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 93 year old camp. She has spent 34 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, a position she thoroughly enjoys.
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.
The summer of 2019 will be Molly’s 14th summer at Camp Mont Shenandoah. She arrived at Camp Mont Shenandoah 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.
Molly currently resides in Richmond, Virginia where she is 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. She is thrilled to be returning to CMS this summer and is looking forward to singing around the campfire on Vesper Hill, hearing the laughter of campers fill the air, and working with the outstanding staff at Camp Mont Shenandoah to help provide an unforgettable experience for our campers! We are very honored and fortunate to have her on our team!
CATHY HUTCHINS – Program Director
Cathy Hutchins, a former CMS camper, Junior Counselor, and Counselor, will be returning for her fourteenth summer, and her sixth as Program Director, in 2019.
Cathy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979) as well as the Garrison Forest School in Baltimore (1975) where she resides with her husband Chris. They have two daughters, Peyton (32) and Tighe (30), both former CMS campers; Peyton was also a counselor for four summers. Their two sons, Duncan (27) and Jack (24) also spent time in Bath County at camp. They just welcomed their first grandson, James Miller Pike, into the family!
While at camp, Cathy was a Camp Spirit, Green team Captain and Sponsor. Camp inspired her love of horseback riding, hiking, nature, writing, crafts, and canoeing. She also enjoys reading, volunteering, and coaching lacrosse and field hockey.
Chris stays busy during the summer with his business Aloha Tournaments where he has developed 20 different youth lacrosse and field hockey events. He also is a Founder of the Finney Search Group, which recruits teacher-coaches and matches them to secondary schools.
Céline Pritt is our Office Manager and Events Director 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 beautiful son, Beau, who is now one.
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.
Chris comes to us from Randolph College where he has served as the Head Equestrian Coach for 7 years. While there, he led the Randolph riding team to three successive IHSA Championships. Several of his riders have qualified for IHSA Nationals with seven finishing in the top ten. He has been awarded ODAC’s Coach of the Year. Prior to his time at Randolph, Chris was the Riding Coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for 13 years where he also earned many accolades. Chris is an active member of the USEF and USHJA and serves on the board of the IHSA. He is a graduate of Longwood University in Farmville, VA with a degree in business administration and marketing. Chris is happily married to Martha and they have three children: Dillon (14), Jake (11), and Avery (10).
Melissa hails from Chesterfield, VA where she grew up riding horses at summer camp. At the age of 9, Melissa started taking regular lessons at Hunter Land Stables where she became a farmhand at the age of 11 and assistant instructor as a teenager. She remained involved in the hunter-jumper world and in 4-H until she departed for college. She is now a senior at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) majoring in Animal & Poultry Science with an emphasis in equine studies. She regularly works at the yearling and weanling barn at Tech and continues to ride whenever she can.
Sadye from Short Pump, VA, is also a VA Tech Hokie where is studying to become a veterinarian. Her major is Animal & Poultry Science with an equine emphasis and she is minoring in Leadership Studies. She is passionate about equine medicine and has pursued opportunities to expand her knowledge and experience with horses. She has worked for vets and managed barns. Currently, she works in Tech’s Large Animal Hospital as a husbandry technician. Sadye plans to take a gap year after graduating next month to broaden her equine experience and focus on her applications to vet school.
Lunora Doyle – Food Service Manager
Lunora comes from a long line of family cooks and foodies. In 1997, she purchased High’s Restaurant in Monterey which she managed for nine years. Because cooking is her passion, she later purchased and ran Mountain Hideaway and Tavern also in Monterey. She is currently a lead cook at James Madison University and recently worked as a sous chef for a camp in Durango, CO.
When asked about her upcoming summer adventure at CMS, Lenora states, “I am really looking forward to meeting all of the great campers and staff and creating fabulous meals for all to enjoy.”
“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.”