Camp O-AT-KA is led by a dedicated group of volunteer Board of Directors that utilize their passion for camp, professional expertise, and personal experiences to govern this non-profit 503c organization.
John Hall joined the Board of Directors in 1996 and served as Treasurer until 2014. He is a career banker and currently serves as Senior Vice President & Division Manager of the $1.3 Billion Commercial Banking Division at Salem Five Bank in Salem, MA. Prior to joining Salem Five, John had a 28-year career at Shawmut Bank in Boston, holding several executive management positions in commercial banking, private banking and retail banking. He is a graduate of Norwich University and he received an MBA degree from Babson College. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.
John attended O-AT-KA in 1959-1962 and members of his family have attended O-AT-KA for three-generations. He resides in Beverly, MA with his wife, Nancy and he has actively served many non-profit and charitable organizations in the region. He is a Past District Governor of Rotary International, Past-Chairman of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Past-President of The Salem Partnership and a Trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. In 2013, John was awarded the “Community Service Award” by the Salem Chamber of Commerce and last year he received the “Banker & Tradesman” Community Bank Hero award.
John Chapman – Vice President
John’s O-AT-KA experience started as a camper in the mid-70s, into the 80s, and then as a Junior Counselor and Counselor. His twin brother, Drew, also attended O-AT-KA the same years and currently sits on the Corporation. John’s son Alec is enjoying his 6th year at camp and is a CIT (Counselor in Training) this summer.
John serves as the Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCABR is made up of five agencies that include the Division of Insurance, Division of Banking, Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Division of Professional Licensure and the Division of Standards. John is responsible for implementing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on consumer protection and business regulation policies.
John started his career in the Reagan White House, in the Office of the Counsel to the President and continued in that office during the George H.W. Bush Administration. From there John went on to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he led investigations into Wall Street corruption and financial fraud. He previously served in state government, as an Agency Commissioner and Undersecretary of Economic Development under Governor Romney.
John has held private sector positions as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Tucker Anthony Incorporated, a financial services firm, and as a partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP, where he advised corporate clients on enforcement and compliance issues, corporate governance and regulatory matters. Also, he served in the non-profit sector as General Counsel for the Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where he provided general and legal advice to the CEO/President, the governing boards, leadership and staff of Joslin.
Before his recent post in the Baker Administration, John was the Republican nominee and candidate for U.S. Congress in the 9th Congressional District.
John graduated with a B.A. in political science from Kenyon College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Duane Lowenstein – Secretary
Duane has been affiliated with camp O-AT-KA since 2001 when his oldest son attended a 2 week session at the Camp. Duane became a member of the corporation in 2007 and participated in many work weekends and other camp events. In 2009 Duane was elected to the board. During his tenure he helped with the Centennial and on many committees including enrollment, strategic planning and property.
Duane’s oldest son David started attending camp in 2001 and was a counselor for 6 years. His younger son Peter has attended camp since 2008 and was a first year counselor in 2016.
Duane works for Keysight Technologies, a spinoff of Hewlett Packard, as a business development manager. He is a retired Commander in the US Navy. He and his wife Carol live in Andover, MA.
Scott Hoffman – Treasurer
Scott and his family have been associated with Camp O-AT-KA for generations – His father is a former camper as well as his three brothers. It is fair to say that Camp O-AT-KA has always been Scott’s stomping grounds; as he took his first steps as a child outside of the Bungalow after dropping off his older brothers.
Scott attended O-AT-KA as a camper from 1985-1992 and was part of the staff in various roles from 1993 to 2000. He was a junior counselor, counselor, head of the CIT (counselors in training) program, unit head, and program director. Scott was elected as King in 1997.
Scott joined the board in 2014 and serves on the executive team as Treasurer. He has been a Dennen week volunteer for many years and continues to fly back from the West Coast to be a part of the program. He is originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts and now lives in Redondo Beach, California where he is the Electronic Warfare Systems Finance Director for Raytheon Company. Scott started his corporate finance career fifteen years ago with Raytheon in Andover, MA and transferred to the El Segundo, CA office in 2001. Scott earned a BS in Business Administration from Babson College.
John is an Episcopal priest and began his ministry in Lakewood, Ohio, where he met his wife Pam. He then accepted a call to a parish in Pittsburgh, PA were his son, Peter, camper, counselor and King in 2009, was born. The Van Siclens’ then moved to New England and served in Sudbury, MA and Bristol, RI. Upon retiring to the coast of Maine in 2006, John and Pam operated a small retreat center, Tidewater Way, in South Bristol, ME. John is currently filling in on Sundays and serving as consultant a search consultant to parishes searching for new leadership. Beyond parish ministry John has been involved in leadership at the diocesan and national level of the Episcopal Church and is currently an active member of the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club and on the board of the Bath, Maine affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
John arrived on the shores of Sebago Lake in 1969, one of the “Manhasset boys” recruited by Frank Johnston. For three summers he was counselor in Sulgrave and taught campcraft. He has been on the board for about eleven years and has previously served as secretary. Over five years ago, Pam, John and Peter Van Siclen gave the land to camp that is now known as Knight’s Cove.
Stephanie Goff Governali
Stephanie Goff Governali joined the O-AT-KA Corporation in 2002 and the Board of Directors in 2004. Her career is focused on non-profit fundraising and community engagement. In July 2015, she joined Dexter Southfield School as a Major Gifts Officer after 17 years at Harvard Business School where she was Managing Director of Alumni Relations. Prior to HBS, she was the Director of Development at RESOLVE, Inc. and a member of the Corporate and Foundations Relations group at Wellesley College. Stephanie grew up in Bangor, Maine, graduated from Colby College, and as of August 2015 will reside in Canton, MA.
Stephanie’s first love of camp came from swimming on the “women’s beach” and from dropping her two older brothers off at OATKA. To her disappointment, OATKA wasn’t an option so she instead spent seven glorious summers at Camp Arcadia in nearby Casco. Stephanie and her husband Matt were married at OATKA in 2006; they are the parents of future OATKA campers, Henry and James, age 5. Both boys were baptized in St. Andrew’s Chapel.
In addition to OATKA, Stephanie has been active as a volunteer fundraiser for Colby College and for the Ronald McDonald House in Brookline, MA.
Stephanie’s continued love of camp has been fostered by working with fellow volunteers during Dennen Week, attending Work and Friends Weekends, and staying connected throughout the year with dear friends made through the OATKA community.
Chris has had a long career as a global executive with a proven track record within the loyalty, electronic payments, technology services, travel and insurance sectors. His background includes significant board and C-suite level experience. He is the CEO/ Founder of Bond Partners since 2005 and retired from MasterCard Worldwide in 2017. Chris is a board member at JB Brown & Sons – a leading real estate development and management company in Portland, Maine.
Chris first came to O-AT-KA in the early 70’s in the Middle Unit and spent more than a decade as a camper and counselor. Though career and family eventually prevented his annual return, the lessons and memories of growing up at O-AT-KA were never far away. In 2018 and 2019, Chris returned to camp as the head of the Junior Unit. A father of five, and grandfather to two, his three sons have all attended O-AT-KA, and his father did too.
Chris and his wife Stephanie currently reside in Alpharetta, GA and have a home on Frye Island in Maine. Stephanie and Chris continue to serve as camp volunteers during the camp season.
Chris also serves on the O-AT-KA Capital Campaign Cabinet as the Treasurer.
Dana Allara is a coach. She works with parents and other leaders to clarify and achieve personal and professional goals, develop needed skills and build stronger relationships.
Dana has been a leader in a variety of volunteer community and educational organizations. She currently serves as the grants chairperson for the Hamilton Wenham Educational Fund. This charitable fund provides over $90,000 in grants annually to local teachers and administrators striving to create innovative change.
Dana and her husband Mark have raised two boys (Mike and Dan) who both attended Camp O-AT-KA for many years and both earning their five-year jackets. Camp has been a powerful influence in their lives and both boys have been counselors in recent years.
Mary is the wife of Steve Anderson, who was a camper in the 1950s. Mary joined the Corporation in 2017 and was elected to the Board of Directors in March. The Andersons are honored to jointly serve as Chairs of the Advanced Gifts Division for The Campaign for Camp O-AT-KA.
Mary was raised in New Jersey and attended day camps there as a child. However, both of the Anderson daughters spent numerous full summers at the Wohelo Camps on Sebago Lake. Two granddaughters are currently enthusiastic and loyal second generation members of the Little Wohelo and Sebago Wohelo camp families.
Mary attended Ohio University, Athens, Ohio and prior to starting a family, she worked in the news department of the Concord Daily Monitor in Concord and Franklin, New Hampshire. For the past four decades, she has led an active volunteer life and has focused most of her efforts on the needs and welfare of children in both education and social justice.
Mary is looking forward to working alongside of the people who are so dedicated to the Mission and future of Camp O-AT-KA and the limitless opportunities it offers to boys as they mature and grow into caring and responsible young men.
Lisa’s connection with camp began when her family was living in Michigan and she and her husband wanted their children to experience the outdoors in Maine where Lisa grew up. Both Jake and Doug started as juniors and continued to return to camp each summer even during the family’s relocation to Australia and London. During these summers, Lisa spent time volunteering in the camp office where she enjoyed greeting new campers and families, doling out candy during candy line, reading to juniors and making sure no contraband existed in camp packages. Jake and Doug spent many summers at camp, proudly earning their five year jackets and and returning as CIT’s, camp counselors and Dennen Week volunteers.
During Lisa’s professional life, she specialized in real estate development and corporate law as an attorney in Detroit, Michigan and was a partner in the firm Timmis and Inman and later “of council” at Abbott Nicholson. In Lisa’s volunteer capacity, she has served as a trustee at the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan where she headed up the Annual Fund campaign and was a former director of High Resolves, an Australian nonprofit dedicated to helping young adults become better global citizens. Additionally, Lisa is currently a member of the Tufts Athletics Council and President’s Advisory Committee at Tufts University.
Lisa graduated from Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine (where she and her husband now live) as well as Tufts University and Boston College Law School. She and her husband Tom are now living in Maine and finally getting to do the activities their boys did while at camp – fishing and hiking – as well as skiing and golf. Lisa and Tom would like to add that they are proud to support the mission of O-AT-KA and preserve the beauty of camp for future generations.
Bill Berndt, III
Bill was born into the camp family, a great grandson of the founder. He spent his first 20 summers enjoying life at camp as a camper, counselor and trip leader where his grandfather, then father, were the summer directors and his mother ran the office.
He attended Middlebury College, graduate school at Dartmouth College, and earned his MD at UMass Medical School in Worcester where he completed his medical training. He is a cardiologist in Exeter, NH and spends time with his wife Deb skiing, hiking and biking in the Mad River Valley, VT.