Meet the NEMC 2015 Girls Counselors

Get to know the 2015 NEMC Girls Counselors!

Heather Holinger Heather Holinger
Head Counselor, Girls
Hometown: Belgrade, Maine
College/University: Saint Joseph’s College (BS), University of New England (MS in Education)
Year round: 2nd  grade teacher in Belgrade, Maine.
Years at NEMC: Counselor in 1999. I worked in the office and then was Assistant Head Girls’ Counselor until 2010 when I became Head Counselor!

 

Chelsea KaneChelsea Kane
Assistant Head Counselor, Girls

Hometown: Simsbury, CT
College/University: Providence Coege
Instrument(s): voice, piano
Connection to or Years at NEMC: camper: 2 years, counselor: 4 years, assistant head: 1 year
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I work as the director of vocal activities in the performing arts department at Suffield Academy, a boarding school in Suffield, CT. While that is exciting, most people would be surprised to know that I not only graduated from Suffield but I also have a co-worker connected to NEMC…Kim Wiggin! So, she gets to hang out with me ALL year!

Gillian Applegate

Gillian Applegate
Age: 20
Hometown: Bloomington, IN
College/University: Carleton College in Northfield, MN
Instrument(s): Clarinet
Connection to or Years at NEMC: I was a camper for 3 years, and this is my 2nd year as a counselor.
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I shaved my head at a Buddhist monastery in New Zealand.

 

 

Laina CaesarLaina Caesar
Age: 19 (turning 20 during camp)
Hometown: Barrington, RI (just moved to Stockton Springs, Maine a few weeks ago)
College/University: Saint Anselm College
Instrument(s): Voice
Connection to or Years at NEMC: Camper for 3 years and counselor for 1 year. All three of my siblings are affiliated with the camp.
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I’ve stood in 4 different states at the same exact time.

 

 

Kate Davis

Kate Davis
Age: 20
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College/University: Loyola University of New Orleans
Instrument(s): Flute
Connection to or Years at NEMC: This is my second year as a counselor at NEMC.
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I was an Irish Dancer for 6 years growing up.

 

 

Jo Izaguirre

Joanna “Jo” Izaguirre
Age: 21
Hometown: Thibodaux, LA
College/University: Loyola University of New Orleans (Go Wolfpack! Awooooo!)
Instrument(s): Double Bass/ String Bass/ Upright Bass/ Giant Violin
Connection to or Years at NEMC: This will be my 9th wonderful summer at NEMC!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: Most people would be surprised to know that I am the first generation on my father’s side and third on my mother’s to be born in the USA. Oh-oh say can you see, that my father was born in Mexico and my maternal great-grandmother was born in Canada! My first language was Spanish, but I lost it over the years.

 

Sam Luck

Samantha Luck
Age:18
Hometown: Mount Desert Island, Maine
College/University: State University of New York at Fredonia
Instrument(s): Voice Flute and Piano
Connection to or Years at NEMC: 9 sessions
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I am not a picky eater at all but for some reason I don’t like cake or peanut butter but I’ll eat almost anything else.

 

 

 

Nora MelloNora Mello
Age: 20
Hometown: Groton, MA
College/University: Michigan State University
Instrument(s): Piano and Flute
Connection to or Years at NEMC: I was a camper at NEMC from 2010-2012 and this is my first summer as a counselor!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I’ve been a vegetarian since the age of 3.

 

 

Kelly Newton

Kelly Newton
Age: 19
Hometown: Mansfield, Massachusetts
College/University: Texas State University
Instrument(s): Voice, Ukulele, Piano
Connection to or Years at NEMC: I’ve never been to NEMC before as a camper or a counselor, but after hearing about it, I knew it would be a great fit!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I love to bake. I try to find creative ways to make desserts using healthier ingredients than the typical versions. They don’t always turn out good, but I have fun!

 

Sam Peachey

Samantha Peachey
Age: 20
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
College/University: University of Rochester
Instrument(s): Violin
Connection to or Years at NEMC: Was a camper from 2008-2012. I had a lot of relatives who went to the camp. My mother and her siblings were campers.
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I play rugby.

 

 

Claire Rumery

Claire Rumery 
Age: 20
Hometown: Brussels, Belgium
College/University: University of Northern Colorado
Instruments: Voice,  trombone, guitar, piano
Connection to or Years at NEMC: Father went to camp as a camper, counselor, and boys head counselor. I was at NEMC 2 years as a faculty brat, 3 years as a camper, and this is my 2nd year as a counselor!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I went skydiving 2 years ago and definitely plan on doing it again!!

 

 

Abby SchmidtAbby Schmidt
Age: 20
Hometown: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
College/University: Temple University
Instrument(s): Cello and Voice
Connection to or Years at NEMC: I came to camp for nine years as a “faculty brat” when my mom was a cello teacher. I was a camper for six years! This will be my second summer as a counselor at NEMC. Last year I was a counselor for “up-dorm”, the cabin for 15 and 16 year olds and absolutely LOVED it! I am looking forward to this summer more than anything!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: 
I played softball for two years in middle school and I was awful at it (that part isn’t surprising.)

 

Jo Tatlock

Jo Tatlock
Age: 19
Hometown: N. Ferrisburgh, VT
College/University: Maine College of Art
Instrument(s): Voice, French Horn
Connection to or Years at NEMC: 2 years as a camper
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I traveled to Ghana in 2013 and taught English to a group of 15-18 year olds!
 

 

 

Sara Wagner

Sarah Wagner
Age: 20
Hometown: Whitehall, Pennsylvania
College/University: Sophomore Early childhood/Special Education (K-8) major at Cabrini College
Instrument(s): Voice, used to play flute until 8th grade.
Connection to or Years at NEMC: Grandparents (Bill and Dorothy Schmearer) both work at NEMC, older brother Mike went to NEMC and worked at NEMC as a counselor. I went to NEMC for 6 years!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I have been competitively swimming since 2nd grade.

 

Rachel ZafrenRachel Zafren
Age: 19
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
College/University: Bowdoin College
Instrument(s): Violin, French Horn
Connection to or Years at NEMC: 4 years as a camper
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I once competed in a snowshoe running competition.