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  Name Title Email Address Ext
Anita Whitmire Housekeeping Manager 2831 
Barbara Panetta Reservations Associate 2814 
Barry Phillips Director of Food Service 2833 
Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director 2818 
Clint DeWitt Environmental Projects Manager 2823 
Connie Holliday Director of Group Sales 2808 
David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director 2840 
Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director 2817 
Eric George Reservations Manager 2809 
Gary Giniat Vice President of Advancement 2816 
Jennifer Sharpe Retail Manager 2802 
Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales 2810 
Kate Bakko Reservations Associate 2811 
Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director 2836 
Kevin Manion Resident Apprentice Program Coordinator 2813 
Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations 2806 
Laura Moushey Human Resources Director 2807 
Leslie Hartley Director of Marketing and Communications 2822 
Marcella Thompson Vice President of Finance 2803 
Mark C. Upright J.D., M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer 2804 
Meghan Hull Director of Mountain Trail Outdoor School 2839 
Ricky Varnadore Vice President of Property 2834 
Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate 2815 
Sara Christensen Visual Communications Specialist 2825 
Stacie Loeffler Advancement Associate 2734 
Stan Hubbard President 2805 
Stephanie Watts Manager of Event and Guest Services 2830 

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Youth Week at Kanuga

June 19, 2016 - June 24, 2016

One of Kanuga’s oldest traditions, Youth Week brings together youth and adults who work with youth from around the country for a week of fun, friendship and prayer. Through small group discussions, full conference gatherings, music, prayer and play, youth are encouraged to explore their thoughts and beliefs in a welcoming Christian community.

Three different, simultaneous tracks offer youth and adults the chance to spend time with similar-aged participants.

SYP: Senior Young People

For students rising in grades 10-12 and recent high school graduates.

You Have My Word

In the beginning we were spoken into being and named “very good” by God. Since then human lives have been captured in stories passed down from generation to generation. We are the culmination of thousands of millions of stories that are incorporated into our own expanding story. This year at SYP we are going to look at how these words and stories shape our lives. In the stories of scripture we have the gift of seeing how the Word of God has interacted with humanity.

The word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe

–Deuteronomy 30:14

Through our week together, we will look at the stories we have been told, the stories we tell to others, the stories we tell to ourselves, and the stories we want to tell in the future. Your story is still being written. The words you use to write the stories you’ll live are of your own choosing – so what will you say?

Conference Staff

COORDINATOR: Ashley Eastham, originally of Waterford, MI, first attended youth week as a junior in high school, in the summer of 2000. She hasn't missed one since! She now resides in New Orleans, LA with her husband Evan (whom she met while staffing Winterlight in 2005). She worked in child welfare and juvenile justice from 2005-2010, completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2008. She now acts as the executive assistant to the rector and program coordinator for Young Adult and Young Families ministries at Trinity Church - New Orleans.

COORDINATOR: Richmond Jones is a priest at St. Francis Episcopal Church and a Campus Missioner in Macon, Ga. He lives there with his wife, Perry Jones, and their two cats. They both received Masters from the Sewanee School of Theology. Richmond enjoys the outdoors, reading, collecting records, cooking food that is better than the restaurants, and sharing funny things with his friends. He has been coming to youth week since 2003 and is incredibly thankful for the gifts Kanuga has brought to his life.


Want to be on SYP staff? Apply here. Applications are due by February 26, 2016.


Interested in being a Torchbearer? Apply here. Torchbearers are full staff members and given the same level of responsibility and standing as all other staff. However, participation in this program allows for more support and guidance while making the transition from participant to first year staff. Torchbearers are assigned staff mentors, and gather in their own "small group" during non-programmed time with two veteran staff members. They are paired with veteran staff members in cabins and as small group facilitators. The cost per person for the torchbearer program is $242, covering your room and board for the duration of the conference.


JYP: Junior Young People

For students rising in grades 7-9.

Love Your Neighbor

In our world today, love is more important than ever. God calls us as Christians to love our neighbors as ourselves. But who is our neighbor exactly? Neighbors live just next door but also far away. Neighbors are people just like you, and nothing like you. Neighbors are both friends and strangers. Neighbors are Christians and people of other faiths. Join us at JYP 2016 as we explore what it means to love as Christ taught us through His teachings and parables. See you soon, neighbor.

Conference Staff

COORDINATOR: Katherine Fockler lives in Nashville, TN where she works as Brand Manager at an advertising agency, The Buntin Group. In her hometown of Memphis, TN, Katherine was active in the youth activities of the Diocese of West Tennessee, particularly Happening. Before her first year at the University of Richmond, Katherine spent her first week at Kanuga on JYP staff and has continued to serve on staff over the past ten years! This is her third and final year as JYP Coordinator.

COORDINATOR: Spencer Monroe lives in Charlotte, NC and serves as a personal home builder for True Homes. Spencer was an active member of his youth group at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Charlotte and has spent his entire life in the church. His father is a church organist and choir director, and his mother is a retired youth minister serving at several parishes. Before his freshman year at Clemson University, Spencer joined JYP staff and this will be his seventh year serving at JYP, his second year as JYP Coordinator.

Want to be on JYP staff? Apply here. Applications are due by February 26, 2016.



AWWWY: Adults Who Work With Youth

For anyone who is connected with teenagers in the church, including youth ministers, Sunday School teachers, confirmation mentors, clergy or laity. Enjoy a week of education, rest and networking with volunteer and professional youth leaders from across the country. AWWWY is one of the longest-running Episcopal youth ministry events in the United States. In fact, Kanuga's very first conference in 1928 evolved into what we know today as Youth Week.

More information coming soon!




Double Occupancy $485 per person $410 through April 19
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Torchbearer $242 per person
Covers your lodging and meals.





Double Occupancy $509 per person $434 through April 19
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $675 per person $600 through April 19
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Child (Ages 3-11)

$330 per person $255 through April 19
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.










Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due May 24
(To register after this date, please submit full amount.)







Check-in 4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 19
Check-out 10 a.m. Friday, June 24



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