Meet the Staff – YMCA Camp Foss

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Meet the Staff

139 days 'til Camp

Leaders Right This Way

Emily Goupil

Director of Camp Foss

Emily (or Goup as many have come to call her) has been involved with Camp Foss for over 20 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.

Isabelle Elsasser

Program Director

Isabelle is excited to be sharing her 11th summer at Camp Foss! 
She has served many positions at camp, such as Camp Counselor, Woodside Village Head, Hobbies Director, and will be returning for her second summer as Program Director. During the off-season, Isabelle works in education, working with families who need extra support and providing students with opportunities they don’t often get at home.

While she currently lives in Massachusetts, she can’t wait to get back to the woods of New Hampshire and provide campers with the best summer ever! Isabelle is also bringing her best friend, Gilbert, to camp with her this summer, where campers will have the chance to see a Miniature Dachshund every day. Isabelle’s favorite parts of camp are swimming in Willey Pond and competing in the Echo Contest, so watch out everyone because she has been practicing. 

Carrie Caldwell

Hobbies Director

Bio coming soon.

Emma Sheridan

Waterfront Director

Emma is beyond ready for the summer of 2022 to start and to spend her 11th summer at camp. She loves coming to camp and is excited to be a Village head this summer. Emma is from Ashland, Massachusetts and is a sophomore at Syracuse University where she is majoring in Political Science. 

As a certified lifeguard, Emma is looking forward to working teaching swim lessons down at the waterfront. During her free time Emma enjoys skiing, going for long drives, and hanging out with family and friends. At camp her favorite thing to do besides being in the water is arts and crafts. Emma is excited to spend the summer on the waterfront and cannot wait to see everyone in a place she absolutely loves!

Sarah Beck

Rec Director

Sarah can’t wait to spend her 10th summer at Camp Foss as Rec Director! Originally from Philadelphia, Sarah is studying marketing management at Syracuse University. At school, she is involved in the Girl Up Club and enjoys attending school events such as sports games and student-affiliated live music. In her free time, Sarah loves spending time with friends, making art, hiking, watching football, and spending time with her family and two dogs. Her favorite camp activities include capture the flag, kickball, and going to Pioneer’s Point. Sarah is so excited to spend another summer making memories on Cooper’s field!

Jenna Cushion

Farm Director

This summer will be Jenna’s second year as the farm director, and 10th year at Camp Foss. She is excited to keep the farm growing for its second year and can’t wait for all the campers to meet the very special animal guests that come with it. Jenna is from Dunstable, MA and has grown up with a passion for animals and farming. She is currently a second year student at Mount Wachusett Community College studying to be a veterinary technician. After obtaining her degree, Jenna hopes to move forward to work with large animals/farm animals in the field. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her pets, looking for mushrooms, riding horses, or hiking mountains. 

Onny, the rabbit, and two goats, Dundy and Parker, will be joining Jenna for the second year on the farm. Jenna is confident that Summer 2022 will be a fantastic one and can’t wait to meet all the new and returning campers to make awesome new memories.

Chloe Hennigar

Lakeview Village Head

Chloe is so excited to be back at Camp Foss for her 7th summer. she loves camp and can’t wait to be Lakeview’s Village Head. Chloe is entering her junior year at Otis College of the Art and Design in Los Angeles where she is majoring in children’s toy design and minoring in sculpture. 

In her free time, Chloe enjoys drawing, knitting, reading, and hanging around outside enjoying nature. Chloe can’t wait to be back on the shores of Willey Pond for another fun filled summer.

Maggie Conway

Woodside Village Head

Maggie is ecstatic to be spending her 8th summer at Foss as the Woodside Village Head! She is originally from Amherst, New Hampshire, but now spends most of her year living in Chicago where she studies at Loyola University Chicago. Maggie is currently majoring in Multimedia Journalism and minoring Global Studies.

Maggie is passionate about adventure and travel, and is excited to spend the upcoming fall semester in Rome, practicing her Italian! Along with traveling, Maggie loves to enjoy live music, read, spend time with friends and family, and explore the great outdoors with her two German Shepherds!

At camp, Maggie spends much of her time on Cooper’s field working on Rec, however, her all-time favorite spot at Foss is the lodge porch on a warm and breezy day! Summer 2022 will certainly be a magical one, and Maggie can’t wait to be a part of it!

Gray Pierce-Jordan

Hilltop Village Head

Gray is excited to be returning to Foss this year as Hilltop Village Head. She grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and goes to school at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She is currently studying psychology and hopes to work with kids in the future. 

In her free time, Gray loves to skate, paint, read, and spend time outdoors. Gray is looking forward to spending her 8th summer at camp and making new memories in her favorite place!

Summer Tracy

Sunrise Village Head

Bio Coming Soon.

Arwen Giovaninni

Cabin Life Director

Arwen is embarking on their first summer with Camp Foss, and is excited to apply their skills alongside the rest of the leadership team to help campers get the most out of their camp experience! A recent New Hampshire transplant originally from Western Massachusetts, Arwen has a strong background in mental health, communication, and mediation. They are well-equipped to help campers and staff manage their mental health and navigate their personal and professional development while attending camp. They’ve actively studied child development and parental psychology for the past 9 years and are trauma-informed to ensure that they can be a positive and effective influence on others, regardless of their age or background.

In the off-season, Arwen is an egg farmer, human rights activist, and mixed media fine artist. They enjoy filling their free time with long scenic hikes, DIY home renovation projects, non-fiction reading, and spending time with their family, friends, and 2 Siamese cats!

Tori Kelliher

CIT Director

Tori is thrilled to be back at Foss for her 12th summer. Over her previous 5 years of working at camp, she took on roles including Rec Director, Sunrise Village Head, and CIT Director. She is looking forward to spending the first half of the summer as CIT Director once again.

She recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Psychology with a double minor in Education and Theater, and a specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services. She is about to start her journey in obtaining her dual Master’s Degree in Adjustment and Guidance Counseling this fall. 

This past year, she worked in a toddler classroom as the assistant teacher and began substitute teaching for her hometown school district. Tori’s passion is helping and guiding others and she is looking forward to continuing to do what she loves at her favorite place in the world.

Allie MacWilliams

Staff Development Director

Allie is so excited to be back at Foss for her 17th summer! Allie 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 Allie is a Middle School Math & Special Education teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. As a teacher, Allie works to make her classroom a space where all students feel successful, cared for, and can be the most authentic version of themselves. As the training coordinator at Foss, Allie strives to create a similar culture of fun and inclusivity at camp!

Allie is a proud mom to two tuxedo cats, Mookie and Ginsburg, and a black lab, Henry. When she is not working you can find Allie trying new recipes in the kitchen, drawing and painting postcards to send to friends, or going on a casual walk through her neighborhood or nearby park. 

Lauren Frazier

Camp Registrar

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. This year marks Lauren’s 20th year 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 8th summer in the registrar role.

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.

Matt Hanson

Executive Director of Camping Services

Matt has worked for The Granite YMCA since 1998. Prior to working, Matt attended Mi-Te-Na as a camper before getting his first job as Lifeguard at the Downtown YMCA. Over the years he has held several leadership roles across our association. These roles include, Camp Director, Allard Center Aquatics Director, Teen Services Director for the Downtown branch and Association Training Coordinator. Matt is a certified trainer through the American Safety and Health Institute and YMCA of the USA. Through which he teaches various enrichment and safety courses for the northeast. Additionally, Matt is active with the American Camp Association where he serves as a standards visitor. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Springfield College.

While not at the Y, Matt enjoys traveling, golfing and spending time with his family. He met his wife Megan when she worked at YMCA Camp Foss. They currently reside in Concord NH with their son Teddy.