Board of Directors
CHRISTINE WUBBOLDING, PRESIDENT
Hillsborough, New Jersey -- Board Member Since 2011
Christine Wubbolding lives in Hillsborough, NJ. She is the retired Vice President/Treasurer of the former Hanson Industries/Millennium Chemicals, a $15 billion dollar Fortune 500 company. Chris was a Board Member of her local New Jersey Girl Scout Council for eight years, and also served the Girl Scouts on the Property, Finance, HR, Audit (Chair), Strategic Learning and Eagle Island Task Groups/Committees. She visited and evaluated Eagle Island as a member of the Council Realignment Committee Property Committee. Chris joined FEI (now Eagle Island, Inc.) as a board member in 2011, and assumed the President position in December 2015.
Lauren Parmington, VICE PRESIDENT
Brooklyn, New York -- Since 2011
Saranac Lake, New York
Lauren Parmington grew up spending summers on Upper Saranac Lake with her family. She was also a camper, CIT, staff member and Sailing Director at Eagle Island for more than 10 years. Lauren is a real estate investor in New York and was formerly employed at the FSI Group, New York, N.Y., a financials-focused hedge fund, trading real estate equities and fixed income. A graduate of Columbia University, with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, Lauren co-captained the sailing team during her time there, after learning to sail as a camper at Eagle Island. In her free time, she enjoys climbing the 46 Adirondack High Peaks (for her second round) and spending time with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
Karin Walsh Rutledge, VICE PRESIDENT
Washington, D.C. -- Since 2016
Karin Walsh Rutledge grew up in New Jersey and lives in Washington, DC. She works at the U.S. Department of State where her focus is foreign assistance for the former Soviet States. Karin worked for the Eurasia Foundation as the Director of Government Relations, forthe Close Up Foundation, a civic education organization, and in other government relations positions. Karin has a Master’s in International Management (finance concentration) from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor’s in Russian Studies and International Relations from Colgate University. Karin studied at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow in 1983 and has traveled overseas extensively for work and pleasure. Karin credits her independence and sense of adventure to her experiences at Camp Eagle Island where she was a camper and junior counselor from 1976-1980 and attended family camp with her husband and son for three summers prior to the closing of the camp.
Jane Lowell evans, VICE pRESIDENT
Needham, Massachusetts -- Since 2017
Jane Lowell Evans is a South Orange, NJ native who graduated from Cornell University with a BS and MEng in Electrical Engineering. She was a camper at Eagle Island from 1969-1972, a counselor in 1975, Sailing Director in 1977, and an occasional Women’s Weekend attendee. After years as a digital hardware designer at Motorola, Jane took a parenting break, and then returned to work at her current job as a technical writer. Jane wears many volunteer hats, including Girl Scout Leader, Robotics Team Mentor, Community Garden Board Member, and Quilt Show Director. She lives in Needham, MA.
Carole Mackenzie, Treasurer
Livingston, New Jersey -- Since 2014
Carole L. Mackenzie a Livingston, NJ resident, earned a B.S. in Math/Physics from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology. As a Senior Systems Engineer for General Dynamics Mission Systems, she works with customers and design engineers on requirements for specialty design engineering products. In addition to her engineering duties, she has led the annual Take-Our-Daughters/Sons-to-Work-Day program at her company for 22 years to promote STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) opportunities with youth. She helped found Little Angels Christian Montessori School in Livingston, NJ in 2011, and serves as their treasurer.
DR. MARY RATCHFORD HESSELGRAVE, SECRETARY
West Orange, New Jersey -- Since 2017
Dr. Mary Ratchford Hesselgrave, of West Orange, NJ, is a mathematician, computer scientist, educator, and outdoors enthusiast. She earned an M.A. in Math from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph. D. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, taught at local colleges, and retired from Bell Labs as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff,. Mary was at Eagle Island from 1954 to 1964, including 3 years on Mariner staff, and has extensive experience in outdoors activity in the Adirondacks and elsewhere, including sailing, canoeing, and hiking. As a volunteer, she has served as a Girl Scout leader, American Canoe Association Vice-Commodore, Bell Labs Outing Club Chair, and NJ Women and Math chair.
Steve Reich, Assistant Treasurer
Livingston, New Jersey -- Since 2015
Steve Reich, a Livingston, NJ resident, earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, Yale University; an MA in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Steve has spent his most recent years as a Financial Analyst at Citibank and Roubini Global Economics as well as Treasurer for Grace Lutheran Church in Livingston. Steve has been a great supporter of Eagle Island as a long-time volunteer working on island maintenance and repairs.
New York City, New York -- Since 2018
Stef Goodsell, a resident of NYC, has extensive experience in communications and public relations in the private sector, for non-profits, and in the political field. She is currently a VP in the Strategic Communications Division at The Glover Park Group, one of the top communications consulting and public relations firms on the East Coast, and was a principal at Kekst, a strategic, corporate, and financial communications firm, for 8 years, and held various roles working for Senators Clinton and Gillibrand. Stef serves on the Leadership Council of Lawyers for Children. She holds a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Columbia University. Stef was at Eagle Island Camp from 1996 to 2005, as a camper, CIT, and assistant sailing director.
Henry 'Buz' D. Graves, Jr.
Saranac Lake, New York -- Since 2012
Henry D. Graves, Jr., L.C.S.W., (Buz), resident of Saranac Lake, NY, is the great-grandson of the donor of Eagle Island. He has retired from his practice in family and group therapy focused on youth ages 12 to 25 who have emotional, psychological and psychiatric issues. He has also served as director of alcohol and drug abuse agencies’ counseling and outpatient services and managed a detoxification unit and a court Delinquency Intervention Program. He was voted Volunteer of the Year for the State of Connecticut, and has chaired the Youth Service Advisory Board, the Social Services Advisory Board, and the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Committee of Ledyard, CT. Buz has also received many awards from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his work with youth. He has spent the past 60 summers in the Adirondacks and shares his love for the mountains and lakes with his family present and past and grew up hearing stories of his great-grandparents and Eagle Island.
DORCAS R. HARDY, Emerita
Spotsylvania, Virginia -- Since 2011
Honorable Dorcas R. Hardy is a resident of Virginia, and Principal of DRHardy & Assoc., a government relations and public policy firm promoting improved government management through technology. She holds a BA from Connecticut College, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and completed the Certified Financial Planner Program, Executive Program in Health Policy, and Financial Management at Harvard. She has served in state and federal positions including U.S. Commissioner of Social Security. A lifetime Girl Scout, Dorcas was an Eagle Island camper, represented the Oranges and Maplewood at GSUSA on the national and international level, and is a member of the U.S. Our Chalet (Switzerland) Committee, She served as President of FEI from 2011 to 2015 and continues as an Emeritus Director.
Dedham, Massachusetts -- Since 2018
Will Harrington is a resident of Dedham, MA, and an English teacher at The Williams School in New London, CT. He graduated in 2016 from Harvard College with an A.B. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Folklore and Mythology, and expects to receive an M.A.T.L. from Mount Holyoke College in 2020. His lifetime of experience at EIC began when his mother, Mimi Harrington, was camp director for several summers in the 90’s. He has formerly been a trustee of Beaver Country Day School, and the treasurer of the Harvard Secular Society. He continues to stay connected with the Adirondacks and spends summers with his family in Essex County.
Vauxhall, New Jersey -- Since 2013
Chris Hildebrand is a graduate of Gettysburg College and a longtime New Jersey resident who retired from Verizon as a Communications Technician in 2003. A camper at Eagle Island Camp from 1955 to 1959, she was in Waterfront Units, Tripper and Mariner where she earned the prestigious Skipper rating, went to Sea Pines Camp as a CIT, and returned to Eagle Island as a Mariner counselor from 1961-1963. In December 2006 Chris initiated the Eagle Island Camp alumnae group with her sister Ginny Hildebrand, (also an Eagle Island alumna). Working with the GSCGEHC council staff, she reached out to find Eagle Island alumnae, and helped lead fundraising for capital improvements at Eagle Island Great Camp as well as the 70th anniversary commemoration and subsequent successful alumnae reunions. She has worked as a full time volunteer for Eagle Island since late 2006, first through the Girl Scout Council before and after merger, and then through FEI/Eagle Island, Inc. She has been invaluable as Communications Coordinator.
Saranac Lake, New York -- Since 2014
Carol Jackman resides on Upper Saranac Lake, NY. She graduated from Pomona College and received a M.S. in library science at Syracuse University. Before beginning a family, she worked as a children’s librarian at the Rochester Public Library. While raising her two children, Carol volunteered in their school libraries, and served in endless volunteer positions in Girl Scouting from leader to board member. A member of GS from childhood, she spent her college summers working at GS camps including Eagle Island in 1962. Currently, Carol serves as a volunteer at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake providing educational talks about the native conifers in the Adirondacks. Carol serves as the chair of the Adirondack Committee.
Marina Padakis Lowry
New York City, New York -- Since 2018
Marina Padakis Lowry lives in New York City. She has had a 20-year career in book publishing, and is currently Managing Editor of Trade Publishing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, with significant contacts in the NYC publishing, media, and culinary worlds. Marina was an Eagle Island camper in the 1980’s, as well as a Family Camper and Women’s Weekender. She has been an active on-island volunteer, and off-island with events coordination and as an editor and copy editor. Her other volunteer work includes chairing the Communications/Newsletter and Programs committees for the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, and coordinating donations for Room to Grow, which supports new parents with coaching and goods to help children thrive. Marina holds a BA in Economics from Earlham College.
Nevada -- Since 2018
Marie Spess, a resident of Nevada, is a retired Chief Financial Officer of various large and small companies, including a non-profit regional theatre in Florida for which she currently consults. She brings a wealth of financial, business, and operational knowledge to Eagle Island. Marie has served on EI’s Finance Committee since early 2017 and has been a great help in audit preparation and bringing her non-profit experience to this organization. She has a BS in Business Administration from Montclair State University, and is a NJ CPA (inactive). Marie is the chair of the Finance Committee.
Paula E. Michelsen, Executive Director
West Orange, New Jersey -- (Board Member 2011-2015)
Paula Michelsen (formerly McGovern), a West Orange, NJ resident, earned a B.A. in Biological Chemistry from Wellesley College and an M.S. in Environmental Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is the former Chair, 2003-2015, of the Livingston Open Space Trust Fund, where she completed three purchases, and received grants from Essex County and NJ Green Acres to leverage the Trust Fund. She served also as the Vice Chair of the Livingston Environmental Commission. As a Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Benjamin Moore & Co, she monitored environmental protection and worker safety laws and regulations, writing policies and educating personnel on requirements and changes and performing on-site reviews. She represented BM & Co., on various national committees. In addition to being an Eagle Island alumna, Paula held the position of FEI Treasurer between 2011 and December 2015.
Katrina Dearden, Camp Director / Assistant Executive Director
Katrina Dearden graduated from Widener University with a BS in Civil Engineering. She comes to Eagle Island from Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, where she directed Rock Hill Camp for five summers. In addition to being a Camp Director, Katrina has held positions at various Girl Scout camps including; Assistant Camp Director, Program Director, Waterfront Director, and Unit Leader. Before working full time for Girl Scouts, Katrina worked as a Program Educator at the Storer Camps Outdoors School (a year round camp facility) where she focused on outdoor adventure and STEM programming. Katrina has also spent time volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader.
WHERE HISTORY MEETS THE FUTURE
Located on its own wooded island on Upper Saranac Lake in New York's Adirondack Mountains, Eagle Island is a youth camp, a National Historic Landmark, and one of the best-preserved examples of Adirondack Great Camp architecture.
To inspire and empower girls and young women to be confident, collaborative, and courageous.
To provide an environmentally responsible island camp experience for youth, with an emphasis on girls and young women, while preserving Eagle Island’s natural and historic character. Eagle Island, Inc. aims to develop leadership and team building skills through premier programming to help young people succeed in today’s global landscape.