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.


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. 


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


Laurie Kaplan

Past President, Independent Non-Profit Organizational Management Professional


Ann Murray

Mentor Match Support, Year Up


Billy Swiecicki

Independent Construction Consultant


Geoff Dancey

President, Cutler Capital Management