The Leadership Team
Erik Calhoun, Director
“Chief” Erik Calhoun is Agawam’s 5th Camp Director, and he has a long history with Camp, starting with his first camper year in 1981. Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Eckerd College and Master’s degrees in Education from Boston College and in History from Wake Forest. Prior to being hired as Camp Director, Erik served as a teacher and admissions director, most recently at Elgin Academy where he was Head of Admissions. Erik enjoys hiking, canoeing, reading, and music, and he loves Agawam’s emphasis on the individual within the context of the community.
Karen Malm, Assistant Director and Director of Alumni Relations and Council Operations
“Mander” Karen Malm is a graduate of Princeton University, and she also holds a law degree from Boston College. Karen was a camper and counselor at Camp Wawenock for fourteen years before joining Agawam’s summer staff in 1995, where she served as Head of Tennis and Challenge Course. After 18 successful years teaching at the Kent Place School, Karen joined Agawam’s year-round staff in 2008. Karen is also an American Camp Association accreditation camp visitor and a licensed American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor.
Diehl Estes, Assistant Director and Director of Operations
“Capt” Diehl Estes first attended camp in 1973 as a Main Idea camper, and he has been a fixture on Agawam’s campus ever since, teaching virtually every activity at Agawam and serving in roles ranging from cabin counselor to chef to head of the Sr. Club program to Head Counselor to Assistant Director. Diehl also serves as Agawam’s facilities manager and is responsible for the care of our beautiful campus. Diehl is also an American Camp Association accreditation camp visitor.
Mike Bensen, Director of Development and Programs
“Lt.” Mike Bensen graduated from Williams College and holds a master’s degree in Education from Boston College. Mike grew up in Maine and spent his first summer at Agawam when he was 11. His background includes over 10 years teaching in public and private schools, as well as many camper and counselor summers at Agawam.
Judy Webel, Camp Manager
“Major” Judy Webel joined Agawam’s summer office staff in 2005 and has been a member of the year-round team since 2012. Judy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development from Colby College and a Graduate Teaching Certificate from Central Connecticut State University. Prior to working at Agawam, Judy worked in early childhood education as a teacher and a Director of Curriculum and Staff Development. Judy’s four sons have attend Agawam as campers and worked at Agawam as counselors.
Camp Agawam is under the leadership of the Agawam Council Board of Directors. Formed in 1985 to ensure that Agawam would continue to thrive as a summer camp after the retirement of former Directors and Owners, Dave and Peg Mason, our Board helps oversee the camping programs we provide. They work with our Camp Director to ensure an outstanding camp experience for our campers.