Leadership Family

Adam Boyd grew up in camping. While at Wofford College, Adam called his father, Spencer during one of his recruiting trips saying “Dad, I know of a girl who would make a great counselor for Merri-Mac.” A few years later Adam made sure that he would not lose this valuable counselor, marrying Ann in 1990. Subsequently, Adam received a Masters of Divinity, and later a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Seminary. Ann, a Converse College graduate, serves with Adam as co-director and each of their three children serve on staff.

After sixty-five years running camps together we still have as much (maybe more) fun as the kids. Camp is in our blood, and we want your girls to feel the same way.

“Camp Merri-Mac has been an incredible experience for our daughter. It is such a wonderful setting for young girls/ladies to gain independence and build self-confidence in a safe, supportive environment. Our daughter has lots of fun, learns things about herself and tackles new challenges at camp — in ways that can’t be easily replicated at home. The leadership of the camp is highly professional and organized and it is clear that they run a first-rate operation.” – Camp Parent

Next: Meet Our Staff

01 09
NEXT: Katy Ferguson
Office Manager

Samantha Hadley

Samantha grew up in Vermont and moved to North Carolina to attend UNC Asheville. After graduation, she married her husband Paul and began working at Camps Merri-Mac & Timberlake. It was such a great fit that she has been in the camp office for over 20 years. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband, son Dylan and beloved dog Lacey.

02 09
NEXT: Andrea Pelham
Assistant Office Manager

Katy Ferguson

Katy has been with Camps Merri-Mac and Timberlake since 2018. She grew up in Michigan going to camp every summer, then continued her love of camping by working at various camps throughout her time at Western Michigan University. While working at a camp she met her husband, Branch, and together they have two children, Bella and Gus. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing and being with her family outdoors hiking and playing sports. She believes in the mission of camp and the benefits it brings to each child.

03 09
NEXT: Elizabeth Olvey
Associate Director

Andrea Pelham

Andrea Pelham spent nearly the first two decades of her life attending a girls summer camp. She fell in love with the community that can be found in camp and continued to chase that community after graduating from Presbyterian College. She is thrilled to continue to serve the Camp Merri-Mac and Timberlake community as the Associate Director. Andrea spends the majority of her time recruiting summer staff and cultivating relationships. You can almost always find her creating an effective system for any branch of camp or playing with the puppies.

04 09
NEXT: Bobby Boyd
Assistant Director

Elizabeth Olvey

Elizabeth Olvey spent each summer during college on staff with Camp Merri-Mac. She believes camp is the absolute best way to spend your summer, whether it be as a camper or staff member. Elizabeth now serves as an Assistant Director, hiring and developing our counselors. She hopes for them to experience the same rich relationships and Gospel-centered work that marked her time on staff. It is not uncommon to find Elizabeth still running and playing evening activities (#blackbearsbesttribe) and soaking up all the fun that comes with the territory of camp work. She hopes to continue to contribute to the mission of camp through these relationships and play for years to come.

05 09
NEXT: Robert Lewis
Grounds Manager

Bobby Boyd

Staff Bio coming soon!

06 09
NEXT: Joe Boyd
Property Manager

Robert Lewis

A lifelong love of tearing down and building up started with Tonka trucks, tricycles, and treehouses, I needed to know how they worked and how to make them better. What began as simple child’s play turned into my desire to study drafting and design which quickly propelled me into the building trades industry. Construction taught me patience through the process. Sales taught me people matter more than products. Ownership taught me priorities increase progress. Camp-Merri-Mac taught me that I get to live the motto I have continuously shared with my three children, “Do what you love, and love what you do!”

I have been married 38 years to my lovely wife Karen. I enjoy boating and gardening in my leisure, but my favorite pastime is being Poppy to my five amazing grandchildren!

07 09
NEXT: Bryan Wilson
Camp Intern

Joe Boyd

Joe is from Black Mountain and started going to camp in 2002. Joe worked on staff during the summers of his college career and then graduated Appalachian State University in 2019. After working at Cardrona Bike Park in New Zealand and participating in the Chattanooga Fellows Program, Joe is thrilled to return to camp and work on year around staff as the Camp Intern.

08 09
NEXT: Catherine and John Menendez
Black Mountain Expeditions Director

Bryan Wilson

Bryan is the Director of Black Mountain Expeditions and is passionate about all things adventure. His love of whitewater sent him around the country as a raft guide, kayak/canoe instructor, however, his mountain bike is working the hardest these days. Bryan is married to his wife, Emily and together they have 2 sons, Silas, and Lander.

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NEXT: Samantha Hadley
Timberlake Directors

Catherine and John Menendez

Catherine and John first met while in college at Vanderbilt and connected over their love of summer camp. To now be directing our brother camp, Timberlake, together is a dream come true. Along with their three children, Peter, Thomas and Betsy, they are excited to share love of camp with our campers and staff each summer.