Our Directors, Full-time Staff & Camp Board
Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee & Johnathon Lee – Co-Executive Directors
Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee and Johnathon Lee began their work as the Co-Executive Directors of Camp Kintail in November 2007. Theresa is a long time Kintail camper, LIT, and staff member. She attended the first Kintail Family Camp as a three year old and has spent part of every summer at camp since that first experience. Theresa filled several roles on the camp staff including Counsellor, Lifeguard, On-site Out-tripper, Leader in Training Resource Counsellor, and Assistant Director. She then spent three years as the Director of Presbyterian Camp Douglas in British Columbia.
Theresa has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Trent University with a joint major of Environmental Resource Studies and Women’s Studies. She has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Vancouver School of Theology. From 2002 to 2007, Theresa served as the minister of Knox Presbyterian Church, Monkton and Knox Presbyterian Church, Cranbrook.
Johnathon is a University of Guelph Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration graduate. He worked at the Royal Bank for seven years. As a child, Johnathon attended Camp Bimini, and then spent a summer working at Camp Kintail. When Theresa and Johnathon were out west, Johnathon served as the Administrator at Camp Douglas. Returning to Ontario, he worked at the Royal Bank for seven years in the area of agriculture. Together, Johnathon and Theresa are raising their three beautiful and busy little girls, Ella, Lucy, and Anna.
Shelagh O’Neill- Associate Director – Outdoor Education
Shelagh “Flame” O’Neill first experienced Camp Kintail in 2000 when she attended a youth group weekend with her church. She returned to Kintail the following summer as a camper and has spent a part of every summer at Kintail ever since. She joined the Kintail staff in 2004 and worked as a Counsellor, Lifeguard, Waterfront Director, Offsite Trip Director, LIT Resource Counsellor, Head Counsellor and Assistant Director. Shelagh graduated from the University of Guelph in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics & physics and from there continued her education at Nipissing University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education degree Shelagh accepted a position at a high school in Salwa, Kuwait teaching math and science. From there, she moved to the island of Gameti, Northwest Territories where she enjoyed teaching for three years. Having lived away from Ontario for four years, Shelagh is thrilled to be called back to outdoor ministry and is happy to be home at Camp Kintail. In her spare time Flame loves reading, baking, beading, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and singing (really loud in the car)!
Christina Molenaar – Assistant Director – Summer Camp and Wedding Co-ordinator
Christina “Piglet” Molenaar first joined the Camp Kintail team in 2016, falling in love with the sunsets on the shore of Lake Huron and the community Kintail offers. From a Counsellor, to Arts and Crafts Director, to Day Camp Coordinator, Christina is now Kintail’s new Assistant Director! Christina has her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Studies and Studio Art from the University of Guelph. She enjoys painting (perhaps you’ve seen her sign work around camp!), being in the outdoors, and creating unforgettable memories with friends and family. At Kintail, you’ll most likely find Christina down by Arts and Crafts, or walking along Lake Huron’s beach looking for sea glass! Christina is thrilled to be a part of the Kintail team and cannot wait to watch as Kintail continues to grow and become a home for all who visit!
Matt Speer- Director of Adventure-Based Learning
Since the age of nine, this guy has been coming to camp every summer and has just wrapped up his 8th summer working at camp. Now, Matt “Titan” Speer is our tallest full time staff member. He is a recent graduate of the Outdoor and Adventure Education program at Fleming College. Additionally, he is certified to lead hikes and canoe trips, perform wilderness first responder tasks, and to supervise our waterfront. At camp you can find Titan leading all kinds of activities from the high ropes all the way to the beach. His main tasks will be to co-ordinate with all kinds of rental and school groups, as well as stepping into the role of Challenge Course Manager. Titan’s favourite things in the world are Space Jam, rock climbing, basketball and a well cooked steak. He looks forward to seeing all the campers come each summer and there is nothing that he loves more than making their time at camp extra special.
Chris Bridgwater- Assistant Director of Adventure-Based Learning
Chris “Eldur” Bridgwater hails from rainy England and is excited to enjoy the Canadian weather! His first experience with camp was the summer of 2010 at Camp Westminister in Michigan. He spent the next 6 summers doing a variety of jobs at Westminister – from Head Counsellor to Media Specialist and Expedition Coordinator.
In 2019 Eldur joined us at Camp Kintail as one of our Leader In Training Resource Counsellors (L.I.T. R.C.). He now is our Assistant Director of Adventure-Based Learning, encouraging and challenging campers to reach their goals! Eldur enjoys rock climbing, cooking over a fire, and well – pretty much anything outdoors! If you are trying to find him, he can usually be found helping Titan out at the High Challenge Course, leading an Outdoor Living Skills session, or just generally helping out around the site where needed. He loves the camp community and can’t wait to deepen his roots in the years to come!
Craig Ludington – Site Manager
Craig “Ari” Ludington is excited to spend his fifth summer at Camp Kintail serving as the interim site manager! He has lived at Kintail year-round for the last two years and is excited to spend another helping to maintain the site and be involved in various programming. He looks forward to spending time out at the high ropes and can often be found enjoying the solitude of the lawn-mower. A jack-of-all-trades he can often be found repairing something one minute then helping in the kitchen the next. Craig is excited for all of the staff to return in the spring and always looks forward to connecting with campers each summer.
Mark Mertens- Kitchen Manager
Mark “Lobo” Mertens grew up near Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia, but moved back to Ontario in 1989. He has worked in the Food Services industry for more than 37 Years, with 20 of those in the Camp and Conference Centre setting. While in Nova Scotia, he attended the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology and earned his degree in Food Services Technology.
Mark developed his skills in university residences and restaurants, and received the Red Seal Certification in 1996. Working in the catering business, he had time to work in summer camps for summer, both large scale and specialized (Easter Seals). In 1997,Mark was approached by Fair Havens Ministries to become their Food Services Manager and Executive Chef, working there for 18 years in that capacity. Coming to Camp Kintail is a blessing to him as he has missed this setting for the last two and a half years and enjoys the camp environment very much.
Tracy Archibald – Kitchen Manager & Housekeeper
Christin Gillard – Office and Communications Co-ordinator
Christin “Hydra” Gillard arrived at Kintail just in time to see the camp break ground on the Nest, and has loved working on site ever since. Christin has her Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Media Studies from Humber College. Originally from Mount Brydges Ontario, Christin grew up attending North Caradoc Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Strathroy where she served as a ruling Elder, attended General Assembly as a Y.A.R. and has written articles and blog posts for the Presbyterian Record. She spends her time at Kintail working with registration, managing the media accounts and website maintenenance, as well as all the other tasks that make Kintail so engaging and fun!
Becca Cheskes – Event & Community Outreach Co-ordinator
Becca “Beebalm” Cheskes loves camp! She grew up going to camp every summer, and previously worked at Forest Cliff Camp as a counsellor and as Program Director for 3 summers. Becca received her bachelor’s degree in International Development from the University of Guelph, and recently completed a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College. She stumbled upon Camp Kintail in 2018 as she was missing living and working in community at camp, and couldn’t be more grateful that she did. Becca is the point person for special events held at camp, for Kintail on the Road, and helping build relationships between camp and the greater community. She is excited to be a part of an amazing staff team, and for all the ways camp is growing and making a difference. Becca loves singing, being outdoors, travelling, and learning new things! She also loves spending time at the beach in all seasons- including the winter!
Board of Directors
The Camp Board works year-round to further the ministry and mission of Camp Kintail. The board is responsible for the financial oversight of the camp and the policies and procedures that guide the work of the camp. The board members commit to supporting the camp financially, prayerfully, and through their time and skills. They represent the Presbyterian Church throughout the Synod and include both lay and clergy members.
Each year the board and Camp Directors report to the Synod of Southwestern Ontario. The Report for 2020 can be read here: Synod Report – 2020 (Final)