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Camp Chickami

Leadership Staff

Eddie Szeman

Camp Director

 

Alma Mater: Winthrop University 

Years at Camp:  3

Years on Staff:  3

Back for his third summer at Camp Chickami and his 10th camp season overall, Eddie is looking forward to getting the gang ole back together and welcoming campers—new and old—to Chickami. After 4 years as a summer-time camp employee, Eddie became a year-round camp professional in 2012. When he’s not living and breathing camp, he enjoys cast-iron cooking, bluegrass music, and reading topical histories (like Salt: A World History or The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell). Visitors can usually spot Eddie sporting his trademark green hat (summer use only). If you do, pop over and say hi!

 

Jenna Hogan

Assistant Director

 

Alma Mater:  University of New Hampshire

​Years at Camp:  16

Years on Staff: 8

Returning to camp for her 16th summer as the new Assistant Director, Jenna sure is ready for all the new and exciting adventures in store. Finishing off her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies this May, Jenna is excited to take some time and enjoy the hot Chickami sun, the fresh mud of mud city, and so much more. Growing up a dancer, it’s not unlikely to see Jenna busting a move anywhere around camp at given time! She’s looking forward to taking on this new role and making connections with campers and staff of all different ages!

Ben "Whitey" Kaloupek

Operations Director

Alma Mater:  Northwestern University

Years at Camp:  12

Years on Staff:  12

Trained as a teacher but trying his hand at waiting tables, Ben (or “Whitey,” as he is known to many Chickamites) has spent the last 6 months in Australia. Although he originally planned to stay “Down Under” for the whole year, Whitey felt himself longing for another amazing Chickami summer. He will be returning for his 12th Chickami summer, and his first as Operations Director. During his time feeding kangaroos, skydiving, and eating Vegemite on his toast, Whitey has gathered some great new ideas for Chickami and can’t wait to say “G’Day” to campers on the first day of camp!

John Hogan

Leadership Director

 

Alma Mater:  Boston College

​Years at Camp: 15

Years on Staff: 8

Currently working in the Special Education Department at Wellesley High School, John is ready to get out of the classroom and get the summer started! This year, as Leadership Director, John is excited to coordinate volunteer groups and to prepare the Leaders-in-Training (L.I.T.s) and Junior Leaders (J.L.s) to join staff in future summers, to grow outside of camp, and take a deeper look into what it means to be leader. Having tenures as Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor, New Games Specialist, and Unit Leader, John is looking forward to seeing what impact he can have on Chickami in his new position.

Eli Kramer

Program Director

 

Alma Mater: Boston University

Years at Camp:  12

Years on Staff:  5

After 12 amazing summers at camp, Eli can’t wait to add yet another to the list. It’s been a long school-year spent studying Political Science, and he’s ready to break free from the classroom and trade in his pencils and notebooks for some muddy shoes and a carton of milk. Last summer, Eli was Camp Chickami’s New Games specialist which gives him the perfect experience to oversee all specialists as the Program Director this summer. His goal is to make sure every single camper has a unique and memorable experience at these activities, and he hopes everyone can try something that they’ve never tried before!

Hannah Stoudemire

Unit Leader for Pines Group

 

Alma Mater: Bridgewater State University

Years at Camp:  13

Years on Staff:  8

Reprising her role as Pines Unit Leader in her 2nd year on Brass, Hannah returns to Camp Chickami for her 13th summer! In 2017 Hannah learned a lot as Pines Unit Leader. She’s been working hard over the winter to prepare for another summer, and she can’t wait to make this the best summer yet! Hannah is lucky to be able to share the Camp Experience with her three siblings; but she is most excited to meet new campers, to make long-lasting memories, and to SLIDE IN THE MUD! 

 

Eric Mah

Unit Leader for Older Boys Groups

 

Alma Mater: Bowdoin College

Years at Camp:  15

Years on Staff:  6

Eric is returning for his 15th summer and first as the new Older Boys Unit Leader.  During his previous 5 years at camp, Eric has been a counselor for every older boys group.  Eric plans on double majoring in Mathematics and Economics, while minoring in Computer Science.  When he’s not in the classroom, Eric plays on the baseball team for the Bowdoin Polar Bears.  However, he can’t wait to get back to camp because Speedball is secretly his favorite sport.  Eric has been counting down the days until summer starts, and he is excited to take on this new position at Camp!

Alex Haslam

Unit Leader for Younger Boys Groups

 

Alma Mater: University of New Hampshire

Years at Camp:12

Years on Staff:  6

Returning to camp for his 12th summer and first as the Younger Boys Unit Leader, Alex is really excited for the upcoming summer! Finishing up his sophomore year of college, Alex is looking forward to being back at Camp Chickami and to all of the positive energy that comes with it. He is excited to lead chants during assembly, play some games of Mud Speedball, and to just be back at the place he has called home for so many summers. Growing up playing soccer, basketball, and baseball, Alex is always ready to take on camper challenges. He also can't wait to tackle the challenges of being a Unit Leader and looks forward to seeing the many faces of camp—new and old alike!

Meg Huston

Unit Leader for Girls Groups

 

Alma Mater: Trinity College

Years at Camp:  8

Years on Staff:  5

For her 5th summer at camp, Meg is excited to step into her new role of Girls Unit Leader! As a sophomore pursuing a Neuroscience degree, Meg has spent the winter exercising her brain. Now she’s ready to escape the classroom and exercise her imagination! Her favorite activities are playing speedball in the rain, making friendship bracelets, and shooting some arrows up at archery. Meg is ready for a super fun summer and expects Summer 2018 to be the best summer yet!