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Counselors and Staff

Agriculture

John Bray

This past December John graduated from Appalachian State where he double majored in Biology Secondary Education and Biology/Ecology Environmental and Evolutionary Biology. This is John’s third year at camp and his first year in Agriculture. In the Fall John is going to teach biology at Southern High School.

 

Archery

Phillip Smith

Phillip is a rising sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill where he is exploring all the options of what education can give him. This is Phillip’s 12th summer at camp and 4th summer on staff. Phillip spends his free time skiing, playing golf and vibrating his eyes.

 

Noah Swanson

Noah is a rising senior at Jordan High School. This is Noah’s 9th year at camp and his first year on staff. Outside of camp Noah plays piano, blacksmiths and fences.

 

Brendan Lilley

Brendan is a rising freshman at UNC-Charlotte where he is taking an open approach to what he wants to study. This is Brendan’s 12th year at camp and his 3rd year on staff. Brendan enjoys wearing patterned shirts and pants that do not match.

 

Amaris Glasscock

Amaris is a senior at Appalachian State University where she studies Computational Mathematics. This is her 3rd summer at camp. Amaris’ favorite color is orange.

 

Arts and Crafts

Maeve Coughlan

Maeve is a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College where she studies Neuroscience and Behavior. This is Maeve’s second summer at camp and first summer in the Yellow Room in the Hobbit House. Maeve has a spiritual attachment to Manatees and thinks they are the perfect animal.

 

Renee Ambroso

Rene is a rising senior at UNC- Asheville where she studies literature and psychology. This is Rene’s 8th summer at camp and her first summer ruling the Green Room at the Hobbit House. Rene’s favorite things are tacos and German Shepherd Puppies.

 

Catherine Byrd

Catherine is a rising senior at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. This is Catherine’s second year at camp and her first year running the Blue Room in the Hobbit House. When not patiently gluing kids art work for them, Catherine loves horseback riding and photography.

 

Will Hausen

Will is rising sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill where he studies Graphic Design. This is Will’s first summer at camp and in the Red Room at the Hobbit House. Will would like everyone to know that he does not put any product in his eyebrows, saying “They look like that on their own.”

 

Athletics

Ellie Farrin

Ellie is a rising freshman at Occidental College where she plans to study International Relations or Economics. This is Ellie’s first summer on staff. After spending one year in Argentina, Ellie can now speak fluent Spanish.

 

Canoeing and Kayaking

Austen Hetes

Austen is a rising freshman at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he plans to major in sports management. This is his 13th summer at camp. Austen is an avid sports fan and wants a career working for a professional sports team.

 

Maya Saterson

Maya is a rising senior at Jordan High School. This is Maya’s 13th year at camp and her 2nd year on staff. When Maya is not at camp she likes to play soccer and swim.

 

First Aid Manager

Allana Geoffrion

Allana is a UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate who majored in Philosophy. Allana started at camp when she was a Pippin. While her true passion lies in giving kids band aids, she also enjoys Yoga, arts and crafts, singing and music.

 

General Counselors

Andy Masten

Andy recently graduated from NC State where he majored in Communication with a Public Relations concentration. This is Andy’s 14th summer at Camp and his 6th on staff. In the fall of 2014, Andy lived in Nepal teaching English in the Himalayans and in the rain forest.

 

Matthew Paris

Matthew is a recent graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill where he majored in Geology. This is Matthew’s 10th summer at camp and his 4th on staff. Matthew plays Piano, Guitar, Organ, Harpsicord, Accordion, Recorder, and more instruments that he can’t always remember.

 

Julia Reich

Julia is a rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill at Environmental Science. This is Julia’s 2nd summer at camp. When she’s not teaching children how to make friendship bracelets, Julia can be found Hula Hooping.

 

Sloane Walker

Sloane is a rising sophomore at the University of South Carolina where she studies Early Childhood education. This is Sloane’s 9th year at camp and her 3rd as a general counselor. She can often be seen shepherding her Hobbits and Baggins to and from activities. Sloane loves to travel and spent last Christmas in Cambodia.

 

Zack Kaspar

Zack is about to start his first year of his MBA at Western Carolina where he is concentrating in Accounting. This is Zack’s 4th year on staff. Zack is a triplet and has skied in the Swiss Alps.

 

Samy Odell

Samy is a rising junior at Orange High School. This is her 10th summer at camp and her 1st on staff. Samy wants to be a Kindergarten teacher when she is older.

 

Initiatives

Madison Chandler

Madison is about to begin her PhD in Kinesiology where she will study the effects of exercise on children’s brains. This is Madison’s 3rd year on staff and her first year in Initiatives. When Madison is done with school she wants to become a professor.

 

Olivia Fernandez

Olivia is a rising senior at Durham School of the Arts. This is her 5th year at camp and her 1st on staff. When not patiently explaining safety rules at initiatives, Olivia can be found running Cross Country or playing the Mandolin.

 

Nature

Willem Tax

Willem is a rising senior at UNC- Chapel Hill where he studies Comparative Literature. This is Willem’s second summer at camp. In his free time, Willem like identifying spider breeds and playing the banjo in UNC’s Carolina Bluegrass Band.

 

Ally Schieber

Ally is a rising freshman at Durham Tech who will be moving to Appalachian State in the spring. This is Ally’s 4th summer at camp. When she’s not teaching kids how to build an A-Frame fire she can be found with her many horses or eating something fried.

Performances

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra is a rising sophomore at the Shenandoah Conservatory where she is pursuing her BFA in Musical Theater. This is Cassandra’s 1st summer at camp. After she graduates, Cassandra wants to move to NYC to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Shire Manager

Hayden Slentz-Kesler

Hayden is a rising freshman at Appalachian State University where he wants to study either history or psychology. This is Hayden’s 6th year at camp. When he’s not in the kitchen making everyone birthday cake, Hayden can be found playing the piano, the ukulele or watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Swimming

MJ Bumgarner

MJ just graduated from Lees Macrae College where she majored in Biology. This is her 3rd year on staff. When she’s not at the pool telling kids to jump in feet first she can be found playing with Labradors or eating dairy free blueberry muffins.

 

Margaux Masten

Margaux is a rising sophomore at University of Rochester where she studies Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. This is Margaux’s 10th summer at camp and her 4th on staff. Before starting College, Margaux took a gap year to wait tables at Elmos Diner and travel around Europe.

 

Taylor Marshall

Taylor is a rising freshman at Virginia Tech where she plans to study engineering. This is Taylor’s 12th year at camp and her 3rd as a swim counselor. When she’s not at camp she is an avid lacrosse player and a part of an improv group.

 

Adam Chiefetz

Adam is a rising junior at Voyager Academy. This is his 8th year at camp and his first year on staff. When Adam is not teaching swimming at camp he is coaching the Garret Farms Swim team in Durham.

Tennis and Golf

Abby Masten

Abby is an incoming freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill where she intends on majoring in Biostatistics. This is Abby’s first year at Camp Riverlea. Abby is fluent in both English and Sarcasm and can often be found playing foursquare with kids near the Shire.

 

Ari Farber

Ari is an incoming freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. This is Ari’s 12th summer at camp and his 2nd on staff as a tennis counselor. In between High School and College, Ari took a gap year to live in Israel and backpack around Europe.

 



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