Ogontz's Owners

The Kent family has been enjoying Ogontz since 1965 when they first rented the facility for George's children's choral workshop. Ogontz was such a special place for them that they purchased the camp in 1993 from alumna Bette Huber. Presently, three generations of Kent family members are actively involved at Ogontz and have contributed towards a common goal over the years by founding new family music camps to cutting trails into the woods around the lake for guests to enjoy or working as a staff member. 

Lynn Kent Owner

A full-time volunteer for the arts, Lynn was a recipient of the prestigious national Jefferson Award for Community Service. She is visible from morning to night and vital in the day-to-day running of Ogontz, using her organizational skills and creative flair to give guests a special experience. She continually strives to elevate Ogontz by working to preserve our historic lakeside camp while both improving and expanding the facilities and programs that are associated with the organization in order to leave a better Ogontz for the future and conserve the spirit of the special place that we have. 

George Kent Owner

George has also spent a lifetime dedicated to the arts. Founder and retired director of the Chorus of Westerly, he has also toured, recorded, and presented concerts and workshops in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan and was Associate Conductor and then Acting Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He has devoted his life to raising the artistic standards of the community and was the recipient of a Doctor of Divinity degree (honoris causa) from the General Theological Seminary, the State of Rhode Island's Governor's Arts Award (1988), a Lifetime Achievement Award from Choral Arts, New England (1999), and a 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, from which he received his Master's Degree. The prestigious Pell Award for achievement in the arts was also presented to him in 2005. In 2013 he was presented with the Founders award. This prestigious award is a citation from the US Senate for Leadership in the Arts and was presented through the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Rhode Island and organist and choirmaster of Christ Church, Westerly, RI where he is privileged to play on an acclaimed C. B. Fisk organ.

Lynn and George are active directors of Ogontz, using the facility to promote arts in New England although musicians, singers, writers and dancers from all over the world have been known to have either furthered their studies or shared their knowledge with students at Ogontz. 

 

Ogontz's Staff

Sarah Veninsky Weddings & Special Events Manager

Sarah is Ogontz’s go to for all things wedding. She is the person on the other end of the phone with all our couples in the booking, visioning, and planning process for each unforgettable Ogontz wedding weekend. Organized, creative, and always willing to listen Sarah helps guests couples and guests for all Ogontz events feel comfortable and get the most out of their time with us. As a member of the Leadership Team Sarah is a key member of our core staff and has been with Ogontz for more than seven years. She grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Recreation Management. Her final college credits were earned while interning at Ogontz and she has been part of the Crew and Staff ever since!

 
Emma Haney Staffing Coordinator

Emma has two handfuls of skills and she gets to use all of them at camp. As the go to person on all things summer staff Emma is the keeper of the schedule. From baker’s assistant to chicken whisperer she assigns all of the Core Crew and Interns on the daily. Organized, great with people, and super creative are ways that her peers describe her each summer. As a member of the Leadership Team Emma is a primary summer decision maker and leader on camp. Her creativity is put to good use throughout the summer during camp and weddings too.

 
Andre Richardson Maintenance Coordinator

Andre is an Ogontz fixture. A young man still but having spent more than a decade at camp he knows the ins and outs of every inch of the 350 acres. Andre is familiar with every nook and cranny of Ogontz’s 100 buildings and it’s his job to keep them upright and beautiful. And what a great job he does! Creative, skilled, and committed to Camp Ogontz you can find Andre around camp with a hammer in his hand, a pick up truck’s steering wheel in front of him, and a gaggle of Core Crew under his wing. As a member of the Leadership Team Andre is central to solving problems and making campers and guests happy. Did I mention he can cook too?!.

 
Libbie Payne Ogontz Historian

Libbie has known Ogontz for five decades. She was former camper, counselor and assistant director of Ogontz Camp, and is now the Ogontz Camp archivist and historian. She headed up public relations for the New England Historic Genealogical Society's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1995, and is a board member of the Quincy (MA) Historical Society, a member of the Lisbon Area Historical Society, the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the New York Historical Society, among other historical organizations. She holds a BS in Physical Education, an MS in Sports Psychology, and a Physician Assistant certificate. After many years in sports and as Physician Assistant and member of The Boston Globe staff, she finds great pleasure in gathering together for the Ogontz Camp archives, the memories and the people who knew and know Ogontz, then and now.

 

The Crew

Our diverse staff is carefully selected, often from alumni of the different camps that are held at the facility, for their work ethic, independence, leadership abilities, unique strengths and love of Ogontz. Ogontz crew are cross trained to learn every part of the Ogontz experience from hospitality and culinary services, to gardening, design, maintenance and even carpentry. Staff gain event and team management experience and have gone on to use their leadership experience in their career endeavors. This outstanding young team of high school and college students will be happy to help make your stay at Ogontz a smooth one.

 

Volunteers

Ogontz is a collaborative camp that runs on a volunteer basis. Each group in session asks each of its campers to help out with small chores for 30 minutes a day. These chores include things such as helping with food prep and sweeping meeting spaces. Working in this manner makes everyone feel at home and part of the Ogontz family. It also provides a chance for participants to socialize with each other and with the Ogontz Crew. Many generous people enjoy this so much that they come back at other points in the summer season to help us out and volunteer for other groups. Ogontz greatly appreciates the kindness and support of all its volunteers.

 
Interested in joining the Ogontz team?
Give us a call at (603) 838-2462, or use the contact form.