Rachel and Jamie Chadwin, Owners & Co-Directors
Rachel and Jamie Chadwin have spent the greater part of their lives at overnight camp as campers, counselors, athletic/program directors, assistant directors, and now Co-Directors. They each bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to Camp Mah-Kee-Nac.
Jamie and Rachel began dating as camp counselors, graduated college, eventually married, and returned to camp together to pursue not only a career but the most meaningful life for their family.
Rachel, in addition to some years of teaching middle school, has been involved in camping for the greater part of her career. Working in traditional, specialty, and academic camps, Rachel has partnered with families all over the world to provide children with the best summer experiences.
Outside of working at camp for many years in the summers, Jamie also brings over twenty years of coaching experience (college, high school, international basketball) and sixteen years of elementary school teaching experience to Mah-Kee-Nac.
Together, they have a deep understanding of the meaning of camp in a child’s life, and a belief that partnering with parents is the foundation for ensuring a child’s ultimate success at camp. Rachel graduated from Denison University in Ohio with a B.A. in Psychology and Physical Education, and Jamie earned a B.A. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Delaware.
The Chadwins reside in Ardmore, Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia with their three daughters(!), Paige and Reese (twins, 12 yrs) and Shay (7 yrs).
Kevin Lilley, Associate Director
Kevin started at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in 2002 as the Baseball Director. Kevin felt a warmth at MKN and continued spending his summers as Athletic Director, Program Director and Operations Director until becoming the year-round Assistant Director in 2009 for 7 years. Now as Associate Director, Kevin is involved in residential life at camp, staff recruitment, staff training, program development, IT, facilities and has terrific relationships with campers, parents, and staff.
Kevin lives the beautiful Berkshires (lucky!) all-year-round with his wife Rebecca (General Manager at the exquisite 33 Main in Lenox), their two sons, Fletcher who is now an official MKN camper, Turner and their pup, Crumbs.
The strong sense of community at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is both created and cultivated by our staff members. Rachel, Jamie, Kevin, and Lillie see this bond as the most influential takeaway that is shared with campers. MKN’s warm environment builds a sense of safety and encouragement that helps each boy to take healthy risks, develop new interests and make lifelong friends.
With staff from all over the world, MKN is proud to have on average a 70% staff return rate each summer. This element provides an extra sense of comfort for the boys and allows the Leadership Team to exercise and implement more long-term, in-depth training.
The leaders of all our programs are experienced coaches and teachers, assisted by more than 100 skilled counselors, many of whom are young teachers or students majoring in education or another child-related field. All counselors are hired to coach or teach in a particular area to ensure that MKN campers receive the most specialized instruction.
The people at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac have always been the foundation of its honorable 90 years of camp excellence.
Our team of chefs, cooks, and kitchen staff is lead by the incomparable Osmar Vasquez. Chef Ozzy has worked at a few of the finest Country Clubs in Florida including The Polo Club and The Banyan. We are extremely lucky that Chef Ozzy can take four months of his year to join us at camp along with his wife, Rosa who works alongside him, and his son and daughter. In addition to being a Peanut and Tree Nut free camp, Chef Ozzy also hires two Allergy and Special Diet chefs, both of whom are FARE trained and certified. We safely accommodate children and staff with all types of allergies and dietary restrictions including but not limited to egg, dairy, soy, sesame, wheat, fish and shellfish (none served at camp), gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. Staff or parents with children who require special diets are strongly encouraged to contact Rachel Chadwin to discuss their options and plan. Rachel works closely with Chef Ozzy and our allergy chefs to make sure that each child is safely and comfortably taken care of.