For 45 years, Alan and Michelle Ordway were the Directors (remembering Uncle Al). A second generation of the Ordway Family, Alan and Michelle’s children, are Winona’s current Directors:
Winona Director Spencer C. Ordway is a graduate of Gould Academy and Bates College. He holds a Masters degree in Recreation Management from Springfield College. He is a registered Maine Guide and American Red Cross Instructor Trainer. Spencer and his wife, Jennifer, live in Gorham, Maine with their three children, all of whom attend camp. Spencer has over 40-years experience at Winona and focuses on camper program development, staff training and Winona’s accreditation & risk management.
Winona Director Laura H. Ordway, Spencer’s sister, is also a graduate of Gould Academy and Bates College. She is a former NOLS Instructor, Wilderness Medicine Educator and international climbing guide, with ascents of Denali and Aconcagua. Laura and her husband, Stefan, live at Winona year-round with their two daughters, who attend Wyonegonic (Winona’s sister camp). Laura has 30-years experience at Winona focusing on parent & camper communications, the Winona Health Center and pre & post season groups.
Uncle Jim Morse is happy to return to Winona this summer for his 20th summer on staff. Uncle Jim started in camping with the Boy Scouts, eventually reaching Eagle Scout after many summers at Camp Hinds. He also spent several summers at sports camps before his parents discovered Winona through a family friend. He went on to be a CIT and then work at Winona in the Cub, Junior, and Senior units.
Uncle Jim has been an activity counselor in everything from baseball and archery, to kayaking and canoe trips. He loves the wide variety of choices that counselors and campers have when spending the summer at Winona. He was also the CIT Unit Director for two summers before becoming the Junior Unit Director for the past eight summers. Uncle Jim was voted best counselor in Senior and the BAT in 1991, two honors he very much appreciates.
Uncle Jim enjoys working with the campers and staff during the summers, and looks forward to seeing the growth that time away from home cultivates. After seeing the effect of camp in his own daughters, who attend Wyonegonic, he believes even more in this model for growing strong young people for the next generation.
Uncle Jim received his B.A. in History from Bucknell University and a Masters in Education at the University of Southern Maine. He has proudly been a public school teacher for 25 years, working with children in the 5th and 6th grade. He has received numerous awards for his curriculum design and was recognized as the UNUM Teacher of the Year in 2010. Uncle Jim enjoys coaching cross-country and track at Camden-Rockport Middle School, located on the beautiful coast of Maine. He lives nearby with his wife Pam, and two daughters, Emily and Allie. In the off season, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, basketball, his beloved Boston teams, and traveling when time allows. Uncle Jim also enjoys connecting with friends from Winona all year long, as camp has become a yearlong pursuit for him.
2016 is Uncle Andy’s 31st year at Winona. He has spent time in each of the four units (Junior, Intermediate, Senior, CIT) as a camper or staff member. He held the position of Junior Unit Director for nine years, Intermediate Unit Director for seven years, and one year as the CIT Unit Director.
Uncle Andy was chosen to be the BAT in 1992, which also happens to be one of his favorite traditions at Winona. Other favorite traditions include Awards Night, the totems, and the extensive tripping program that Winona has to the lakes, rivers and mountains of northern New England. When asked of Winona, Andy promptly responds, “I have been blessed to not only have grown up at Winona but to also watch my children grow up at Winona and Wyonegonic. I married a woman I met from Wyonegonic and we treasure our time on Moose Pond year round; at camp, skiing, boating, walking across the ice, you name it! My lifelong friends are my camp friends, my BAT brothers, and the Ordways – those friendships extend well beyond the months of camp”.
Uncle Andy was a teacher in the Alternative Program at Fryeburg Academy for 13 years, and is now moving on to new endeavors in education, experiential learning, and service learning as well as continuing to own and manage a canoe rental and ski rental business. In his free time, you can find Uncle Andy enjoying both nordic and alpine skiing, spending time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, or traveling.
Uncle Andy received his B.A. in Experiential Education at Prescott College and his M.S in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. He lives in Jackson, New Hampshire with his family. His wife, Kayleigh, is a current staff member at Winona and their three children have spent time at Winona and Wyonegonic. Uncle Andy’s father was also a Winona camper. You can see the chipmunk pin his father received as a camper on the visor that Uncle Andy wears on the shores of Moose Pond during the summer.
Uncle Clay Miles is enjoying his 32nd year at Winona this summer. He spent time in Junior, Intermediate, Senior, and CIT during his eleven years as a camper. When Clay became a staff member in Senior, he held various activity positions within the unit from Sloyd, to Windsurfing, to Head Counselor. After a brief hiatus from Winona to kick-start his professional career, Uncle Clay returned to the Senior Unit staff for a few years before becoming the Unit Director, a position which he has held for the past six years.
When asked of his favorite traditions at Winona, Uncle Clay couldn’t pick just one. Rather, he emphasized Winona’s ability to pass traditions down year after year as what helps most to make Winona the place it is. Uncle Clay states, “Winona has always been a huge part of my life and is undoubtedly why I have pursued a life of teaching and coaching. Winona affords the environment needed to help in the raising of well-rounded young men who understand what it means to be kind, loyal, and responsible. The growth that comes out of even one summer on the shores is truly amazing to say nothing of the bond of brotherhood and the love that comes from the shared experience of the Moose Pond, Pleasant Mountain, the pine groves and all that goes on along the shores”.
Uncle Clay received his B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Ohio Wesleyan University and is now a teacher, coach, and Dean at the Kingswood Oxford school in Hartford, Connecticut. Uncle Clay lives in Hartford with his wife, Kim. He is proud to say all three of his children have attended Winona and Wyonegonic. Some of Uncle Clay’s favorite hobbies include photography, woodworking, music, and swimming – he has coached swimming for many years and was recently honored with the NEPSSA Distinguished Service Award after all the work and service he offered during his 26 years as a swim coach at Kingswood Oxford.
Counselor-In-Training (CIT): Unit Directors Uncle Gus Polstein and
Uncle Benjamin “Stoney” Stonebraker
Uncle Gus has returned for his 16th summer at Winona. Over his eight years as a camper, Uncle Gus spent time in each of the four units at Winona. After his time as a camper, he moved to the Intermediate staff where he served as a Swimming counselor for six years. He then moved to the south end of camp in a new position as CIT Unit Director in 2015.
In his free time, Uncle Gus enjoys listening to and collecting music, attending live concerts, lifeguard training, cooking, and swimming in clear waters. His favorite Winona tradition is Sunday Service – he loves when the entire camp gets together to celebrate the lessons learned at Winona.
Uncle Gus graduated from Occidental College with a degree in Critical Theory in Social Justice and is now a 6th grade teacher at the Chestnut Hill School in Massachusetts where he currently lives. He currently has two cousins at Winona, Max and Sam, and his younger brother, Harry, spent nine years as a camper and four years as a member of the Junior staff.
Uncle Ben “Stoney” Stonebraker has returned to Winona for his 23rd summer. Over his time, he spent nine years as a camper in all four units at Winona – dating back to his first day in Junior in 1990. Following his years as a camper, Uncle Stoney spent eight years on the Senior staff. He returned to Winona in 2011 to his current position as the Unit Director for the Counselors-In-Training.
Uncle Stoney really enjoys working with his group of CIT campers, summer sunsets, swimming in beautiful Moose Pond, Sunday cookout brunches, and all the fun of Camp 5 (the CIT unit).
Uncle Stoney received his B.A. in English from Colby College and then was a ski instructor in Colorado. He has settled back in his home state of Maine as an English teacher at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. He was honored as the BAT in 2005, a tradition that was his favorite as a camper and continues to be his favorite as a Unit Director.