Camp Alleghany Alumni Association (CAAA) Board Members and Committee Structure
M.R. Litman, President
M.R. Litman is an attorney at Virginia Estate & Trust Law. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Mike, their two children, Palmer (5) and Wilson (2), and two Brittanys, Winnie and Biscuit. Contact M.R. Litman.
Years at Alleghany: M.R. grew up in Lewisburg and attended camp from 1994 to 2001. She was a J.C. in 2002, and continued as the Head of Dance through 2005. As a member of the CAAA, M.R. has served on the Lantern Scholarship Committee since 2014, and recently, as the Vice President of Development.
Gained from ‘Ghany: M.R.’s very best friends are Ghany girls. Though she has not been a counselor since 2005, not a day goes by that camp does not impact her life. She met her husband, Mike, through a fellow Ghany girl (and had 8 Ghany girls in their wedding)! Camp has even become part of M.R.’s professional life, as she works alongside Ghany alum, Alex Burlingame Badman, at Virginia Estate & Trust Law.
Most looking forward to: M.R. wants to provide more opportunities for girls to experience the magic of camp by continuing to grow the Lantern Scholarship Fund. M.R. loves having the opportunity to collaborate on the Lantern Scholarship Fund with the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation (and its Executive Director, Ghany alum, Anne Bowling Tuckwiller).
Hannah Baker, Treasurer
Hannah Baker grew up in Orange County, VA and is currently living in Richmond, VA. She attended Roanoke College in Salem, VA. In 2016, after graduating college with her degree in Accounting/Finance, Hannah moved to Richmond where she was a state Auditor for the Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) for 2 years until the summer of 2018 when she joined the Martin Agency as a Staff Accountant. Contact Hannah Baker
Years at Alleghany: Hannah first came to camp in 2004 in Unit 2 and enjoyed 7 years as a camper. She was then a staff member from 2011-2015 as a JC, Start-Up Mom, Senior Camp Unit Head, and JC Mom. Hannah also has attended family camp since 2013.
Gained from ‘Ghany: Throughout the years I’ve gained many things from Camp! Along with life long friends and countless memories, camp gave me the skills to be confident and independent in day to day life. Lastly, camp gave me a home away from home, a place that I can always go back to and feel like I’ve never left!
Most looking forward to: Giving back to camp by continuing to connect and involve alumni for the current and future campers!
Boo Deacon, Vice-President of Development
Boo (Deacon) Petrosian was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, went to high school in Richmond, and graduated from Clemson. Boo currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with their daughter and soon to be son. After graduation, she followed her passion and began a career in the nonprofit sector. She started off working for independent schools and have since earned her Certified Fundraising Executive, attended Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and sits on the board for the SC Association of Fundraising Professionals and Christchurch Endowment Corportation. As the executive director of the YMCA of Greenville Foundation she works to help fund innovative ideas and programmatic enhancements. Each day Boo sees firsthand the positive effects from an array of programs that build healthy and confident children, families and communities.
Years at Alleghany: Boo started at ‘Ghany in Unit 3 of Junior Camp and attended through 2003, JC’s of ’03 Royal as Can Be! Boo was a first-termer for many years and began enjoying full-term as an Upstart. Her aunt also attended as a camper and her mom was Head Hoper for many years. She cannot wait to take our daughter and cross the barge with her!
Gained from ‘Ghany: Boo gained from ‘Ghany much more than the importance of closed toed shoes and peppermint patties with peanut butter, it taught her resilience, friendship and leadership. Most importantly it taught a sense of appreciation in discovery. Through wanting to compete in Blue/Gray to hopping during dinner, trying to earn her expert or sitting quietly in a tent during rest hour – all experiences that may not have been the simplest or easiest- tray carrying is hard and Songfest is frustratingly magical – she learned to experience life in a positive and grateful manner. Every situation or conversation always can help you learn, grow, understand and connect either with yourself or another. It was through camp that Boo really learned to discover people for who they are, what they are passionate about and what matters most. Everyone has a story and hers was changed for the better thanks to ‘Ghany. Camp gave her the chance to truly find herself and a sense of community at a young age, a skill that drove her towards her career and equipped her with skills she uses daily both personally and professionally.
Most looking forward to: Joining the Camp Alleghany Alumni Association to help share the magic of ‘Ghany with the future generations through our growing and impactful scholarship fund and reconnecting with many alumnae. She is also eager to experience Mother Daughter weekend and camp through the eyes of her daughter.
Elizabeth Riddle Hoover, Co-Vice President of Reunions, Membership, and Programs
Elizabeth Riddle Hoover is Chief Technology Officer for Alexandria City Public Schools. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, David, and two young daughters, Caroline and Madeline. Contact Elizabeth Hoover.
Years at Alleghany: Elizabeth attended camp between 1981 and 1990 and was a JC of ’89. Five years ago she and her family attended Family Camp for the first time and it is now an annual vacation the whole family loves.
Gained from ‘Ghany: Elizabeth believes that Alleghany provided her not only life-long friendships but also instilled values and beliefs that have influenced her personal and professional life. As such, she looks forward to watching her girls spend their summers on the Greenbrier River.
Most looking forward to: Spending time with other ‘Ghany girls and guys giving back to the place I love most! I’m excited for my first term on this Board.
Debbie Tiemeyer Richmond, Co-Vice President of Reunions, Membership, and Programs
Debbie Richmond is a Business Operations Manager for Leidos Corporation. She has been with the company for over 30 years through multiple mergers and acquisitions. She currently resides in Damascus, Maryland with her husband Jim. Her two Ghany girls Alex (24) and Jessie (22) live close by so are always dropping by to visit. (At Large Rep expires December 2021.) Contact Debbie Richmond
Years at Alleghany: Debbie started attending camp at age 11 in 1970. She spent six years as a camper, was a JC in 1976, and a Counselor for 11 years, spending her last two years as Head of Senior Camp. Debbie continued to attend camp as a Family Camper where she started to bring her family when her girls were just infants. Debbie has been a Mini Camp counselor for 14 years.
Gained from ‘Ghany: I’ve gained so much. I don’t think I’d be the person I am today if I hadn’t attended ‘Ghany. ‘Ghany friends last a lifetime even if you don’t talk to them everyday. I also gained the self confidence, work ethic, and leadership skills that have made me successful in my career.
Most Looking forward to: To continue to give back to ‘Ghany’ and be able to help provide the opportunity for new girls to learn and enjoy the magic that is ‘Ghany’.
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.
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Richard E. Ford Jr., Manager
Richard E. Ford Sr., Member
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