James H. Canton, Chief Executive Officer, has had a relationship with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp since it began in 1988. During that time he has been a counselor, unit leader, assistant director and for eight years, camp director. He was appointed as chief executive officer in the Spring of 2002. As camp director, Mr. Canton led the development of various programs to extend the healing touch of Camp throughout the year. Fall and spring weekend programs were created to serve the previous summers' campers, as well as family retreats for children who might not have the chance to experience a summer session. Under his leadership as CEO, the Camp's Hospital Outreach Program was commissioned to bring Camp to hospitalized children. What began as a summer camp in 1988 serving 288 children has grown, under Mr. Canton’s leadership, to a year-round center serving more than 20,000 children and family members annually. He continues to volunteer during two sessions at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, participating actively with campers in the Camp program. Mr. Canton has played a part in the development of many Hole in the Wall Camps, now SeriousFun Children's Network Camps. He guided camp development at Camp Boggy Creek in Florida, The Painted Turtle in California, and Roundup River Ranch in Colorado. He has also assisted the launch of sister camps around the world, including those in France, Italy, Hungary, and our first camp programs in Africa. He has helped to advance the SeriousFun Children's Network accrediting criteria throughout the world and participates as a site visitor in the accreditation process. Mr. Canton graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Humanities and received a masters degree in theology from Yale Divinity School.
Kevin M. Magee, Chief Financial Officer, has successfully stewarded the finances of Camp since 1991. He is also a dedicated and regular volunteer counselor in Camp’s signature summer program. An avid fisherman, Mr. Magee enjoys sharing the pleasure and excitement of boating and fishing with campers – many of whom catch their first fish off the dock at Pearson Pond. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mr. Magee holds a B.S. in accounting and is a member of the AICPA and the CSCPA.
Rebecca Allen, LCSW, Chief Program Officer, is responsible for the oversight of all on- and off-site Camp programs and the advancement of new strategic initiatives. Although Ms. Allen joined the Camp staff in 2011, her Camp roots date back to 1989 when she served as a counselor and unit leader in the Camp’s signature summer program. Prior to joining Camp, she was director of programs and services at Columbus House in New Haven, Connecticut, and regional director of rehabilitation services at the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System. She holds a B.A. from Hartwick College and an M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut. She is a co-founder and board member of the Chapel on the Green in New Haven; past recipient of the "Unsung Hero" Award bestowed by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Dane County, Wisconsin; and recipient of the 2006 "Manager of the Year" Award from the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services-Southwest Region.
Ken Alberti, Chief Development Officer, is responsible for meeting the Camp’s annual revenue goals that provide the Camp’s operating budget. Prior to serving in his current position, Ken was director of Team Hole in the Wall, where he managed Camp's signature athletic fundraising program, overseeing all aspects of fundraising, marketing and participant outreach, and developing the program into an extremely profitable revenue stream. Mr. Alberti joined The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in 2006 from Fordham University where he was a development officer for athletics. He holds a B.S. from Ithaca College and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Connecticut.
Ryan Thompson, MA, Chief Communications Officer, began volunteering as a cabin counselor at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in the summer of 2009 and joined the staff in 2011. In his current role, Ryan oversees all Camp communications and is responsible for leadership giving initiatives. He previously served as director of development and the East Coast Regional Office at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Ryan spent several years at Fordham University, serving as a media relations specialist, editor and assistant director of corporate and foundation relations. Ryan holds two degrees from Fordham, a B.A. in communication/media studies and an M.A. in public communications. He also has taught as an adjunct professor at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where he designed an experiential public relations course for undergraduate students.
Sharon Space, MD is the Medical Director for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a position she has held since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine (1991) and completed a residency in pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York (1991-1995). From 1996 to 2000 she completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and was the director of pediatric hematology at Boston Medical Center from 2000 to 2003. She originally came to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in 1989 as a summer counselor shortly after the Camp opened. She was a volunteer counselor from 1990 to 1992, and medical volunteer from 1995 to 2002. Prior to joining the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp as full-time medical director, she served as the Camp doctor in 2003 and as medical eirector at Victory Junction, another camp in the SeriousFun Children's Network, in 2004.
Padraig Barry is the Executive Camp Director for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a role he has held since 2014. Prior to that, Padraig was at the Support Center, SeriousFun Network serving in many capacities domestically and abroad, though his relationship with Camp and the network dates back nearly two decades. Padraig began his career with our sister camp, Barretstown, Ireland in 1995. After two seasons, Padraig joined the Gang in 1997, running the woodshopfor the Spring and Summer programs. A few years later, Padraig relocated to the United States for a fulltime position at Camp as the Assistant Camp Director (Residential Life), before heading back to school and then joining the SeriousFun Network.
Mary Naumec, MS, CCLS, is the Director of Hospital Outreach for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Mary began her relationship with Camp as a volunteer cabin counselor in 1996. Prior to joining the full-time staff at Camp four years ago, she was the inpatient hematology/oncology child life specialist at Connecticut Children's Medical Center for seven years. She holds a B.A. in political Science from the University of Connecticut, a M.S. in Human Development from Wheelock College and completed the Hospitalized Child in England summer program at the Great Ormond Street Hospital renal unit.