Laurie Palagyi | Executive Director
WEHGC is led by Executive Director Laurie Palagyi who joined the organization in April 2013. As a former educator, Laurie earned a Master’s degree in Experiential Education from Wheaton College, and later turned her focus to mental health earning a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky. Laurie has extensive experience working with youth, children, and families in multiple settings including outpatient and in-home therapy, residential therapeutic homes, wilderness trip leading, adventure challenge programs, and summer camps. Laurie is passionate about creating innovative outdoor experiences where girls can flourish and be empowered.
Betsy Brown | Enrollment Coordinator
Betsy joined WEHGC in July 2013. As a former Food Service Manager, Betsy revolutionized the camp menu implementing a “from scratch” menu with an emphasis on whole, nutritious foods. In 2016 Betsy focused her management skills on camper enrollment and joined WEHGC full-time in2017. She holds a Bachelors in Art Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She comes to us with many years of working with children as a substitute teacher and a 4-H leader. She holds a Manager Level Serve Safe food handling designation, American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard and SOLO Wilderness First Responder certification.
Board of Directors
The West End House Girls Camp, Inc. has a non-compensated working board with significant camp and non-profit experience, as well as deep ties to the West End House community.
Cheri Ruane | President
Vice President, Weston & Sampson’s Design Studio
Allison Sakovits | Treasurer
Global Finance Manager, Converse
Brendan O’Riordon | Clerk
Business Intelligence Manager, Suffolk Construction
Past President, Independent Non-Profit Organizational Management Professional
Mentor Match Support, Year Up
Independent Construction Consultant
President, Cutler Capital Management