Leadership

The individuals that work alongside Kate and Josh on the Somerset leadership team are and passionate about the camp experience and committed to enhancing Somerset’s culture of friendship, inclusivity, and opportunity. They are committed to offering the most dynamic programs and the highest level of instruction in a safe and supportive space. And, most of all, they are committed to ensuring that every camper can do the things she loves, take healthy risks to try something new, and grow every day.

Stacey Levy | Assistant Director

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Stacey Levy was born to coach. Growing up in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Stacey’s future was defined by the spirit of teamwork, a love of competition, and the influence of countless coaches and educators.

Considered one of the best student-athletes ever to come from Cape Cod, Stacey lettered in girls varsity soccer, and both indoor and outdoor track & field, and was inducted into the Falmouth High School Hall of Fame.

At the University of Vermont, Stacey earned her bachelor of science in physical education with nutritional sciences and athletic training and was again a three-sport letter winner for soccer and track & field.

Upon graduating, and while teaching at Thayer Academy in Massachusetts, Stacey went on to Boston University where she earned a master of education in counseling with a specialization in sport and exercise psychology along with a certificate of advanced graduate study in counseling. Stacey has been an educator and coach for 20 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has primarily taught Physical Education and Health & Wellness and coached a variety of sports ranging from varsity girls soccer to middle school basketball. Presently, she teaches 3rd, 4th & 5th-grade Physical Education at Stanley British Primary School in Denver, Colorado where she lives with her husband Corey, daughter Sydney, and son Jack.

Stacey served as Somerset’s Head of Athletics since 2018 before moving into her new role as assistant director for the 2021 summer.

“I feel so strongly about providing girls with leadership roles and fostering their self-confidence and ability to take risks. I am passionate about positive psychology, sportsmanship, and empowerment, and I can’t wait to watch our campers try all the incredible activities that camp has to offer.”

Andi Weingarten | Assistant Director

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Andi Weingarten was born in the Philadelphia suburbs and began her first summer of overnight camp just ten days after her 7th birthday. She immediately fell in love with the entire camp experience from hikes in the Maine and New Hampshire mountains to friendships, waterskiing, landsports, arts and crafts, swimming in the lake, sailing, and living with her peers. After spending eight summers as a camper, Andi spent the next five summers working at a day camp before returning to Maine to work at the same overnight camp she attended as a child.

Andi attended the University of Wisconsin and Temple Law School after which she practiced law until her oldest daughter was born. She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband, Neil, and their two children. Andi has always dreamed of returning to camp and feels so fortunate for the opportunity to share her passion for camp with the Somerset family.

“Camp was the greatest gift that my parents gave me,” Andi says. “Learning to live outside of your comfort zone, be flexible and live by camp rules helped me transition to college dorm life. Having camp friends all over the country helped expose me to different cultures and ways of life. I am most excited about helping an entire new generation of campers at Somerset create a culture and traditions that will last for years to come.”

Katie Kaufman | Camp Clinician

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Katie Kaufman grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, but she spent most of her childhood summers at overnight camp in New Hampshire. She credits a big part of who she is today to the friendships and leadership opportunities of camp. In 1999, she was a Color War captain and helped lead the yellow team (Negev) to victory. Embarrassingly, she continues to try to weave this into conversation over two decades later.

Katie grew up playing sports, and though she loved the physicality in playing soccer, field hockey, and softball, she found a more profound connection in the camaraderie of being part of a team.

Upon graduating from Indiana University, Katie sought out experiences that would allow her to work with other individuals who had a shared goal of working to help more vulnerable populations. In Americorps, she traveled with a team of 12 young adults as they worked to rebuild areas in the Gulf that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Though she quickly learned that she did not have the skills to pursue a career in building houses, she loved living in other areas of the country, and her eclectic teammates quickly became family. Her position among teammates as a peer mediator solidified her decision to go back to school to earn a master’s in social work from Denver University.

After graduate school, Katie honed her skills as a clinician, gaining experience working in the fields of substance abuse and child welfare and providing therapy to adolescents in both a hospital setting and as a middle school therapist. Katie returned to the Boston area and started a private practice. She lives in Natick with her husband, Kevin, their silly and spunky 3-year-old, Aria, and their new baby, Zoey.

“I cannot wait to join the staff and campers at Somerset. I understand the magic of camp, and I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of something so special, and I look forward to being able to support camper and staff relationships.”

Elizabeth Klaes | Head of Aquatics

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Growing up in Buffalo, New York, Elizabeth Klaes spent her childhood exploring the outdoors, and enjoying time in nature. Summers were highlighted by camping trips to the Adirondack Mountains, and weekends spent on the lake at her grandma’s cottage. She has always loved being on the water, whether on her father’s sailboat in Lake Erie or at swim practice.

Later on in life, Elizabeth has been lucky enough to find jobs that have suited her love of nature and being on the water. She spent two summers working on the waterfront and teaching sailing at an overnight camp in Canada, and 2019 working at Somerset as a boat driver and ski instructor, as well as working on a sailboat in Buffalo.

In 2019, Elizabeth graduated with a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Denison University, where she also pursued a pre-physician’s assistant track. While at Denison, Elizabeth developed a love for travel while spending a semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador. Currently, Elizabeth is teaching English at a primary school in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, combining her love of working with children, traveling, and interest in Spanish. In a few years, Elizabeth plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant.

Elizabeth returns for her third summer in 2021 and second year as head of aquatics. She was also a waterski instructor and captain of the red team in 2020.

“I have been strongly influenced by the women in my life, and am passionate about empowering girls and women. Having attended an all-girls high school, I understand the importance of all-girls spaces to inspire and uplift women.”

Kevin Kaufman | Head of Movement

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Kevin was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, where he enjoyed spending most of his time outdoors, participated in sports, and played the drums. When not hiking, skiing, or daydreaming about touring with rock and roll bands, Kevin dedicated much of his time to gymnastics, training, and competing at the national level.

After attending the University of Oregon, where he received his degree in Journalism and Communication (and where he found his way onto fields and courts as the Oregon Ducks mascot), he moved to New York City to pursue a career in the film and television industry. After eight years of production coordination and management, Kevin decided to switch careers and go into teaching, where he hoped to find more fulfillment in his work. He received his master’s degree in childhood education while teaching fourth grade in Brooklyn.

Today, Kevin is in his seventh year as an educator, teaching middle school technology classes in Dedham, MA, just outside of Boston. He also provides coaching for other educators and administrators. His motto for his students has always been “Be Your Best Self,” and he plans to bring that mentality to Somerset this year as the Head of Movement.

“What the world needs now more than ever are fierce females who aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves or each other. Through kindness, new skills, and some healthy competition, I look forward to making Camp Somerset a place where young women can round out their identities and go forth with confidence in whatever they choose to do.”

Kevin lives in Natick, Massachusetts, with his wife, Katie, and his two daughters, Aria and Zoey.

Erika Donat | Head of Arts

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Erika Donat was born and raised just outside of Chicago, in Oak Park. She has always loved imagining and creating, and she brings a playful and joyful energy into everything she does.

Her childhood summers were spent with family in Ohio exploring, creating, and playing at the RV campgrounds. When she wasn’t at the campgrounds, she could be found in grandma’s lush backyard cultivating her passion for nature and creative expression. When she attended overnight camp in Michigan, she found a love for outdoor adventures that has only grown with time.

Erika attended The Ohio State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Development. After graduation, she coordinated after school programming at a local school and spent her summers supervising day camps where her passion for camp life was reborn.

She now lives in New Orleans and loves hiking among the sprawling live oak trees and kayaking around the gator filled swamps. Living in the vibrant and unique culture of the Crescent City perfectly suits her colorful and creative spirit. She has recently finished writing and illustrating her first two children’s books and meditation decks for children. She spends her weekday afternoons leading after school programming and is enthusiastic about the importance of fostering growth and development in young people through guided exploration and play.

She is excited to return to Somerset in 2021 for her second summer to continue creating a welcoming atmosphere in the Art Barn. She is grateful for the opportunity to empower young women to freely and authentically express themselves through creative exploration.

Brooke Carver | Head of Athletics

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Growing up in Rumford, Maine, Brooke Carver spent her childhood playing every sport she could convince her parents to sign her up for, including soccer, hockey, gymnastics, dance, tennis, softball, and her favorite, basketball.

Starting in the fifth grade, Brooke spent a week each summer at Colby College for basketball camp. In high school, she spent two weeks at Colby every summer, running a local girls’ basketball camp. These defining summers helped Brooke learn her passion for working with children and coaching.

Brooke is now entering her senior year at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she is majoring in Management with hopes of entering the professional sports industry upon graduation next spring.

Brooke is returning for her third summer in 2021 and her first as head of athletics.

Emma White | Head of Adventure

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Emma White grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, where she participated in cheerleading, choir, yearbook, and, of course, summer camp. Emma fell in love with adventure activities from a young age, and she was climbing rock walls and riding roller coasters as soon as she was tall enough!

After graduating from the College of William & Mary in 2018, Emma moved to Arizona where she worked as an Adventure Guide at Arizona Zipline Adventures. After two fun years, she decided to apply to the Peace Corps to teach science in Ghana, Africa, combining her love of working with children, travel, and science. She was all set to leave in May 2020 when the pandemic put those plans on hold. Currently, she is working as an Environmental Education Instructor in Lake Wylie, SC.

Emma is excited to join Camp Somerset for her first summer in 2021. “I believe that summer camp is a great opportunity for girls to learn, grow, challenge themselves, and support each other.”

Division Heads

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Lexi Steed

Lower Den Division Head (Finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade)

Lexi Steed was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, dreaming of being a teacher since she was six years old and even using a whiteboard to teach her stuffed animals.

She attended camp in Lake Wylie, NC for five summers and was always nervous and homesick, even though her mom was the camp nurse! “I remember my counselors doing everything and anything they could to make me comfortable, and I will never forget the feeling of having someone I looked up to tell me that it is okay to be homesick or scared. I knew one day I wanted to have that effect on campers.”

“I love Somerset because I love being a part of something bigger than myself, to lean on others when I need help, and to celebrate successes with a team.”

Lexi graduated from East Carolina with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Interdisciplinary Human Studies from East Carolina University and works in North Carolina as a 2nd grade teacher and high school volleyball coach.

Lexi returns for her fourth summer in 2021 and second year as a division head. She was also a volleyball instructor, and head coach of the Frosted Flakes in 2019.

“Going to camp is more than a job to me. I go to Somerset so that I can spend every day with a group of girls who encourage and empower one another to be the best version of themselves.”

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Lauren White

Upper Den Division Head (Finishing 4th grade)

Growing up in the small town of Linlithgow, Scotland, Lauren White was two years old when she began dancing in 1995. Never did she know then that it was something that would take her through the rest of her life, leading to countless opportunities and new experiences.

Despite spending some time in the world of competitive solo dancing, it quickly became apparent to Lauren that her love lay within a team. Throughout her teenage years, she competed at dance events in Europe and the U.S.

It was at the very young age of 12 years old when Lauren first began teaching dance before adding gymnastics to her repertoire a few years later. With a love of choreography, Lauren coached for five years before deciding to go to university.

After spending some time volunteering at a school on the South Coast of Kenya, she decided to go into a career in Children’s Nursing, continuing to dance and compete all over the country while obtaining her Bachelor of Science.

After a year away, Lauren returns in 2021 for her second summer at camp and first as a division head. When not in Maine, Lauren works as a nurse in the oncology department of the children’s hospital in Edinburgh.

“I love what camp has to offer young girls not only in confidence-building but in the opportunities to build ever-lasting friendships and bonds. I can’t wait to get back to camp to see all the old and new faces, to see how they’re going to grow together in an environment where they are encouraged and supported to be nothing but themselves.”

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Alice Carr

Lower Deer Trail Division Head (Finishing 5th grade)

Alice Carr was born and raised in Essex, England, growing up with a passion for dance and musical theater.

At the age of seven, she joined the Brownies and has stayed part of the guiding family for the last 11 years. “Like camp, I love working in an all-female environment where everyone empowers one another.”

Her passion for theater and dance followed her to the University of Leeds where she was part of her school’s dance team, competing around the country in tap and jazz. She recently graduated with a degree in Food Science and will soon be pursuing a Master’s in Sustainable Food Systems.

As a child, Alice spent every summer at day camp in England, including two summers as a counselor before her love of travel took her to summer camp in America. “Travelling the world is one of my greatest ambitions, and I aspire to have a job that will combine my love for travel with my passion for environmental/food sustainably.”

In her first two summers at Somerset, Alice was a counselor for the youngest and a culinary arts and dance instructor. This summer, she returns as the Upper Den Unit Leader (campers finishing 4th grade).

“I love being part of such an inspirational team at Somerset that allows me to help motivate the campers and allow them to discover their potential to grow into amazing young women. Somerset is filled with such incredible campers and staff, and I can’t begin to describe what a positive impact it has had on my life.”

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Rita Laychock

Upper Deer Trail & Lower Grove Division Head (Finishing 6th and 7th grades)

Rita Laychock grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA, where she spent most of her time outside and on the softball field. In the summers, she would venture to the shore with her family and play in softball tournaments up and down the east coast.

While those summers growing up never involved overnight camp, Rita has since found her camp home at Somerset. She returns for her fourth summer in 2021 and second year as a division head. She was also a softball instructor, head coach of the Unicorns in 2018, and captain of the blue team in 2020.

Rita graduated from Temple University in 2019 and received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health. Currently, Rita is working as a medical assistant, but is very excited to make the switch from health care to education and hopes to one day teach middle or high school science.

When Somerset ends for the season, Rita sticks around to volunteer at Experience Camps, with children that have experienced the death of a parent or sibling.

“In our daily lives, we tend to stick with things familiar to us. At Somerset, campers are provided with the opportunity to try new things and push themselves in an environment that is filled with nothing but support. I am so thankful for the past three years, watching the girls grow each and every day. I can’t wait for future summers where I can watch new campers embrace all that Somerset has to offer and find the best version of themselves.”

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Holley Black

Upper Grove & Hideaway Division Head (Finishing 8th and 9th grade)

Holley Black was born in New Hampshire but moved to South Carolina at a young age. Nevertheless, she found her way back to New England, spending time with her family on Sebago Lake. There, she fell in love with Maine summers, tubing, kneeboarding, and hanging out around the campfire.

Growing up at day camps helped Holley foster relationships, pushed her outside of her comfort zone, and eventually drew her to work in a residential camp environment. “I have seen firsthand the influence that Somerset has on young girls. It is a unique environment where you do not have to sensor your quirks and interests, but they are celebrated instead. Camp has become my safe place where I can leave the world at the gate and be the best version of myself, and I know that the campers can do the same.”

Holley will be graduating this fall from Winthrop University, where she is earning a BS in Human Nutrition with a concentration in Chronic Disease Prevention and a double minor in Biology and Health. If she ever leaves camp, she intends to become a Physician Assistant and work with pediatrics. Holley returns for her third summer in 2021 and second year as a division head. She was also a culinary arts instructor and head coach of the Ladybugs in 2020.

“Playing team sports taught me important life skills such as how to be a team player, communication, losing with grace, and maintaining friendships no matter the outcome of the game. Those same lessons are why I love Somerset’s culture and values, and what I hope to help instill in the campers every day.”