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.
John McNair, Senior Program Director, John has a long history at Camp Coniston and we're fortunate to have him here as a year round employee on the team! He started as a camper back in 1993, was a CIT in 1998 and joined the staff in 2002. John is a graduate of Keene State College and has had several roles at camp over the years. He has served as CIT Director, Boys Camp Director and Maintenance staff just to name a few. As Senior Program Director; John schedules, trains and supervises Adventure Camp, Service Trips and all Coniston travel program staff, as well as, oversees our resident camp program areas to help continually improve how we teach skills in a fun and rewarding way each summer. Email John at
Lorraine Newcomb, Registrar. Lorraine 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!
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.

Nicole Berthiaume, After School 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 G-9 Cabin Counselor to Office Assistant. Nicole earned her degree in Education at Colby Sawyer College and we are excited to have her oversee our 5 after-school programs that serve over 100 students and their parents. Adventure Camp programming is another part of Nicole’s role here and she understands the importance of the camping experience as she has also hiked with our CITs up Mt. Washington! Nicole loves animals; you should ask her about her love of the Wildebeest! Email her at
Emily Judkins, Office Assistant, joined the Camp Coniston 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. Email Emily at

Facilities & Maintenance Staff

Aaron Turner
Aaron Turner, Facilities Director, Aaron came to Coniston in 2001 from a local contracting company. His experience and knowledge are helping Coniston perform and work better. Aaron and his wife Roxanne, who has also worked at Coniston, are local to the Grantham area. They are the proud parents of two boys who have just started to participate in the Coniston camping experience! Aaron is a devoted hockey dad... loves his motorcycle... and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan...!
Dave Savio
Dave Savio, Maintenance, Dave 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. Things keep looking better and better. 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, James 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! In the ten years between being at Coniston, 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!