BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As a nonprofit agency, Camp Howe is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets bi-monthly.
Board members bring a wide range of professional and life experience, including their personal experiences at Camp Howe during their own childhood or sending their children to camp.
Our Board of Directors is committed to supporting the mission and philosophy of Camp Howe. They also support the Executive Director if furthering this mission to ensure we remain as relevant in the future, as it is to the youth we serve today!
Ashfield, MA –Retired Director of Facilities and Bussing at the Mohawk Regional School District, Buckland, MA, Water Supply Operator, Deputy Fire chief and Ambulance Operator in Ashfield, MA., Doug, a Camp Howe camper and staffer, follows in his father's footsteps as a Board member, providing tremendous expertise to facilities, foodservice, finance and resources.
Westhampton, MA – Edlin grew up at Camp Howe during the 80s and 90s, ascending the ranks from an under-aged camper (1981) to Program Director (2001). Learning the values that you can only glean from such a wonderful setting, he became a naturalist with a love for the arts. In his desire to repay Camp Howe he now serves on the Board of Directors with the hopes that Camp Howe will be perpetuated well into the future.
Cheshire, MA –Stephanie lives with her family on their farm and is intimately familiar with raising grass-fed beef cattle and pigs. She is employed as a Manager with Greylock Federal Credit Union in the Berkshires. Stephanie provides customer service to the Credit Union members and internal team members, in additional to e-Commerce support, by telephone or web-based contact. She has extensive experience and proficiency with a wide variety of computer software/programs, website and social media platforms and events support. She served as Co-President of the Cheshire School PTG, and was for some years, owner/operator of a family-home childcare business, which offered integrated, developmentally appropriate programming for infants through school-aged children, as well as providing early childhood education. In this, Stephanie complied with rules and regulations set by Dept. of Early Education and Care, obtaining appropriate licensure and educational requirements, and combined fun and safety with prime learning opportunities.
Chicopee, MA- Jeanne currently works for Elms College and has worked for the American Red Cross - Service to the Armed Forces. A graduate of Bay Path University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is active in 4-H both on club and county levels. She is married to Paul and have one daughter, Caitlynn, who was a camper, CIT and staff at Camp Howe.
Members at Large
Shelburne Falls, MA – Bill earned a masters of Education of UMass after completing a degree in Political Science. He has worked as a grant writer, school teacher both in traditional and non-traditional education settings and is currently the District Librarian for the Gateway School District. He is married to Heather and their daughter Eliza attended camp for the first time in 2019. Joined 2018
Amherst, MA- Jennifer is Chief of Staff with the United States District Court, having a law degree from Western New England University. She has served on the Crocker Farm Elementary School Governance Council, Mother Women, Inc and is parent to three campers – Anthea, Annika and Tobin.
Laura Bean McDonough
Laura and her extended family have had a history of being campers and Board members. She is a substitute teacher, married to William McDonough with 4 children who have all attended Camp; Bryanne, Destiny, Jordon & Brayden. Laura has a B.S. and M.S. from Westfield State College in Special Education. Laura is active in the First Baptist Church in Amherst.
South Deerfield, MA- Jennifer is Chief Revenue Officer for Petersen Engineering, a sustainability-focused mechanical and electrical engineering firm in Portsmouth, NH. She earned her BA in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin and Juris Doctor at the University of California. She serves as Treasurer of the Board of the Center for EcoTechnology and has served in several nonprofit staff leadership roles, most notably as Executive Director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Her daughters, Chloe and Isabel, have been campers for many years and aspire to join the Camp Howe staff.
Springfield, MA - MSPCC Western Region KIDS NET Director, working with Foster, Kin and Pre-Adoptive Families in Western Ma since 2004. She is also an energy consultant with Viridian and Yolon Energy. She has been associated with Camp Howe since 2004 and her children attend Camp Howe every summer. She has a strong passion for working with children and families, helping to find resources and supportive services as well as creating a healthier environment.
Niki Wortis - Cummington, MA - Niki is a Senior Managed Care Analyst at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. She is an elected official for the Recreational Committee for the town of Cummington and a Co Leader for the 4H club – Pioneer Valley Young Shepherds. Both of her two teens, Kaya and Nathan attend camp as well as two of Kaya's sheep Lea and Sia.