Sarah McKani, #21013
#21013 Sarah “Bear” McKani began working at Kiniya as a leader during the summer of 2008, and she has been thrilled to find ways to be involved with Camp ever since. Bear grew up going to Dudley reunions hosted by her grandparents, Sally and #15400 Bill Sword, in Princeton. As a camper, she attended Camp Jeanne d’Arc, then Dudley’s sister camp.
Bear was overjoyed when Dudley expanded to include girls, and dove in to all that Kiniya had to offer in Colchester. Bear was a leader in the Senior Division for two summers, ran the hike hut, instructed sailing, and led Junior Beach. Bear also ran Hymn Sing at Kiniya from 2009 through 2012, and, with the help of #19629 D’Anne Hurd, wrote “‘Neath the Pines,” which is now part of Kiniya’s final five.
Bear is a lawyer in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. After studying English and French at Wesleyan University, she attended Georgetown University Law Center, where she received special recognition for pro bono service. While in DC, she also tutored with Horton’s Kids, a Dudley community partner organization. At the Antitrust Division, Bear serves on the Women’s Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee and continues to do pro bono housing work.
After Bear finished law school in 2016, Marnie and Kat generously offered her the opportunity to come back for another summer, and Bear leapt at the chance to lead Hymn Sing while studying for the bar on the shores of Lake Champlain. Needless to say, Junior Beach beats the law school library!
Bear lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner, Kunal. Many of her closest friends are Dudley and Kiniya alums, and she hopes that her work with the DKAA will help offer opportunities to all alumni to connect with the Camp community.