Directors & Staff

Our leadership is made up of veteran campers, full of experience, personality, character, a sense of fun, support, and warmth.

Ann M. Warner

Owner & Director

Camp Mont Shenandoah is in Ann’s blood. Following in her grandmother’s and mother’s footsteps, she marks the third generation of ownership of the 97 year old camp. She has spent 38 summers at CMS as a camper, counselor, program director, and owner and director since 1996. Ann is passionate about her work with the campers and staff and feels exceptionally fortunate to be the steward of such a magnificent and special place as CMS.

Ann is a graduate of Hollins College (1987) as well as St. Timothy’s School in Baltimore (1983). While working as the Director of Youth Ministries at Christ Church (Old Town, Alexandria, VA,) Ann became a “foster” parent to two teenage girls, living with them as they finished high school. They (along with their older brother and families) continue to be an important part of Ann’s life.

In 1996, Ann received her Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. That spring, she relocated to Bath County, Virginia to assume the directorship of CMS.

Ann is involved in many local and regional civic organizations. She currently serves on the Cowpasture River Preservation Association Board where she had also previously served for six years as the Vice President for three of those years. Ann has worked with the Bath County Arts Association Board, ACA-Virginia’s Board in the capacity of the Conflict Resolution Chair, was the Bath County Christmas Mother and served on the board for several years afterwards. She has worked with the Bath County Chamber of Commerce and Allegheny Highlands Free Clinic boards. Because horses are her passion, she remains involved with the Virginia Trail Riders Association.

Ann enjoys many activities and hobbies, especially running, biking, traveling, and reading. She loves spending time with her friends, family, and animals and is especially fond of time spent on the back of a horse.

Jess James McLaughlin

Program Director

Jess is delighted to be back at Camp Mont Shenandoah in this new role. She brings deep institutional knowledge, appreciation for, and love of CMS. Jess was initially a camper and Junior Counselor (JC) for six summers between 1999-2006, and then was a counselor from 2007-2011. Jess attended the University of Alabama, majoring in religious studies and minoring in psychology. After her time at Mont Shenandoah and Alabama, Jess became a counselor and then co-director at Camp Maxwelton-Camp Lachlan for many summers. During the year she taught at several schools including St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock and St. Christopher’s in Richmond. After her children were born Jess spent several years at home with them. In 2020 Jess returned to school in pursuit of a Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2022 and began her career as a psychotherapist. Jess is currently running her own private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Katherine Hawks

Riding Director

We are delighted to announce that camp alumna, Katherine Hines Hawks will returning as Riding Director this summer. Katherine lives on a small farm in Ashland, Virginia and currently runs a successful Real Estate business out of Richmond. She has a wealth of experience in the riding world and a long love of CMS. We couldn’t be happier that she’ll be with us again for the coming season.

Katherine attended camp for five summers in the mid to late 1980s. Her daughter followed in her footsteps and was at camp from 2014-2017. In 2022, her horse Benji came to camp and she worked as an alum in the Feed Bag for several days.

Katherine and her daughter Tessa have four horses at home (including one of Ann’s horses Flash) and both ride Hunter/Jumpers competitively and love everything to do with owning, caring for and riding horses.

Katherine can’t wait to return to camp, meet all of the campers, sing and eat in the Feed Bag, and swim in the river. She’s also looking forward to attending some of her favorite evening activities like Songfest, Vespers, and the Junior and Senior plays all while making the riding program the best it can be.

Céline Pritt

Office Manager

Céline is an unofficial CMS alumna, having worked several summers in “The Feed Bag” while she attended Bath County High School. She grew up in the area, graduated from Radford University, and returned to Bath County where she married the love of her life, Jess Pritt. They have a six-year-old son, Beau, and a three-year-old daughter, Harlow. 2024 marks her 7th summer with us at Camp. Prior to working full-time at Camp Mont Shenandoah, Céline worked in the Bath County Office of Tourism for six years and served as Tourism Manager for one year. With a wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills, we are exceptionally fortunate to have her as part of our team. When you call the Camp Office, you know Céline will greet you with warmth, a sense of humor, and helpful answers — about camp and the local area!

Kaitlin Arnold

Administrative Assistant

Hi there, my name is Kaitlin Arnold, and I’m thrilled to be your new administrative assistant! I’m originally from Millboro, VA, and I am currently studying Political Science and Pre-law at James Madison University. During my free time, I love hanging out with my friends and family, especially my dog Honey. I also serve as a youth director at my church. I’m so happy to be a part of your camp family, and I can’t wait to meet you all.

Julie Moon, RN

Healthcare Staff

Julie “Roots & Shoots” is coming back to camp for her 12th season. She is teaching water aerobics at her local Richmond Ymca. She has started a “hipcamp” (BNB FOR CAMPERS) on their family farm outside of Charlottesville.

Anne Monroe, MD, MSPH

Healthcare Staff

After completing residency training and board certification in Internal Medicine at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Anne completed a General Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, and she and her family have been in Baltimore ever since. Anne is on the faculty at the George Washington University School of Public Health, and her clinical practice is at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Anne attended CMS for 10 summers and was a counselor at the inaugural Roots and Shoots. Her daughter is a current CMS camper, her son is at Maxwelton, and her husband is a CMS family camp alum! Anne is excited to be joining the healthcare team this summer.

Camp Mont Shenandoah Welcome Letter

Don’t forget to check out the Camp Mont Shenandoah welcome letter from Ann Warner, our camp director.

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