Summer Leadership and Program Staff

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Karen Davidson, Assistant Director for Camper Support

Hi everyone, I’m Karen! I live in Vermont and I’m about to finish my degree in Human Services. I have worked with Camp Thorpe for over 5 years. Outside of camp, I work in special education at the Bellcate School in Essex, Vermont. When I’m not working, I love to kayak and hang out with Stella the cat.

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Jessica Houck, Assistant Director for Evening Programs and Camper Support

Jess Houck lives in Vermont and is currently working at Proctor Elementary School as a special educator. She is also in school with the hope of becoming a behavior analyst. This will be her 8th year at Camp Thorpe. When not at work, Jess enjoys reading, hiking, and adventuring with friends.  She can’t wait to dance and sing her heart out at Camp this summer. She looks forward to seeing all of the familiar faces of camp and getting to know those who are new!

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Heidi Gillespie, Medical Director/Night and Weekend Nurse

When she’s not at Camp Thorpe, Heidi is a Clinical Nurse Supervisor for the Maternal Child Health division of the VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region.  She’s been a nurse for 5 years and was working in health care for 9 years prior to that. Heidi’s family at home consists of 7 children, 6 grandchildren, and 3 dogs.  She has also been working as a professional photographer for 17 years. In her SPARE TIME, nurse Heidi likes to do crafts, go camping, kayaking, traveling with her family and she loves to read! Each year she travels to Honduras as part of a group of nurses that brings medical care to areas where there is no access to Healthcare. This will be her 6th summer as a camp nurse and her 5th at Thorpe! 

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Dan Whittemore, Head Chef

Chef Dan is excited to be joining the Camp Thorpe team for the 2019 season. He comes to camp after four years as the executive chef at Green Mountain College. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous restaurants and institutions, Chef Dan is well versed in many ethnic and regional cuisines. But ask what’s his favorite thing to make, he’ll answer…..”smiles”.