CAMP DIRECTORS FOR 2020
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.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH CONFERENCE -
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."
ST. GEORGE'S CAMP -
ST. ELIZABETH'S CAMP -
This will be Ruth's ninth summer working at St. Elizabeth's Camp, where over the years she has worked as a volunteer buddy, team leader, assistant director, and now 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.