STAFF

JOHN J.A. JANNONE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

John grew up at the camp, which was founded by his parents Jerry and Dottie in 1964. From an early age he understood the value of cooperation rather than competition, held a deep respect for individual choice, and fostered a love for the arts.

He studied philosophy and music at Colgate University, and received his M.F.A. in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer. In addition to his continuous involvement with the camp, he has worked in the arts all of his life, variously as a musician and composer, lighting and projection designer, and interaction designer/programmer.

He is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College, where he has taught since 2000. There he created the M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA). He has taught at Osaka University, Japan; Pratt Institute, Hunter College, and Rennselear. He was a visiting composer at Oberlin College, and a visiting artist at Grinnell College. His artistic and research work has been supported through numerous grants, including NSF Major Research Instrumentation and CreativeIT grants.

His children, Cairo and Marcel Jannone, are campers at Camp Ballibay and The Farm Arts Camp; Cairo since 2011 and Marcel since 2013.

KRISTIN ALEXANDER
MANAGING DIRECTOR

After several summers as a camper, Kristin joined the staff in 1993. In 1999, she became the Dean of Girls, and two summers later joined the camp administration as head of the dance program and Dean of Campers. She is now the Managing Director of the The Ballibay Camps.

She holds a BA in Dance from Goucher College (MD) and a MFA from George Mason University (VA).  A dedicated educator, she has taught at universities, schools, festivals, studios, and camps throughout the United States, and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).  From 2002-2010 Kristin was an associate professor of dance at DeSales University (PA), and returned again in 2012 for a semester as acting chair of the dance department.  

As the founding artistic director of Annex Dance Company, she has created over 25 original works for the company, as well as choreographed and set company repertory on students through the Annex residency program.  Kristin has also performed and collaborated with companies and choreographers throughout the US, including VT Dance and inFluxdance.  

She is currently on the dance faculty of the College of Charleston.

ELAINE BACON
OFFICE MANAGER

Elaine has worked at Ballibay since 2002 as the office manager. She handles phone calls, responds to emails and mails our informational packets out to inquiring families. She also manages accounts payable and receivable along with the normal day to day operations of camp during the off season. When not in the office she is taking care of the Balli-cats and kittens.

Elaine also works at the Wyalusing Pet Clinic 1 day a week as a veterinary assistant. She has 10 cats and a horse at home.

CHEF MAIHAA KEELEY
EXECUTIVE CHEF

Maihaa had her first clients at age 10 when she began cooking at home for her 3 younger brothers. Both Maihaa’s mother and grandmother used satisfying, nurturing food as a vehicle to express love. Maihaa has adopted their legacy and infuses her culinary discipline with a sincere, openhearted connection.

She trained at the School of Natural Cookery in Boulder, Colorado in 1994, and has worked as a chef for over 20 years. She is now a lead instructor with the School of Natural Cookery, and has trained many successful chefs, and contributed to the school’s curriculum, over the last decade.