Camp Alleghany Alumni Association (CAAA) Board Members and Committee Structure
Elizabeth Riddle Hoover, President
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. (40s rep, term expires December 2020.)
Donna Deeks Boldt, Vice President of Memebership
Dona 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!
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!
Jane Wilson, Secretary
My camp roots run deep! During the 1940s, my grandmother- Jane Douthat Thornton- took her girls Mimi (my mother) and Tabb (my aunt) to camp for many summers during which time she served as a counselor and they as junior and senior campers. (Camp was still owned/directed by the Worthingtons at this point.) 1968 was my first summer as a ‘Ghany girl! I then spent the next seven years as a camper, culminating with my 1975 JC summer.
Life interruptus…. I graduated from Dension Univ in 1980 with a BA in History and French – went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Upper Volta (Bourkina Faso) W Africa as a TEFL English teacher. I then returned and worked in Boston and New York in marketing positions before completing an MBA from SUNY Binghamton 1985. I then returned to Richmond, VA and worked in public and investor relations for James River Corp for many years before “retiring” for full-time parenting.
Flash forward – I live in Williamsburg, VA with my husband Charles, where we have raised three children: son Hunter (a VT grad employed with a commercial real estate developer in Richmond, VA), daughter Marshall (an Elon grad currently living in New Zealand working for an outfit selling adventure excursions) and son Sam (a 4th year English/Cognitive Science major at UVA). Marshall went on to follow in our footsteps and attended camp for eight summers!
I currently serve on a number of local Boards and committees, enjoy part-time work, travel and tennis. I can boast 11 summers as a mini camp counselor! I stay connected with many of my fellow MCCs and value these as some of my most meaningful friendships. I look forward to assisting camp and generating an even broader and more involved alumni base. My husband – with no previous camp ties – is also an ardent fan and cannot believe/regularly remarks how often camp intersects our lives and how great ‘Ghany girls are! Contact Jane Wilson
Debbie Tiemeyer Richmond, Special Events Co-Chair
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’.
Stephanie McPherson Astley, Special Events Co-Chair
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 currently teaches at Redeemer Parish Day School in Baltimore, MD. She has two daughters, Sarah-Helms and Betsy, whom both are First Termers. (At Large seat 2, term expires December 2020.) 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. Stephanie was the Assistant Head of Family Camp from 2015-2018 and was recently named the Head for 2019.
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 a team. I also discovered my love for the Greenbrier River and outdoors at Alleghany.
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 for my second term. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow our membership, as well as reaching out to alumni through the events that we sponsor. I’m always looking for creative ways to get more ‘Ghany Girls and Guys involved in our wonderful association.
John Ey, Communications Chair
I expect that my first visit to Camp Alleghany was in the mid-1960s when my parents visited me at Camp Greenbrier and we drove over Alleghany. I joined the Green Team in 1973 after signing a contract for $350 for the summer (plus $1.50 per hour before and after camp!) I worked for four summers on the Green Team and returned each summer until the early 1990’s for tent raising.
The Ey pedigree at Camp Alleghany is a long one. My grandmother (Bernice Sullivan) worked at camp from 1941 – 1951. My mother (Joyce Sullivan Ey) was a camper and counselor during those same years. My father (Douglas W. Ey, MD) was camp doctor for several years. My brother (Douglas W. Ey, Jr.) worked at camp during the 1970’s with me. At the same time, my sister (Jennifer Ey Lott) was a camper and later a counselor. My younger brother Christopher was also on the Green Team in the 1980’s. Our 4th generation at camp was completed with our daughter, Katherine, and nieces, Emily and McGowin, attending in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Camp was a formative experience for me. So many people had an impact on me in my teenage years and beyond. To name only a few – Cooper, Glen Barron, Carrie and Delaware Clark, Daisy, Sally Aydlett, Kitty Capito Farrar, Bobby Mendenhall, Chris Foster, Alan Duncan and on and on and on….
Business Profile: John W. Ey is president of Radiology Business Managers, Inc. a radiology business management company located in Dayton, Ohio. He is also practice administrator for Dayton Pediatric Imaging, Inc., an independent group of hospital based pediatric radiologists at Dayton Children’s Hospital. John and his wife, Elizabeth H. Ey, M.D., are the proud parents of Katherine (Kenyon College Class of 2012, Carnegie Mellon University Class of 2017) and Caroline (Davidson College, Class of 2015).
John has been involved in many local 501(c)3 organizations including Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Miami Valley School, Homefull, the Dayton Foundation (Development Committee) and the Victoria Theater Association.
John is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (Mechanical Engineering) and has an MBA in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. Contact John Ey
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