Board of Directors
Rachel Allen, Co-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. This summer she was the camp Chaplain and is our camp administrator responsible for bookings and communication for the camp. Rachel has recently become co-chair of the Board of Directors. 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.
Jarrett Devine, Co-Chair
Like so many of my fellow board members, I attended Camp Wilmot as a child and have never forgotten my experience there. I grew up in Rhode Island and served on the East Providence Fire Department for 11 years prior to accepting a position with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). My position with FEMA as the Operations Branch Chief has offered me the opportunity to help people when they find themselves in their worst days trying to rebuild their lives in austere conditions. At Camp we are able to interact with campers on their best days in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth. I believe it is in these good days when we have the opportunity to build the foundation that will support us throughout our lives when we need it the most. Being a camper at Camp Wilmot had a immense impact on my life and gave me strength and a sense of belonging that has served as a touchstone throughout my life. Serving as a board member gives me the opportunity to ensure future campers will be able to have the same experience.
Jay Straughan, Vice 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 vice-chair of the board.
Evelyn French, 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.
(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).
Michelle lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two boys. Her husband, Jarrett Devine, attended camp as a child and over the years she has heard many wonderful stories about camp. She attended family camp for the first time in 2019 when she immediately fell in love with the camp community. She became a board member in 2020 and has focused her time working on the camps social media outreach.