Emily Anderson// Waterskiing
Home: Traverse City, Michigan
College/Field Study: I am currently attending Belmont University, where I am studying fashion and design.
This will be my 12th summer at camp, and my second year on staff. This year I have the privilege of hanging out on the bumble-beast, untangling ski ropes, and teaching all the lovely women how to waterski!
My highlight from this past year has been growing my fashion blog, along with getting involved with the Christian Science community in Nashville.
This summer, I am looking forward to seeing new and old faces and growing even more with all of the wonderful women at camp… and of course morning skis!
Ruth Coolidge// Riding, Riflery and Ceramics
Howdy! My name is Ruth and I will be camp’s resident cowgirl this summer, teaching a little Riding, Riflery and Ceramics to round it all out. When I’m not roping cattle out West (otherwise known as St. Louis, Missouri) I attend Hamilton College, where I plan to major in creative writing and cinema & media studies. I also moonlight as a rugby player for my school’s club team, which has been a very fun new experience for me this year! I’m so excited to come back to camp for my twelfth summer–second on staff–and have a blast adventuring with a fun crew of cowgirls-in-training! Yee-haw!
Lydia Pierce// Swimming and Canoeing
Hi! My name is Lydia and I’m from St. Louis, Missouri. I’m currently at Principia College studying Math (Wooo! I know math is everyone’s favorite subject, right?!). This summer will be my second year on staff at Kohahna. I will be teaching Swimming and Canoeing, and I know the water will be nice and warm, so everyone will want to sign-up for those activities. One of my favorite moments from last summer was spent up in the woods with a cool breeze blowing through the shady trees as I made friendship bracelets and told riddles with my fellow Kohahna girls. Even though this will only be my second year, Kohahna is such a special place to me, and I look forward to spending as much time as possible on the clear and beautiful water of Lake Michigan.
Greta Johnson// Dance and Archery
Home: Originally Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, currently St. Louis, MO.
College and Field of Study: I study Theatre and Education at Principia College in Elsah, IL.
Number of Years at Camp: This will be my 11th summer at camp and 2nd on staff.
Activities: Dance and Archery!
Highlight from the School Year: Being on my campus’s improv team, Lazy Zipper!
What I’m Looking Forward to for Summer 2018: I’m beyond excited that I get to teach TWO activities that I love to do and, like I say every year, to spend my summer up in beautiful Northern Michigan.
Caitlyn Demaree// Tennis and Landsports
Hi everyone! My name is Caitlyn. I am currently attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where I am studying civil engineering. This will be my 12th summer at camp and my 2nd summer on staff. I will be teaching Tennis and Landsports this summer!
A highlight from this past year has to be road tripping to tournaments with my basketball team! There are SO MANY things that I am looking forward to this summer, but if I had to choose one, I would say I am most looking forward to spending the entire summer with all of the great young women who come to camp!
Emma Halsey// Silversmithing, Sailing, and Waterskiing
Hey everybody! I’m Emma and I live in Alton, IL. I just graduated from Principia College where I studied Spanish and Sociology & Anthropology. The best part of my year was spending a couple of months in Peru practicing ~Español~ and learning about the natural history and cultures of the country.
At camp, this will be my second year on staff but my TENTH SUMMER!!!!!! WOOOO!! And I will be teaching a smörgåsbord of activities including Silversmithing, Sailing, and some Waterskiing. I am looking forward to spending time on beautiful Lake Michigan and finding some petoskeys!
Gretchen Ferland// Utility
Hey y’all, my name is Gretchen and I am SOOO excited to be one of your camp counselors this summer! I am originally from Fishers Indiana, but have just moved to Naples, Florida where I attend college at Florida Gulf Coast University. I am majoring in business management with a minor in entrepreneurship! I have had the amazing opportunity to go to camp Kohahna for 10 years as a camper, and now join the staff for the first time! This summer I have the immense pleasure of being the utility counselor that will allow me to help with anything and everything! This past year I have been preparing for Officer Candidate School for the Marine Corps, and will be attending boot camp for the first part of the summer. I cannot wait to bring everything I will learn at Officer Candidate School with me to Camp, and jump right in! I cannot wait to have an amazing summer filled with metaphysical growth, healing, and of course a whole bunch of laughs!;)
Jenna Moore// Nature and Camp Crafts
Hey! I’m Jenna from Scottsdale, Arizona and I’m teaching Nature and Camp Crafts this summer! This will be my fourth year at Kohahna, and first year on staff. This fall, I will attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to study foreign relations. The coolest thing I’ve done this year was repel down a 27-story building with our local Police “Dream Team” in a fundraiser for Special Olympics. That was fun, but camp will better! I can’t wait to hike Pyramid Point, play in Lake Michigan, and build sick campfires with you all!
Olivia Pierce-Bluhm// Head Counselor
Hello fellow campers, parents and any other friend that has stumbled upon this bio! I was born and raised in beautiful Leelanau County and wouldn’t want to call any other place home. I graduated from Principia College last May with a degree in Educational Studies and Studio Art and have spent the last year living in Spain, learning about honey in Southern California and most recently have been working at a wonderful early childhood center in Leland, Michigan. I’m honestly losing count but I believe this is my 14th summer at Kohahna and 6th year on staff and I’m so excited to be back in North Star this summer 🙂 Kohahna has impacted my life in more ways than I could ever explain but I’ll attempt to summarize by saying it has shown me true womanhood, that boldness and grace can be expressed in unity and has supported my growth, understanding and practice of Christian Science. I can not wait to grow and learn alongside the incredible young women, campers and counselors, that make Kohahna our “dearest home” <3 xoxo see you soon!
Valerie Halsey// Waterfront Director
Hi! My name is Valerie and I’m from Alton, IL. I currently attend Principia College as a double major in Global Studies and Religion. This summer will be my 12th summer at camp and my 3rd on staff. A highlight from my year was being able to go on an abroad to New Zealand for a few months and study the culture, unique biology, and outdoor education in the country. This summer I will be the Waterfront Director and am so excited to see everyone out on the water!
Holly Phillips// CT's and Trips
Hey there! I’m Phillips, Holly Phillips. I’m from Titusville, Florida, and I graduated last May from Principia College with a bachelors in Educational Studies. Since then, I’ve been working as a secret agent–I mean, as a nanny– this past year.
Despite the cold of winter being awesome (think 6ft-tall-puppy-made-of-snow-awesome), I am super excited to get back to another roasty-toasty summer at Kohahna! This will be my third year on staff, second year as CT counselor, and first year as a Trips counselor. Woop woop! Being a counselor is one of the most fun, humbling, and growing experiences out there. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to guide and share in the growth of this year’s CT Class of 2018! I am also looking forward to having a blast, not only with CT’18, but all of the other amazing ladies that will be going out on trips too!
There is so much fun to look forward to, and I love how Kohahna brings all that fun while also nurturing ladies into such strong, outdoorsy, childlike, and graceful women at the same time. It’s amazing to be a part of, and I can’t wait to be back! See you at camp!
Camille Tish// Arts & Crafts and Waterskiing
My name is Camille and I am from Northville, Michigan. I go to school at Vanderbilt University and am a Special Education major. My highlight from this past year was getting to explore Nashville and see a lot of amazing concerts there. I am so excited to spend my 10th summer at camp and teach Arts & Crafts as well as Waterskiing!! I can’t wait for the beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and campers I’ll get to see at camp this summer!
Katie Stewart// Rock Climbing and Nature
Hey there! My name is Katie and I hail from Michigan’s oft-maligned neighbor to the South, aka the Buckeye State. Many moons ago I graduated from Principia College with a degree in Environmental Studies. Since then, I’ve been building a career in outdoor and experiential education. During the year I split my time between teaching a backpacking course at Miami University of Ohio and working at the historic Rookwood Pottery Company in downtown Cincinnati, with a few gigs as a backcountry trip guide thrown in here and there. Just prior to camp, I will be spending time exploring Tokyo, Japan and the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Although I’m very excited to be crossing two countries off of my bucket list this year, I’m counting down the days until I finally get to drive down Port Oneida and take a dip in the lake! This summer you’ll find me back in the shade of the Pine Forest holding it down at the Climbing Tower with a few guest appearances at the Nature Cabin just to mix things up. Kohahna is where my love for the outdoors and my love for teaching first intersected, and I am beyond thrilled to be returning for another summer at THE best darn camp in the whole wild world! This will be my sixth year on staff, and my eighth summer overall. I can’t wait to see you soon!
Katie Duntley// Trips
College/Field of Study: Principia College ’10 BA Religion
Year at Kohahna: 21st summer at camp, 13th on staff
Activity: Pippi’s Assistant/Trips
Highlight: April 30th, 2018. The first day I could finally wear my flip flops again after a long winter! Also, going on a reunion/birthday cruise to the carribean with a few of my CT’05 sisters!
I’m looking forward to warm summer days, swimming in Lake Michigan, and Kohahna girl smiles!
Ella Pierce-Bluhm// Silversmithing
Hi! My name is Ella, and I’m from Leelanau County. I recently graduated from Northwestern Michigan College and will be transferring to Grand Valley State University in the fall. This is my 13th year at camp and 3rd summer on staff. I am so excited to be teaching Silversmithing again! One of my highlights from this past year was snorkeling in the Crystal River. This summer I am looking forward to spending time with my Kohahna sisters. It is a joy to witness the overflowing goodness and love expressed by all!
Doodle Shugart// Trips
Home: Tampa Bay, Florida
College: Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Major: Environmental Studies and Studio Art
Years at KOH: This is my 12th summer overall at Kohahna and my 4th summer on staff.
Highlight: Awesome Iceland Abroad this fall!
I look forward to hittin’ the trails, lakes, and rivers of beautiful Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, all the while inspiring campers and counselors alike to love and treasure the great outdoors.
Cool Cat Out. Meow!
Cézanna Semnacher// Sailing
Home: Southern Cali/Missouri.
College: Principia College 2017
I look forward to making my return to Kohahna after many years away. Lake Michigan is calling. Anchors away!
Elsa Heath// Horseback Riding
Hey There! My name is Elsa Heath and I am super stoked to be back for my second year at Kohahna this summer! I’m originally from British Columbia, Canada, but more recently our family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. I’m currently attending Principia College as a Biology major. I’m a big fan of the great outdoors and absolutely love learning about all the little (or big!) critters out there. Which is fitting since I am teaching riding again this summer! A highlight for me from the past year was spending a week in Alabama with my track team, training and hanging out on the beach. I am SO excited to be back in the barn and sharing my love of riding and horses with all the campers this summer!
Caroline Morales// Utility/Head Counselor
HEY FRIENDS WHATS UP! I’m Caroline and back for a short stint at Kohahna this summer and I CAN’T WAIT to have fun in the sun with you all. I graduated with my bachelor’s in Education and History last May and have been working at the American History Museum in Washington D.C. for the past year. I am escaping the city (but probably not the mice) for a few weeks to be in North Star and make sure Olivia goes to bed at a semi-reasonable hour. This will be my 11th year at KOH and 5th on staff – time flies! I look forward to being back in a place filled with gratitude, depth, sisterhood, Lake Michigan, amazing girls and women, and CAMP SONGS. See you so soon!!