Meet Our Staff

As a Christian camp we believe that we are called to excellence in everything we do. As a result we want gymnasts who compete, riders who show and boaters who paddle every chance they get. We do this because girls enjoy learning to do things well; they want to be proud of their growth in each skill.

That’s a lot to expect from a college-age counselor and that’s why we place such an emphasis on finding the perfect fit for each staff position. Merri-Mac counselors often begin as campers in our youngest cabins and grow into the remarkable leaders that shape each summer at Merri-Mac

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Canoeing

Lucie Christian

School: Rhodes College

Major: Economics and International Studies

Intended Occupation: Market Research Analyst

GPA: 3.7

Campus Involvement: Dance Team, Bible Study Leader, Interact Club, National Honors Society, First Priority Club, Film Club

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

What are you looking forward to about camp: I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know all my campers and watching them grow in faith and self. I also can’t wait to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, all while watching Choctaw win the banner of course!!

Activity: Canoeing

Years at Camp: 9

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid/AED, Wilderness First Aid

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NEXT: Sarah English Coggins
Riding

Rachel Geissler

School: Mississippi State University

Major: Kinesiology

Intended Occupation: Occupational Therapy

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: RUF, Intramural Soccer

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

What are you looking forward to about camp:

Activity: Horseback Riding

Years at camp: First year

Certifications: CPR Certified

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Cooking

Sarah English Coggins

School: Samford University

Major: Psychology

GPA: 4.3

Campus involvement: Varsity Volleyball, Best Buddies, Beta Club, Homecoming and Prom Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

What are you looking forward to at camp: I am looking forward to meeting new campers and continuing past relationships. And of course SEMINOLES WINNING THE BANNER!!

Activity: Cooking

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Madeline Schmitt
Intermediate Cabin Area Director and Evening Activities Director

Anna Moon

School: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Major: Child and Family Studies with Psychology Minor

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship, Primary Assistant at Mead Montessori School

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

What are you looking forward to about camp: Trading post raids, dance parties, and enjoying the Blue Ridge Mountains with campers!

Activity: Evening Activity Director and Intermediate Cabin Area Director

Years at Camp: 12

Certifications: Lifeguard, First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Claire Stevens
Yoga

Madeline Schmitt

School: Vanderbilt University

Major: Elementary Education and Child Development

Intended Occupation: Elementary school teacher; Children’s Counselor

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: ‘Dore for a Day Host, Vitality Dance Company, University Catholic, Child Development Research Assistant, Sorority member

Hometown: Maitland, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Eating s’mores and potentially going on a sunrise yoga hike!

Activity: Yoga

Years at camp: 7

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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Tennis

Claire Stevens

School: University of Mississippi

Major: Biochemistry

Intended Occupation: Pharmacist

GPA: 4.00

Campus Involvement: SMHBC Honors College, ASB Freshman Forum, Phi Mu Fraternity, Club Tennis, RebelTHON

Hometown: Oxford, MS

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am so excited to make new friendships, continue old ones, and spend lots of time on the tennis courts

Activity: Tennis

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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Lacrosse

Rush Lee

School: The College of William and Mary

Intended Major: Public Policy with a minor in history

GPA: 3.9

What I am looking forward to about camp: I cannot wait to get to know all of the girls and help them in the development of friendships, activities, and faith! One of my favorite things to do is to bond and grow with an amazing group of campers in the beautiful North Carolina mountains!

Activity: Lacrosse

Years at Camp: 9

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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Swimming

Bailey Allen

School: Clemson University

Major: Bioengineering

Intended Occupation: Pediatrician

GPA: 3.6

Campus Involvement: Delta Zeta Sorority, Clemson Hope One-on-One Mentor, Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society

Hometown: LaGrange, GA

What are you looking forward to about camp: Hanging out on Doris and getting to know my campers

Activity:  Swimming

Years at camp:  12

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, AED

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NEXT: Becca Morris
Climbing

Becca McCubbin

School: University of Denver

Major: Physics

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: Tri Delta, Club Climbing, Catholic Student Fellowship

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana

What are you looking forward to about camp: Sharing my love for camp, spending time with my campers, and teaching the best activity all summer!

Activity: Climbing

Years at camp: 12

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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CIT Director

Becca Morris

School: Washington and Lee University

Majors: Religion and Classics

Intended Occupation: Undecided, but probably something related to education/academics.

GPA: 3.75

Campus Involvement: Women’s Soccer, Peer Counseling/Tutoring, Outing Club, Volunteer Assistant Coaching, Young Life College Leader, Chi Omega

Hometown: Nashville, TN

What you’re looking forward to about camp: Spending all summer outside in the mountains and sunshine and cherishing time with the coolest campers and staff ever.

Activities: Climbing, Lacrosse 

Years at Camp: 4

Certifications: CPR/First Aid, Lifeguard

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Chief Nurse

Beth Harrell

As a Merri-Mac CIT many years ago, Beth always wanted to return to Merri-Mac as a Camp Nurse. After retirement from the Air Force in 2013 as a Chief Nurse, Beth came to Merri-Mac and was captivated by how much fun the kids were having and the life-long friendships they developed. Last summer, her son William was able to attend Timberlake and was immediately welcomed by his fellow campers. William was able to experience and enjoy outdoor activities that were new to him.  Beth earned her nursing degrees at Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing then a BSN at GA State University. Later she earned a Master’s degree in Management and most recently earned a Master’s of Nursing in Healthcare Leadership at Duke University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, a certified Chronic Health Care Professional and Inpatient Obstetric Nurse.  Currently, Beth’s passion is working with Project HOPE, an NGO, leading health care professionals to provide humanitarian healthcare during disasters. In her free time, Beth works as a healthcare surveyor evaluating outpatient clinics for compliance to current health care standards.  The thing Beth’s loves about camp is the focus on allowing the campers to be who they are and excel in activities that will help them grow into loving and caring adults. “Being a camp nurse allows me the opportunity to keep the health and safety of each child in the forefront of our camp leaders.”

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Newspaper

Sumner Wadum

School: John Brown University

Major: International Business

Intended Occupation: Either to work on the business side of a Art Museum, or to work with a Missionary organization.

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: ArtReach, Professionals in Progress, Growth Groups.

Hometown: Dallas, Texas.

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to a summer full of laughs, pure joy, and learning, all while being in a new and beautiful place! And I really excited to meet many amazing unique individuals, and hope I get to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus to them.

Activity: Newspaper

Years at camp: First Year!

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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Basketball

Bonnie Gibson

School: Appalachian State University

Major: Business Management

GPA: 3.12

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Intramural Flag-Football and Volleyball.

Hometown: Asheville, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. And of course evening activities! Go noles!

Activity: Basketball

Years at camp: 2

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Heidi Altman
Drama

Lacy Frost

School: Truett McConnell University

Major: Psychology

Intended Occupation: Child Life Specialist

GPA: 3.0

Campus Involvement: Young Scholars Program, Intramural Basketball, On campus Wellness Center worker,  Psychobears club

Hometown: Sandersville, Georgia

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to being at a place where God is magnified. I can’t wait to meet campers and play a role in their summer! My prayer is that this summer will be one of many new adventures and many great relationships.

Activity: Drama

Years at camp: This is my first year, and I am so excited!

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Rebecca Smoots
Gymnastics, Swimming

Heidi Altman

School: Clemson University

Major: Business Management

Intended Occupation: Undecided

GPA: 3.7

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is a huge part of my life, I also work at the Central Clemson Rec Center as a lifeguard for 25hrs/wk and I am an instructor at a local stunting and tumbling gymnasium for 7hrs/wk.

Hometown: Clemson SC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to meeting everyone and being outside all summer but I am mostly excited about my chance to get to be a part of each of the campers walks with the Lord.

Activity: Gymnastics, Swimming

Years at camp: This will be my first summer at camp!

Certifications: CPR/AED/FirstAid, Swim Instructor, and Lifeguard.

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Riding

Rebecca Smoots

School: Appalachian State University

Major: Exercise science

Intended Occupation: Undecided

GPA: 3.9

Campus Involvement: Member of Chi Omega

Hometown: Winston Salem, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: New challenges and meeting new people

Activity: Riding

Years at camp: First year!

Certifications: First aid & CPR certified

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NEXT: Morgan Barbay
Basketball

Savannah Porter

School: Tri county Technical College (Bridging to Clemson)

Major: Marketing

Intended Occupation: Advertising

GPA: 3.2

Campus Involvement: Enjoy going to Fike to work out and play basketball, also to climb on the rock wall. I also will be attending Crosspoint Church this semester.

Hometown: Pickens, SC

What are you looking forward to about camp? I can not wait to help these young girls grow their relationship with the Lord, and I am so excited to be a part of this Camp and make so many new friendships. I also can’t wait to teach so many girls the game of basketball.

Activity: Basketball

Years at Camp: First year!

Certifications: CPR/Basic First Aid 

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NEXT: Molly Dwyer
Guitar

Morgan Barbay

School: Auburn University

Major: Elementary Education

Intended occupation: Teacher

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes Officer, Young Life, National Honor Society, Best Buddies

Hometown: Orlando, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Meeting new campers and seeing old ones, watching them grow more in their faith, and Choctaw winning the banner!!!

Activity: Guitar

Years at camp: 9

Certifications: CPR/First Aid/AED, Lifeguard

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NEXT: Sarah Speir
Summer Reading

Molly Dwyer

School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major: Public Relations with Creative Writing and Entrepreneurship Minors

Intended Occupation: Undecided.

GPA: 3.9

Campus Involvement: Cru at UNC, HYPE Tutoring, Work Study in the the English Department

Hometown: Hickory, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am so excited to help girls discover the joy of reading and to help them see their imagination and creativity as gifts through which they can know God better.

Activity: Summer Reading

Years at camp: First year!

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Ellie Hinton
Volleyball

Sarah Speir

School: Appalachian State University

Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders

Intended Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist

GPA: 3.6

Campus Involvement: Sigma Alpha Omega sorority, CRU (Campus Crusades), Ratio Cristi, American Sign Language (ASL) Club

Hometown: Monroe, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am beyond excited to meet and get to know all the campers and staff! Also, to experience Jesus and spread the love and absolute joy that only comes from Him!

Activity Teaching: Volleyball

Years at camp: First Summer!

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Caroline Cordell
Swimming

Ellie Hinton

School: Mississippi State University

Major: Special education

GPA: 3.58

Campus Involvement: Chi Omega Sorority,Younglife, Dance Marathon committee, Feed the Hunger, Future Educators of America, RUF, Access Program

Hometown: Oxford, MS

What are you looking forward to about camp: I’m excited to meet my campers and watch them grow in their faith! I’m also excited to watch Iroquois win the banner!

Activity: Swimming

Years at camp: 10

Certifications: Lifeguard, First Aid/CPR

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Swimming

Caroline Cordell

School: University of Chicago

Major: Law, Letters and Society, and Romance Languages and Literature (Spanish)

Intended Occupation: Attorney, I’m attending The University of Chicago Law School in the fall

GPA: 3.71 

Campus Involvement: President of the Moot Court Team, Leader in Cru campus ministry, Research Assistant for Law Professor Lisa Bernstein, Volunteer at By the Hand After School Program, Resident Dean Assistant

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

What are you looking forward to about camp: Going back to the place I went to for 10 summers and giving back to the new generation of campers!

Activity: Swimming

Years at camp: 10

Certifications: Lifeguard

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NEXT: Cheyenne Fugate
Volleyball

Alex Keene

School: Washington and Lee University

Major: Neuroscience

Occupation: Physician

GPA: 3.67

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship, Young Life, First-Year Orientation Committee, W&L Women’s Choir, and Greek Life.

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina

What are you looking forward to about camp?: Singing songs all day long!

Activity: Volleyball

Years at Camp: 9

Certifications: Basic First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Grace Evans
Cooking

Cheyenne Fugate

School: University of Alabama

Major: Chemical Engineering/ Pre-Med

Intended Occupation: Surgeon

GPA: 3.94

Campus Involvement: Alpha Omega Epsilon ( professional engineering sorority) , Reformed University Fellowship, Undergraduate Research, Capstone Church, Freshman Forum leadership, DCH Regional Medical Center Volunteer, UA Honors College

 

Hometown: Dayton, TN

What are you looking forward to about camp: I’m looking forward to experiencing all of the camp traditions and having the opportunity to be surrounded by and serve with fellow believers all summer!

Activity: Cooking

Years at camp: First year!

Certifications: CPR/ First Aid

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NEXT: Hannah Luke
Mountain Biking

Grace Evans

School: University of Tampa

Major: Nursing

Intended Occupation: Nurse

GPA: 3.46

Campus Involvement: Delta Gamma, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Radiant Church, Student Nursing Association

Hometown: Orlando, Fl / Marietta, Ga

What are you looking forward to about camp: To help girls build confidence in themselves through mountain biking and of course, s’more pockets!

Activity: Mountain Biking

Years at camp: 8 years

Certifications: CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, Epi

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NEXT: Julia Van de Bogart
PAWS

Hannah Luke

School: Clemson University

Major: Early childhood education

Intended Occupation:  Kindergarten teacher

GPA: 3.2

Campus involvement: RUF, FCA, Sigma Alpha Lambda honors society, babysitting, nursery

Hometown: Greenwood, SC

What are you looking forward to about camp: Developing relationships with the campers and growing in the Lord together

Activity Teaching: Puppy camp

Years at camp: First year!

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Hannah Lancaster
DIY Crafts

Julia Van de Bogart

School: University of Florida

Major: English

Intended Occupation: Attorney

GPA: 3.96

Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Doulos Greek Ministry, Panhellenic Council Director’s Board, Student Conduct Committee, Gator Day – Florida Blue Key Divisions

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: I can’t wait to spend time in the mountains with campers, share truth with them, and grow in faith together!

Activity: DIY Crafts

Years at camp: 7

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Hunter Willis
PAWS (Puppy Training)

Hannah Lancaster

School: Appalachian State University

Major: Psychology

GPA: 3.0

Intended Occupation: Occupational Therapy

Campus Involvement: AOII, CRU, and Ratio Christi

Hometown: Statesville, NC

Instructing: PAWS (puppy training)

What are you most excited about this summer: I am looking forward to reuniting with the older/returning staff and kids as well as meeting the new staff and campers and building new relationships. Also, PUPPIES <3

Years at camp: 2

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Zoe Brown
Fencing

Hunter Willis

School: Clemson University

GPA: 3.68

Major: Psychology and Genetics

Intended Occupation: Clinical Psychology Research

Campus Involvement: RUF, RUF worship team, Intramural basketball and volleyball

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

What are you most excited about this summer: I’m looking forward to seeing lifelong friends grow together in skills and relationships, worshiping together every morning, and the Seminoles winning the Banner again!

Activity: Fencing, Guitar

Years at camp: 12

Certifications: USFA Certified Fencing Instructor, CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Abby Baird
Riding

Zoe Brown

School: St Marys University, Twickenham

Degree: Bachelor Degree in Primary Education with QTS

Intended occupation: The end goal is to be a Primary School teacher of KS1 (US equivalent of kindergarten – Grade 2) and specialize in either History or English.

GPA: 2:1 (Equivalent to 3.5/4.0 GPA)

Hometown: I am from Surrey in the UK

What are you looking forward to about camp: I cannot wait to meet all of the horses and children I will be working with over the summer. Helping children foster a love for riding and improve their skills is what I am looking forward to the most!

Activity: Riding

Years at camp: First year!

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Backpacking

Abby Baird

School: University of Arkansas

Major: International Business- Management

Intended Occupation:  Production Management In the Fashion Industry

GPA: 4.3

Campus Involvement:  Dance Team, Girls for Good, National Honor Society, IB Program, A+ Tutoring, Student Council

Hometown: Springfield, MO

What are you looking forward to about camp: EVERYTHING!!! I am especially looking forward to the beautiful mountains, sharing the love of Jesus, and Choctaw dominating everything per usual!

Activity: Backpacking

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR, and Wilderness First Aid

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NEXT: Hunter Skidmore
Merri-Mac Hostess

Janie Southard

Janie has been the first session Merri-Mac hostess for eight years.  She loves camp because it allows her to  escape the sweltering summer of her home town, Houston; she also loves being surrounded by the beautiful mountains and the happy sounds of campers. A former teacher, she enjoys visiting with campers who come to her office in need of stamps, a band-aid, or just to say hello. And she is always glad to answer any questions parents have, as well as offer words of reassurance. Watching campers, including her own daughter, grow into confident young women because of their Merri-Mac experience has been a true delight. Back home Janie enjoys spending time with her husband, seven children, and two grandchildren. She also serves in her church as a writer for its monthly magazine and directs a Sunday school class.

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Gymnastics

Hunter Skidmore

School: Vanderbilt University

Major: Medicine, Health, and Society

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: RUF, Tri Delta, Dance Marathon 

Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Florida

What are you looking forward to about camp: Swimming in Doris!

Activity: Gymnastics

Years at camp: 9

Certifications: Lifeguard, First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Catherine Pierce
Backpacking

Sarah Van Hulzen

School: Dordt College

Major: Spanish Education

Intended Occupation: High school Spanish teacher or English teacher abroad

GPA: 3.97

Campus Involvement: Dordt College Rugby captain, FACT club (Future Active Christian Teachers), Student-led Praise and Worship, PLIA club (Putting Love Into Action)

Hometown: Lytton, Iowa

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am so excited to make some crazy awesome memories! I look forward to meeting new people, learning new things, and spending a summer exploring God’s creation and His love for us.

Activity: Backpacking

Years at camp: First year!

Certifications: CPR, WFA, Epi

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NEXT: Kris Rehm
Climbing

Catherine Pierce

School: Appalachian State University

Major: Psychology/Recreation Management

Intended Occupation: Recreation/Art Therapist

GPA: 3.1

Campus Involvement:  RUF, intramural volleyball, intramural soccer

Hometown: Matthews, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: Being able to experience the activities alongside my campers!

Activity: Climbing

Years at camp: This is my first year!

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Kristie Garren
Camp Nurse

Kris Rehm

Kris Rehm, MD is a pediatrician at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, in Nashville, TN.  Kris is a mother of 4 boys (two sets of twins, ages 9 and 12)  who loved their first summer at Camp Timberlake last year.    After their experience at camp, Kris decided she wanted to spend some time in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, and volunteered to be a camp nurse this summer.    Kris is the division director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Vanderbilt, and looks forward to working with the children at both camp Merri-Mac and Timberlake this year.   She loves to spend time with her boys, and to run, having completed the St George and Las Angeles Marathons most recently.

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NEXT: Jessica Sokolski
Climbing

Kristie Garren

School: Montreat College

Major: Double Major: Youth Ministry & Outdoor Education with a concentration in Leadership & Adventure Education.

Minor: Adventure Based Counseling

GPA: 3.66

Campus Involvement: Women’s Soccer Team

Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to the Iroquois winning the banner this summer! I am also stoked to be back with all my Merri-Mac girls!

Activity: Climbing

Years at camp: 13

Certifications: First Aid/CPR, WFA 

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NEXT: Hannah Griffin
DIY Crafts

Jessica Sokolski

School: Southeastern University

Major: Instrumental Music Education

Intended Occupation: Music Teacher

Campus Involvement: RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), Musicals, Volleyball Intramurals

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

What I am most looking forward to at camp: Building lifelong relationships with girls of all ages!

Activities: DIY Crafts

Years at camp: 2

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Abigail Snyder
Dance

Hannah Griffin

School: Undecided

Major: Philosophy/ Political Science, Dance

Intended Occupation: Child Advocate Attorney

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: Early College Associate in Arts Degree recipient, Youth Group Ministry, SCDT principal ballerina, Beta Club, Civinettes, NHS, and Spanish NHS

Hometown: Florence, South Carolina

What are you looking forward to about camp: Seeing the bright smiles on familiar and unknown faces when they experience the joy of being a Merri-Mac girl!

Activity: Dance 

Years at camp: 12

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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Fitness

Abigail Snyder

School: University of Georgia

Major: Marketing

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: RUF, Club Cross Country, Intramural basketball, part-time Nanny, Freshley

Hometown: Athens, GA

What are you looking forward to at camp: Getting to know all the campers and staff!

Activity: Fitness 

Years at Camp: This will be my first!

Certifications: CPR/First-Aid

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NEXT: Laura McCoy
Diving

Jessica Goldman

School: University of Alabama

Major: Psychology with a minor in Human Development 

Intended Occupation: Mental Health Counselor

GPA: 3.75

Campus Involvement: Church of the Highlands Intern, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, psychology research lab assistant

Hometown: Richmond, VA

What are you looking forward to at camp: To see God working in all the camper’s lives

Activity: Diving

Years at Camp: 9

Certifications: CPR and Lifeguard 

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NEXT: Bree Phillips
Waterfront Director

Laura McCoy

School: University of Mississippi

Major: Marketing Communications

GPA: 3.7

Campus Involvement: Phi Mu Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), RebelTHON, Freshman Peer Mentor, Head Recruitment Counselor, PGA Tour Media Intern

Hometown: Johnson City, TN

What are you looking forward to about camp: Watching campers and staff grow through new and exciting adventures on the waterfront!

Activity: Waterfront Director

Years at Camp: 15

Certifications: WFA, Lifeguard, First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Lucie Fumagalli
Soccer

Bree Phillips

School: Denison University

Major: Psychology/ Cultural Studies

Intended Occupation: Psychologist

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Debate Club President, Elite Choir, Art Club  

Hometown: Westerville, Ohio

What are you looking forward to at camp: I am excited to be back at my home away from home this summer.  I can’t wait to meet all the campers and see them grow in their faith and confidence while they are at camp.  And as always, GO IROQUOIS!!!

Activity: Soccer

Years at camp: 7

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Libby Robinson
Climbing

Lucie Fumagalli

School: Vanderbilt University

Major: Medicine, Health, and Society (Pre Medicine)

Intended Occupation: Pediatric Medicine

GPA: 3.94

Campus Involvement: Will be an incoming freshman at Vanderbilt University and intends to participate in club sports, Greek life, and pediatric volunteer work through Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital upon arriving in the fall.

Hometown: Miami, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Growing in faith alongside my campers and fellow staff, and Choctaw Tribe domination!

Activity: Climbing

Years at camp: 6

Certifications: CPR/AED WFA & EPI 

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NEXT: Meghan Murphy
Senior Cabin Area Director

Libby Robinson

School: Furman University

Major: Psychology

Intended Occupation: Occupational Therapy

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: RUF, Chi Omega, Psychology Club

Hometown: New Canaan, CT

What are you looking forward to about camp: I can’t wait to spend a 12th year in the place that has become my home! I am looking forward to sharing my love for Merri-Mac with new campers and staff!

Years at camp: 12

Certifications: First Aid, AED, CPR, Lifeguard

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NEXT: Mandy Beavers
Soccer

Meghan Murphy

School: University of Richmond

Major: Math

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: Kappa Delta sorority, Episcopal campus ministry, club soccer, youth life

Hometown: Woodstock, Georgia

What are you looking forward to about camp: watching these girls grow in their faith and to be apart of it, as well as watching the Seminoles win the banner!

Activity: Soccer

Years at camp: 11

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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Mother's Helper

Mandy Beavers

After a long hiatus from serving as camp hostess, Mandy is returning to camp as a Mother’s Helper. Bringing 3 of her 4 children, she cannot wait to share the special traditions and friendships of Merri-Mac and Timberlake with them.  They will be great assets to the best tribe ever- IROQUOIS!!  As a camper Mandy enjoyed games, backpacking, cabin life and looked forward to open faced tomato sandwiches.  She has kept camp memories near and dear by singing the songs to her children and staying in touch with the friends made there.

As a military spouse, she has enjoyed exploring the world as a substitute elementary teacher, fitness instructor, Sunday school leader and facilitating small groups with her husband. After their recent move from Alaska to Louisiana, she is looking forward to the mild temperatures of Black Mountain!

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NEXT: Margaret Virgin
Kayaking

Margaret Patton

School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major: Undecided

Campus Involvement: RUF

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

What are you looking forward to about camp: I can’t wait for another summer meeting new campers, teaching new skills, and being at my favorite place with all of my favorite people!

Activity: Kayaking

Years at camp: 12

Certifications: LG, CPR, WFA 

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NEXT: Mary Catherine Camacho
Canoeing

Margaret Virgin

School: University of Georgia

GPA: 4.0

Major: Mathematics and Statistics

Intended Occupation: Doctor

Campus Involvement: Wesley Foundation, Catholic Center, Changing Health, Attitude, and Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG)

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Years at camp: 9

Instructing: Cooking, Swimming

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am extremely excited about making memories and developing friendships that will last a lifetime. I can not wait to meet the campers and grow alongside them in faith and community.

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NEXT: Lila Beavers
Riflery

Mary Catherine Camacho

School: University of Notre Dame

Major: Science Business and Spanish

Intended Occupation: Physician

Campus Involvement: Liturgical Choir, A Cappella, Honors Program Social Committee, Dorm Bible Study and Music Ministry

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

What are you most excited about this summer? Getting to watch all of the girls old and new have fun and grow in their love of Christ (also another Seminole Sweep!!)

Activity: Riflery

Years at camp: 11

Certifications: CPR/WFA and Epi

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NEXT: Julia Cappiello
Pottery

Lila Beavers

School: Centenary College of Louisiana

Major: Art Education

Intended Occupation: Art Teacher

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: Wind Ensemble and Orchestra

Hometown: Bossier City, LA

What are you looking forward to about camp: Making some great memories with new and old campers!

Activity: Pottery

Years at camp: 6

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Julia Schmitt
Pottery

Julia Cappiello

School: Clemson University

Major: Marketing

GPA: 4.1

Campus Involvement: Younglife, FCA, Student Council, Youth Group

Hometown: Charleston, SC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am most excited to spend another amazing summer in the mountains while growing in the Lord alongside my campers and fellow staff. AND CHOCTAW WINNING THE BANNER!!!

Activity: Pottery

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: CPR/ First Aid

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NEXT: Mills Thumser
Archery

Julia Schmitt

School: Undecided (but most likely Tulane University)

Major: Undecided (probably Linguistics, Cognitive Studies, or Speech Language Pathology)

Intended Occupation: Communication Disorders

GPA: 4.00

Hometown: Orlando, FL

What I am looking forward to about camp: I am excited to give back to the camp that has shaped who I am, while growing spiritually 🙂

Activity: Fencing

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: CPR/First Aid 

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NEXT: Molly Callaway
Gymnastics

Mills Thumser

School: Auburn University

Major: Rehab and Disability Studies

Intended Occupation: Occupational Therapist

GPA: 3.4

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship, ONE Campus Ministry,
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Love Your Melon Campus Ambassador, Curtsy Campus Ambassador, Intramural Sports

Hometown: Fairhope, AL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Being back at the best place on earth and getting to see campers grow in their faith! It’s also time for a ‘taw banner!!

Activity: Gymnastics 

Years at camp: 2

Certifications: CPR/AED/First Aid, Lifeguard

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NEXT: Molly Kathryn Cornelius
Junior Cabin Area Director, Tennis

Molly Callaway

School: Western Carolina University

Major: Middle Grades Education

Intended Occupation: Middle School Language Arts Teacher

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: AMLE, Biltmore Church, Intramural basketball and beach volleyball

Hometown: Elkin, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: seeing old and new faces, while growing closer to the Lord with other counselors and campers

Activity: Tennis

Years at camp: 4

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Cydia Walker
Fencing

Molly Kathryn Cornelius

School: Birmingham Southern College

GPA: 3.2

Major: Fine Arts

Campus Involvement: Chi Omega, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

Years at camp: 8

Instructing: DIY Craft

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I cannot wait to see old friends and meet new campers!

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NEXT: Paige Krispin
Cooking

Cydia Walker

School: Samford University

Major: Health Sciences

Intended Occupation: Occupational Therapist

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: Tri Delta Sorority, Student Government Association, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Campus Outreach, Crew Team

What are you looking forward to about camp: I’ve always loved going to camps, so I’m super excited to make memories here and help campers have one of their best summers ever!

Activity: Cooking

Years at camp: First year!!

Certifications: First Aid/CPR/AED

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NEXT: Bayle Wood
Infirmary Supervisor, Camp Nurse

Paige Krispin

This is Paige’s 7th year at Camp! This will be her 2nd year as the Infirmary Supervisor and 7th as Camp Nurse during session 3A.  As far as she is concerned, there is nothing more fulfilling than working at Camp!  She says, “I love seeing what camp does for kids…how they grow and develop and learn new skills. I love being just a small part of that.”  Paige holds a BS in Biology and a BSN in Nursing. She is licensed as an RN in Georgia and North Carolina. She also has a Master’s degree in Nursing, specializing as a Nurse Practitioner (NP). She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and is licensed by the State of Georgia and the Georgia Board of Medicine. She is currently teaching Nursing at Valdosta State University full time and practicing part-time as an NP at Valdosta Family Medicine in Valdosta, GA.  Paige has been a Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) International for 7 years, a calling she loves and has been married to Jon for 23 years and they have 4 children. The whole family comes to camp in July, and this year Paige, Jon and their oldest daughter Andie will all be on Staff together! Two Timberlakers and another Merri-Mac girl round out the clan…all proud Seminoles!!

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NEXT: Regan Wilson
Riflery

Bayle Wood

School: Lees-McRae College

Major: Criminal Justice/ Wildlife Biology

Intended Occupation: Game Warden

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: Track and Field

Hometown: Roaring River, North Carolina

What are you looking forward to about camp: Making new friendships with the staff and the campers, spending all summer outside, and helping the campers connect to Jesus daily throughout the summer.

Activity: Riflery

Years at camp: First Time!

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Rachel Swenson
Gymnastics

Regan Wilson

School: Valencia College

GPA: 3.0

Community Involvement: Worship Leader, Children’s Ministry Assistant, Director of Youth Worship Ministry, Feeding Souls Homeless Outreach, Little Lambs Orphanage in Guatemala.

Hometown: Saint Cloud, Fl

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am most looking forward to reuniting with my campers from previous years! I am also excited for Vespers, Camp Christmas, and participating in evening activities.

Activity Teaching: Gymnastics

Years at camp: 3

Certifications: US Association of Gymnastics Instructor (USAG), U100 certified, CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Aubrie Boyd
Yoga

Rachel Swenson

School: Liberty University

Major: Exercise Science Pre-Professional

Intended occupation: Physical Therapist

GPA: 3.5

Campus involvement: intramural sports, exercise science club, pre-physical therapy club, community group leader (CGL), hall leadership

Hometown: Norwalk, CT

What are you looking forward to about camp: Loving on fellow sisters in Christ and growing in our relationship with the Lord together. And of course bonfires!

Activity: Yoga

Years at camp: First year!

Certifications: CPR/AED

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NEXT: Sydney Belt
Pottery

Aubrie Boyd

School: Ohio University

Major: Pre-Dentistry

Intended Occupation: Dentist or Orthodontist

GPA: 3.2

Campus Involvement: Young Life Leader

Hometown: Upper Arlington,OH

What are you looking forward to about camp: I look forward to making lifelong friends along with growing in my faith and help others grow in theirs.

Activity: Pottery

Years at camp: This is my first year!

Certifications: CPR/First-aid

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NEXT: Taylor Tamaccio
Backpacking

Sydney Belt

School: Clemson University

Major: Biological Sciences

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: Calhoun Honors College, RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), Intramural Soccer

Hometown: Florence, SC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to meeting all of the new campers and reconnecting with old ones, and I’m excited to explore the beautiful mountains!

Activity: Backpacking

Years at camp: 9

Certifications: Wilderness First Aid, Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR

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NEXT: Wendy Tillman
Hostess

Taylor Tamaccio

School: Pennsylvania State University

GPA: 3.4

Major: Business Administration

Intended Occupation: Labor and Employment Relations

Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Intramural soccer, Calvary Chapel small group, Junior Panhellenic Council

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Years at camp: 11

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Seeing friends and campers that I have formed relationships with over the past 11 years and forming new relationships, too!

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NEXT: Zena Davis
Camp Nurse

Wendy Tillman

Wendy will be joining us this summer as one of our wonderful camp nurses.  Wendy has three children at camp, two as campers and one as a CIT.  She joined our staff six years again as a Mother Helper then became a camp nurse after attending Nursing School.  Wendy has her BSEd in early childhood education, was a stay at home mom for 14 years and went back for her BSN in 2012.  As a nurse Wendy worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for two years and currently the Cardiac Cath Lab. Wendy says, “Camp Merri-Mac and Camp Timberlake have instilled confidence, life skills, and provided friendships for my children that my husband and I believe they could not have acquired anywhere else. Camp is a magical and special place that all children should get to experience. ” We are thrilled to have Wendy back with us this summer as a nurse.

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NEXT: Sherill Brantley
DIY Crafts

Zena Davis

School: Clemson University

Major: Graphic Communications and Packaging Science

Intended Occupation: Graphic Designer

GPA: 3.6

Campus Involvement: FCA, Clemson Photography

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

What are you looking forward to about camp: Camp is my favorite place to be, and I am looking forward to reconnecting with campers and staff from last year and making sweet new friendships with all of the new ones. God moves every year a Camp Merri-Mac and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for summer 2018.

Activity: DIY Crafts

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Anna Spencer
Riflery

Sherill Brantley

School: Furman University

Major: Biology

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: High school garden club, honors society

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Watching life-long friendships form and develop!

Activity: Riflery

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: CPR/ First Aid

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NEXT: Emily Thompson
Riding

Anna Spencer

School: Oak Hill Academy

Major: N/A

Intended Occupation: Surgical PA

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: Volleyball, Horseback Riding, Leadership, and Feeding America

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: Being able to share my love of horses and God!

Activity: Horseback Riding

Years at camp: First Year

Certifications: First-Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Hannah Geelhart
Water Skiing

Emily Thompson

School: Saint Mary’s College

Major: Communications with a minor in Psychology

Intended Occupation: I’m thinking about becoming a high school counselor.

GPA: 2.7

Campus Involvement: Notre Dame Waterski Team, and I’m a Computer Cluster Consultant.

Hometown: Anderson, IN

What are you looking forward to about camp: Waterskiing with a bunch of amazing young people and being at camp because this will be my first time ever at a summer camp.

Activity: Water skiing

Years at camp: This is my first year

Certifications: Lifeguard Certified, First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Mary Grace Budd
Drama

Hannah Geelhart

School: Meredith College

Major: Dance Studies, K-12 Teaching License

Intended Occupation: Middle school dance teacher

GPA: 3.56

Campus Involvement: CRU, Meredith Dance Theatre, Meredith Jazz and Tap Company, Student Advising, White Iris Circle tour guide, 1891 club

Hometown: Swansboro, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to meeting the staff and other counselors, getting to know my campers, and growing along side them as I help them develop their faith!

Activity: Drama

Years at camp: This is my first!

Certifications: First aid/ CPR

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NEXT: Nicole Catania
Expedition Kayaking

Mary Grace Budd

School: Wake Forest University ’18

Major: Mathematical Economics and Spanish

Job after camp: Incoming Risk Advisory Consultant for Ernst & Young LLC

GPA: 3.45

Campus Involvement: Trip Guide for Outdoor Pursuits, Chief Operating Officer of Kappa Alpha Theta, Climbing wall attendant, RUF, sat on Campus Recreation advisory committee,

Hometown: Winston-Salem

What are you looking forward to about camp: Helping kids develop a passion for the outdoors and adventure!

Activity: Trip Staff for Whitewater Kayaking

Years at camp: 14

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue, Lifeguard, CPR, Epi, TIPs

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NEXT: Daniella Martinez
Archery

Nicole Catania

School: Undecided

Major: Musical Theatre

Intended Occupation: Actress

GPA: 4.17

Campus Involvement: Theatre, Psychology Club

Hometown: Parkland, Florida

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am excited to meet my campers and help them have the best camp experience possible, along with teaching archery and winning the banner! Go Seminoles!

Activity: Archery

Years at camp: 7

Certifications: CPR/ First Aid

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NEXT: Leslie Loughran
Archery

Daniella Martinez

School: University of Florida

Major: Elementary Education with Family, Youth, and Community Sciences Minor

Intended Occupation: Elementary School Teacher/ Principal  

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: Theta Alpha Christian Sorority, Catholic Gators, She’s The First, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council

Hometown: Miami, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Encouraging girls to grow closer to Jesus, learning camp traditions, and making new friends & fun memories!

Activity: Archery

Years at camp: This will be my first year (:

Certifications: CPR/ First Aid

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NEXT: Jessica Bisner
Cooking

Leslie Loughran

Occupation:    High School Ceramics Teacher, BCHS

Owner/Cook Little Black Dress Catering

Community Involvement:         Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Empty Bowls of Naples, Relay for Life

Hometown:  Naples, Florida

What are you looking forward to at camp?  My two kids spent 9 summers in Black Mountain as campers and staff…both will tell you that their experiences here changed their lives.  I look forward to being part of this summer’s life changing moments, to cooking good food with good friends, and to reuniting with my camp family in one of my favorite places on earth.  Merri-Mac: First, last, and always.

Years at Camp:  11

General Certifications:  First Aid, AED, CPR, FL Food Handlers Card

Teaching Certifications:  Art: K-12, Elementary Education: 1-6, Family & Consumer Sciences:  6-12, National Board Certified Teacher: Art/Early and Middle Childhood

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NEXT: Emily Kibbe
Expedition Climbing

Jessica Bisner

School: Appalachian State University

Major: Recreation Management

Intended Occupation: Rock Climbing Guide

GPA: 3.53 GPA, Dean’s list

Campus Involvement: New Life Campus Ministry, Rock Climbing Club

Hometown: Belmont, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to living in a strong community of believers, showing others the beauty of rock climbing, and the North Carolina mountains in the summer!

Activity: I will be a part of the rock climbing expedition team.

Years at camp: 1st year at camp, ever!

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder and PCIA Single Pitch Instructor 

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NEXT: Katie Davis
Knitting

Emily Kibbe

School: Wake Forest University

Major: Pre-Business

Intended Occupation: I am currently interested in pursuing a career in financial services.

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: I am a member of the Catholic Community, Alpha Delta Pi, and am Student Adviser.

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

What are you looking forward to about camp: being back in my favorite place with the most incredible campers and staff!

Activity: Knitting

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: Wilderness First Aid, CPR, AED

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NEXT: Gracie Rae Hunkler
Kayaking

Katie Davis

School: The University of Mississippi

Majors: Public Policy Leadership and International Studies

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: Ole Miss Ambassadors, Honors College, Delta Gamma, Her Campus Ole Miss, Sailing Club, Intramurals (dodgeball or kayak water polo anyone?)

Hometown: New Albany, Mississippi

What are you looking forward to about camp: walking with God and the my other staff sisters who I can’t wait to meet and watching girls come out of their shells and show off their true #girlpower!

Activity: Kayaking

Years at camp: first time!

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/ First Aid

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NEXT: Mimi Webb
Knitting

Gracie Rae Hunkler

School: Undecided

Major: Biology/Pre-Med

GPA: 4.0

Campus Involvement: National Honors Society, National Charity League, Pazazz Performers, Girl Talk, Ambassadors, Saint Louis Academy of Dance, Retreat Leader, Youth and Government
Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

What are you looking forward to at camp: I am looking forward to meeting new campers and watching everyone grow in their relationships with each other and God. And the IROQUOIS TRIBE DOMINATING THE BANNER!

Activity: Knitting

Years at Camp: 9

Certifications: CPR/First Aid/AED

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NEXT: Sarah Kennedy Duncan
Knitting

Mimi Webb

School: Davidson College

Major: Psychology

Intended Occupation: I would love to work with children and mental illness.

GPA: 3.2

Campus Involvement: At Davidson College, I am involved in Connor House, Bosom Buddies, Special Olympics, and Reformed University Fellowship.

Hometown: Salisbury, North Carolina

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to meeting new people, forming genuine relationships, watching the campers have fun and grow in faith and friendship, and growing deeper in love with Jesus!

Activity: Knitting

Years at camp: This is my first-time at Merri-Mac!

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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Canoeing

Sarah Kennedy Duncan

School: University of Alabama

Major: Secondary Education and History

Intended Occupation: History Teacher for either middle or high school; maybe eventually educational policy

GPA: 3.86

Campus Involvement: Delta Gamma Fraternity, Reformed University Fellowship, Center for Service and Leadership, Alpha Psi Omega theater honor society, Kappa Delta Pi education honor society, Alabama Honors College

Hometown: Jackson, Ms

What are you looking forward to about camp: Getting time outdoors and time to spend teaching kids!

Activity: Canoeing

Years at camp: this will be my first!

Certifications: First Aid, CPR