Camp Leaders

Maia Baptista

Director of Operations

Maia Baptista is the newly appointed Director of Operations at Camp Harbor View. She started working with Camp Harbor View at its beginning in 2007 as a Camp Counselor for three summers, the Administrative Assistant for one summer, and a Leader in Training (LIT) Youth Worker in 2013. She continued her work with the LITs and joined the off season team in 2013. She’s excited for all the new challenges that will come with her new role!

Maia has spent the last ten years working with urban youth and a low-income population in a variety of settings as a teacher, assistant, mentor and counselor. It was the mentoring relationships she created with her campers in the early years of Camp Harbor View that inspired her to pursue a counseling degree. In the Spring of 2013, Maia graduated from Boston College’s Graduate program with a Master’s in School Counseling.

Maia is very excited to form deeper relationships with CHV families, donors and the foundation as Director of Operations. Maia feels very fortunate to be working at Camp Harbor View, one of the few work environments where she developed many meaningful relationships. Camp Harbor View has always been a supportive, creative, and fun work environment and she is looking forward to her new role.

Al Simpson

Leaders In Training Director

Al Simpson is the Director of the Leaders-in-Training Program. He recently joined the CHV family but he has an extensive history of working with teens. He spent over 15 years as a Mental Health Counselor with clients from the Department of Mental Health and managed a private practice for 10 years. Al Simpson has supervised a number of adolescent residential programs which serve behaviorally and mentally disordered teens. His career in human services started in 1987, after leaving the United States Air Force, when he began working in the Department of Youth Services in Boston. He was born and raised in Mississippi where he attended Ole Miss and received his bachelors in Physical Education. Al Simpson later obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College. He is an avid sport fan and health enthusiast with a passion for his work.

Wendy Knight, MSW, LICSW

Director of Clinical and Support Services

Wendy Knight has worked on Camp Harbor View’s year-round team since June of 2010. She has more than a decade of social work and program development experience. Prior to joining Camp Harbor View, Wendy worked as a program director for the YMCA and in social work positions at alternative and special education schools. Wendy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College in 2008 and received her graduate training at Judge Baker Children’s Center.

Wendy provides leadership to the social work team, including supervising all of Camp Harbor View’s counseling and support services. She oversees the Master of Social Work training program, which develops aspiring social workers from Simmons College and Boston College. In addition, Wendy has developed numerous group programs, which are offered to adolescents and parents throughout the school year.

Wendy’s favorite part of working at CHV is the family approach that is incorporated into every aspect of the program. She cherishes the many relationships she has built with youth and families. Throughout the years, she has had the opportunity to work with families who are incredibly resilient and inspiring. Wendy appreciates being able to provide innovative and free social work services for Boston families, which is a unique approach adopted by Camp Harbor View.

Camp Harbor View allows kids to explore who they are while having FUN in a safe environment. Wendy is proud to work at such a supportive place where kids can just be kids!

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