Year-Round Staff

Administrative Staff

John Tilley
John Tilley, Executive Director, “Old Man Tilley,” as he sometimes refers to himself, came to Coniston in November of 1999. John started camp work as a summer counselor in 1982 and has worked at camps in North Carolina, Kentucky, Utah, California and Pennsylvania. John’s wife, Tricia was raised in Concord, NH and they both love calling the Granite State home. When not focusing on Camp he loves to share the inner workings of Coniston’s success, in hopes of making camping programs across the nation more successful and impactful for youth. John has become integrated in the local community through participation as a Ballot Clerk and a member of the Planning Board-- but is particularly known for his passion of chatting at the local coffee shop during the winter mornings.
Lorraine Newcomb, Registrar, joined the Coniston team in 2000. Lorraine is the go-to person if you are looking for registration information or anything concerning camp operations. Parents - get ready to receive info from Lorraine all winter long! She’s fair and focused on getting everyone possible into camp… but bribes won’t work regarding the waitlist (believe us, people have tried)! Lorraine's two children have attended and worked at Coniston. Lorraine and her husband Joe are lifelong residents of the Croydon/Grantham area. From working in the school systems to being on the school board, Lorraine knows everyone! In her spare time, Lorraine is found working on her log home… the home that she and her husband built themselves… want to know how to get bark off a tree, just ask Lorraine!
John McNair, Summer Camp & Operations Director, has a long history at Camp Coniston—camper in 1993, CIT in 1998, and staff member in 2002. He has served as CIT Director, Boys Camp Director, Maintenance, and Senior Program Director just to name a few. He also schedules, trains and supervises Adventure Camp, Service Trips and all Coniston travel program staff. In addition, he focuses on the management of facilities, infirmary, and food service, as well as the general oversight of summer camp. John will help with staff recruitment, hiring, and capital development.
Nicole Berthiaume, Summer Camp, Staff Development & Alumni Relations Director, has been connected with Coniston since 1993! Most of Nicole’s family has also worked at Coniston or attended as campers. She has held many staff roles, over the years from Cabin Counselor, Office Assistant and most recently the Afterschool Director. In her current role, Nicole focuses on camp operations including staff recruitment, hiring, training and management, alumni relations, community outreach, and career development. Nicole loves animals; you should ask her about her love of the Wildebeest!
Lindsey Tompkins, Director of Development & Communications, joined Coniston in 2016. With her she brings an energetic personality and a true passion for developing youth. She works in partnership with the entire Coniston staff to ensure that communications strategies, messages and tactics are aligned with the board's overall plan. Lindsey lives with her husband and three children in Henniker, NH. During her free time she loves spending time with her family, unplugged and outdoors.

Hannah Slafsky, Afterschool Director, has been connected with Coniston most of her life as her family has worked at Coniston or attended as campers themselves—she even met her husband at Camp. She was a 7-year camper and a West Coast CIT in 2007. She has worked as a cabin counselor, Arts and Crafts Director, Middler Division Leader, and Girls Camp Director in 2013. She also continues to be part of Camp Winning Spirit over Labor Day weekend year after year. We are excited to have her oversee our 5 afterschool programs that serve over 100 students and their parents.

Emily Judkins, Office Assistant, joined the staff in 2012. A graduate of Quinnipiac University, Emily continued on to attain her M.S. at Southern New Hampshire University. Emily grew up in both Lebanon and Grantham and now lives in Wilmot with her husband, Josh, and two boys, Trenton and Griffin. She was a Coniston camper in the early 90's and is very excited to be back. Summer nostalgia brings up some of her best childhood memories because they were right here. She is excited for her boys to become campers one day when they are old enough. In her free time Emily enjoys skiing, boating, and being with her family.
Chloe Twadell, Non-Profit Management Associate, joined our year-round team after working this summer as our Aquatics Director, overseeing program areas on the lake and teaching lifeguarding to the CITs. In her prior summers on staff, she was a middler and senior division counselor. Chloe grew up Marblehead, Massachusetts and has spent the past few years studying wilderness and emergency medicine. Chloe is passionate about the outdoors, writing, and art.

Jesse Ladd, Non-Profit Management Associate,joined our year-round team after working this summer as our international coordinator and dance director. She helped all new international staff prepare and transition into the Coniston community. Jesse is extremely passionate about the arts and has worked as our Dance Director for the past three summers, introducing the dance productions to Coniston. Jesse is from Shropshire in England, and recently graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Journalism Studies. In her afternoons, Jesse is the supervisor for Sunapee’s afterschool program.
Patrick Noble, Non-Profit Management Associate, started this position after piloting the Program Leadership Director position this past summer, handling inventory management and purchasing for summer programming. Patrick recently graduated Ithaca College with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing and is excited to be working with alumni and planning off-site trips for the summer. In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking in the White Mountains and when the snow flies is an avid skier. He collegiately ski raced for Ithaca College.

Facilities & Maintenance Staff

Aaron Turner
Aaron Turner, Facilities Director, came to Coniston in 2001 from a local contracting company. His experience and knowledge are helping Coniston perform and work better. Aaron is local to the Grantham area and has two sons who participated in the Coniston camping experience! Aaron is a devoted Army dad... loves his jeep... and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan...!

Dave Savio
Dave Savio, Maintenance, is a key player on our maintenance team and continues a family lineage. Dave's in-laws have also worked at Coniston over the years, Ed Hutchins, worked in Maintenance and built most of the buildings for the Dudley Family in the 40's and 50's. Dave's knowledge and experience helps us to update facilities and add new areas to camp each year. Dave is well known for wiping out the clutter and overgrowth around the camp facilities. Because of him we have a new cleaning catch phrase... "Just Savio it!"
James Newcomb
James Newcomb, Maintenance, has been tied to Coniston in many ways over the years. As someone who grew up on the same road as Camp, he has been a camper, and worked summer maintenance in 2001. Did you notice the same last name as Lorraine? Yes they are related… she is his aunt! Over the years, James has become an excellent carpenter. He has an eye for detail and wants to make everything work just right. If you're unsure how to fix something – James definitely will have the answers. We're lucky to have him on our team again!