Board of Directors

As a charitable non-profit, the role of our volunteer community board is essential to our well-being and direction.  We appreciate the time and support our Board of Directors provides us.

Bob Brown, Secretary

Born and raised in Ohio, Bob Brown is a graduate of The University of Vermont where he studied geography, and Michigan State University from which he received a degree in college and university administration.  A veteran cyclist with more than 40 years of touring and racing experience, Bob operated Adventure Bound Bicycle Tours, conducting summer bike trips for teenagers in the northeastern USA, France, and Canada. Bob’s experience operating Adventure Bound during his college years inspired his 30-year career in college admissions and secondary school guidance. Between jobs and during vacations, Bob hit the road, completing solo cross-country bike tours in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. A lifelong cycling enthusiast, Bob has joined or established cycling clubs wherever he has resided and he is the founder of a community bicycle program in central Ohio. Since moving to Maine, he has been a volunteer mechanic and instructor at the Portland Gear Hub. In addition to cycling, Bob and his partner enjoy hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing from their base in Freeport.


Peter Cain, Vice-President

Peter grew up in western Massachusetts and spent his summers at his family’s cottage on Higgins Beach. Over the years most of Peter’s six siblings and their families have settled in or near Scarborough, and he and his wife Donna followed suit and bought their home here in 2017. Peter had a 30-year career in finance, based in New York and London. A big focus was on financing not-for-profits. He has volunteered and worked for Acumen, a global impact investing pioneer, for the past 20 years. He currently serves as an advisor and on investment committees. Peter has also served on the boards of several social enterprises as well as local not-for-profits. Peter and Donna love spending time with their daughter Sophia, and their large extended family (and their two dogs and two bunnies). They are avid hikers and love the outdoors.


David Houle

Dave is a Senior Manager at BerryDunn, a Portland, ME based business advisory firm. After being born in Massachusetts, Dave moved to Vermont as a child and grew up in the town of Brattleboro. Swimming, biking, fishing, skiing and generally enjoying the great outdoors. After a stint in Florida, Dave completed his undergraduate studies at George Mason University and also earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Virginia. He lived in Northern Virginia for about 12 years before moving to South Portland in 2005 with his wife Kathy, a teacher by training who currently works as a literacy EdTech in the Portland school system.

Kathy and Dave are very proud of their two sons: Dylan and Jack. Both kids attended programs at Ketcha while growing up. Dave has been the Chair of Ketcha’s annual golf tournament fundraiser and enjoys working with the great crew at Prouts Neck every year. Dave enjoys the four seasons that Maine has to offer, and in the past few years has taken up Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). He can be seen enjoying the wonderful open land at Ketcha with his trusty companion Beau, a rescue mutt from Tennessee!


Ken Kacere

Recently retired from L.L.Bean, Ken served as the Sr. Vice President of Retail for 17 yrs. He was responsible for developing and executing the retail growth strategy. He was also responsible for the Outdoor Discovery Programs helping thousands of adults and children learn and enjoy outdoor activities. He is currently the Board Chair for Gardener’s Supply Co. out of Burlington, VT. Ken and Penny have lived in Scarborough for over 36 years and reside at the other end of the trail from Camp Ketcha. They enjoy hiking, snowshoeing and biking.



Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is a native of Scarborough and attended Ketcha summer programs as a child.  After graduating from Scarborough High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and continues to serve to this day as a part-time Judge Advocate with the Maine Air National Guard. Following separation from active duty, he attended law school at Suffolk University in Boston.  He is now a shareholder of the law firm of Perkins Thompson in Portland specializing in Commercial Finance, Real Estate, and Business Transactions.

When Dave isn’t in the office you will most likely find him outdoors hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, or skiing.  Dave is the father of two girls who are also part of the Camp Ketcha family.


Erica Nelson, Treasurer

Erika is a CPA and a Manager in the Finance Transformation practice at Grant Thornton. She lives in Scarborough with her two children and husband. She served on one other board for an art gallery in Kansas from 2017 – 2020. Erika’s 6-year-old daughter attends our summer camp, aftercare, and vacation camp programs. Erika is interested in volunteering her time and professional experience to help Ketcha Outdoors and has specific expertise in finance and governance. Erika is interested in arts, education, and outdoor activities and wants to become more involved with the local community and build a deeper network in Maine.  She is currently on the finance committee



Jennifer Ogden

Jennifer Ogden works as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Evernorth; a regional organization representing affordable housing projects across Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Jenn has over 15 years of experience in the Human Resources industry in both public and private entities and industries such as manufacturing, affordable housing, transportation, government, education, and more. She is a member of SHRM and is a certified SPHR. Jenn has a bachelor’s in professional writing from NYIT – Master’s in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations from Ellis University.

Jenn is a mother of three children, 2 of which attended Ketcha Outdoors in their younger years and one who attends Ketcha’s Preschool currently. Jenn joined the Board during the summer of 2022. 


Robby Perkins-High

Robby’s love for the outdoors started as a kid growing up in Massachusetts, where he spent his time on his parents’ farm, in the nearby conservation land, and at a local nature camp. After attending Tufts University, he spent several years working at the East Boston YMCA in after-school and summer programming. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington and currently works in affordable housing and community economic development at Evernorth. He is passionate about building community, youth development, and outdoor access, which led him to a role on the Ketcha Board. In his free time, you can find him biking around town (on his purple Soma from Gear Hub), playing frisbee, and adventuring outside with friends and family.

Beth Richardson

Beth attended Camp Ketcha during the summer of 1964 as a Campfire Girls Bluebird and was proudly named best camper of the 2nd grade. One of her sons attended Ketcha’s summer camp nearly 30 years ago and her grandson will attend during the summer of 2024. Beth has recently retired from a career as an attorney, college and law school professor, and corporate executive. She currently serves as Vice President of the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project board, and volunteers with the Ketcha Barn committee tending to the goats and chickens on weekends. Beth is Mom to Bennett and Seth, and Gigi to grandchildren Andon and Parker. She is an avid pickleball player, Master Gardener, and Master Food Preserver. Beth lives in South Portland with her husband, Peter, a Master Beekeeper, where they keep several hives, an ever-expanding fruit and vegetable garden, and their doodles, Lola and Molly.


Abbie Robinson

Abbie has worked in the education field for most of her life. Abbie is The Statewide Higher Education Coordinator for Maine Roads to Quality PDN. Prior to her current role, Abbie was a staff advisor for the Free College Programs at SMCC and a workforce development adjunct faculty member. Additionally, Abbie was a Preschool Director at Spring Point Children’s Center and at Breakwater for 7 years and is excited to share her experience as an educator with Ketcha Outdoors staff to support the growth and enhancement of our current programming. She served on the Board of Catherine Morrill Day Nursery and the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children and has a level 7 Maine Roads to Quality rating. Abbie has a strong interest and knowledge in early childhood education as well as nature-based programming and a general love for the Maine outdoors. Abbie lives in Portland and is the mother of 2 grown children, Annabelle and Bobby.


Claudia Shedd

Originally from Boston, Claudia moved to Maine with her husband Jeff in 1982 after graduating from Williams College and never left. She worked 18 years in clinical practice as an orthopedic physician assistant and then another 14 years as the administrator of an orthopedic practice group. She was Compliance Manager for a large multi-specialty group and assisted the Maine CDC as a contact tracer before retiring in 2021.As a student in the Gear Hub bike mechanic class, she learned more about GearHub’s mission and soon became an enthusiastic volunteer.Claudia loves all things outdoors- whether biking, hiking, Nordic skiing, camping, kayaking, foraging for mushrooms, or creating a pollinator-friendly food forest in her backyard.Claudia is the mother of 3 grown children, 2 of whom attended Camp Ketcha.


Karen Stanley, President

Karen began the role of Executive Director for CARITAS in 2000 and took the organization from a 22-week winter-only emergency shelter to one of Richmond’s largest and most effective human services organizations. CARITAS provides a continuum of services which include a year-round, housing-focused emergency shelter, Virginia’s only furniture bank, a 300+ bed residential recovery program called The Healing Place, a workforce development and life skills program for men and women with significant barriers to employment, and 47 sober-living apartments.

In 2007, Karen took on the dual role of Executive Director for The Healing Place and guided the efforts to combine the organization with CARITAS in 2012. As President and CEO, Karen lead the successful $15.5M capital campaign and the development of a complex tax credit model including historic and New Market tax credits, CARITAS moved into the new $28M CARITAS Center in December 2020, which consolidated three locations and added a 140-bed recovery program for women and the 47 sober-living apartments.

Under her leadership, CARITAS has grown to have more than 100 employees and a $7.5M budget. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a recipient of the Stettinius Award for Non-Profit Leadership, a YWCA Outstanding Woman Award winner, the 2010 Better Housing Coalition’s “Creative Collaborator,” and was inducted into the Virginia First Lady’s FLITE Hall of Fame for Women in Business in 2012. In 2020, Karen was a Richmond Times Dispatch “Person of the Year” honoree and in 2022, she was the Ukrop Community Vision Award winner.

She has served on the boards of Homeward, Leadership Metro Richmond, the Governor’s Advisory Board for Volunteerism and National Service, and the Vestry of St. James’s Episcopal Church. Karen and her partner moved to Biddeford, Maine in 2023 and she is stepping into the role of ED for United Recovery Fund that support MaineWorks part time this summer. Additionally, Karen is a Portland Gear Hub 2023 Bike Mechanics class alum!


Laragh Kavanaugh, Executive Director

Laragh brings over 20 years of leadership experience, both as an outdoor educator and director at an international non-profit to the role of Executive Director. From guiding youth wilderness expeditions for Outward Bound to leading international programs in India and Ghana to directing operations for CIEE, the leading international education non-profit, Laragh brings a diverse but focused perspective to the Ketcha team. Laragh passionately works to cultivate an atmosphere of integrity and understanding and is committed to building a positive work culture to empower and elevate those around her. After growing up in Maine and becoming a parent herself, Laragh understands the impact that the natural world has on youth and how important access to quality outdoor programs is to Maine families and communities.

Laragh holds a B.A. in Human Development and Outdoor Leadership from Prescott College in Arizona and is a Maine Master Gardener. She lives in South Portland with her husband Joel, and two children, Clare and Wesley. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, yoga, and exploring beaches in the summer with her family.