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 children 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)!

Christin Gillard – 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 Honours 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!

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.

Tracy Archibald – Kitchen Manager & Housekeeper

Tracy “Luciolle” Archibald started cooking at the Holiday Inn, working closely with the chef for 2 years. She then moved on to try different job opportunities such as accounts payable and receiving, cashier, and started her own cleaning business. 5 years later she worked as a lead hand overseeing a team of 10 at Schneider Foods. Tracy learned her passion for cooking and decided to work at a few restaurants and was given an opportunity to take over a restaurant as her own; a great opportunity to begin a new adventure. That new adventure gave her great satisfaction for her love of cooking. It was there that Tracy met Mark (Lobo) and fell in love. With that love and a great opportunity to move on to something new, Tracy came to work at Camp Kintail married Mark. She is now living happily ever after.

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.

Chris Bridgwater- 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!

Rev. Jen Sokolowsky – Rental & Wedding Coordinator

Rev. Jen “Maranta” Sokolowsky began serving at Camp Kintail in the winter of 2022.  Jen came to Kintail passionate about helping to create an unforgettable experience for Wedding Couples as well as community groups who rent Kintail’s space.  Jen also deeply enjoys her role with Kirk in the Cedars, Kintail’s new worshipping community.
Jen earned a B.A. from McMaster University, focusing on Sociology and Religious Studies.  She has a Masters of Divinity degree from Knox College, University of Toronto.  From 2005-2014 Jen served at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church as their Associate Ministers for Children, Youth and Young Families.  From 2015-2022 she served as Minister of Erindale Presbyterian in Mississauga.
Jen has two teens, Niamh and Eoghan, whom she adores.  She is married to Dave, who happens to be the most supportive husband in the world (you’ll often find him washing dishes, driving the golf cart or running errands for camp!).

Julia McIsaac – Summer Camp Director

Julia “Lune” McIssac joined the year-round staff as the Summer Camp Director in 2022. Julia has been a camper, LIT, summer staff, and fall staff at Camp Kintail. She recently completed an Outdoor Education program at Sir Sanford Fleming College. Her home congregation is St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Guelph. Julia is creative and loves spending time in arts and crafts as well as leading hikes and teaching about nature.

Lauren Huston – Media & Hospitality

Lauren “Snail” Huston (she/her) first joined the Kintail team as one of our Leader In Training Resource Counsellors (L.I.T. R.C.) in the summer of 2015 during her Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Media Studies from Humber College. She worked as a professional photographer and editor following graduation in 2016, later working as a communications coordinator for Body Brave, a non-profit organization based in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2021, she enrolled in Business Fundamentals – Entrepreneurship at Fanshawe College, graduating in 2022.
In October 2022, Lauren returned to Camp Kintail full time, bringing her love for capturing moments and connecting with kids and families into her role. Lauren currently sits as a committee member of Strathroy Pride, a non-profit organization celebrating diversity and inclusion in Middlesex County. Lauren enjoys continuing to work in photography and embroidery, spending time in nature and cuddling up with her cat Meeka and a good tv show.

Lindsey Raymond – Office Manager and Registrar

Hi, my name is Lindsey Raymond, I am happy to have joined Camp Kintail in the past month as Office Manager and Registrar.  I live in Lucknow, Ontario and am a member of the Lucknow Presbyterian Church and am involved with Messy Church.
As a youth I attended Camp Menesetung my dad’s childhood camp.  I also attended Girl Guide Camps.

I attended F.E. Madill in Wingham. I successfully earned my Office Administration & Educational Assistant diplomas from Georgian College   With several years of experience in both fields, I couldn’t be happier to bring my diverse skillset to Camp Kintail.  My spare time is spent tutoring elementary students & playing on two women’s slo-pitch ball teams.

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 2021 can be read here: Synod Report – 2021 (Final)

Lela Burt (London Presbytery)

Scott McGinnis (Paris Presbytery)

Rebecca Park (Lambton West Middlesex)

Rev. Rob Congram (Huron Perth Presbytery)

Katherine St. Louis (Brampton Presbytery)

Spencer Edwards (Hamilton Presbytery)

Rev. Michelle Butterfield-Kocis (London Presbytery)

Shaunna MacQuarrie (Niagara Presbytery)

Rev. Jeff Crawford (London Presbytery)