Meet our Full Time Staff
listed in their order of appearance...or alphabetical.
Leanne Austin, Ministry Staff
Pilgrim Pines has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I grew up coming as a Squanto Camper, and I have worked at Camp Squanto for four summers.
I am excited that my days will all be different, looking forward to watching the seasons change at the Pines.
Pilgrim Pines is common ground for a lot of people who wouldn’t otherwise come together. Pilgrim Pines is a place to stay connected with old friends and connect with new ones.
I enjoy being in nature and crafting when I am not at work.
BEth bastoni, Housekeeping
I came to visit friends at Pilgrim Pines and I never left. This is a special community of people, staff and guests, with common values of commitment, acceptance, and making a difference in people's lives.
Pilgrim Pines is a place where people can relax, rejuvenate, and experience personal growth.
Jim condap, executive director
As a young boy, my experience at Camp Squanto was life changing. As I grew and experienced the love of Christ, the call to ministry was clear. My life was changed at camp. The call to come back and serve camp was undeniable.
I love the people who come to camp and the shared times of conversation, laughter, fun and deep meaning. Friends have become family.
Our purpose is to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ and to help create an environment where all people can experience the grace and love of Jesus.
I love spending time with my family, enjoying live music, watching New England sports teams, cutting grass, and reading.
Shawn deraps, food service director
I was brought to Pilgrim Pines by my desire to work for the Lord. This is a place where I can be with like-minded individuals all working together for the Good.
Pilgrim Pines is a ministry that brings all people together searching for a deeper understanding of and relationship with Jesus. I love talking to guests about the workings of the Holy Spirit and how God is showing his faithfulness to his people.
Josh Guyette, Food Service
I have lived on the lake my whole life and wanted to be apart of something more. I have found that in the Pines.
What I love most about my job is greeting guests with a smile, and listening to their experiences about their faith.
You can find me in the kitchen, but when I am not working I love hanging out and laughing with friends, all things Marvel, singing, and walking around the lake.
dave kennedy, facilities
What brought me to Pilgrim Pines? My truck!
I enjoy working with the cool people here. To me, Pilgrim Pines is a community of like-minded and spirited folks who share what we have with others and grow closer to God.
When I'm not working, I'm grilling steaks and eating french fries!
karen manlove, FInance Director
I grew up as a Season Siter at Mayflower Family Camp and a Camp Squanto camper. Growing up, I couldn't get enough of Pilgrim Pines. This place has shaped my faith, friendships, and family.
Pilgrim Pines is a place where you can revel in God's creation. I am always learning here - from formal spiritual teachings to sharing with others in community. This is my spiritual home in many ways.
I love watching my own children grow up in this Pines community. They can play, develop relationships, and experience the love of Jesus here. Pilgrim Pines is way more than a place - it's a family.
Tiffany Mannion, Road Scholar Coordinator
I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work with the Road Scholar Program at Pilgrim Pines and share my love of community and local culture and combine it with a rich legacy programming that has made Pilgrim Pines a successful destination for Road Scholar programming for the past 30 years.
At home I am surrounded by my amazing family that includes two children who are a wellspring of inspiration and beauty and a husband who continually sees the very best in everything. Being one of six siblings, they are extremely close and try to connect often for any and all reasons.
Scott Nitchie, Ministry Staff
I grew up going to Camp Squanto since I was old enough to and Mayflower every summer with my family.
I’ve spent my summers working at Squanto and love working with the kids and amazing staff spreading the Gospel. I’m excited to be here full time to see Pilgrim Pines from a different lens and be back in New England to see all four seasons.
Pilgrim Pines is a place where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can come for a fun and relaxing getaway while being filled spiritually and growing in relationship with God and others.
I enjoy watching Boston sports, playing guitar and throwing a Frisbee.
kayla o'donnell, marketing coordinator
I have been coming to the Pines since I was a very small child. I worked on summer staff and now I am on full time staff. I love it here and want to help make it great for everyone that comes, just like others did for me.
I love the community here and how I am challenged and able to grow. It's a great work environment. I love it!
Pilgrim Pines is a safe and welcoming environment where people come to grow, rejuvenate, and be with God. It's a place where people come to be themselves.
When I'm not working, you'll find me at Starbucks, traveling, hanging with friends, reading, or kayaking.
david page, facilities director
After moving from Alaska to New England, I was recruited by Pastor Nelson who married my wife and I at the Pines chapel to come work at Pilgrim Pines. I love working and serving with people from so many varieties of life.
I get to work in a beautiful outdoor setting and do something different every day. Pilgrim Pines provides a place for people to meet, learn, and grow in Christ.
I love traveling to visit family and exploring the world.
Cody Rodrigues, Squanto Director
Every year growing up, I was always looking forward to my week at Camp Squanto and time at Family camp. From the big games and campfire songs to the powerful messages taught and meaningful discussions had; Pilgrim Pines has had a strong impact on my faith. Over the years I have seen Pilgrim Pines inviting more and more people to have a relationship with Christ, as well as provide a peaceful place to learn and grow. It has been an incredible privilege to watch the Lord move here and I am excited to be of service.
When I am not at work, you can find me in the outdoors either wading in a river fly fishing or rock climbing through incredible landscapes.
Erin Shea, Guest Services
My family has been vacationing at the Pines since I was 4 years old and I spent several summers working down at Squanto. Pilgrim Pines has always been my home away from home and I’m excited to be here full-time, to give back to the people & the place that has had such an impact on my life.
Pilgrim Pines is a place of community; a place to reconnect with God, renew relationships, and form new ones. The Pines is where I find peace and center myself.
I love reading and watching old movies, geeking out over anything Harry Potter or Marvel, cooking, and enjoying time outside.
Kelsey Shears, Camp Squanto Co-Director
Camp Squanto helped to shape and form the foundation of my faith through my youth. This ‘sweet spot’ on the lake tucked away in peaceful serenity quickly became my second home as I grew up and now I can proudly call it my first home!
I am passionate about discipleship and wanting people to experience the intimacy of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit. I believe that as a follower of Christ, life is ministry and ministry is life and I am incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to serve with Pilgrim Pines and Camp Squanto for the sake of the Kingdom.
Some of my favorite things include: laughing and adventuring with my husband, drinking coffee, cooking, eating “interesting” foods, hiking, and traveling.
jason st. hilaire, food service
You can find Jason in our camp kitchen where he is always smiling and creating great tasting food for our happy campers. Jason enjoys spending time with his family and all things Star Wars.