Our Team

 
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Laurie Palagyi | Executive Director

WEHGC is led by Executive Director Laurie Palagyi who joined the camp 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. 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.

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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 in 2017. 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 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. 

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Cheri Ruane | President

Vice President, Weston & Sampson’s Design Studio

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Allison Sakovits | Treasurer

Global Finance Manager, Converse

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Brendan O’Riordon | Clerk

Business Intelligence Manager, Suffolk Construction

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Laurie Kaplan

Past President, Independent Non-Profit Organizational Management Professional

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Ann Murray

Mentor Match Support, Year Up

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Billy Swiecicki

Independent Construction Consultant

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Geoff Dancey

President, Cutler Capital Management