The Staff at SPIRIT strives to develop the positive healthy qualities in each camper through their participation in sport. We help girls identify and define their personal best, and then work with them to perform at that level - whatever it may be.
Margie Anderson founded Spirit Sports Camp over 25 years ago while a member of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Team, and the head coach of the University of New Hampshire’s Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse Teams. She is passionate about sports, and has a genuine love for children that make her a natural at directing a sports camp for today’s youth. Margie spent years teaching math and English to elementary and middle school students, and continues coaching youth sports today. Being an educator by degree, her camp is designed to develop the whole person including 21st Century Skills.
As a member of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Team, Margie played in two World Cup Tournaments, finishing the first as the tournament’s leading scorer, and scoring the winning goal in an overtime, sudden-death victory to win the Gold Medal in the second. While a student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts, Margie led both the national contending Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse Teams in goal scoring, was team captain, and capped off her college career with an NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Title.
From beginners through collegiate athletes Margie has coached one successful team after another. While under her regime, both the Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse Teams at the University of New Hampshire won the ECAC title and competed in several NCAA Tournaments. She is a member of several athletic Halls of Fame, and in 2016 was inducted into the United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Margie lives in Ohio with her husband, John, and their five children where she spends most of her time preparing for the upcoming summer season of Spirit Sports Camp. She occasionally works in the classroom as a substitute teacher, speaks with children of all ages about her philosophy of teamwork, collaboration and respect, and coaches middle and high school school lacrosse.
As past Director of Spirit Sports Camp and now our camp nurse, Kelly brings her love for children, her creativity, innovative ideas, and her genuine care for others to life. She has spent over 20 years sharing her summers and her four children with the campers at Spirit.
Kelly is employed full time by the State of Massachusetts as a Nursing Educational Specialist at Holyoke Community College. She uses multiple modalities to assist students through nursing school, and toward completion of the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for Nurses and Practical Nurses.
Prior to working at Holyoke Community College, Kelly taught and coached at Landmark School north of Boston, Massachusetts.
Kelly is a graduate of Providence College (1982) in Providence, Rhode Island where she competed on the Division I soccer, volleyball and lacrosse teams. While later earning her Master’s Degree at Providence College, in Education, Guidance and Counseling, Kelly worked as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach.
Christine lives in New York City where she teaches 4th grade math and is the Math Instruction and Curriculum Coordinator for faculty. She participates in adult volleyball and soccer leagues in the city, and she enjoys running through Central Park.
In 2011, she graduated from Providence College with a dual degree in Health Policy and Public Service. Christine joined Teach for America (a teaching program that trains teachers and sends them to high need areas) and held her first teaching job in New Orleans where she also coached middle school girls’ volleyball, track and basketball. Christine has a Master's in the Art of Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. In high school, Christine was a three-sport varsity athlete who received many individual awards.
As a camper, Christine spent her childhood summers at Spirit. Fortunately, with a career in teaching, Christine continues to spend her summers at Spirit where she inspires children to be the best they can be and to challenge themselves both on and off the field. Christine is instrumental with our goal setting program as she works with our staff to implement a personalized method of achieving across the board.
Grace Walkowicz lives in Beverly, Massachusetts, and teaches Algebra II to high school students while also studying for her Masters degree in Special Education Services through Simmons College. Grace grew up in Western Massachusetts and graduated from Amherst High School, where she was a tri-athlete who excelled in field hockey. She attended Stonehill College, where she played on the Ultimate Frisbee Team. Grace graduated in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Gender Studies.
Throughout her life, Grace has been involved with coaching, and is committed to building self-esteem in young women through sport. Grace has been a member of Spirit Sports Camp's coaching staff for many years. As head field hockey coach, she has helped student-athletes reach their potential with individual goal setting and skill development. Many of her players have advanced to compete on college teams including several Division I schools.
With her personality, energy and creativity, Grace consistently leads campers and coaches on a fun-filled, action-packed summer adventure with a wide variety of activities at Spirit Sports Camp.
Courtney Farber is a nursing student receiving academic scholarship at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. In high school, she played volleyball and was captain in her senior year. Courtney has coached middle school girl’s volleyball, and has taught and choreographed dances for high school show choir students.
Courtney was also a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet Company for six years, and danced in annual performances at the Akron Civic Theater. Most recently, Courtney competed in several dance competitions with Creative Motion Studios Dance Team in Jazz and Lyrical. Her duet, solo and group numbers received High Score Awards at various competitions, and Courtney was often recognized with First Place honors for her solo, Warrior. A natural on stage, Courtney held lead roles in high school plays including “Little Women” and “Lunacy” and brings those talents to our electives program.
Dedicated to boosting the self-esteem of teen girls, Courtney has led assemblies at a local high school and at Spirit addressing confidence, self-image, attitude, and media influence. She works tirelessly in the dorms to create a supportive, fun and family oriented community.
Eva Tomecka lives in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and teaches Spanish at the local public high school. Her life’s work is teaching, coaching, and advising adolescents through their formative years. She is involved in coaching soccer, yoga, volleyball, and track. She is Faculty Advisor to the Spanish Club and also works with the International Club to organize international travel opportunities for high school students. She officiates at both middle and high school track and cross-country meets. Eva completed yoga teacher training courses and now practices and teaches yoga. In addition, Eva plays on recreational soccer and volleyball teams in adult leagues in her area. She is an avid skier, both downhill and cross-country. She also enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Marion lives in Wallingford, CT where she is the head volleyball coach at North Branford High school, JV softball coach at Lyman Hall High school, front desk coordinator at 3ECrossfit, and founder of a Volleyball Club in Central Connecticut called Elevation Volleyball Academy. Marion participates in many adult leagues including indoor, grass, and beach volleyball, slow pitch softball for women & co-ed as well as women's fast pitch and co-ed football.
In addition, Marion is very involved in the local Park & Rec league for 5-14 year old girls, was a youth sports instructor at the Wallingford YMCA and a physical education teacher at Holy Trinity School.
Marion was a 3-sport athlete in High School, playing Volleyball, Basketball and Softball and a four-year starter on the volleyball team at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. A standout athlete, Marion was nationally ranked in the top ten for her serving ability for three years. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Business concentrated in Sports Management and a minor in Small business. She is IMPACT certified, CAPT I certified & GMS.
Sophia is a design major at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Her high school art portfolio earned her scholarship into the program at Syracuse where she now spends hours creating a new portfolio.
In high school, Sophia was a standout on the golf team, and earned numerous honors. In addition, she appeared in many high school theater productions playing major roles.
Gracing the stage with her poise, balance and rhythm, Sophia has danced in many ballet performances with the Excellence In Dance Company, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Her appearances include “Peter Pan,” “Snow White,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
SPIRIT is committed to quality when it comes to its coaching staff. Our staff is comprised of talented athletes, superior role models, and people who are devoted to enhancing the lives of children. SPIRIT coaches include high school athletes and coaches as well as current collegiate students from colleges including:
• Ohio State University
• Milliken University
• Providence College
• Syracuse University
• University of Cincinnati
• University of Delaware
• University of Massachusetts