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Andrew Schmidt Advancement Analyst andrew.schmidt@kanuga.org 239 
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Anita Whitmire Boan Housekeeping Manager anita.whitmire@kanuga.org 233 
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Barbara Panetta Reservations Associate barbara.panetta@kanuga.org 233 
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Barry Phillips Director of Food Service barry.phillips@kanuga.org 235 
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Bethany Frazier Youth Events Program Director bethany.frazier@kanuga.org 276 
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Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director chris.lynn@kanuga.org 267 
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Christine Murawski Mountain Trail Outdoor School Program Director christine.murawski@kanuga.org 281 
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Clint DeWitt Environmental Projects Manager clint.dewitt@kanuga.org 270 
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Connie Holliday Director of Group Sales connie.holliday@kanuga.org 218 
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David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director david.schnitzer@kanuga.org 279 
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Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director eden.lewis@kanuga.org 283 
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Eric George Assistant Director of Guest Services eric.george@kanuga.org 288 
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Gary Giniat Vice President of Advancement gary.giniat@kanuga.org 240 
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Jason Merritt Director of Marketing and Communications jason.merritt@kanuga.org 224 
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Jill Mallin Director of Guest Services jill.mallin@kanuga.org 285 
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Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales jimmy.haden@kanuga.org 227 
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Kaitlin Pope Mountain Trail Outdoor School Assistant Director kaitlin.pope@kanuga.org 277 
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Kate Bakko Reservations Associate kate.bakko@kanuga.org 282 
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Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director katherine.parnell@kanuga.org 264 
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Kevin Manion Expedition Programs Manager kevin.manion@kanuga.org 263 
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Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations kim.moree@kanuga.org 280 
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LeeAnne Martin Vice President of Youth Programs leeanne.martin@kanuga.org 321 
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Leslie Hartley Communications Writer leslie.hartley@kanuga.org  
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Marcella Thompson Controller marcella.thompson@kanuga.org 217 
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Matt Henry Chief Operating Officer matt.henry@kanuga.org 214 
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Nicole Bentley Reservations Director nicole.bentley@kanuga.org 284 
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Paul Bockoven Director of Information Technology paul.bockoven@kanuga.org 315 
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Ricky Varnadore Director of Property ricky.varnadore@kanuga.org 221 
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Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate sandy.mckinney@kanuga.org 222 
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Stan Hubbard President stan.hubbard@kanuga.org 212 

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Charging Up, Charging Out: Energizing Church Leadership
Charging Up, Charging Out: Energizing Church Leadership

Charging Up, Charging Out: Energizing Church Leadership

When: February 27, 2015 - March 1, 2015

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Charging Up, Charging Out: Energizing Church Leadership
Charging Up, Charging Out: Energizing Church Leadership

Charging Up, Charging Out: Energizing Church Leadership

When: February 27, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Discover new tools for successful ministry and develop a team-based set of leadership strategies. Workshops to cover capital campaigns, stewardship, and planned giving. Keynoter Ella...

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Our History

Charlotte banker, real estate developer and newspaper publisher George Stephens wanted a place in the Blue Ridge Mountains where families could escape the hot summers of Charlotte, Columbia and the Low Country.

He commissioned nationally known landscape designer John Nolen to plan such a place and he chose the noted Asheville architect Richard Sharp Smith to design the major buildings. He bought 950 acres and placed a substantial dam across Mud Creek creating a 100-acre lake.

Overlooking this lake he built a large inn with dining rooms. A lakeside pavilion for the social activities and water sports and 39 cottages — ranging in size from two to six bedrooms — completed one of the South’s greatest summer resorts.

The great flood of 1916 broke the Kanuga Lake dam and though it was rebuilt as the 30-acre lake we know today, summer resorts of this kind proved to be passing enterprises. At Kanuga four bankruptcies followed four reorganizations.

“This magnificent property will then belong to the Church,” said Bishop Kirkman George Finlay when the dioceses of the two Carolinas purchased the Kanuga Lake Club in 1928. Under Finlay’s leadership, Kanuga became the Episcopal Church’s largest conference center within 10 years.

In 1931, a boys’ camp was built about a quarter-mile from the hotel. This facility, now the Bob Campbell Youth Campus, became the Kanuga Camp for Girls when a new summer camp for boys was opened on the east side of the property. In the early 1970s, the two camps combined, using the eastern facility.

In June 1962, Kanuga opened a new summer camp on the east side of the property and in June 1968, the Kanuga Lake Inn we know today was opened and Kanuga became a year-round conference center.

The Bob Campbell Youth Campus was completed in the summer of 1999. Insulated and heated for year-round use, it is the home of Camp Bob in the summer and accommodates Kanuga’s Mountain Trail Outdoor School, which serves mostly school groups, in winter, spring and fall.