Meet the Staff – YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na
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Meet the Staff

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Ashley Paquet

Camp Director
Email: apaquet@graniteymca.org

Ashley has spent 20 combined years at Camp Mi-Te-Na and Camp Foss. Her camp career began as a “staff kid” at Camp Mi-Te-Na while her mother worked as the camp nurse. From there, Ashley became a camper, CIT, Counselor, Lakeview Village Head, Waterfront Director, and Trips Director at Camp Foss. In between, she took some years away from camp to pursue a degree in outdoor education and teach. After two more years back at Foss, Ashley was ready for a new challenge and took on the role as Operations Director at Camp Mi-Te-Na in 2016. Over the last five years, Ashley has been a key member of our camp leadership team and has held many responsibilities in addition to her role as Operations Director including Rental Season Director. Camp Mi-Te-Na holds a special place in Ashley’s heart, as she met her husband, Ashley Della-Savina right here at Mi-Te-Na. The two married in the Fall of 2019 in a ceremony held at camp. Ashley Della Savina (Della, as he is called to avoid confusion) shares the same passion for camp since he spent his first summer here in 2016.  

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Rick Ross

Senior Staff Advisor

As a kid, Rick spent 7 great summers at Camp Mi-Te-Na as a camper. He went on to earn a BS in Psychology and Recreation from North Georgia Military College in the beautiful mountains of Dahlonega, Georgia. During the summers Rick returned to Camp Mi-Te-Na where he completed the Counselor In Training program and went on to hold several positions including Senior Counselor, Village Head, and Trips Director. He went on to spend four years in the military as a US Army Ranger. In 1986 Rick completed the military service and joined the YMCA team full time as Youth Director and Assistant Director of Camp Mi-Te-Na. In 1997 Rick became the Director of Camp Mi-Te-Na and served in that role 16 years before retiring and now returning to continue to assist at camp. Overall this is Ricks 54th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na.

Eric Werner

Eric Werner

Assistant Director

Eric Has been a proud member of the Mi-Te-Na family serving as the Assistant Director for over 20 years.  Before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Physics and his Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire, Eric served in the US Navy. During the off-season, Eric is a middle school math teacher where he has been a soccer coach, and he also helps with ski club and other school activities.  Eric is active in his church, helping his community and spending several vacations building houses in areas affected by natural disasters such as floods and fires.  Eric enjoys spending his spare time with his family and cheering on his favorite sports teams, including the New England Revolution and UNH teams.

Jason Holdsworth

Program Director

This is Jason’s 16th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na. He has held a variety of leadership roles at camp including Counselor, Village Head, and Program Director now. He makes the yearly trip from Massachusetts where he spends the school year as a Site Coordinator for the Hockomock YMCA. Jason loves bringing new experiences to camp, living in nature and spending time with his friends from camp!

Ashley Della Savina

Staff Development

Ashley (also known as Della) comes from a little town in England called Basingstoke. Della is returning for his 7th summer. Della is a massive sports fan, and through the years he has spent in America, has become a fan of the NBA and NFL. Della’s true passion is football (or soccer) and is a huge fan of Chelsea FC. He loves spending time with his friends and family. Della enjoys travelling, and has already taken multiple road trips throughout America. Della had the absolute pleasure of meeting his wife (Ashley Paquet) at camp, and has been happily married since 2019. As well as a good cup of tea, Della is very passionate about camp and can’t wait for the summer to begin!

Andy Loch

Staff Development

This will be Andy’s 8th summer on the shores of Halfmoon Lake. After completing an 18-month internship with The Granite YMCA in 2018-19, he took on the role of CIT Director for the last two summers before joining Della as part of the Staff Development team for the coming summer. Andy was a Business and Management Major in Leeds UK, while playing for the University American Football. In the off-season, Andy coaches and officiates Football games, and manages & renovates properties. He is a certified YMCA lifeguard and an instructor in CPR, First Aid and Child Abuse Prevention for the YMCA.

Ben Gorelick

Waterfront Director

This is Ben’s 16th summer back on the shores of Halfmoon Lake. He is the Chorus Director at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua NH. He greatly enjoys swimming and everything to do with aquatics. When he isn’t around water, Ben loves playing tennis and writing music. Ben holds YMCA and Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding and CPR, as well as ASHI certifications in BLS and Oxygen Administration.

Zeb West Groover

Sportsfield Director

This is Zeb’s 12th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na. In the off season, Zeb attends Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and is pursuing an English degree. Zeb cut his teeth on the Sportsfield as a camper and never looked back. His fondest camper memory is crossing the border with the flag in a camp-wide game of capture the flag. Zeb believes physical and mental fitness are the key to success, and uses his weekly hike as an opportunity to do both. Zeb is passionate about baking for his family, and has an eternal love for playing four-square on the courts at Mi-Te-Na.

Eric St. Jean

Hobbies Director

Eric is joining us for his 12th summer at Camp Mi-Te-Na. He is currently wrapping up his senior year studying computer science at Plymouth State University. He enjoys collecting music, watching movies, and going camping. Eric’s favorite activity at camp is fire building. He introduced the Scandinavian Wall Fire which is now a camper favorite fire building activity.

Peter Leach

Pioneer Village Head

Peter first came to Mi-Te-Na as a camper in 2012, went through the CIT Program, became a counselor, and he has loved coming back ever since! During the off-season Peter works at Dover Children’s Home providing support as a counselor and planning fun activities! Some of Peter’s favorite hobbies include: cooking, basketball, writing, working out, and trying new activities!

Jackson Turni

Ranger Village Head

This will be Jackson’s 10th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na.  He is a senior at Keene State College completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. He will be graduating in May of 2022.  Jackson loves traveling with his college’s ultimate frisbee team to attend tournaments along the East Coast. He is also passionate about learning, teaching, and playing new sports and games with his friends and family.

Mason Drummey

Frontier Village Head

Mason first came to the shores of Halfmoon Lake 14 years ago, and has returned every summer since! Originally from Falmouth, Massachusetts, Mason recently graduated from Washington College in Maryland with a degree in History and a minor in Secondary Education. In the summer, he loves to swim at the Waterfront, while in the winter he enjoys skiing with friends. He also enjoys reading and sharing his love of history with others.

Lauren Frazier

Camp Registrar
Email: lfrazier@graniteymca.org

Lauren grew up in New Jersey and moved to Manchester, NH in 2009 where she now lives with her husband and two kids, Eliza and Quinten. This year marks Lauren’s 20th year of overnight camp experience with her as both a camper and a staff member! She has been working at The Granite YMCA since 2012, starting as a counselor at Camp Gundalow at the YMCA of the Seacoast. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, hiking local trails, and attending concerts. With her camping background, Lauren loves being involved with camp again and being able to use her knowledge to lend a helping hand at both Camp Foss and Camp Mi-Te-Na.

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Matt Hanson

VP of Camping Services
Email: mhanson@graniteymca.org

Matt has worked for The Granite YMCA since 1998. Prior to working, Matt attended Mi-Te-Na as a camper before getting his first job as Lifeguard at the Downtown YMCA. Over the years he has held several leadership roles across our association. These roles include, Camp Director, Allard Center Aquatics Director, Teen Services Director for the Downtown branch and Association Training Coordinator. Matt is a certified trainer through the American Safety and Health Institute and YMCA of the USA. Through which he teaches various enrichment and safety courses for the northeast. Additionally, Matt is active with the American Camp Association where he serves as a standards visitor. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Springfield College.

While not at the Y, Matt enjoys traveling, golfing and spending time with his family. He met his wife Megan when she worked at YMCA Camp Foss and they currently reside in Concord NH with their son Teddy.