Summer Staff Bios

Counselors

Sully

Mim "Sully" Beck

(Counselor)

While this is only Sully’s 2nd year as a counselor, she has actually been coming to BBC for almost 10 years. She started as a camper, became an intern, and then started working on staff last summer.
She loves the movie “Tangled”, the band “The Head and the Heart” and Ben and Jerry’s Half-Baked icecream.Her favorite activity at BBC is the Pig Trough, and she’s super excited to meet all the staff and campers this summer!

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Edith Johanna Munoz

(Assist. Counselor)

This is Edith’s 1st summer at Bethany Birches. She was introduced to the camp through Mennonite Central Committee which seeks to provide service opportunities for people from all over the world. Edith is from Colombia but has spent the last 7+ months in the USA honing her English skills and learning about our culture. She is excited to share about her culture and heritage with the campers at BBC. She loves outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, swimming, and bonfires.

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Erin Beidler

(Assist. Counselor)

This is Erin’s first year at Bethany Birches! She is a Freshman at Eastern Mennonite University where she studies History, Political Science, and Pre-Law. She loves the band ABBA, Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food Ice Cream, and Hiking.
She says she’s most excited to “Work with and get to know a great group of kids” this summer.

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Angel "Cupid" Staley

(Assist. Counselor)

Cupid has been coming to camp for over 9 years now. She’s been a camper, intern, and now is going into her 2nd year as a staff member. She loves Coffee flavored ice cream, playing the guitar, and being outdoors. She’s most excited about Jumpstarts and Firesides this summer as well as spending the summer outdoors with awesome campers and staff.

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Sarou Pheng

(Assist. Counselor)

Sarou has never been to Bethany Birches before. She was introduced to the camp through Mennonite Central Committee which seeks to provide service opportunities for people from all over the world. Sarou is from Cambodia but has spent the last 7+ months in Florida honing her English skills and learning about our culture. She is excited to share her culture and heritage with the campers at BBC. She loves nature and the mountains and is excited to get to work with the kids and make new friends and learn from her work.

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Liesl Graber

(Counselor)

While she’s had family involved with the camp before, this will be Liesl’s first summer at Bethany Birches. Liesl loves watching Finding Nemo, and eating Minty Moosetracks ice cream. She’s most excited for Messy Monday’s this summer, as well as the community here at camp.

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Annie "Bruce" Soho

(Counselor)

This is Bruce’s 13th summer at camp and her second summer as a staff member. She loves the movies Zootopia and Moana. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream. She loves the Barn Party, and is looking forward to connecting with campers!

Anna "Meatball" Martin

(Counselor)

This will be Meatball’s first summer at BBC, but she actually was one of our counselors this past Winter Camp. She lives in Pennsylvania and recently graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She loves the movie Pride and Prejudice, musical soundtracks (Hamilton, Into the Woods, Les Miserables) and eating chocolate icecream. This summer she’s most excited for Firesides and swimming in the pond as well as connecting with campers, playing lots of games, and living in God’s creation.

Jarrett "Skysh" Hoisington

(Assist. Counselor)

Skysh has been at camp for 10 years and this is his 2nd summer as a staff member. His favorite movie is Life of Pi. He loves all kinds of ice cream. He loves to play Floating Whizzball and Goldrush at camp. He is excited for everything this summer!

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Erianna "Chimone" Dupras

(Counselor)

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Abby Swartzentruber

(Asst. Counselor)

This is Abby’s first summer at Bethany Birches, but she has gone to summer camp for many years before. She loves Harry Potter, both the books and movies. Abby loves musicals, especially Hamilton. Her favorite type of ice cream is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Abby is excited to get to know all the campers and “have a crazy-amazing time!”

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Andrew Peltier

(Counselor)

This is Andrew’s first summer at camp. He loves rock music, and cookies and cream ice cream! He loves being outside, and he is excited to build community within his cabin this summer!

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Seth "Crusoe" Dandurand

(Counselor/Program)

Crusoe has been involved with BBC for 18 years. He loves electronica, and moose tracks ice cream. He is excited for rock climbing this summer, and going on adventures with campers!

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Sydney Duncan

(Nanny/Asst. Counselor)

This is Sydney’ first summer at BBC. Her favorite movie is Captain America Civil War. She likes German Chocolate Ice Cream. She is excited to be outdoors playing games and meet new people.
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Denver Beck

(Asst. Counselor)

This is Denver’s 7th summer coming to camp, but first summer on staff. He likes the band Hippo Campus and coffee ice cream. He likes fireside at camp, and is excited to get to know the campers and staff

Kitchen

Sparkles

Katelyn "Sparkles" Dedell

(Lead Cook)

Sparkles has been involved with Bethany Birches for over 16 years. 1st as a camper, but then as a long-time staff member. This is her 2nd summer as our Lead Cook. She loves Paleo Coconut Ice cream, the movie “Finding Dory” and all types of music.
She says she’s most excited to “See old and new faces and watch my daughter have many new experiences.” this summer.

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Julia "Sharkbait" Bergey

(Cook)

Sharkbait is coming back for her 3rd summer as a cook at BBC. She grew up in Pennsylvania but loves coming up to Vermont to work at the camp and meet new friends. She loves the movie Pride and Prejudice and the band Need to Breathe. Her favorite activity at BBC is the weekly Pond Cookout!

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Laura Bergey

(Cook)

This is Laura’s first summer on staff, but she has volunteered here with her family before. She loves cheesy hallmark movies, as well as Jane Austen movies. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is double dunker. Laura is excited for Messy Monday, and spend time outdoors.

Operations

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Patrick "Rupert" Graber

(Maintenance Man)

Rupert is coming back to camp for his 4th year! This is his first summer as Maintenance Man, although he did work on maintenance for a few weeks after camp last year. He loves Anberlin, Berry flavored ice cream, and the weekly cookout at the BBC pond! He’s most excited to go on some morning runs here at camp and to test out his new raincoat.

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Corrinne "Donnie" Palmer

(Video Producer)

This will be Donnie’s 2nd summer at camp as our Videographer. She’s currently studying Communication Arts at Gordon college. She loves the movies “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Big Hero 6” as well as the bands OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons. Her favorite activity at BBC is Mission Impossible and she’s super excited to hang out with friends and eat ice-cream this summer.

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Rachelle-Faith "Artsy" Hamilton

Office Administrator

This will be Arty’s 2nd summer at Bethany Birches, but her first summer as our Office Admin. It’s her lovely Jamaican accent that you’ll be hearing when you call the camp office this summer.  She loves the movies “Fox and the Hound” and “The Lion King”. Her favorite ice cream flavor is Rocky Road and her favorite activity at BBC are the evening Firesides. She’s super excited to see returning campers and meet new ones!

Program Team

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Flora "Gigi" Dewar

Assistant Program Director

This will be Gigi’s 13th year at Bethany Birches! She’s gone through the full scope of BBC programming as a camper, Intern, Assistant Counselor, Counselor, Program Extraordinaire, and now Assistant Program Director. She loves the movie “Moana”, the band “The Head and the Heart”, and Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream. Her favorite activity at BBC is the Pig Trough, and she’s most excited to meet new campers and reconnect with returning campers this summer!

Shepherds

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Erin Dye

Shepherd for Multiple Weeks

This will be Erin’s first summer at Bethany Birches, though she was recently a shepherd at our Bobcat Winter Camp. She has agreed to come up to BBC for the whole summer and shepherd multiple weeks as well as help out on the program for the weeks she’s not a shepherd. She loves The Little Mermaid, Peppermint Ice Cream, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. She’s most looking forward to spending consistent and quality time with campers and counselors.

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Momma and Pappa Sharkbait

Shepherds for Core C

This will be the 3rd summer that the Sharkbait family has shared at BBC. Mamma and Poppa Sharkbait get their camp name from their daughter Sharkbait who will also be working this summer in the kitchen! They love the movies Lion Witch and Wardrobe and Sound of Music as well as Coffee and Rocky Road ice cream. Their favorite activity at BBC is Fireside (duh) and they are really looking forward to spending the week with their daughters as well as getting to know the campers. They are praying that the campers make a connection with what they hear during Firesides this summer.