Leadership Family

Adam Boyd grew up in camping. While at Wofford College, Adam called his father, Spencer during one of his recruiting trips saying “Dad, I know of a girl who would make a great counselor for Merri-Mac.” A few years later Adam made sure that he would not lose this valuable counselor, marrying Ann in 1990. Subsequently, Adam received a Masters of Divinity, and later a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Seminary. Ann, a Converse College graduate, serves with Adam as co-director and each of their three children serve on staff.

After sixty-five years running camps together we still have as much (maybe more) fun as the kids. Camp is in our blood, and we want your girls to feel the same way.

“Camp Merri-Mac has been an incredible experience for our daughter. It is such a wonderful setting for young girls/ladies to gain independence and build self-confidence in a safe, supportive environment. Our daughter has lots of fun, learns things about herself and tackles new challenges at camp — in ways that can’t be easily replicated at home. The leadership of the camp is highly professional and organized and it is clear that they run a first-rate operation.” – Camp Parent

Next: Meet Our Staff

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NEXT: Katy Ferguson
Office Manager

Samantha Hadley

Samantha grew up in Vermont and moved to North Carolina to attend UNC Asheville. After graduation, she married her husband Paul and began working at Camps Merri-Mac & Timberlake. It was such a great fit that she has been in the camp office for over 20 years. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband, son Dylan and beloved dog Lacey.

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NEXT: Andrea Pelham
Assistant Office Manager

Katy Ferguson

Katy has been with Camps Merri-Mac and Timberlake since 2018. She grew up in Michigan going to camp every summer, then continued her love of camping by working at various camps throughout her time at Western Michigan University. While working at a camp she met her husband, Branch, and together they have two children, Bella and Gus. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing and being with her family outdoors hiking and playing sports. She believes in the mission of camp and the benefits it brings to each child.

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NEXT: Elizabeth Olvey
Associate Director

Andrea Pelham

Andrea Pelham spent nearly the first two decades of her life attending a girls summer camp. She fell in love with the community that can be found in camp and continued to chase that community after graduating from Presbyterian College. She is thrilled to continue to serve the Camp Merri-Mac and Timberlake community as the Associate Director. Andrea spends the majority of her time recruiting summer staff and cultivating relationships. You can almost always find her creating an effective system for any branch of camp or playing with the puppies.

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NEXT: Bobby Boyd
Assistant Director

Elizabeth Olvey

Elizabeth Olvey spent each summer during college on staff with Camp Merri-Mac. She believes camp is the absolute best way to spend your summer, whether it be as a camper or staff member. Elizabeth now serves as an Assistant Director, hiring and developing our counselors. She hopes for them to experience the same rich relationships and Gospel-centered work that marked her time on staff. It is not uncommon to find Elizabeth still running and playing evening activities (#blackbearsbesttribe) and soaking up all the fun that comes with the territory of camp work. She hopes to continue to contribute to the mission of camp through these relationships and play for years to come.

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NEXT: Robert Lewis
Grounds Manager

Bobby Boyd

Staff Bio coming soon!

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NEXT: Will and Mary Page Troxler (Boyd)
Property Manager

Robert Lewis

A lifelong love of tearing down and building up started with Tonka trucks, tricycles, and treehouses, I needed to know how they worked and how to make them better. What began as simple child’s play turned into my desire to study drafting and design which quickly propelled me into the building trades industry. Construction taught me patience through the process. Sales taught me people matter more than products. Ownership taught me priorities increase progress. Camp-Merri-Mac taught me that I get to live the motto I have continuously shared with my three children, “Do what you love, and love what you do!”

I have been married 38 years to my lovely wife Karen. I enjoy boating and gardening in my leisure, but my favorite pastime is being Poppy to my five amazing grandchildren!

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NEXT: Patrick Emery

Will and Mary Page Troxler (Boyd)

Mary Page grew up at Merri-Mac and started as a camper in Tweedle Dee. After ten summers as a camper she worked on staff for 8 summers teaching kayaking. Her years have been measured by counting down until summer for as long as she can remember!

Will spent his college summers working at a camp on the North Carolina coast, where he developed a love for camping, and particularly for creating systems and processes that make campers happier.

Mary Page and Will met while in college at UNC-Chapel Hill through RUF (campus ministry) and got married in 2018 after each finishing Master’s degrees at Wake Forest University. 

Before moving to Black Mountain, they lived in Durham, NC where they both worked in healthcare for five years.

Keep an eye out for Mary Page and Will this summer with their future camper, Annie Mac! 

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NEXT: Catherine and John Menendez
Black Mountain Expeditions Director

Patrick Emery

Patrick joins us with over twenty years of leading, instructing and innovating in the outdoor industry, beginning at Geneva College leading the Pisgah Program and serving as the Challenge Course Coordinator. He then served fifteen years with the Resource Specialist Team and finally as the Assistant Director of the CCO’s Experiential Design Programs. Most recently Patrick served as the site director for OneLife Institute’s Trade and Culinary gap year program. 

Patrick holds a M.A. from Columbia International University and is certified as a WEA Outdoor Educator, WMA Wilderness First Responder, PCIA Single Pitch Instructor, ACA Canoeing L1 Instructor, Coastal Kayaking L2 Instructor and River Rescue L3 Instructor.

He and his wife April have three teenage children and together they are committed to designing custom programs, expeditions and adventures with purpose.

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NEXT: Adam Kepke
Timberlake Directors

Catherine and John Menendez

Catherine and John first met while in college at Vanderbilt and connected over their love of summer camp. To now be directing our brother camp, Timberlake, together is a dream come true. Along with their three children, Peter, Thomas and Betsy, they are excited to share love of camp with our campers and staff each summer.

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Assistant Director

Adam Kepke

Adam spent every summer in college working at a camp in Northern Wisconsin specializing in adventure and wilderness tripping. He believes that both attending camp and working at camp can be incredible catalyst experiences for growth and formation. Adam loves teaching and working with students and campers using a trail or a river as his classroom. When not at camp you can find Adam doing any number of outdoor adventures with his wonderful wife Katherine. Adam is so excited for the summer and for the many ways that God will work!

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Camp Intern

Lucie Christian

Lucie has been coming to Merri-Mac since 2010, as a camper in Stardust. She has not missed a summer since and has worked at both Merri-Mac and Timberlake in a variety of roles.

Camp is truly her favorite place in the world, and she is thrilled to be serving this year as the intern, hiring staff and sharing her deep love of camp and Christ-centered community. Her favorite part of the summer is building relationships, spending sunny afternoons on the dock, and watching her old campers return as counselors themselves. Lucie hopes that each camper and staff member will feel the same joy and love of camp as she does, and is deeply passionate about the fact that coming to camp is the single best way to spend a summer!

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NEXT: Samantha Hadley
Camp Intern

Caleb Owen

Caleb first found Camps Timberlake and Merri-Mac his junior year at Appalachian State. He started working as a counselor and has been here every summer since. He now serves as one of our interns learning behind the scenes of year-round camping and staff recruitment. “I want to develop and encourage the same Christian camp community I found here to equip the next generation.” When he’s not planning and teaching camp adventures, you can find Caleb out on the trail or river enjoying the western Carolina mountains.