Camp Alleghany Alumni Association (CAAA) Board Members and Committee Structure
Meet the 2016 Board!
Stephanie McPherson Astley, President
Stephanie Astley grew up in North Carolina, lived in Atlanta, GA and currently resides in York, PA. She graduated from Peace College as well as Mercer University. She has spent all of her professional career in Education. Stephanie began her career teaching preschool, was an After School Programs Director as well as taught 2nd grade at St. Martin’s Episcopal School until 2007. She and her husband Chris have two daughters, Sarah-Helms (7 yrs old) and Betsy (4 yrs old). Stephanie is very involved at her children’s school where she currently serves on the Parents Association. She also serves on the House Committee at the Country Club of York and is a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of York College. You can also find her on the tennis courts weekly! (At Large seat 2, term expires December 2017.) Contact Stephanie McPherson Astley.
Years at Alleghany: Stephanie began her days at Alleghany in 1987 as a Unit 2 Junior Camper, and was a camper for seven years. Stephanie was on staff from 1994-1999 as a JC of 1994, Store worker, Unit Head, Head of the Waterfront, Midway Mom and Upstart Mom. After two summers away, Stephanie returned to camp from 2002-2006 as Head of Senior Camp in 2002, Head of the Store, Head Hooper as well as a Mini Camp counselor during that time.
Gained from ‘Ghany: The things that I have gained from ‘Ghany are countless and the list is long! I can’t imagine not making a bed without a hospital corner or having good sportsmanship and shaking hands with my opponent. I was able to learn from my peers on how to be a leader, how to live with others, and how to work as team. I can’t help but take a quick shower (those lines are long) yet I also can’t help but linger when the stars are out! I credit Alleghany for making me a good friend and teaching me to create lifelong friendships. I’m one lucky girl!
Most looking forward to: I’m so excited about the opportunity to give back to Alleghany and I am so honored to be a part of the CAAA Board. I’m looking forward to growing the CAAA membership and getting more ‘Ghany Girls and Guys involved in any way they can. I’m also excited about leading the charge for the Lantern Scholarship and continuing its success! I love the fact that the Lantern Scholarship will be giving the opportunity for girls to get to experience camp and become ‘Ghany Girls themselves! That is just awesome!
Donna Deeks Boldt
Donna Deeks Boldt moved from Cincinnati to Atlanta at age 11. Donna graduated from the University of Georgia. She had spent her professional career in Distribution. First running Deeks & Co., Inc. as the 3rd generation owner of the family Chemical Distribution business. Most recently her husband, Jim and She started a new business in the craft industry where they launched DIAMOND DOTZ® -facet Art kits. Donna loves to learn new things- whether computer technologies, or her annual resolution to learn a new skill, be it learn to play the guitar, or learn to knit difficult patterns. Jim and Donna have 5 children between them and 5 grandchildren as well. Ashley Puchalla and Amanda Puchalla – 2 of their daughters were ‘Ghany girls for over 10 years. Contact Donna Deeks Boldt
Years at Alleghany: Donna was first a camper in 1973 as a 9-year-old unit 2 camper. She was a camper for 5 years and a JC in 1978. While her daughters attended camp, she and Jim took both girls age group, who were full termers to the Greenbriar for changeover- for 10 years straight. She has been a Mini-Counselor all but one summer since 2014.
Gained from ‘Ghany: Donna is a leader, which started at 11 at Alleghany as the Blue Team Captain. The experiences gained at camp are invaluable. Everything from respect for others time and space, talents, and and differences were all reinforced at Camp. Camp teaches, and more importantly allows, girls the space to figure things out for themselves- it helps with problem solving skills for the rest of life. She was able to try new things, and to this day will try most anything, and because of camp knows that doing it well isn’t the goal- it’s giving your best that matters.
Most looking forward to: Being in the background to get more alumni involved and supportive of the camp we all love best!
Wynne Patrick, Treasurer
Wynne Patrick is a Principal Compliance Auditor with ManTech International Corporation, a publicly traded defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. She manages the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance program where she analyzes company-wide risks to the financial statements, documents, and tests relevant internal controls to mitigate those risks. Wynne is a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She resides in Alexandria, VA. (30s rep, term expires December 2016.) Contact Wynne Patrick.
Years at Alleghany: 1990-2000 as a camper and counselor, JC of 1998. Attended or worked Family Camp 1986 – present.
Gained from ‘Ghany: Not only have I made life-long friends from all over the world, but Alleghany truly taught me the spirit of giving, honor, and the importance of character. In my professional life, I credit Alleghany with providing me early practice in public speaking, the qualities of a respected leader, the courage to try new things, and the confidence to make decisions for a group.
Most looking forward to: I’m excited to promote awareness of the CAAA mission among alumni, grow the membership base, and enable future ‘Ghany Girls to enjoy the many unique opportunities Alleghany can provide.
Jed Kincaid, Vice President of Development
Jed Kincaid grew up in Suffolk, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Electrical Engineering and spent five years in Washington, D.C. working as a telecommunications consultant before returning to UVa to get his MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business. Jed moved to Sacramento, CA in 2006 to join Progressive Insurance, where he currently works as the Product Manager for Progressive’s private passenger auto insurance product for the state of California. Jed and his wife, Valerie, have a son, Rett (6 years old), and a daughter, Kate (3 years old). Jed is currently praying for a wet winter, so that we have water, but also so he can take his kids skiing! (Green Team alum, term expires December 2016.) Contact Jed Kincaid.
Years at Alleghany: Jed worked on the Green Team from 1994-1997. He spent three summers in the kitchen and one as the “river-man”. He’s also the alumni of quite a few Family Camps both before and after his time on the Green Team.
Gained from ‘Ghany: Connection and common experience with his family — his two sisters were both Campers and Counselors at Alleghany and his brother preceded him on the Green Team; Great friendships and memories; invaluable exposure to the beauty of the Greenbrier Valley and the simpler things, as well as a little bit of hard work; and the privilege of getting to work for and spend some time with Cooper along with all the other great people at Alleghany.
Most looking forward to: The ability to maintain a connection with Camp from so far away, while helping to make physical improvements as well as help maintain alumni connections. Most of all to helping to ensure access to those who want to enjoy the Camp Alleghany experience by helping develop and support the Scholarship fund.
Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise
Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise lives in Staunton, VA during the year with her husband Matt and sons Mason and Ellis. Formerly a School Counselor, she now is proudly working full time for Camp Alleghany as the Assistant Director. She assists her father, Sam Dawson, in outreach to new campers, hiring and interviewing staff, and helps keep the camp website current, writes and updates camp literature, and organizes and supervises much of the staff training and program planning for the summers. Most recently she launched Alleghany’s new online registration system, and is working on more projects to bring Alleghany into the 21st century while still preserving the history and tradition that ’Ghany is so deeply rooted in. (Camp Alleghany, Inc. representative, term expires December 2017.) Contact Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise.
Years at Alleghany: I began my camping experience as a camper at Alleghany when she was seven-years-old. After spending ten summers as a camper, she went through the JC program, became a full-fledged counselor, and continued to take on leadership roles such as Head of Dance and Unit Head. In the summers of 2002 and ’03 she was the Head of Junior Camp. She took a few summers off to earn her Masters Degree in Education and Human Development, but returned to Alleghany in 2006 to serve as the Head of Senior Camp. Presently the Assistant Director
Gained from ’Ghany: The confidence to be myself and the motivation to work tirelessly towards reaching my goals. I also learned how to work as a team, compromise, and share small living spaces with several other people!
Most looking forward to: Connecting ’Ghany Girls and Guys of all ages from all places with each other; uniting together with a common goal of enriching each others’ and future campers’ lives.
Phyllis Watt Jordan, Secretary
Phyllis Watt Jordan is a longtime journalist who works as congressional editor of Roll Call on Capitol Hill. Phyllis previously worked as an editor at The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and spent six years as a communications consultant working with nonprofits and foundations. Her mother was a counselor at Alleghany in the early 1940s, and her daughter, Miranda Wilson, attended camp from 2006-2013 starting with Mini Camp. Phyllis lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C. (50s rep, term expires December 2018.) Contact Phyllis Watt Jordan.
Years at Alleghany: Phyllis, 57, came to Alleghany in 1971 at age 12 and loved being a Start-Up. I stayed through senior camp and was a Junior Counselor with the fabulous JCs of ’76. She came back another three years, always teaching canoeing and caring for my Unit 1 campers. After a few years of Family Camp, she came back as a Mini-Camp counselor from 2005-2012. Phyllis also hosted camp information parties and frequently turns up for Family Camp. She attended the inaugural L.O.L. weekend in 2015.
Gained from ’Ghany: Friendships, confidence and a wonderful songs that I sang to my children when they were little. My daughter said she knew all the words to the songs by time she started camp.
Most looking forward to: Spreading the word about the best camp in the land and the sheer joy of spending summer at Alleghany.
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Richard E. Ford Jr., Manager
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Any interested alum may volunteer to serve on Membership, Reunions & Special Events, or Development committees:
- Vice President, Reunions, Membership & Programs
- Vice President, Development
Reunions & Special Events Committee