camp staff 2019

Our Awesome Summer 2019 Staff!

All of us are so excited to be with you this summer! We’re looking forward to catching crawdads, playing Gaga Ball, making crafts, paddling kayaks, riding horses, and climbing towers (plus so much more).

Administration

Shanelle Lambert-Rauh
Shanelle Lambert-RauhExecutive Director
Shanelle is the general camp director and supports the camp in the areas of programming, staff development and helping each camper have a quality experience. This will be her 14th summer at Whippoorwill and 10th as executive director. Shanelle worked at Disney World in Entertainment and was really good friends with Mickey and Minnie! Read Shanelle’s Welcome from the Director letter.
Rachel Cherry
Rachel CherryBear Cub Director
Rachel is a Health and Physical Education major at Lipscomb University who is very excited to be at Camp Whippoorwill this summer! Rachel loves all things outdoors and is often found playing in creeks, climbing trees, or curled up in the sunshine reading a good book. Originally from North Carolina, Rachel can’t wait to become a full-time Tennessee resident and join the Whippoorwill team. This will be her first summer at Camp Whippoorwill and we are overjoyed to have her join us!
Abi Yann
Abi YannLog Cabin Director
This is Abi’s fourth year at Whippoorwill and she is so excited for another summer of fun! Abi just graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Elementary Education and is back in Nashville as she starts the next chapter of her life. She enjoys her off time crafting and playing with her black lab, Wendy Lou. Her favorite camp activity is going on a creek hike and she can’t wait to share Whippoorwill with you!
Meg Smith
Meg SmithTeepee Director
Meg is back for her fourth summer at Whippoorwill (although if you count all the years she was a camper, it’s her fourteenth!) and her first summer as a director! She is going into her senior year at Vanderbilt University, where she studies Art History and Classical Studies. Outside of camp, she can be found painting, reading, or spending time with her friends. Some of her favorite camp activities include Rappelling, Farming, and Creekplay! Meg is so excited to be back at camp and is looking forward to a great summer!
Liz Meeks
Liz MeeksTrailblazer Director
Liz’s bio is coming soon!
Katie Collier
Katie CollierLeadership Challenge Director
Katie, or TK, is back for her fourth summer at Whippoorwill! She is a Social Work major with a minor in theatre and family studies. Katie currently plays rightside for her volleyball team at Freed-Hardeman University. When not at camp, she can be found in the gym with a volleyball or curled up with a good book. Some other interests of hers include: sewing, kayaking, and acting. Katie is the oldest of five and has a passion for kids. Her favorite camp activity is the flying squirrel! She cannot wait to hang out with all the Leadership Challenge kids this summer.
Jackson Biedebach
Jackson BiedebachRopes Coordinator and Property Caretaker
I absolutely love the outdoors so you will often find me rock climbing/bouldering, riding my motorcycle, kicking down the street on my longboard, and/or flowing down the local rivers on my kayak! My favorite part about camp is being able to interact with all the young faces while enjoying the beautiful Mother Nature and exploring all she has to offer! I love introducing kids to new outdoor experiences as well as helping experienced rock climbers, horseback riders, kayakers, tree climbers, etc., advance their own skills! I will always be a kid at heart so this is the perfect place for me to be! See you on the farm!
Rachel Tudor
Rachel TudorAssistant Ropes Coordinator
Rachel has worked as a camp counselor for two years and is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Whippoorwill as the assistant ropes coordinator! She is majoring in Nursing at the University of Tennessee and will be entering her senior year this fall. When she isn’t at camp or studying, Rachel loves to skydive, scuba dive, ski, and paint. Her favorite camp activities are all things ropes (duh!), creek play, and friendship bracelet making. Rachel can’t wait for summer 2019!
Catherine Tudor
Catherine TudorArts and Crafts Co-Coordinator
This is Catherine’s fourth summer at camp and she is so happy to be returning to one of her favorite places! Catherine is a recent graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in English Literature and minor in Theatre. When not at camp she can be found dancing or curled up with a good book. Catherine’s favorite activities at camp are Tie-Dye and Tree Climbing. She cannot wait to spend her summer at Whippoorwill with you!
Janet McLaughlin
Janet McLaughlinHorseback Coordinator
Janet is in her fifth year here at camp, using her natural approach to Horsemanship, as our Horse Coordinator. Horses have always been in her life. At age 9, her first was named Silver and he was a Welsh Pony. No wonder Janet is drawn to Tinker – camp’s Welsh Pony! She is a musician/singer/songwriter and has toured our country coast to coast. Janet is a guitar and fretted instrument instructor at two of Nashville’s finest private schools and at a prominent studio in Brentwood.
Don Shulman
Don ShulmanAssistant Horseback Counselor
Don works with the horses every day. He has been to Camp Whippoorwill since he was little – in fact, he has spent some or most of every summer at Whippoorwill since 2008. He did Leadership Challenge twice and worked as a junior counselor too. When he’s not at Whippoorwill, he goes to college, works as a valet, and volunteers at Susan Gray School. He loves children, horses, cars, roller skating… and electric scooters!
Kelly Broderick
Kelly BroderickNature Program Coordinator
Nature Kelly will be working as your Nature Program Coordinator again this summer. Originally she grew up in Savannah, GA, where she went to several sailing, canoeing, and Girl Scout camps every summer. She moved to Nashville 6 years ago and has loved getting to know the area. From river clean ups to hikes with her 2 cute pups, she thinks Nashville is a great place to be. During the year, Nature Kelly is a Science teacher but on her days off she loves to garden, climb trees, and just get dirty! She has 2 bearded dragons and a hedgehog that will make guest appearances this summer at camp. Nature Kelly’s favorite camp activity is looking for salamanders under the waterfall. She can’t wait to meet you all.
Henry Murrey
Henry MurreyBusiness Manager
Henry helps maintain the camp’s infrastructure and works with financials. He says: “It’s all about the kids!”
Grant Marsh
Grant MarshOffice Coordinator
I was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and adopted at 7 months old. I grew up in Franklin, TN, where I graduated from Franklin High School in 2018. I currently attend Columbia State Community College pursuing a degree in Political Science. While in high school I was in the Franklin Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Winterguard. Last summer I worked on a Congressional Campaign; and I currently serve as Secretary for the Williamson County Democrat Party, and an Education Outreach member for the Williamson County Young Democrats. I attend Christ United Methodist Church where I am very involved with the Adult and Youth Choirs. This will be my first summer ever at Whippoorwill and I’m super excited to have a great summer!
Britney Anderson
Britney AndersonCamp Nurse
This will be Britney’s second year helping as Camp Nurse at Whippoorwill. Britney grew up in this area and is now married with two daughters. She is a Registered Nurse and works as a School Nurse. She loves children and is passionate about encouraging, educating, and empowering people. In her free time she enjoys watching sports, playing board games, crafting, baking, or doing jigsaw puzzles.
Shelia Brown
Shelia BrownCamp Nurse
I have been a registered nurse for 10 years, currently working as a school nurse for Centennial Elementary School in Dickson. I love hanging out with my husband Ben and daughter Charlotte. We love being outside, exploring, and taking new adventures. I went to a summer camp for 7 years when I was younger and I LOVED it. I’m looking forward to my first year at Camp Whippoorwill!
Amber Wynne
Amber WynneCamp Nurse
This will be Amber’s second year working as a camp nurse. Prior to summer, she works full time at the Metro Health Department as a school nurse. She loves spending time with her husband Adam and three sons Asher (6), Arbor (2), and Axton (6 weeks). Their favorite activities all involve being outside such as playing at parks, swimming, hiking, fishing, digging in dirt/sand, and going to the beach. Amber is looking forward to another great time at camp getting to help take care of all the great kids!
Gill Murrey
Gill MurreyCamp Assistant
Gill pitches in with all areas of camp: shopping, gardening, raking hydrilla, and helping out wherever needed. She grew up on the farm and, after a career in communications, headed back to the country!