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. Uncle Spencer and his wife, Jennifer, live in Gorham, Maine with their three children, all of whom have attended camp. Uncle 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. Aunt Laura and her husband, Stefan, live at Winona year-round with their two daughters, who have attended Wyonegonic (Winona’s sister camp). Aunt Laura has 30 years experience at Winona focusing on parent & camper communications, the Winona Health Center and pre & post season groups.
Winona is pleased to announce Connor Frame’s return to the shores of Moose Pond in 2019 as our Junior Unit Director! During Uncle Connor’s previous 17 summers at Winona, he was a camper in all units (including Cub in the late 1990’s) and became a member of the Junior Staff in 2007, spending seven summers as a swimming and canoe trips counselor in our youngest unit to which he now returns as Unit Director. He was the BAT in 2013 and received the Donald Wilson (best counselor) award that same summer. Connor is a 3rd generation Winona camper/counselor with several of his Kearns Family relatives currently on staff at either Winona or Wyonegonic.
Connor graduated from Skidmore College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and completed his Master of Elementary Education and Social Work at Touro College in 2016. He has been teaching both in New York City and in London, England for the past five years.
Connor says, “When I am away from the shores of Moose Pond I am an elementary school teacher and have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade. I currently live with my wife, Becky, in London and am enthusiastically looking forward to returning to Winona for the 112th season!” Connor’s hobbies are reading, running, and traveling to different countries, and his favorite aspects of camp are, “Living on Moose Pond, and the lifelong friendships campers make at Winona.”
Intermediate: Unit Director Uncle Jeffrey Lamson
Returning for his 18th summer on the shores of Moose Pond and as Intermediate Unit Director is Uncle Jeff Lamson. After spending six summers as a camper in all three units, one as a CIT, and eight summers a member of the Intermediate staff, Uncle Jeff is excited to be returning as the Inty Unit Director. Joining Uncle Jeff in Intermediate this summer will be his fiancé, Aunt Anna Birnbaum, as well as their two dogs, Bodie and Penny.
Uncle Jeff graduated from Colby College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in History and continued his education shortly after, achieving his Masters in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Jeff spent three years teaching history and coaching football and wrestling at the Taft School in Watertown, CT. He currently teaches and coaches in Colorado Springs at the Fountain Valley School.
Uncle Jeff enjoys skiing, mountain biking, reading history books, collecting music and fly fishing in his free time and finds himself participating in all those activities both inside and outside of camp. Winona’s weekly Sunday Service has remained Jeff’s favorite tradition since his time as a camper because of the messages and feelings which are presented during this weekly, all-camp time. Uncle Jeff was the BAT in 2014.
Since 1983, Uncle Bubba has spent summers in Junior, Cub, Inty and Senior Winona. This will be his 22nd summer on Winona’s staff and third as the Senior Unit Director. Uncle Bubba was the Cub Unit Director in 1984, and Jr Unit Director in the summers of ’85-’86. Before becoming the Senior Unit Director, he managed Winona’s sailing program.
Uncle Bubba enjoys many parts of camp’s natural setting; the towering pines, sailing the clear waters of Moose Pond, T-Dock sunsets, the great arch of the Milky Way, the loon’s call from across the lake, a Brix Brax cheer from the EP field, and the sounds of campers chasing the BAT! He has returned all these years because of friendships, and the traditions of Winona. Most importantly he mentions how fantastic it is to be a member of the Winona team of counselors. Winona staff members help campers achieve marked growth through the various activities, and skill achievements. Counselors are privileged with making a difference in our campers’ lives. Uncle Bubba was voted Best Counselor in Senior in 2009, and the Bat in 2015. The Ordway Family honored him as the first recipient of The Uncle Al Award in 2013.
In the off-season, Bubba is a Critical Care Paramedic, and serves the town of Waterville Valley, NH where he is a career Fire Captain. Bubba also works in the emergency department at Speare Memorial Hospital. He is an American Heart Association ECC Regional Faculty member. As a resuscitation specialist, he teaches Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In 2015, Captain Dropkin was awarded, The Emergency Service Provider of the Year by The North Country Public Safety Foundation of New Hampshire. Bubba received his B.A. in Psychology from Antioch College.
Uncle Bubba is married to Wendy Dropkin. Wendy, a Winona veteran, continues to instruct the CITs in CPR and Lifeguard certifications. Bubba and Wendy have two children, Casey and Adam, who have both spent many summers on the shores of Moose Pond.
Counselor-In-Training (CIT): Unit Directors Uncle Jeff Kolva, Uncle Jim Morse and Uncle Sam Wyllie-Cain
Returning for his 20th summer and third summer as the CIT Unit Director, Uncle Jeff Kolva is looking forward to working with Winona’s future counselors. Uncle Jeff began as a Junior camper in 1975, and spent time in all the units here at Winona before becoming a counselor in the Cub unit (which has since been combined with Junior Winona). After 1985, he took a bit of a break, but has been back on the shores every summer since 2011 – holding the positions of CIT Director in 2012, Junior counselor/program teaching coordinator for 2013-2016, and currently the CIT Unit Director.
Uncle Jeff received his BA from Denison University in 1988 and his Masters in Elementary Education from Boston College in 1997. He has been a 5th grade teacher at the Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, MA for nearly 30 years. Uncle Jeff resides in Norfolk, MA and enjoys spending his time listening to music, playing guitar, skiing, coaching, and being a fantasy football aficionado. Uncle Jeff’s favorite Winona traditions include the BAT, Winona Night, and the totem. Uncle Jeff will be returning to camp this summer with his sons Ned (Intermediate counselor) and Gus (Senior camper).
Uncle Jim Morse is happy to return to Winona this summer for his 25th summer. 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 nine summers. Uncle Jim was voted best counselor in Senior and the BAT in 1991. 2019 marks Uncle Jim’s return to CIT as Unit Director.
Uncle Jim enjoys working with the campers and staff during the summers, and looks forward to seeing the growth 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 nearly 30 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.
Uncle Sam Wyllie-Cain is excited to return for his 12th summer on the shores of Moose Pond in his new role as CIT Unit Director, along with Jeff and Jim. “I look forward to being a mentor for campers as they mature and grow into the next generation of Winona counselors,” says Uncle ‘Swyllie’.
He began as a Senior camper in 2007-08, continued to CIT in 2009, and has been a Senior counselor for the past nine summers. He received the J.L. Gorham Smith award (best counselor) in 2013 and was the BAT in 2018.
Sam received his BA in history and philosophy at Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester, VT in 2015 and has been teaching since graduation. Currently, he works at the Dexter Southfield School as a 6th grade English teacher and as a football, basketball, and baseball coach.
Sam resides in Medford, MA and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, and listening to live music in his free time. At camp Uncle Sam enjoys our rich traditions, like Sunday Service, evening programs, and family style meals.
Director of Counselor Resources: Uncle Clay Miles
Uncle Clay Miles is enjoying his 34th year at Winona this summer. He spent time in Junior Intermediate, Senior and CIT in his eleven summers as a camper. When Uncle Clay became a staff member in Senior, he held various activity positions from sailing and windsurfing to sloyd and then became head counselor and earned the Senior Counselor award in 1981. He was also the BAT in 1978. After a brief hiatus from Winona to kick-start his professional career, Uncle Clay returned to the Senior staff for a few years becoming the Unit Director where he held that position for six years. Beginning last summer Clay has taken on a new role at Winona as the Director of Counselor Resources. In this capacity, he draws on 30 years of experience as teacher, coach and Dean to assist counselors as they learn to become better teachers, role models and mentors to the young men and boys that attend Winona each summer.
Uncle Clay received his B.A. in Psych & Religion from Ohio Wesleyan University and is now a teacher coach and one of the Deans at Kingswood Oxford in West Hartford, CT. He lives in Hartford with his wife Kim, and he is proud to say that all three of his children have attended and worked at Winona and Wyonegonic.