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

Aimi Blenkinsop

School: University of Glasgow

Major: Veterinary Bioscience

Intended Occupation: Veterinary Surgeon

Campus Involvement: Veterinary assistant, Tae-kwon-do, Cross- country

Hometown: Annan, Scotland

Instructing: Riding

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am looking forward to teaching riding and helping campers develop their skills. I can’t wait to meet everyone, make new friends and learn all about Merri-Mac!

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NEXT: Anna Moon
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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NEXT: Rush Lee
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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NEXT: Bailey Allen
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

GPA: 3.8

Major: Bioengineering

Intended Occupation: Pediatrician

Campus Involvement: Delta Zeta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society

Hometown: LaGrange, GA

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Lacrosse

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Meeting my campers and hanging out at Lake Doris!

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NEXT: Becca Morris
Climbing

Becca McCubbin

School: University of Denver

GPA: 4.0

Major: Physics

Campus Involvement: Member of the Climbing Club, Catholic Student Fellowship, and Treasurer of Tri Delta

Hometown: Mandeville, LA

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Climbing

Certifications: Belay Certified, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Spending time with wonderful campers all summer!

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CIT Director

Becca Morris

School: Washington and Lee University
GPA: 3.7

Major: Religion

Campus Involvement: Young Life College leader, Peer Counselor and Tutor, Varsity Women’s Soccer, Chi Omega, Outing Club, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Years at camp: 3

Instructing: Climbing, CIT Director

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Watching old and new campers discover new things about themselves and the Lord as they share unforgettable adventures together in the mountains!

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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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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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NEXT: Chapel Darley
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: Savannah Porter
Archery

Chapel Darley

School: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

GPA: 4.0

Major: Performing Arts

Intended Occupation: Professional acting on stage and screen

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Years at camp: 12

Instructing: Archery

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am looking forward to spending more time with some amazing campers and watching them grow in archery and greatness.

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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: Elizabeth Chandler
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
Kayaking

Elizabeth Chandler

School: Sewanee, The University of the South

GPA: 3.6

Campus Involvement: PKE sorority, A Capella, Wilderness Children, Sacristan, Growing in Grace worship band

Hometown: Augusta, GA

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Kayaking

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am so excited to return as a counselor this summer! The thought of meeting new campers and sharing my passion for camp is indescribable; I am so excited to return to a place I consider home!

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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: Emily Kibbe
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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NEXT: Alex Keene
Mountain Biking

Emily Kibbe

School: Wake Forest University

GPA: 4.0

Intended Occupation: Business Management

Campus Involvement: Habitat for Humanity, Active Minds, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Retreat Leader, Cross Country, Student Ambassador

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Years at camp: 6

Instructing: Mountain Biking

Certifications: Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? The beautiful mountains, incredible friendships, and spectacular Seminole songs!

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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

GPA: 3.5

Major: Nursing

Intended Occupation: Nurse

Campus Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Cheerleading

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Instructing: Mountain Biking

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am so excited to help girls go outside of their comfort zones by trying new things and grow in their confidence. I’m also looking forward to teach girls about their loving Father, Jesus Christ. This summer is going to be so much fun and I can’t wait!

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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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NEXT: Janie Southard
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: Krissy Stack
Merri-Mac Hostess

Janie Southard

Janie has been the first session Merri-Mac hostess for seven 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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NEXT: Sarah Van Hulzen
Archery

Krissy Stack

School: Winthrop University

Major: Middle Level Education

Intended Occupation: Middle School Teacher

GPA: 3.6

Campus Involvement: BCM, CMLA, Woffordson Hall Council, RSA

Hometown: Irmo, SC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I’m excited to be in the mountains all summer and help girls find their passion through Christ

Activity: Archery

Years at camp: 7

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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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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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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NEXT: Jessica Goldman
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: I have actually never been to camp for an extended period of time, so I am really excited to experience the rich community and lively activities at Merri-Mac as well as meet 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

GPA: 3.6

Major: Integrated Marketing Communication and Business Administration

Intended Occupation: Batson Children’s Hospital Communications Team

Campus Involvement: Phi Mu Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, CRU, Student Marketing Association, RebelTHON Dance Marathon, Residential Assistant (RA), Freshman Peer Mentor, Recruitment Counselor, PGA Tour Media Intern

Hometown: Johnson City, TN

Years at camp: 13

Instructing: Canoeing

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am looking forward to investing in relationships with my campers and continuing relationships from past years.

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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: Maddy Mallory
Senior Cabin Area Director

Libby Robinson

School: Furman University

GPA: 3.4

Major: Psychology

Intended Occupation: Occupational Therapy

Campus Involvement: Ministry team leader for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), leader for Delight Ministries, Furman University Outdoors Club, Chi Omega sorority

Hometown: New Canaan, CT

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Intermediate Cabin Area Director, Pottery

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am looking forward to returning to the mountains to share a love of pottery and all things camp, all while growing in faith and sharing that with others!

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NEXT: Mandy Beavers
Director of Social Media, Counselor In Training Director

Maddy Mallory

School: University of Virginia

GPA: 3.6

Major: Media Studies

Intended Occupation: Digital Branding/Social Media Management

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Head of Activities, University Singers choir, Kappa Delta Sorority, New City Arts Initiative Intern, Freelance Photographer

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Years at camp: 13

Instructing: Director of Social Media, Counselor In Training Director

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? My heart is so excited for our daily chapel services, peering over the heads of young women to the morning mist rising over Lake Doris, singing praises to the strum of the guitar!

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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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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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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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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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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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Knitting

Melissa Kindma

School: Florida State University

Major: Nursing

Intended Occupation: Pediatric Nurse

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF), Photography Club

Hometown: Cape Coral, FL

Instructing: Knitting

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I’m looking forward to building a camp family and spending the summer outdoors!

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Fencing

Meredith Storms

School: University of North Florida

GPA: 3.0

Major: Communications

Campus Involvement: Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Navs

Hometown: Ormond Beach, FL

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Fencing

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? PUPPIES, and meeting all the new campers while reconnecting with old camp friends!

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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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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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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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Fitness

Olivia Wiggins

School: University of Alabama

GPA: 3.4

Major: Psychology

Campus Involvement: RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), Alpha Omicron Pi, intramural flag football and soccer

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Years at camp: 10

Instructing: Fitness

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer?Growing in my faith alongside my campers… and of course, Choctaw winning the banner!

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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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Riding

Rebekah Dunne

School: Fort Hill Integrated College

Major: CACHE level 3 diploma in child care

Intended Occupation: Nursing

Campus Involvement: Netball, Student Voice (Council), classroom assistant

Hometown: Drumbo, Northern Ireland

Instructing: Riding

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am looking forward to teaching riding and also sharing my love for horse riding with the campers. I can’t wait to meet new people and make new friends and have the experience of a life time at Camp Merri-Mac!

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Gymnastics

Regan Wilson

School: Valencia College

GPA: 3.0

Community Involvement: Worship Leader, Children’s Ministry Assistant, Feeding Souls, middle/high schooler youth group leader, Little Lambs Orphanage in Guatemala

Hometown: St. Cloud, FL

Years at camp: 2

Instructing: Gymnastics

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

What are you most excited about this summer? First, reuniting with campers and staff from last year! I can’t wait to sing and dance with my new campers, play Counselor Hunt, and laugh uncontrollably.

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Evening Activity Director and Junior Cabin Area Director

Sarah Kate Powell

School: Clemson University

Major: Spanish and Psychology

Intended Occupation: Nursing

Campus Involvement: Tri Delta Sorority, Young life Volunteer leader at Pickens High School, FCA, University Singers choir, Intramural Indoor Soccer, Intramural Soccer, Intramural Basketball, Student Alumni Council, IPTAY Collegiate Member, and a Die-Hard fan of Clemson Football

Hometown: Greenwood, SC

Years at camp: 12

Instructing: Evening Activity Director and Junior Cabin Area Director

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am most excited about meeting new campers, seeing campers I already know, investing in counselors and campers lives, sharing my love for camp with them, growing, and sharing the love of Christ with those around me.

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Canoeing

Sarah Luecke

School: Auburn University

GPA: 3.9

Major: Biology

Intended Occupation: Physician’s Assistant

Campus Involvement: Bible Study leader, Project Serve, Discipleship Now (DNOW) leader

Hometown: Fairhope, AL

Years at camp: 12

Instructing: Canoeing

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am looking forward to spending my days on Lake Doris and camp Christmas!

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Backpacking

Sydney Belt

School: Clemson University

GPA: 4.0

Major: Biological Sciences

Intended Occupation: Dentist

Campus Involvement: Beta Club, Honor Society, Soccer, Youth Group

Hometown: Florence, SC

Years at camp: 8

Instructing: Backpacking

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Meeting all of the campers and getting to explore the beautiful mountains!

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Diving

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

Instructing: Diving

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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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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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