We returned to Camp Pinnacle this year because we felt it was very important for Conor to be outdoors, take part in all the activities available, and see some old friends and make new ones. Also, all the steps and precautions Camp Pinnacle took to open really made us feel at ease. Coming from NY, that was not an easy decision! While clearly a different year with respect to the pandemic, the experience was just as good as his first year. Dock, Jane, and the team at Camp Pinnacle have done a fantastic job in ensuring such a great experience for all of the kids. It’s the reason we make the trip from NY! – Tom Torpey, parent from Tomkins Cove, NY
“Dock” lives in Flat Rock, NC, a few miles from Camp Pinnacle, with his wife, Jane, and their four children: Audrey, Ella, Ava Rees, and Charlie. Dock founded Camp Pinnacle’s sister company, Adventure Treks, in 1993, which quickly became one of the nation’s leading and most respected summer adventure programs for teenagers. Dock holds a master’s degree in management from Cornell University and serves as an elected Flat Rock Village council member. He is an avid trail runner, whitewater paddler, mountain biker, and former competitive freestyle skier. He’s also a Wilderness First Responder and skilled outdoorsman, and he has been featured on “Good Morning America.” In 2015, Dock and Jane won the Camp Industry Leadership Award.
Jane is the main point of parent contact during the summer. She grew up in Buffalo, NY, where she was an accomplished rower. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fordham University and a master’s degree in education from Appalachian State University, and she is a former fifth-grade teacher. When not driving her four children all over North Carolina for soccer games, she can often be found taking long bike rides through western NC or swimming in our very own Wolfe Lake.
Steve is the executive director of Camp Champions in Texas with his wife, Susie, and their four children: Wiley, Liam, Terrill, and Virginia. Though Steve resides in Texas, he plays a valuable and supportive behind-the-scenes role at Camp Pinnacle. After graduating from Davidson College, Steve worked on Wall Street before attending Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Steve has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and American Way publications, serves on the board of the American Camping Association, and is a featured blogger for Psychology Today.
Fayssoux comes from a long line of Camp Pinnacle alumni. She spent her childhood summers at Pinnacle, and she joined our team in 2014 after spending five summers at Camp Laurel South in Casco, ME. Fayssoux grew up in Spartanburg, SC, and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Clemson University. She has lived in Chile, Spain, and the Virgin Islands and enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures. Fayssoux’s favorite camp activities include archery, arts and crafts, and baking with our chef, Richard.
Amanda is a North Carolina native and an honors graduate from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. After college, she moved to Boulder, CO, to be an editor for Climbing and SNEWS magazines, before moving on to a digital marketing agency and pursuing a certificate teaching Bikram yoga. Her passion for teaching and being in the outdoors collided when she found Adventure Treks and Camp Pinnacle. Amanda is a wilderness first responder and can often be found trail running and mountain biking in the beautiful western NC mountains.
Eric grew up in Asheville, NC, and knows the Blue Ridge Mountains like the back of his hand. Eric graduated from Brevard College with a bachelor’s degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education, and joined Camp Pinnacle’s summer team in 2019 as a trip leader. In 2020, Eric was Pinnacle’s head trip leader and also worked as an instructor for Adventure Treks’ fall Leadership Adventure Semester gap program. Eric spends his free time exploring the mountains of western NC while mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, and skiing.
Abi fell in love with summer camp at 9 years old. This passion for camps and the outdoors led her to attain a bachelor’s degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education at Brevard College, during which she spent her summers working for different camps in California. While in school, Abi was involved in student government and the Outing Club; she also served as a committee member for the Institute of Women in Leadership. She spends her outdoor time mountain or gravel biking, rock climbing, trail running, canoeing, hiking, and bikepacking, and she also loves crocheting, listening to podcasts, and doing puzzles!
Tom is a master craftsman and carpenter and oversees the Camp Pinnacle facilities; he has led our massive camp-wide renovation. From treehouses to cabin decks to the Lognasium, much of the magic of Camp Pinnacle’s facilities is a result of Tom’s understanding of how our children’s experiences can be affected through the camp’s beautiful grounds. Tom is a native of Western North Carolina and has an associate’s degree in forestry. He’s worked with the United States Forest Service and as the head of the Environmental and Conservation Organization in Henderson County.
Events coordinator and kitchen manager
Michelle fell in love with the mountains spending her childhood summers in North Carolina. Originally from Michigan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University. With her passion for continuing education, Michelle is currently pursuing her master’s degree in mathematics education through East Carolina University, and she just received her TEFL certification while studying and teaching in Thailand. In her free time, Michelle enjoys planning her next travel adventure, practicing yoga, and cooking for her friends and family.
Chef Richard is a central figure at camp and is passionate about making mealtimes an integral part of the camp experience. More than a chef, Richard teaches cooking and baking classes and knows the campers by name. He was formerly head chef at the Trillium Links and Lakes Club in Cashiers, NC. He is a nationally certified ice carving judge, and his cuisine was recently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. He also serves as a pastor to a congregation in Marion, NC.