Paige refers to herself as a New Englander having grown up in the northeastern part of the country moving between Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
Paige has worked in camps from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the shores of Catalina Island. Her love for camp started at the Heifer International farm each summer as a kid. Paige grew up visiting the cows at her grandfather’s farm and in high school worked at an endangered/rare animal farm in Massachusetts. She studied marine and freshwater biology in college at UNH which led her to the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP). As a Program Director there, Paige oversaw the Garden (including six beloved chickens) and the Sustainable Living and Volunteer program areas. Her love for farm life and passion for empowering youth to push their comfort zones while having a great time makes her a very enthusiastic Assistant Summer Camp Director for Hidden Villa. Paige is incredibly excited to be in California with her husband, Josh, and their cat, Melvin.
Paige was drawn to Hidden Villa by many things…most directly, Summer Camp Director, Ben! Paige met Ben on Catalina Island where they were both CELPsters. Knowing how much she enjoyed working with him in the past, Paige knew that joining the team at Hidden Villa was going to be an excellent experience. In addition to this tried and true friendship, Paige was moved by the story of Josephine and Frank Duveneck, as well as the ample opportunities to interact with farm and wilderness. Paige is thrilled to be a part of Hidden Villa’s long standing tradition of creating an inclusive environment where all people are welcomed. Just like in any healthy ecosystem, diversity is the most important aspect of sustaining robust and strong communities. Celebrating differences and learning from other people’s experiences is a passion of Paige’s and looks forward to meeting you around the farm someday!
Her favorite time of day at Hidden Villa is the morning when the grass is still wet and the sun is warm on your face. She loves walking to the office over the babbling brook, saying hello to Emelie the cow, getting stuck behind slow moving turkeys and smelling the cool, fragrant valley air.
Her favorite mission- related book is “The Book of Hope” by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams & “How to Be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi.