Meet our Team at Quimby Country

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!

This coming season will be Skyeler’s 3rd season at Quimby Country. Skyeler is versatile in skill sets and roles at Quimby’s. He is a sharp shooter at the archery range, an avid swimmer to Sandy Beach and back, quick with hoops and agile on the tennis court. This coming season Skye will further develop his culinary skills in the kitchen, write a weekly QC blog for all to enjoy, warmly welcome guests at Quimby’s weekly traditional cookouts and be a handy man around the property.

Skye is welcoming and kind to all, always with a friendly smile and encouraging word to share. He is a spirited conversationalist, so be sure to engage him on the front porch of the Lodge for an enjoyable morning or afternoon talk!

About Skye:

We are grateful to welcome Skye back for his 3rd season at Quimby Country! 

My love for cooking started when I was a little boy watching my Grandfather throw cooked spaghetti against the wall to see if it would stick (To test for doneness) there was no turning back after witnessing that! I went to culinary school at The Rhode Island School of Design. My first job assisting a chef was on Useppa island at a yacht club in south west Florida. This is where I began to hone my skills. I then worked in Naples Florida, where I worked at The Club at Pelican Bay for five years as a sous chef. After moving up North I became the Chef at The Weston Field Club for 19 years and at the same time started my own Catering business called “The Proper Palate”. I’ve catered weddings and a long list of celebrations over the years. At that time, while I was working at the Weston Field Club, I also started to cook Sunday breakfasts for the Weston, Kiwanis club, which I have now been doing for thirty years!  I’m now, concentrating on my catering business with my wife Jane. Recently I have started a new business called Proper Pathways a hiking experience business, where I prepare a fresh lunches for hikers. I meet them at a trail head where I then guide them to a beautiful Lake, Vista or Waterfall where we enjoy lunch before heading back. I look forward to creating some wonderful creative food for everyone’s enjoyment; fresh Scones in the morning; Spanish potato torte for lunch and Peruvian chicken in the evening; are just a few of the creative dishes I look forward to sharing with our Quimby guests this season.  Quimby’s is the most positive loving place to work and I’m really looking forward to returning again this coming season!

We are very excited to welcome Chef Bill back for his 5th season at Quimby’s. Bill brings a wonderfully positive spirit to the Quimby kitchen. Bill loves the Northeast Kingdom. When he isn’t cooking you can find him going for a hike or taking out a kayak for a spin on Great Averill. Bill never misses a sunset or appreciation for the beauty that surrounds him. We are incredibly  fortunate to have Bill part of our Quimby Country community. He is family!

Welcome back Chef Bill! 

George is returning to Quimby’s for his second year on staff. We are excited to see George out and about this summer, facilitating activities for our guests as well as helping out from time to time in the kitchen with Chef Bill and Justin. George is a frequent face at Quimby’s, always smiling, with a basketball, tennis racket or beach towel in hand. George is happy to help in all areas of Quimby’s, whether helping a guest move luggage into their cottage, driving a guest in the golf cart out the The Rock, in helping set up for a cookout, or in teaching a young child how to properly hold a bow in archery. George loves all sports so be sure to ask him to toss a lacrosse ball, rally on the tennis court, play a little one on one at the basketball hoop or swim to Sandy Beach and back! He needs to get in shape for football season next fall anyway!

So happy to have you George!

Ruby will be returning to Quimby’s following her one- week wonder in 2023. We are thrilled to welcome Ruby as a full time staff member this summer as she is bursting with creative ideas and enthusiasm for the summer ahead.  Ruby comes with loads of experience working with children and we know our QC kids will love her energy and joy. Ruby always seems to have a smile on her face and is genuinely interested in people, happy and interested to talk about just about anything. In fact, Ruby is happy to do just about anything too! She says, if there is weeding or baking or cleaning to do, she is happy to help. Our plan is to not pull her too far from the guests though as we know that is where she really shines.

Ruby comes from Middlebury, VT and is currently a junior in high school.

We are thrilled to welcome Ruby this summer and so happy she will be a part of the QC team. Welcome Ruby.

Hi, my name is Conor. I am currently a Junior at the University of Vermont studying Wildlife and Fisheries Biology with a minor in Geospatial Technologies. This past summer I had my first experience at Quimby’s with my dad and brother. I have since been up two more times and can’t seem to get enough.
I have always had a love for the outdoors that was strengthened by attending summer camps as a kid. I loved being able to be creative and have fun outside. I have worked at two day camps previously and enjoyed helping guide kids of all ages to have positive experiences outdoors, from kickball to campfires. I look forward to helping out on all fronts this summer  being part of the Quimby community.
We are so happy to welcome Conor to Quimby’s this season. Conor is so versatile in skillset that you will see him playing dodge ball one moment and toting a fishing rod the next. No matter the activity, Conor is always with a smile to share, a great Quimby quality and one we are so thrilled to share with our guests this season!
Welcome Conor! 

We are excited to welcome Blake back to Quimby’s for their third season on staff.  Blake has a smile that will light up a room and brings abundant energy to our guests experiences at Quimby’s! Blake is joining the waitstaff team this summer and is eager be a part of a new area at Quimby’s. Blake worked as a counselor their first summer and will no doubt bring warmth and care to our guests in the dining room. Blake returns to Quimby’s with Ziva and is eager to bring her out on a paddle board again this summer. Blake loves the idea of adventure and returning to Vermont is something they have thought about all year long. Blake loves to crochet, hike, read and jump in Averill Lake at the end of the day!

Hi there! My name is Blakely, or Blake for short, and I am 22 years old from Grand Junction, CO. I am pursuing a degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM where I live for most of the year.

A couple fun facts about me:

  • I love to do any kind of crafts or anything with my hands. Currently I am obsessed with crochet.
  • I am majoring in psychology and minoring in history, two subjects I really enjoy.
  • My best furry friend is Ziva, who is a task trained service dog who helps me when I need her. She’ll be joining me again at QC and is very excited to run around Vermont for the summer!
  • I also have two more dogs back at my parents house, Samwise and Rosie.
  • Over my life I have been to almost 15 summer camps, where I have fallen in love with the camp environment.
  • My favorite color is yellow!
  • I love to go hiking with Ziva in my free time, since moving to Albuquerque I have had so much fun discovering all the trails. I can’t wait to be able to explore all the hiking around Quimby’s this summer. I am most excited to be able to meet everyone at QC and make lifelong connections!
  • Whenever I get the chance for a long weekend I love to go camping far away from everything and just be in nature for a few days. Nature truly is the best medicine!

Welcome BACK to Quimby Country Blake! We are excited for you to return and to help us create magical moments for our guests!

I am 17 years old and a junior in high school. I live in Connecticut with my mom and dad. I’m the Head Chef’ Bill’s son! I’ve been coming to Quimby since 2020 with my dad and this will be my second real year working here. Last season I spent the late summer and fall shoulder season helping out where help was needed. This will be my first summer living and working at Quimby’s for the entire High Season. I love listening to music, working out, and playing basketball.

We are excited to welcome Aaron back to Quimby’s as a full time employee for the High Season. Aaron brings wit, energy and fun conversation to any space! He also has a smile that makes you feel right at home. Aaron will be joining Quimby’s waitstaff team and helping out in the kitchen from time to time, alongside his father, Chef Bill.

Welcome to Quimby Country!

Aaron!

We are excited to welcome Olivia to her second summer on staff at Quimby’s. Olivia returns on our waitstaff team. Olivia is finishing up her senior year in her hometown of Miami, Florida. She and her father bought a house in Norton, VT where they spend their summers. Olivia loves to play the guitar and sing, she enjoys hiking and she is an avid artist. She has a warm and welcoming smile and will no doubt make our guests feel right at home during meal times. Olivia is a team player, happy to help in all ways and we are so excited for her to join the community.

About Olivia:

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but about a year and a half ago my dad decided to buy a house in Norton, VT- and now Vermont has my heart. I play guitar and sing during my free time, and I draw a lot! Last summer I spent a lot of time playing guitar in my ‘backyard’ (a wonderful forest), and ended up making an EP! I’ve always loved nature, whether it be Miami’s beaches or Vermont’s mountains, so working at Quimby’s is a dream come true. I’m hopeful to be enrolled at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2024, my dream school, and I can’t wait to one day live up in Vermont full time. I’m so excited to return to Quimby’s. I feel very lucky to be a part of this community!

Welcome to Quimby’s Olivia!

The moment we met Ghena we knew she was going to be a great addition to Quimby’s! Ghena embodies kindness, she loves her time in nature, she values community and connection, she believes in working hard and putting her best effort forward and she has a smile that lights up a room. Ghena is inquisitive and loves to learn so she no doubt will take time to get to know all of the wonderful Quimby families. She will make our guests feel right at home and brighten everyones stay.

About Ghena:

I’m Ghena and I am currently a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire. I’m originally from Virginia, but I have found home in New England! I’m a road biker and I love anything to do with bikes! I also love nature and exploring the great outdoors. I am really excited to be joining Quimby’s this summer. I stayed at Quimby’s as a part of a school trip last year, and I fell in love with Vermont and the amazing community at Quimby’s. I hope to make everyone who stays at Quimby’s feel welcomed and at home. I really felt the abundance of care and warmth present at Quimby’s during my stay and I look forward to continue to practice and nurture it as a part of the team this year!

Welcome to Quimby’s Ghena! We are so excited to welcome you to Quimby Country!

Jennifer is returning this season as a full time employee and kitchen helper! Jen was part time last season and primarily worked at Quimby’s just through the fall. She worked incredibly hard through Quimby’s wedding season which is a busy time to be at Quimby’s. We are excited to welcome Jennifer for the full season this year! Jen is conscientious, hard working, and eager to give her best every day on the job! She is a senior at Canaan High School, graduating in June of 2022.

Jen shares:

I live on a dairy farm with my 3 horses and I also raise 2 cows. When I have free time I also love playing drums.

Welcome Jen! We are excited to have you back this season.

This summer will be Hayahn’s 2nd season working full time at Quimby’s. We have gotten to know Hayahn over the past few years and he has been a great person to call on when extra help has been needed. He has helped in the dish room, on the archery range and with various projects on site like wood chopping and delivery of wood to cottages. He has a playful spirit and is always first to raise his hand to participate in games like dodge ball or kick ball. Hayahn loves to stay busy so we are confident he will love his work at Quimby Country!

A little about Hayahn: 

Hi Im Hayahn. I’m originally from Korea (The nice one in the south) Now I live in Canaan, just down the road from Quimby’as. You can usually find me inside drumming, eating, watching tv, or outside doing who knows what. I enjoy playing drums, being outside, playing sports and sleeping.

I’m looking forward to being a Quimby employee because I love it at the resort! Quimby Country is in a great place and it is just so peaceful there.

Welcome Back to Quimby Country Hayahn! We are so happy to have you! 

Renae will be returning to Quimby’s for her third season! Renae will be working in our housekeeping department, doing her best to help make cottages, the Lodge and the laundry room shine! This comes easily to Renae as she always has a smile on her face and an attitude of helping and giving her absolute best. Renae brings warmth and laughter wherever she goes and makes any work environment a happy place to be. We are so fortunate to welcome her back for her third season at Quimby’s.

When Renae is not working she loves to soak up the sun down along the shores of Great Averill.  She is always glowing!

More from Renae:

I am so excited to be returning to QC for my third season! I discovered the world of seasonal work 4 years ago after years of working as a travel agent and with Amazon.com. I have since worked in Florida, California, Vermont and Ohio. Always looking for my next adventure! My roots and family are in West Virginia but my true loves are traveling and the great outdoors. In my down time I enjoy soaking up the sun, long walks, biking, camping, reading a good book and watching sunset after sunset! I was drawn back to QC not only for it’s beauty and simplicity but because Lilly and Gene are truly the heartbeat of QC and what makes it such a special place…I know I am with family when I am here!

Welcome back to Quimby Country Renae! We are THRILLED to have you apart of the QC family. 

Marianne is from TN and has been a science teacher for the past 9 years. She is taking time to travel and has been welcomed to Quimby as a new housekeeper. She enjoys reading, swimming, and learning new interests. She looks forward to exploring all Quimby has to offer and being available to help guests have a welcoming and relaxing space. She is traveling with Harvey her GSD, who enjoys being outside as much as she does!

We knew there was something special about Marianne from the beginning. She exudes kindness and care and pays special attention to the little things. This comes to know surprise given her years of teaching young people. We are fortunate to have her join the Quimby community as we know she will share the same kindness and care with our guests. Teachers from other classrooms have specifically asked Marianne to help them organize and structure their own classrooms because of how she manages her own classroom. She is well organized, intentional with her choices and creative in ideas and spirit. We know Marianne will be an excellent addition to our team and an exceptional housekeeper for our guests and our cottages. Welcome Marianne! 

We are THRILLED to have you apart of the QC family. 

Gary lives with his wife Pam down the road from Quimby’s in Canaan. He has been a part of Quimby’s for about 8 years and cares deeply for it. Gary has often been willing to step in where needed, whether helping with a plumbing issue, a need in the kitchen, or in the dish room. In recent years Gary has worked hard to keep the lawns looking their best. He can be seen atop his mower, weaving his way between trees, fence posts and fields. You know when Gary has shown up to work because he always leaves things better than he found it.

Gary has a twinkle of the eye that makes all feel welcomed and cared for. We are grateful for the hard work Gary brings to Quimby’s and his keen attention to detail.

Pam has been a part of Quimby’s family for many years. Pam and her husband Gary live locally, just a few miles down the road in Canaan. They are huge animal lovers and share their home with their cat and dog, often taking in stray animals in need. They are those kind of people; always looking for ways to help others.

We are grateful for the hard work, kindness and support Pam shares with Quimby’s each day she is with us. Pam started off helping with housekeeping and in recent years has managed the laundry facility. It is a big job for a little person and Pam gives 110% each and every day she comes to work. Pam cares about Quimby’s guests and she cares about its staff. She folds bottom sheets to perfection and makes sheet sets look like they have been professionally ironed.

We could not do it without you Pam! Thank you for your hard work!

Stay tuned for more info on Larry!

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.