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Meet our Staff2018-11-27T14:56:25+00:00

Meet our 2019 Staff

Quimby Country values its staff. We value our staff because we know we could not get the job done without the collaborative effort of our team. There are many integral parts at Quimby Country and no one part or one piece is more significant than the next.  Every hand that comes together contributes to the overall success of all we do and is a fundamental piece of maintaining the rich heritage of Quimby Country. A tremendous amount of work goes into putting together a dynamic, welcoming and competent staff. We can’t wait for our Quimby guests to get to know our staff this season. Our team looks forward to working hard to provide an unforgettable experience during your stay with us!

Lilly and Gene Devlin met in 1992 at the University of Vermont.  Gene was studying English/Education and Outdoor Adventure and Lilly was a Human Development and Family Studies major. They spent extensive time hiking and climbing in the Adirondack and Green Mountains, further developing their love of the outdoors in the Northeast. Lilly and Gene have spent their professional lives coupling their love of the outdoors with their commitment to working with children and families in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Following college, Lilly taught English as a second language for a year in a small school in the cloud forests of Costa Rica while Gene pursued his love of adventure education and led backpacking and climbing trips in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and in the pacific northwest. They returned to traditional education and worked at a character-based boarding school for 13 years, where they began their family and had three sons, Skyeler, Camden and George.  A time for change led them to become directors of a traditional summer camp for 7 years in the southern Adirondacks of New York. Their life work has led them to where they are today as managing partners and day-to-day operators of Quimby Country.  In a world that is becoming more and more difficult to unplug and connect with others, time spent at Quimby Country allows for a much-needed pause to be reminded of the value of relationships and shared time spent together in the outdoors.  Quimby’s daily programming provides rich opportunities for families and individuals to grow and try new things while being among a spectacularly beautiful place. Lilly and Gene are thrilled and honored to carry forward the traditions that Quimby’s guests have been experiencing for over 100 years. When you arrive to Quimby’s they promise you will feel its warmth and a feeling of returning home, even if it is only your first time.

What does Lilly look forward to the most in this season ahead?

I look forward to facilitating experiences in families and guests’ lives where they come to know one another more deeply through time spent in the authentic environment that Quimby’s affords.  For children to see and interact with their parents in an environment that offers little to no distractions and for parents to see their children experience freedom and discovery in ways not easily achieved back home. Quimby Country facilities these moments of growth and connection and I am honored to be a witness to these moments. I also cannot wait to swim every morning before breakfast, to sit around a campfire under a star-filled sky and to meet new friends.

What does Gene look forward to the most in this season ahead?

I look forward to welcoming our guests back this season and catching up with them and learning how we can help shape their stay at Quimby Country. I love the opportunity we have to be apart of this process in helping families and individuals have an unforgettable stay while in the Northeast Kingdom. It is so gratifying to see our guests have ‘first-time’ experiences, whether it be pulling a brown trout out of Forest Lake or standing agape while taking in the setting sun on the shores of Great Averill. There is so much to explore and experience while at Quimby Country and I look forward to sharing it all with you!

My name is Larry and I recently retired as a Detective Sergeant with the Vermont State Police after 20+ years of service. I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hunting, snowmobiling, and atving. I really enjoy working with my hands and have renovated three houses of my own plus work for others. I look forward to joining the QC team this year as the caretaker with one goal in mind, to maintain and ensure the historic buildings at Quimby are well looked after. Quimby Country has worked hard to assemble a great team who all have the same goal, to preserve this local mainstay.

I have lived in Canaan most of my life. I moved here as a child from NH and graduated from Canaan High School. I have been married to my wife Lynn for almost 31 years now and we have 3 incredible children. Jason the eldest after serving in the Army, is now a full-time firefighter for the city of Burlington, Vt. Cody, our middle son also joined the Army and is now a full time police officer for the city of Newport, Vt. Then we have Matty our youngest son who is now 12 years old and keeps both my wife and I young. My wife, Lynn a lifelong resident of Canaan currently works for The Inn at Bear Tree in Pittsburg, Nh. I presently have 1 grandson, Blake age 4 with another one due to arrive in July.

I anticipate being a part of a lot of hard work during this upcoming season, however, I know great things are in store for those who choose to visit, stay or attend a function at QC.

Hello! My name is Liza Burroughs! I’m 17 years old from St. Johnsbury, Vermont. I grew up in the lobster capital of the world, Bath, Maine. I love to play soccer and lacrosse as well as play and write music. I can’t think of a summer when I didn’t go to camp and have loved every moment of my experiences with camps like Quimby’s. This summer I am thrilled to be a counselor! I will be working with kids, doing hands on projects, going on nature walks, and even building fun forts! I am most excited to get to know everyone at camp as well as have fun making long-lasting camp memories. Being a part of Quimby’s 125th summer but also starting fresh under some new leadership is super exciting for me. I am ready to start brainstorming fun activities, new programs to help kids build important skills, and most of all getting to know the beautiful campus we have to work with!

Quimby’s is so excited to welcome Liza to our 125th season. Liza is hard working, creative, thoughtful and full of energy and ideas. She cares about people and looks to create memorable experiences for all, filled with purpose and meaning. We are so fortunate that Liza found Quimby’s and that Quimby’s found Liza!

My name is Matthew Ouellette. I am 18 years old and a fifth-generation Vermonter. I have lived in Weybridge, a small town outside of Middlebury, all of my life. Hiking, camping and just being outside is what I love to do. This summer I will be a counselor at Quimby’s. I will help run different activities at camp and make sure that everyone has fun. I am excited to listen to the different story’s people have and I hope to create new stories with them this summer too. I have been showing cows at my local fair and other places in New England for 10 years. I have completed an independent study on bees and have two hives of my own and love talking about bees.  So, if anyone wants to talk about bees I’m your guy. I can’t wait to meet all of the guests and children this summer and have a fun time at Quimby Country!

We are thrilled that Matt will be joining the team this summer at Quimby’s. Matt’s huge smile and even bigger heart will definitely be felt this summer by all ages.  No doubt that Matt will be seen with with a small child wrapped around his leg, full of laughter, but also will be seen sitting on the steps of the main Lodge chatting away with an older Quimby’s guest sharing stories. Matt is that kind of guy and we are lucky to have him! Welcome Matt.

Profile coming soon.

My name is Denise Diminico, and I moved to Norton 14 years ago with my husband Dave. We have 2 children, Brendan, who has a career in law enforcement and David Jr, who is full-time military. We were also blessed with 4 wonderful grandsons, who we are very proud of. We moved to the Norton area as our love for the outdoors, the beauty of the NEK, and the changing of the seasons all played their part. We are both retired, but we each keep busy in opposite seasons, as my husband Dave is heavily involved in the local snowmobile club as a groomer and trails coordinator. As for myself, I am anxious to come back to Quimbys working in the housekeeping department. I love meeting people, and I take great pride in giving all Quimby’s guests the best possible experience in their cabins. I also enjoy working with the staff and have become friends with many of them. I am so looking forward to this coming season, as it was a long winter here in the NEK. I am also looking forward to meeting all of you who visit this extraordinary resort.

Profile coming soon.

My name is Lu Van Zeeland and I am happy to return to tend Quimby’s gardens again this season.  Five years ago, with fellow gardener Sarah Dole, we began the process of reclaiming and enhancing the gardens on this extraordinary piece of property.  I feel joy with my hands in the dirt caring for the plants, sensing out as I go along where to move, add, or expand things to create the most beauty.
I have particularly enjoyed getting to know the guests and fellow gardeners while doing my job, and we have learned from one another as we shared our knowledge and love of gardening. I look forward to reconnecting with those folks and meeting new guests this season.
After 6 years of splitting my time living and working up north here in the summers and in Montpelier, Vermont (at Morse Farm Ski Touring Center) in the winters, I now make Averill my year-around home.  The deep quiet of this region feeds my soul.  You will often see me outdoors, riding my bike to work at Quimby’s, kayaking or swimming at Averill Lake, hiking on the Quimby trails, Averill and Brousseau Mountains, or walking along Cottage Road.  I also enjoy exploring over the border in the Coaticook region of Canada, and have discovered some wonderful cycling and food tasting routes I am happy to share.
My daughter Meredith lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and my son Sam lives in Stowe, Vermont.
I look forward to experiencing and contributing to the beauty and magic of Quimby Country again this season.

Partners

Quimby Country is proud to partner with a number of excellent businesses in the area to bring an array of exciting offerings to our guests. Please take a moment to learn more about our partnerships and the experiences we will be offering our guests this season.

Joshua Adams is the owner and Operator of Great Drake Angling & Outdoor Adventures LLC. Josh is one of the finest instructors and guides you will ever meet.  His teaching methods are proven to make learning easy for clients of all abilities, and his perpetual smile and friendly demeanor always make for a fun day on the water.  Josh’s passion for hunting and fishing is contagious, and a day spent on the water, or in the woods with him, will leave you with a yearning to try it again.

Quimby’s is very excited to partner up with Josh this season to offer our guests drift boat tours down the Connecticut River and wading tours.

For more information on availability and fees, please click here or contact info@quimbycountry.com (Please make all reservations through Quimby Country)

John Kascenska owns and directs Kingdom Adventure out of East Burke, Vermont. John is one of the most experienced outdoor educators in North America with 36 years of professional outdoor experience. Throughout his career, John has remained current with the latest developments in the outdoor adventure profession to maintain a high level of knowledge and skills that he has passed along to the hundreds of people he has instructed. John is very excited this season to offer daylong rock climbing trips at Wheeler Mountain to Quimby’s guests.  These trips will be available for both shoulder and all-inclusive family camp guests, however, availability is limited, so please be in touch to express your interest.  Trips are offered to both adults and children (minimum of 8 years old).

For more information on availability and fees, please click here  or contact info@quimbycountry.com (Please make all reservations through Quimby Country)

Jonathon is the owner and operator of local bike shop Spoke ‘N’ Word in Colebrook, NH. Jonathon will be supplying a fleet of bikes that will be available for rental at Quimby Country this season. When not out riding on the road or trails, Jonathon can be found tuning up bikes at his shop or spending time with his family. We are thrilled that Jonathon has offered to provide guided mountain bike trips to Circuits Frontiers in Hereford, Canada this season. We will be offering this service to our guests on Monday during our shoulder and all-inclusive family camp weeks.

For more information on availability and fees, please click here or contact info@quimbycountry.com (Please make all reservations through Quimby Country)

TJ Dezotell is a Vermont native, born and raised in Derby, Vermont.  TJ has an extensive background in outdoor recreation and a deep love for sharing the natural world with others. We are fortunate enough to be partnering up with him this season, as he will be offering guided hikes and canoe trips down the Connecticut River for our guest. If you would like to learn more about TJ and other services he offers, please feel free to check him out at https://www.thegibbsguides.com

For more information on availability and fees, please click here or contact info@quimbycountry.com (Please make all reservations through Quimby Country)

Peter Huntoon has been painting professionally since 1994. A lifelong passion for art and his native state of Vermont are evident in his work. His distinctive award-winning paintings in oil and water media feature strong composition, innovative color, and enthusiastic brushwork. Art is his spiritual practice and humble expression of gratitude. His best work is done at the confluence of present moment attention, artistic aptitude, and love. Community spirit and authenticity motivate his work.  Peter lives and works from his studio in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

We are thrilled to partner up with Peter this season to offer our guests instruction and guidance as they try their hand in capturing the beauty and colors of the Northeast Kingdom’s landscape with brush and paint.

Check out some of Peter’s work: http://www.peterhuntoon.com

For more information on availability and fees, please click here  or contact info@quimbycountry.com (Please make all reservations through Quimby Country)

Carol Bouchard is a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer and health coach.  She has been in the North Country for several years and enjoys time spent in the outdoors.  Her fitness journey started with Tae Kwon Do, achieving her 2nd-degree black belt. Carol is a fitness instructor at On-Core Health and Fitness in Clarksville, NH where she offers private personal training and a number of fitness classes including Yoga, Bootcamp, Kickboxing, Pound, Dance fitness and Aquacize at area pools.  Carol teaches Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga and incorporates doTERRA essential oils for relaxation.  Along with her passion for fitness, Carol loves animals.  She owns Mountain Air Grooming in Clarksville, NH where pets can come spend the day at the spa or extend their stay at the resort.  Carol has been grooming pets for 27 years.  Carol offers a weekly yoga class for guests at Quimby Country. We are excited to welcome Carol back to Quimby’s for her 2nd summer.

For more information on availability and fees, please click here  or contact info@quimbycountry.com (All reservations go through Quimby Country)

We are very excited to welcome Jenna Kelly to Quimby Country this season as our resident Massage Therapist. Jenna is a certified massage therapist, yoga instructor, K-12 art educator and adjunct professor of fine arts. She is a graduate of Green Mountain Massage School and is well versed in multiple modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Reflexology, and Thai yoga massage. Jenna is the owner of Mobile Metta Massage company, offering therapeutic massages that provide loving-kindness to your body, mind, and spirit.

For more information on availability and fees, please click here or contact info@quimbycountry.com (Please make all reservations through Quimby Country)