Gillian is the founder and president of The Katie Johnson Fellowship. Earlier she created, and directed for 25 years, Camp Jabberwocky’s 5 week June/July program. In the late 1960’s she developed the curriculum for and taught one of the first public school classes for Special Education in Wash.DC. Later she began a non-profit movie theatre and practiced as a physical therapist at Howard Univ. Hospital and in the MD and Wash.DC public school systems. Mostly retired, Gillian now directs The Wabe of Whidbey Island, delights in five grandchildren, and cares for a very spoiled horse, Rennie. She and her husband, Alan, live half the year in Seattle and half on Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
Alan has been an officer of The Katie Johnson Fellowship since it was formed in 2002. He is retired but previously worked as a lawyer in private practice and as an executive in the Federal Government. Currently he is the Treasurer, a member of the board, and photographer who takes most of the photos you see in our literature and website.
Darlene Meskell has been a director and Vice President/Secretary of The Katie Johnson Fellowship since its founding. She has worked professionally as a journalist in Washington, D.C., a management consultant, and was a federal government official until her retirement in 2015. Since then, she and her husband, Paddy, have spent half their time in Washington, D.C. and half their time in Limerick, Ireland.
Buzz Bailey served as pro bono legal counsel during the initial organization of The Katie Johnson Fellowship, and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2018. He was a partner in a Washington DC law firm, specializing in federal legislative and regulatory issues, for several decades. Mr. Bailey has provided pro bono legal services to several other clients including a Native American tribe and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Fellowship. He currently serves as Director of Federal Contracts for Qorvo US, Inc. which is developing a new COVID biosensor using semiconductor technology. He lives in Clarksburg, Maryland.
Leslie is a founding board member. She has enthusiastically supported and championed the mission of the Katie Johnson Fellowship, i.e. to create as many camps as possible in the spirit of enjoying and celebrating together our unique and varying talents.
When Jan met Gillian Butchman at Camp Jabberwocky in 1978, she learned that camp is where there’s fun, friendships, delicious food and a chance to see the world functioning as it should. Over the next several decades, she spent about 15 summers at Jabberwocky and then joined the crew at The Tulgey Wood on Nantucket, which she now helps direct. She was also the originator of Chilmark Chocolates, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and an elementary school teacher in New York for many years. Jan joined the Board of The Katie Johnson Fellowship in 2013.
Carrie joined the board in 2018.
Kevin Heller has been involved with the Katie Johnson Fellowship since 2002 and joined the Board in 2021. He works for Stanford University, but he has also worked for all segments of California’s public education system: UC, CSU, Community College, and K-12. He lives in California with his family and a surly cat named Honeynut, and when he’s not gardening, running, or reading detective novels, he can easily be tempted to join you for ice cream.