One of the most valuable components of Keystone Camp is our people, the members of our camp community who give of themselves to make this place great, the “keystones” of who we are at our very core as a camp. Every day that we share as one community is an opportunity to be better than the day before. Each one of us brings a piece of ourselves to Keystone, and we each have value in the community that we build. To stay dynamic and relevant, we welcome new members to our community. As time passes, other members of the Keystone community move on to meet needs and demands in their own lives. Through it all, the core of Keystone remains strong. If you have been to a final campfire, you have heard me speak about the continuum of camp. We stand on those who have come before us, and we know great things will follow us.
Join me in welcoming two new members to our year-round team: Anna McCall and Anna Branon. Anna McCall started with Keystone in the Spring of 2016 on a part-time basis filling in for Megan Sotirakopulos while she was out on maternity leave. We were fortunate that Anna stayed on through the summer, and her daughter Averie, enjoyed her time at camp as well. Anna has again been part-time through the fall, but she will be stepping into our Administrative Director position as of April 1st. She earned her degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Appalachian State University and has experience with children through former roles as an elementary school administrative assistant and most recently as a preschool teacher. She is excited to get to know all of you and looks forward to another great summer.
Anna Branon began her Keystone career as a counselor in the summer of 2013. She spent time as our LIT Director in addition to serving as program staff. She is a Georgia native and a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Psychology. Anna has a minor in Sociology and holds a uLEAD Certificate in Leadership and Service. Anna will be a member of our year-round staff and will provide support across all of the different areas of camp: program, cabin life, staffing, and camper recruitment.
We are also celebrating the new opportunities that other members of our Keystone Family have in front of them. Lauren Hart is returning to Australia after three summers as program staff and the past year and a half as our intern. In her time with us, Lauren was instrumental in planning and organizing our 100th celebration. She scoured the archives for photos and other materials. She established our alumnae attendance records within our data base, and she planned our entire alumnae reunion that occurred this past August. Her winter has been spent developing new communication pieces and great activity notebooks. We are hopeful we will see Lo again very soon, providing the US Visa program cooperates.
Marisa de la Fuente is in school part-time beginning the work to become a registered nurse. We are all very excited to see Marisa engage in this new challenge. Marisa first came to Keystone as a young camper in 1996. Save one summer when she had graduated from college and was working in New York City, Marisa has been with us ever since. From camper to counselor to full-time staff, her contributions have been many and meaningful. Marisa will be with us through Mother-Daughter Weekend.
Megan Sotirakopulos has managed our office since July of 2009. In many ways, she managed me as much as she managed the camp office! Through her years with us, we saw Megan get married, have her first child, and then her second little girl last year. Megan has an opportunity to stay home with her girls and work part-time on-line. How lucky she is to be able to have the best of all worlds in this new situation! We are grateful for the years Megan gave us and for her many contributions to Keystone. Megan begins her new job on April 3rd.
We celebrate these opportunities for each of our folks, both those moving on and those moving in. Once you become a member of the Keystone Family, you will always be a part of who we are.
With love and gratitude,