Camp Leaders

Lisa Fortenberry

Executive Director

Lisa Fortenberry is one of Boston’s most established, innovative and inspiring leaders in the youth development field, bringing nearly 20 years of experience to her role as Executive Director of Camp Harbor View. Most recently as the Managing Director of Program Services at Scholar Athletes, Lisa led the organization through an extensive Theory of Change process, aligning the Scholar Athletes service model to measurable outcomes for the first time in its history and creating deepened partnerships with the Boston, Springfield and Everett public school districts.

For more than 14 years prior, Lisa served in various leadership capacities at City Year Boston and since 2006 served as the Managing Director of Service Impact and Evaluation, a key position on the organization’s executive leadership team. There, Lisa led, coached and motivated a team of nearly 35 staff members, who were in turn responsible for the 200+ City Year Americorps members serving in 21 Boston Public Schools. In this role, Lisa also developed and implemented a comprehensive service program that supported Boston Public Schools’ Acceleration Agenda and resulted in the first ever multi-year partnership agreement with the district, including sustainable financial support.

The depth and breadth of her investment in the success of Boston’s young people is also evident in her community ties. A Founding Trustee Member of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School and a participant in several community initiatives, Lisa is a long-time resident of Dorchester with her husband Stephen and their three sons.

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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