2021 Healthcare Team
Dr. Nina Smith – Camp Physician
We are thrilled that Dr. Nina Smith will serve as our Camp Physician again this summer! Nina first came to CMS as a counselor in the summer of 1971 when she was the Head of the Waterfront, teaching campers to swim in the Cowpasture River. She loved her time at CMS, but life pulled her in other directions after that summer and she was never able to return as a counselor. Fast forward to the summer of 2017 when Nina returned to CMS in her new role on our health care staff.
Nina is a board certified OBGYN who is currently the Medical Director of the Sentara Chronic Wound Center in Harrisonburg Va. She is an integral member of the CMS health care team, working closely with our on-site nurses, consulting by phone and video, and visiting Camp often throughout the summer to check in with our campers and staff. Nina is a gifted physician for our girls when they are sick and a comforting friend to campers who may need to talk through a bout of homesickness or anything else that is on their minds. Parents will have the opportunity to meet Nina and consult with her about any health care concerns they may have when they check their daughters in on the opening day of each session. You can rest assured that CMS girls are in good hands and well cared for by Nina and the rest of our CMS health care team.
Jennifer McAdoo – Healthcare Manager & Nurse Practitioner
We are so very fortunate to have our outstanding Healthcare Manager Jennifer McAdoo on our team as we prepare for a healthy and happy summer at Camp Mont Shenandoah! Jennifer came on board as our Healthcare Manager in early 2020 and has been instrumental in helping us navigate the camp healthcare landscape in light of COVID-19.
When not at camp she lives in Richmond, VA with her family and works as a nurse practitioner in Sleep Medicine. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner Jennifer worked in pediatric urgent care nursing and taught pediatric nursing skills. She grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has many fond memories from years of overnight riding camp in the Brandywine Valley. James Madison University brought Jennifer to Virginia and the people and beautiful landscapes have kept her here. After 20 years in the financial technology industry she followed her passion to Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing.
Jennifer shares that “both of our daughters have attended CMS and beginning with that first summer in 2011. I have enjoyed being at camp and seeing the spirit and virtues at work in the girls. In 2019, I joined camp as one of the Pill Box nurses and realized how much I missed camp and loved being part of this community of friendship, learning, integrity, and respect. I am honored to be a part of CMS and to manage our healthcare team in the Pill Box. The beauty of Camp Mont Shenandoah and the positive energy of the campers and staff are a uniquely wonderful experience.”
Jane Walsh, RN – Healthcare Provider
Jane returns to Camp Mont Shenandoah for my tenth summer in Pill Box! She has recently retired from school nursing and is looking forward to traveling again and experiencing new adventures with her husband Michael. She has been blessed with four children and six grandchildren who keep her smiling and filled with gratitude. Jane has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years, working in medicine, ICU/CCU, ER, and most recently as a School Nurse. Jane will be at camp for Week 1 and can’t wait to greet new and returning campers on Opening Day!
Pamela Minkler, MD – Healthcare Provider
Pamela Minkler grew up in Richmond, VA and spent fifteen summers at Camp Mont Shenandoah (seven as a camper, seven as a counselor, and one as Healthcare Manager). She attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and then completed a residency in Family Practice in Lynchburg, Virginia. She now lives in Lynchburg with her husband and two sons (both of whom attend Camp Maxwelton), and she owns and operates Blue Ridge Aesthetics Center, which she started right out of residency.
Beth Jewell, NP – Healthcare Provider
Beth is returning – after another brief break – for her 12th summer at CMS. She and her husband Steve recently moved back to Virginia and are settling in at “Beech Hill” in Troutville to be closer to family and to raise her new “flock” of chicks. To prepare for camp, she is walking on the Appalachian Trail daily since it is just across the street. As a Registered Nurse, Beth has over 20 years’ experience in school health with additional experience in orthopedics, general surgery, outpatient services and physical therapy. When asked had she considered a job as a camp nurse, she replied before a room full of school nurses, “Best Job Ever!” Beth is thrilled to be returning to CMS and can’t wait to see the girls!
Harriet Vincent, NP – Healthcare Provider
Harriet is delighted to return to CMS for my 7th summer after many years away. She has ten years of emergency room nursing experience and four years of experience as a nurse practitioner working in ERs, urgent cares, and currently at Longwood University Health Center. Harriet is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and white water kayaking. She lives in Farmville, Virginia with her husband and two daughters who are eagerly anticipating their first summer at camp.
Pamela Zapata, RN – Healthcare Provider
Originally from New York City, Pamela Zapata now lives in Richmond, Virginia. She has experience as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Departments at St. Mary’s Hospital and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She is currently working on the Rapid Response Team at Memorial Regional Medical Center. She is also a graduate student earning her Master’s degree in Nursing at VCU. We are thrilled to welcome Pamela to Camp Mont Shenandoah for her first summer on our Healthcare team!
“Dear Ann, I just want you to know that you were an amazing camp parent to me. Ever since my first year at Roots & Shoots, you have made me feel so secure and welcome. Manners, trust and most importantly friendship are the three main things you have taught me over the years, and you have been a huge part of my life.”