Bushy Hill Director
Jen (Gannon) Malaguti holds a BA in Developmental Psychology, an AS in Chemical Dependency, and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, K-8 from Keene State College. Her love for nature and the world around her was supported and enriched through her years at Bushy Hill. She began as a camper at the age of 6, spending a month every summer enjoying the Bushy Hill experience. As a teen she volunteered as a counselor’s assistant and worked for six summers as a camp counselor until she moved to New Hampshire to begin her teaching career. She taught in the public elementary classroom for 8 years and was a Semi-Finalist for the 2011 NH Teacher of the Year Award. She has also worked at Nature’s Classroom, has been a private swim instructor, coached swim teams, and has worked as a liaison between families in crisis and community supports.
Contact Jen with questions about any of our programs!
Brendan Hylan is a graduate from Mount Ida College with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. Brendan began working as a counselor at Bushy Hill in 2004 after attending camp here as a child. He has substituted for many schools along the shoreline, including teaching school program for Bushy Hill. In his spare time he enjoys coaching football and lacrosse.
Contact Brendan with questions about our Summer and Vacation Camps, the Farm, Ropes Course and Birthday Parties!
Program Teacher and Naturalist
Phil Miller has been involved with Bushy Hill and outdoor education for decades. He brings a plethora of knowledge about experiential education, natural history, indigenous studies and ecosystems to our programs. Phil first served as Director of Bushy Hill from 1987 to 2003. In 2003 he left to serve as first selectman of Essex. We are thrilled to have him re-join our staff again as our resident Naturalist and one of our school program teachers . Phil has been recognized for his work and leadership by such varied groups as the American Legion, the Water Partnership, the Essex Land Trust, The League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, Gilead Community Services, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).