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.
Director of Operations
A native of Scarborough, Liz has worked at Camp Ketcha for the past 12 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 formerly served 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, who all love Camp Ketcha summer camp and school vacation camps!
Thomas Anderson has been with Camp Ketcha since 2014. He is from Patten, Maine; a small town just miles from Baxter State Park. Growing up there gave him a passion for the outdoors which led him to pursue his Bachelors in Environmental Science at the University of Maine Fort Kent. Thomas joined us in the summer of 2014 as a head counselor and is currently our camp director, office manager, and Montessori Preschool teacher. Thomas lives in Portland.
Equestrian Program Director
Director of Programs
Sam graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a bachelors degree in education. He has worked with us for the past three summers as a counselor, archery instructor, and head counselor. We are excited to have Sam running the adventure challenge course, birthday parties, and the daily programs we run at summer camp. Sam grew up in Yarmouth and now 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.
Portland Gear Hub Shop Manager
Ainsley began working with Camp Ketcha as the first Portland Gear Hub Shop Manager in 2014. Ainsley brings a wonderful working knowledge of first hand outdoor adventuring! Working in community bicycle shops from Minneapolis, Michigan, and now Maine! Ainsley brings a wealth a technical skills in how to patch a tent to repair a second hand bicycle. You can stop in at the Portland Gear Hub and she’ll help you fix your bike or teach you how to fix one of ours! Ainsley lives on Peaks Island.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Elizabeth first came out to Camp Ketcha as parent of two campers, then as a Montessori Pre School Teacher. And she has helped establish mental health and outpatient services for children attending programs at Ketcha. Elizabeth earned her Masters in Social Work at the University of New England and has had her own private practice in Scarborough. Elizabeth lives in Scarborough with her husband, two daughters and Lucky, a therapy dog.
Accounts Payable Director
Gary Fontaine has been volunteering with Camp Ketcha since his son came out to camp. Gary started out helping us mow our grass and then his true talents in accounting has ensured that he now comes every day! Gary lives in Scarborough with his wife & can see Camp Ketcha from his back door.
The Camp Ketcha Staff
Our staff members are hired for their enthusiasm, creativity and ability to provide a nurturing, caring and fun atmosphere. 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. We are known for our high-quality staffing and low staff to camper ratios.