Tom came to Camp Ketcha in 2006 with 23 years of experience in non-profit leadership. His experience is well matched to the diverse characteristics of our 107 acre facility. Tom has worked in youth camping since 1983 and has run day camps and tripping camp operations. In several previous organizations, he has enhanced summer camping programs by using the program facilities and staff year round to meet community identified needs. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Scarborough Chamber and the Maine Youth Camping Foundation. Tom lives in Portland with his wife and two boys who love Camp Ketcha.
A native of Scarborough, Liz has worked at Camp Ketcha for the past nine years, first as a counselor, then working her way up to Camp Director in the summer of 2004. She is a member of the American Camping Association and currently serves on the American Camp Association New England Standards Committee. Liz is passionately committed to youth development and public service. She has worked with children in a variety of capacities throughout her career, including as a nanny, a volunteer with the Special Olympics, and as a summer camp counselor. Liz began her work with non-profits leading the United Way’s Youth Engaged in Service group and participating in the Day of Caring as a Youth Site Supervisor. She holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and criminology from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Liz continues her camp professional development through courses, trainings and conferences held by the American Camp Association. She lives in South Portland with her husband and three young children, 2 of whom are campers and students at Camp Ketcha’s Montessori preschool.
Equestrian Program Director
Director of Leadership Adventure Programs
Brooke came to Camp Ketcha as a graduate student and has worked with our programs since. Brooke brought years of experience working with youth development programs, community centers, after-school programs and volunteer management. Her experience has taken her across the country working with youth outdoor programs and camps from New York to New Mexico. Brooke’s work has focused on bringing communities together in the out of doors. Brooke has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies from Washington College, MD and a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of New England. She lives in Portland.
Mary Ellen Nisbet
Facility Rentals Director/Camp Registrar
Mary Ellen began working at Camp Ketcha in 2006 as the part-time Camp Registrar. In 2010 she took over as the Facility Rentals Director. She enjoys helping each and every bride & renter make Camp Ketcha a special place for their event. Mary Ellen can often be found washing windows & dusting while answering summer camp questions and calls! Mary Ellen lives in South Portland with her husband and has three grown children (whom do not live at home!).
Our Counselors & Instructors
Our staff members are hired for their enthusiasm, creativity, and ability to provide a nurturing, caring, and fun atmosphere for our campers. We provide thorough training including: child development, risk management, curriculum planning, emergency procedures and waterfront safety. All personnel undergo a background check and are First Aid and CPR certified.