Meet our OUTSTANDING 2019 Counseling Staff

Hi y’all! My name is Olivia Warner and I could not be more excited to return to camp for my fourth summer as a counselor, and thirteenth summer overall! I am currently a junior at Virginia Tech studying International Studies and Spanish. However, this semester I am studying abroad in Spain! What inspires me most to be a counselor is knowing the profound impact that I can have in a camper’s life. Several of my counselors from my time as a camper were and still are today, extremely influential women in my life. I can’t wait to be back in my favorite place surrounded by all of you!!

Hey y’all! My name is Ashby Poindexter and I am returning for my fourth summer as a counselor and my eleventh overall. I’m from Richmond, Virginia and I’m a third year at the University of Virginia. This semester I’m studying abroad in Copenhagen, but when I return I am looking forward to swimming in the Cowpasture and spending another summer with all the amazing campers and staff!

Hey everyone! My name is Emma Ahearn, and I am so thrilled to be returning to camp for my second summer as a counselor and tenth overall! I am currently a senior at Collegiate School in Richmond, Va and will be attending the nursing school at the University of Virginia next fall. What I am most looking forward to this summer is continuing to give back to camp and inspiring campers just as my counselors did for me! And of course, I can’t wait to be back swimming in the river! I am so excited to see all of you!

Hey there!! My name is Straeten Avery and I cannot wait to get back to camp for my first summer as a counselor and seventh overall! From Norfolk, Virginia, I’m currently a senior at Norfolk Academy and will be attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall! I  cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces and spend my summer with each one of you!

Hi everyone! My name is Catherine Blocker and I am so excited to be returning to CMS for my seventh summer and first as a counselor! I have spent my whole life growing up in Bangkok, Thailand where I am currently a senior at NIST International School. I plan on attending Northeastern University in the fall where I will study International Affairs. I am thrilled that I get to spend my summer at my US home away from home! I cannot wait to jump in the river, sing in the feedbag and see all of you!!!

Hi y’all! My name is Margaret Branner and I am beyond excited to be returning to camp for my sixth summer overall, and my first as a Counselor in Training. I am from Lexington, Virginia and currently attend Rockbridge County High School. Some fun facts about me are I love to dance and do yoga! I am so looking forward to this summer with all of you! Sundays in the feedbag, Vesper Hill sunsets, and practice dances in West Lodge can’t come soon enough!!

Hey everyone! My name is Izzy Burr and I am from Richmond, Virginia. I am currently a freshman at the University of Georgia studying Business Management. I have spent 10 summers at camp and this summer will be my first as a counselor. I could not be more excited to be back with my favorite people in my favorite place. I am looking forward to jumping in the river and dancing in West Lodge. I hope to create a positive impact on campers as so many memorable counselors have done for me. Counting down the days!

Hey guys! My name is Isabella Casey and I’m super excited to be returning as a counselor for my second time and 7th year overall. I am currently a freshman at The College of William and Mary. I can’t wait to see all my fabulous campers and to meet all the amazing new ones! I look forward to singing and dancing with all of you soon!

Hi! My name is Kate Castle and I am from Alexandria, VA. I am stoked to come back to CMS for my first year as a counselor and my seventh year overall! I’m currently a senior at Episcopal High School and I will be starting college next fall. Fun facts about me are that I love hiking and drawing. I can’t wait for summer to begin so that I can see y’all soon!

Hi y’all ! My name is Whitney Dyke and I am so excited to be spending my summer at   Camp Mont Shenandoah! This will be my 10th summer at camp and my 3rd as a counselor. I am currently a sophomore at Sewanee: The University of the South majoring in History and Women and Genders Studies. I am from Richmond, Virginia and I can’t wait to spend the summer in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. I can’t wait to dance in West Lodge, canoe along the Cowpasture river and spend time with all of the amazing campers and staff!

Hi, my name is Abby Feigenbaum and I am currently a freshman at Washington and Lee University. I am so excited to be returning to camp for my 7th full summer! Last summer I had the chance to help out at Roots & Shoots, and this summer I can’t wait to spend 8 weeks with y’all canoeing in the Cowpasture, eating Sunday lunch in the Feedbag, and dancing in West Lodge!

Hey Guys! My name is Lexi Grossman and I am so excited to be returning to CMS this summer. This will be my first summer as a counselor but my 8th overall, and I could not be more thrilled to return after a couple years away from my summer home! I’m from Charlottesville Virginia and am currently a second year at UVA studying Media and Entrepreneurship. I am beyond grateful to CMS for the role it has played in my life and am looking forward to jumping back into the Cowpasture river, cheering on the Greens and Buffs, and helping other girls fall in love with Camp Mont Shenandoah the way I did!

Hi! My name is Kindler Joel, I am from Richmond, VA and it is my second summer as a counselor and 7th summer overall! I am a rising sophomore at Denison University in Ohio and am a Communications major. I cannot wait to sing in Feedbag, jump into the beautiful Cowpasture river every day and bust a move at practice dances! Can’t wait to see y’all soon!

Hi everyone!!! My name is Ellie Jones and I am ecstatic to be returning back to camp for my eighth year overall, and my first year as a Counselor in Training! I am from Virginia Beach, Virginia and am currently a junior at Norfolk Academy. Some fun facts about me are that I absolutely love to swim and am always down to bust a move (especially at practice dances). I am beyond excited for this upcoming summer with all of y’all! See you in the Feed Bag, on the LHS field, and dancing in West Ledge in just a couple of weeks!!!

Hey guys! My name is Kara Kaufman, and I am so excited to be coming back to camp for my first year as a counselor and eighth summer in total! I live in Virginia Beach and am currently a senior at Norfolk Academy. I will be attending UVA in the fall! I can’t wait to be back on the basketball courts and swimming in the Cowpasture with you all! See you ballers soon!!

Hi guys! My name is Grace Kinder and I am so excited to be returning to camp for my 8th summer overall and my 1st summer as a CIT! I’m from Richmond, Virginia and I’m a junior at Collegiate School, but I am currently attending a semester school in Colorado called High Mountain Institute. I can’t wait to be back at camp singing in the feedbag and swimming in the Cowpasture, and I am beyond excited to see all of you!

Hi folks! My name is Grace Kolbert and this will be my first summer as a counselor and seventh summer overall! I currently live in Richmond, VA and I am working as a nanny! In my free time I like to act, sew, skateboard and go hiking! This summer I’m so incredibly excited for 6 weeks of sunrises and sunsets, jumping in Cowpasture and spending time with all the outstanding campers and staff!

Hi y’all! My name is Lauren Lynch and I’m from Richmond, VA. I’m so excited to be coming back to camp for my 2nd year as counselor and 8th overall. Right now I’m taking a gap year and have been a little bit of everywhere but am currently backpacking in Chilean Patagonia! I will be attending Williams College next year. I can’t wait to be back singing my heart out with y’all in the Feedbag this summer and spending time with my favorite people.

Hi everyone! My name is Mizzy Mumford and I am beyond excited for this upcoming summer. I will be returning for my ninth summer overall and second summer as a counselor! I am from Richmond and am currently a freshman at James Madison University as a pre-nursing student and a chronic illness minor. I am so looking forward to spending the summer with all my favorite people in the most beautiful mountains! I also cannot wait to jump in the river and sing in the feedbag! See you all soon!

Hi everyone!!! My name is Katie Oliver and I’m so excited to be returning for my sixth summer overall and first as a counselor!! I’m currently a senior at Norfolk Academy in Virginia Beach and will be studying Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall! I can’t wait to be back at camp singing in the Feedbag, dancing in West Lodge, and swimming in the River!!! I am so excited for an amazing summer and can’t wait to see y’all!

Hello everybody! My name is Lizzie Parris and I’m overjoyed to be back at camp for my ninth summer and even happier for my first as a counselor. I am a senior at the Steward School in Richmond, VA and will be a freshman in the VCUarts program this fall. I’m so excited to be on the other side as a counselor and give the campers the same wonderful experience I had. I’m counting down the days until I can stargaze on the Green and sing in the Feedbag with everyone! Can’t wait to meet all of you this summer!!

Hi! I’m Lucy Poindexter and I am so excited to be returning to camp for my third summer as a counselor and my twelfth overall. I am from Richmond, Virginia and am currently a freshman at Sewanee: The University of the South. Every summer at camp is a new chance to learn and grow and I am excited to be a part of it again this year. I am counting down the days until I get to jump in the Cowpasture River, sing in the Feedbag, and see all of you!

Hey everyone! My name is Peyton Tysinger, and after a year away from camp, I am so excited to return for my first year as a counselor and my 8th summer overall. I’m currently a senior at Norfolk Academy and am still deciding on a college for next fall. I can’t wait for singing in the Feedbag, canoeing down the Cowpasture, and campfires on Vesper Hill! However, I am mainly looking forward to spending time with campers young and old and getting to know all the new faces!

Hey y’all! My name is Libbie Wiltshire and I can’t wait for another summer of fun at CMS. I’m currently saying hello to you from an excavation site in South Africa, where I’ve spent the past two weeks. This will be my tenth summer at camp, but my first as a staff member, as a Counselor in Training. I couldn’t be more excited! I was born in Charlottesville, VA, but I have lived in New York City for the last 15 years. While counting down the days until camp, I attend the Nightingale-Bamford School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Some fun facts about me are: I love to play lacrosse and I really love to bake! I am so looking forward to songs in the Feedbag, screaming “I love the river!”, and lessons in the riding ring! See everybody soon!!!

Hey y’all! My name is Caroline Young and I am from Charleston, South Carolina. I’m a current senior at Academic Magnet High School, and I’m not quite sure where I’ll be attending college next year. This is my first summer as a counselor but seventh summer overall and am so looking forward to being back at camp this year! I am most looking forward to swimming in the river, dancing in West Lodge, singing (and eating) in the feedbag, and of course seeing all of you!