Camp Pinnacle Staff

Our counselor team is the heart and soul of Camp Pinnacle. They are more than just counselors—they are role models, mentors, and friends to our campers. Every new counselor has undergone our extensive interview process, including three interviews, three reference checks, and a complete background check. Every counselor attends a two-week orientation that begins with an emphasis on building a close, inclusive, and caring community. Before orientation, every staff member receives certifications in CPR and wilderness first aid or wilderness first responder.

Outstanding all around! Wynn had such a great experience. We especially appreciate the Camp Pinnacle philosophy and the excellent preparation and training that counselors get—not only to provide great teaching in the activities but to be role models, to build relationships with kids, and to foster friendships and personal growth for campers. She always tells people that she LOVES camp because of her great counselors, her friends, and the outdoor stuff she can’t do here at home. – Christy Miller, Westwood Hills, KS

2018 staff at a glance
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Average age: 21
  • More than half of our staff return every year.
  • Our staff represent many different states and countries, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Poland and the United Kingdom.
  • Our counselors have attended incredible colleges, including:
  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • University of Florida
  • Colorado College
  • Stanford University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Clemson University
  • College of Charleston
  • Dartmouth College
  • University of Michigan
  • Elon University
  • Sewanee, University of the South
  • University of California
  • Washington University

See our counselors’ bios below.

 

Abby Bradley

Trip leader

Adrienne Hodgson

Cabin counselor

Alana Bojar

Cabin counselor

Alex Gaines

Cabin counselor

Alex Nichols

Cabin counselor

Alex Vickroy

Head trip leader

Andrea Little Gray

Head nurse

Andrew Scoffone

Cabin counselor

Andy Bieler

Cabin counselor

Anna Grace Ritchie

Cabin counselor

Anne Jones

Nurse

Anthony Townsend

Trip leader

Ben Damschroder

Cabin counselor

Beth Pate

Nurse

Bill Zach

Cabin counselor

Chase Brown

Trip leader

Chris Lomeli

Cabin counselor

Claudia Vila

Trip leader

Cristine Alayon

Cabin counselor

Danielle Scott

Cabin counselor

Debbie Swartzman

Nurse

Dylan Simpson

Trip leader

Ellie Hodgson

Head of waterfront

Emily Payne

Cabin counselor

Emma Cleveland

Cabin counselor

Emma Loethen

Trip leader

Eric Lenhart

Trip leader

Ezra Seegull

Cabin counselor

Gafyn Davies

Head of ropes

George Hurst

Cabin counselor

Grace Beneke

Cabin counselor

Gretchen Schneider

Media intern

Griffin O’Hara

Cabin counselor

Harper Swing

Cabin counselor

Jack Kanzler

Cabin counselor

Jackson Megar

Cabin counselor

Jacob Pursel

Cabin counselor

Jennifer Jacober

Cabin counselor

Jordan Ripka Dailey

Cabin counselor

Josh Hall

Head of boys' camp

Kaitlynn Gudding

Cabin counselor

Kathryn Anderson

Cabin counselor

Keegan Trofatter

Head of girls' camp

Kelly Asher

Nurse

Kielce Gussie

Cabin counselor

Laura Gaines

Trip leader

Lexi Ackell

Cabin counselor

Liz Paul

Cabin counselor

Lukas Wilde

Cabin counselor

Malia Busenitz

Cabin counselor

Margaret Timberlake

Cabin counselor

Maria Rodriguez

Cabin counselor

Mary Jane Walker

Nanny

Max Albers

Cabin counselor

Maxime Pierrot

Cabin counselor

Megan Lockheart

Cabin counselor

Michael Dumars

Cabin counselor

Miranda Crosby

Trip leader

Morgan Sweeney

Head of evening programs

Nicole Hart

Nurse

Parker Allen

Cabin counselor

Peter Benedict

Cabin counselor

Reid Short

Head of mountain biking

Rhian Alley

Cabin counselor

Sam Wilson

Trip leader

Stefan Woolley

Cabin counselor

Taylor Brittain

Media intern

Tommy Barrett

Cabin counselor