Board of Directors
- John Calcutt, Chairman
- Rolf Gesen, Vice Chair
- Richard Altman
- Lynne Schiffman Delise
- Chris Eldredge
- Katie Gardner
- Gen Izutsu
- Catherine Johnson
The Villages, FL
- Jon Marvin
- Mary Helen Morris
- Clark Smidt
- Stefan Timbrell
New London, NH
- Michael J. Work
New London, NH
- John Zimmerman
Greg Bryant developed a property improvement plan which has helped make Coniston’s facility one of the finest in the US. When Greg started on the board Coniston had just separated from the NH State YMCA and become an independent YMCA, which allowed the board and staff to put resources into Camp. Previously we had not kept up with facility needs and Greg helped the board focus on how facility improvements were important to Coniston, and every camper’s future. Greg also played a pivotal role in procuring equipment. In 1999 when Camp operated on one fully functioning computer terminal and had a very small operating budget — Greg insisted that Camp spend the money to completely wire and network the entire office. Because of this we were a decade ahead of the trend and the centralization of our files enabled the staff to be more efficient, organized and offer better registration and programing. If you appreciate the way Coniston looks today, thank Greg Bryant!
Each year, Camp parents sign that they have read and understand the Coniston Experience Statement on their child’s application. For many of us, a quick scan confirms that our child is able to participate fully in camp and we never think about the Statement again. But for other families, the Statement helps guide them through a decision process that enables their family to decide whether Coniston is the right fit for them. Tricia Brooks was the primary author of the Statement and these policies were integral in Coniston being chosen as a NH Champion of Children by two different NH Governors. Tricia also wrote Camp’s mission statement and modified Camp’s financial aid program to offer partial camperships. Her tenure on the board was only eight years, but the value she added to Coniston is immeasurable.
Brian Grip’s personal Coniston journey has led him from alumni, to parent, to Board Member to our first Chairman after becoming an independent YMCA in 1997! Independence was a substantial turning point for Camp and was accomplished through the hard work of Brian and his fellow board members Bert Myer and Tom Simon. They helped Camp transition from a unit of the NH State YMCA — reporting to them, having our finances controlled by them — to an independent organization, responsible for our own growth and success.
George understood the value of Camp. Talk about a busy man—he represented the United States in Geneva for the GATT treaty, was one of 2 U.S. representatives to the organization that set labor standards for Europe and North America, and took 4 years of his life to help secure Coniston. During 1963 he would stop in Washington DC to negotiate the price of camp with one of the Dudley family on his way to meetings at the United Nations in Geneva.
George hosted camp on his estate on Rand’s Pond and later donated the property to Camp where we stayed until 1963. The building below is Bartlett Hall at Dartmouth. This was the YMCA building for Dartmouth’s student activities when first built when the group that became our Y ran many student activities including graduation!
Richard Morse Colgate
Richard of Colgate-Palmolive was an original board member of Coniston and had a passion for teaching kids to swim because one of his sons drowned swimming in Lake Sunapee. He is one of the men who brought life-guarding to Camp. He also helped found YMCA Camp Fairview Lakes in NJ!
Ernest led campers up Croydon Mountain to see 20% of the buffalo left on earth at that time! This was Coniston's first nature class! Baynes started Coniston, saved the buffalo, founded the first bird sanctuary in the world, and brought the bird house to America.
Tom was a Lifetime and Emeritus board member who helpped the Board organize our building projects so Camp
looks like it does today. He funded a local camper every year to attend Camp. He helped purchase the War Canoes. He helped to start the Annual Fund which now pays for the equivalent of more than 100 campers per year. He even served as the interim Director in between Nancy and John in 1999. Most importantly, he was a major player in Coniston becoming independent in 1997—and this is a partial list. We are all grateful that Tom’s canoe found our Lake Coniston.
Nancy found her way to Coniston through fellow board members. She served on the Centennial Committee and has generously donated to children to come to Camp.