Counselors and Staff

**this page is currently undergoing gradual updating.


Grace Sideris
Grace is a rising sophomore at UNC Asheville where she plans to major in Mass Communication while getting a degree in Education. This is her third year as a counselor, but her second year as the agriculture counselor. Her enthusiasm for and commitment to teaching campers about Riverlea’s hens led to her nickname, “The Chicken Queen”.


Claire Catotti
Claire graduated from Jordan High School in 2012. She is entering her senior year at University of Miami this Fall studying Political Science and Spanish. After years as a camper and orc, she has spent her past four summers as an archery counselor at Camp Riverlea and is excited to come back!

Brendan Lilley
Brendan is a rising junior at Voyager Academy where he plays lacrosse. He has been at Camp Riverlea since he was a Hobbit and is now an archery counselor after working two summers as an orc. Brendan is a two-time recipient of the Mayor’s award (in the top four both times!) and is also an Eagle Scout.

Kelly Goldston
Kelly graduated from Jordan High School in 2012. This fall, she will be entering her senior year at UNC Charlotte where she majors in Elementary Education and Outdoor Education. She babysits regularly and volunteers as a tutor/mentor during the school year. This is her second year at Camp Riverlea.

Phillip Smith
Phillip is a rising senior at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, NC. This will be his second summer as a counselor after 8 years as a camper and Orc. He is passionate about fried food and looks forward to camp throughout the school year.

Arts and Crafts

Jon White
Jon just graduated from DSA and will start at Davidson in the fall. He was very involved in the art program at DSA and is very excited to spend his summer working with kids in the Hobbit House.

Maura Partrick
Maura is going to be a senior at Jordan High School. This will be her second year as a counselor after having been an Orc for the two summers. She is excited to return to Arts and Crafts!

Meredith Harris
Meredith graduated from Durham School of the Arts in 2011 and went on to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to major in graphic design. She will be graduating Fall 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Design. This marks her third summer at Camp Riverlea and her second summer as head of Arts and Crafts. She loves food, fashion, and giant robots.

Claire Bordeaux
Claire graduated from Cedar Ridge in 2014 and is now a Nursing and Spanish double-major at TCU. When not at camp, she loves to dance and eat sour gummy worms. This is her first year as a counselor, and she could not be more excited to spend her summer at Camp Riverlea.


Madison Chandler
Madison is a rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. This will be her second summer at Camp Riverlea, and she is excited to return to athletics!

Zach Meredith
Zach is a recent graduate of C. E. Jordan High School in Durham, NC. This will be his fifth year working with kids at Riverlea. He volunteered as an Orc for two years and spent two summers as a general counselor. Zach enjoys the TV show Jeopardy! and likes learning random facts about U.S. presidents.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Marissa Minnick
This is Marissa’s third summer in the Canoeing and Kayaking department at Camp Riverlea, and she is absolutely looking forward to another summer on the pond! Marissa is a dual Elementary Education major and Elemenrary Education Master’s student and will be graduating in 2016.

Emma Stanion
Emma is a graduate of Riverside High school and just finished her first year at Swarthmore College. This is her ninth summer at Riverlea, and she is really excited to be a kayaking and canoeing counselor again.


Elizabeth Webb
Elizabeth graduated from DSA in 2011 and is a recent graduate of High Point University where she majored in psychology. She can’t wait to teach Drama again this year!!

Ian Burns
Ian is a rising junior at Riverside High School.  Ian enjoys sports, especially basketball.  He has been a camper at Camp Riverlea since he was about six, and he has been an ORC for two years.  This is his first year as a counselor at Camp Riverlea.  He is looking forward to showing the kids a good time all around Riverlea, and working with old friends.

First Aid Manager

Chris Campell
Chris’ time at Riverlea extends from his time as a camper up to his current status as one of the veteran staff. For many years, Chris worked with some of Riverlea’s youngest campers, Hobbits and Baggins. If one of your kids is currently or was recently entering or leaving kindergarten, they likely had Chris as a counselor. Chris is a rising senior at Appalachian State where he studies computer science.

General Counselors

Jessica Baroff
Jessica graduated from Riverside High School in 2012 and is entering her Senior year at Wake Forest University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. She has been a part of Riverlea since she was four years old (a rising kindergartener). She is so excited to be a general counselor again this year working with the younger campers and ensuring that they all have the best possible experience at camp.

Matthew Paris
Matthew is a 2012 graduate of Durham School of the Arts and a rising junior at UNC Chapel Hill where he studies geology, organ, and harpsichord. This is his 9th summer at Riverlea and he is thrilled to continue being the camp pianist and a music counselor!

Anna Hauser
Anna is a recent graduate of C. E. Jordan High School. This will be her fifth summer working at Riverlea and her twelfth summer at camp. After years as a music counselor, Anna is very excited to be back at camp as a general counselor this summer!

Cameron Brown
Cameron is a native of Durham and a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. While there, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with concentrations in Printmaking and Graphic Design, as well as a minor in Digital Arts. This is his fourth summer working at Riverlea, and second time working as a general counselor. In his free time, Cameron loves to create his own artwork, swim, and play the bagpipes.

Ethan Steere
Ethan is from Durham and has been at Riverlea since he was six years old. Ethan worked as an Orc for two summers and works with preschool-aged children during the school year. Ethan will be a junior at CFS this fall, and is excited to see all the campers from past years.

Sloane Walker
Sloane is a rising senior at Durham School of the Arts. After many years as a camper and two years as an Orc, she is excited for her first year on staff and to learn from many new experiences!


Emily Getchell-Lacey
Hailing from the north country, Central New Hampshire native Emily Getchell-Lacey is very happy to be spending her first summer at Camp Riverlea as the music counselor. Emily is a 5th year Elementary Education major and music minor at Plymouth State University. She has been singing since she was 3 and has been playing clarinet since fourth grade. The past three summers she has worked at a summer camp in New Hampshire and is excited to share some games and songs with Camp Riverlea and learn some new ones here!


Jacob Steere
Jacob graduated from Durham School of the Arts in 2013 and currently studies biology at Caldwell Community College. He loves animals, hiking, and attempting to play the guitar. This is his 6th year working at Riverlea, and he looks forward to going on lots of adventures in Nature again this summer!

Molly Campell
Molly is a recent graduate of Durham School of the Arts where she went to school for 7 years and focused her studies in visual arts She just finished her freshman year at Appalachian State University in the Honors College. She is excited to be spending her 10th summer at Riverlea and her second summer as a nature counselor!

Shire Manager

Amaris Glasscock


Elise Fernandez
Elise is a recent high school graduate and will be going to Duke this coming fall. She and her sisters are in a bluegrass band. After many years as a camper and Orc, she is excited to be a swim counselor. Elise LOVES paella.

Taylor Marshall
Taylor is entering her junior year at East Chapel Hill High School. Outside of camp, she loves to babysit and play lacrosse. After 9 years as a camper and Orc at Riverlea, she is excited to start her first year as a swimming counselor! Taylor is a big fan of strawberry shortcake and koalas.

MJ Bumgarner
MJ is a rising junior at Lees McRae college where she double majors in biology and nursing. This is her first summer at Riverlea, and she couldn’t be more excited!

Markus Koeneke
Markus graduated from C.E. Jordan High School in 2012 and currently attends NCSU for Engineering. The past 4 years he has been a lifeguard at Hollow Rock Swim and Tennis Club and last summer was a counselor for Duke TIP. He is very excited to be  working at Camp Riverlea this summer.

Mary Pakes
Mary just graduated from Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill and will attend Clemson University in the fall where she will study engineering and be on the women’s varsity rowing team. She is excited for her 11th summer at Camp Riverlea as a swim instructor.

Nathaniel Brooke
Nathaniel is a recent graduate of Durham Academy and a rising Freshman at Duke. This will be his 9th summer at camp, and after 8 years as a camper and orc, he is eager to come back as a swimming counselor! Last year Nathaniel was a senior captain of his high school’s swim team.

Tennis and Golf

John Bray
John is a senior at Appalachian State University double majoring in biology secondary education and ecology. He has extensive babysitting experience and has taught tennis at Eno Valley Swim and Racquet Club for three summers. This is John’s second year at Camp Riverlea.

Rachel Allen
Rachel graduated from Person High School in 2013 and is now a junior at UNC-Wilmington majoring in Environmental Studies. She has worked with children in many capacities from babysitting to leading bible school classes in the past three years. Rachel played tennis and helped coach younger players while in high school and is excited for her second summer as a tennis and golf counselor at Camp Riverlea!

A camp tradition for Durham area children

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