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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Drama

Abigail McCreary

School: Mississippi University for Women

GPA: 3.89

Major: Theatre Education

Intended Occupation: High School Theatre Teacher

Campus Involvement: Honors College, Troubadour Social Club, Wesleyan House Ministry

Hometown: Brandon, MS

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Drama

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Meeting all of the sweet girls at camp this summer and sharing my love of theater and Jesus with them!

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NEXT: Amy Jameson
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

Amy Jameson

School: University of Mississippi

GPA: 3.6

Major: Financial Accounting

Intended Occupation: CPA

Campus Involvement: Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Sunday school teacher at The Orchard, Community groups at The Orchard

Hometown: Melbourne, FL

Years at camp: 6

Instructing: Cooking

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Seeing old friends and making lots of new ones, watching my campers grow in their relationship with Christ and each other, and making tasty treats in the kitchen!

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NEXT: Anna Mueller
Intermediate Cabin Area Director and Evening Activities Director

Anna Moon

School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Major: Child and Family Studies, Emphasis in Community Outreach

Campus Involvement: YoungLife leader at The Christian Academy of Knoxville, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Swimming

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Dance parties, trading post raids, and enjoying the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with my campers!

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NEXT: Claire Stevens
Cooking

Anna Mueller

School: University of Virginia

GPA: 3.8

Major: Nursing

Intended Occupation: Registered Nurse

Campus Involvement: RUF first year bible study leader, Alternative Spring Break, Virginia Interfaith Council

Hometown: Winchester, VA

Instructing: Cooking

Certifications: BLS, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Growing in faith alongside campers and staff!

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NEXT: Aubrey Ann Grissom
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 Teaching: Tennis

Years at camp: 8

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NEXT: Bailey Allen
Rifelry

Aubrey Ann Grissom

School: Valencia College

GPA: 3.3

Major: Advertising

Intended Occupation: Agriculture and Rodeo Marketing for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

Campus Involvement: Intern at a local Marketing firm for Rodeo Marketing and Event Management, Heavenly Hooves, square dancing on horseback coach, Youth Group leader

Hometown: St. Cloud, FL

Years at camp: 2

Instructing: Riflery

Certifications: Hunter Safety, Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid
What are you most excited about this summer? I am SO excited for Evening Activities and looking for ways to learn and grow with campers this summer!

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NEXT: Becca McCubbin
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: Lacrosse, Climbing, Senior Cabin Area 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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Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR/First Aid

Billie Niznik

School: University of Arkansas

GPA: 3.7

Campus Involvement: University Baptist Church, Second Mile Ministry

Hometown: Flower Mound, TX

Instructing: Backpacking

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

What are you most excited about this summer? Forming friendships and being surrounded by community in a beautiful location. Exploring and admiring the wonders of the outdoors with new camper friends. Being stretched and grown in my relationship with the Lord. Also most recently, meeting and hugging all the sweet puppies after I saw the golden-doodle announcement!

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NEXT: Lacy Frost
Basketball

Bonnie Gibson

School: Appalachian State University

GPA: 3.6

Major: Business Administration

Intended Occupation: High School Administrator

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Intramural Volleyball

Hometown: Asheville, NC

Instructing: Basketball, Volleyball

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Investing in campers lives, getting to know my co-counselors, competing in fun activities and sharing God’s love with those around me.

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NEXT: Catherine Hancock
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 Teaching: Drama

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

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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NEXT: Catherine McCoy
Coming Soon

Catherine Hancock

School: Samford University

GPA: 3.7

Major: Early Childhood and Special Education

Intended Occupation: Teacher

Campus Involvement: YoungLife Capernaum leader, Chi Omega sorority, Step Sing, intramural softball team

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Years at camp: 3

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am so excited for another summer at my favorite place in the world! I can’t wait to share my love of camp with new and old campers and other staff. I am counting down the days until s’more pockets, Christmas, singing and Seminoles winning the banner!

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NEXT: Chapel Darley
Canoeing

Catherine McCoy

School: Auburn University

GPA: 3.7

Major: Organismal Biology

Intended Occupation: Physician Assistant

Campus Involvement: Delta Zeta Sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honors Society, Pre-Physician Assistant Club, Society for Conservation Biology, Outdoor Adventure Club, Be Well Hut, Church of the Highlands student ministry, Concert Band

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 sunny days on Lake Doris and experiencing more of God’s love through new and old friendships!

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NEXT: Claire Kelly
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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NEXT: Morgan Barbay
Gymnastics

Claire Kelly

School: Baton Rouge Community College

Major: Business

Intended Occupation: Business Owner

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Instructing: Gymnastics

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Teaching campers about Christ!

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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

GPA: 3.78

Major: Special Education

Intended Occupation: Special Education Teacher

Campus Involvement: Student council, anchor club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student ambassadors, Mentors, Dance Team, Young Life, Diamond Girls, Theater, Educators rising, National Technical Honor Society, Crown Club

Hometown: Oxford, MS

Years at camp: 9

Instructing: Swimming

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I’m excited to meet my campers and watch them grow in their faith! I’m also excited to watch Iroquois win the banner!

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NEXT: Emma McGahan
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: Fiona Smith
PAWS (Puppy Training)

Emma McGahan

School: Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: Dance Company senior member, senior council member, PSR Sunday school teacher (3rd Grade)

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Years at camp: 10

Instructing: PAWS (Puppy Training)

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am looking forward to spending another year in the beautiful NC mountains, getting to know the campers and helping them have an amazing summer, and to hang out with the puppies!

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NEXT: Grace Evans
Backpacking, Ropes Course

Fiona Smith

School: Duquesne University

GPA: 4.0

Major: M.A. in Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication

Campus Involvement: Research Assistant, Co-Advisor to Duquesne Chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Instructing: Backpacking, Ropes Course

Certifications: Level II Ropes Course Practitioner, Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? While this is my first year working at this camp, it is not my first time working at a camp, and I am excited to be going back. I am looking forward to a change of pace from everyday life, to working hard and playing harder, to teaching campers about backpacking and leading them on adventures, and to joining with others as we seek to live out the good news of Jesus Christ.

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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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NEXT: Gretchen Mull
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
Pottery

Gretchen Mull

School: Virginia Commonwealth University

GPA: 3.9

Major: Art Education and Ceramics

Intended Occupation: Art Educator

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), National Art Educators Association member

Hometown: Springfield, VA

Instructing: Pottery

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Encouraging campers to grow in their walk with the Lord, singing camp songs, and sharing my love for ceramics!

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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)

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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

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NEXT: Isabella Bogdahn
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

Years at camp: 12

Instructing: Fencing, Guitar

Certifications: USFA Certified Fencing Instructor, CPR/First Aid

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!

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NEXT: Abby Baird
Kayaking, Knitting

Isabella Bogdahn

School: High Point University

GPA: 3.8

Major: Event Management

Intended Occupation: Event Manager

Campus Involvement: High School Student Body President, Varsity volleyball team captain, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Student Ambassador

Hometown: Winter Haven, FL

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Kayaking, Knitting

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I look forward to evening activities and teaching girls my favorite hobbies.

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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 Teaching: 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 Teaching: 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 Teaching: 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 Teaching: 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: Kristy Gray
Climbing

Kristie Garren

School: Montreat College

GPA: 3.4

Major: Outdoor Education and Outdoor Ministry

Campus Involvement: Women’s Soccer Team

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Climbing

Certifications:Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Getting to hangout with awesome campers, tribal activities and teaching the sport that I love to play!

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NEXT: Kylie Holloway
Archery

Kristy Gray

School: Sewanee, The University of the South

GPA: 3.6

Major: Psychology

Intended Occupation: Pediatric Nursing

Campus Involvement: 4-year college varsity volleyball player, member of Theta Pi sorority, member of The Order of the Gown, dancer in Perpetual Motion, member of CRU

Hometown: Ocala, FL

Years at camp: 4

Instructing: Archery

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I’m a former camper and I can’t wait to be back at Merri-Mac. I always loved tribe events and I’m looking forward to singing with every meal again!

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NEXT: Lainee Anderson
Yoga

Kylie Holloway

School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

GPA: 4.0

Major: International Studies and Spanish

Intended Occupation: Non-profit

Campus Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Delight campus ministry, nanny

Hometown: Winston Salem, NC

Instructing: Yoga

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

What are you most excited about this summer? Making amazing memories and friendships, ministering to (and giving lots of love to) the campers, and being in the beautiful mountains!

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NEXT: Lainey Goodwill
Yoga

Lainee Anderson

School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

GPA: 3.61

Major: Nursing

Intended Occupation: Nurse Practitioner

Campus Involvement: Young Life, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), intramural volleyball, Tennessee Football superfan

Hometown: Franklin, TN

Instructing: Yoga

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am excited to show with campers how deeply loved they are and help them experience the true joy that comes with being a follower of Christ. I am also looking forward to spending time in the mountains while forming relationships and memories!

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NEXT: Laura McCoy
Guitar

Lainey Goodwill

School: University of Tennessee at Knoxville

GPA: 3.75

Major: History

Intended Occupation: Immigration Lawyer

Campus Involvement: YoungLife leader at South Doyle High School, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Vol Mentor, She’s the First, UTK Historical Society

Hometown: Cleveland, TN

Years at camp: 9

Instructing: Guitar

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? There’s nothing better than Christmas at camp! I love singing carols by candlelight on Christmas Eve and waking up to donuts and hot cocoa the next morning. I can’t wait!

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NEXT: Lauren Engel
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: Lauren Teague
Climbing

Lauren Engel

School: YWAM Kona, Wheaton College

GPA: 3.9

Major: English and Studio Art

Campus Involvement: Rock Climbing Team

Hometown: Minneapolis, MA

Instructing: Climbing

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? So many things! New sisters, being outside, and lots of climbing.

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NEXT: Libby Robinson
Coming Soon

Lauren Teague

School: University of Virginia

GPA: 3.88

Major: Nursing

Intended Occupation: Nurse

Campus Involvement: Bible Study Leader and member of Music Team for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Teacher’s Assistant for Anatomy and Physiology Lab, 7th and 8th Grade Girl Bible Study Leader with Abundant Life Ministries

Hometown: New Providence, NJ

Certifications: EMT-B, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Spending a summer outside with old and new friends, trying some new activities, learning some new songs, and spending time with the Lord!

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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

GPA: 3.9

Major: Management and Society

Campus Involvement: Service Council President

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Kayaking

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Spending time on the dock at my favorite place on earth!

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Cooking, Swimming

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

GPA:

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

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Fencing, Riflery

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

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!!)

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Climbing

Mattie Yerxa

School: Northeastern University

GPA: 4.0

Major: Communications

Campus Involvement: Northeastern Rock Climbing Club

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Years at camp: 11

Instructing: Climbing

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Taking campers on climbing trips in the beautiful North Carolina mountains and watching the Seminoles win another banner!

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Pottery

Meg Otterson

School: Clemson University

GPA: 3.4

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Campus Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Habitat for Humanity

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Instructing: Pottery

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I am looking forward to making new relationships with my staff and campers and getting to grow in my faith alongside them!

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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

GPA: 3.3

Major: Nursing

Intended Occupation: Pediatric Oncology Nurse

Campus Involvement: Love Your Melon Campus Ambassador, Zeta Tau Alpha- Big/Little Chairman, Student Nurses Association, ONE Campus Ministry, Intramural Sports

Hometown: Fairhope, AL

Instructing: Gymnastics

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Constantly being in a community that is passionate about our Lord and Savior, building lifelong friendships, and being a mentor for an incredible group of girls!

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Junior Cabin Area Director, Tennis

Molly Callaway

School: Western Carolina University

GPA: 3.8

Major: Middle Grades Education with a concentration in English and Language Arts

Intended Occupation: Middle School Language Arts Teacher

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

Hometown: Elkin, NC

Years at camp: 4

Instructing: Tennis

Certifications: CPR/First Aid, Lifeguard

What are you most excited about this summer? Seeing old and new faces, while growing closer to the Lord with other counselors and campers

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DIY Craft

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

GPA: 3.6

Major: Graphic Communications and Packaging Science

Intended Occupation: Graphic Designer

Campus Involvement: FCA, Clemson Photography

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Years at camp: 8

Instructing: DIY Crafts

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? 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.