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Summer Camp on Clear Creek

Summer Staff

Meet the team!

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Catherine Poellnitz

McDowell Service Corps Coordinator

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Virginia White

Interim Director of Summer Camp on Clear Creek

Ext. 122; virginia@campmcdowell.org

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Beth Dille

Bethany's Kids Director

2020 CAMP COUNSELORS

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Sarah Jane Kemmer (SJ)

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Centreville, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: Growing up, I attended Camp McDowell every summer. Becoming a camp counselor has always been a dream job to me, because of the impact my counselors had on me. I can’t wait to have the best summer of my life with the best campers on earth!
  • Favorite hobbies: Reading, binge-watching Netflix, and dancing
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Canoeing
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My grandmother- She taught me to be sweet, sassy, and how to make the best blueberry jam on earth!
  • A little known fact about me: I’m super competitive. Camp McDowell lip sync is the most important night of the year to me. Bring it on!
  • This summer, I hope to learn: This summer, I hope I conquer my fear of heights and get on The Big Swing!
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Noah Adams

  • Staff Role: Lifeguard
  • Hometown: Vestavia Hills, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I love Camp McDowell and want to help give the camp experience to more and more people.
  • Favorite hobbies: Hiking, listening to music/podcasts.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Capture the flag
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My parents
  • A little known fact about me: I play the mellophone and french horn (but I won't be bringing it to camp!).
  • This summer, I hope to learn: How I as a camp counselor can change the world for the better.
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Carleigh Allen

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I absolutely LOVE Camp McDowell and want to be able to pass along the feeling I had as a camper to campers this summer!
  • Favorite hobbies: Reading, listening to music, hiking, and journaling
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Singing songs at Program!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My mom! She taught me unconditional love.
  • A little known fact about me: I have a fish named Lion!
  • This summer, I hope to learn: More about myself and my relationship with God.
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Mary Eliza Beaumont (MaeMae)

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Homewood, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: Ever since my first time as a camper, I knew Camp McDowell was a truly special place. I feel the most loved, valued, and closest to God here. I have returned to be on staff to help create that same magic and love for today's campers.
  • Favorite hobbies: Dancing, drawing, singing, and exploring nature.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Canoeing and capture the flag!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Michelle Obama
  • A little known fact about me: I was on drumline for 5 years and the tenor drums are my favorite to play.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: New TikTok dances & how to flip off the diving board.
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Anna Elizabeth Byrne (AE)

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I freaking love Camp! I realized how much I missed it last summer and knew I needed to come back.
  • Favorite hobbies: A little bit of this, a little bit of that but most of all long walks on the beach at sunset. When I don't have a beach readily available I like to hang out with my friends or spend some time outside.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Counselor hunt! I love all the skits and watching people jump off the high dive in costumes.
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Dolly Parton! She didn't care what people had to say about how she looked or acted and she makes me want to get a pink sparkly cowboy hat.
  • A little known fact about me: I think jorts are pretty cute and I don't get why everyone gives them a hard time. Also, I like doing little crafts sometimes!
  • This summer, I hope to learn: All the secrets about what's in the Kremlin, but also I am so excited to meet new people and make new friends.
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Jacob Churchman

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Homewood, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I want to make campers have as good of a time at Ole Wonderful Wonderful as I did as a kid growing up. And to show kids that you can still have fun outside!
  • Favorite hobbies: Climbing, Hangin with friends, Hiking, and everything else there is to do outside.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Ultimate Frisbee and the rock wall and most other things that happen outside.
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Myself in 10 years; think on that for a little bit!

    A little known fact about me: I have the weirdest toes on the planet and that’s a fact.

  • This summer, I hope to learn: Some better dad jokes and maybe how to play the guitar (but don’t quote me on that).
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Emerson Cook

  • Staff Role: Head Counselor
  • Hometown: Franklin, TN
  • Year on staff: 4th
  • Why I wanted to staff: I want to give back to the amazing camp community. Summer staff is the best job in the world and I can't get enough of it.
  • Favorite hobbies: Hiking, swimming and playing board games
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Night canteen!!!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Bonner Delcarmen because she is the queen of clear creek <3

    A little known fact about me: I enjoy literally all foods. Unless it's spicy.

  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to do a flip off the diving board...
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Henry Cull

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Year on staff: 2nd
  • Why I wanted to staff: I love Camp McDowell and wanted to come back for another summer!
  • Favorite hobbies: Playing basketball, being outside, and watching Star Wars.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Capture the Flag
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My Dad
  • A little known fact about me: I hate ketchup.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to win cleanest cabin.
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Keeley Davis

  • Staff Role: Life Guard
  • Hometown: Jasper, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I have always looked up to summer staffers throughout my childhood and they provided me a good role model to look at and to try to shape myself into and I am so thankful for the chance to be that person for the campers this summer.
  • Favorite hobbies: Running, fishing, being around my family and friends, and making some friendship bracelets.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Stargazing or capture the flag or Tillers or night canteen
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My Dad
  • A little known fact about me: I can play the star-spangled banner on the mandolin.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to play the star-spangled banner on banjo
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Ethan Evans

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Huntsville, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I chose to staff this summer because I have always love coming to Camp McDowell as a camper due to the loving and accepting environment that is present, and I want to help facilitate that environment and help it grow.
  • Favorite hobbies: Reading, photography, playing board games
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Star Wars Dodgeball
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My Dad

    A little known fact about me: I can speak a little bit of Arabic.

  • This summer, I hope to learn: I hope to learn more about everyone I meet in order to build lasting friendships.
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Seth Evans

  • Staff Role: Farm Liaison
  • Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I've always wanted to be on staff so I can have the unique opportunity to live in God's Backyard for a whole summer and pass the love forward.
  • Favorite hobbies: Domesticating raccoons, cooking
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Extended Hikes
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Art Garfunkel
  • A little known fact about me: I have 19 grandparents.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: Flawless goat-milking technique.
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Ricky Gauld (Slicky Ricky)

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I love Clear Creek and, mostly, I’d like to discover more about the place that gave me a solid foundation for who I have become.
  • Favorite hobbies: Biking & hiking, listening to music, and eating cheez-its.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Tillers
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My Uncle Ricky
  • A little known fact about me: My hopscotch capabilities, as well as how I once scored 7 goals in a soccer game, and my team won 6-1.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: The magic from my fellow counselors on how to keep campers loving God’s Backyard.
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Sarah Lane

Staff Role: Cabin Counselor

Hometown:

Year on staff: 1st

Why I wanted to staff: I chose to be on summer staff because this place Is my second home and I want to be able to share the love I’ve felt here over the years.

Favorite hobbies: Playing guitar, drawing, painting, being outside, and hanging out with friends and family!

Favorite Summer Camp activity: Finer things or the giant swing

Someone to whom I most look up: My mom is my hero. She is the most selfless person I know and loves me unconditionally.

  • A little known fact about me: I can say my ABCs backward.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: I hope to learn all of the camper’s names by the end of each session.
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Alex Ladewig

  • Staff Role: Work Crew
  • Hometown:
  • Year on staff: 3rd
  • Why I wanted to staff: I wanted to continue to feel the magic of camp and spreading love!
  • Favorite hobbies: Building furniture, ceramics, chopping wood, and cooking!
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Canoeing or soccer!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My mom. She inspires me every day to be unapologetically myself and to conquer the world.
  • A little known fact about me: I've broken my nose three times, but I've never had a nose bleed. I also really LOVE poetry.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: I'd love to get better at playing my banjo.
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Ed Lam

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Auburn, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I want to give the campers the best summer camp experience ever!
  • Favorite hobbies: Hiking, cooking, playing board games, listening to podcasts, and hammocking.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Canoeing
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My mom

    A little known fact about me: I'm in school to get a degree in education.

  • This summer, I hope to learn: If there's really a laser tag arena under the Kremlin.
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Sara Hutchens

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William Letson

  • Staff Role: Work Crew
  • Hometown: Florence, AL
  • Year on staff: 3rd
  • Why I wanted to staff: I have enjoyed the previous two years so much I couldn't imagine not doing a third. I enjoy being on the Work Crew and helping out on staff, the community that Camp brings and hanging out with the children.
  • Favorite hobbies: Reading, Writing, Hiking, Watching Football
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Floating
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My Father
  • A little known fact about me: I am a massive LSU fan.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: All about our campers and my fellow staff members!
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Emma Lindsey

  • Staff Role: Story Teller
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I found so much at camp McDowell when I was a camper: heaps of fun, my best friend, and God. I love to hike and be outdoors and I cannot imagine a better summer than one spent at one of the most influential places for me in my life.
  • Favorite hobbies: Reading and writing
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Hiking
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Diane Nash

    A little known fact about me: I am learning French.

  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to be a better listener and how to rely on God more.
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Sarah Mason (Mase)

  • Staff Role: Activities Director
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Year on staff: 2nd
  • Why I wanted to staff: I can’t stay away! I love sharing such a happy place with happy people!
  • Favorite hobbies: Lacrosse, hiking, and podcasts.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Lip sync!!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Disa Mason (my mom and previous camper and staff at camp)
  • A little known fact about me: I love musicals!
  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to play the guitar and make new friends.
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Virginia Mead

  • Staff Role: Camp Manager
  • Hometown: Rye, NY
  • Year on staff: 2nd
  • Why I wanted to staff: I loved working at Camp McDowell last summer and wanted to do it again!
  • Favorite hobbies: Reading, running, hanging out with friends, and spending time outside.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Canoeing, DUH!!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My grandmother
  • A little known fact about me: I am scared of people in costumes.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: More about myself and how I can be a better leader, and I hope to learn more about the people around me.
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Cate Mehrer

  • Staff Role: Waterfront Director
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 2nd
  • Why I wanted to staff: Last summer was so amazing and I wanted to do it again!!
  • Favorite hobbies: Canoeing, hiking, sometimes just having a lazy day.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: I love canoeing but only if there’s no snakes.
  • Someone to whom I most look up: RBG
  • A little known fact about me: I can toss up almost any food and catch it in my mouth.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to be a better leader and work with all sorts of people.
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Tessa Nash

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  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I am so in love with the Camp McDowell magic! Serving at a place so special and sacred is beyond exciting, and I love being a guiding spirit to younger folks!
  • Favorite hobbies: Hiking, playing guitar, thrifting, and studying environmentalism!
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: After chapel music!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My sisters, Reagan and Emma.
  • A little known fact about me: I am a total geology dork, and love studying rocks, minerals, and other geological formations!
  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to be the most patient and gentle human to campers.
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Kathleen Odum

  • Staff Role: Work Crew
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: Camp McDowell has done more for me than I could even begin to explain and it seems only right that I give back to a place that has given so much to me. The chance to spend my whole summer in God’s Backyard has been a dream of mine since my first camp session and I can wait to see what this summer has in store!
  • Favorite hobbies: Reading, running, painting, and sleeping
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Soccer!!!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Meryl Streep
  • A little known fact about me: I love to sing, but I’m a terrible singer.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: A little more about myself through all of the wonderful new people I meet.
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Nic Parmer (Nicky P)

  • Staff Role: Music Director
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 2nd
  • Why I wanted to staff: I love Camp McDowell, and I want to make my mark on camp, as well as have camp make its mark on me.
  • Favorite hobbies: Playing and listening to music, and dodgeball.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Starwars Dodgeball (and singing songs)
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My parents, Jason Isbell, and Jesus
  • A little known fact about me: I love bath bombs.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to make friendship bracelets.
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William Peeples (Will)

  • Staff Role: Work Crew
  • Hometown: Montgomery, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: I wanted a new experience in a place I have spent many summers. I also wanted to be in a working environment surrounded by a lot of people.
  • Favorite hobbies: Canoeing/kayaking, basketball, working out
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Floating
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My Dad
  • A little known fact about me: I have been airlifted twice.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: To eat breakfast every morning.
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Hunter Pribble

  • Staff Role: Work Crew
  • Hometown: Panama City, FL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: It will be a good experience for me.
  • Favorite hobbies: Fishing, swimming, running
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Hiking
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My Mom

    A little known fact about me: I’m honest

  • This summer, I hope to learn: I hope to learn anything I can at the time.
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Carson Roth

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Montgomery, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: Camp McDowell is my favorite place on earth and I couldn’t imagine spending my summer anywhere else.
  • Favorite hobbies: Watching movies with friends, listening to the Grateful Dead, and endlessly praising the Atlanta Braves.
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Always basketball.
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Derek Jeter or Bono
  • A little known fact about me: My elbows are double-jointed.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: To master my skills in ultimate frisbee.
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Grace Turner

  • Staff Role: Cabin Counselor
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 1st
  • Why I wanted to staff: Who wouldn’t want to spend their summer in God’s backyard?
  • Favorite hobbies: Going on walks, hanging out with my friends, and baking
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Staff v Camper softball game
  • Someone to whom I most look up: Ellen Degeneres

    A little known fact about me: I have never had a cavity (for real not tryna flex my dental hygiene I just don’t have any other fun facts).

  • This summer, I hope to learn: How to knit
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Mary Alison Turner (Mary, MAT)

  • Staff Role: Activities Director
  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Year on staff: 2nd
  • Why I wanted to staff: I get to spend another summer at my most favorite place with my favorite people! I had the best summer ever last summer and I am excited to be able to do it again!
  • Favorite hobbies: Hanging out with friends, listening to music, going on walks!
  • Favorite Summer Camp activity: Hiking, the farm, dancing at canteen, happy happy joy joy, I mean everything, really!!!
  • Someone to whom I most look up: My Mom!
  • A little known fact about me: I love all kinds of food.
  • This summer, I hope to learn: More about God and His people!