CAMP DIRECTORS FOR 2019
ART CAMP -
Kathryn Horn Coneway
Kathryn is from Alexandria, Virginia, where she is a practicing artist and teaches in community settings. Most recently she taught at Huntley Meadows Park where she will also have an art exhibit for the months of March, April and May. Kathryn is the author of two children’s books and is a regular contributor of cigarette box sized art for Art-O-Mat vending machines. This year her labyrinth touchstones can also be found in the Shrine Mont book store.
Kathryn is most energized by how community forms around creative practice and loves being immersed in the natural environment of Shrine Mont and collaborating with staff and campers during art camp.
EXPLORERS' CAMP -
Sierra Gore is returning to Shrine Mont Camps for her fourth summer with Explorers’. During the school year Sierra lives in Richmond works in the diocesan office as Project Coordinator and PYM Adult Co-Chair. She feels called to camping as her ministry and loves connecting adventure, wonder, and care for creation with faith formation. She particularly loves to look for God in nature and can recount some of her favorite “thin place” moments if you ask. In her free time Sierra enjoys performing with her improv troupe, trying out different board games, and playing with her black cat, T’Challa.
ST. SEBASTIAN'S CAMP -
From Hanover County here in Virginia, Chris is a long-time supporter of Shrine Mont Camps. He LOVES being the director of St. Sebastian's Camp. He says that Shrine Mont is where he feels closest to God, and that his experiences as a camper, counselor, and now director have been the backbone of his spiritual journey.
Chris is a social studies teacher at Massaponax HS in Fredericksburg. He coached 20 seasons of varsity golf and softball at Lee-Davis and Hanover high schools in Mechanicsville. He now coaches Hanover Youth Basketball and Atlee Little League Baseball with his son Jack. He's an avid golfer at Hollows Golf Club where he and his partner were runners-up in the 2018 Labor Day fourball. His wife Kelly is his best friend, and his three kids, who are St. George's campers, sometimes hang out at St. Sebastian's too!
ST. ANDREW'S CAMP -
St. Andrew's Director for 2019 is Katie Franzel. Originally from Virginia, Katie teaches Kindergarten and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Katie loves her job and is proud to live in her school neighborhood. She regularly sees her students at the gym, grocery store, or hanging out on their stoops. She spends her free time working toward educational equity through Organizing for Equity New York (OFENY). Currently they are working on a platform to reduce school suspensions in New York City. In fall, Katie ran her first marathon with former St. George director, Jim Short, and former St. Andrew’s chaplain, Paige Waskow. Be sure to ask Katie about getting attacked by a pigeon on a training run in Central Park!
Katie has a Masters in Elementary Education from Marian University and is currently completing an Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders through George Mason’s online graduate programs. Katie thanks Shrine Mont for much of her spiritual and professional development.
"When I was a counselor at Music and Drama Camp, I became passionate about making sure every camper's unique gifts were celebrated and important parts of the musical. This has driven my professional life as a teacher and my passion for helping kids discover and be empowered by their unique gifts. Shrine Mont is a place where kids can explore their gifts, try new things, and live into their best selves within a loving and supportive community. I became Director of St. Andrew's because I believe wholeheartedly that every child deserves access to an amazing summer camp experience."
MUSIC & DRAMA CAMP -
Virginia grew up in Great Falls, VA, and now lives in North Carolina where she teaches K-6 music and runs an After-School Arts Academy. She teaches general music and chorus and directs plays and musicals. In her spare time she listens to podcasts, does crafts, and practices her mandolin.
“I grew up going to camp, and felt the lasting impacts of the amazing community at Shrine Mont throughout my life. It was at MAD Camp that I discovered a true love of music and performing, and felt encouraged to pursue a career in music education.
I’ve served many roles at Shrine Mont, and particularly at MAD Camp. This summer will be my eighth non-consecutive summer working at Shrine Mont Camps. I find so much joy in shaping an environment at Shrine Mont Camps that helps people feel heard, uplifted, and valued. I love seeing the faces of campers when they sing their first solo or lead a discussion during worship. At MAD, it’s particularly amazing to see campers celebrate and share their interests, talents, strengths to create a unique and exciting musical.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH CONFERENCE -
ST. ELIZABETH'S CAMP -
Jillian Kelly Meade
This is Jillian’s tenth year working at St. Elizabeth’s! She started volunteering when she was in high school in 2010, after being a camper at St. George’s for 8 summers. She started as a volunteer before working as a team leader and art coordinator. During the last two summers, Jillian has worked as the Program Director and is extremely excited for her first summer working in a Director’s position.
From the first summer, Jillian has felt that the unconditional love and community that is fostered at St. Elizabeth’s is too incredible not to be a part of. Her earlier experiences at St. Elizabeth’s helped guide Jillian’s career path. She attended Radford University where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education and currently works in Fairfax County as a middle school special education teacher. And she loves that her job allows her the flexibility to come back to Shrine Mont during the summers!
ST. ELIZABETH'S CAMP -
This will be Ruth's eighth summer working at St. Elizabeth's Camp, where over the years she has worked as a volunteer buddy, team leader, assistant director, and now co-director! She started working at St. Elizabeth's as a high school volunteer in the summer of 2009 and instantly fell in love with the camp.
St. Elizabeth's is a camp where teens and young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities get to experience the joy of summer camp. This is done with the help of their counselor buddies, a group of enthusiastic volunteers who Ruth often refers to as "facilitators of fun". Ruth's goal as co-director is to help St. E's continue to create an intentional community where all members embrace not only the things that make them unique, but also what ties them together in the Body of Christ.
Her experiences at St. Elizabeth's motivated Ruth to get a Master's Degree in Special Education from James Madison University in 2016. Now, she is in her third year of working as a middle school special education teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. She teaches English and Reading classes, and she loves going to work every day with a group of fun, sweet, goofy, bright, and creative seventh and eighth graders with disabilities. When not working with young people either in the classroom or on the mountain, she enjoys playing board games at home with her husband, Jacob, and her two cats, Tofu and Flapjack.
FAMILY CAMP -
Mary "Boo" Elmore
ST. GEORGE'S CAMP -