Camp Susan Curtis Executive Director Transition

September 5, 2023

Dear friends of Camp Susan Curtis,
I’m writing to share the news that I’m stepping down as the Executive Director of Camp Susan Curtis, effective September 1st, 2023. 
My daughters are just one and three years old, and I want to spend more time with them during this fleeting time in their lives. As you can imagine, it was a tough decision for me. Camp Susan Curtis has my heart! 
When I started this position back in 2019, I knew I’d put my shoulder to the wheel for Maine kids in need. But what surprised me was the incredible community I joined in that effort, all working together to show Maine kids they matter. Over and over again, you came alongside me, caring about kids. I’ve been amazed by:

  • Cabin staff who go above and beyond, day after day, to get to know each child, invest in their well-being, and nurture their sense of belonging.
  • Donors who give with joy and generosity because they believe in the kids.
  • Leadership Staff who have committed decades of their lives to being the caring and attentive adult role models our campers need. 
  • Board members who volunteer hundreds of hours to make sure this organization is as strong as we can make it.
  • And most importantly – campers themselves who continually delight, impress, and inspire me.

I have worked closely with the board and staff to ensure a smooth transition for the next Executive Director. We’ve made strides in recent years to build a solid, stable foundation for future growth and I’m optimistic (and excited) about our ability to attract an outstanding nonprofit leader to carry Camp Susan Curtis into the next 50 years. 
The organization has engaged Koya Partners, a firm that specializes in leading mission-driven executive recruiting, to conduct a national search for the next Executive Director. Anyone with personal interest or ideas for strong candidates is encouraged to reach out to Erin Reedy at     

It has been a privilege and an honor to support the children at Camp Susan Curtis as the Executive Director. And I’m not leaving as a supporter – I’ll be joining the team of donors and volunteers, who show up for the kids again and again, making these life-changing experiences at camp possible.

With gratitude,

Kathryn Pierce

“Something I learned from camp this year is one, to be more mature so I can be the best role model possible for younger campers. Another thing I learned was to use my voice more and to be less shy, this will help me in the future by being able to speak up not only for myself but for my friends and people who need someone to speak up for them.”