Ella Pierce Bluhm// North Star
I am from the thriving metropolis of Maple City, MI and I am attending Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. This is my 14th summer at camp and my 4th on staff. Two of my many highlights from this year are visiting my sister in California and my upcoming trip to Europe to hang with my KOH sister Emily. I will be in North Star this summer and look forward to working with the staff; seeing the incredible growth that happens within all of us- big and small; and playing on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Can’t wait!
Doodle Shugart// North Star
Hello, hello!! My name is Elizabeth Shugart officially, but I really go by Doodle. I’m from Tampa, Florida, but I spend most of my time in (ironically) sunny and warm Winter Park, FL. I just graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Studio Art!! My year was full of many exciting milestones like graduating, but the most exciting was having my artwork hung in an art museum for a month long exhibit! After spending the year working in studios and classrooms, I am soo excited to spend my summer in northern Michigan in North Star with some pretty awesome people. With this being my 13th summer at camp and 5th on staff I know there are so many fun adventures ahead, but I look forward to learning how to hula hoop from the campers most.
Emily Anderson// Water Skiing
Hello! My name is Emily Anderson and I can’t wait to see you all so soon!
I am from Traverse City Michigan, the best place in the world, and I am not biased at all;)
I currently attend Belmont University as a fashion merchandising and corporate communications major. This past year I had the opportunity to hold an exciting and challenging position in my sorority and travel to 4 new countries!
This will be my 13th YEAR AT CAMP!!!! I still can’t believe it. This is also my third year on the Sky Team. I will be on BumbleBee this summer as the waterskiing counselor! I am so looking forward to more beautiful days with your daughters out on Glen Lake, living love and enjoying that glassy water.
Sammie Cass// Rock Climbing
Home: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
College: Principia College, Elsah, IL
Years at KOH: This will be my 8th summer at Kohahna and 1st on staff!
Activity: Rock Climbing!!!!
Highlight: This past year I had a blast interning at an elementary school working with 5th graders and coaching a middle school dance team.
I am so excited to be a counselor for the first time and to get back to the rock wall. I am excited to see the campers grow daily and accomplish big things!
Ruth Coolidge// Utility
Hi! My name is Ruth Coolidge and I’m a rising junior at Hamilton College majoring in creative writing and cinema studies. My highlight from this school year was trekking in Nepal for two weeks during my spring break with some of my classmates. I hail from St. Louis, Missouri, but camp has been my home away from home for 13 years! This will be my 3rd year on staff, and I’m excited to be working as a utility counselor this year. I’ll be travelling all over camp to help wherever I’m needed, and hopefully spending some quality time in the blacksmithing forge as well. As always, I’m looking forward to reconnecting with campers and counselors I know and love from past summers, and making some awesome new friends as well!
Val Halsey// CT's and Waterfront Director
Hi! My name is Valerie Halsey. I am from Alton, IL, right next to the great Mississippi River. I attend Principia College, studying Religion and Global Studies. Summer of 2019 will be my 13th summer at camp and my 4th on staff. This summer I will be doubling up as the Waterfront Director and CT Counselor! A highlight from this past year was taking a gap year off from school, working miscellaneous jobs around the country including a ski shop in Taos, NM, and working at our very own Leelanau Outdoor Center. I am so excited to hang out on the lake, get to play in the sun, and witness all the growth and good that is sure to happen this year! See you there!
Maddie Hart-Lea// Horseback Riding
My name is Madison Hart-Lea and I am from Eureka, Missouri. My mom and I own and operate Providence Equestrian Center at Hart Farms. I have been on horses since before I was born. Literally! We specialize in Hunter/Jumper, but we board and train the basics in all disciplines. I will be attending St. Louis Community College and starting my Business Degree. I have spent zero years at Kohahna. My activities will be Horseback Riding and General Shenanigans. One of my many highlights in the last year includes doing an internship for a well-known U.S. trainer. I was asked to show a horse that I had never ridden before in an ‘A’ show at the National Equestrian Center! We ended up winning the Championship and she promptly put the horse up for sale for $225,000!!! I am looking forward to sharing my love and knowledge of horses, growing as a Christian Scientist, making new friends, and exploring Northern Michigan.
Greta Johnson// Dance and Archery
Home: St. Louis, MO
College: Principia College
Majors: Theatre and Educational Studies
Years at KOH: This is my 12th summer overall and 3rd on staff.
Activity: Dance and Archery
Highlight from the year: I had the privilege of studying abroad in Ireland this spring!
I say this every year, but I am SO excited to spend another summer in beautiful Northern Michigan! I’m also excited to experiment with combining Dance and Archery into one super-activity!
Molly Loveless// Horseback Riding
I’m Molly Loveless and I’m originally from Northern Virginia but I currently live in Alton, Illinois. I attend Principia College and am majoring in Theater and minoring in French. This will be my 11th summer at camp, but first ever on staff!! A huge highlight I have from this past year is that my family got two of the most adorable kittens you’ll ever see, oh my goodness I love them so much. Anyway… I am so excited to be teaching horseback riding this summer so come on out to the barn and play with some friendly 2000-pound animals with me!
Sarah Switzer// Silversmithing
Home: St Louis, Missouri
College/Major: I’ll be a Senior next year at Principia College and am majoring in Political Science. I’m also minoring in Studio Art and Religion.
Activity: I’ll be spending a significant amount of time up in the Silversmithing room where I’ll put my creative genius to work and I can’t wait to see all the amazing pieces of art the kiddos will create this summer!
One of my highlights from this year was a winter term abroad to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. It was very eye opening and I am grateful for all that I learned while there.
I look forward to this summer, as it will be my first year on staff. Though I spent a few years at KOH as a camper, I haven’t been back to camp in a couple summers so I also look forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and generally having a blast on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.
Chloe Thies// Sailing
Hi everyone! My name is Chloe Thies and I will be this summer’s sailing instructor! I’m from San Rafael, California, but currently I’m living in Tacoma, Washington as I just finished my freshman year at the University of Puget Sound studying computer science and math with the possibility of an art minor to come. Aside from my school work, I have been lucky enough to be the assistant stage manager for one of our amazing student run theatre festivals as well as being a part of a wonderful choir here on campus which have both been incredible experiences to take part in! This will be my fifth year at Kohahna and my first year on staff, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back out on Lake Michigan and teach the next crew of girls everything there is to love about sailing!
Zoe Wade// Drama and Camp Crafts
Hello ladies and gentlemen! I, Zoë Wade, hail from the grand teeny town of Decatur, MI and attend college at the massively itty-bitty Principia College! I have loved the past couple years of studying theatre and am so excited to be teaching drama at camp this summer! For being my 12th summer at camp, it will be my very first on staff! I truly can’t wait to gorge on milkshakes on Fridays- but more accurately to learn about the amazing women and girls who will be eating them with me. This past year I was able to chaperone an incredible high school group to Israel and I truly can’t wait to further support an appreciation and love for the Bible and our beloved textbook in this environment. And without further ado, please silence your cell phones, hold your applause until the end and enjoy Camp!
Hannah Warrick// Kayaking and Tennis
Hi!! My name is Hannah Warrick and I’m from St. Louis Missouri. This fall I’ll be moving to Santa Barbara to attend SBCC and study Communications. I’ve been going to Kohahna since I was 7 years old, and although this is my first year on staff, this will be my 9th year at KOH! I am so excited to be teaching kayaking and tennis especially because my highlight from this past year was kayaking for 15 days through the San Juan Islands in Washington State. I can’t wait to be in beautiful northern Michigan playing tennis and kayaking on Lake Michigan all summer!
Kelsey Evans// Music and Ceramics
Hi! My name is Kelsey Evans. I’m from Northville, Michigan but I’m currently studying statistics at Yale. I’ve also gotten to travel to Spain and improve my Spanish this year! This will be my first summer on staff but my seventh summer overall at camp. I’ll be teaching some Music and Ceramics this summer, so I’m looking forward to taking a break from all the math – I’m excited to be spreading the art and music and helping girls explore their creative, introspective, and spiritual sides. Can’t wait to see you all!
Gretchen Ferland// Water Skiing
Home: Naples, Florida/ Fishers, Indiana
College: Florida Gulf Coast University
Major: Business Management
Years at KOH: This will be my 12th summer overall and 2nd year on staff:)))
Highlight: Running my first half marathon (Disney’s Star Wars half marathon to be exact;)) with my dad!
I look forward to being out on the beautiful lake all summer and sharing my love of CS!
Glynnis Harley// Arts & Crafts
Home: Chicago, Illinois
College: Principia College
Major: Mathematics and Education
Years at KOH: This will be my 5th year at Kohahna and my 1st year on staff!
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Highlight from the past year: Working as a swim coach and teaching swim lessons
I’m so excited to be back at camp on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! It will be a summer full of song singing, craft making, and tons of FUN.
Lydia Pierce// Swimming and Canoeing
Hello! My name is Lydia Pierce and I’m from St. Louis, Missouri. Although, as you’re reading this, I’ll likely be in Slovenia! I will be going abroad with my school, Principia College, to study history and culture through the lens of literature in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia during the month of May and part of June. I’ll be back just in time to head straight to camp where I’ll get to be back on the water teaching Swimming, Canoeing, and helping out as Assistant Waterfront Director. This will be my third summer at camp and on staff. During the rest of the year I study Mathematics. This past year, I have loved serving on the board of my school’s Christian Science Organization (CSO) as a great way to give back to the community. I can’t wait for all the laughs, hugs, silly lip sync dances, and beautiful sunsets on Lake Michigan this summer!