Meet the Staff – YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na

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Meet the Staff

272 days 'til Camp

Leaders Right This Way

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Matt Hanson

Executive Director of Camp Mi-Te-Na

This will mark Matt’s 27th summer at Camp Mi-Te-Na. Matt began as a camper and has held various leadership roles at camp such as village head, waterfront director, and program director. During the off-season, Matt facilitates trainings for The Granite YMCA Association. He also volunteers his time to serve as a standards visitor for the American Camp Association. Matt is a certified trainer through the American Safety and Health Institute for various safety training’s such as first aid, CPR, oxygen administration, wilderness first aid, and other courses. In addition to ASHI, he is also a YMCA of the USA Faculty Trainer in lifeguarding. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Springfield College.

Eric Werner

Eric Werner

Assistant Director

Eric Has been a proud member of the Mi-Te-Na family serving as the Assistant Director for the past 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.


Rick Ross

Staff Development Manager

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 52nd year at Camp Mi-Te-Na.

Marsha Peterson

Marsha Peterson

Registered Nurse/Nursing Director

Marsha graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA Degree, and from Rivier College with her nursing degree. She has been spending summers at Camp Mi-Te-Na since 1996, when her son began attending camp with us, and in 2001 Marsha officially joined the Mi-Te-Na family as a staff member. During the off season, Marsha is a school nurse at Broad Street School in Nashua, NH and also works per diem at the Nashua Health Department. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, cooking, and knitting.

Ashley Paquet

Operations Director

This year marks Ashley’s 18th summer at Foss and Mi-Te-Na. After being a camper and a CIT at Camp Foss, she joined the staff and held the roles of village head, waterfront director, and trips director. She began working at Camp Mi-Te-Na during their school group season leading team building and environmental camps. She has expanded her knowledge and skills by pursuing trainings and certifications in outdoor education. This past winter Ashley spent some time traveling to California and England.

Dr. Jeff Laferriere

Staff Development Professional

Jeff has been going to camp for 28 summers as both a camper and staff member. Throughout the years he has worked in all activity areas in camp and served as both the Village Head and the Counselor In Training (CIT) Director. Jeff has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in secondary education from Arizona State University, a Master’s Degree from George Washington University in Educational Leadership, and most recently earned his PhD in Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). While not at Mi-Te-Na, Jeff teaches undergraduate classes at UNLV.

Zebulon West-Groover

Village Head

Zeb was introduced to Camp Mi-Te-Na 10 years ago. He just completed his Sophomore year at Georgia Southern where he is earning his Bachelors Degree in English Education. His favorite activity at camp is playing four square. During the winter his favorite hobby is video production. 

Connor Coates

Village Head

Connor is joining us for his second season at Camp Mi-Te-Na. He is currently studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University with a focus on Sports and Exercise Science.  He loves coaching and playing sports, especially soccer and golf. He passionately supports the Liverpool Football Club.

Danny Thibeault

Head Chef

This is Danny’s 15th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na and his hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing basketball, collecting baseball cards, and watching Boston sports teams. Danny has his Bachelor’s Degree in Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. He also has his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. During the off-season, Danny works as the manager at a restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ben Gorelick

Waterfront Director

This is Ben’s 15th summer back on the shores of Halfmoon Lake. He goes to school at Boston University where he is earning his Bachelors degree in Music Education . He recently spent the fall semester studying abroad in London England. Ben loves playing tennis and doing stand-up comedy in his free time. Ben holds YMCA and Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding and CPR, as well as ASHI certifications in BLS and Oxygen Administration.

Andy Loch

CIT (Counselor In Training) Director

This will be Andy’s 6th summer on the shores of Halfmoon Lake. He is completing an 18-month internship with The Granite YMCA. Andy spent this winter working in the afterschool program and in the Development Office. He also spent time with the Goffstown Leaders club as a staff advisor. Andy was a Business and Management Major in Leeds UK, while playing for the University American Football team before heading to the US.  He is a YMCA Lifeguard and an instructor in CPR, First Aid and Child Abuse Prevention for the YMCA. 

Ashley Della Savina

Sportsfield Director

Ashley is from Basingstoke, England. He’s returning to camp for his 5th summer and will be starting an 18 month internship with The Granite YMCA. He loves spending time with his family, a good cup of English tea, traveling, and is a fan of Chelsea Football Club.  Ashley also enjoys a variety of sports.

Jason Holdsworth

Program Director

This is Jason’s 12th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na. In the off season, Jason works at the Hockomock YMCA in Franklin Massachusetts as a Site Coordinator. Jason is a seasoned Tough Mudder, running them with fellow camp staff and hometown coworkers. He is currently sitting with his fourth Mudder headband and is planning to complete his 5th and 6th later this year. Jason is passionate about community service and volunteers for local Elementary Schools at their Field Day, visiting grade concerts and even dressing up as the Cat in The Hat to read stories.

Lauren Frazier

Camp Registrar

Lauren grew up in New Jersey and moved to Manchester, NH in 2009 where she now lives with her husband and cat, Kipton. She brings 10+ years 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 the off-season, Lauren volunteers her time with an inner city teen group teaching leadership skills. In 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-N

Tom Archer

Vice President of Camping Services

Tom grew up in Manchester NH where he regularly attended programming at the Manchester YMCA as well as Camp Mi-Te-Na for boys. During high school he worked at camp during the summer and the YMCA during the off season and was a member of the Leader Corps. Upon graduation in 1978 from Plymouth State University with a BS in Physical Education and Athletic Training, he was hired as the Assistant Camp Director at Camp Mi-Te-Na and Associate PE Director at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester. Tom has worked for the YMCA for over 50 years holding various positions from Assistant PE Director, Aquatics Director, Resident Camp Director, Director of the Camping Services Branch and is currently VP of the Camping Services Branch.