Tripp Lake Camp takes great pride in being among the most highly regarded summer camps for girls in the United States. The quality of the Tripp Lake experience starts at the top with our co-directors, Katie Milne and Liz Kahn, both of whom have extensive experience in camping. Their commitment to delivering an exceptional summer camp experience is evident at every level.
In addition to Katie and Liz, we have veteran administrators, age group advisors, and specialty counselors for all activities. We have a full medical staff with a physician and nurses on the premises at all times.
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Katie attended overnight camp for the first time at age nine and, in her words, “was hooked.” After seven years as a camper, Katie became a counselor, then worked her way up through the ranks to assistant director. After graduating from Colorado University in 2008, she stayed in Boulder and took a position with Campminder, a business management system for camps that hosts our camper database.
After seven years with CampMinder helping camps organize and streamline their operations, Katie returned to overnight camping because she “wanted to have a more direct impact on children and staff.” For four years, she was the director of the summer camp she first attended in Michigan where she handled every facet of camp life, from hiring and training the staff to managing the health and wellness of every child in her care. Katie continues in the same vein with Tripp. She brings tremendous experience and enthusiasm to her role as associate director and is involved in all aspects of the planning, preparation, and organization of the camp season.
Liz has deep roots at TLC. She was a camper from age nine to sixteen, then returned for five summers as a counselor and Advisor. According to Liz, “My understanding of friendship was formed living alongside my bunkmates at Tripp each summer. My values around community and connection were nurtured through Wish Night campfires and OG-NOG performances. My friendships from my camper and counselor days remain the richest relationships in my life.”
After earning her BA and Masters in Education from Vanderbilt, Liz spent a decade in youth development, overseeing programs for children and teens in New York City and across the country. Most recently, she has been coaching leaders within organizations and their teams to help them optimize their performance and culture.
Helping lead Tripp Lake Camp has been a lifelong aspiration for Liz and she is excited to embark on this journey with her husband, Ryan, and two-year-old daughter Meadow.
Director of Operations
Keely Maloney-Smith has been a part of the Tripp Lake family since 2000. Born and raised in England, Keely has degrees from the University of Birmingham and from the University of Brighton. Before moving to the U.S., Keely spent twenty years teaching and coaching.
Known for her infectious good humor, Keely has worked in a number of different capacities at camp so she knows TLC from “all the angles.” Keely has been a bunk counselor, a land sports counselor, and has been instrumental in organizing our Alumnae Reunions.
With her ready smile, Keely’s flexibility, high energy, and strong organizational skills make her the ideal Director of Operations. During the winter, Keely oversees the all-important job of hiring our staff. During the summer, she coordinates all the logistics that make camp run so smoothly.
Leslie Konigsberg Levy
From the moment I arrived at Tripp Lake Camp as a camper, I fell in love with its beauty, its people, and its spirit. That love only grew as a counselor and, since 1999, as director of Tripp Lake.
My experience as a camper and counselor led me to a lifetime working with people. After graduating from Lehigh University, I earned a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis and then served for many years as a clinical social worker at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. My experience as a camper and counselor gave me a deep appreciation for Tripp Lake’s traditions and, coupled with my time as a social worker, a unique perspective on the benefits for a young girl of summers spent at Tripp Lake.
My husband, Mitchell, and I live in Rye Brook, New York, with our sons, David and Michael.