Pathfinder is extremely proud of our expert and friendly staff. Most staff members come up through the ranks, having learned the "Pathfinder Way" from years as campers and junior counselors. Each year, more 'graduating' campers join the historic ranks of the Pathfinder Staff.
Pathfinder directors and senior staff each have 15-30 years of experience at Pathfinder. Our front line counselors go through an extensive apprenticeship including professional outdoor certifications in medical care, lifesaving and paddling leadership. Their apprenticeship, plus their empathy - having been campers themselves - give our counselors the right perspective for helping Pathfinder campers get the most from the experience. The staff are uniquely able to caretake Pathfinder tradition, that 'Camp is for the kids,' and they have solid hard skills in the outdoors.
All the training and support, plus years paddling the routes of Pathfinder's trip program, give our Trip Staff the experience they need to be great trip guides and role models for campers. The trip staff are simply the best that can be found anywhere in canoe country children's camping.
Back on the island each season, Pathfinder alumni of all ages join the Alumni in Residence program, to return to Camp and make their mark once again, sharing our traditions with the next generation. And the In-Camp Staff, male and female, ages 17 to 70, complement Pathfinder's tripping program with a variety of activities and a lot of personal attention.
St. Lawrence University
Glenn started as a camper at Pathfinder in 1960, serving as a staff member and headman in the '70s, a parent through the '90s and 2000s, and a perennial volunteer supporter before joining in ownership in 1999.
Glenn is Director of Investments with Morgan Stanley in Buffalo, NY He has been a member of the firm since 1983, and a member of its Directorís Council since 1987. Glenn's sons Wyatt and Ryan were also longtime Pathfinder campers and staff men, and his daughter Lindsay, a lifelong Northway camper / counselor moved to Source Lake to herself spend seasons on the Pathfinder staff.
Sladds started as a Cree at Pathfinder, a third generation camper and staff man in the 1970s and '80s.
He received degrees in history and english literature from Connecticut College '81, where a concentration in photographic history led him to graduate work at SUNYís Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester. He soon joined the curatorial staff of the International Museum of Photography and Film/George Eastman House in 1986, becoming curator of education in 1989. Over the next decade Sladds directed the museumís school-aged and lay audience education programs, working as both a team member and manager on numerous exhibitions and public programs interpreting the history, art and technology of photography.
Sladds hails from Rochester, NY. Sons Jack and Quin are longtime campers, now staff men. Sladds spends six months in residence at Pathfinder and the winter months working from Rochester. He is Camp's full-time Director.
This summer marks Sladds' 16th year as owner-director. He started at Pathfinder as a Cree, age 11, was a camper in the early '70s, and has been a Headman, Director of Canoeing, Alumni volunteer and parent since 1984. Certifications: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Level II Instructor in Ropes Course leadership through CUI/ACCT, and ORCA Moving Water I-II. Sladds attended Allendale School, Phillips Exeter Academy ('77), and Connecticut College ('81). He worked for 13 years on the staff, and was curator of education, at the International Museum of Photography and Film, George Eastman House. Sladds is a committee member of the Ontario Camps Association and an expert content provider to Expert Online Training, a North American camp staff training service. In 2012, he was elected a fellow of the Canadian Society of Camp Directors.
Mary Chestnut, Assistant Director
College of Wooster / Teacher Wellsville Schools (ret)
Mary has been an invaluable part of the Pathfinder experience for more than a quarter century. Her dad Al was a staff man and met her mother Helen, the camp nurse, just after WWII. While Mary attended Oconto, her brothers also made their own mark on Camp over the decades. Mary came into the Pathfinder front office from a career as waterfront director and was the first femaie to hold a senior title. At camp today, she manages operations and finance. Mary recently retired from a career in† middle school math instruction in Wellsville, New York. Likely Mary's will be the cheerful voice on the phone during summers. Ask her what any boy is doing at Camp that day, and she'll know!
Aydin Perese, Director of Tripping
San Antonio, TX
University of Texas, San Antonio / Private tutor
Aydin and Kaya will be in the HMR this season, running the tripping program. Aydin is a camp regular over 15 years on Soruce Lake, a staff man and headman, area supervisor, and canoeing director. He is a longtime member of the Pathfinder school program guide staff, and an accomplished ropes course facilitator.
Alexis Blanchard, Program Director
Syracuse, NY / Rochester, NY
Monroe Community College / Midtown Athletic Club
Alexis came to Pathfinder in 2013 to work the autumn school program, and returned as a program staff member last summer. She has a half-season of Program Director already under her belt and will be putting out the Daily Programme all summer this year.
Gill Stanley, Director of Facility
Buffalo, New York
Hobart College / Stanley Steel Co.
Gill began his camper career in 1999. A longtime staff man and headman, he has been facility director for the past five years and has headed projects such as the Swim Dock and Motorboat Dock renovations, as well as guiding the Dining Hall renovation for the Centennial year, and maintaining the pace of cabin repair and tent platform replacement. Gill's also a licensed boat captain and celebrated videographer of all things Pathfinder.
Warren McDermott, Director of Canoe Shop
Fairport, NY / Portland, OR
Whitman College / Werner Wood Design owner, craftsman
A camper since 2001 and a longtime staff man and headman,† Warren become director of the new canoe shop in 2011. He will be in charge of maintaining the canoe fleet and woodworking activities, daily teaching younger staff and campers to create, fix and care for Pathfinder's amazing wood canoe fleet.
Kathryn Babin, Director of Canoeing/Area Supervisor
Fairport, NY / Portland, Oregon
Middlebury College / Catlin-Gabel School faculty
Kathryn has spent 18 summers in Algonquin Park. She spent time as camper, counselor and both assistant director adn director of tripping at the historic girls' camp, Northway Lodge. For four summers Kathryn headed the Pathfinder Waterfront and swim program. She became a director of canoeing in 2013 and shares the role this season with Quin Sladden. She is an area supervisor for the Cree tribe.
Quin Sladden, Director of Canoeing/Area Supervisor
Monroe Community College / Outdoor educator
Quin literally grew up at Pathfinder and has been a camper staff man and headman since 1999, as well as ropes course staff, area supervisor, and in a second year as director of canoeing. He spends spring and fall as a guide in the Pathfinder school program and most recently worked the ski season at Stratton Mountain, VT. This winter he returned to student life in Rochester, while assisting with camp's web and media activities. He assists our school partners Rochester World of Inquiry School and Allendale Columbia School in outdoor education programming.
Theresa Moran, Camp Nurse
Jim 'Gyro' Coakley
Dartmouth College / Wilmington College CFO (ret)
Jim Coakley has been active with Pathfinder since the early 1960s and was a headman to Sladds and Glenn in their camper days, as well as serving as a tripping director and longtime alumni guest staffer with a specialty in trip staff mentoring. In 2012-13, 'Gyro' served as camp's Alumni Director, helping to organize the Centennial celebration. He and his wife Sue are active skiers, hikers and community members on Lake Eastman in NH.
Johns Hopkins Univ. / Camden Schools teacher (ret)
Jamey started at Pathfinder in the '70s, hailing from Jamestown, NY. A veteran camper and headman, he returned for alumni guest residency years way back in 2000 and is taking on the role this year of Alumni Director. Jamey's experience as an area supervisor and veteran trucker are very welcome to our busy tripping program.
SUNY Buffalo / Elmwood Franklin School faculty
Pete has been leading student groups at Pathfinder, both summer and winter, for over 20 years. He's an ace area supervisor and trip trucker, and shares expert knowledge as a senior hockey / lacrosse coach and director of physical education for EFS.
Jim 'Tiger' Lion
Fernanda Muniz, Camp Chef
Thania Flores, Camp Cook
Jenny Couto, Cook Assistant
Dario Trujillo, Cook Assistant
Finn McCance, Senior Headman
Callum McCance, Senior Headman
Evan Dent, Senior Headman
Jake Kennedy, Senior Headman
JP Carey, Senior Headman
Tim Goodwin, Third Year Headman
Rob Strasenburgh, Third Year Headman
Russ Hanson, Third Year Headman
Nick Simon, Third Year Headman
Joe Duggan, Second Year Headman
Emmett Peterson, Second Year Headman
Ben Richardson, Second Year Headman
Ian Moeser, Second Year Headman
Rafa Parra, Second Year Headman
Wyatt Peterson, Second Year Headman
Arch Fraser, Rookie Headman
Riley Hanson, Rookie Headman
Josh Osinski, Rookie Headman
University of Denver
Zach Reeber, Rookie Headman
Peter Shea, Rookie Headman
Rio Moore, Rookie Headman
Drew Branson, Rookie Headman
Julian Baker, Rookie Headman
Timo Krapf, Rookie Headman
Ty Roberts, Rookie Headman
Jaime Parra, Rookie Headman
Erica Mason, Director Mic Macs / Chippewas
Clara Bonnor, Waterfront Director
Alyssa Jones, Waterfront staff
Mimi Deacon, Waterfront Staff
Ellen Sherwood, Waterfront Staff
Stephanie Galbraith, Arts&Crafts / Mics&Chips
Aberdeen, Scotland UK
University of Aberdeen
Santa Barbara, CA
San Francisco, CA
New York, NY
Tarpon Springs, FL
New York, NY
South Royalton, VT
E. Montpelier, VT
East Aurora, NY
Chagrin Falls, OH
Painted Post, NY