Camp Mont Shenandoah Management Team
ANN M. WARNER – 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 95 year old camp. She has spent 36 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 board of the Bath County Arts Association and was on the Cowpasture River Preservation Association Board for six years, serving as the Vice President for three of those years. Ann continues to be a member of the Bath County Christmas Mother Board after having been Christmas Mother in 2001. She remains active in the Virginias Section of the American Camp Association after having served several years as the Conflict Resolution Chair. In the past, she has served on 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.
In June of 2020 Molly Trice expanded her role at Camp Mont Shenandoah, taking on her role as Associate Director in a full-time, year-round capacity. This will be Molly’s 16th summer at CMS. She arrived at camp in 1992 at the age of 11. She was a camper for five summers, a Junior Counselor in 1997, and a counselor from 1998 through 2002. During her summers as a counselor she served as the Head of both Tennis and Lacrosse. Molly has been awarded many camp accolades, including that of our highest honor, Camp Spirit, in 1996. She was Green Team Captain in 1997 and Green Team Sponsor in 2000. In 2021, in addition to her other duties, Molly will also serve as Program Director.
Before moving to Millboro Springs, Molly lived in Richmond, Virginia where she was a teacher at St. Christopher’s School. She is a graduate of St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, and Sewanee: The University of the South. Molly is thrilled about her expanded role at camp and is excited to be home at CMS. She states, “The memories, friendships, and experiences from my summers spent at camp have had a profound impact on my life, both personally and professionally, and I am so grateful for all that CMS has given me. When I returned to camp in 2017, it meant so much to be warmly welcomed back to the camp community, and I found that the core values and spirit of CMS have not faded. The virtues of love, loyalty, friendship, sportsmanship, and spiritual awareness ring as true at CMS now as they did at our founding in 1927. I feel humbled and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside Ann as we continue to help girls create unforgettable memories and have experiences that will shape their lives and lead them to have a positive impact in their communities and the world. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with our current campers, their families, and our loyal alumnae as I continue my journey at Camp Mont Shenandoah.”
Céline Pritt is our Office Manager and is a camp “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, returned to Bath County where she married the love of her life, Jess Pritt. They have a three year old son, Beau, and just welcomed their newest addition, Harlow, this past January.
Céline worked in the Bath County Office of Tourism for six years and as the Tourism Manager for 15 months. She currently serves on the board of the Bath County Chamber of Commerce. She brings to Camp a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills and we are exceptionally fortunate to have her as part of our team.
Anna grew up in Richmond where she started riding at 6 years old. She took lessons and competed in the Hunter Jumper show circuit through 8th grade. When she decided to attend camp at age 14, she fell in love with Camp Mont Shenandoah and particularly enjoyed the riding program. She went on to participate on the University of Virginia Riding Team, and after graduation worked as a horseback riding guide at a ranch in Colorado. She now lives in Richmond and is pursuing her M. Ed. at the University of Richmond. Anna rides in Goochland whenever she gets the chance. Anna greatly enjoyed serving as Head Riding Instructor during the summer of 2018 at CMS. She was sad to not be able to return in 2019 due to summer school, but is so happy to be back this summer as the Riding Director at Cabell Farm.
Blake grew up in Richmond, Virginia and started riding at the age of 10 and instantly fell in love. She has ridden predominantly jumpers and competed on the local jumper circuit until going to college. She currently attends Virginia Tech, working on a major in clinical neuroscience and a minor in disabilities studies. She is also the Vice President of the Eventing at Virginia Tech team and enjoys the horse community and social aspects of the team. Although she has never spent a summer at Camp Mont Shenandoah, she is so excited to be here this summer. Additionally, she is thrilled to bring her horse, Sprite, with her to camp. They are both so excited to tackle taking care of all the horses this summer!
Kathryn Gay, also known as Kat, grew up in Lewes, Delaware and began riding horses when she was around 3 years old. She took lessons and competed in several western games shows, but switched disciplines and began eventing when she was around 13 years old. When she began eventing, she was primarily at a barn in Millsboro, Delaware called Winswept Stables. During the summer she would work their summer camps as a counselor/riding instructor and this is where she found her passion for teaching. This is also where she found her love for the thoroughbred breed and has successfully retrained two of her very own. Looking for colleges, she stumbled upon Averett University in Danville, Virginia, where she is now entering her fourth year in the Equine Studies Program. She also participates in their IDA team and has been successfully riding in the Upper Training division. Even though she’s a full time college student she still enjoys riding at Sandy River Equestrian center under the guidance of Sam Henley. Being able to teach young riders has always been her dream and she cannot wait to be apart of the CMS team.
IVA JAMISON – Barn Assistant
Iva has been riding horses since she was 13 years old was excited to buy Hope, her first horse, in December. She is currently a student at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, and she will graduate with an Associate’s degree in Arts & Sciences with a concentration in education in December. Then she plans to transfer and earn her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She joined the CMS team last fall as a Barn Assistant and is excited to work with the campers, staff, and horses at Cabell Farm this summer!
“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.”