Camp O-AT-KA is led by a dedicated group of volunteer Board of Directors that utilize their passion for camp, professional expertise, and personal experiences to govern this non-profit 503c organization.
John Hall joined the Board of Directors in 1996 and served as Treasurer until 2014. He is a career banker and currently serves as Senior Vice President & Division Manager of the $1.3 Billion Commercial Banking Division at Salem Five Bank in Salem, MA. Prior to joining Salem Five, John had a 28-year career at Shawmut Bank in Boston, holding several executive management positions in commercial banking, private banking and retail banking. He is a graduate of Norwich University and he received an MBA degree from Babson College. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.
John attended O-AT-KA in 1959-1962 and members of his family have attended O-AT-KA for three-generations. He resides in Beverly, MA with his wife, Nancy and he has actively served many non-profit and charitable organizations in the region. He is a Past District Governor of Rotary International, Past-Chairman of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Past-President of The Salem Partnership and a Trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. In 2013, John was awarded the “Community Service Award” by the Salem Chamber of Commerce and last year he received the “Banker & Tradesman” Community Bank Hero award.
John is an Episcopal priest and began his ministry in Lakewood, Ohio, where he met his wife Pam. He then accepted a call to a parish in Pittsburgh, PA were his son, Peter, camper, counselor and King in 2009, was born. The Van Siclens’ then moved to New England and served in Sudbury, MA and Bristol, RI. Upon retiring to the coast of Maine in 2006, John and Pam operated a small retreat center, Tidewater Way, in South Bristol, ME. John is currently filling in on Sundays and serving as consultant a search consultant to parishes searching for new leadership. Beyond parish ministry John has been involved in leadership at the diocesan and national level of the Episcopal Church and is currently an active member of the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club and on the board of the Bath, Maine affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
John arrived on the shores of Sebago Lake in 1969, one of the “Manhasset boys” recruited by Frank Johnston. For three summers he was counselor in Sulgrave and taught campcraft. He has been on the board for about eleven years and has previously served as secretary. Over five years ago, Pam, John and Peter Van Siclen gave the land to camp that is now known as Knight’s Cove.
Stephanie Goff Governali – Secretary
Stephanie Goff Governali joined the O-AT-KA Corporation in 2002 and the Board of Directors in 2004. Her career is focused on non-profit fundraising and community engagement. In July 2015, she joined Dexter Southfield School as a Major Gifts Officer after 17 years at Harvard Business School where she was Managing Director of Alumni Relations. Prior to HBS, she was the Director of Development at RESOLVE, Inc. and a member of the Corporate and Foundations Relations group at Wellesley College. Stephanie grew up in Bangor, Maine, graduated from Colby College, and as of August 2015 will reside in Canton, MA.
Stephanie’s first love of camp came from swimming on the “women’s beach” and from dropping her two older brothers off at OATKA. To her disappointment, OATKA wasn’t an option so she instead spent seven glorious summers at Camp Arcadia in nearby Casco. Stephanie and her husband Matt were married at OATKA in 2006; they are the parents of future OATKA campers, Henry and James, age 5. Both boys were baptized in St. Andrew’s Chapel.
In addition to OATKA, Stephanie has been active as a volunteer fundraiser for Colby College and for the Ronald McDonald House in Brookline, MA.
Stephanie’s continued love of camp has been fostered by working with fellow volunteers during Dennen Week, attending Work and Friends Weekends, and staying connected throughout the year with dear friends made through the OATKA community.
Scott and his family have been associated with Camp O-AT-KA for generations – His father is a former camp as well as his three brothers. It is fair to say that Camp O-AT-KA has always been Scott’s stomping grounds; as he took my first steps as a child outside of the Bungalow after dropping off his older brothers.
Scott attended O-AT-KA as a camper from 1985-1992 and was part of the staff in various roles from 1993 to 2000. He was a junior counselor, counselor, head of the CIT (counselors in training) program, unit head, and program director. Scott was elected as King in 1997.
Scott joined the board in 2014 and serves on the executive team as Treasurer. He has been a Dennen week volunteer for many years and continues to fly back from the West Coast to be a part of the program. He is originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts and now lives in Redondo Beach, California where he is the Electronic Warfare Systems Finance Director for Raytheon Company. Scott started his corporate finance career fifteen years ago with Raytheon in Andover, MA and transferred to the El Segundo, CA office in 2001. Scott earned a BS in Business Administration from Babson College.
John’s O-AT-KA experience started as a camper in the mid-70s, into the 80s, and then as a Junior Counselor and Counselor. His twin brother, Drew, also attended O-AT-KA the same years and currently sits on the Corporation. John’s son Alec is enjoying his 6th year at camp and is a CIT (Counselor in Training) this summer.
John serves as the Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCABR is made up of five agencies that include the Division of Insurance, Division of Banking, Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Division of Professional Licensure and the Division of Standards. John is responsible for implementing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on consumer protection and business regulation policies.
John started his career in the Reagan White House, in the Office of the Counsel to the President and continued in that office during the George H.W. Bush Administration. From there John went on to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he led investigations into Wall Street corruption and financial fraud. He previously served in state government, as an Agency Commissioner and Undersecretary of Economic Development under Governor Romney.
John has held private sector positions as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Tucker Anthony Incorporated, a financial services firm, and as a partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP, where he advised corporate clients on enforcement and compliance issues, corporate governance and regulatory matters. Also, he served in the non-profit sector as General Counsel for the Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where he provided general and legal advice to the CEO/President, the governing boards, leadership and staff of Joslin.
Before his recent post in the Baker Administration, John was the Republican nominee and candidate for U.S. Congress in the 9th Congressional District.
John graduated with a B.A. in political science from Kenyon College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Bill came to O-AT-KA as a Middler in 1978 and has been connected with camp in one way or another ever since. His camp roles have included cabin counselor, wilderness trip leader, unit head, assistant director, and, from 2007-2011, summer camp director. Bill met his wife, Heather, at camp and they were married in St. Andrew’s Chapel in 1994. The camp tradition continues as their son Will is in his ninth year as a camper this year.
Bill’s other long association has been with Dexter Southfield School, where he serves as Associate Director of Advancement, having previously been Director of Admissions and an elementary and middle school faculty member. Bill has coached soccer and swimming, driven the school bus, and currently advises upper school students. Heather and Bill’s three children all attend Dexter Southfield, entering the 12th, 10th, and 7th grades. This coming year will be his 25th at the school.
A graduate of Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science, Bill holds Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Boston College and Educational Leadership from Simmons College. Each summer, he is an examiner for the Junior Maine Guide program, evaluating candidates from a number of Maine camps on their outdoor leadership skills. Bill and Heather make their home in Medfield, Massachusetts between regular trips to Maine.
Chris and his wife Keli live in Swampscott, Massachusetts with their daughter Chloe and son Leland. Leland is following in his father’s footsteps and enjoying his years as a camper at O-AT-KA. Chris spent 5 years as a camper and 1 year as a Junior Counselor in the 1980’s. He has served on the Corporation and was most recently elected to a six year term on the Board of Trustees in July 2015.
Chris is an Account Executive with Clear Channel Outdoor and helps local companies advertise on the most visible and dynamic billboards across Massachusetts. He also serves as the Vice President of the Swampscott chapter of the North Shore Networking Association. Chris earned his Bachelors in Fine Arts from New York University in 1987.
Craig S. Forester
Craig has been a member of the Corporation since 2010 and accepted a position on the Board in 2013. He serves on the Property Committee and is also very involved as a parent to his two sons and current campers, Paul and Russell. Craig attended O-AT-KA from 1977-1983.
Professionally, Craig is the President and CEO of Rex Lumber Company in Acton, MA. Rex Lumber also has offices is South Windsor, CT; Englishtown, NJ; and Doswell, VA. Craig has worked at Rex Lumber his entire professional career. He started in high school and continued to work during summers and college breaks. He has spent time in every position in the organization (except truck driver) and loves the company. Craig has been on the board of the International Wood Products Association since 2005 and will serve as the President for the 2015-2016 term. He has also served on the board of the Hardwood Distributors Association since 1998 and became President in 2013. Craig earned a BA in Political Science from Bucknell University.
Outside of his service to O-AT-KA, Craig has served on the Board of Advisors for the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) chapter at Bucknell since 1993, was a Cubmaster/ Committee chair from 2008-2014 and currently serves as a committee member for the Boy Scouts of America. Craig also coaches in the Sudbury Youth Soccer & Baseball leagues.
Craig and his wife Jo Ann live in Sudbury, Massachusetts with their two sons Paul and Russell. During his time at O-AT-KA, he earned the All Around CO in each Unit and as a member of Sarras in 1983, he and his cabin managed to win inspection for the month – even without a counselor. Rumor has it that there was once a memorable password service entitled “Craig Forester.”
Over the course of fourteen summers at camp, Peter was a middle and senior unit camper (1988-90), cabin counselor, swim instructor, program director, and King (1994). Presently, he is a member of the corporation and board of directors.
Peter has spent his professional career in independent schools as a teacher, advisor, coach, administrator, and fundraiser. He began his teaching career at Dexter and Southfield Schools in 2000 and later served as the schools’ Dean of Students. From 2011-2015 Peter worked as a senior development officer at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA, where he was a part of the major gifts team in support of the school’s $125 million capital and endowment campaign.
Peter is a graduate of Gettysburg College, and he received his master’s degree in literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, VT.
He lives in Dedham with his wife Meghan and their two sons, Henry and Gus.
Rufus R. Ward
Rufus has been on the Board of Trustees for 16 years, serving in executive roles as Secretary, Vice President and most recently as President from 2010-2014. He is a former camper, from 1976-1980, a parent of two campers, and a member of the Corporation. Rufus has faithfully volunteered for O-AT-KA’s Dennen program since 1998.
Rufus is the President of Optoelectronics Corporation in Salem, NH and lives in Newton Massachusetts and Sunapee, NH with his partner Asa Fanelli and children, Dan and Alex. Rufus is a second-generation camper and his children are third-generation, having both attended O-AT-KA as 5+ year campers and counselors.
Rufus grew up in Essex, Massachusetts and Sunapee, New Hampshire. He received a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College and his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Duke University
Jeff Moore joined the Board of Directors in 2014. He is currently retired, but over the course of his career he held sales and marketing positions in high tech companies, including IBM and Raytheon. As a way of keeping busy he is helping a former colleague with a start up Internet Company. This effort has been in the development stage for about two years and hopefully over the next six months will come to fruition. At the time of his retirement he was working at Boston University marketing executive level leadership and management development programs. He graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia with a degree in Psychology. He is also a retired LtCol in the USMC where spent 30 years between active duty and the reserves.
Jeff attended O-AT-KA from 1956- 1969 and members of his family have attended O-AT-KA for three generations starting with his father in the ‘30’s. He resides in Billerica, MA with his wife Elaine. During his professional career he filled the position as Chairman of Veterans Affairs for a 2002 US Congressional Campaign. He is currently the Treasurer for a local Chapter of Compassionate Friends. He is also a PSIA Certified Ski Instructor and spent many years teaching at Mt. Sunapee in NH. Jeff has worked for a number of years as a Volunteer at Dennen Week.
When asked about his time at O-AT-KA, Chris shared, “I am proud to say that I am still friends with the guys I met in the junior unit of camp – 39 years ago.”
David H. Dennen
David’s O-AT-KA roots run deep as a direct descendent of the camp’s founder, EJ Dennen. David and his two sons grew up in the O-AT-KA ranks as former campers and counselors. He is a member of the Corporation and served as a former President of the Board of Trustees in the 1990’s. David and his wife Judy live in Concord, MA and are summer neighbors to camp, owning a family property that abuts O-AT-KA on Sebago Lake.
Professionally, David had a long career working with a variety of private and public sector organizations. He served in the US Army in the 1960’s in active duty and as a reservist. He then taught history and was a principal at the high school level before becoming a development coach and consultant. David was Senior Vice President for Consulting and Development for Organizational Dynamics (ODI) in Burlington, MA and then Managing Partner at Amherst Consulting Group in Boston, before starting his own company – Dennen Consulting Group – in 1999.
David has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College, a Master’s degree in History from Tufts University, and a Doctorate (EdD) in Learning Systems Design and Adaptation from Boston University.
In his retirement, David is learning to play camp favorites such as the Safety Pin, Johnny Rebeck, and the Galahad song on the accordion.
Barry Woods is the Director of Electric Mobility NE based in Portland, Maine. As Director, he provides products and services designed to accelerate deployment of electric vehicles. His efforts range from sales of charging station infrastructure to assisting utilities, governments and businesses with projects and policy development that accelerates EV investment and deployment. Barry is also a practicing attorney with Drummond & Drummond, LLP in Portland, providing counsel to sustainability oriented businesses and is licensed in Oregon and Maine. He is on the board of Plug In America. Barry received his B.A. from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He and his wife Susan have been married for 25 years and have two grown sons. He loves to fly fish and explore new waters.
Barry’s O-AT-KA life started as a counselor with the Senior Unit for one year in the 1980’s and later expanded as a parent. His boys – Jared and Marshall – were annual campers for many years and counselors for two years to complete their career.
Some of Barry’s most important and best friends were made through Camp O-AT-KA. This includes having several life changing events there – such as meeting his wife in the dining hall – while attending the John McAlpine and Cindy Martin wedding on June 10, 1989 and learning an important life lesson by (unsuccessfully) chasing a skunk through the Senior Unit with Bret Gifford.
Duane has been affiliated with camp O-AT-KA since 2001 when his oldest son attended a 2 week session at the Camp. Duane became a member of the corporation in 2007 and participated in many work weekends and other camp events. In 2009 Duane was elected to the board. During his tenure he helped with the Centennial and on many committees including enrollment, strategic planning and property.
Duane’s oldest son David started attending camp in 2001 and was a counselor for 6 years. His younger son Peter has attended camp since 2008 and was a first year counselor in 2016.
Duane works for Keysight Technologies, a spinoff of Hewlett Packard, as a business development manager. He is a retired Commander in the US Navy. He and his wife Carol live in Andover, MA.
Marsha Weeks Traill
Marsha joined the Corporation and has been involved with camp directly since the late 1980s. She has served on the board more than once before. Marsha’s connection to O-AT-KA started through her husband Peter Traill, who is the grandson of the camp’s founder Ernest Dennen. Over the years she has seen the impact that the unique culture of O-AT-KA has on the lives of many men and even women indirectly.
In her words, Marsha believes that the “time at O-AT-KA as a camper trains a young man to see beyond himself and to recognize his part as a community member in the world with a duty of service and stewardship. This legacy plays itself out in the lives of all those who are trained by it and makes a powerful contribution to the communities and the lives that are touched even after boys, and then men, leave Sebago.”
Marsha received a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 1980. She has been practicing law since 1981 and is currently an Attorney out of Gorham, Maine. She and Peter also live in Gorham, and they have two children, Andrew, who is out of the Marines and in school in Maine and Hannah, who lives in Denver, Colorado.