Board of Directors
Rachel Allen, Vice Chair
Rachel Allen lives in Scotland and has a long relationship with Wilmot, traveling over to be here each summer since 2003. Rachel has taken on many different roles for the site in the past including living on site through the winter in 2010 and 2011. Rachel is our camp administrator responsible for bookings and communication for the camp. In Scotland, she teaches in an elementary school and is very involved in her local church. Rachel loves being outside and spending time with friends around the campfire at Camp Wilmot. One of the most exciting things is seeing campers grow up and become staff members and mentoring them through this. Rachel’s favorite place on site is either lying in a kayak in the middle of Whites Pond or sitting on the boardwalk.
Evelyn Dupont, Treasurer
I began attending camp at the age of 9 and fell in love with Camp Wilmot. Every year after that I signed up for as many weeks of camp that was available to me. It was through Camp Wilmot I was able to find my faith. In 2012 I joined the board of directors and became the treasurer in 2016. To this day, driving up the driveway of Camp Wilmot brings me great joy and I am grateful to be a part of Camp Wilmot.
Mary Alice Koon, Secretary
Mary Alice is a middle school teacher in Massachusetts. She was first introduced to Wilmot as a camper when she was 10 years old, and she was later a CIT and counselor at camp in high school and college. Mary Alice is excited to be involved in camp again by serving on the board. She is also grateful for the opportunity to help Camp Wilmot continue to be a place where campers spend time in a meaningful community and enjoy the beauty of nature. In her spare time, Mary Alice loves to read and to be outside, hiking, swimming, and kayaking. (All things she enjoyed as much as a camper as much as she does now!)
Rebecca Sommer Petersen
(Rev.) Rodney L. Petersen, Ph.D. has taught history and theology for over 30 years. He is presently Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (Boston); Executive Director of The Lord’s Day Alliance in the U.S., and a Visiting Researcher at Boston University School of Theology. He currently runs workshops in the Greater Boston area on topics of forgiveness and reconciliation. Dr. Petersen, together with his family, has been a supporter of Camp Wilmot since the mid-1990s. He is eager to see the camp foster a proactive environmental program that promotes what it means to be stewards of creation (Genesis 1-2) and stewards of the mysteries of God (I Corinthians 4:1).
(Rev.) Kurt F. Shaffert is known as “Cartooning Chaplain” for his use of cartooning in both pastoral and therapeutic settings. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Kurt is celebrating his 16th ordination anniversary. In these years, Kurt has taught pastoral care for a decade to Yale Divinity School students and served as pastor with three Northern New England congregations (currently, Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in nearby New London, NH). As an Eisner Fellow in Applied Cartooning with the Center for Cartoon Studies in his home state of Vermont, Kurt has taught cartooning to Veterans and to Dartmouth Medical School students. Most of all, Camp is the place where everything comes together in Christian community living.
Jay Straughan, Chair
Jay was introduced to and fell in love with Camp Wilmot at Family Camp about 15 years ago. He, his wife Hope and sons Matt and Billy live in Newton, MA and he is currently serving as chair of the board.