Director, Owners & Founders

Director – Dan Emmons

Dan first set foot in Maine in 2005, his first year as a counselor. Over the years he was a Counselor, Tennis Instructor, Campus Head, Program Director, Assistant Director, and now Director. He loves working with campers and staff, and enjoys seeing their growth not only throughout the summer but over multiple years. 2022 will be his 18th summer at camp.

Born and raised in Missouri, he has a degree in Strategic Communications, but was drawn instead to traveling, volunteering, and camp. After college, Dan joined Americorps NCCC, where he spent two terms working on team-based community service projects all across the country including disaster relief, construction, food service, and education. He enjoys hiking, Ultimate Frisbee and anything that involves spending time outside. He lives in South Portland with his wife Meebz, and their dog Tenny.

Assistant Director – Laura Jo Cunningham

Laura Jo Cunningham has been with Kingsley Pines Camp since 2000. She strongly believes in the supportive power of camp for the growth and encouragement of campers and staff alike. She works in the office communicating with families, coordinating airport transportation for campers, taking care of the accounting responsibilities and providing guidance for the Media Team. Laura Jo loves when she has the opportunity to get out with the camera and has the privilege to capture some of the camp fun on film!

Laura Jo is from Maine. She loves to swim and was the Waterfront Director of the Girls Scout Camp Pondicherry during college. After college, she had the opportunity to work in the corporate world before returning to her love of camp. Laura Jo serves on the Education Committee for Maine Summer Camps.

Laura Jo has two daughters Sibyl and Izze who both loved attending KP and now enjoy giving back to camp as staff members in the off season and during the summer. When Laura Jo is not at camp, she can be found at home in her flower gardens in Raymond.

Consulting Director – Alan Kissack

Alan Kissack was the Director of Kingsley Pines Camp from 1996 to 2021. He is currently serving as the Consulting Director. His passion for camp and for the kids shows in every aspect of Kingsley Pines – his connection with the campers is infectious and it breeds a culture of acceptance and positivity that trickles down from Alan, through the amazing counselors, and creates an environment where campers want to be. His commitment to camp and to the people in his care make the Kingsley Pines experience the best it can be.

Prior to Kingsley Pines, Alan was the Director of a Maine YMCA Camp. Alan also served as the Director of the Bangor YMCA’s school-age childcare program and youth & teen programs in 1991-1995. He has been working with children since graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1985. Before that, starting at age 11, he was a camper, junior counselor, counselor and program director at a boys’ camp in Maine.

Alan is the 2018 winner of the Halsey Gulick Award. This award is given to recognize people who have distinguished themselves in the field of organized youth camping in Maine.

Alan lives with his wife Christine and their cat Jack, in Cumberland, Maine. You can contact him at or 207-894-9030.

Owner – Drew Taylor

Kingsley Pines is in its second generation of family ownership, with sons Drew, Devon and Carter in charge of the operations of Camp.

Drew Taylor, Joyce’s son, has been a camper, counselor, campus head, and is currently the Director of Marketing and Facilities. Drew’s wife Lisa is a trained florist. She uses her skills with plants and flowers to make camp beautiful all summer long. Their son Timmy is a camper and daughter Brooke looks forward to attending as soon as she is old enough. Drew and Lisa live at Camp year-round.

Owner – Devon Coughlan

Devon Coughlan has been involved with Kingsley Pines since its inception in 1984 and lives with his family on Camp property during the summer months. Devon’s wife Leslie is a nurse practitioner. In the winter, Devon and Leslie live in Ocean Ridge, Florida with their two children – Holly, who is a camper and Kelly, who is a counselor. When not occupied with Camp, Devon, an attorney, works as a mediator.



Owner – Carter Coughlan

Carter Coughlan was both a camper and counselor at Kingsley Pines. Today, in addition to his work at camp, he is a Captain for Delta Connection. Carter’s wife Beth is a registered nurse and is part of our healthcare team at camp. They have two children Sean and Ally. Both attended camp for many summers and Ally currently works as a counselor. Carter and Beth live in nearby Kennebunk, Maine.



Founders – Pat and Joyce Coughlan

Pat and Joyce Coughlan are the founders of Kingsley Pines Camp. Attending camp as a child was a life-changing experience for Pat, and had an even greater impact on his development than high school, college, or law school combined. He credits camp with giving him self-confidence, determination, and balance in his life. Pat feels that founding Kingsley Pines is his way of giving back.

Joyce has a Masters degree in education and has taught children and adults in the United States and abroad. Her philosophy is that all children who develop a positive self-image and gain self-confidence in their own unique abilities will succeed. This has been a cornerstone of the development of Kingsley Pines and its goal for each of our campers.

If you have any additional questions about our staff or if you would like to speak with someone at camp, please feel free to contact us.