Meet the Staff – YMCA Camp Foss

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Meet the Staff

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Leaders Right This Way

Emily Goupil

Executive Director
of Camp Foss
Email: egoupil@graniteymca.org

Emily (or Goup as many have come to call her) has been involved with Camp Foss for 25 years. She began as a camper in the 90’s. Over the years, Emily progressed as a staff member at Foss as a CIT, Counselor, Recreation Director, CIT Director and Program Director.  After nearly 10 years on staff, she stepped away as a full-time staff member to pursue other opportunities.  

Despite stepping away, she remained connected as a volunteer and as an Advisory Board member for Camping Services. During her time away, Emily attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management from UNH and a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from URI. Emily has worked at a variety of colleges on campus as a Hall Director focusing on leadership, inclusion and healthy living. Most recently she worked at UNH as the Coordinator of Instructional and Youth Programming as well as the Director of Camp Wildcat. In her spare time she enjoys escape rooms and hosting trivia.

Sage Shepard

C.I.T. Director

Sage is excited to return to camp for her 13th summer as C.I.T Director. Sage recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Stage Management. Sage loves crocheting, reading, and spending time outdoors. She is passionate about leadership and spreading her knowledge to those around her. She is very excited to spend another summer on Willey Pond.

Emma Sheridan

Waterfront Director

Emma Sheridan is from Massachusetts, but her family has since moved to Narragansett Rhode Island. Recently, she graduated from Syracuse University in Syracuse NY. She started attending camp as a camper when she was 12 and since can never bring herself to leave. Now she loves the impact she has as the Waterfront Director today and the impact the role has on her. As a certified lifeguard, this is her sixth year working on the waterfront and her second year as Waterfront Director. Emma could not picture spending summer days anywhere else but the shores of Willey Pond. Her love for camp has also shaped the life she hopes to live now after college. Spending her summers here for the last 10 years has caused her to love the lifestyle and vastness of NH. She plans to move to New Hampshire and spend the summers working at Camp Foss. The goal is also of course to work, ski, swim, and explore as much as possible in the off-season. She cannot wait for campers to join the staff at Camp Foss for the summer and to see everyone enjoy the beautiful waterfront of Willey Pond.

Chloe Doonan

Woodside Village Head

Chloe is thrilled to be spending her 12th summer at Foss as the Woodside Village Head! Originally from Ipswich, Massachusetts, Chloe is currently studying at Brandeis University with majors in Political Science and American Studies on the pre-law track.

At camp, Chloe spends much of her time in Willey Pond working on the Waterfront teaching swim lessons. Chloe loves doing arts and crafts and hanging out in the center camp, or at the rock in the pond. In her free time, Chloe enjoys hanging out with friends and family, running, and going to the beach. She cannot wait to spend the summer of 2023 in the place she loves most!

Gray Pierce-Jordan

Hilltop Village Head

Gray is very excited to be returning this summer for her 10th year at camp and 4th year as Hilltop Village Head! She is originally from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and currently lives in Rochester, New York where she recently graduated from Nazareth University with a degree in psychology. Gray hopes to continue working with kids in the future and is looking forward to spending the summer making new memories and having fun with campers. 

 

Outside of camp, you can find Gray spending time with her dog, doing crafts, or exploring a new place outside. At camp, her favorite places are the lodge porch, arts n crafts, and of course up in Hilltop. Gray can’t wait to see everyone back at her favorite place for another amazing summer! 

Sarah Beck

Program Coordinator

Sarah is so excited to be returning for her 11th summer at camp! She is originally from Philadelphia and is currently pursuing a degree in both accounting and marketing at Syracuse University. At school she is involved in multiple organizations including a community service fraternity (Alpha Phi Omega) and serves as VP media for a women’s health and wellness club (CHAARG). In her free time she enjoys seeing live music, attending sports events, spending time with friends and family, and working out!

At Foss, Sarah loves playing kickball on Cooper’s Field and attending evening programs, especially Kangaroo Kourt! Sarah is eager to get back to camp and have another amazing summer.

Riley Kennedy

Recreation Director

Riley is thrilled to return to Foss as Rec Director for the second year in a row, and her seventh year at camp total! She is originally from Chichester, New Hampshire and recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire. At college, she obtained her degree in communication science and disorders. She has intentions of heading to grad school for audiology where she can officially become “Dr. Kennedy”! In her free time she enjoys competitively running and finding other ways to stay active, spending time with her siblings, and reading!

 

Riley’s favorite camp activities are opening and closing campfire, watching all the air band performances, watching the Camp Foss plays, and singing all the classic camp songs. However, her best memories have come while at Cooper’s field (her favorite place in the whole world)!

Sarah Lagasse

Staff Development Director

Sarah is so excited to be back at Foss for her 11th summer! Sarah started as a camper, completed the CIT program, and worked as a counselor and supervisor at Foss for many summers.

When not working at camp, Sarah is a Family Service Worker in Lowell, Massachusetts. As a family worker, Sarah works to make her clients feel supported, cared for and able to be their most authentic selves. As the Staff Development Director at Foss, Sarah strives to create a similar culture of encouragement and inclusivity at camp!

Sarah is a proud mother to Daisy, her 3-year-old dachshund dog. You will see Daisy at camp this summer, probably attached to Sarah’s hip! When she is not working you can find Sarah trying new restaurants and coffee shops, going on walks with Daisy or reading.

Lauren Christopher

Hobbies Director

Lauren is so excited to return for her 8th summer at Camp Foss as Hobbies Director. Originally from Bedford, New Hampshire, she is currently studying at Plymouth State University with a major in Theater Arts and a concentration in Arts Administration. In her free time during the year she enjoys playing her guitar, reading, and hosting a radio show (91.7 WPCR). At camp her favorite activities are Kickball, Air Bandz, Camp Foss plays, and archery. Lauren can’t wait to spend another summer outdoors in her favorite place.

Sarah Leonard

Sunrise Village Head

Sarah is so delighted to be back at Foss for her 11th summer, returning as Sunrise Village Head!! She grew up near Boston in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and now spends most of the year attending Syracuse University. She is studying Inclusive Elementary and Special Education (and Spanish), and is currently a pre-service elementary school teacher! In Syracuse, Sarah loves working as a Peer Mentor for Inclusive U, going to classes with students who have disabilities at her school.

Sarah values spending time with her friends and family, doing yoga, being outdoors, and listening to music. Her fondest memories include the ones she made in Willey Pond, and especially the ones she made as a camper in Sunrise with friends she still has today! Sarah is so excited to see campers make their own memories in the coming summer. Summer 2024 is bound to be filled with more amazing times and she can’t wait to see everyone back at Foss!

Maddie Scarponi

Lakeview Village Head

Hello everyone! My name is Maddie, this will be my 4th year at Camp Foss. This year I will be the returning Lakeview Village Head and will work on the waterfront. During the year I live in Seattle Washington working at another YMCA facility. I can’t wait to meet you all and have an epic summer!! See you soon.  

Juliana Sequeira

Farm Director

Juliana is thrilled for her 12th summer at camp! She started coming to camp as a camper in hilltop at age 8, and has not been able to spend the summer anywhere else ever since! After being on the farm staff for the past three summers, this will be her first summer as the Farm Director, and she cannot wait to take on the role! She was born and raised in Stuart, Florida, but currently lives in Orlando, Florida when camp is not in session. She just graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and plans to study the subject further in the coming years.

Juliana’s favorite spot on camp is definitely the farm, but she also loves the lodge porch and the center rock. While at camp, you can find Juliana down at the farm hanging with the animals or making friendship bracelets. She will be joined by some surprise furry (or feathery) friends this summer who cannot wait to introduce themselves!

When Juliana is not at camp, she spends most of her time training dogs, reading, going to Disney World, and spending time with her family and pets. She cannot wait to be back at camp and see many new and returning friends!

Ella Ford

Leaders In Training (LIT) Director

Ella is very excited to be spending her 9th summer at Foss as the L.I.T Director! Originally from Arlington, Massachusetts, Ella is currently studying Psychology and Education with a concentration in Disability Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

At school, Ella is involved as a tour guide of the university and as a part of the executive team for Habitat for Humanity, a service oriented organization focused on providing decent and affordable housing to underserved communities. In her free time she enjoys hiking, lifting, and seeing live music. At camp you can often find Ella hanging out in Willey Pond and working on the Waterfront guarding and teaching swim lessons. Her favorite places on camp are the rock in Willey Pond and Pioneers Point! Ella can’t wait to get back to her favorite place this summer!

Laura Danehy

Cabin Life Director

Laura, originally from Massachusetts, is no stranger to the magic of Camp Foss. With six summers already under her belt as a camper, C.I.T, and counselor, she’s thrilled to embark on her seventh summer, this time as the Cabin Life Director. 

Graduating from Syracuse University in May with a dual major in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education, Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for creating inclusive spaces. Her time at Syracuse, where she engaged with students from diverse backgrounds in various elementary schools, has honed her skills in fostering an environment where every individual feels valued and accepted. 

Currently pursuing a master’s degree in reading education, Laura is deeply committed to equipping herself with the tools to facilitate lifelong learning and growth. Her dedication to inclusion shines through her determination to ensure that every camper, counselor, and C.I.T feels a sense of belonging at Camp Foss. Beyond her professional endeavors, Laura enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. At Camp Foss, you’ll often find her belting out Taylor Swift tunes, diving into Willey Pond, and nurturing bonds that last a lifetime. 

As she returns to the shores of Willey Pond this summer, Laura is so excited to bring her enthusiasm and dedication to the position of Cabin Life director.

Lauren Frazier

Enrollment Coordinator
Email:  lfrazier@graniteymca.org

Lauren grew up in New Jersey and moved to Manchester, New Hampshire in 2009, where she now lives with her husband and two children, Eliza and Quinten. Lauren brings over 20 years of overnight camp experience with her as both a camper and a staff member! She has worked at The Granite YMCA since 2012, starting as a counselor at Camp Gundalow at the YMCA of the Seacoast, but this is her 10th summer in this role. She is excited for her own daughter to attend Camp Foss this year!

During her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, spending time with her family and friends, and attending concerts. With her camping background, Lauren loves being involved with camp again and being able to use her knowledge to lend a helping hand at both Camp Foss and Camp Mi-Te-Na.