2021 Songadeewin Staff

Brit Bilodeau, Laundry/Noss
This is my 18th summer on the Songa staff. When I’m not at Songa, I work at Middlebury College. I graduated PSU in 2009 with a Physical Education degree. I love spending time outside… exploring nature and seeing sunrises and sunsets, playing softball, kayaking, hiking, biking, snowboarding, mowing my lawn, relaxing in my hammock, and being at peace! What I love about Songa is the very friendly staff and happy campers. It’s a great place to work!!

 


Alex Bliss, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my fifth summer on the Songa staff. I am originally from Birmingham, England and currently live in London. When I’m not working at Songa, I am a primary school teacher and spend my time walking and visiting all the London parks. My favorite thing to do at camp is spend time by the lake or be in a canoe!

 

 


Evelyn Blomquist, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my 1st summer on the Songa staff. I am originally from Las Vegas, NV and currently live in Northfield, MN. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN studying Spanish and linguistics or spend my time crocheting and singing. My favorite summer activity is swimming!

 

 


Kempley Bryant, LongHouse Leader Month 1
This is my 14th summer on the Songa staff. I currently live in Berwyn, PA. When I’m not working at Songa, I teach kindergarten at a PreK-12 school outside Philadelphia. What I love about Songa is the opportunity to work with girls and young women, supporting and cheering them along as they discover their passions and their unique gifts. I also love sharing my love of sailing, sewing and singing all while living together in the beauty of the Vermont woods.

 


Helena Bryant, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my 3rd summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa camper for 8 summers. I am originally from and currently living in Berwyn, PA. I am a recent graduate from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. What I love about Songa is the long lasting friendships you make here.

 

 


Lolo Cappio, LongHouse Leader Month 1
This is my 10th summer on the Songa staff. I am originally from Armonk, New York and currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When I’m not working at Songa, I teach 6th grade science in Newton, Massachusetts. My favorite thing to do at Songa is to go on whitewater canoe trips!

 

 


Erinn Christopher, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my 1st summer on the Songa staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa Camper for 7 summers. I am originally from the Boston area and currently live in Minnesota. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend St Olaf College and am studying Film + Media studies and History. What I love about Songa are the amazing friendships that truly last a lifetime.

 

 


Charlie Clark, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my third summer on the Songa staff. I am originally from Califon, NJ and currently live in Burlington, VT. When I’m not working at Songa I spend my time playing with my dog, Jersey, and I work as a paraeducator at Colchester Middle School. The thing I love about Songa is lasting friendships.

 

 


Kira Dobson, Nurse Month 1 
This is my 2nd summer on the Songa Staff. I was on the Keewaydin Staff for 4 summers. I am originally from Arroyo Grande, CA and currently live in Oceano, CA where I work as a Home Health RN and Wound Care Specialist. My first summer camp experience was at 7 years old at a girls camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains! I stayed 8 weeks!!
 

 

 


Fred Dunnington, Driver
2021 is my eighth year working at Songa. I grew up in Montreal, then moved to Vermont to major in Environmental Studies at UVM. I retired in 2013 from a career in land use planning, the last 32 years as Town Planner in Middlebury VT. When I’m not working at Songa, Dorothy Mammen and I spend our time cruising on Aviva, a 42’ sailboat, in the western Atlantic and Caribbean, and working around our Middlebury home. I enjoy driving campers to and from canoe trips, teaching sailing, the wonderful staff and campers, and beautiful Lake Dunmore!

 


Ellen Flight, Director
This is my 23rd summer on the Songa staff. Prior to being on Staff I worked at Keewaydin for 19 summers. I was a Songa Camper for 8 summers at Songa on Lake Willoughby, and one year on staff. In 1977 I joined the Keewaydin Dunmore staff, and in 1989 became the director of Annwi, working with eight-to-ten-year-olds. I have been the Director of Songadeewin since its opening in 1999. In my free time, I am very involved in the local community and enjoy reading, cooking, playing mahjong and spending time with my family. I live in Middlebury, VT.

 


Elizabeth Golden, Camp Mom
This is my second summer as Camp Mother at Songadeewin. Prior to being on Staff, I was an environmental planner, researcher, educator and program manager. I have also been a Girl Scout leader for 10 years. I have been living in Vermont for 20 years. I enjoy hiking in the Green Mountains. When I’m not working at Songa, I do environmental consulting. My first summer camp experience was in the Adirondack Mountains. I enjoy caring for the campers and staff at Camp Songadeewin.


Shae Gwydir, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my 4th summer on the Songa staff. I was a Songa camper for 7 summers. I am originally from Port Jefferson, NY. I graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME where I studied Dance, Education and Rhetoric. I am always down for a glass of chocolate milk and a good ole laugh.

 

 


Jenn Hare, LongHouse Leader
This is my 15th summer on the Songa staff. Prior to being on staff, I was a Songa camper for 4 summers. I grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA and in Middlebury, VT and I currently live in Philadelphia. When I’m not working at Songa, I am a public high school teacher teaching history and theater. I love that Songa is a place that girls can make their own!

 

 


Kristen Hartigan, Nurse Month 2

 

 

 

 


Mariángeles Heger, Trip/Cabin Staff
Hi, I´m Mariángeles and this is my first summer on the Songa staff. I am from Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. When I’m not working at Songa, I work as a substitute lifeguard on the beach and in some pools. My favorite place in the world is the beach in all seasons. My first summer camp experience was in 2005 as a Girl Scout.

 

 


Rivers Holtzman, Trip/Cabin Staff

 

 

 

 


Kate Kenny, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff! I am originally from New York City and when I am not working at Songa I attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont where I study Math and run on the track team. My first summer camp experience was also in Vermont and I cannot wait to spend another summer in the Green Mountains.

 

 


Nina Knight, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my 4th summer on Songa staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa Camper for 9 summers. I am originally from Bedford, MA and currently attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. When I’m not working at Songa, I spend my time hiking, reading, and watching movies. What I love about Songa is the unwavering community of strong women and people who constantly uplift one another.

 


Lea Kramberg, Store
This is my sixth summer on the Songa staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa Camper for 7 summers. I am originally from and currently live in Rockaway Beach, New York. When I’m not working at Songa, I teach middle school math in the NYC DOE. My favorite new hobby is crocheting!

 

 


Sophie Krichevsky, Trip/Cabin Staff
I joined the Songa staff in 2019. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa Camper for 5 years before going on Wilderness. I am originally from New Rochelle, New York. In May, I will graduate from Kenyon College with a degree in American Studies with an African Diaspora Studies concentration. My favorite way to relax is to play guitar.

 

 


Cilla Leng, Arts/Crafts
This is my 6th summer at Songa and 20th year with the Keewaydin Foundation. I have the pleasure of overseeing projects in the Fiber Arts program. I love finding fun projects to make and teaching the sewing skills needed to make them. The Songa campers help make up for my lack of granddaughters (I have only grandsons).

 


Abby Lindhardt, Trip/Cabin Staff 
My name is Abby. This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on staff, I have never been a Songa camper. I am originally from Rutland, Vermont in the U.S. and I currently live in Castleton, Vermont in the U.S.. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend school at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont U.S.. I will, however, be taking a gap year starting this fall. Lastly, my favorite season is summer.

 


Sarah Lynn, Driver 
This is my 20th summer on the Songa staff. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I have a BS in Forestry from Colorado State University. After college I lived in Steamboat Springs working seasonally for the Forest Service and winters at the ski area. After four years there my husband and I moved to Kansas for 5 years and then to Middlebury. We raised three daughters (one was on Songa staff 3 years). After teaching elementary school for 28 years I retired in 2019. Now I spend my time child-caring my 4 grandchildren as needed, substitute teaching (but not during COVID), staying active with racket sports and other activities. My first summer camp experience was at age 9 and I’ve  been a camper at heart ever since.


Garance Mallard, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa staff. I am originally from Los Angeles and currently live in Scotland. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend the University of Dundee, and I am studying anatomy. My favorite thing to do in my free time is reading and listening to music! I also love acting in plays!

 

 


Dorothy Mammen, Assistant Director
This is my ninth summer on the Songa Staff. I live in Middlebury, VT USA. When I’m not working at Songa, I am likely to be sailing, quilting — or both! What I love about Songa is the joy in a camper’s face when she has learned or accomplished something new.

 

 


Nancy Margolin, Wangan Room
This is my 9th summer on the Songa Staff.
Prior to being on Staff, I was a school librarian.
I live in Chapel Hill, NC. When I’m not working at Songa, I spend my time gardening, volunteering, reading, running, and doing other retired person activities! My first summer camp experience was as a camper at the ‘old’ Songa in the 1960s. I have also been a Songa parent when my two daughters were campers at Songa on Lake Dunmore.
What I love about Songa is seeing girls and young women trying new activities and acquiring new skills.


Laney McGahey, LongHouse Leader
This is my 2nd summer on the Songa staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa Camper for 7 summers. I am originally from San Francisco, CA and currently live there. When I’m not working at Songa, I work as a clinical research coordinator at UCSF and as a rowing coach at Pacific Rowing Club. My favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough. My first summer camp experience was creating skits with Jenn Hare! What I love about Songa is the positive, female-centric environment.

 


Annika McGraw, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my 5th summer on the Songa staff. I was a Songa camper for 8 summers. I am originally from Boston, MA and currently live in Atlanta, GA. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend Harvard Extension School. What I love about Songa is the connections that are fostered among girls and women from so many different walks of life.

 

 


Seanna McGraw, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This will be my second summer on staff, plus some Zoom camp last summer. I was a Songa camper for 8 summers. I am originally from Newton, MA, and I currently live in Burlington where I study Food Systems at the University of Vermont. When I’m not studying, I love to be outside, sew and knit, ski, listen to music, and spend time with people that I love. Camp is my favorite place on earth and I’m so excited to be back on Dunmore and out on trips this summer!

 


Becky McKee, Nurse Month 1 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Vermont in 2014. I spend my time at home with my four kids and two dogs. My favorite food is pizza! I’ve never had a summer camp experience and I am so excited that my girls get to do it this year! I have been told that it’s a great place and I believe I will love my four weeks with all of you.

 

 


Kenna Melvin, Trip/Cabin Staff
This is my 2nd summer on the Songa Staff. I was a Songa camper for 4 summers. I am originally from Windham, NH and currently live in Burlington, VT. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont studying business administration. What I love about Songa is the opportunity it gives campers to truly be themselves and form lifelong friendships.

 

 


Liz Miles, Trip/Cabin Staff  
This is my second summer on the Songa Staff. I am originally from Conyers, Georgia and currently live in Asheville, North Carolina. When I’m not working at Songa, I am homeschooling my three daughters Josie, Clara, and Bay. My favorite author is Wendell Berry because I love his sense of community and his understanding of the natural world.

 

 


Tate Mitchell, Head of Waterfront 
This is my 4th summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa camper for 6 summers. I am originally from Boston, MA and currently live in New York City. When I’m not working at Songa, I work as an actor in NYC. What I love about Songa is the life-changing experiences the campers are exposed to on a daily basis, from canoeing for the first time, to spending their first night in the woods, to trying a food they’ve never had. It’s incredible to be able to witness the change in confidence of the girls over the course of a summer, and I can’t wait to be back at my summer home!


Rebecca Modell, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa camper for six summers. I am originally from Wayne, PA and currently live in Boston, MA. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend Boston University in Boston, MA, studying Health Science. My favorite ice cream flavor is rocky road!

 

 


Kai Mohammad, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. I was a Songa camper for 8 summers. I am originally from Brooklyn and currently live in Manhattan. I attend school part time and spend time babysitting or making clothes. My first summer camp experience was amazing! I was nine years old and it was my first sleep away camp. After only a day I fell in love and kept coming back every year

 

 


Kat Nantel, Nurse 
This is my first Summer on the Songa Staff. I am from Poultney, VT, and I currently live in Benson, VT. I spend my time hiking, reading and hanging out with family

 

 

 


Kathleen Nevius, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff! Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa camper for six summers. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY and currently live in Poughkeepsie, NY. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend Vassar College, studying Biology. My favorite outdoor activity is frisbee. What I love about Songa is the strength it gives young girls to believe in their capabilities.

 

 


Abby Opar, LongHouse Leader Month 1 
This is my 12th summer on Songa Staff. I am originally from Weybridge, VT and currently live in Sudbury, MA. When I’m not working at Songa I am a Middle School English Language Arts Teacher. I love skiing, swimming, playing outside with my daughter and my dogs! I love Songa because of the opportunities it gives kids to be kind, love, and be themselves!

 

 


Stephanie Patch, Store 
2021 will be my 18th summer on Staff at Songa. I was a Songa camper for 4 years when it first opened back in 1999. I am from Asheville, North Carolina. When I’m not at Songa, I teach elementary school in a rural school just outside of town. My favorite thing about camp is the sounds of girls singing their hearts out and feeling free to be themselves.

 

 


Jesse Pellman, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. I was a Songa camper for seven summers. I am from Cambridge, MA and attend school at Wesleyan University studying Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. What I love about Songa is the opportunity to challenge myself and support others on beautiful outdoor adventures!

 

 


Emily Plotkin, Trip/Cabin Staff   
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. I was a Songa camper for 6 summers. I am originally from Dobbs Ferry, NY and still live there. I attend Rice University where I study sociology and social inequality. What I love about Songa is how it teaches girls from a young age to value the environment around them and disconnect from social media and drama at school. It’s a grounding time and a welcome relief from the demands of everyday life.

 


Mark Raishart, Driver 
This is my 5th summer as a Songa driver. I am originally from Kirtland, Ohio and currently live in Leicester, Vermont. When I’m not working at Songa, I teach Natural Resources and Forestry in Rutland, Vermont. I also operate a small flower farm, produce maple syrup, and run an Airbnb on our family homestead. I love camping and exploring the northeast with my family. What I love about Songa is the positive community and the excitement of the campers.

 


Valeria Rendon, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. I am from Mexico City, where I attend at the National Autonomus University of Mexico, studying International Relations. I really love travelling around the world and what I love about Songa is the opportunity to discover US culture through the children!

 

 


Tiana Richards, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. I am originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and currently live in New York City. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend New York University, studying drama. My favorite thing to do outside of school is explore nature, the city, and my neighborhood!

 

 


Kay Russell, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my third summer as Songa Staff. I was a Songa camper for five summers. I am from Bronx, NY. I work at the World Famous Apollo Theater or I am babysitting. My first summer camp experience was at Songa when I was 9 yrs old.

 

 

 


Lucy Schumer, Office 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff I was a volunteer at Project Independence and a college instructor in geology for 19 years. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently live in Middlebury, Vermont with my husband. When I’m not working at Songa I go on hikes with friends, garden, read non-fiction and write memoirs. My favorite food is Mexican. My first summer camp experience was in 1963 at Douglas Ranch Camp in Carmel Valley, California. What I love about Songa is its location on Lake Dunmore.

 


Noor Shalabi, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. I was a Songa camper for eight summers. I grew up in Hong Kong, my parents are from Palestine and New York, and I currently live in New York City. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend Columbia University. My favorite pastime is singing and making music and walking or running in Central Park. My first summer camp experience was when I was eight years old, and met the same best friends I have to this day. What I love about Songa is the sense of home I feel when I arrive at camp, and being immersed in the beauty of Vermont and Lake Dunmore.


Alexis Shepardson, Trip/Cabin Staff  
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a camper at Keewaydin Temagami for 5 summers. I am originally from New York City and graduated high school at the Dalton School this spring. Next year I will attend Colby College in Waterville, Maine, studying Chemistry and Psychology. My favorite part about being on trips is being completely present in the outdoors with the girls in my section!

 


Gretchen Sulley, Nurse Month 2 
This is my second summer on the Songa Staff. I am originally from Denver and currently live in Arvada, CO. I work in a post-surgical cardiovascular care unit at a Denver hospital. My favorite things are: reading, travelling, and spending time with my son.

 

 


Sally Thomas, Head of Program 
This is my 13th summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa camper for 5 summers at the original camp on Lake Willoughby. I am originally from New York City and currently live in Bedford, NH. When I’m not working at Songa, I volunteer for various organizations in NH. What I love about Songa are the traditions. We do many of the same things here on Lake Dunmore that we did 50 years ago on Lake Willoughby.

 


Laila Thompson-Wainer, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa camper for 9 summers. I am from Menlo Park, California. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend school at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying business entrepreneurship, and also spend my time as a preschool teacher at a local daycare. My favorite part about Songa is the forever-lasting relationships I was able to build as a camper, as well as all the fun we had tripping

 


Nini Verola, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my first summer on the Songa Staff. I was a Songa camper for eight summers. I am from Buffalo, NY. When I’m not at Songa, I work at a nursing home in Buffalo. What I love about Songa is the wide range of activities available to discover new interests and passions!

 

 


Vanna Vinšer, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my fifth summer on the Songa Staff. I am from Zagreb, Croatia where I attend Faculty of Kinesiology, studying physical education and fitness. I spend my free time working out, hiking, and biking. What I love about Songa is the community and all the activities that can be done in its beautiful natural surroundings.

 

 


Treasure Welle, Trip/Cabin Staff 
My name is Treasure Welle and this is my first summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa camper for eight summers. I am originally from New York and I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia. I attend Emory University in Atlanta and I am double majoring in Spanish and Philosophy, Politics, and Law. What I love about Songa is the strong friendships you are able to make and the independence that is taught.

 


Susannah White, LongHouse Leader Month 2 
This is my 8th summer on the Songa Staff. Prior to being on Staff, I was a Songa camper for 6 summers. I am originally from Dedham, Massachusetts and I currently live in Shoreham, VT. When I’m not working at Songa, I am a middle school educator. In my free time, I love to restore old furniture, paddle my canoe, and write poetry. I am so excited to be back on Lake Dunmore after a few summers away — it’s my happy place!

 


Aven Williams, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my second summer on the Songa Staff. I am originally from Middlesex, Vermont and I currently live in the New York Hudson River Valley. When I’m not working at Songa, I attend Bard College where I study literature and Middle Eastern Studies. What I love about Songa is being able to share my love for the outdoors with an amazing community of kind and talented women.

 

 


Hannah-Jane Wilson, Trip/Cabin Staff 
This is my second summer on the Songa Staff! I’m from Durham, NH where I am going into my senior year at UNH studying recreation management and policy with a focus in outdoor leadership and management. What I love about Songa is all my Songa sisters who support me and love me from Dunmore and beyond!

 

 


Martha Wood, Office Manager 
This is my 14th summer on the Songa Staff. I am originally from Vermont and currently live there during the summer and on the Gulf Coast of Florida in the winter. When I’m not working at Songa, I play golf and travel the back roads of Vermont in my convertible. What I love about Songa is the beautiful setting on Lake Dunmore, and the warm and wonderful Songa staff.

 

 


Liya Yaniv, Trip/Cabin Staff 

 

 

 

 


Lelia Yerxa, Head of Tripping


Becs Zelis, Arts/Crafts 
This is my 7th summer on the Songa Staff. I currently live in Mount Holly, Vermont. When I’m not working at Songa I enjoy a variety of writing and art projects while working as a health coach. What I love about Songa is the sound of the loons, learning something new each day, and all of the incredible people I get to spend time with!