Health Center Staff
Gail Farquharson, RN MSN:
I live in Mendon Massachusetts, but enjoy summers and weekends at my home on Trickey Pond in Naples Maine with my husband and children. I received my Masters in Nursing from Salem State College. I have been a school nurse for the past 19 years at Miscoe Hill Middle School in Mendon. I also enjoys a part time job in home care. Prior to school nursing I worked at Mass General Hospital on a Neurosurgery floor and prior to that worked at Waltham Weston Hospital on an Orthopedic surgery floor. Being a mom of all boys, I am thrilled to be working at a camp with all girls! I enjoy the outdoors, hiking and nature very much. My other passions include reading, cooking, helping kids and long walks with my German Shepherd named Gemma. I worked in the health center at Winona for their 2020 session and I am very excited about my first year at Wyonegonic.
Jess Lacroix, BSN RN:
Since 2014 I’ve spent my summers as a camp nurse at Wyonegonic and I truly love being part of the health center team. I’m so lucky that I get to bring my two daughters with me to camp. They started in Pooh Corner many years ago. We’ve developed long-lasting friendships and a deep love for this camp underneath the Pines. On the off-season I live in Western Massachusetts, work as a school nurse, and am in graduate school working toward my masters degree in nursing.
Lise Edelberg Nigrovic, MD, MPH:
I was a Wyo camper and staff member for 7 summers (1984-1990). I returned in 2015 with my family as part of the health center team. This summer my twins will be counsellors and my youngest will be campers (two at Wyo and two at Winona). After camp, I work as pediatric emergency medicine physician at Boston’s Children Hospital as a clinician and clinical researcher. My current research is focused on the diagnosis of Lyme disease in children.
Paula Purcell, RN MSN:
Kiyi, my name is Paula Purcell and this is my 9th summer as a nurse at Wyonegonic’s Health Center. The nurturing environment of Wyonegonic is truly inspiring and makes a unique difference to campers’ and staffs’ lives. It’s an exceptional experience being at Wyonegonic where all embrace the natural environment. I enjoy providing encouragement to the campers as they take on personal responsibility and achieve self-assurance and success as they develop long standing friendships with girls from all over the world. My daughter Violet attended Wyonegonic for several years as a camper and counselor. My two boys Patrick and Daniel are former campers at Winona; Daniel is now a counselor. I live with my husband Lee and family in Sudbury, MA. I am a school nurse for middle and high school students at the Northshore Education Consortium in Massachusetts. I am a member of the National Association of School Nurses and earned my Master’s Degree in School Nurse Education in 2018. Also, I am a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse and the Secretary of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association.
Lynda Savlen, RN:
Hi, I’m Lynda Savlen, I started at Wyo 9 years ago to give my 2 daughters the chance to experience camp life and to challenge myself personally and professionally. My girls are in their 20’s now and they still speak of camp often, and it is interwoven into the amazing young women they have become. I have worked in many areas of nursing, but found my true passion as a school nurse 17 years ago. I spend my downtime with family and friends at our house in Naples Maine. I look forward to meeting your campers and it is an honor to spend part of my summer caring for them at Wyo. Kiyi!
Lila Smith, RN:
Kiyi! My name is Lila Smith; I am a nurse and a member of the Wyo Health Center staff. This will be my 4th summer working as one of the Wyo camp nurses, though I also spent three summers at Wyo as a junior and intermediate camper. Spending time on Moose Pond and sharing the traditions of Wyonegonic have been the highlights of my summers. I have three daughters who have also valued their time at Wyo and my son will be at Winona in senior this summer. My family and I live in Rye, NY and I am the nurse at School of the Holy Child in Rye.