsend is the Director of our Family Camp program and spends part of her summer working at Day Camp.

Andrew Townsend: ext. 444 –

Allison Lloyd & Family

Allison Lloyd

(With her husband Evan, and children Addison and Max)

Allison Lloyd first came to Kennolyn in 1988 as a camper, and returned as a counselor in 2000. With a Master’s Degree in special education, Allison was a teacher for 10 years before joining Kennolyn’s year round staff. She has held different positions at Kennolyn’s Resident Camp, and in 2011 became Director of Day Camp. She has enjoyed being a part of such an enriching experience for children.

Allison Lloyd: ext. 449 –

Lindsey Caldwell Johnsonjohnsons

(With her husband Dan, and children Logan, Cole & Miles)

Lindsey grew up going to Kennolyn every summer, then worked as a staff member for many years. She met and fell in love with a fellow counselor who is now her husband! They live in Capitola with their three boys (who look forward to every session they get to spend at camp). Lindsey has worked as a graphic designer and now works year round here in Camper Development. Her goal is to enhance every family’s experience in the same spirit that her grandparents Aunt Marion and Uncle Max did for so many thousands of campers!

Lindsey Johnson: ext 440 –

Samantha Townsend

img_0615Samantha grew up at Kennolyn, starting in cabin Acacia in 1999. She has been on staff since the summer of 2011 in roles such as Ceramics Coordinator and Women’s Head Counselor. Samantha graduated from the University of Redlands in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She spent the next year traveling and working for Camp America in England. In the fall of 2016, Samantha joined the Kennolyn team full-time as the Program Coordinator. She is excited to carry on the camp traditions that have been such a big part of her life for so many years.

Samantha Townsend: ext 448 –



Carolyn Caldwell Folmar (Associate Director) & Pat Veatch (Parent Relations)

Carolyn Caldwell Folmar and Pat VeatchMy name is Carolyn Caldwell Folmar and I am the Associate Director of Kennolyn. Aunt Marion and Uncle Max were my parents, so I grew up at Kennolyn! As a camper, one of my favorite things was outpost, because I loved cooking my own food outdoors and getting dirty. Two of my favorite activities were riflery and animal care, and I enjoyed riding when I was older. For many years, I was a speech therapist in public schools. I was happily married to Roger Lee Folmar for thirty five years. My alligator, Leerog, is used in the camp song that was named after him. At camp, I work wherever help is needed. Some of my consistent jobs are organizing the veggie chop, helping at the laundry mat, meeting with the CIT’s and JC’s, and watching activities. A few hobbies are reading, writing articles for a group and walking. I also enjoy being with my family. My two sons and most of my grandchildren live in Martinez and Livermore. I hope all of you have a fantastic summer!

Carolyn Caldwell Folmar and Pat Veatch

Hi, I’m Pat Veatch. I have been coming to camp for many years, starting soon after Kennolyn was founded in 1946, and my husband Jack and I have continued to come back through the years. I missed a couple of years to get married and have three children, and now we are all in Alexandria, Virginia, where I am a docent at Mt. Vernon Estate. I have had almost every job at Kennolyn (at both Stone Creek Village and the Hilltop Hacienda), and have loved every one of them! But the best time is the day the campers arrive. I know first-hand all the fun they will have! My family came to camp, and now I am blessed to have all my grandchildren here as campers too. I look forward to meeting all of you and your families!

Stay tuned for our staff of 2017!

In the meantime… check out our Previous Staff

Andrew Alemoh

Hi, I’m Andrew, and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am studying Marketing at Boise State University in Idaho, and this will be my first year at Kennolyn. In the great outdoors, I enjoy many different sports and activities.

Joseph Alvarado

Hey guys, my name is Joe and this is my first summer working for Kennolyn. I am from the good ole state of Kentucky, but currently live in Tampa, Florida. I am a senior at Lindsey Wilson College studying History, and cannot wait to graduate in December, Whoop Whoop!  In my spare time, I enjoy doing anything that involves physical activity, specifically soccer, but will play just about any sport that lets my energy out! Looking forward to seeing everyone at camp!

JJ Baker

Hello! My name is JJ Baker and this is my second summer at Kennolyn. I am on the ropes staff and teach many of the art activities. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and recently graduated from UC with my Fine Arts degree. I love traveling, painting, music, and, most of all, camp!

Sean Bard

Hi! My name is Sean, and this will be first summer working at Kennolyn Camp. I am from Cape Girardeau, MO and I am currently finishing up my physical education degree at Southeast Missouri State University. I love being outdoors and doing almost anything. I love running, hiking, playing sports, or just having a BBQ with friends. I can’t wait for this summer.

Brady Brown

Hi, I’m Brady! I’m from Olympia, WA, but am currently studying biology at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I was lucky enough to be able to be a camper at Kennolyn for 10 years, and now this is going to be my first year on staff as a counselor! Hiking and kayaking are some of my favorite things to do. Can’t wait to see you at camp!

Olivia Brown

Hi, I’m Olivia and I’m so excited to spend my summer at Kennolyn! My best summer memories have always been made at camp, and I can’t wait to make new ones! I’m originally from Pleasanton, California, and am a sophomore studying Elementary Education at Cal Poly in sunny San Luis Obispo. I love hiking, reading, beaching, and starting dance parties! See you at camp!

Miles Bundy

Hi I’m Miles and I can’t wait to get to Kennolyn for my 5th Summer! I’m from Southampton, England, where I currently teach at a secondary school. I studied at the University of the West of England, completing a degree in Geography. My favourite activities at camp are Fencing and BMX! See you at Camp!!

Chris Calciano

Hi! I’m Christopher and I’m excited for my 2nd summer at Kennolyn! I’m originally from California, but right now I’m studying Physics at Washington University in St. Louis, where I’ll be a junior in the fall. I can’t wait to see you at camp!


Nicole Caravaggio

Hello!! My name is Nicole Caravaggio. I can be spotted anywhere along the coast of California. This is my …16th (?) summer at Kennolyn, and 3nd on staff. I major in Psychology at SJSU, with interest in abnormal & Psychopharmacology.  Kennolyn is my home away from home. I can’t get enough of the kids, the pool and smores (just to name a few). See you at camp!

Klara Chamradova

Hi, my name is Klara, I’m from Czech Republic. This will be my first time at Kennolyn and also in the US. I study psychology and mechatronics. I like all kinds of sports, dancing and singing, and I play the violin. I am also a Scout! I am very excited and looking forward to the summer at Kennolyn!

Morgan Cheek

Hello hello! My name is Morgan and I’m so excited to be back at Kennolyn for my second summer at the barn! I recently graduated with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and can often be found outside reading a book, exercising, or playing with animals. I am so looking forward to another amazing summer teaching campers all about the wonder of horses! Can’t wait to see you there!

Mateusz Cieslak

Hi everyone! My name is Matt and I’m so stoked to come back to Kennolyn all the way from Poland for the second time, and take my responsibilities to the next level as Day Camp Waterfront coordinator! I have a degree in Management of Physiotherapy and sport of the disabled, did my masters in Tourism and Recreation and am a post graduate in Law and Administration. Moreover I’m a masseur, love all the extreme activities, and the most important thing – seeing our campers full of smiles in the pool, where I’ll be waiting for all of you during the summer of 2016! 🙂 See you at camp!!!

Enoch Cincotta

Hello! I’m Enoch, and this will be my third summer at Kennolyn. I was raised in Pennsylvania, but have traveled a good deal about the United States, either by car, bicycle, plane, or bus. I love bicycles and ultra running, and love going on adventures. Hope to talk soon!

Alice Coleman

Hey! My name is Alice Coleman, and I’m from Menlo Park, California. This is my ninth summer at Kennolyn and second on staff! During the off-season, I am a second-year student at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying conservation biology. At camp, you’re most likely to find me by the batting cages or at the ropes course. I am so happy to back and can’t wait to meet you!

Sydnee Corey

I’m Sydnee, and this is my first year working as a counselor at Kennolyn! I am from the Bay Area, and I am a Senior at the University of Southern California. I study human biology, and in my spare time I love hiking, mountain biking, running, cooking, and playing the guitar. I’m so excited to work at Kennolyn this summer!


Teigan Cox

Hey guys! I’m Teigan from Australia and pumped to be coming back to the States for my second summer at Kennolyn! Had an absolute ball last year and can’t wait to see some new and some familiar faces again this year to have another epic summer!  See you all soon! 🙂

Caroline Coyle

Hi I’m Caroline! As a 5 year resident camper when I was younger, I absolutely loved every aspect of the Kennolyn experience, from outpost to Boardwalk Day! Because Kennolyn holds such a special place in my heart, I am extremely excited to share my love for camp with future campers as a first year counselor! In the Fall, I will be attending the University of California Los Angeles, where I plan to major in Business Economics and minor in Theater. For fun, I enjoy musical theater, rowing, and spending time with friends! See you at camp!

Jacob Crawley

Hi!! My name is Jacob, I’m from New Zealand and this will be my second summer at Kennolyn! I have a Diploma in culinary arts from the Wellington Institute of Technology and work as a chef primarily. I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, but I have a special love for the beach coast and ocean and almost all activities associated. I cant wait to see you all at camp!!

Akos Benjamin Csiszar

Hi, I am Benjamin Csiszar from Hungary, and my friends call me Beni. After I finished high school, I decided to study as a mechanical engineer at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. I have never been in America and would like to explore new countries, get some experiences and work in a multilingual team. This is a good opportunity to get new friends and develop my language skills.  Because English is a very global and international language, it will be very important in my future workplace. I play waterpolo (since childhood) and really like water activities and other sports, like mountainbiking, squash and racing with go-carts. I am very interested in cars and motorbikes and how they work. See you at camp!!

Ronilsy Diaz

Hello! My name is Rony and I’m excited to announce that this will be my first summer at Kennolyn! I’m from Oklahoma City, originally from Novato, CA; but I spend most of the year at Graceland University in Iowa where I study Biology. I love to run, swim, read, hike, and meditate outdoors and try new recipes with friends. Hope to meet you at Camp this summer!

Jowita Dranka

My name is Jowita Dranka and I’m from Cracow, Poland. I’m 23 years old and I’m a student at the University of Science and Technology and at the University of Economy, both in Cracow. I like exploring the outdoors and travelling. This is my first summer at Kennolyn and I’m very excited to meet you all there!

Jillian Duran

Hi! My name is Jillian Duran and I am from San Jose, CA. I am currently a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, studying business and history. This is going to be my first summer on staff but my ninth summer at Kennolyn. I am so excited to come back to my home away from home and be a counselor this summer! I love to cook, play sports, and hike in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. I can’t wait to see everyone at camp this summer!

Scott Ekin

Hello! I’m Scott and I am super stoked to be working at Kennolyn Day Camp for my sixth summer! I’m from Santa Cruz, born and raised. I have a degree in criminal justice, police academy certified, and looking to help out community in that capacity in the future. Looking forward to meeting all the campers, new and old, its going to be a blast!


Kirstie Ferguson

Hello, I’m Kirstie and I’m from Glasgow in Scotland. I’ll be coming to Kennolyn as a first time counsellor, joining the equine staff and I’m so excited to get started. I’ve been riding horses since I was 6, and just graduated with an honours degree in Animal biology – pretty clear I love my animals. I spend a lot of my time in the gym weightlifting, and I really enjoy the outdoors, climbing (preferably bouldering) and just general exploring. It will be so nice to experience the Californian sun in comparison to rainy Scotland. See you at camp!


Catherine Field

Hi there! I am Catie, in my 2nd year studying Animal Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and this is my first summer at Kennolyn. I am from Rancho Murieta, CA, but am ecstatic to make the Santa Cruz mountains my home for the summer. I am so excited to be a part of the Equestrian Staff.  Other than riding horses, I enjoy hiking, playing with my chickens and other animals, and spending time with friends. Can’t wait to see you at camp!

Daniel Fields

Hey y’all! My name is Dan and this is my first summer working at Kennolyn! I’m a Santa Cruz native, but attend UC Berkeley during the academic year. I’m a junior studying Migration & Sustainable Urban Planning, as well as Arabic. I enjoy surfing, skiing, camping and hiking. So stoked for summer, can’t wait to meet everyone at camp! Be sure to give me a high-five when ya see me around!!


SK Finn

Hi I’m Finn and this is my second summer at Kennolyn! I’m from the Bay Area and I love to travel, read, take photos, and make videos. See you at camp!

Sarah Finnegan

Anna Fox

Hello! My name is Anna, I am from San Diego, CA and this will be my 9th summer at Kennolyn but 1st year on staff. I’m a History major at Lewis&Clark College in Portland, OR, and in my free time I like to read, rock climb, hike and travel. Can’t wait to meet everyone this summer!

Zephyr Frazer

Hey there! My name is Zephyr Frazer, and I can’t wait to spend yet another wonderful summer at Kennolyn, especially as this year will be my first on staff! I first went to Kennolyn’s Day Camp in fifth grade, but never got a chance to return until I was able to attend the training program. During my three years moving through the ranks of training, I learned to truly enjoy this camp and its campers. I’ve made great friends and had lots of fun as a camper, and can’t wait to return some of that fun to the next generation of Kennolyn kids!

Agnes Fu

Hi All! My name is Agnes and I’m from Budapest, Hungary. This will be my 2nd summer at Kennolyn and I’ll face funh new challenges as a member of ropes staff at Day Camp. I graduated from Budapest Metropolitan University this February and I work as an event organizer and account manager. The meeting industry is a chaotic world with all of its joy and sleepless moments. I really like spending my leisure time jogging, cooking, reading and dancing, and my passion is traveling. I cannot wait to see you soon! 🙂

Rita Fu

Hi! I’m Rita and I’m really excited to spend my first summer in Kennolyn as a counselor. I’m from Szeged, Hungary (called the ‘suncity’), where I study finance and accounting. I love cooking, baking, reading, spinning and spending my free time with my little cousins. Can’t wait to see you at camp!

Stephanie Gates

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I am so unbelievably excited to come back for my third summer at Kennolyn, this time as Head Women’s Counselor! I was raised in Oregon, but have been tromping up and down the west coast between home, my university and camp for the past few years! I just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where I studied International Business and Spanish. I am extremely passionate about s’mores with Reeses peanut butter cups in the middle and meeting new people! See you under the Redwoods!


James Gorton

Hey! My name is James Gorton, I’m from London, England and this is my third summer at Kennolyn. I’m going to study Elementary Education at The University of Winchester in the fall, which I’m very excited about. I have also recently got into running and completed my first half-marathon before I came to camp this summer. I love music; I play the Guitar, Saxophone and Piano. Come and sing a song with me at campfire!

Adam Graves

Hello! My name is Adam and this will be my very first year on staff! I’m born and raised across the mountains from camp in the city of San Jose. I’ve been to Kennolyn 7 years before this as a camper. I’m going to be studying Buisness at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and I love to be outdoors, hike, swim, and read. Hope to see you at camp!

Kira Hamblin

Hey Ya’ll! My name is Kira and I am very excited for my first summer at Kennoyln’s Day Camp. I grew up in Telluride, Colorado and just finished my third year at Whittier College in Los Angeles. In school I am studying Kinesiology and Nutritional Science with a minor in Studio Art. I am very excited to be working at Kennolyn this summer! Growing up in Colorado has engrained a love for the outdoors, and I enjoy biking, hiking, skiing, swimming, and surfing to name a few!

Cary Hampton

Hi friends! I’m Cary and I’m from Hillsborough, California. I’ve been coming to camp for sixteen years. It is, without a doubt, my favorite community and I am excited to share my home with all of you! I studied Art History and Theater at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. My favorite thing to do at camp is to stargaze and moongape on outpost.

Alison Harley

Hi! I’m Alison and I am from Aptos, which is about fifteen minutes from Kennolyn! This will be my 3rd summer at Kennolyn, first on staff, and I am incredibly excited to be back. I am currently studying at the University of Denver, majoring in International Studies with a minor in Political Science. I love to ski, hike and play tennis. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

Craig Hay

My name is Craig Hay and I am from Dundee, Scotland. I am currently studying Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee. This will be my first summer working as a part of the ropes team at Kennolyn and I cant wait to get started. In my free time I love playing football (soccer) and going to the gym. I cant wait to meet everyone!

Iarlaith Hendron

I’m Iarlaith, a nineteen year old Irish lad from county Armagh, currently studying to be a physiotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland. I enjoy playing Gaelic football and hiking. I’ve never been to Kennolyn before, but I’m really looking forward to it.

Kathleen Hines

My name is Kate Hines I am going to be Senior this upcoming fall at the University of Arizona. I am graduating with a degree in Italian and Criminal Justice. I am a part of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and love baking, cooking, arts and crafts and working with children. This is going to be my first time as a Staff member at camp and I could not be more excited!

Michelle Houck

Hi, I’m Michelle and I can’t wait to be back at Kennoyln for the 7th summer! In the off season I am a high school English teacher, but I am always waiting to be back at camp. I graduated from Chico State with a degree in English and love reading, and being in the sun.

Cheyenne Hutchinson Myrie

Hey! I’m Cheyenne and this is my very first summer working at Kennolyn. New York is my home and I’m nervous to be so far away, but excited to be visiting California. I am a rising senior at Purchase College, where I study Arts Management and Theatre. In my spare time I love putting on shows, dancing, reading, and soaking up the sun. I can’t wait to see you at camp!

Kaitlin Johnson

Hi everyone, I’m Kaitlin. I am beyond excited to return to camp for my 4th summer! I grew up locally and attended Kennolyn from 2nd to 9th grade. I knew way back then that I wanted to return to work at my home away from home. When not at camp, I am studying Special Education at Azusa Pacific University and traveling to my favorite place, South Africa! My favorite part about camp is getting to know new faces and seeing familiar ones year after year. I can’t wait to meet you!

Paul Justiniano

Paul here, returning for a second summer. I’m originally from the Philippines and am currently working as an after school science teacher in the greater LA area. I studied at the University of California Santa Cruz, which exposed me to these great coastal redwoods and ultimately Kennolyn. If I see you in camp, it will most likely be in the archery range or you can join me in some experiments during fun science!

Megan Keating

HI! My name is Megan Keating and I am from Santa Cruz, California! This will be my first summer as a counselor at Camp Kennolyn and I am very excited! I am currently a student at Washington State University and am studying Communications. I love all things outdoors! Some of my favorite things to do outside are swimming and hiking! See you at camp!

Katherine Keller

Hi Everyone! My name is Kat and this is my 3rd summer on the Kennolyn Day Camp staff. I’m originally from Aptos, California but am currently studying Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The outdoors are my favorite place and I especially enjoy hiking, climbing, and swimming. This summer is going to be the best one yet and I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Roisin King

Hi! My name is Roisin and I am from Scotland. This is my 4th summer at Kennolyn and I cannot wait to be back in my favourite place. I currently work for Camp America in London, making sure all the International staff make it to camp safe and sound. I love all things to camp so you can find me running around all day everyday at Kennolyn! See you this summer!

Everett Kinkade

Hi, I’m Evie and I am an environmental science student at Santa Clara University. I am from Los Gatos so I grew up going to Kennolyn day and resident camps. I am so excited to be on staff for my first summer! I especially can’t wait to start crafts, ropes courses, and archery!

Jessica Kirby

Hello, I am Jess from England. This will by my first summer at camp and my first trip to America. I am so excited for camp and am counting down the days. I study Sports Science with Coaching at university, and love to take part in a range of sports. I also enjoy taking photos of landscapes in my spare time. I look forward to meeting everyone!!

Aneta Kordula

My name is Aneta Kordula and this will be my first summer on staff at Kennolyn! I am from Poland and live in Lublin, where I am studying Biotechnology at University of Life Sciences. I play handball and I like dancing and traveling. I know that it will be amazing experience and I am sure that I will remember it for the rest of my life.

Evan Krause

Hi, I’m Evan! I’m originally from right here in Santa Cruz, California and this will be my 2nd year at Kennolyn. I love to run, swim, bike and hike in the lovely Santa Cruz Mountains!

Christopher Lee

Hello! I’m Chris and this will be my first year working at Kennolyn! I am from Lafayette, California and have studied Biology in Colorado. I love playing sports, music and just being in the California sun. I am super excited to see you at camp and have an awesome Summer!


Jack Linscott

Hey, I’m Jack! I grew up in London, however, over the last couple of years I have studied and worked in both Glasgow and Belfast.  I graduated with a masters in International Management in 2015 and have worked in the financial services sector since. I enjoy being outdoors; running, sleeping under the stars, travelling and hiking to name a few favourites! I’ve been returning to Kennolyn since I was 19 and this will be my 7th summer under the Redwoods – the excitement never ceases, I cannot wait for another incredible summer.


Ivan Lipovsky

Hello!I am Ivan andIi come from the Czech Republic. I am super excited to spend another great summer at Kennolyn for my 2nd year as part of support staff. I will be working for facilities with the maintenance group. I study protection of population (firefighters) in my homeland. Well, I love fixing and making new things, and also love exploring. See you soon at Kennolyn.

Ivan Lipovsky

Madison Love

Hello! My name is Madison and this is my 9th summer at Kennolyn and 3rd summer on staff. I’m from Palmdale, CA but I am currently residing in Los Angeles while I attend UCLA to study English and film production. I’m super excited to be back at camp for another glorious summer and cannot wait to spend time at the ropes course, teach wheel pottery, and jam out at the dances. See you soon!!

Nicholas Love

Hi, I’m Nick and I am excited to finally be on staff after attending Kennolyn for the past 9 summers!!! When I am not living at Kennolyn, I live in Palmdale California! I am starting college in the fall but look forward to another great summer in the mountains! See you soon!

Justyna Lukaszczyk

Hi! I’m Justyna and this it my third summer at Kennolyn! I’m from Poland where I’ve studied logistics in transport management, but I love working with children and spend time outdoors doing various activities. I’m excited to spend my next summer in California and meet new people. See you at camp!

Colin Mackay

Hi! My name is Colin, I’m from Glasgow in Scotland, where I attend the University of Glasgow studying physiology and sports science. This will be my 4th amazing summer as a Kennolyn staff member and my favorite camp activities include swimming and climbing, among many others.

Anna Maleska

Hello! I’m Anna and it’ll be my first summer at Kennolyn Camp. I’m from Poland, where I have lived all my life and study logistics in School of Banking. I love traveling, cooking and listening to all types of music. I’m looking forward to starting summer at camp! See you there!

Jamie Mancini

Hi, my name is Jamie! I’m going to be a junior at Gonzaga University and am majoring in Environmental Studies. This is my second year on staff at Kennolyn and I’m so excited for this summer!

Daniel Manrique

My name is Daniel Manrique and I’m from Neiva, Colombia. This is my fourth summer on staff at Kennolyn. I’m studying Business Management and I like traveling, visiting new places, outdoor activities and sports. I’m so excited about meeting you all at camp.

Ewelina Marek

My name is Ewelina Marek and I’m from Poland, where I’m studying Biotechnology at University of Life Sciences in Lublin. This will be my first time at Kennolyn as support stuff and I’m really excited about it! In my free time I like to cook, I love to travel and visit new places. I am happy to spend my dream summer in the USA, in California, at Kennolyn Camp.

Izabella Mazanek

Hello everybody! I’m Izabella and this will be my first summer at Kennolyn and in the USA as well! I’m from Poland and there I’m studying psychology. I’m super excited for time at Kennolyn. Things that I love are spending time outdoors, reading and helping people. See you at camp for our dream summer 🙂

Alexis McConnell

Hello! My name is Alexis McConnell. This is my second year on staff, and I can’t wait for another amazing summer at Kennolyn. I just finished my junior year at Howard University, where I am studying philosophy and mathematics. I am an avid reader and runner. See you at camp!!!

Ella Mcfarlane

HI! My name is Ella and I’m super excited to come out and spend my first ever summer at Kennolyn. I’m from Scotland and like to stay active and love the outdoors. I will be starting another new adventure after summer at university in Edinburgh for Primary School teaching. I love to keep fit and read in my spare time.

Kelly McMinn

Hello! My name is Kelly and I will be working my first summer at Kennolyn this year. I am from Aptos, California and am currently studying business administration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I love to play sports, especially tennis and soccer, and to go on hikes in the beautiful hills around San Luis. I am super excited to meet you all at camp, see you all soon!

Daniel Megyaszai

Hello guys! My name is Daniel Megyaszai, I’m from Budapest, the capital of Hungary. I’m an International Studies undergraduate at University. I like all kinds of sports, music, singing, trips in nature, so yes, typical camping things! I’m going to join the support staff. This will be my first time at Kennolyn and the US, I’m very excited. Can’t wait to meet you!

Ruth Murai

I’m Ruth and I am so thrilled to be at Kennolyn this summer! I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and I’ve always loved to explore Northern California, from the city streets to the mountain trails. I’m currently studying Film and Television at UCLA and I hope to eventually make documentaries. The things I will miss most this summer are my dogs and watching Battlebots on ABC, but I couldn’t be more excited to be at camp.

Ciara Murton

Hi! I’m Ciara and extremely excited to coming to camp for my first visit to the US!!! I’m from Northern Ireland, living just outside Belfast  and have dreamed of coming to America since, well forever. I just finished my first year at university in Coleraine, which is up near the north coast of Northern Ireland, studying Interactive Media. I love music, reading, swimming, badminton, cycling and I hope to try lots more things while I’m at camp! I can’t wait!!!

Zsofia Nyikos

Hi! I’m Sophi, from Budapest, Hungary. This will be my first time at Kennolyn and I’m really excited about it! I’ve been fencing for almost 10 years and I also participate in championships. I like hiking and almost every kind of sports (indoor climbing, tennis, dancing)! In September I will probably go to Peto Andras College and study conductive education. Can’t wait to see you at camp!!!

Rosie Ochoa

Hey y’all! My name is Rocio (Rosie) and this is my second summer at Kennolyn! I am an Oakland, CA native but currently live in Atlanta, GA, where I am a rising senior at Agnes Scott College. You can find me playing guitar, making pizza muffins at outdoor cooking or stargazing during Outpost! Can’t wait to meet all of you!

Meghan Orechia

Hello, my name is Meghan Orechia, and I am from Boston, MA. I am currently studying nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This will be my first year at camp this summer. My passions are running and hiking, but I love any activity that is outdoors. I am so excited for camp and look forward to seeing you this summer!

Robert Panti

Hi! I’m Robi and I’m excited to work at Kennolyn. This will be my first time, but I hope not the last one. I’m from Budapest, Hungary, where I study as a technical manager. I love nature and one of my dreams has come true: to work in California. Also I love to run, read and do all kinds of different sport activities. See you at camp!

Andras Papp

Hi! I’m Andras from Hungary, and this is my first summer at Kennolyn. I’ve just got my degree in faculty of marketing and advertising, and am working as a graphic designer right now.  I like everything that’s connected to design and media, and also like to cook, listen to music and go hiking often. I like to inspire or give motivation to people, they say I’m a very kind person, and I guess it’s all true!

Otzma-Bie Paz

I’m Otzma! I am from Tempe, Arizona, where I have lived most of my life. I love travel, yoga, and redwood trees! This is my second summer at camp as an equestrian counselor so I’ll be spending most of my time up at the barn with the horses! My favorite things about camp (besides the horses, of course) are campfire and singing camp songs. I’ll see you at camp 🙂

Oliver Pearse

Hello, my name is Ollie., This is my first year working for Kennolyn and I cannot wait to get started! I live in the North East of England, where I enjoy playing lots of different sports and love the outdoor lifestyle. I am over the moon to be taken on at this fantastic looking camp, and cannot wait to meet everyone!  Seen you in June.

Katie Pentz

Hi! I’m Katie and I am super excited for this summer! This is going to be my 8th summer at Kennolyn. When I’m not at camp, I work full time for the visa sponsor agency called CCUSA. I’ve studied Law in university. In my free time ,I enjoy cooking, gardening and hiking.  I cannot wait to meet you all!

Christian Pishchanestski

Hello, I am Christian, and I am an extremely excited first year staff member. I come from a Russian family, but have lived in the High Desert my whole life. I am currently enrolled in college and doing my prerequisites for Med-School! I spend the majority of my free time working on cars, and the rest out in the wild exploring!

Anthony Porter

My name is Anthony Porter, and I’m super excited to spend my summer working for Kennolyn Camps!  I am an extremely outdoorsy person who loves to teach new things and learn new skills.  I am an Eagle Scout, certified as a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator! I love to rock climb, shoot archery, backpack, and try anything new and exciting! I come from Southern California, from Chino Hills, and I attend college in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University. I look forward to meeting new people and gaining new life experiences!

Jan (Honza) Prokes

Hi, my name is Honza and it is my first summer in the Kennolyn. I am from Czech Tepublic, where I study economics in Prague. I love sports, mainly ice hockey and cycling, and also love to read and travel. I’m looking forward to experiencing beautiful nature in California.


Noelle Pruett

I’m Noelle and I’m from Corralitos, California. I just finished my first year studying ecology and evolution at UCSB, and am super excited for my first summer at Kennolyn! My favorite hobbies include hiking, surfing, skiing, photography, and playing volleyball! Can’t wait to see you at Kennolyn!

Anna Reeves

I’m Anna and it’s my first year at Kennolyn! I spent the first 17 or so years of my life in tiny San Juan Bautista, CA, but spend most of my time on the east coast these days, studying social work and art at Skidmore College in upstate New York. My favorite things are painting, running in the rain, campfire songs, and eating a mid-hike PB&J on the top of a mountain. Can’t wait until summer!


Maxine Reid

Hello! I’m Maxine and I am from England. I am so excited to be returning to Kennolyn for my 2nd summer. I have recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth and am looking forward to returning to camp to see everyone!

Ollie Rew

Hi, I’m Ollie Rew, from Wellington, New Zealand. I graduated with a BPharm, but spend my time exploring the globe and working in different places. This is my 4th summer at Kennolyn, and I am the specialty camp coordinator this year, leading surfing, marine exploration, and adventure camp.

Ester Romero Garcia Galan

Hi! My name is Ester and I’m from Murcia, Spain, where I’m finishing my Journalism and Communication degree. My three favorite things in the world are camping, children and travel and I cannot wait to join the amazing Kennolyn family!

Reka Rozsnyoi

Hi! My name is Reka and I can’t wait to spend the summer in Kennolyn for the first time! I’m from Budapest, Hungary and I’m super excited to be back in California again after a family vacation! Since then it’s been my dream to be able to go back. I’m going to be on equestrian staff because I love horses and riding! I’m also a fan of cooking, reading, food and volleyball. See you soon!

Sabrina Salkind

Hello readers! My name is Sabrina and this will be my first summer working at Kennolyn! I grew up in Santa Cruz, not far from camp. Currently, I am studying studio art and outdoor education in Washington state. My favorite outdoor activities include rock climbing, backpacking, snow sports, and general meandering and tomfoolery! I am so excited to see everyone on the ropes!!!

Kat Sampson

My name is Katherine Sampson, but I go by Kat, and I am from Normal, Illinois. I’m currently studying at Illinois State University to become an Art teacher. This is my first summer at Kennolyn, and I am very excited to be the ceramic coordinator!

Merissa Sanchez

Hi! My name is Merissa and I am so excited to begin be my first summer at Kennolyn. I just finished up my first year at Cabrillo College and am majoring in Art Photography. I play for the Women’s Soccer and Softball team. When I am not at school or playing sports, I love spending my time outdoors, I enjoy going on hikes, adventuring up and down the coastline, and love exploring new places. Also, I like taking pictures, videos and spending time with my English Bulldog puppy named Mac. I hope to see you around camp!

Eva Schewe

Greetings All! My name is Eva and I am incredibly stoked to be back at Kennolyn for my fourth summer on staff! I was born and raised in Santa Cruz and recently received my Masters Degree in Museum Education from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. I’ve lived in different states and countries, but Kennolyn will always have my heart. I love to read, make people laugh and spend my summers underneath the redwood trees! Can’t wait for Summer ’16.

Grant Simmons

My name is Grant and I’m excited to work my first ever summer at Kennolyn. I have lived in Santa Cruz my entire life, aside from my time at college the past two years, when I have been studying Physics and Music Technology. I like to play and write music, hike, explore, geocache, and more.

Lexi Simon

Hi everyone! I’m Lexi, this will be my tenth summer at camp and third summer on staff! I could not be more excited to spend another summer at my favorite place! I am from Manhattan Beach, California, but am currently studying finance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When I’m not up in the ropes course at camp you can find me on the soccer field playing for my schools team!

Ben Simpson

Hi, I’m Ben and I’m from Ireland. This is my 5th summer on staff at Kennolyn, so the Santa Cruz mountains really are a home away from home for me. I studied Business Management at Queens University in Belfast, but my real passion is climbing those redwood trees on our amazing ropes courses! See you all soon for another amazing summer!

Charlotte Simpson

Hi! My name is Charlotte. I am from Edinburgh in Scotland! I study sport science! (I LOVE SPORTS!). This will be my 3rd summer at Kennolyn and I am the CILT counsellor. You will mostly see me hanging by the pool or teaching martial arts. Bring on summer 2016!

Denisa Slesingrova

Hi, I’m Denisa and I’m excited to work at Kennolyn for my first summer. I have never been in America and really look forward to working in camp, meeting new people and traveling. I’m a student and study architecture in Czech Tepublic. I love climbing, jumping, drawing, theatre, and photography.

Austin Smith

Hi, Im Austin and this is my 9th summer at Kennolyn! I am from Redwood City California and I am going to be a freshman at Sonoma State in the fall studying political science. I love reading, running, and playing football. See you at camp!

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Frank Smith

Hi, Im Frank and this is my 9th summer at Kennolyn! I am from Redwood City, California and I am going to be a freshman in the fall at Sonoma State studying history. I love running, working out, and playing soccer. Cant wait to meet everyone at camp!

Rachelle Stein

I’m Rachelle, and this will be my first time working at Kennolyn! I study History and French at Northeastern University in Boston, but I’m native to California and love spending my summers here. When I have free time, I like to do photography, read, swim, and paint. I’m super excited for camp and can’t wait to meet everyone!

Tea Stephenson

HI! I’m Tea (pronounced taya, but I will respond to anything that starts with a T), this is my first summer on official camp staff! Kennolyn has been my favorite part of every summer since I was 4 years old, that makes this my 14th consecutive summer at camp! I was born and raised in the beautiful town of Santa Cruz, California. As of December 2015, I am a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (or NREMT for short), and look forward to serving my country in the United States Air Force. My favorite part of camp is definitely the ropes course, swinging from trees sure makes you feel connected to nature and the views from tree tops are just breathtaking! See you soon Kennacons!

Ildiko Szinay

Hi, I’m Ildiko from Hungary, and I’m very happy to be a counselor in Kennolyn. This is the first time working here, but I think it will be one of my best summers. I’m a PhD student (political sciences) and a government official in Budapest. I love swimming, doing aerial dance, reading and traveling. See you at camp!

Emily Talbot

Hello! My name is Emily and I am so excited for this summer! This will be my 11th summer at Kennolyn, first year on staff.  I am originally from California, but I have moved up north to the great state of Oregon to further my education.  I will be starting my senior year at the University of Oregon in the fall, completing my degree in Psychology, with minors in Special Education and Spanish.  In my free time I love to travel, hike, cook (and eat!), swim, and explore the beautiful world we live in.

Spencer Talbot

Hi! I’m Spencer and this will be my second year at Kennolyn on staff, but 13th year overall! I’m from Davis, CA but attend school at UC San Diego studying political science. In addition to being a counselor this summer, I am also a lifeguard for Kennolyn. I love to swim, sing, and have fun!

Damian Tomczyk

Hello, my name is Damian and I’m from Poland. I’m 22 and I’m truly excited to become a part of Kennolyn community and meet wonderful people of various cultures and ethnicities. I enjoy music, playing and watching basketball and making corny jokes. See you at K-Town!

Nikola Tomesova

Hello, My name is Nikol and I am excited to work at Kennolyn for my 1st summer! I am from the Czech Tepublic (middle Europa). I was studying history, politology and philosophy for my bachelors degree, and now am going to study history and pedagogy for my masters. I love children, animals and horses, and also like fitness, running, drawing and a lot of other activities. I am friendly, hardworking, reliable and fun. See you soon!

Samantha Townsend

Hello! My name is Samantha and I am excited to be on staff this summer for the 6th time! Before that I spent 13 wonderful summers as a camper. I am honored to be on Town Council again this year in a new role as one of the three supervisors that work to make camp awesome. I graduated from the University of Redlands in 2015 and have spent the last year traveling and working in England. I love to tap dance in my free time, but at camp you will find me in the ceramics area, the barn or the program office. See you this summer.

Samantha Turner

Hi! I’m Sam and I am super stoked to start my second summer at Kennolyn! I currently live in Sacramento, CA ,where I am attending American River College and studying Communications. I love all kind of sports, hiking, kayaking, and camping!

Madison Valle

Hi! I’m Maddie. I am so excited to return as the Arts and Crafts coordinator for my second summer at Kennoyln. I grew up here in the Santa Cruz mountains, but currently I am  attending Nursing school at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. See you at the Craft Deck!

Bart Verheijen

Hi! I’m Bart Verheijen and I’m from the Netherlands. This is my 12th summer at Kennolyn, and this year I’ll return as the CIT Coordinator, which means I get to spend lots of time at both resident camp and day camp with our awesome Counselors in Training. I absolutely love outpost and will play hockey whenever I can, so feel free to challenge me to a game at camp!

Beki Webster

Hi! I’m Beki and I am so excited to be returning to Kennolyn for my fourth summer, this time as Staff Development and Excellence Coordinator. I’m from Glasgow in Scotland, where I am currently finishing my Masters Degree in Education. I can’t wait for adventures in the ropes course and fun around the campfire. See you soon!

Kirsty White

Hi! My name is Kirsty and this is my 5th year at Kennolyn. I am from Scotland and have just finished a degree in physical education teaching,  I am the waterfront coordinator and lucky to get the chance to spend my days at the pool. I love being outside, going for walks and looking at the stars. I am so excited to meet you all this Summer!

Sarah Woodley

My name is Sarah Woodley and this will be my first summer working at Kennolyn. I was born and raised in the great city of Dallas, Texas. I recently finished my undergraduate degree in Construction Science at Texas A&M University. In the fall, I will be starting my Masters in Art History at the University of North Texas. Growing up on a farm, I have always loved being outside and riding horses. I am on the equestrian staff, so I am excited to share my knowledge and skills with the wonderful campers at Kennolyn!

John Wynn

Hi, I’m John i am looking forward to my first summer at Kennolyn. I am from Hungary, where I study Business and IT. I will be joining the support staff team for the summer. I have worked at another camp 2 years ago and loved the liveness of it. I am sure Kennolyn will be great and I can’t wait to hear the noises of children playing and having fun! See you at camp!

Aleksandra Zawada

My name is Ola and I am from Poland, where I recently graduated with a degree of Education. I love to travel, and especially enjoy city-breaks. In my free time I like to make art and crafts projects. Being a fashion design counselor in America ibrings together my passions in teaching, traveling and crafts.

Piotr Zebrowski

I’m Piotr Zebrowski from Sopot, Poland. This is my first time at Kennolyn, and for sure it will be great experience. I did my bachelor degree in Managment of Investment and Real Estate, and next year I will finish my masters degree in the same field of study. My biggest passion is traveling, and I love to learn about new cultures and see monuments. See you at Kennolyn!

Agnieszka Zimoch

Hello! My name is Agnieszka Zimoch and I am from Opole, Poland. I am currently doing my Masters’s Degree in International Relations at Jagiellonian University. This is my very first time at Kennolyn, but my fourth time as a counselor in general. I love the outdoors and traveling. I am super excited to be here this summer! Can’t wait to see you all at camp!