Staffing changes in our important positions can be both sad and exciting – sad because we’re saying goodbye to someone who made a lasting impression on camp, but happy because we have the best wishes for that person in their new chosen direction. And of course we are always excited to welcome new staff members into our ‘Ghany community!
Nowhere is this more true than in a recent change to our Head of Family Camp position.
Head of Family Camp
Natalie Bissonnette, a dear lifelong friend of mine and fellow Junior Counselor (Yay JCs of ’97!), has capably handled the role of Head of Family Camp for several years and we couldn’t be more grateful for her creative, passionate, and innovative service! We will miss her, and we’ll be forever thankful for all she did during her tenure as Head of Family Camp and wish her all the best in her next endeavors. We look forward to her being a part of the Family Camp world, only now just being able to relax and enjoy it all!
And on that note, we’re excited to welcome Stephanie Astley as our new Head of Family Camp!
Stephanie has faithfully served as second-in-command at Family Camp, meaning she already more than has her feet wet on what it takes to organize and manage this unique and fun family-oriented week at camp.
We welcome Stephanie and look forward to collaborating with her to keep Family Camp the wonderful week that so many folks love, while also instituting new methods and other additions to continue to grow the program.
Head of Mother-Daughter Weekend
We hope you’ll look forward to reading our next blog, which is all about our emerging Mother-Daughter Weekend Program — big teaser, not going to tell you more yet! But before that, we want to welcome Ann Claiborne Elder “Ace” Dandridge as Head of Mother-Daughter Weekend.
She and I, along with my Administrative Team, have been working diligently on this program, one that is similar to what other camps are doing to introduce new campers and potentially non-camp families (parents who never went to camp themselves) to the important world of summer camp.
But like I said, more details later this week. I hope you’re subscribed to the blog, which you can do on the upper right hand side of this page. In the meantime it’s the welcome to her that I wish to extend and really look forward to working with her on this exciting new program. Welcome, Ace!
Finally, the warmest belated welcome that can possibly be extended goes out to Whitney Kiper, my dedicated Administrative Assistant.
In all truth, Whitney has been at the helm there for almost a year now, and she does so much of the behind-the-scenes work that you would just be astounded at her capabilities, enthusiasm, and creativity. And she keeps me on my toes — I wouldn’t be able to bring many of my ideas to fruition without her hard work and dedication!
Long before now I should have acknowledged her joining my team — but you know I love you Whitney — and I want you to help me in formally welcoming her as well. Welcome, Whitney!
A Great Staff
These staffers join what is already an overall wonderful crew at ‘Ghany. We work together thoughtfully, with respect, and with ‘Ghany’s mission always in mind. Between the passion and the dedication that everyone evinces, we truly are poised for a continually strong camp culture and a thriving place for the girls in our care.
I’d also encourage you to look at each new staffer’s bio on our Directors and Staff page of the website.
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls