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 13th summer at Whippoorwill and ninth 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.
Marissa Tomasic
Marissa TomasicAssistant Camp Director
Marissa is proud to have been a part of the Camp Whippoorwill staff for the past eight years! Her favorite camp activities are trail hike and creekplay. When it’s not summer, Marissa teaches during the school year. She has been a kindergarten teacher for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for the past 10 years. Some might say five- and six-year-olds are her specialty! In her spare time she loves being outside, staying active, learning guitar, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Kylie Preston
Kylie PrestonLog Cabin Director
Kylie Preston is excited to get the ball rolling on her third year at camp and first as Log Cabin director. She graduated from the University of Tennessee where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in Recreational Sports Management. Her favorite camp activities include creek hikes and gaga ball. When Kylie is not at camp she enjoys being outside, watching Food Network, finding new places to eat, and hanging out with family and friends. And as always . . . GO VOLS!
Max O'Dell
Max O'DellTeepee Director
Max is excited to be back for his fifth summer at camp and third as the Teepee director. As a Nashville native Max came to camp as a kid and has been here ever since. His favorite activities are battle ball and Tree Climbing. During the off-season Max works at Tim Horton Children’s Foundation in Kentucky. He hopes to open a camp of his own in the future and it is rumored that he sings Boom Chicka Boom in his sleep.
Annalise Droitour
Annalise DroitourBear Cubs Program Director
Annalise is super excited for her first summer at Whippoorwill. She moved to Nashville in 2006 to attend Belmont University and instead of going home to Austin, Texas, every summer, Annalise worked at Camp Hawthorne, a summer camp in Maine, throughout her college years (and a few post grad years too). She taught music, songwriting, guitar, swimming, tie dye and all other kinds of fun camp activities. After graduating in 2010, Annalise started making albums and touring as a singer/songwriter full time. Over the past 7 years she’s released 3 albums and toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Annalise is ready to get back into the camping world and can’t wait to hang with all the Bear Cubs this summer. When she’s not at camp, you can find Annalise watching Survivor, catching up on her book club reading, or hanging out with her husband and their kitty, Edison.
Jackson Biedebach
Jackson BiedebachRopes Coordinator
My name is Jackson Biedebach and I will be the Ropes Coordinator at Whippoorwill for the 2017 Summer! 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! When I’m not working at camp during the summer, I work for an independent moving company based out of Nashville and tend to travel across the country for work! 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!
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.
Nicole DeRoche
Nicole DeRocheArts and Crafts Coordinator
Nicole is the Arts and Crafts Coordinator and is so excited to be back for her third year at Whippoorwill! When she is not being artsy in the craft barn you can find her listening to music, playing sports, or spending time with family and friends. She attends St. Anselm in New Hampshire and is an Environmental Science major with a Fine Arts and Psychology minor. She just got back from a semester abroad in Italy and can’t wait to meet all the friendly faces of camp this year!
Chelsea Schulz
Chelsea SchulzAsst. Arts and Crafts Director
Chelsea, born and raised in Franklin, is going to be a senior at the University of Tennessee this fall, where she is studying marketing and international business. Along with the Vols and camp, she loves all things creative. Her favorite place to spend time at Whippoorwill is the arts and crafts barn, with her fellow art director, Nicole. Chelsea is so excited to be back at camp again this summer and can’t wait to meet all the wonderful campers!
Kate Brison
Kate BrisonOffice Coordinator
Kate is a Nashville native and has been working in the camp office for the past 5 years! She has a background in psychology as well as a passion for organizing and making things simpler for our wonderful families and staff! When camp is not in session, you are likely to find her traveling through New England, watching golf, or spending time with her husband and french bulldog, Francis.
Rachel Phillips
Rachel PhillipsCamp Nanny
I am currently in Nursing School at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. Nursing school keeps me pretty busy during the school semesters, but during summer break I love to spend my time at camp! My favorite camp activity is arts and crafts! Camp Whippoorwill will always have a special place in my heart and reminds me each summer to enjoy life like kids do.
Henry Murrey
Henry MurreyBusiness Manager
Henry helps maintain the camp’s infrastructure and works with financials. He says: “It’s all about the kids!”