Directors & Staff
Eric Carlson – Executive Director
Eric was a camper and counselor at Quinebarge from 1980-87, having risen from the youngest boys cabin (Mohawk) through to counselor. He worked in the wood shop and on the waterfront as a swim and boating instructor. As an adult, Eric founded and runs a climate change education and project development nonprofit that is helping preserve the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. Some say Eric is trying to recreate Quinebarge as it was in 1983 and those people are not incorrect. However, the reality is Quinebarge is much as it was thirty years ago. Eric grew up in Cohasset, Mass. and lives in East Aurora, NY. Quinebarge is a family affair; Eric and Lesley, his wife, their two daughters and dog Elora are all Quinebargers.
Lesley Marcus Carlson – Camp Mom
Lesley is at camp all summer with Eric, and helps out in a variety of roles. She gets to know the campers and their interests and helps make sure each camper is well taken care of, and having a great summer. Lesley also helps our adult staff navigate through their summer at camp.
Lesley got roped into camp life by Eric, and loves the Quinebarge spirit, traditions, songs and how Quinebarge harkens back to a simpler life for our campers.
Lesley is a graduate of Colgate University, has spent most of her career in international development and democracy building abroad, and helps nonprofit organizations. Lesley is originally from Kenmore, NY, loves her Buffalo Sabres and is mom to two wonderful daughters and Elora, the camp pup.
Liz Odiorne – Co-Director
Liz loves camp life and Camp Quinebarge. Liz has also served as our registrar, director for two summers, assistant director, waterfront director, counselor and a camper. Liz grew up at Quinebarge, loves Quinebarge and everything it means to young children and just gets camp innately. Most of her family members have been campers and worked at Quinebarge and it is truly in her blood. Liz is a child development professional living in nearby Laconia, NH with her husband, John. A graduate of Ithaca College, Liz has an uncanny ability to know every camper’s name by the end of day two of each session and enjoys personally interacting with each child, understanding how they are doing and helping them achieve their goals at camp and make Quinebarge a special experience.
Nick Hercules – Co-Director
Nick Hercules, known at Quinebarge as Herc, has ten years of professional camp experience working with children as a coach, counselor, mentor and friend. Prior to being named a co-director, Herc was the Assistant Director, managing our CIT program, serving as Sports director and Head Boys counselor, providing a crucial link between campers and staff and staff and senior staff. Nick has also been an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Plymouth State University, helping lead the team to their best start in the program’s history. Every summer Herc and his daughter Grace come to Quinebarge for a summer filled with fun and friendship. Most importantly, Grace and Herc bring their pup Camper to join in the fun. Herc received his bachelors degree in Accounting from Benedictine College. In the off season the Hercules Family resides in Lenexa, KS. Nick is also the proud inventor of the Camp Fire Fire, a Quinebarge original tradition.
Dawn Robin – Facilities & Trips Director
Dawn first joined Quinebarge as our Trips Director and has since become our Facilities Director. She is also proud to be an ally to Quinebarge’s LGBTQ+ campers and staff. During the offseason, Dawn resides in a handbuilt cabin in the woods of Western Illinois. Dawn is a graduate of Monmouth College with a B.A. in fine art, emphasizing in sculpture, and has spent much of her adult life working as a carpenter or gardener. Dawn’s artistic talents extend to music. An avid guitar player, she often plays for us at campfire fires and other camp events.
Brittany Mabry – Program Director
Brittany is a rising professional in childhood development and environmental education, who began her Quinebarge career as a Nature Counselor. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Brittany graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Environmental Science. During the school year, Brittany teaches at a Montessori school in the pacific northwest. She also has worked as an outdoor educator for middle schoolers, sharing her love of nature with students from across New England.
At the very core of Camp Quinebarge is our staff, made up of teachers, education students, college athletes and coaches, and other young professionals. We search extensively for the best, most dedicated, and qualified staff, many of whom grew up at Quinebarge as campers or CITs. Our counselors come from the United States and around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Hungary and more.
Counselors arrive well before our campers and receive intensive training, learning the ins and outs of Quinebarge’s mission, safety, goals, policies, games, culture, and how best to care for your children. Plus, with camper-to-staff ratio of just 2.5-to-1, we place a heavy emphasis on identifying every camper’s needs to ensure everyone is set up to thrive at Quinebarge, whether that is facilitating their making friends, helping them advance in an activity, adapting socially or developing other skills.
Quinebarge counselors are fun, mature, and knowledgeable people, whose first priority on camp is to provide a safe, high quality program to our campers. They provide group and individual instructions in our activities, and act as mentors and role models to our campers. In short, our counselors are a huge part of what makes Quinebarge great!
Our Senior Staff is made up of mature and professional Directors and Senior Staff from around the country, bringing expertise in the fields of childhood development, healthcare, program development, environmental education, and more to the Quinebarge experience. Our team works year round to find the best staff, and create an incredible summer experience for all Quinebargers.