Director and Staff

Our Director


Barrie Pendergast is the Director of Camp Onaway. She found a home away from home as an Onaway camper during the summer of 1982 and returned for many summers as both a camper and counselor.

A graduate of Bates College and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Barrie holds a B.A. and M.A. of Art History. Her time as a counselor at Onaway paved the way for a career in teaching and administration. For seventeen years, Barrie taught art history and mathematics at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Barrie also served as class dean and Dean of Students, and in her last three years, she served as Upper School Academic Dean and Associate Head of Upper School.

Her love of Onaway and belief in the mission of the camp guide her as she takes on this new and exciting role. She is the proud mother of Abby, an Onaway camper, and William. She lives in Ardmore, PA with her husband Tom, children, and new puppy, Georgie!


The Director and the camp are supported by Beth Beckman, Office Manager; Meredith Funston, Director of Advancement; and Gene Ronikier, Property Manager.

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Someday I’ll be old enough to be a counselor too.”  This refrain can be heard as the camp sings Manana, a favorite camp song.  Close to 100 % of our counselors are former campers, OWLES or Aides from Onaway, adding strength and stability to the Camp.  They have completed at least one year of college and received special training through various certification programs. Counselors are chosen for their mastery in certain areas and for their loyalty and belief in upholding the camp ideals.