Kris is entering his 11th year of working at Unirondack. Coming to camp in the Summer of 2009 proved to be a life changing experience for Kris and he decided his very first summer that his life would include Unirondack for many years to come. Unirondack is a place where he believes campers gain confidence in who they are and who they can become. He believes that camp can provide campers with inspiration to believe in themselves, and he works to give every camper this experience.
Kris served as Unirondack’s Program Director in 2009 and 2010 and as Program Director/Assistant Director in 2011. Previous to Unirondack, Kris worked as a Community Educator and Adviser for Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson’s Teen View peer education group. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and English Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. A dream for Kris would be to one day start a school using the values and teachings of Unirondack as its model. He looks forward to continuing to work to make Unirondack a special place for each and every camper. He is currently attending the University of Vermont, working on a Master’s in Educational Leadership.
Kris is an avid rock climber and outdoor enthusiast and has climbed technical rock across the country. When not at camp he works part-time as a routesetter and climbing coach at Petra Cliffs Mountaineering Center and coaches Colchester High School’s Ultimate Frisbee team, a team he helped start in 2014. Kris is most happy when combining his love for teaching with use of the human body and the many things it is capable of.
Kris also serves as President of CRAG-VT a Vermont-based land conservation nonprofit that works to protect and promote rock climbing access in the Green Mountain State.
All of the fun stuff aside, easily the most sacred of his beliefs being in the pursuit of a more balanced society respectful of all genders and gender expressions. He sees this pursuit as a goal that, while it may not ever be achieved, should never be abandoned.