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 attend 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 attend 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.
Uncle Jim Morse is happy to return to Winona this summer for his 22nd 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. Uncle Jim was voted best counselor in Senior and the BAT in 1991.
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 more than 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.
Returning for his 17th 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 for a second summer as the Inty UD. 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 has spent the past three years teaching history and coaching football and wrestling at the Taft School in Watertown, CT, but will be moving to Colorado Springs to begin working at the Fountain Valley School this fall.
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 21st summer on Winona’s staff and second 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 UD, 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 Gus Polstein and Uncle Benjamin “Stoney” Stonebraker
Returning for his 20th summer and a second straight 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 the past 26 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 (Intermediate camper).
After a summer away, Uncle Gus is returning for his 17th season 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. He has since held the position of a 6th grade teacher at the Chestnut Hill School in Massachusetts and most recently spent the last year completing his masters degree from Lesley University. Uncle Gus will be starting a new job in the fall teaching 6th and 7th grade English and history.
Uncle Ben “Stoney” Stonebraker is returning to Winona for his 25th summer on the shores of Moose pond. 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). 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 and staff member.
Uncle Stoney received his B.A. in English from Colby College and then was a ski instructor in Colorado. He has since returned to New England and taught English at Gould Academy. This August Stoney is getting married to his fiancé, Kelley, and continuing his teaching career at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, NH.
Director of Counselor Resources: Uncle Clay Miles
Uncle Clay Miles is enjoying his 33rd 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 28 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.