Our Directors


Emily Starr

Emily Starr is the Director of Camp Chinqueka. She was born and raised in the Tri-State Area and completed her high school and college careers just a stone’s throw away from camp! She has an enthusiasm for young people and makes it her mission to ensure your children have the experience of a lifetime here at Chinqueka. She has been a proud member of the educational community and has served over a decade partnering with children and families.

Emily’s love for working with children can be tied back to her own camp adventures! She recalls spending many fond summers at camp as a girl, and her experiences had a monumental influence on her decision to dedicate her life to promoting social success and emotional wellbeing of young people. Emily is a fierce advocate for young girls and has a passion to provide them with a camp experience that will not only support their confidence, communication, and relationship skills, but also allow them to enjoy being young and free!

Emily is an avid lover of animals and the outdoors. In her spare moments she enjoys spending time with her family exploring local State Parks, attending sporting events and everything else that New England has to offer. Outside the camp world, Emily has extensive experience working with children and young adults including working with local Parks and Recreation Initiatives, Regional Special Olympics, Community Outreach Programs and in various school settings ranging from elementary to high schools. She has a background in the Arts and Education and has taught and directed in Office of Early Childhood Schools throughout the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.

She looks forward to providing a safe and exciting environment that can help girls to develop critical life skills, particularly in social relations, and confidence through social interaction and skill building all wrapped up in lots of fun!

Kris Ebner Martin

Kris Ebner Martin

Kris is the Managing Director of Ebner Camps, Inc.. She follows in the footsteps of her father (Buzz Ebner), her aunt (Barbara Ebner) and grandfather (the late Oscar Ebner Sr.), who all served as Directors of Awosting and Chinqueka, as well as President/Vice President of Ebner Camps, for several decades. Kris spent her first summer at Awosting at the age of 5 months! As a child, she attended our sister camp, Chinqueka, and later joined the staff as a CIT, counselor and Program Director. Kris has been the Waterfront Director or Director at Chinqueka or Awosting for over 30 years. As Director, Kris’ primary goal is to ensure the children at Awosting and Chinqueka have a safe, caring and fun environment where they can grow and develop into responsible young men and women.

Kris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Charter Oak State College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Ashford University. In between her time as Director of Chinqueka and Awosting, Kris served as Executive Director of a YMCA camp in Florida. Kris is one of the founding owners of two nearby day camps, Boulder Ridge and Eagle Rock, also operated by Ebner Camps. She is an active member of the American Camp Association and Connecticut Camping Association.

In addition to being a camp director, Kris is a single mother of 3 boys, who all attended Awosting as campers. Her two older boys are now married and her youngest, Hugh, will be a full-fledged staff member at Chinqueka in 2022, working at the motocross track. Kris and Hugh live in Connecticut, near camp. (As the girls at Chinqueka can tell you, it’s just “300 yards down the road”!)

When not coordinating the activities at all 4 Ebner Camps, Kris is an active member of her barbershop chorus, enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her dog Scoot and her friends & family.

Barbara Ebner

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Barbara V. Ebner. Barb passed away on Saturday March 28, 2020 after a courageous and challenging battle with Stage 4 Lymphoma. She dedicated her life to educating children and providing them with opportunities to grow and her spirit will live on in the generations to come. In addition to many years as a teacher, Barb played an essential role in the founding of Camp Chinqueka, having been one of the first senior staff members in 1955. She spent the next 65 summers at Chinqueka as counselor, director, owner and advisor. No words can express our sadness or our appreciation for her and the opportunity to have worked with and learned from her.

Barb considered everyone who came through the Chinqueka program to be an extended part of her family. Those who were fortunate enough to know Barb personally knew of her passions for music, animals and all things Chinqueka, from goldfinches to Candlelight. She will be deeply missed by the Ebner family, Ebner Camps employees, and the tens of thousands of alumni, campers & families of Chinqueka.