Directors, 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. 2023 will be his 19th 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 Westbrook with his wife Meebz, their daughter Ellie 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.

Program Director – Alex Bullard


This will be Alex’s eighth year working with Kingsley Pines. Over his time here he has served as a cabin counselor, OLS/Nature Instructor, Golf Instructor, Dining Hall Supervisor, Awards Coordinator, and Assistant Program Director. Alex believes there is no experience more rewarding than helping create an environment where campers can learn, grow and have fun.

With a degree in history he was drawn to work at a summer camp due to both his passion for teaching and working in the outdoors. Alex hails from Georgia, however he has worked in outdoor education
across the country including Southern California, Texas, and of course Maine. In his free time he enjoys watching Jeopardy!, pizza, and traveling to new places.


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. 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 and daughter Brooke have been campers for many years.

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.