Eagle’s Nest takes pride in the quality of its camp staff. We maintain a strict selection process of hiring highly skilled and educated counselors and teachers. We carefully choose counselors who are creative, mature, engaging and fun-loving.
Our staff enjoy the outdoors and have a love for working with children and youth. In fact, many of our counselors are previous Nesters. Campers are surrounded with positive role models. Eagle’s Nest has one staff member to every four campers, and all staff members must be at least 18 years old, the majority being college students.
Click on a seasonal staff member’s photo or name to learn more about each person.
Willem Carter was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and is currently a student at Kennesaw State studying mechanical engineering. Willem says he’s passionate about anything in the outdoors, and he will be leading outdoor classes this summer including Walks and Waterfalls and X-Craft. Willem was a camper and Junior Counselor and is very excited about special activities like Capture the Flag. Willem has participated in Huck Finn, Sea Islands and Hante Austria.
Tshiamo will be returning to Eagle’s Nest for his third summer. He is from Johannesburg, South Africa. Tee says “What really excites me about coming back is being able to teach classes and making them as fun as possible for campers.” This summer Tee will be teaching athletics, so you can catch him shooting hoops with campers on the courts and running wild on the A-Field. Fun fact about Tee; he played basketball in high school and was presented with an “All-Star” award at the International School of South Africa.
Charlie Farrell is from Co. Kildare, Ireland. Charlie worked on staff in 2019 and is excited to return to Eagle’s Nest this summer. He is currently a student of Film & French at NUI Galway in the west of Ireland.Charlie says that the list of what he’s excited about is SO long, but he can’t wait to just get engrossed in all the fun and activities at camp this summer. Charlie will primarily be teaching Improv and Drama at camp this summer. A fun fact about Charlie – he is a jazz trumpeter in my spare time.
Crispin Gambill is from Atlanta, GA and is a student at Georgia Tech. Crispin was a camper and JC at Eagle’s Nest. This will be his first summer as a counselor. Crispin will be teaching archery and blacksmithing, and he’s really excited about the camp food! A fun fact about Crispin – he lived in Mexico for a year.
Elliot Schnabl is Atlanta, GA but most recently has been living in Leadville, CO. He recently graduated from Colorado Mountain College. In August he will begin studying Outdoor Education at Appalachian State University. Elliot has worked on staff for two summers. He really missed camp last year and is excited about spreading magic around camp this year. Elliot says he would love to create a disc golf class at camp. Elliot will be leading Sea Islands and French Broad Escapades this summer. A fun fact about Elliot – he has traveled to 20 different countries and would love to one day find a guiding company that does trips all around the world.
Sophie Workinger is from Chattanooga, TN and is in college at William and Mary. Sophie was a camper and JC at Eagle’s Nest and she is very excited to be on staff for the first time this summer. Sophie will be teaching arts and crafts and gardening. Sophie remembers waking up at the crack of dawn when she was a JC and watching the most beautiful sunrise she had ever seen.
Gabi is from Hendersonville, NC and graduated from Brevard College in 2018 with a degree and Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. She has led canoeing and Hantes at Eagle’s Nest and will be leading Sea Islands and Hante Maine this summer. Gabi says that her main goal this summer is to provide the participants on the trips I’m leading with a meaningful experience! She hopes that she is able to utilize her experience to ensure that every person she instructs this summer feels a sense of belonging, connection and delight during our time together! She recently finished knitting her first sweater!
Molly Chepenik is Miami, Florida, and recently graduated from the University of Florida. This summer, Molly will be the Assistant Program Manager. Molly is most excited to make new friends and be outside, connecting to the earth and making memories. Molly is hoping to spend a lot of time swimming at the lake, going on waterfall trips and throwing on the ceramics wheel. A fun fact about Molly is that she once swam across Lake Tillery in Albemarle, NC — it took over an hour!
SamLevi Sizemore is from Kernersville, North Carolina. He is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This summer at camp SamLevi is excited for so much! “For starters” he says “it’ll be so exciting to get to actually interact with folks again.” He is also excited to share all of his fun art and crafts knowledge with campers. He’s particularly excited about the chance to teach book binding and any of the textile related activities (tie dye, sewing, quilting, batik, weaving). A fun fact about SamLevi is that he loves reading! This year his goal is 100 books! His favorite genre is probably non-fiction comics.
Millie Schwartz Staff is originally from Winston-Salem, NC. Millie goes to Cornell University. Millie was a camper and JC at Eagle’s Nest and is excited to help others enjoy camp as much as they did as a kid. Millie will be leading some drama and outdoors classes at camp this summer. Millie’s favorite plant is honeysuckle because it is both a flower and food.
Madison LeMieux is from Fowlerville, Michigan and is a student at Michigan State University. Madison is most excited about meeting her campers and fellow staff members, and for the activities that she’ll be leading including drama and archery. Madison has been sky diving before!
Laura Brown is from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and is currently a junior at Elon University studying Adventure Based Learning. She is most excited about building relationships with the campers and getting to see amazing sunsets all summer at camp! She is looking forward to leading backpacking and canoeing classes and trips at camp because they are some of her favorite things to do! A fun fact about Laura is that she used to have pet ducks as a kid and eventually we let them go on the lake her family lives on.
Ava Carubia is from Atlanta, Georgia and is currently a student at Oberlin College. The summer before her senior year of high school she moved to Madrid, Spain. Avery is also an alum of The Outdoor Academy. She is interested in leading outdoor classes at camp this summer and is most excited about being close to nature and catching fireflies.
Leo Passman is from Lexington, Massachusetts and studies Health Policy and Psychology at Brandeis University. He will be teaching outdoor classes including rock climbing this summer. Leo is excited to get to know all his campers and to get them excited about camp activities. An interesting fact about Leo – he was born with 12 fingers!
Laurel Tollison is from from Oxford, Mississippi. She will be graduating from Mississippi State University with my BA in History this spring and then attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue her Master’s degree in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies in the fall. Laurel will be one of the JC Coordinators this summer and will also be teaching activities that involve water – swimming, Walks and Waterfalls and Fishing. Laurel says “ I am most excited to return to camp and spend the summer surrounded by a supportive, welcoming community that pushes you to be your best!”
Tommy Mozier is from from Chapel Hill, NC and graduated from Appalachian State in May 2020. He has worked on staff for many summers, and was on staff last summer for Family Retreats. He’s incredibly excited to spend time in what he considers “one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world and to be part of a community where being unapologetically yourself is always encouraged.” Tommy can’t wait to lead Walks and Waterfalls again along with the French Broad River Escapades. A fun fact about Tommy is that he has swan a 5k twice but has never run one.
Ailey is from Mill Spring, North Carolina and is a Global Studies and Spanish double major at Appalachian State University. She has previously been an Intern at Eagle’s Nest and worked Family Retreats last summer. She can’t wait to lead the Paleo Added Adventure this summer. She’s also excited to spend time in the barn, and off campus exploring the many waterfalls of Pisgah Forest. Ailey loves camping, hiking, rock climbing, and gardening during her free time, and hopes to share these interests and hobbies with all campers at ENC A fun fact about Ailey is that she loves swimming, and Whaleback Falls in Pisgah Forest is her favorite summer place to hang out.
Ben Sunding is originally from Salisbury, NC but currently lives in Brevard, NC. He is a recent graduated from Appalachian State University where he received a degree in Parks and Recreation. Ben has worked at Eagle’s Nest before and “absolutely fell in love with it” so he is very excited to return and spend his summer with so many amazing kiddos and friendly faces! This summer Ben is helping lead Walks and Waterfalls, Paddling, and Hante Pacific Northwest. When he’s not spending the summer at Eagle’s Nest he works in Wilderness Therapy as a Field instructor. A fun fact about Ben is that he doesn’t know how to roller blade and at this point is too scared to try.
Matty Barrett is from Bristol which is in the South West of England. He is currently studying Food science and technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales. Matty loves teaching cooking and anything on the A-field and in the sun. He says that if he had to choose just one thing to be excited about this summer it would be all the amazing campers and fellow staff members! His second favorite thing would be listening to the sound of bull frogs as he drifts off to sleep.
Logan is a returning staff member from Tryon, NC. She is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University where she majored in Political Science. She is thrilled to be returning to camp this summer and is most excited about being back on campus and fostering that camp joy we all missed last year. This summer, she will be teaching riding, ceramics, and embroidery. A fun fact about Logan is that she can walk on my hands. She can’t wait to return to Pisgah Forest this summer with campers and counselors to roast marshmallows and sing songs!
Posey Lester-Niles is from Winston-Salem, NC. She is currently on a gap year and will be starting at Smith College in the fall. She is excited to work in the garden and dance at Lodge! She’ll also be teaching soccer, swimming and outdoor activities. A fun fact about Posey – she’s really good at Rip Sticking.
Jillian is a returning staff member from from Wentzville, Missouri. She recently graduated from Culver-Stockton College. She will be leading swimming classes and lifeguarding at the lake this summer. She enjoys sewing and is learning how to make different asscessories and clothing items. She’s most excited to reconnect with campers and staff and have another great summer!
Jayme Goldman is from Greenville, NC and attends UNC Charlotte. Jayme was a camper and Junior Counselor at Eagle’s Nest for many years. This will be her first summer on staff. She will be teaching tennis and teaching arts and crafts. She is excited to see all of the new and returning campers and finally get some interaction with other people!
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Cedar Ann Skeen is from Brevard, NC and is currently a sophomore at Appalachian State University. She is excited to splash around in the lake this summer and hear the spring peepers at night. During quarantine, she created her own bagel business.
Lia Messersmith will be a member of the Peer Leadership Team this summer as the Outdoor Logistics Coordinator. Lia was a camper at Eagle’s Nest and has been on staff in various positions for many years. Lia is from Asheville, North Carolina and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in the spring of 2020. Lia is so excited to get back to the nature surrounding Eagle’s Nest and reconnect with my surroundings. Lia is also pumped to work with amazing people and create magic for the campers. A fun fact about Lia is I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute.
Bryan Gutman will be working at Eagle’s Nest for the first time this summer as our EMT. He grew up in St. Cloud, Florida and has lived in western North Carolina for the past five years. He is currently attending Western Carolina University where I am pursuing degrees in biology and chemistry (one semester left!). Bryan is looking forward to engaging in exciting activities and making meaningful connections with wonderful people! He is passionate about the outdoors and exercise!
Kara will be working as an Intern at Eagle’s Nest this summer after attending Camp and The Outdoor Academy. Kara is from Cary NC, right outside of Raleigh. Next year she will be attending Appalachian State University as an incoming freshman majoring in Sustainable Technology with the goal of minoring in Environmental Policy. This summer she is stoked to be back in Pisgah Forest to go climbing, hiking, cook some good food and share the magic Eagle’s Nest Camp and The Outdoor Academy has shared with her throughout the past 8 years. She’s hoping to lead climbing adventures, a few sports out on the A field and some recharging and relaxing twilights. A fun fact about Kara is that she is a semester leaders for semester 48 at The Outdoor Academy!
Izzy is a student at American University studying transcultural literature and Spanish. She is originally from Rockville, Maryland. She is excited for lunchtime singing and hikes in the woods! She looks forward to leading music classes and sharing her jewelry skills. A fun fact about Izzy is that her favorite food is fried pickles.
Meg Young was born and raised in Colorado and is a sophomore at Grand Canyon University. She is super excited to go hiking and swimming at the camp lake this summer. She will be leading horseback, volleyball, and outdoor activities. Fun fact about Meg – she’s never been to North Carolina before!
Nicole Krieger is from Coral Gables, FL and attends Brandeis University. Nicole was a camper at Eagle’s Nest for many years and will be on staff for the first time this summer. She is excited to meet new people and spend the summer in such a beautiful place. Nicole will be teaching arts and crafts classes, including batik and stained glass. A fun fact about Nicole is that she worked in a butterfly garden for two years
Austin is from Tallapoosa, Georgia where he grew up playing in the woods and participating in the local outdoor community theatre. His first visit to camp was on-staff the summer of 2015 when he was attending Columbus State University where he obtained a BFA in Theatre Performance. While he was eager to study and hone his craft, camp instilled an even greater passion for experiential education that lead him to the state of Maine where he now leads social emotional learning initiatives for local middle schools. He is excited to bring some of those initiatives down to camp before heading back up to Maine this fall to continue working in experiential/social emotional learning while attending grad school for his MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Drama Therapy.
Cybele Botran lives in Miami, Florida, and loves returning to Hart Road in Western North Carolina in the summer. She first came to Eagle’s Nest as a camper in 1977 and has returned for many decades. She is looking forward to playing in the woods, building fairy houses, connecting with others on the front porch, singing in the dining hall, and falling asleep to the sound of the bullfrogs at night.