Chick and Susan BeVier – Founders and Executive Directors
Chick and Susan have spent their life working with children. They have taught thousands to swim, hit the target, sail a J-Y, paint plein air, sweep a cabin, swing a racquet, build a fire, and kick a soccer ball. As their two sons and their wives transition to operating the business, both are still very much involved. They continue to be a part of camp in very tangible ways. Chick runs the Anchor Points program, a full season leadership program for 16 year olds. When not challenging these young men and women, he is often found tending the camp garden. Susan runs the Arts and Crafts program, which is renowned and exhaustive. She brings years of painting experience and a love for both kids and creating. She is often found in the Arts and Crafts building in the wee hours of the morning, planning for the day ahead.
Wes and Becca BeVier – Camp Directors
Wes has been part of camping for over 30 summers. Upon graduating college, he along with family, began the nine-year process of creating Eagle Wing. Throughout this process, Wes established his focus for enabling children to safely grow, take risks and engage with their environment. These continue to be important to the Eagle Wing program. His wife Becca, a former high school English teacher, has always loved kids. She began working summers as a counselor when she was 16. At camp, she loves working with the close knit staff, getting to know camp families, and spending time in the girls’ bunks. Wes and Becca’s four kids are now getting the opportunity to spend their summers growing up at camp.
Jon and Kim Bishop – Assistant Directors
Jon and Kim and their two children have been spending their summer at camp for the past nine summers. At camp they spend the bulk of their time working with campers and staff. Jon also runs our climbing and tripping programs. Jon has a Masters in education and is a former middle and elementary science teacher and middle school head who has worked in both public and private schools. He is currently the STEM coordinator for the Canton CT school system. Beyond his education background, Jon brings many skills to the job of assistant director. He grew up spending his summers at a camp in Montana. Camp is very much a part of his DNA and he brings humor, ideas, and a deep understanding of camp and children to CEW. Kim began her camping career at 19 as a counselor at Camp Eagle Feather, the BeVier’s day camp in Rocky Hill. Before joining CEW full time this last year, where she works in our Connecticut office, Kim was a dorm parent at Miss Porter’s school in Farmington CT. Her disarming, warm way is immediately evident when campers and parents meet her, or even connect with her on the phone before coming to camp. Kim enjoys working with staff, and also with campers and their parents. She is a wonderful resource for camp moms! She builds deep, enduring relationships with everyone in the camp community and can be found planning pranks with campers, joking with staff on the dining hall porch, walking back from the waterfront with a camper, or imitating director Wes BeVier in an Evening Program skit.
Mitchel G. Katz, MD FAAP – Medical Director
This will be Dr. Katz’s 11th summer with us at Camp Eagle Wing, serving as our Medical Director. He and his wife Ginny come to camp for 3 weeks of every summer, bringing their two dogs and Hobie Cat each year. Their sons were also all long time campers. As Medical Director, Dr. Katz oversees and coordinates our medical staff, meets with parents, attends to medical needs, and is on call all summer, even when not at camp. During the rest of the year, Dr. Katz, a pediatrician, runs the Connecticut Center for ADHD, and also practices medicine in Florida. His wife, Ginny, a professional musician, throws herself into the program as well, organizing various musical events at camp from evening dinner graces, to chapel songs, to Fine Arts Night performances. The Katz family are an important part of camp life and are found not only in the infirmary, but on the water, in the dining hall, and at evening programs.
Amy Paulekas – Waterfront Director and AP Director
Amy is a graduate of Colby College, and now Math teacher at the Gunnery School, also serving there as Assistant Academic Dean, Head Dorm Parent, Field Hockey coach, and Varsity Basketball coach. She began her camping career at the age of 6 yrs. old as a camper at Camp Eagle Feather, CEW’s sister day camp in Connecticut. She has been with us at CEW for ten summers. Her love for campers and loyalty to camp run deep. There is many a camper that call her “Mom”, and she is always found in the midst of them. Amy also understands the importance of keeping kids safe, and runs a world class waterfront. Beginning at staff training, Amy has her fingerprint on keeping things fun and safe.