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Our Staff

Pathfinder boasts a large staff of young men, homegrown from camper age, with canoe country expertise and a dedication to individual attention. A specialized complement of expert young women join in, creating a 1:2 staff to camper ratio unique in camping.

 

The position of Pathfinder counselor is one of caretaker, role-model and instructor focused on the campers. Pathfinder staff provide guidance and continuity of tradition. They share core Pathfinder values -- fraternity, service, teamwork, heritage, respect for the natural world, and personal goal-setting, achievement, and reflection.

Our counselors give their guys Pathfinder’s magic mix of challenges and encouragement. They reward each genuine camper effort and milestone. They possess that rarest ingredient - empathy – to blend with the excitement, skills and maturity carried forward from their own camper years.

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Staff & The Pathfinder Summer 2024

Check Out the Amazing Pathfinder Staff!

Following the COVID recovery years, Pathfinder will enjoy an incredibly high return rate for veteran staff!  Kudos to the many amazing young adults who stuck with camp through several compromised years and now make up one of the most experienced, well-trained, and camp-committed staffs in the modern era!  We are so excited to see what this group can accomplish during the 111th Pathfinder summer.

What are the qualities that make Pathfinder staff so special? Expertise, focus, hard work, dedication, empathy, patience, mutual good will, and a LOVE of FUN. All age groups of staff act in the finest traditions of Pathfinder to make sure we have a healthy setting, a vibrant program, and the warmest sense of  'welcome home' for the campers. The Staff simply work their tails off and give everything with their whole hearts. The result is a camper experience including great trips, esprit de corps, grounding routines and beloved traditions.

Our senior staff includes the directors, area supervisors and activity directors as usual. This management team will be energized this summer as we dive into the first year under New Director, Will Hopkins' leadership.  Pathfinder also welcomes Erica Mason back in role of Assistant Director.  Paige Clark and Simon McNamee will also return in their key program leadership roles.  Satisfying his undying commitment to Pathfinder, Sladds will be back as emeritus director, and Mary Chestnut will continue in her role supporting all operational aspects of camp.  

The Pathfinder Staff will see the return of the successful new LIT program. The counselor in training (CIT) summer has become an age-17 year. CITs will graduate into Third Man privileges as the summer progresses, after their training and certification, while age-16 boys will enjoy a full summer of LIT tripping and training, all the time enjoying tandem paddling life together with their directors, focused on guide skills in preparation for a Staff career.

Our age-18 crew are the Veteran Second Men group, while eligible age-19+ trip staff are the Pathfinder Headmen. This includes the 2024 rookie Headman class, and a stellar slate of veteran Headmen. A full schedule of training and certification this June includes the fifth biennial Pathfinder Spruce Root, a unique wilderness leadership conference bringing renowned experts in a constellation of fields right to our Staff at the Island.

We’re all excited to be reuniting as the 111th Pathfinder Staff season kicks off in June. We can’t wait!

Directors Page

Owners & Directors

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WILL HOPKINS

Owner/Director

Maplewood, NJ
Cornell University, BS

U.C. Berkeley, MS

Will started as a camper at Pathfinder in 1987, served as a staff member, headman, and senior staff in the 1990's and 2000's.  He worked in education leadership for 25 years all the while remaining active in the Pathfinder alumni community.  In 2023, Most recently, Will was the Associate Head of School at Friends Seminary in NYC. Will and his wife Diane became owners of Pathfinder and Will stepped into the Director role. 

Will and Diane met on Source Lake and were married at Pathfinder in 2010. They live in Maplewood, NJ during the off-season with their 3 daughters. During the summer, they also enjoy visiting Diane's family cottage on Source Lake.

MIKE SLADDEN

Recruitment Coordinator / Emeritus Director

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Rochester, NY
Connecticut College

Former Director & Owner: 1999-2023

'Sladds' started as a Pathfinder 'Cree', a third generation camper and staff man in the 1970s and '80s, and alumni in residence in the '90s. He partnered with alum Glenn Arthurs in 1999 to purchase camp from Mac Rand.

Sons Jack and Quin are longtime campers and staff men. Sladds volunteers on the Standards committees, and Board of Directors at the Ontario Camps Association. He's a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Camp Directors.

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Began at CPI: 2013

Years Working: 12

AARON ORKIN, MD

Pathfinder Medical Director

Toronto, ON

McMaster University School of Medicine

Family & Emerg medicine/ public health

Emergency Physician in Toronto, ON and Huntsville, ON. Over two decades of experience in wilderness and expedition medicine. 
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Began at CPI: 2013

Years Working: 12

JULIA ORKIN, MD

Pathfinder Medical Director

Toronto, ON

McMaster University School of Medicine

General Pediatrician in Toronto, ON.
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Began at CPI: 2018

Years Working: 6

DAVE STATTEN

Director of Canoe Building and Maintenance

Bancroft, ON

Dave grew up at Taylor Statten Camps on Canoe Lake and learned his craft from his dad Bill, and Dave Stanfield.

Creator of Brass Tacks Canoe Works
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ERICA MASON

Assistant Director

Rochester, NY

Canisius College, BS

SUNY Brockport, MPA

Rookie Season: 2013

Years Attending: 6

Program Director 2013-2017
Spring and Fall program leader, 1st year as Assistant Director
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PAIGE CLARK

Program Director

Rochester, NY

Skidmore College

B.A in Health and Exercise Science

Began at CPI: 2018

Years Attending: 7

Former Camp Northway camper and staff (11 years), 7th year as Pathfinder Program Director
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SIMON MCNAMEE

Director of Facilities

Director of Leadership Training

Ottawa, ON

University of Toronto

B.S. in Oboe Performance, Minor in Translation of Russian Literature

Rookie Season: 2009

Years Attending: 13

8th Year Senior Headman, 3rd year as Spring/Fall Dir. of Facilities, 3rd year as Dir. of Leadership Training
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ANDREW BEECHER

Director of Canoe Tripping (DOT)

Buffalo, NY

Fordham University

B.S in Marketing, Minor in Anthropology 

Rookie Season: 2007

Years Attending: 16

6th Year Senior Headman, 2nd year as Dir. of Canoe Tripping
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VIRGINIA BOYER

Director of Waterfront

Louisville, KY

Colgate University

Studying Art History & Economics, 4th year

Began at CPI: 2021

Years Working: 4

4 years as Pathfinder swim staff, 2nd year as Dir. of Waterfront
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SIMON JEENS

Assistant Director of Leadership Training

Etobicoke, ON

University of Guelph

B.S in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Rookie Season: 2012

Years Attending: 12

5th Year Senior Headman, 2nd year as Dir. of Leadership Training
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AIDAN WALTERS

Assistant Director of Leadership Training

Creemore, ON

Quest University

Studying Liberal Arts

Began at CPI: 2018

Years Working: 6

Aidan is a 4th year Headman, AA trip veteran. 1st year as Assistant Director of Leadership Training
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AIDAN MCPHAIL

Senior Headman, Supervisor for Camper LIfe

Gatineau, QC

University of Montreal

Studying Industrial Design

Rookie Season: 2008

Years Attending: 15

5th Year Veteran Headman,
1st year as Supervisor of Camper Life
in camp

In-Camp Staff

Kitchen Staff

In Camp Program & Support Staff

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Began at CPI: 2016

Years Working: 9

GONZALO PANTOJA PARADA

Head Chef

Queretaro, MX

Universidad Contemporánea

Culinary Arts

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Began at CPI: 2015

Years Working: 4

THANIA FLORES

Camp Cook

Queretaro, MX

Instituto Gastronomico de Estudios

Culinary Arts

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Began at CPI: 2023

Years Working: 2

GUSTAVO ANAYA

Camp Cook

Queretaro, MX

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Began at CPI: 2024

Years Working: 1

PATRICIA JUAREZ NAVA

Camp Cook

Queretaro, MX

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Began at CPI: 2024

Years Working: 1

JASPER DESROCHES

Assistant Cook/Coordinator for Indigenous Food Programs

Ottawa, ON

Queens College, Kingston ON

Studying Education

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JULIANNE MCNAMEE

Trip Outfitting Staff

Ottawa, ON

Algonquin College

Studied Visual Arts & Design

Began at CPI: 2023

Years Working: 2

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ANNA LENTZ

Program Assistant

Atlanta, GA

Georgia State University

Studying International Economics and Modern Language, 3rd year

Began at CPI: 2023

Years Working: 2

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LEIGH MOESER

Swim Staff

Buffalo, NY

SUNY Geneseo

Studied Business Administration and Mathematics, 4th year

Began at CPI: 2023

Years Working: 2

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SUNRYA PEACE-FRIEDMAN

Camp Media

Maui, HI

Florida State University

Studying English, 2nd year

Began at CPI: 2022

Years Working: 3

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LAYLA AHMED

Swim Staff

Arlington, VA

University of Virginia

Studying Spanish and Global Studies, 1st year 

Began at CPI: 2024

Years Working: 1

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REN MARSH

Arts & Crafts

Suffern, NY

SUNY Potsdam 
Studying Art Education and Wilderness Education, 2nd year

Began at CPI: 2024

Years Working: 1

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LYTI WEED

Kindercare

Logan, UT

Utah State University 

Studying Education, 1st year

Began at CPI: 2024

Years Working: 1

Nursing Staff

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HEATHER COLEMAN

A / D Sessions Nurse

Nurse Staff and Infirmary Coordinator

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ERIN ISERHOFF

A Session Nurse

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HAILEY MARSHALL

ABC Session Nurse

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AUTUMN ELZINGA

B Session Nurse

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MORGAN KENNEDY

BC Session Nurse

2ndmen
headmen

Secondmen

The summer following CIT year our staff become Secondmen, when they take on duties such as finding and chopping wood on trip, assisting their Headmen, and taking care of campers.

 

Secondman year gives staff time to learn and develop the skills necessary to becoming a Headman. 

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MATEO ARAGUES

Spain

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COOPER BOULAY

Calgary, AB

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EMMETT BOULAY

Calgary, AB

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ANDREW CLEMENTS

Costa Rica

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JACK CUTLER

Denver, CO

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WILL HARRIMAN

Madison, CT

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LLEYTON ROSSI

Brantford, ON

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SHANE WHITESIDE

Rochester, NY

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SAM MENDOLA

Rochester, NY

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BEN ROONEY

Brantford, ON

CITs

Our Counselor in Training group are made up of our 17 year old staff. At this point they have completed their AA camper year at age 15, which including a challenging  30-40 day whitewater AA canoe trip.

 

Following this, they completed their Leaders in Training LIT year at age 16, where they trip together with their LIT Directors on 7-12 day trips to improve their skill and prepare for the next years as staff.

 

This program includes staff training and certification courses, as well as hands on learning in camp and on trip throughout the summer.

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CHARLEY RANDS
 

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FELIX SHAPIRO

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MATT KNOX

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OWEN BRACKLEY

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TUCKER WELT

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LIAM OAKLEY

Headmen

The title of Pathfinder Headman is hard-earned.
A Headman has apprenticed for 3-years after his camper career and is fully qualified for the responsibility of leading canoe trips.

 

Headmen guide trips ranging from 1-40 days. Navigation, strategy, food planning, medical care, camper-care, and morale are just some of the roles taken on by a Headman.

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Rookie Season: 2009

Years Attending: 15

SAM HAMLETT

6th Year Senior Headman,

Previous Roles: Director of Canoeing

Buffalo, NY

Binghamton Universirty

B.A. in Environmental Science

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Rookie Season: 2015

Years Attending: 8

NELL BRUCKNER

5th Year Senior Headman

Previous Roles: Director of Waterfront, Dir. of CITs

Cleveland, OH

Bates University 

B.A. in American Studies, Minor in German Languages

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Rookie Season: 2013

Years Attending: 10

BEN ZIEF

5th Year Senior Headman

Princeton, NJ

Studied at Franklin & Marshall working toward a degree in Viticulture

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Rookie Season: 2014

Years Attending: 10

SIMON COUSINEAU

4th Year Veteran Headman

Burlingame, CA

McGill University 

Studying Political Science

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Rookie Season: 2011

Years Attending: 12

CJ LENAHAN

4th Year Veteran Headman

Buffalo, NY

Northeastern University

Studying Chemical Engineering and Mathematics

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Rookie Season: 2010

Years Attending: 14

TATE PIERSON

4th Year Veteran Headman

Rochester, NY

Hamilton College

Studying Literature, Government & Philosophy

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Rookie Season: 2009

Years Attending: 15

GABE MYRICK

4th Year Veteran Headman

Previous Roles: Dir. of Canoeing

Berkeley, CA

University of California, Irvine

Studying Psychology

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Rookie Season: 2011

Years Attending: 12

CHRISTIAN KOLAGA

4th Year Veteran Headman

Previous Roles: Dir. of CITs

Buffalo, NY

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Studying English

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Rookie Season: 2011

Years Attending: 12

EVAN POPAT

4th Year Veteran Headman

Buffalo, NY

Northwestern University

Studying Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Rookie Season: 2012

Years Attending: 13

DAN BUNDGARD

3rd Year Veteran Headman

London, ON

University of Western Ontario

Studying English and History

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Rookie Season: 2010

Years Attending: 14

DECLAN EADY

3rd Year Veteran Headman

Toronto, ON

Queens University

Studying Sociology and History

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Rookie Season: 2013

Years Attending: 11

GRAHAM HALL

3rd Year Veteran Headman

Brooklyn, NY

Bard College

Studying Film and Electronic Media & Spanish Studies

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Rookie Season: 2013

Years Attending: 11

JAMIE SILLS

3rd Year Veteran Headman

Mississauga, ON

Western University

Studying Economics

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Rookie Season: 2013

Years Attending: 11

JACOB SEIFRED

3rd Year Veteran Headman

Toronto, ON

Dalhousie University

Studying Sustainability and Anthropology

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Rookie Season: 2022

Years Attending: 3

OLIVER ALLSHIRE

2nd Year Rising Headman

Toronto, ON

Western University

Studying Engineering

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Rookie Season: 2020

Years Attending: 4

IAN BROWN

2nd Year Rising Headman

Ottawa, ON

Algonquin College

Studying Outdoor Education

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Rookie Season: 2019

Years Attending: 6

PETER BROWNRIGG

2nd Year Rising Headman

Burlingame, CA

Colorado College

Studying English

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Rookie Season: 2011

Years Attending: 12

MAX CROCKER

2nd Year Rising Headman

Lowell, MA

Professional Electrician

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Rookie Season: 2011

Years Attending: 13

GIDEON DENT

2nd Year Rising Headman

Santa Fe, NM

NM Institute for Mining and Technology

Studying Mechanical Engineering and Bio-Engineering

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Rookie Season: 2010

Years Attending: 14

MAC FABENS

2nd Year Rising Headman

Brookyn, NY

Emory University

Studying English

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Rookie Season: 2014

Years Attending: 10

SILAS WITMORE

2nd Year Rising Headman

Washington, DC

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Studying Geography

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Rookie Season: 2013

Years Attending: 11

SAM ZIONTS

2nd Year Rising Headman

Buffalo, NY

North Country College

Studying Wilderness Recreation Leadership

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Rookie Season

Years Attending

ASHER MILBERG

1st Year Rookie Headman

Washington, DC

Tufts University 

Studying Electrical Engineering 

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Rookie Season:

Years Attending:

ALEX BEECHER

1st Year Rookie Headman

Buffalo, NY

University of Colorado, Boulder

Studying Biomedical Engineering

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Rookie Season

Years Attending

WILL DAHMEN

1st Year Rookie Headman

Boston, MA

Colorado College

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Rookie Season:

Years Attending:

WES PRICE

1st Year Rookie Headman

Princeton, NJ

Allegheny College

Studying Physics

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Rookie Season:

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HENRY ZIEF

1st Year Rookie Headman

Princeton, NJ

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