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Leadership School Staff

Meet our Teachers

Leadership School programs are supported by a number of staff who support TLS Educators in providing safe, productive and joy-filled experiences for young people.

Charles Richardson - Leadership School Director
Charlie has been an integral member of the Kieve-Wavus family since 1983, first as an intern in Kieve\'s Leadership School program then as a counselor, and ultimately as C0-Director of the Boys\' Camp. He currently is involved in helping to provide the best educational experience for each and every person and group that comes to our incredible campuses. In the community Charlie has been a board member at the Central Lincoln County YMCA and board member and chairman of the Nobleboro, Maine School board. His teaching and administrative experience have taken place in the Hull Public School in Massachusetts, the Linsly School in Wheeling, WV, and McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. He now resides year round at Kieve with his wife Annie and their two children Laurie Beth and C.J.

Jess Anderson - Leadership School Program Director
Originally from the Adirondack region of New York State, Jess began working at Kieve in 1999 while attending Hamilton College. After graduating in 2002, Jess became the Kieve Infirmary Director in the summers while teaching the rest of the year at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Connecticut. In 2010 Jess, along with her husband Reid, fulfilled their lifelong dream of moving to Maine full time. Jess is an EMT, Red Cross Instructor and also volunteers in a local church. She loves her current roles as The Leadership School Program Director and KW Health Care Manager, having the opportunity to appreciate the big picture impact of the TLS experience on schools and the everyday details of student and camper wellbeing. Jess, Reid, and their son Peter live in nearby Dresden, ME during the year and on site at Kieve during the summer.

Reid Anderson - Assistant Director of Education and Operations
Originally from the Main Line of Philadelphia, Reid began at Kieve as a camper in 1992 and never left. He was a camper for five years (1992-1996), a counselor for five years (1998-2002) while attending Hamilton College, and then became a director in 2003, spending summers at Kieve and teaching the rest of the year at Pomfret School in Connecticut. In 2010 Reid, along with his wife Jess, fulfilled their lifelong dream of moving to Maine to work full time at Kieve. Reid is a Registered Maine Guide, avid whitewater paddler, and general outdoor enthusiast. Reid also volunteers as a firefighter with the Dresden Fire Department and is an active member of a local snowmobile club. Reid, Jess, and their son Peter live in nearby Dresden, ME during the year and on site at Kieve during the summer.

Rob Reilly - Director of Adventure Programming
Rob is a native of Manchester, England where he started rock climbing at the age of 13. He moved to the US in 1993 and has been working in the field of outdoor education for over 15 years with groups ranging from corporate managers to adjudicated youth. Rob joined the Kieve-Wavus team in the spring of 2010 as a Leadership School teacher and Challenge Course Manager. Rob is a nationally certified challenge course & adventure program manager and a certified AMGA (American Mountain Guides association) rock climbing instructor He lives in Hope, ME with his wife of 20 years, Sarah, and their three children.

Megan Taft - Director of Curricular Innovation
Megan found her way to Kieve in 2002 after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire in Outdoor Experiential Education. From 2002-2005 she served as an educator and Residential Director for The Leadership School (TLS). Following her work with TLS, Megan was the Director of Adventure Education for a small boarding school nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains and spent her summers leading backpacking, canoeing and bike trips throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Determined to dig further into her passion for teaching, Megan completed a Masters of Education at the University of Massachusetts in Social Justice Education. Her combination of residential program experience and diversity education led her to the field of Student Development, where she has had opportunities to work with several colleges and universities in areas of diversity training and education, student leadership development, and environmental education. Megan rejoined the Kieve Wavus community in 2014 and lives with her partner Sara and their daughter Adley in Alna.

Henry R. Kennedy - Executive Director
Henry Kennedy has served as Executive Director at Kieve since 1991 and is the third generation of his family at the helm. Henry graduated from Colby College in 1980 then worked as a Certified Public Accountant in California and Portland, Maine. His non-profit experience includes 2 terms elected to the Cumberland, Maine school board, member of the Colby College Board of Overseers, appointment to the Great Ponds Taskforce by Governor King, past president of the Maine Youth Camping Association, past member of Allagash Wilderness Waterway advisory committee, founding board member of the Family Ice Center in Falmouth, Maine, member of Equity in Education taskforce for Governor Baldacci, and member of Maine Huts and Trails board.

He was a Kieve camper from 1967 through 1972 and a counselor from 1973-1980. He lives in Cumberland and Nobleboro, Maine with his wife, B.J., and their 2 children, Sam and Blair.

Dick Kennedy - Founder, The Leadership School
Richard C. Kennedy, Founder of the Leadership Decisions Institute (now The Leadership School) and of the Science Camp for Girls, was Camp Kieve\'s Director from 1959-1990. Dick is a former member of the Maine State Board of Education and the Governor\'s Task Force on Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting. He is an Emeritus Trustee of The Artisans College, in Rockport, Maine, an Emeritus Trustee of Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine, and an Emeritus founding member of the Board of Riley School in Rockport, Maine. Early in his career, Dick was founding Assistant Headmaster of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dick remained very close to Kieve, assisting in development activities and program design. He and his wife, Nancy, spent their winters on Sanibel Island in Florida. In the spring of 2003 Dick was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for his contributions to Maine education. He received a BA from Columbia College and an MA from Stanford University.

JUNE 2016: We invite you to read his obituary here.

Russ Williams - Development & Communications Director
In addition to being the Development & Communications Director, Russ coordinates all the the program brochures, newsletters and website updates. For Boys Camp specifically, he oversees the design and implementation of the Camper Connection, a very popular website function, updated daily during camp and that allows parents to stay updated on some of the happenings around camp and view thousands of camper pictures all year round. Russ is also the 9/11 & Family Camp Director.

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